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Decorating your rental property

Posted by Adrian
December 14th, 2017

HomeLet – Decorating your rental property

So you have signed the papers for your rental home, but it’s looking a bit empty and you are struggling to call it your ‘home-sweet-home’. No one likes feeling uncomfortable in their own house, but what can you do to fix this?

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There are a lot of home improvements that you can do in your new home to give it a personalised new look, some include:

  • - Put up a garden shed: A garden shed can be useful for storing gardening tools in one place, it can come in various sizes and different materials like wood, glass and metal. Your choice of material can create a naturalistic, minimalistic or rustic vibe with the respective materials.
  • - Installing a new boiler or central heating system: These appliances wear away over time, the house can look dreary when stains and rusts are starting to show. It might be helpful to start considering replacing these old appliances with new ones.
  • - Knocking through rooms: If you want to create a different layout to your room, it might be useful to consider knocking a wall down, this will give you a much bigger space.
  • - Putting up wallpapers: Patterns can spice up an empty or plain room, if you don’t want to cover the whole room with the same wallpaper try putting it on one wall and making it the accent wall. It is an easy and cost effective fix.
  • - Getting a loft conversion: The loft is usually forgotten about and used for storage. Why not use the space for something more aesthetically enticing, give it a paint job and a few lounge accessories, it will be ready for you to enjoy in no time.

The ideas above are just a fraction of what you can do to make your rental property more homely. However, before you make a start Landlord Insurance from HomeLet advises all tenants to get permission from your landlord before making any changes to the property. There is a risk of losing part or all of your deposit when you move out if he or she was not informed beforehand. To ensure the agreement is kept, get your landlord’s agreement in writing as well.

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Be aware of the difference between renovations and repair. If there are signs of damage rather than your personal preference to replace something, it is the landlord’s responsibility to get it covered. It is important to get in touch with your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible. You should only attempt repairs to your rental property if this is clearly stated in the tenancy agreement that it is allowed.

If unfortunately, the landlord does not approve of your home renovation plans, don’t feel discouraged because there are still some quick fixes that can help your rental property come to life, you can:

– Add new furnishing to the house

– Replace rusty/broken sink or bath

– Cover marks on paintwork with a paint tester pot that matches your walls

– Fill a vase with fresh flowers from the garden

– Fill your room with delicious tea lights and candles

– Put up picture frames and fill them with your favourite memories

Now that you have all the right ideas, you are all set to proudly (and safely) announce your rental property as your ‘HOME-SWEET-HOME’.

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Fallen out of love with your house

Posted by Adrian
December 4th, 2017

Fallen out of love with your house?

There are many reasons why one might be unsatisfied with their property and there are two ways to solve that: you can relocate or renovate.

However, relocating can be a tedious process as it requires a massive budget, it takes time to plan, and even more time to view the properties. The list goes on.

Renovating, on the other hand, is less of a hassle and a much cheaper option. If you only feel like your home has lost its character over time or that you feel like you just want a breath of fresh air – this is the option for you. Here are some renovation ideas that you can do in your house:

  • Converting your loft into a bedroom
  • Re-configuring your rooms by knocking down a wall or two
  • Redoing the kitchen or toilets and replace them with new cupboards, sinks…etc

If you need a bit more convincing as to why you should renovate, it’s not only cheaper to do so, but it also adds value to your home. Continue reading below for the statistics provided by the YOPA to find out what percentage increase in value it could make:

  • Open-plan living space: +6%
  • Conservatory: +5%
  • Extra double bedroom: +10%
  • Extra bathroom: +5%
  • Other extensions: +11%

So what if you are on an extremely tight budget? Is there anything else you can do to give your house a new look as well? You can definitely still do some minor refreshing rather than a full-scale renovation, and here are some suggestions, you can:

Repaint your walls

Give it a new colour! You can brighten up the room with some lighter colours, or give it a sense of sophistication with darker colours.

Put up some wallpapers

Patterns are always interesting on walls, it fills an empty room and livens it up. If you don’t feel like covering all the walls, why not try an accent wall instead? It is a simple way to make the house seem effortlessly stylish.

Replace or add some new soft furnishing

Over time, your furniture might not be in the same condition as it was when it was new. Signs of wear and tear can be an eyesore, so why not replace your old furniture with some new ones? You can even attempt a new style and rearrange its layout.

In short, you don’t necessarily need to relocate in order to fall back in love with your current property. Renovate and refresh away, and it will be good as new! If you do decide to make these changes to your home by yourself, just bear in mind these safety tips that Slater and Gordon Lawyers have addressed in their infographic below.

Move or Improve Infographic

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How to keep your home warm in Winter

Posted by Adrian
December 4th, 2017

How to keep your home warm in Winter

The Winter months are finally here, and as the cooler weather sets in, attention turns to the interior of the home. Where most visualise coming in from the cold, wet, miserable weather to a warm, cosy escape just like those within traditional Winter destinations that many people relate to when temperatures start to drop.

If you’re struggling to create your very own Winter escape, take a look at these interior ideas to ensure your home epitomises your ideal cosy retreat, in style.

Materials matter

If you’re looking to add texture and depth to your interiors then you may be missing a crucial material; wood. Known for its popularity within the North American Craftsman home, wood can be used to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

This versatile material can be used throughout the home in a variety of ways, more commonly in built-in furniture such as shelving, storage and bench seating. However, it can also be found in decorative pieces scattered around the home.

Fill up with blankets and rugs

Many Winter interior designs, be it local or further afield like the traditional Chalet in Switzerland or the Yurt in Mongolia, will include a plethora of blankets, cushions, and rugs. Not only do they offer a different design for your home they will help keep rooms feeling insulated as rugs will block off any draughts while blankets and cushions add layers giving a cosier effect.

You’ll need some decent bedding to keep you toasty at night, so invest in some from www.juliancharles.co.uk/bedding for a good night’s sleep.

Add a winter colour scheme

Moving away from the lighter colour palettes of summer, taking inspiration from the interior of the traditional Mongolian Yurt, your Winter shades should include deep reds, oranges and purples to give the impression of warmth and cosiness.

The ultimate winter appliance

Nothing says winter like coming home and cosying up next to a roaring fire and if you’re searching for the perfect Winter interior then adding a fire, whether it be wood burning or electric, will give you that homely, idyllic feel you’ve been looking for.

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