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How to Best Paint Rental Properties

Investing in your residential rental property is a key part to maintaining a successful investment and improving your returns. Here are our property managers' tips to help you successfully paint your rental property.

Use Simple Colours

Paint using simple neutral colours like cream, beige, grey, and off-white, as these colours don’t out-date and are attractive to most people. Picking paint colours outside the neutral colour scheme that are on sale or that you personally like runs the risk of you painting colours some tenants may dislike, potentially lowering demand towards your property.

Use Light Colours To Open Up The Room

Keep the colours light and neutral to help open up the rooms. The tenant’s furniture also has a better chance of fitting into the property’s colour scheme when neutral, bright colours are used continuously throughout the property, helping make your property more attractive. We see some properties painted white throughout, making them look light and uplifting, and it’s an economical way of redecorating.

Use Good Quality Products

Avoid the temptation of buying cheap paint, because this generally chips easily and won’t last as long as good quality paint. Before long you’ll have to repaint the property, making cheap paint only a short-term solution. Not only that, the appearance will look increasingly poor, which lowers the appeal and rent.

How To Cover Up Imperfections

If the wall surface is imperfect pick a paint with a mid or low sheen, as the finish will help hide this. Paint also offers the opportunity to repair imperfections using spackle, making paint a good choice if your Wellington investment property has damaged walls.

When Not To Paint

To avoid a patchy finish, try not to paint when it’s really hot so the paint doesn’t dry too fast. Also avoid painting when it’s raining, as the paint won’t be able to cure in wet conditions, potentially affecting its longevity.

Careful Masking

Aim for the best quality job. Ensure areas that aren’t being painted are carefully covered with masking tape to avoid the appearance of a cheap job. Light and power switches or their covers should be removed, and carpet and flooring should be carefully covered.

If you're considering Property Management get in touch with us today. Locally owned and managed, we offer residential property management services across the entire Wellington & Hutt Valley region.

We take care of investments, offering peace of mind and a personal service to investors and tenants alike. Our solutions are backed by industry-leading technology and proven systems that promote both excellent property care and strong investment returns. Taking on all aspects of the landlord’s role, we guide our clients with professional, tailored advice using our extensive experience and insight in the rental market that can only be built over time.

If you would like to chat about the possibility of working together, or to receive a no-obligation, FREE Rental Appraisal get in touch with our team today.

Quinovic Johnsonville | Wellington

Call Jordan Atkinson - 027 297 0873

Quinovic Hutt Valley | Wellington

Call Helen Vance - 027 487 8103

Quinovic Kent Terrace | Wellington

Call Jordan Atkinson - 027 297 0873


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