When it comes to interior design very few of us are experts. We all know what we like though – and thankfully our tastes tend to be very different otherwise it’d be a bit of a dull world interiors-wise.
However, when it comes to designing or planning a room in terms of colours, fabrics, furniture etc there are a few rules to stick to ensure that it doesn’t look as if it’s been designed by a three year old.
Before I go on though do remember the golden rule about letting out a property – it shouldn’t be your taste but rather be ‘tastefully’ decorated. So anyhow, what are those interior design rules? Well, read on…
Here at Property Go To Girl something we get asked a lot by prospective landlords and those interested in the buy to let market (whether for an HMO in Oxford or a straightforward one/two bedroom let) is whether it makes more sense to furnish a flat or leave it in all its naked glory with just bare wells and floorboards so that the tenant can put their own mark/s on it.
Unlike when it comes to other ‘normal’ buy to let properties, owners of HMOs aren’t tempted to decorate them as if they were their own home. That’s because just the sheer size of an HMO (three to four bedrooms minimum as a rule) and the fact it doesn’t resemble a family home because there’s often no shared sitting room, reminds landlords that this is indeed a business opportunity and should be regarded as such.
That means buying furniture which is decent enough so that it’s not going to collapse the first time anyone over 14 stone perches on it, but that’s not so designer-ish that you’re going to be in tears when, the first time you round come to collect the rent, there’s a huge coffee stain on the pretty pink fabric cushions (in the event your HMO does have a sitting room).
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