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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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