Preparing a residential block for rental means making sure that every area is looking its absolute best. At the top of the list has to come the block’s health and safety elements - it must adhere to all the legal requirements before you can allow tenants to step foot inside. Otherwise, you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the law, and morally in the wrong, too. Fire safety is a particularly important consideration – check out our guide on that here.
While essential things like legal requirements will quite rightly take up a lot of your time, it’s good to remember that paying careful attention to the finer details will benefit you – and in turn your tenants - greatly too. A few minor tweaks and improvements will give a much better first impression, and it’s likely to allow you to increase the rental price too. Here are our top hacks for quick and easy improvements you can make to your residential block that will make all the difference.
You’ll be amazed how an upgrade of all the door handles and knobs in your property positively affects the overall look and feel of the space. Making sure they all match throughout the residential block subconsciously reassures potential tenants that the property is well-maintained and cared for. You could choose modern, sleek door fixings, or perhaps instead go for a vintage, more unique look. This may be a tiny detail, but people buy with their eyes, so it shouldn’t be overlooked.
Bathroom fixtures and fittings
You may not want to invest in upgrading entire bathroom suites, but a few modifications can give bathrooms an impressive facelift. Replace fittings such as taps and plugs, and you’ll find you’ve given the bathroom facilities a whole new lease of life. Likewise, the toilet flush handle/button could be replaced, and maybe the shower head and hose could be updated, too. All these little touches help to make bathrooms look and feel not only modern and stylish, but also clean and hygienic.
If your property boasts shared outdoor space, then it’s well worth tidying up the garden, weeding and pressure-washing any concrete or patio areas. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do so, then hiring a gardener to do this will be money well spent.
Take yourself for a walk around the residential block, putting yourself in the shoes of a potential tenant. What other details could you carry out as cheap fixes that improve the overall feel of the block? Perhaps a fresh lick of paint in some of the communal areas might help, or maybe the kitchen areas could benefit from a deep clean? It’s easy to overlook some of the smaller flaws but trust us – making some minor improvements is cheap and a very quick win.
If you want to remove ongoing headaches associated with the management of your residential block, be sure to instruct a property management company that can take care of all the maintenance and tenancy issues. Plymouth Block Management can help – give us a call today to find out more.