We purchased a very old house and put it in the market for rent.
However, the walls and ceiling were so dirty and worn, so we bought the materials, paints, etc. and painted the property and did some minor renovations in the kitchen and bath ourself(to make it cleaner to attract tenants).
Can we claim the amount we paid for buying the materials and also claim the time we spent on doing the job (as if we have asked a painter/trademan to come and do the job)?
JamesF is right, not only are "repairs" done pre renting not deductible (both materials and your time), "repairs" are only repairs to the extent they get the house back to the standard it was in when you purchased the property. If it was run down when you purchased it, fixing it will never be a tax deductible repair.