Easter is upon us and as well as spring cleaning now is the time to do all those DIY tasks that you never got round to. However if you are a tenant renting a property there will be limits as to what you can do. Sometimes as a tenant there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to put your own stamp on what will be your home till the end of the tenancy. Even though the property isn’t actually yours by ownership, it is yours for the agreed time you will be calling it home. You are expected to treat the property as your own in terms of minimising any damage caused and ensuring that the property is clean as well as routine repairs being made aware to the landlord. Although it is unlikely that you will able to add wallpaper to a property there are some little things that you can do in order to create a little bit of character and showcase your personality in your home.
Many are likening fashion on the runway to fashion in the home and why shouldn’t they? The way you dress is a representation of you or at least the mood you were in when you woke up that morning! Well this is the same for your home and because everyone is different, landlords tend to stick with neutral colours in order to not instantly put some tenants off. As a result, to add some personality to your home you need to be creative.
Rental properties usually come unfurnished which means that the first thing you are likely to notice is the colour of the carpet or the wooden floors. If these aren’t to your taste don’t be put off, you can always cover the floor with rugs. Not only will this give you the opportunity to find something that is more to your taste, it also gives you the flexibility the change the rug as often as you like if you feel the need to.
If you are renting a flat it is unlikely that you will have a garden of your own so why not bring the outside, inside. Don’t be afraid to use garden furniture inside your home. Old window shutters can make great features on a wall when paired with other rustic plaques. Plant pedestals are also a good way of framing a door or again creating a focus point on wall.
It can be quite easy to buy white kitchenware because it is likely to match any property decor but often there isn’t much storage in rental accommodation. For this reason, purchasing kitchenware in a range of colours means that you can make a feature out of them when there is no space in the cabinets and they need to be left on the worktop! Creatively placed coloured cups and saucers can be an interesting arrangement if you put a little thought into it.
If you are only going to be in the property for a year there is no point kitting it out with the finest furniture because who knows what your next home will look like. For this reason have a look at car boot sales for some hidden gems. You are likely to find some great pieces for your home at a very small cost. Decorating your home shouldn’t be a chore or draining on the finances so think about what you really want and have a hunt around.
If you are lucky enough to have a utility room don’t let it be forgotten. They are often just quick storage with not a lot of thought put into them. Well this doesn’t have to be the case. Check with your landlord but you might be able to add some custom made shelf brackets to give a little bit of character. Another great touch is vintage jars or boxes that can be used for storage.
Remember that the home you will be living in is your landlords business. They need it to be as accessible and appealing to as many tenants as possible to ensure that they do not have void periods. This can be costly especially when their landlord insurance doesn’t cover it. So be mindful of this but don’t forget that you will be living there so a few little changes will really help your house to feel like a home.
An external contribution from Just Landlords.