Recently, we reported that many prospective tenants are hoping to find a new home by Christmas and be moved in. If you’re a landlord with a void period or a tenancy coming to an end, now is the perfect time to really let your property make an entrance.
You may not have the means to give your rental property a complete makeover, but as the festive season kicks in, there is one easy way to instantly improve the look of a rental home. Landlords, why not give your front door an update with a new lick of paint?
Repainting your front door can cost as little as £40 in materials, but makes a huge impact on first impressions. This is particularly important if you are looking to sell your property at this time – did you know that Rightmove reported a whopping 15.7m visits to its site between Christmas and New Year in 2014? With figures like this, make sure these keen Christmas buyers notice your property.
If you’ll be having viewings over Christmas, either with hopeful tenants or prospective buyers, further dress up your front door with a festive wreath that complements your new colour.
So which colour should you choose? Some of the top paint brands have revealed which colours are most popular at present and which they think will be big in 2016. Could one of these grace your front door in the next couple of weeks?
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball reports that one of its current bestsellers is Calke Green No.34, a rich, forest-y hue that would look perfect on a country cottage. It predicts that Dix Blue No.82 will be a hit next year – this vintage-inspired colour would add a quirky touch to a modern townhouse.
Sandtex’s exterior gloss paint is long lasting and classic. Its Pillar Box Red is traditional yet stands out on any street. It expects its calming, retro Gentle Blue to be popular in the New Year.
At present, Little Greene’s bestsellers are very dark hues, such as the deep navy Dock Blue. But the company is expecting things to be a little brighter in 2016 – it predicts the daring, mustard yellow Mister David will be revitalising front doors everywhere.
It seems that duskier colours are also proving popular at Mylands, with its shadowy-grey Oratory No.237 noted as a bestseller for this year. It forecasts a similar theme for next year, with the historical architecture-inspired Blueprint No.50 set for a hit year. Could your property reflect traditional blueprints worthy of the National Archives?
Paint by Conran
Paint by Conran’s Poppy Pop has been popular this year – a modern take on the classic red front door. The colour is inspired by Remembrance Day poppies and would really make your house pop. In 2016, the company expects the pale, musky November Gorse to make a splash.
With so many delightful, different and distinctive shades to choose from, it couldn’t be easier to give your property a colourful edge and give your tenants a home to remember.