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How To Choose The Right Furnishings For Your Property

Dec 5, 2007
Choosing the right furniture for a property is a challenging task. Well matched furnishings can add significant value and prestige, whereas inappropriate, dilapidated or garish furnishings and decor can detract value from a property, and easily put off potential buyers.

With so many different ways to decorate properties, it's essential to decide on the style or theme before setting out and spending money on eye catching materials. Firstly, ask yourself, what sort of property needs furnishing? Is it your home, a first home, a rented abode or a buy-to-let property? There are universal rules to follow and definite points to remember depending on the property.

If the property is going to be lived in by you then obviously it is up to you, how you want it to be decorated. However, always remember if you ever decide to sell the property, think about furnishings that will make it look homely, try not to be too loud and above all show off the property in the best possible light.

On the other hand, if your property has been bought as a buy-to-let or is to be sold fully furnished; it's essential to remember this will not be your home and you won't live there. For that reason you should break all emotional attachment you might have. A number of people believe a cost-effective solution is to opt for the cheapest furniture and throw it in. Although it will make a minimal impact on the budget, it will probably only make a minimal impact on potential buyers. It will be obvious the furnishings are cheap, probably not suitable and likely to be replaced.

If cash flow is constrains you from opting for more suitable or sophisticated furnishings, don't fret, there are still some fitting alternatives available. One popular route taken by but-to-let experts is to rent furniture. Buy-to-let furnishing specialists can provide complete furniture packs, skilfully put together to suit any home or purpose. It is a cost effective solution that can maximize a properties potential by showing prospective owners or tenants just how special it is.

As with all properties, with a view to rent or sell, it is worthwhile choosing neutral colours when it comes to decor. Keeping to paler shades and tones will reduce the risk of instantly putting off would be dwellers, since a bad first impression can jeopardise the whole property, so hide your leopard skin velour loveseat straight away!

Another point to consider before finding your perfect furnishings is safety first! It is a legal requirement that all upholstered furniture provided in furnished lettings to meet with the furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations of 1988, therefore ensure all furniture complies with this or you could face legal action.

In summary, think carefully about suitability of furniture and decorations within your property. Remember not to rush into any decisions, since it can be costly and frustrating to remove inappropriate furnishings, particularly large items such as sofas. Additionally, don't just opt for the cheaper option if you are letting out the property, remember to consider all your options, be sure to check where the sales are or consider buy-to-let furniture specialists so you don't have to worry about what will go and what won't. After all, the more exclusive the furnishings and fittings are, the greater likelihood of attracting more discerning tenants who will look after and cherish your property more.
About the Author
John MCe writes on behalf of Buy To Let Furnishings who are the experts in furniture packages for rented accommodation, offering cost effective, rapid, furniture packs to suit any property.
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