Having just published an Ebook called Preparing your Property for Lease there is a section that mentions what students need when organizing accommodation especially for them. Having worked in the Cleaning Industry for over 25 years and assisted Real Estate Agents to prepare properties for sale and/or lease I have learned what is required in a home or rental property not only from the sale/leasing point of view but also for the purchaser/tenant.
Although student accommodation is shared, where everyone uses the bathrooms, kitchens and TV rooms, ideally each student should have their own locked room. In that room there should be a bed, wardrobe desk and chair. These are the basics. Unfortunately, many landlords around the world see students as a way of making money with very little outlay. I have been in houses where three students share one room, and even the lounge/TV room has become a shared bedroom. This means in a three bedroom house or apartment there could be up to 12 students living in the property.
Layout Of The Room
For a Student to make their room more habitable and friendly, the first thing to do is make the bed convertible by pushing the length of the bed against the wall so cushions can be placed across the back thereby making the bed into a sofa during the day. Storage for items such as cases and boxes can be stored under the bed. Secondly set the desk either under the window or near the window to gain the light and to see outside while studying. Wardrobes are usually too big and heavy to move, but other students in the property could help shift it to a more appropriate position in the room if necessary.
Where To Shop?
To purchase personal items for making the room more homely, a visit to the local charity shop is the answer. Picking similar colors for such things as cushions, rugs, bedspreads, and curtains (if necessary) will add color to the room and take away the drabness and unlived in look. Lamps for the desk are generally available in these stores also if there is only one light bulb hanging from the middle of the ceiling in the room a shade from the charity shop will help remove the starkness. The total outlay for these items will not break the bank.
Adding A Little Personality
Pot plants and family photos strategically placed around the room improves the ambiance and makes the room a pleasure to enter. If the student is a person who always forgets to water, then cacti are the obvious plants, as they do not need regular watering.
When the student leaves the property, they take all their purchases with them or, if traveling a distance to return home, the items can be donated back to the charity shop to be resold.
There are three published Ebooks so far in the series. Preparing your House for Sale, Preparing your Apartment for Sale and Preparing your Property for Lease. Two more Ebooks will be published later this year they are Preparing your Property for the End of Lease Move and Preparing a Deceased Estate for Sale. Although there are similarities in the preparation requirements for each of these properties there are also marked differences to accomplish the prescribed effect. Want to read these e-books? Find out more here…
Contributor: Julie Finch-Scally