If you own a rental property, you know that it is important to maintain each potential rental unit when it comes to painting. Adding a new coat of paint is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to prepare a space for a new tenant.
- Neutral Colours. While it may be tempting to apply the hottest new trend in paint colour when you are freshening up a rental unit, most renters prefer a neutral colour so that they can add their own accents and make the place their own after they move in. Choose white, beige, gray or a cream colour.
- Looks More Spacious. Lighter paint colours help to make a small or dark rental unit appear larger and brighter. Sunlight can be hard to come by in a rental unit that may not have a lot of windows, so choose a paint colour that will enhance the light rather than making it look like a dungeon.
- Keep the paint job simple. Painting by using several different paint colours can make the space look too busy and could possibly be a turn-off to those who want to make their own decorating decisions. Make the place look refreshed, but be careful about adding multiple colours of paint that may be too trendy for some.
- Satin or Semi-Gloss. Choose satin or semi-gloss paint, which makes it much easier to remove crayon marks, grease and scuffs. Flat paint may require additional coats of paint in order to cover up stains and isn’t a good choice for rental properties.
- Don’t forget to paint the baseboards or other trim. The trim in any rental unit typically takes a beating, and a nice, white coat of paint can go a long way to keeping your space rented.
- Railings, siding and shutters need to be painted from time to time, and you want to be sure to prepare the surface before painting and choose a suitable exterior paint formulated to handle harsh weather conditions.
Painting rental properties can be a big job, but help is available. If you could use some assistance in keeping your properties move-in ready, please give us a call at Property Valet today!