Landlords seduced by TV property ideas
Many landlords with buy to let insurance have been encouraged to go into the rental sector in recent years because of the influence of certain TV property shows.
But their impact goes far deeper than that.
Over the last decade we have become a nation living with wall-to-wall property programmes.
These days it is hard to find an evening when there is not at least one property show being broadcast on one of the terrestrial TV stations.
Usually there are several.
On satellite there are entire channels dedicated to property.
It is hardly surprising then that Britons are now spending almost £1200 and 11 days a year doing up their homes to copy ideas they have seen on television.
And landlords are no doubt among them in this.
In many cases they are doing up the property themselves, rather than paying for professional help.
This serves to keep down the overall costs of any makeover.
The logic behind any landlord making over a property is to increase the amount of rent that can be charged.
Often, though, just little cosmetic touches, like a new lick of paint or some curtains, can make a huge difference.
By doing the work themselves, landlords can save money while eventually making money on their investment.
Another way of saving money for landlords is by seeking out the best deal on cheap landlords insurance.