Completed this September, we helped the landlord of this 6-bed HMO on Coburn St, Cathays develop a property with extra-durable features.
Spending a few extra pounds in a few key areas has made the house far more robust, benefitting landlords and tenants from a deposit or pursuit of damages perspective.
Below you'll find our top tips for an extra-durable, hard-wearing, robust HMO!
Tip #1: Use a hard-wearing floor in the communal areas
We utilised a porcelain tile throughout the ground-floor communal areas, which included the kitchen, dining area, lounge and main entrance hallway.
This wood-effect porcelain tile is from local Cardiff supplier, Mandarin Stone.
Tip #2: Invest in better quality bedroom furniture
We recommend investing in better quality bedroom furniture for less frequent replacements.
This "Mix-it" furniture set from John Lewis is a great range and comes in various colour options.
Tip #3: Consider using built-in seating with durable fabrics and materials
Fitted furniture helps minimize clutter and is an efficient use of space.
Using a highly-durable fabric such as the "Just Colour" range from Chieftain fabrics, as shown in the image above, will help your furniture last even longer.
It's fire-retardant, stain-resistant, antimicrobial and antifungal. We recommend opting for a fabric with a high rub count of 100,000 or above. The "Just Colour" range has a extreme Martindale rub count of 1,000,000!
Tip #4: Select a scrubbable paint
A highly-durable paint like the "Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt" from Crown Paints is a worthy investment. It's 100% stain-resistant compared to conventional matt emulsions and has superior cleaning properties.
Tip #5: Concrete table in the dining area
The landlord purchased a real concrete dining table with sturdy metal legs. It's extremely durable, scratch and heat-resistant, yet easy to clean with just soap and water!