At this time of year is great to have a look at your rentals and see where improvements can be made. Tenants, looking for properties to rent, will naturally gravitate towards properties that have lots of sunshine and feel spacious. What can you do when your property faces the wrong side of the sun and you want to attract tenants?
Instead of replacing the windows, you can try some to these tricks to see if they help to make your rental feel lighter and attract quality tenants.
Clean Up Outside
Is there anything outside the windows that can be removed? Cutting back bushes or trees will allow more light into the room. Also, check the roof. Is there are a large overhang that can be inexpensively cut back to allow more light into the property?
Clean Up the Interior
What colours are the walls? Are they are absorbing colour because they are so dark? Make sure the property is painted in a bright white or light color to help reflect light. Hanging mirrors on the walls will reflect light and make the area feel larger. You can also paint the window frames a bright white, and consider using a gloss paint to really reflect light.
How clean are the windows? You’ll be surprised about how much more light comes through when you have clean windows. To allow maximum sunlight through don’t block off the window with large window dressings. Keep them to a minimum, you may even want to show the place without anything on the windows at all, this will allow the sun to shine in.
If you have a dark hallway make sure that the paint color is light and consider changing any solid wood doors to opaque glass, pocket doors or leave them off altogether. Anything to allow as much sunshine through.
If none of the above tricks work, look into skylights. This is especially good with rooms that have no windows – such as bathrooms. If there is already a skylight, you may want to replace any Perspex domes with a newer product such as a Solar Tube. Older skylights will cloud with age and will stop light coming in.
What are your tricks to make a room feel light and airy? Have you lost potential tenants because of a place that felt too dark and dingy?