property investment

Floor Options for Your UK Investment Property

floor tilesDid you just find yourself a UK investment property? Now regardless if you’re buying or renting, selling or leasing out, living or doing business, one of the biggest decisions and expenses you’ll ever face will have something to do with floors. Because they literally take quite the entire expanse of the asset, sometimes even in multiples when stories are involved, it is important to come prepared. Besides, the right type for the right space can easily add monetary value to the investment.

Now the type of floors to pick for your UK investment property depends on many factors which includes the asset’s function, the rooms where they are intended to be placed, the preferred design style, budget, short or long term use, and comfort among others. Below is a list of popular options in the market today and their accompanying strengths.

  • TILES

One of the more popular options today given their ease in maintenance and versatility, tiles come in ceramic, porcelain or stone. A favorite in kitchens and baths for their resistance to moisture and spills, they are also available in a number of shapes, designs and sizes to fit and cater to varying tastes. Tired of the usual tiles look but want their perks? Get creative with patterns like the chevron and herringbone.

  • HARDWOOD

A classic choice, hardwood also resist water and stands up against spills. They’re a traditional and timeless choice too. Oak, ash, cherry and walnut are popular hardwood floor variants. Their only downside perhaps is that they can be a bit more expensive in comparison.

  • LINOLEUM

Aside from being soft and comfortable to walk on, linoleum resists water, heat and scratching. It is likewise antibacterial, durable and easy to clean. Compared to the others on this list, it is by far the cheapest and the most rent friendly. They’re the easiest and fastest to install as well.

  • BAMBOO

Nothing beats bamboo floors in a UK investment property when it comes to rustic-traditional while being environment friendly. This options has the least carbon footprint and does not involve cutting down trees. The material used for these floors is a type of grass that grows fast and abundantly without the need for replanting. It is hard enough, durable and can last through time and are available in tiles or planks in different colors, textures and patterns.

  • RUBBER

Next to linoleum, rubber is a very cost efficient flooring option for your UK investment property. Available in varying textures, thickness, colors and styles, it is durable, resists impacts and very easy to maintain. They are sold in sheets, rolls and interlocking or glue-down tiles.

 

How to Build Your Dream UK Property Investment

buildinhBuilding a dream UK property investment aka home is part of anyone’s bucket list. We all want a space to call our own and somewhere we could always go home to. It’s our safe place, our personal abode.

But creating, let alone building one, isn’t an easy task. Still, it’s completely doable and we’ve got the tips to make the job less daunting. Here, read up!

  • Choose the right location. When it comes to homes, where it’s stipulated means a lot. It can spell anywhere from convenience to nuisance in a matter of a heartbeat. It’s always best to choose a neighborhood that’s not only safe and nice but one that also makes transportation a breeze, at least for the places you’d often frequent like school or work.
  • Think ahead. Your home is a personal thing but just because it is doesn’t mean that you can forget about the technicalities of it all. When choosing a UK property investment, make sure that it’s one that will appreciate or one that you can build on to add value as time goes by and not the other way around.
  • Opt for lesser ongoing costs. Many people forget that owning a house comes with repair and maintenance expenses. Moreover, these things do not form part of the purchasing cost because they are spent after one owns the property. The lesser the ongoing costs the better.
  • Consider your preferences. Needs will always come first at all costs but if you’ve got the resources to throw more into the mix then don’t feel guilty to give into a few wants. For instance, a garden may not be a necessity but if you can afford a bigger lot with enough exterior land area then why not right?
  • Design around your lifestyle. When renovating, decorating or even building a house from scratch, make sure to identify your needs and your lifestyle preferences. This way, the space becomes more in sync with your day to day life.
  • Keep things functional and ergonomic. Buy furniture, appliances and other house items that are not only visually appealing but will also serve a purpose. Functional items are a plus and all the more if they are comfortable, energy efficient and ergonomic.
  • Make sure that you’re within budget. Whether you’re buying, renovating ore decorating a UK property investment, make sure that you are well within your means. Stick to your budget or regret it later.

Investment Property Hacks: Creating Space

investment-property-loftWhen it comes to any investment property, space is always an issue. We need enough of it to contain the furniture and equipment that we wish to house. We need even more to allow for mobility and ease of movement to and from one room to another, one point to the next. But we all know that maximizing space is a pretty tough job. Although challenging, there are nifty ways on how to make the task less taxing. Here’s how.

  1. Think vertically. Make sure to utilize every square inch possible not only in terms of floor area but also in wall area. For example, by creating floor to ceiling shelves and similar storage systems one can organize stuff in a relatively limited space.
  2. Use illusions. See through furnishings like glass tables as well as floor to ceiling curtains create an illusion of height and therefore trick the eye to think of bigger dimensions. The use of mirrors and other elements that reflect light also provide such illusion.
  3. Bring in the light. Adequate and proper choice of lighting can instantly magnify any room. Of course, it is crucial to take note of the function of each room when choosing the type of lighting to install. Large windows that bring in natural light will also be great.
  4. Keep it uncluttered. By displaying fewer things out, the space will appear big. One does not have to display every single piece of item they own. Use cabinets and drawers to hide unsightly stuff and to keep the room looking tidy and cohesive.
  5. Consider the loft. If the ceiling is pretty high and the property’s dimensions and structure allows it, adding a loft will instantly provide more space. For example, a loft bedroom makes it possible to have a bed up leaving the rest of the floor area free for more furniture and whatnot.
  6. Use lesser walls. Multi-functional rooms or those that have no structural divide aka walls appear larger. However if tearing down walls or the absence of them does not suit your taste, consider glass walls and dividers.
  7. Be creative with storage. One will be surprised to discover that there are so many storage possibilities in every investment property. Even the smallest of nooks can be a great storeroom of sorts. All it takes is creativity, imagination and a good carpenter.


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