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.

What Furniture Should Landlords Provide?

What Furniture Should Landlords Provide?

Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 47 Comments
Buy-To-Let Decorating/Renovation Tips For Landlords

Buy-To-Let Decorating/Renovation Tips For Landlords

Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 36 Comments
My Tenant Isn’t Happy With The Standard Of Repair Work

My Tenant Isn’t Happy With The Standard Of Repair Work

05 Aug 2016 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 41 Comments

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, […]

Apparently I’m Responsible For The Broken Communal Garden Fence

Apparently I’m Responsible For The Broken Communal Garden Fence

28 Mar 2016 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 64 Comments

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 […]

My Landlord Annual ‘Gas Safety Check’ Failed Good & Proper

My Landlord Annual ‘Gas Safety Check’ Failed Good & Proper

12 Oct 2015 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 43 Comments

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 […]

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

05 Mar 2015 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 63 Comments

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 […]

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

15 Sep 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 28 Comments

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, […]

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

25 Aug 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 38 Comments

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 […]

My Incompetent Tenants Painted Over Mould- Guide to Treating Mould

My Incompetent Tenants Painted Over Mould- Guide to Treating Mould

18 Jan 2013 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 95 Comments

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 […]

Tenant Left Me With A Drain Blocked With Shit

Tenant Left Me With A Drain Blocked With Shit

13 Oct 2011 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 8 Comments

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 […]

Tenants That Put Holes In The Wall

Tenants That Put Holes In The Wall

26 May 2011 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 162 Comments

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 […]

My Crazy Tenant Wants Me To Pay £300 For A New Curtain!

My Crazy Tenant Wants Me To Pay £300 For A New Curtain!

18 May 2010 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 19 Comments

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 […]

What Landlords Should Know About ‘White Goods’

What Landlords Should Know About ‘White Goods’

14 Dec 2009 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 14 Comments

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 […]

Minimizing Landlord Maintenance Costs

Minimizing Landlord Maintenance Costs

20 Oct 2009 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 1 Comment

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 […]

How To Paint A Front Door

How To Paint A Front Door

22 Mar 2008 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 2 Comments

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 Have A Small Bathroom: Shower Vs Bath

28 Dec 2007 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 11 Comments

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 […]

Carpet Vs Laminate Flooring In Rental Properties

Carpet Vs Laminate Flooring In Rental Properties

30 Nov 2007 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 22 Comments

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 […]

Tips On How To Make Your Home ‘Green’

19 May 2007 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 1 Comment

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 […]