Reasons for Painting the Inside of a Home
- Paint protects the walls. A coat of paint reduces wear and tear on the wall. Paint also protects the walls from moisture.
- Paint repairs walls. Nicks and dents are inevitable when people live inside a property. A fresh coat of paint hides small cracks and marks, making walls appear new again.
- Paint accentuates features. Paint colors are used to set off special areas or attributes of a house, such as niches, entry-ways, windows, art areas and high ceilings
There is little room for experimentation because owners mostly use generic colors. This is why some tenants want to paint a space themselves; it is an attempt to personalize it. Should you let them?
Pros Of Letting Tenants Paint
All tenants have an idea of what their ideal home should look like. When tenants ask to paint a house or apartment, it is an attempt to turn the place into their idea of one. Renters who are allowed to paint naturally feel more at home.
Tenants rent longer
Because a tenant has invested more - emotionally and financially - into a space, they are likely to lease for a longer period. Tenants who are allowed to personalize a space feel more valued and are likely to reward the owner by renewing their lease.
It is a lure for quality tenants
Tenants who ask to paint an apartment or house are usually people who want more than the market has to offer. They are the kind of renters who are willing to do extra work and spend additional money to make a place better. By including in your marketing message that prospective tenants are allowed to paint, you make the property more alluring to quality renters.
Better tenant-landlord relationship
If tenants are comfortable and more invested in the premises they live in, it is going to reflect how they relate to you as their landlord, other tenants and nearby neighbors. A happy tenant is a plus for property owners in many ways; they take better care of the property.
Landlords can charge more
You may charge more for giving tenants the privilege of painting a house or apartment. A lot of renters recognize and welcome the opportunity to personalize their space. As such, they are not only willing to pay more in rent, but also ready to stay longer in the property.
Cons of Letting Tenants Paint
Painting a room looks easy and fun; most people do not realize the thought and effort that goes into a perfect paint job. If tenants do not have prior painting experience, they will devalue rather than improve the house.
Problems that can occur include paint marks on ceilings, outlet covers and trim. Moreover, a tenant may also use the wrong painting technique.
Tenants can use the wrong paint
Different surfaces require different types of paint, but not everyone knows this. How a room is used also determines the type of paint that is suitable for it. Tenants may not realize this and could end up using mismatching or highly unusual colors of paint.
It could cost more in the long-term
The cost of repainting an apartment which was poorly painted can be significant. It often requires several coats of paint to be applied over the unwanted color before it is completely hidden from view. Each additional layer of paint is a cost to you as the owner.
If in spite of the cons, you still want to explore the option of letting tenants paint, here is what should be decided in advance:
- This privilege should only be extended to long-term renters who have painting experience.
- The conditions for allowing a tenant paint should be included in the lease agreement.
- You must take a deposit from the tenant that adequately covers the risks.
- You should discuss the type of paint to be used, colors and areas that may be painted.
- Tenants must paint back to original colors before move-out.