Though every property needs maintenance and renovation time-to-time to improve its overall looks but the renovation of a rental property in Singapore is just like an investment. It not only improves the looks of your rental property but also increases its worth as after renovation you can get the rent beyond your expectations. Most property buyers buy a low cost property and invest some money on their renovation and start earning good return through rental. But renovation of a property for rental purpose is not as easy as it seems to be unless have experience in this regard. Some tips are provided here under to help you in this regard.
Renovation tips for rental property
Instead of spending overly you should make a rough budget for renovation of rental property on the basis of the estimates and quoted collected from the providers of the items required for this purpose. Then you should spend on the item that are most used and long lasting like plumbing, appliances, flooring, lighting, showers, vanities and countertops etc.
The plugs for lamps, appliances, televisions, stereos, heaters and computers should be provided generously
You should provide neutral background instead of dominant patterns, textures and colours in the rental home. The former will help the tenants in creating their identification through their belongings whereas later one will affect the environment of the house.
Scrub able and washable vinyl wallpaper can also be a good choice for the general renovation of a rental property as it can easily hide the imperfection of its walls.
You should avoid using items with heavy or coarse textures on the interior of your property like textured ceiling, long piled carpets and bricks etc. as they can attract lots of smell, dust and dirt and cannot be cleaned easily.
While renovating your property for rental purpose your focus should be on the compliance of safety issues. You should focus on amending or installing handrails and stairs, decks, balconies, terraces, hearths for burning wood, access to the exterior of the home and smoke alarms. You can also use stainless steel or tile to make it handy to put hot pot without damaging the surface of your kitchen countertop.
The treatments provided on the windows should be able to provide privacy, control the entry of light and retain heat of the room. They should be installed firmly and can be operated easily. You should avoid curtains in doorways as they hinder the passage.
The scheme for decorating the interior of your rental home should be inspired by the existing fittings and fixtures, your personal preferences and outlook or the style of entire architecture of the place. You can manipulate the spaces by using the textures, patterns and colours skilfully. Instead of using light colours, smooth textures and subtle patterns you should use darker colours, coarse textures and contrasting patterns as the former are considered withdrawing whereas later are considered progressive.
The patterns you use should be able to cover up the defects in the structure, style and design of the surface. You can enhance the environment of any space just by choosing the structures and design carefully and applying them cleverly.
You can create an illusion of the space just by painting the cabinets, shelves and vanities hung on wall with the same colour of the wall as they will look prominent if painted with contrast colours. During renovation of your rental property you should provide easily accessible storage to store lots of things
The appliances provided in the rental property should be reliable, well designed and uncomplicated, with good service record, so that they can be cleaned and operated easily.
While renovating the doors, skirting boards, framing, handrails, dado lines and stairways of your property for rental you should consider using timber instead of other materials as timber retains its beauty and reliability for long time. But if you are renovating them in wet areas then MDF should be avoided.
While painting the window framing, skirting boards and doors you should preferably use high gloss enamels to provide them versatility. But while walls you should use semi-gloss acrylic paints and on ceiling your should use anti-mould paints to protect it from the infestation of the moulds and similar insects.
While renovating the flooring of the house you can consider carpets because they are comfortable, soft and noise controlling as they insulate the surface perfectly. The dark coloured heavy duty wool carpets with small patterns can be an excellent choice of domestic use.
A mirror in the small bathroom can greatly create an illusion of the space. The small bathroom will virtually look very spacious. The rooms of your property should be efficiently ventilated with outwardly vents to remove moisture and other household smells from it.
If possible, you should put cooking range on the outer wall and use a flexible ducting made of aluminium on the top of cooking range with outside vent during the renovation of the kitchen of your rental house. You should fit a light, fan and heater in the bathrooms to be controlled through switches so that you can turn off the fan while using heating unit
The windows of the house should ensure security and can be opened easily. In high use areas like vanities, showers and kitchen you should preferably use ceramic disc taps. Your rental house should have enough lighting. You can fit extra lights overhead in the rooms that are long or darker.
Around the entrance of the house like main entrance pat or patios there must be enough lighting so that they can be used anytime even during night hours.
While designing breakfast bar you can use a bench with nearly an 1800 mm stainless steel sink. It will help in fitting a dishwasher on either side of the sink on the bench and on the other side there can be drawers to store various types of items of daily use.
Thus, by following the tips provided in this write-up carefully, the renovation for rental house can be made easier in Singapore.