Some governments have actively encouraged the practice with tax
breaks and the like, and this means there has been a rise in demand in
the rent-a-room philosophy.
If you’re considering the practice, here are four tips that can help you get potential tenants through the door.
First and foremost, don’t waste anyone’s time. If you don’t want smokers, specify that. Or, in relation to the physical makeup of the room, don’t say that there is a home office desk when really it’s a versatile dressing table.
In truth, this could be said for any property. We all have those quick fixes that need, well, fixing. The great thing is that these are very quick wins.
What about that peeling paint? Or that dripping tap? You may have got used to them, but someone you are hoping to convince to lodge with you most certainly hasn’t (and quite possibly, won’t). Spend a weekend fixing these small issues to bolster your chances of finding someone to rent your room.
When people start to rent a room, they think about all of the practical factors (and rightly so).
However, don’t be afraid of injecting a touch of personality into the home. Flowers can be an excellent way to achieve this, particularly if the room in question hasn’t been “lived in” for some time.
Find some floral designs from Avas Flowers to help you on your way (or the Avas Flowers Twitter page has some suggestions as well). For those of you who are looking to cut costs, there are some Avas Flowers coupons here.
Renting a room in some areas is a tough market – the competition is fierce.
This is where you need to make your room as versatile as can be. Possible suggestions include:
* Installing a desk and office chair so lodgers can work from the space
* Squeezing in a double bed so the room might be considered by couples
* Paint the walls neutrally so it appeals to everyone
* If space (and plumbing) allows, even consider installing a basin to add that extra appeal
The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.