13 tips on dressing a property for rental

Published: 21/10/2022

Maximising Your Rental Property's Appeal: How to dress your rental property to ensure that a prospective tenant picks yours. 

Securing a tenant is more of an art than a science and you only need one person to fall in love with your property, and the job is done. Stylishly dressing your property gives it the competitive edge that ensures it is inviting and stands out from the competition. Do not ignore the visual psychology aspect in attracting a tenant’s attention. Tenants become interested when they walk through the front door and feel, “I could live here.” If they can imagine themselves making your apartment their home, they are much more likely to rent it.

The time and effort you spend presenting your property will pay huge dividends and research shows that dressing well can increase its rental value by up to 20%. Furthermore, the investment you make is covered by the shorter void periods, so the return outweighs the cost.

Here are DIY home staging tips to get you started.

  1. Boost your curb appeal: Start by tidying up your front garden and giving the entrance a fresh look with a new paint job on the front door and a new house number.
  2. Play to all the senses: Home staging should be about visual appeal and the other senses. Use scented candles, and soft music, and maintain a comfortable temperature to create a peaceful and inviting environment.
  3. Clear clutter: Remove half of the items in the room to create more floor and shelf space, contributing to a clean and minimalist feel.
  4. Revive old furniture: Give old furniture an instant update with throws and cushions.
  5. Add mirrors to reflect light: Mirrors are an excellent way to make rooms feel bigger and lighter. Place them opposite windows for the best effect.
  6. Dress your beds and bathrooms: Use fresh bed sheets and fluffy bath towels to give rooms a quick makeover.
  7. Dress your dining table: Setting the dining table can create images of family teatimes and dinner parties, making the space more inviting.
  8. Brighten up with lighting: Use lamps and other forms of lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home.
  9. Keep the colour palette neutral: Stick to a neutral colour palette, as it appeals to a wider audience
  10. Create a focal point: Pick one area in each room and make it the focal point by arranging furniture and decor around it.
  11. Keep it simple: Keep it simple and avoid over-decorating, as a cluttered space can turn off potential tenants.
  12. Highlight your property's unique features: Showcase its special features, such high ceilings, to make it stand out.
  13. Keep it clean and tidy: Ensure your property is clean and tidy at all times, as it leaves a positive impression on potential tenants.
By following these tips, you can give your property the makeover it needs to appeal to potential tenants and let it faster and at a higher price.

Remember, your property won’t get a second chance to make that all important great first impression.
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