Apartments for daily rent have been a hit for quite some time. We have seen everything, from amazingly renovated and decorated spaces to ‘grandma’s apartment’ with all the furniture owners don’t need any more but they don’t want to throw it away. Needless to say we enjoy only the ones from first category, but we are also aware of the fact people sometimes have good intentions but fail with some of the decisions while renovating.
Well, since not all of you are experts in interior design and décor, and recently Petra’s family decided to rent her sister’s (newly renovated) small studio apartment since she decided to move back to Zagreb, it is only fair to give you some tips and tricks we learned along the way and help you make your apartment rent ready!
1. Make all the repairs apartment needs before
It is crucial to repair all the major problems and notice the potential ones, so it is best to double-check everything.
Check all the plumbing and electrical installations in the apartment, check for small cracks on walls and floor.
Change the flooring if the one you have is in a bad condition. If you have a hardwood flooring evaluate to what extent it is worn out and whether it’s time to replace it, also check the tiles – if you have some old ugly ones maybe you don’t have to replace them but you can paint them!
Fix all the doors and windows and finally paint the whole apartment. There’s nothing guests hate more than to see stains on the walls.
My dad is a true DIY-er and (with my mom’s help) he spent a total of two months renovating this place, doing everything by himself. Keep in mind this apartment was already renovated for my sister to move in a few years ago. But when she was moving in she decided to first renovate the kitchen and design a living/bedroom and she never got to phase two of the renovation so there was still a lot of work to do.
First he painted an ugly and old bathroom wall tiles, then he fixed all the windows, painted them, painted the doors inside the apartment. While he was doing that my mom cleaned the courtyard and did some gardening. And finally they painted the apartment and that was it.
2. Deep-clean the interior
This is what we mean by deep-clean: vacuum and polish everything, clean floors, carpets and walls thoroughly, clean the bathroom, do the dishes and laundry and make sure all the wardrobes and cabinets are completely clean and dust-free.
Clean all the household appliances you offer while renting an apartment. Make sure they are clean inside and out.
And remember to do this after every guest leaves.
3. Go with neutral colour palette
Back when she was renovating my sister chose a neutral colour palette for her apartment with a touch of wood and some bold coloured furniture.
The kitchen is all white with an amazing beige stone-like tiles on the floor and small white tiles with black grouts for a backsplash. She also painted one wall in a chalkboard black – so she can write her grocery store list and some memos. It was never really used like that but it still looked great like a black empty wall that contrasts the kitchen.
The bathroom is pretty much grey and white. Well, we’re still deciding on the floor tiles so for now we kept the original ones, and as we mentioned, wall tiles are painted in an off-white colour so it’s pretty simple and clean looking.
The bedroom / living room is also quite neutral. We believe this is a way to go with rental apartments. Too much colour is not a great idea because the specific colour can throw back some of the potential guests. And you can always work with some coloured details.
4. Invest in a good furniture pieces
Maybe you remember when we wrote about my sister’s small and functional Ikea kitchen. She picked a perfect kitchen for this small apartment and we are sure our guests are going to love it as much as she did. Since it is pretty light it gives the impression it’s a lot bigger.
In her bedroom / living room the wardrobe and tv element are white, and the pull-out couch is grey so she decided to brake this neutral tones with this amazing yellow Ikea armchair and next to it she put this baby blue Eglo Dundee floor lamp. This completely transformed the space.
5. Details make difference
Well, we can write again about that yellow armchair and beautiful floor lamp because those are not only great furniture pieces but great details in this small apartment but we don’t want to repeat ourselves.
It’s often the little details that make all the difference. Think about adding some cushions on the sofa for example, choose artwork to display on the walls, add some plants and flowers… This all would make the apartment seem more inviting and homey.
Besides all these detailes we mentioned we decided to add one more new detail in this apartment. I’m sure Maja is a bit sad she didn’t get to enjoy it while she was living there.
That chalkboard wall needed something big so since we travelled to Dubrovnik for our nephew’s birthday last weekend we figured it’s the great opportunity to give this apartment another great detail – the map of Dubrownik Old Town.
It took us 8 hours to finish it and we are very happy with the result. We used the white chalk marker to draw everything and blue one to mark all the important places one should see while visiting our hometown. We truly think guests are going to love it. And the best thing is you can make your tour plan while eating your breakfast!
We still have some work to do to make this studio apartment even better but we are proud with what we’ve already done.
If you’re planning on visiting our hometown, check out our apartment HERE.
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Area: 27 m²
Available to book on Airbnb
photos: © upgradesign