February may be the month of love, but have you considered what potential tenants don’t want to see when viewing a rental property? We have the biggest property turn-off for tenants…
New figures from home furnishing retailer Terry’s Fabrics has found that a dirty property is the most off-putting factor for tenants when looking for a new home to rent, which deterred 49% of renters.
This is followed by bad smells, at 46%, while damp is also high on their lists, turning off 43% of potential tenants.
An unkempt garden was enough to put 37% of renters off, while more than a third (35%) would look elsewhere when faced with a property that has not been tastefully decorated.
Considering just the aesthetics and decoration of a property, an old-fashioned kitchen or bathroom would put off almost half of tenants looking for a new place to live.
The top five interior pet peeves are:
- An old-fashioned kitchen (48%)
- An old-fashioned bathroom (47%)
- An old-fashioned bedroom (28%)
- Brightly coloured walls (27%)
- Bright or patterned carpets (26%)
Paul McGuiness, the Owner at Terry’s Fabrics, comments: “It is clear that the look and feel of a property can have a big effect on how prospective renters feel.
“Rather than investing in a brand new kitchen or bathroom suite, a quick update of the property’s décor could make all of the difference. Adding more accessories, such as soft furnishings and blinds, or adding a lick of paint might be the difference between securing a tenant or not.”
To help bring your property up to date, our friends over at Landlord News have the top ten interior design trends for 2018, as reported by Pinterest, which just might help you secure your next tenant when your property goes onto the lettings market!