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To furnish or not to furnish!

POSTED ON 25 JANUARY 2017

When it comes to letting your property, should you do so furnished or unfurnished? We take a look at what you need to bear in mind for either option.

As a landlord, you need to make the decision as to whether you will furnish the property that you are letting out to tenants. There are plenty of options available to you – including fully or part furnishing, or not furnishing the property at all.

Furnished

So what do we mean by furnished? If you decide to go down this route, this means that you will need to include furniture such as beds, desks and sofas. If you are worried about any damage done to your property by your tenants – accidental or not – you can opt for specific insurance that will cover you for this.

Just as it’s essential that your property is in a satisfactory state of repair for your tenant, it’s also important to ensure that any furnishings provided by you are also up to standard. All furniture that you provide needs to comply with fire safety regulations. And this is especially true if you decide to buy older or second-hand furniture. Of course, if you choose to buy new furniture, then this will be less of an issue for you as the responsibility falls on the retailer to ensure that it complies with regulations. However, always check the labels on any pieces you purchase to make sure it’s safe. And remember to keep any receipts for these purchases and leave any safety labels attached so that your tenants have peace of mind. If you fail to comply with the safety regulations then you could face the possibility of being fined or even sent to prison. It could even invalidate the insurance cover that you have.

When choosing furniture for your let property, it’s key to remember that cheap isn’t always cheerful – and you may in fact end up replacing things more often if they’re not built to last. Of course, buying good-quality and durable items doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank either. In fact there are great sites out there, such as freecycle.org, gumtree.com, plus many others that are great for picking things up for free. Other options to help you save the pennies are auctions. Either go in person or bid for items on auction sites: one of the most popular being eBay.

And the key thing to remember? You don’t live there so avoid making purchases that look nice and are to your taste, rather than being practical and durable. Washable covers on sofas will be a god-send when you have to clean for another tenant!

Unfurnished

Okay, so when we say unfurnished, it doesn’t actually mean what it says on the tin! An unfurnished property doesn’t necessarily mean that it is empty. In fact, part furnished properties still have items like carpets, curtains, appliances, light fittings and white goods for the kitchen.

If you decide to go down this route, it’s worth buying a few basic items to help attract potential tenants (and it could actually help to increase your monthly rental income too!) Look into providing a bed, bedside units, a sofa and a cooker.

Your tenant

If you’re letting out your property and are unsure of whether to offer it furnished or unfurnished, it’s important to think about who your potential tenants are. Families are likely to have much of their own furniture – and this applies to long term tenants too.

However, if you’re targeting the student market instead, they will be attracted to your property if it includes desks and chairs. Bear in mind though, that if you want to appear in any university accommodation lists, you might need to meet their requirements in regards to furnishing.

Top Tip!

Carpets aren’t as durable as laminate or wooden flooring so avoid these if you’re looking for a long term lease!

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