Furnishing a buy-to-let in Sofia!
The ground rules for renovating for successful tenanting of a residential rental property are space-light-neutral-accessorise!:
Space = value: Creating the illusion of more space (hence more rental income compared to similar apartments) is based on choosing lighter space enhancing tones for paint and flooring and even the kitchen which enhance rather than detract from the sense of space. Let’s face it most developers tend to maximise the so called ‘common areas’ and your average 120 m2 2 bed apartment is then in real terms more like 95 m2 of habitable space. Obviously with such a relatively limited amount of space you do not want to crowd the apartment with heavy dark or traditional style furnishing which may detract from the illusion of space that you are trying to create. It is a highly competitive business especially after the building boom so every small advantage you can get at design stage will help to differentiate your product i.e. your apartment at point of ‘sale’ i.e. renting to a potential tenant. If with these 4 simple steps you can create the illusion of having 10% more space than is physically there then your apartment will be chosen against a similar apartment which again on paper is offering the same or similar living space. To create this sense of space I advise knocking out as many unnecessary partition walls as possible to open up the property to allow natural light and movement and communication with the person cooking in the kitchen transforming it into a shared social activity rather than a solitary experience. Of course you have to weigh this against the odour from the kitchen which will then spread around the apartment. However with modern strong extractor hoods (absorbatori) you resolve most of this issue and in any case with hectic modern lifestyles many people nowadays whether you like it or not microwave their food or simply cook a quick snack or re-heat a takeaway, this is the hard reality of modern living! The strategic use of mirrors is also as I am sure you are aware key to creating the illusion of space. Regarding furnishing space is created by choosing glass tables over heavy wood items as it is all about allowing the onlooker’s eye to travel around the room without obstruction giving this valuable sensation of space that you need for optimum rental. The other area that affects space impression is the choice of flooring polished tiles reflect back the light, whilst lighter parquet floors also create a sense of space especially classical styles with a modern twist such as bleached oak laminate flooring. Regarding the skirting the eye should be allowed again to travel to infinity without obstruction through the wall so a trick here is to make the skirting the same colour as the wall not the floor, yes I know it is counter-intuitive but believe me it works! For wall paints light yellow/primrose is good for bedrooms cosy and fresh at the same time with green undertones to reflect back light and give a sensation of space. Very pale green is space enhancing as is very pale mauve/salmon (NOT PINK!), even the lightest of biscuit or browns can accent a specific wall for detail. The best colour for enhancing space is a very light grey almost but NOT WHITE as this rather like URULU (Ayers Rock in Australia) then allows external light to penetrate the surface of the paint then reflect back so that the walls then take on a life of their own at different times of the day reflecting back the shade and light from the source of natural light. However I heard you today with Maria and you have good ideas for the paint colours so this is obviously one of your strong points where you have a clear vision.
Light = space: More lights are better than less lights it is an affordable way of zoning a property especially when it is open plan and gives a cost effective sense of luxury to the future tenant, for this it is always good to have a zone where there is a dimmer switch to allow the occupants to change the mood of their environment. Light also refers to light tones for paint and flooring and furnishing. One trick taught to me by an architect who rented out her London property to tennis stars is to have a cream or White leather sofa s a feature in the property, don’t ask me why but it works when attracting the all important tenant you seek! Many of the furnishing and finishing points such as use of mirrors and polished Gres tiles is also mentioned in the section above. Breaking down partition walls internally also allows light to filter through the property. Darker floor & wall finishing and furnishing is OK for rental but only in large apartments with high ceiling s and lots of natural light where they will not dominate or cramp the available space but rather enhance it by making it on a more human scale. So I would recommend this for apartments with over 150 m2 in livable space where you do not face the challenge of making the property feel bigger than it really is to compensate for the size.
Neutral = mass appeal:
Tenants do not need or want to feel that your style or anybody Else’s for that matter has been imposed on them. Having neutral coordinated tones throughout the apartment helps to allow the prospective tenant to imagine living there and bringing their own accessories paintings and personal possessions into the space to make it their own. Rather than restricting and limiting your options you want to appeal to the most people possible whilst offending the least possible this is where the neutral element comes into it’s own. It may seem bland and boring not cosy or unappealing to you or I but let’s face it we are not going to live there it is a rental property a rental unit a retail business commodity that you want maximum ROI on as a result!
Planning plays a very crucial role in decision making and execution of every task. Without plans, you are best described as a naked warrior that is off to battle. Just like in interior designing and architecture in your home, planning really is important. You need to base yourself and your situation to certain things prior purchasing certain materials at your home. Actually, when we tend to arrive on a situation like this most especially in purchasing household works of carpentry like cabinets, there are a lot of questions that suddenly pops into our mind. To enumerate this, here are the Whats, Hows, and Whys that bothers us in Cabinet purchase.
First popping question is, How can I able to be a budget wise person before purchasing a custom cabinet? Well the answer is, It is only you who can make the final say, because your budget will actually be the one to determine the quality, type and design that you can afford. Variety of cabinets in the market range from standard to best qualities, and given by this facts, you pocket or wallet will be the one to give the final call. But always be reminded that if you are to purchase one, make sure it meets the demands of your home area. Calgary Custom Cabinets in Canada have proven to be efficient in giving customers quality cabinet prices without sacrificing the need and durability of woodwork.
Second is, Why do I need to consider the space and layout before purchasing a cabinet? Let’s face it, if you need a cabinet that would tend meet the enormous demands of a certain area of your home, then probably you need to have a large cabinet to counterpart that certain need. Same thing, you can’t purchase a cabinet that is as large as a giraffe if you will only to store stuff like accessories and jewelries. Contour and size of your home also matters when it comes to cabinet purchase. If you have a corner at your house that is U shaped, then you need to follow the contour of that certain space.
If you’re planning to have your house’s flooring replaced, vinyl may just be the choice for you. Vinyl has gained extreme popularity in recent years, mainly because of its versatility and the fact that it’s not as expensive as other kinds of flooring.
Vinyl flooring is known to come in the more versatile styles and colors than any other floor covering. Your options are nearly limitless. What’s more beneficial is that technology and manufacturing processes has allowed vinyl flooring to can replicate the look and feel of more expensive flooring options like ceramic, stone, and wood.
Also, depending on the kind of space you want to cover, vinyl flooring is manufactured in both tile and sheet form. Sheets provide a smooth and continuous surface, while tiles can create added visual appeal to your floor. It is an aim, though, of leading flooring specialists to create floors with the least number of crevices possible. This prevents the accumulation of dirt and bacteria that can cause illness and other health hazards in your home.
How many times have you been in the kitchen and run out of measuring cups to store your precisely prepared ingredients? We have. Glassware made specifically for kitchen use can be prohibitively expensive and many home chefs will settle for boring bowls and cups. Ever consider labware for your kitchen? Watch a couple episodes of Alton Brown’s hit Food Network show, “Good Eats,” and the rest is history. The fact is lab equipment isn’t entirely foreign to being used in the kitchen. Every wonder where the idea for the immersion blender came from?
Laboratory grade glassware makes the perfect supplement for your home cooking needs. Many of the properties that make laboratory lab equipment so great in the labware also valued in your kitchen. Characteristics such as a high melting point, resistance to strong acids, alkalis, and thermal shock make laboratory glass perfect for the kitchen.
Glass beakers can be used to mix and serve salad dressings and drinks. Ever had a test-tube shot? Make your guests the Guinea Pigs your next experiment. You may also put a cork in those test-tubes and use them to make a very cool spice rack. In fact, what couldn’t you use labware for you in your kitchen?
So, you have a large window or maybe windows in your home. So whats the best window treatment for all that glass? The specific answer will ultimately depend on your light control needs. Just so you know, if you are looking for blackout window treatments, you may be a little disappointed in the outcome as it is very difficult with large windows. Beyond that you do have choices.
First up are vertical blinds, but I am not talking about the ubiquitous vinyl vertical blinds. Instead, consider some of the other material choices like fabric, solar screen, faux wood and wood, cellular and aluminum vertical blinds. If you want to preserve your view-through consider vertical blinds with solar screen vanes. If you want room darkening, look into aluminum, wood and faux wood, of course depending on how well these coordinate with your interior. For a softer look consider fabric vertical blinds or vertical cellular shades. The advantage of the cellular option is improved energy efficiency.
Next up are panel track blinds. Panel track blinds are fairly new to the window treatments scene and offer sophisticated, contemporary looks. They are similar to vertical blinds except they have much larger vanes; thats why they call them panel blinds. The blind itself operates on a wheeled track so they open and close very smoothly. Panel tracks come in a wide variety of materials including solar shade, woven woods, weaves as well as patterned and solid fabrics. The cool thing too about panel blinds is the panels can be swapped out with different panels if you wanted to redecorate. As far as I know, no other window treatment allows this flexibility.