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the past few years many people have been turning to owning rented accommodation
in the UK, Ireland and other countries as an addition to pension provisions and
for other reasons. This has meant that there is a lot more choice for people wishing
to rent and consequently as they have choice then the property owner has to ensure
that they provide good quality accommodation that will attract Tenants.
damp problems in the bathroom
many owners think that a tenant will rent any property in any condition. They
don't realize ythat with the growth of Buy to Let, many investors have purchased
brand new purpose built properties that naturally have an advantage over the older
properties that require modernisation.
doors hanging off
floor vinyl patches! Apart
from being rather nasty to look at, this is not at all hygenic for a cookinmg
area. Flooring should be prperly stuck down so there are no exposed corners for
someone to trip up on or for dirt and grease to be exposed causing health problems.It
is good to know there is a kitchen sink as in the picure below, but it does not
present well with the washing up needed to be done.
cupboards are damaged
falling off near door
the carpet does not fit
does not look very inviting like this. The decor is poor as well. Why not spend
a small amount of money and get a lighter plain carpet properly fitted? Even the
pink one below is lighter, however it has so many bulges in it resembling the
in the carpet
is very dangerous, there is a patio door there and someone could trip in those
holes and either land up on the door, or if iwas open out on the patio.
cupboard - probably has not seen new paint for years
often forget to paint in cupboards or behind the place the fridge, washing machine
or cooker was. If you are letting unfurnished and not providing appliances these
areas need attention. The inside of a cupbard needs painting, just as much as
the outside. When you do paint, make it a colour most tenants can live with, not
like the colour below,
Wardrobe needs brinng up to date -
Economy long life light bulbs and ordinary light bulbs don't look good. Lampshades
don't cost a lot to buy.
when you do buy them, buy a modern one, not something from the 1970's . The airfrshener
on the pelmet does not look very good either.
marks on walls like these don't present well. Re-paint
the wall. Even pictures on the example below can't hide the marks and stains.
the new plaster
Get rid of that pattern carpet!
There were a lot of very bright colours around in
the late 50's, 60's and 70's however you really can't go wrong with a white bathroom
Don't put carpet in there either, it is not too hygenic.
the toilet seat is like this replace it - it won't cost a lot!
the property decorated outside and make sure the garden is well looked after before
you show it to tenants. They will never want to rent it if they think they have
to tackle this!
jml Property Services March 2007
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