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Making Your Rental House a Home…
If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you’ll know I’m all about making a rental house into a home. Just because this is your temporary house, doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into somewhere you love to be in. I’ve found that particularly during this time that I’m grateful that I decided to go down the route of renovating my rental home. The one thing that I know that stops people from them from going on their own rental renovation journey is knowing what landlord-approved updates you can do.
Luckily there are so many that you can update your home, that won’t mean you’ll lose your deposit once you’re ready to move. Here are my five top suggestions on landlord-approved updates that you can do to your rental home…
Painting is the one landlord-approved update that people seem the most scared of. Yes, it can be an effort to paint your walls. But that effort will pay off. Even a fresh lick of white paint can brighten a room and make it feel like new. Also, do not be afraid to go dark. Yes, it will take a bit to paint over once you want to leave, but that shouldn’t stop you. If you’re planning on being in the home for a while, then take the bull by the horns, whip a paintbrush out and get decorating.
A top tip for making sure you get the right paint colour to change it back? Chip a bit off the paint, either from the behind a radiator of a door. Store it away and get a tin mixed based on the colour that you chipped off. Your landlord will be none the wiser!
Now, this is one that I’m interested in doing. Though I’ve not practised this myself, it’s one that I know fellow renters swear by. I’ve spoken about it on my Instagram Stories, but I’m interested in using removable wallpaper in my home office. From what I understand, they are a great way of adding pattern and texture to your walls, without being permanent or damage. The idea is that they work in a similar way to contact paper, so you can lift it up if you make a mistake and stip it off when you’re ready to move on.
In a room that is small, playing around with a bold pattern or colour is a great and fun way to inject some personality into your home. Especially if you’re like me and you’re a lover of neutral. That’s why I think applying it in a downstairs toilet, home office or spare room is perfect. However, if you love colour and patterns, then go for it and decorate your entire home with it. You’re going to be in the prime of your life and it’s a perfect activity to do one weekend or during the week while we’re at home.
CHANGE YOUR LIGHTING.
I think this is one that I say over and over again. But lighting can make such a difference to your home. Now, you do not have to go to the lengths I’ve gone to, which is completely changing up the ceiling rose and electric cable. One of the most effective things you can do is simply change up the shade. A lot of my pendant lights in my home are rattan and they add to the neutral, tranquil vibe that I wanted to achieve within my rental home. This one is 100% one of the landlord-approved updates that will make sure a difference to your home. It will inject some of your personality without needing to be an electrician.
If you are removing any of the landlord’s fixtures, be sure to save them to one side in a box, so that you can swap them over once you’re ready to move. Unless you’re willing to donate them to the next renters. Be sure to check with your landlord before you do this though. I’ve heard many horror stories about being charged for this at the end of a tenancy.
SHOP THE POST.
CHANGE UP THE HARDWARE.
Another thing that I love to do in a rental home. I’ve changed every knob and handle in our home where possible. Again this is another great way to add your personality to your home. You can go for something modern and unique, or traditional and simple. It all depends on your budget and what you want to achieve. By all means, I would recommend that you change up your kitchen cabinets, this will make such a difference to your home.
If you’re feeling a bit braver, changing up your door handles will also make a difference to your space. This is a little trickier to do, so make sure you’re super confident before you attempt this.
HANG UP ARTWORK.
One of my final landlord-approved updates is to decorate your walls with art. Again, something that we’re nervous to do as we’re all hanging on desperately to get our deposits back. But your walls deserve to be decorated and artwork is the way to go. Everyone knows I love any prints from Desenio. Their artwork is affordable and stylish and you’re bound to find something for your rental home.
Now to hang the artwork up. Personally, I’m a fan of putting a nail into the wall. Yes it will create a hole but spackling is no that bad and if you saved paint ready to revert back when you leave, you can easily patch up the hole at the end of your tenancy. If you’re really not ready, then command strips and hooks are the way to go. Super easy to put up and wall-friendly.