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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Decorating a Rented Home


One of the things most tenants struggle with when they live in rented accommodation is turning their room, or house, into somewhere they feel comfortable living. Sometimes it is hard to put your own mark on a rental property. For those who are new to the rental market just knowing what they can and cannot do is a challenge. Many do not know if they can paint the walls, or add their own furniture to a furnished property. Others who are used to living in rented accommodation know the ropes, but the fact that they may not be there long puts them off making changes. They are worried that their landlord may not like what they do, which could lead to them losing their deposit.

Because of this, an awful lot of people just decide to live with the way their new home is decorated, and rely on soft furnishings and ornaments to make their mark. Whilst this is understandable, it is a real shame, because there is a lot you can do to improve the home you live in, and change it to be a better reflection of who you are. 

Rent the right type of accommodation

The first step is to make sure you rent from a landlord that will allow you to decorate. These days many do allow this.

Be reasonable

Make sure that you understand exactly what you can and cannot do, and consult the property owner before you make changes. It is important to bear in mind that they will want to rent the property to someone else once you have finished with it. Try to come up with ideas that will appeal to the majority of potential renters. If you take this approach, your landlord is far more likely to agree to your plans. Show home interior design ideas usually work well for rented properties. This style of home decor, by its very nature, appeals to the majority of people. Therefore, the owner of your rented property is likely to be happy when you decorate in a similar style.

Finish things to a high standard

If you are allowed to decorate, you need to make sure that it is finished in a professional way. No landlord is going to give you your deposit back, if the decorating looks unprofessional, or shoddy. 


Keep it simple

It is also wise not to make changes that would be difficult to undo. Avoid wallpaper, because should your landlord want thing put back to the way they were when you moved in it would take a lot of work to strip all of the walls, and repaint them.

Get clever

It is also worth considering using removable wall stickers, to change the decor of a room. You can buy this kind of wall decal here. To put the property back to the same condition it was when you first moved in, all you need to do is to peel the stickers off the walls, and wash them down. If you want to change the flooring, consider using large rugs, or lino. Both of these can be rolled out over the existing floors, and picked up and removed when you move.

Do you live in rented accommodation? Are you able to decorate? If not do you have any tips to make a rental property more homely?

Mummy B xoxox

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