Tips for decorating your spare room before renting

  • If you plan to rent your spare room, you will need to make it look appealing to attract prospective tenants.
  • Check out your insurance policy before you rent the room to make sure you will be still covered if you have a tenant.
  • Less is more. Remove any unnecessary furniture to make the room look spacious.
  • Add mirrors to help create an illusion of space.
  • Use a wide-angle lens when photographing the room as this captures the extent of the room and makes the room look slightly more spacious.
  • Do not forget tenants will have their own furniture and fittings.
  • Let the tenants furnish and decorate their own room.
  • Purchase any items that they need after they move in.
  • A fresh coat of paint and some strategically placed open shelves and cubes will not only serve as storage space, it will also lift the look of the room.
  • Attractive curtains throws and cushions will create a cosy look and increase the rooms appeal.
  • Stick to neutral colours as they would serve as the perfect backdrop for your tenant’s furnishings no matter what their taste is.
  • Candles, fresh flowers, and good lighting will enhance the ambience.
  • Stick to your budget. Redecorating a spare room for a tenant should not cost the earth and certainly should not take you too long.
  • Do not go overboard or you will lose any potential profit and the exercise will not be worth your while. 
  • Establish some ground rules and discuss them with your tenant before they sign on the dotted line so that they know what to expect. 

And lastly, if you have too many existing pieces of furniture in your home and do not want to sell them or give them away, then book a SmartBox self storage unit. You can store all your extra furniture and Knick knacks in a SmartBox which will be delivered to your door. Just pack all the items in, lock it up and call us to collect it. We will keep the contents safe for you until you need them again. It will not cost the earth to hire a storage unit. 

Happy renting!