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Forum Spotlight: What is the best paint to use for rental properties?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Glamorous grey, fashionable fushia or classic silky white?

When it comes to choosing paint for a rental property, it can sometimes feel like a balancing act between picking colours that are on trend, hard wearing and suitable for your type of property.

It’s recommended that a property has a fresh lick of paint in time for the start of a new tenancy.

The type of paint you choose will inevitably vary depending on the typical profile of tenants you attract. If you normally rent to young families, for example, it might best to avoid matte crystal white walls (sticky fingerprint alert!) in favour of a wipe clean silky cream colour.

In this week’s forum spotlight, we take a look at your tips when it comes to redecorating a property. A member recently posted on our forum, keen to ask other landlords for their advice when it comes to the best paint to use for rental properties.

They were planning to re paint their rental property, and wanted to know what colour scheme they should go for and which brands of paint would be the most hardwearing and long-lasting.

Our forum members were quick to respond with their suggestions for this landlord.

So, whether you’re planning to hire someone to do the job for you, or will be rolling your sleeves up to do some painting yourself, here’s a roundup of tips that our forum posters suggested before you give your property a fresh lick of paint.

Make room look larger with neutral and pastel shades

It *might* be tempting to make a property feel as homely as possible by painting the walls in your favourite colours , but the first member to reply to the posters question suggested that landlords should stick to neutral colours for rental properties. They recommended for rental properties that brilliant white or magnolia work especially well.

Another member suggested that landlords shouldn’t be afraid of using a splash of colour, as some brighter shades can create the illusion of space.

Pretty pastels flirt with colour, and at the same time are also bright enough for a room to appear more spacious.  Feature walls in a rental property can also make the place feel ‘put together’

Use moisture repellent paint, and not just in bathrooms.

Another member posted that in terms of painting bathrooms and kitchens, the landlord should consider using a moisture repellent paint.

Condition matters more than colour

While it’s fair to say glossy black walls may not be palatable for everyone, tenants don’t see too much of the colour once their personal things are in the room, writes another forum user. Tenants do notice scuffed walls though, so choosing a hardwearing paint is important.

Another poster echoed this, suggesting the landlords best bet was to use a ‘silk’ paint, as this is less prone to wear and tear. Ceilings, however should be kept matte.

Keep a record. Of everything.

One member posted the following handy tip; that when redecorating, landlords should keep a record of the colour, type, brand and reference code of the paint that they use, and include this information in the house inventories.

Keeping a handy record of this type of information, saves a lot of time when it comes to touching up a paint job on future occasions.

Planning to redecorate?

Are you planning to give your rental property a fresh lick of paint? RLA members are eligible for a free RLA Tradepoint discount card.

TradePoint is the trade only arm of B&Q, offering a huge range of trusted brands at trade prices that other traders would be envious of. Get discounts on building, decorating, plumbing, electrical, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, tiling, landscaping, tools, safety and workwear products.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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