How to make your rented property feel like home
Renting is a fantastic choice for home owners who aren’t quite ready to get tied down with a mortgage. However, with a deposit to worry about you need to be careful not to do any damage to the property you are renting. This often means that renters feel unable to make adjustments to their home so that they feel lived in and like it belongs to them. Here are a few ways that you can leave your stamp on your rental home.
Work with what you have
Whether it’s a new and modern looking apartment or an old Victorian house, you should try and embrace the unique features of the property and work within its existing aesthetic. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes if there are things you really don’t like. For example, if you really hate that brown vinyl flooring in the kitchen then why not replace it with a colour that you do like. You don’t have to remove the vinyl flooring either, just get your new flooring cut down to the right size and have it laid over the top. Once your tenancy comes to an end you can simply take it up without a fuss, or any threat to your deposit.
If it’s the colours of the walls that offend you then speak to your landlord about whether you are able to give them a facelift. They might agree so long as you restore them to their original colour at the end of your tenancy. If not then consider temporary vinyl wallpaper, which often uses adhesive backings designed in a way that won’t damage underlying surfaces.
Soft furnishings like rugs, throws and cushions can all add some colour to your home and can also help retain heat. Hanging pictures and placing flowers, plants, lampshades and other small decorations around will all help to add a touch of your personality.
If your rental home lacks storage then think about cabinets, bookcases and shelves which can all offer you somewhere to store away your personal effects.
All in all, the most important thing to remember is to speak to your landlord and see what aspects of their property they are comfortable with you changing. Some landlords may be relaxed, while others may have strict rules over what can be altered.
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