Creating homes that people love is an invaluable skill for landlords who want to keep tenant turnover as low as possible. With professionals and students being amongst the most profitable tenants, it is important to provide spaces that are not only comfortable, but also offer a productive work environment. As we become more connected, more people are bringing work home or working from home, making it more important than ever to create space which encourages productivity.
Keeping tenants happy will see more contract renewals and therefore fewer administrative fees and a lower chance of the property standing empty between contracts. Creating a space in which tenants feel they can produce good work will increase the chances of them remaining in the property. With this in mind, we’ve looked at the best ways landlords can create a better work environment in their properties.
Maximise natural lighting
Natural light is scientifically proven to aid productivity, while dim lighting causes strained eyes, fatigue and even depression. With this in mind, natural light is an effective asset that should be optimised for all tenants, and not just those working at home.
Structurally, many buildings present challenges when it comes to increasing natural light, but optimising its reach is often as simple as moving furniture. By strategically positioning furniture, you can aid the flow of light into the room, giving the appearance of more space as well as creating a more stimulating environment.
If natural light is extremely limited in your property, there are a few things to bear in mind when turning to artificial lighting. Full-spectrum bulbs with white hues are best for simulating outside light, whereas yellowish tones are soothing and promote calm and relaxation. Fitting dimmer switches, or a multitude of lamps at intervals throughout the room, will allow your tenants to adjust light levels according to their needs.
Use design psychology when choosing colours
Design psychology examines the effects of certain colours, shapes and textures and outlines how people react when influenced by them. When creating a work-friendly environment, considering these factors will contribute to how well your tenants make use of the space.
Certain colours provoke different responses; making some better for aiding concentration, focus and studying. Studies have found that yellow and green are positive colours promoting creativity and productivity, while blue is calming and boosts focus.
Colours to avoid in work or office environments include red – which can be over-stimulating and lead to aggression – and brown, which is associated with laziness.
Choose high-quality furniture
Relaxing, sleeping, studying; everything we do is better when our environment properly facilitates it. Whether you decide to create a home office or just a dedicated study space, good-quality, comfortable furniture is essential.
Models designed with studying and work in mind will provide the correct balance of support and comfort needed to encourage productivity – even if they are in use for long periods of time.
When furnishing, be mindful of other distractions which may occur, such as clutter and claustrophobic spaces. Provide plenty of organisation and storage space to minimise mess, and avoid cramming too much into a small space – instead, why not utilise space-saving furniture that stacks or stows away?
Keep your tenants connected
Perhaps the most important factor when working or studying at home is good internet connection. Being able to access high-speed internet will determine whether your tenant is able to bring work home with them and successfully get it done.
Check with your broadband provider that they can guarantee good connectivity in your area, even at peak times.
Productive tenants are happy tenants
Helping your tenants to get their work done is more important than you might think when it comes to securing long-term contracts. Students and professionals are creating a gap in the market. They require forward-thinking landlords who ensure their properties include productive work environments that suit their tenants’ needs. Implement these small, productivity-improving changes to your property, and make your home more attractive to the modern tenant.
Article Courtesy of: Fiona King for Student Furniture, providers of stylish, durable and cost-effective furniture for student accommodation. Visit our blog to discover more design tips and the latest news in student accommodation.