Often, when we think of interior design, we automatically think of decorating our own living spaces. We think of what we like, what features, decorations, colour palettes and other features we find attractive and desirable. This makes sense – we’re the ones who are going to be spending time within the space so it’s logical to make it suit our tastes and preferences.

But nowadays, increasing numbers of people are finding that they need to make spaces they are designing suit more people than just themselves.

If you’re planning on letting your property for any reason, you’re going to have to make sure that it will appeal to as many different people as possible – a difficult task to accomplish. Short term rental is becoming popular, as people look to bring tenants into their home to cover costs while they spend time away from the property themselves (perhaps for periods of travel).

Alternatively, increasing numbers of people are letting out single rooms within their houses to contribute to mortgage costs or bills. No matter the reason for inviting tenants into your home, you’re going to have to make sure your home design has mass appeal and will keep all tenants happy.

Here are a few steps you can take on how to prepare a property for rental!

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Neutral Colour Schemes

You may like bright and bold walls, patterned wallpapers and statement designs, but decorating your property in this way is going to significantly limit the number of people who will be interested in living there themselves.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to keep colour schemes as neutral as possible. Not many people are offended or put off by colours like white, magnolia, cream, mushroom or light grey.

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Furnishing the Property

If you’re planning on letting your property out, it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s fully furnished. If you’re letting the whole property out while you go away, chances are it already has most (if not all) things another tenant would need.

But if you’re planning on having people rent a room, it’s generally best to make sure that the designated room already has a bed and other necessities.

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Use Home Sensors

You’re going to want to make sure that the property is both comfortable for your tenants, as well as ensuring that your tenants aren’t bothering anyone else too.

A smart home sensor can help you to achieve this. Noise monitoring can alert you if your tenants have been too loud for too long (potentially irritating neighbours). It can also make sure that the AC is turned off or on (as you desire) when tenants leave the space.

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Invest in a Dishwasher

Luxury appliances can be an appeal for people who may be sharing the property with you. Often, tenants can feel like they’re hogging the kitchen and will aim to get in and out as quickly as possible.

Features such as a dishwasher will free up time and ensure everyone can get in and out to cook their own meals without others having to wait.

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There may be many more steps to take to give a property mass rental appeal… And how to prepare a property for rental, but the ones covered above are the basic and necessary ones to take!

Have you prepared a property for rental before? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time,

Jessica xo