Decorating & maintaining your BTL Property
Whether you use a letting agent or not, decorating and maintaining a Buy-to-Let property is always going to be an ongoing responsibility. There’s no avoiding it (although some landlords shamelessly do… and then often get prosecuted and fined)!
During the course of being a landlord, the odds are you’re going to have to attend some form of maintenance duty, whether that be to completely redecorate the entire property in order to attract tenants, or something as small as fixing a leaking tap for your existing tenants. Not to mention, things are always going to get broken (unintentionally or otherwise) and tenanted properties are naturally prone to wear and tear.
With a bit of experience, It soon becomes apparent how time consuming and expensive decorating and maintenance can be, especially if you’re ill-prepared and taking shortcuts. In fact, one of the most expensive mistakes landlords make when it comes to maintenance is completely ignoring it, because that’s allowing problems to slowly escalate into huge and expensive problems, which can come in the form of a disgruntled tenant (because they’re not getting a good service from their landlord) and/or an neglected leak that’s progressed to deeply rooted mould issues.
This section contains articles for both new and experienced landlords on the best key practises to help decorate and maintain efficiently and cost-effectively.
PEOPLE! It’s been way too long, ain’t it? No excuses; the dog didn’t jizz all over my homework, and I haven’t been in recovery after donating a kidney to an orphan, but I have been invested in a few ongoing projects, which I recklessly committed myself to (and now massively living to regret). And unfortunately, […]
Before diving into the core issue, the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain garden fences, an issue which I’m sure you’re helplessly excited about, let me tell you where my miserable little life is at right now (although, feel free to skip the intro if you couldn’t give a crap, because it really has nothing […]
I’ve experienced some pretty nasty congealed meshes travelling up and down my throat in my time, but nothing could have made my most recent mouth-full any easier to regurgitate. I’d say a third of everything I consumed last week found its way crawling back up my throat after my plumber informed me the gas safe […]
Someone whip out a box of Kleenex, a pot of petroleum jelly and the violins already! I’ve had a freakin’ nightmare. I’ve just endured an extremely painful and traumatic week, so please bear with me while I projectile vomit last week’s Filet-o-Fish over my keyboard and nervously gather together enough mental strength to share my […]
The last two weeks have been hell. Literally, a complete bollock-ache. But it usually always is during the period in-between tenancies, when landlords have to prepare a new and presentable case to entice the incoming replacements. The circle of life. I’d say dealing with rogue tenants is the most stressful aspect of being a landlord, […]
Earlier today I met my tenant for a final inspection before he handed back his keys and started a new chapter in his life without the best landlord in the world. I’m not sure how well he’ll cope, but nonetheless, good luck to him. He’ll need it. I was so utterly delightful to him. Despite […]
Seems like many blue Moons ago now, but it was only a month or so ago I was shaking my fists in the air while projectile vomiting over myself after having witnessed the horrific conditions my tenants chose to live in. During my hissyfit, I briefly discussed how the pair of numpties painted over mould […]
Note to self, don’t forget to thoroughly check all aspects of the plumbing during the final inspection before tenants vacate because you never know what unnecessary greasy shit is clogging the pipes. My ex-tenants got me good this time. Real good. Fair play to them. Hope they get reincarnated as a carnivore’s toilet-brush. To cut […]
This is up there with one of the most irritating and inconvenient habits that, from my experience, most tenants seem to naturally carry. I don’t think I’ve ever obtained a tenant that hasn’t “carelessly” drilled, or even worse, forcefully hammered through, multiple holes in the walls. It genuinely irritates the fuck out of me. I […]
Yesterday, I facetiously mentioned on Twitter about how one of my tenants’ wants me to pay a ludicrous £300 for ONE poxy curtain. Since I have a spare 20mins right now, I thought I may as well set the scene and overdramatise the situation by writing this pissy little blog post. Horrray! So, I went […]
I’ve been getting a few emails from folks regarding the details of “White goods”, so I thought I’d quickly jot down what I know about the issue. It’s not exactly the most exciting topic, but it’s an area worth knowing about if you’re a landlord. What are “white goods”? White goods refer to large electrical […]
Continuing from my previous blog post on landlord maintenance costs (How Much I’ve Spent On Maintenance Costs Over The Years As A landlord) I’m going to quickly ramble on about how I try to minimize maintenance costs (real exciting stuff, brace yourself for mental ejaculation). I think this may be an area where a lot […]
Right, so I got an email the other day about someone enquiring about how to paint a front door. Problem is, I’ve never really self-proclaimed my expertise as being a general renovation handyman. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever claimed to be an expect in any property related field. However, whenever I get an […]
I received an email the other day from Darren, he wanted to know how the value of a property would be affected if he decided to replace his bath with a shower cubicle. It’s a good question, and i’m sure others have been in a similar situation. Hi, My wife and I are thinking of […]
Most landlords have to endure the painstaking process of renovating an/or decorating their rental property at one point or another. Unfortunately, it’s often after a dirt-bag tenant is escorted off the premises by a burly henchman that’s been summoned by the courts. Once the aftermath of the tenants occupancy is assessed, from my experience, carpets […]
Not only is being ‘green’ good for the environment, but also your bank balance. By making simple changes to your home, you can save both the environment and minimize your monthly outgoings. It’s a win-win situation. As property investors, we should be efficient at saving costs when it comes to our own properties, before trying […]