Get your flat up to scratch in time for Wimbledon

If you’re looking to earn some extra cash for the holiday season and you live in the Wimbledon area, renting out your flat for a week or a fortnight might not be such a bad idea. Hoards of tennis fans are looking for accommodation for the third Grand Slam of the year, and let’s face it, it’s far nicer to stay in someone’s home rather than ending up in an unknown B&B.

If you’re not keen on eating strawberries and cream, or watching Murray’s serve, you can seriously profit by letting out your home. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a small flat or a five-bedroom house  – what matters is how it looks. If you’ve got the Williams sisters as lodgers, you want to pull out all the stops.

We’ve listed a couple of suggestion how to make your home stand out, and this is our own little check list:


While it might be difficult to re-create the flawless lawns of Wimbledon’s Centre Court, it’s important that your garden isn’t a patch of wild terrain. Invest in a good lawn mower and don’t forget to decorate your patio with welcoming flowers – lavender is in season. A barbecue might be appreciated too.


Get rid of the old tub of cream cheese in the fridge, and make sure everything is clean and tidy. The kettle should not be covered in limescale. It’s always a nice gesture to leave out a welcome pack for any starving guests, so assemble a wine and cheese basket and their first evening is set.


Ensure you don’t have any leaking taps and that the shower drain isn’t clogged.  Empty a bag of potpourri in a nice bowl to spruce up the space and don’t forget loo roll.


While your wardrobe probably is a great treasure trove, your guests might not appreciate your latest purchases. They will certainly not appreciate the crammed space. Empty your wardrobe or closet and tidy the bedside table. Things like glasses, medication or jewellery are easy to forget in drawers, so clear this out. A stack of books however, might be a great way to while away an evening after a full day of (watching) tennis.

If you lack green fingers, you can always find a local gardener that can turn your garden into a lush sanctuary. And if your bathroom is not up to date, a bathroom specialist, or simply a plumber, will easily sort you out. For other home improvement conundrums, Rated People will help you find a local tradesperson who’ll sort everything out for you. Easy peasy.


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