The first thing a landlord should focus on is offering a clean and tidy kitchen. It wouldn’t matter if you spent considerable sums of money on top of the line appliances if the kitchen was a mess, and unsuitable for immediate use. No matter the size of the room or the layout, make sure you offer tenants a kitchen that is right for their needs.
Kitchens need to be reliable
You should bear in mind the kitchen is in regular use, which means it needs to be hard wearing and durable. A good kitchen in a rental property is easy to clean and can withstand the rigours of everyday life. If the kitchen surfaces scratch easily or chip and break, the tenant will not be happy. Therefore, it is essential you invest in surfaces and worktops that are reliable.
As an example, laminate surfaces are easy to clean and they are affordable, but they aren’t heat resistant. When you consider there is often a lot of hot food and plates in the kitchen, a laminate surface may not be the most effective. Therefore, if you have the ability to invest in a stone composite solution, you will receive a better return for your money.
Even if you offer an unfurnished rental property, you will be expected to provide kitchen appliances. In the present day, tenants expect:
Oven and hob
This is the minimum a tenant would expect to see in their rental property, which means landlords have to shell out money before their rental property is suitable for tenants. However, there is a broad range of prices for these appliances, which means landlords must consider their options carefully.
Saving money today may cost more tomorrow
A landlord looking to minimise their initial outlay will opt for affordable options. However, in the long-term, this may be the wrong choice for landlords. Cheaper appliances are more likely to break down. When a tenant doesn’t have access to a fridge-freezer or an oven, their quality of life suffers. They will be unhappy, and the landlord will have to repair or replace the faulty appliance.
If this situation occurs a few times, the cost for landlords becomes much larger, and in the long-term, it may be more affordable to invest in a more expensive and dependable piece of equipment. If your main focus is on keeping tenants happy, investing in more dependable equipment is the most sensible approach to kitting out the kitchen in your rental property.
If you are a South West London landlord and you are looking for assistance in letting your property, we can help. You can book a property valuation, and we are more than happy to talk you through the letting process. When you need assistance pleasing your tenants, contact Holmes Estate Agents and we’ll be delighted to help.