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April 2011

Landlord? Your next tenant is looking for extras

The letting market is getting stronger month by month. More and more "first-time" buyers are failing to get on the first rang of the property ladder - for various reasons (bank squeezes on mortgages, decline in new builds etc).

This however does not mean "reluctant" tenants will accept any type of rental home, so landlords should be aware of the new trend: tenants demanding extras and "snapping-up" rental homes which offer just that.

Fussy tenants

People entering into the rental market are looking for specific details in the properties they choose to live in.

James Davis, chief executive of Upad.co.uk, explained the letting agent has seen a large rise in the number of people seeking to rent, with almost twice the number recorded during March as in the previous month.

"Tenants are being more fussy and particular about where they want to live; they [may] want a property which has Wi-Fi or a garden or off-street parking," Mr Davis explained.

He added that landlords need to respond to these demands in order to attract people to rent their properties.

Can't go wrong with wooden flooring

One item that always has a high appeal is wooden floor covering, not just because it is long lasting (meaning a proper ROI for you as landlord) and easy to maintain. Natural wooden flooring is one of the most anti-allergic floor coverings you can add to your property. Since more and more people are aware of this health benefit wooden flooring gives them, a property that has wooden flooring in most rooms (including bedrooms) attracts a higher rent.

As landlord you have to way up to the costs against the long term benefits. Quality wooden flooring seems more expensive than wall-to-wall carpet, but especially areas where there is less traffic (bedrooms) you can use thinner wood-engineered boards and still give your fussy tenant the covering he/she appreciates and will take better care off:

Some tenants are just not careful enough with property belonging to someone else - a known fact. Another known fact is that dirty surfaces attract more dirt, or in other words: once a carpet looks worn, slightly damaged and dirty nobody is really going to care if it gets even dirtier or more damaged.

However, a floor covering that always looks clean and from which spillages are easily removed tend to bring out the feeling of "ownership". Your tenants will take better care of "their" lovely wooden floor than they will with a carpet. So no more need to replace the carpets every year, saving you a rather lot of money, grievance and aggravation in one simple go.

(from 57 Reasons Why Natural Wooden Flooring Outperforms, Outlasts, and Always Looks Better, than Any Other Floor Covering Available - a publication by Wood You Like Ltd)

10/3 High quality engineered wood

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Simple, elegant and long-lasting for an economical price - AND has a 3mm Solid top layer. Prices start at £ 29.36 ex VAT per sq m and the choices are plentiful:
from Oak Rustic and Nature to American Oak in various colours to Walnut Prime and Rustic.

Read here if and why your property can profit from the 10/3 range of wood-engineered pre-oiled floorboards.

Your neighbouring landlord could already have installed quality wooden floors and find tenants willing to pay for the pleasure of having a beautiful floor covering in "their home" quicker.


Twitter conversation: dust and health

Often we received question or remarks in our inbox, but - being a modern business - we also engage on Twitter on many matters regarding natural wooden flooring:

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Here's the link to the article mentioned above

It's true, there's no floor-covering more ideal for ashtma/allergy guys and dolls (no matter how old or young) than natural wooden flooring.


5-finger mosaic small packs

Oak 5-finger mosaic rediscovered in lounger Frequently used in bungalows - and of course other types of homes - during the 50's upto the early 90's, the 5-finger solid wood mosaic floors are a common sight.

And nowadays very often a common and pleasant discovery by the new owners of the house when ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet or vinyl that had been installed over it - perhaps even many years ago.

Restoring or adding mosaic floors

A design parquet floor, and a mosaic floor is definitely a design parquet floor, is a valuable floor covering to have/to discover you have. Sturdy, beautiful and most often than not, adding value to your home. Plus of course, very easy to keep clean.

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And, relax - (your home interior plans)

Homeowners are frequently becoming more relaxed about the styles of furniture and accessories they have in their homes, according to one designer.

There is a growing trend for householders to take a mix and match approach to how they decorate their property, Adrienne Chinn has explained.

Ms Chinn, who owns her own interior design company, has stated that things like mismatched crockery are becoming trendy as people search for shabby-chic designs, with retro furniture also becoming more popular.

"The benefit of living in this century is that we can cherry pick from previous centuries and previous times," she said.

A recent report from Debenhams stated that British consumers are increasingly looking for quirky items to decorate their homes, as the department store noted people are buying plates that do not co-ordinate in shape or colour.

Bring it all together

Wood You Like's simple and honest wood-engineered Oak rustic floor grounds your relaxed interior design style

Relaxed home interior does need an uncomplicated "foundation". One of the reasons the 15/4 Wood-Engineered Oak Rustic brushed & oiled natural floor (Seattle) has become the most popular choice for home owners.

With it's 4mm Solid Oak toplayer and quality T&G construction it is both practical, easy to maintain - pre-oiled, and even suitable on UnderFloor Heating systems. The long planks (1.83 meter) guarantees a relaxed feeling, while the simple natural finish blends in with any fixtures and furnishings you have gathered together.

Call us now on 01233 - 713725 to discuss the sq meters you need to complete your relaxed home interior with high quality, long lasting and durable Seattle.