Even the best tenants cause wear & tear on properties and landlords must protect their investment by renovating and redecorating their buildings. One of the costliest items is a fitted kitchen and landlords naturally want to keep the bill as small as possible. So what are the best kitchens for rental properties?
Make Sure The Kitchen Reflects The Rental Value
The quality and condition of the cabinet and appliances in a kitchen are a yardstick which tenants use to judge a property’s value. So it is important that kitchens in rental properties are in keeping with the price-band of the property. Or to put it simply, the higher the rent, the more a landlord must invest in a kitchen renovation. The prevalence of stylish and affordable IKEA kitchens has raised the bar on tenant’s expectations for any rental property.
Hire a Kitchen Designer
Kitchen design is one of those jobs everyone thinks they can do. After all, how hard can it be to position a few cabinets and appliances? The truth is that it is skilled work. Poor kitchen design will look bad, driving down the property’s value, and mistakes with measurements and using the wrong material is costly. Kitchens in rental properties also tend to have a harder life than home-owner kitchens and a good designer will advise on the best value appliances and cabinets.
Avoid Solid Wood
People love solid wood worktops and solid wood cabinet doors because they look and feel fantastic. They are too expensive to use in the kitchens in lower income rental properties but they are cheap enough for use in more upmarket properties. The trouble is, solid wood needs more care and attention. Wooden worktops easily pick up stains and water damage unless regularly treated while solid wood cabinet doors show the signs of wear & tear more than laminates. Landlords looking to create upmarket kitchens should stick to laminate worktops and doors, investing their money in other aspects of the design.
Make A Splash(Back)
A traditional tile splashback covers the kitchen walls around sinks and worktops. Their easy to wipe surfaces help protect the walls from the water, grease and the general mess kitchen’s generate. However tiling is a time consuming and skilled job, that is to say, costly. Modern splashbacks are made of acrylic, glass or similar and are supplied in a single, large sheet. Installing them is a straightforward job which any competent tradesperson can do. The cost saving is worthwhile for any landlord but for kitchens in rental properties there are other advantages. Modern splashbacks come is a wide range of bright colours and finishes. The addition a single splashback can lift any kitchen, giving it a fresh, stylish look which appeals to tenants.