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The quality of the interior decoration, and the way the property is presented may substantially affect the level of rental achieved. By following the following 4 golden rules, maximum rental yield can be achieved.


Carpets and walls should be neutral. White, cream, and light pastel shades make a cleaner, fresher impression. Nowadays, paint finishes are much easier to maintain than wallpaper. Good quality, hardwearing curtains and carpets should be provided as they will have a much longer lifespan, and attract quality tenants.


Make sure the property is clean, and that there are no dirty washing up items about.

Bathroom areas should be clean and make sure the toilet seat is down. Beds should be covered.

Go through the property’s contents and ask yourself the following question- Does this item have a definite benefit to a tenant, or does it add beauty to the home.

If the answer is no, then get rid, or store in the loft or garage.

Make sure that the garden is tidy and inviting. There is nothing more off putting to a potential tenant, than an overgrown lawn, or out of control hedges.


Even in the summer we can have some very dull days, so turn the lights on when doing viewings.

Lights make a property welcoming. If the viewing is taking place after dark, make sure the front door outside light is working and is switched on.

Ensure that all blown light bulbs are replaced.

Consider using downlighting in kitchens and bathrooms.

In furnished properties, consider providing table lamps, and don’t forget the security features of outdoor lighting connected to movement sensors.


The smell of a property is the sense most remembered by tenants viewing properties.

If the previous tenant has kept pets, ensure that the carpets are professionally cleaned and neutralized. Make sure there are no food smells, and that toilets and sinks are cleaned and disinfected.

Let some fresh air in, and avoid using overpowering air fresheners to mask bad smells.

Consider brewing a pot of freshly ground coffee. This will aid the tenants in imagining what it would be like to live in your property.
If your property is vacant or you are having trouble finding a tenant, it could be down to the decoration or presentation of the home. For more free advice, call the Merrick Binch Lettings Team on 02476 578888