As a property owner looking to find tenants, it is important to find the balance between having a property that entices the renters you want and creating a property that looks great but whose improvements add nothing to the rental value.

In an ideal world, every tenant would love and care for their rental property as if it was their own, in reality however, this is not always the case and rental properties can often be left uncared for.

When a rental property becomes vacant, look at it with a business eye; for example, if you add a high spec bathroom with waterfall shower, are you going to be able to charge a higher rent? If not, then consider scaling down your plans. Think also about the market your property will appeal to, a four-bed house in a great catchment area is likely to attract a family rather than young professionals so spend time and money ensuring the garden looks great and on communal areas such as the lounge and kitchen.

Whoever your intended audience, one room that is key to attracting desirable tenants is the kitchen. In some cases it may be that the existing kitchen requires only a clean or quick revamp, in other properties it may be better to replace the existing kitchen with new cupboards and appliances. If your rental does require a new kitchen then once again consider your audience, young professionals may want a kitchen that is modern and equipped with a few high tech gadgets.

Whatever style of kitchen best suits your property, in order for it to meet the demands of the rental market it must be robust, contemporary, easy to clean and offer plenty of storage.

To inspire you, we have picked one of our kitchens for rental properties…

 

PURE KITCHENS

Available in as little as 5 days to site, the Pure kitchen collection features a range of rental-friendly options so there’s no delay in getting the kitchen refitted and new tenants in. With rigid cam and dowel constructed carcases built to 18mm all round, a 2mm PVC edging and 100mm top rail, we’re confident we have the most robust carcase you could ever want. Each carcase is available in a choice of five colours so there is no compromise on quality of finish. Colour co-ordinating carcases can also reduce the need for plant on end panels, meaning it’s easier to fit a Pure kitchen to tight spaces and even tighter budgets.

Our Fleet slab door collections are 18mm MDF with a tough painted finish on the sides, offering greater protection against water ingress than an edged door and absolutely zero chance of delamination, as well as a colour-matched melamine internal face for a high quality finish. Our j-pull door – Lea – is a 22mm MDF door offering a more substantial j-profile than other trade kitchen ranges, meaning less likelihood of damage before, during or after installation, so you can fit and forget, reducing the time and hassle. Fleet and Lea are both available in a range of 13 gloss and matt stocked finishes, ranging from constant classic favourites like White and Light Grey to warm neutrals like Cashmere and the hugely popular Indigo and on-trend Fir Green.

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