Storage solutions for buy-to-let properties
Ample storage space is a key concern for tenants. It should therefore be a key concern for landlords.
You might not be able to extend your property or carry out a loft conversion, but you can create the illusion of a larger property simply by coming up with clever storage solutions. The more storage space available in a property, the easier it will be for the tenant to find a home for their possessions, thereby decluttering the space and making it feel more spacious.
Storage space can be anything from where to store a bicycle to where to put books, a broom, or a vacuum cleaner. Creating space for storage is all about saving space, and this is especially necessary in smaller flats and apartments. If you’re a potential buy-to-let investor or an existing landlord looking for clever storage solutions, check out our tips and recommendations for how to create more storage space:
- Why not open up the area underneath the stairs and install shelving so that storage items can be on display? Or for a more streamlined look, you can incorporate drawers. Remember to use the entire length of the stairs if possible.
- Why not build shelving around the TV in the living room? The focal point of the lounge doesn’t need to be the TV – build a unit of shelves around it, allowing space for magazines, books, gaming paraphernalia, ornaments, files, photo frames, cards etc.
- Small kitchen? It doesn’t matter. Upgrade or alter the units in the kitchen so that they can accommodate more ingredients. For example, why not install a tall pull-out cupboard with multiple shelves which can hold a lot of ingredients? Add hooks to the walls of the kitchen or the area above the cooker to allow tenants to hang pots, saucepans, sieves, large metal spoons and other kitchen implements on them. This frees up storage space in kitchen draws and cupboards.
- What about the space under the bed? Don’t let this go to waste. The area under the bed can be compartmentalised, allowing space for pull-out boxes which can accommodate anything from a child’s toys to work files to clothes or shoes. Alternatively, if there is little space elsewhere in the bedroom or bathroom, install a bed which has storage units built into the headboard.
- Make the walls work for your tenants. For example, build storage spaces into the walls or attach narrow shelves or racks. Hooks on the walls of the hallway or entry corridor will allow tenants to hang up coats, umbrellas or hats. Alternatively, a small indoor bench can be positioned against the wall, and cubbyholes can be incorporated into the design to allow outdoor shoes and wellies to be stored.
- If the bathroom is small with precious little space, either install a vanity unit complete with mirror above the basin, or you can attach makeshift storage units (which could be removed if required) onto the back of the bathroom door.
Our final tip? Colour on the walls really makes a house a home and infuses personality into the place, but in a buy-to-let property try to stick to a neutral colour palette of paint as this will help to make the house feel larger and more spacious. This, and well-thought out storage solutions, will help to make your property a success in the eyes of tenants, thereby encouraging them to remain in the property for longer.
Making the most of space has become a real challenge, especially in a city like London, where the cost of living space comes at a premium.