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Rental renovations: 5 hacks to make it feel like home

August 19, 2021

Renting is cheaper than buying a home for the first time in six years, but it can be difficult to make a space your own with restrictions by landlords and the often temporary nature of a place. We’ve shared some rental renovations you can make to a property, as well as expert advice to remember when moving in to ensure you retain your deposit.

1. Painting

Whipping fresh colour on the walls is something you can easily do yourself, and will make a drastic difference to the look of your space. Most landlords are happy for you to go ahead with this, just remember to check first. With Changing Rooms back on our screens that are plenty of ideas floating around, whether you want to personalise your bedroom or giving your living room a welcoming feel.

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2. Fix the flooring

Completely replacing the flooring in a rental property will not only be expensive, but it’s also likely to breach your tenancy agreement. However, all is not lost as you can transform the look with a stylish rug to sort the space. Alternatively, you can also try Lino – this will give rooms a whole new look and helps it to feel more cosy and homely.

Pincushion green corner sofa with teal, green rug

Photo: Barker and Stonehouse

3. All about accessories

The power of plants is not to be underestimated, as these will brighten up the place keeping your mood high and property looking great. Meanwhile, new chairs and side tables will automatically add your personal style. Pictures are another great addition, just remember to use non-damaging hanging strips and no nails!

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Photo: IKEA

4. Temporary tweaks

If you’re lucky enough to have a furnished flat, non-permanent changes can still help you put a stamp on it. Add throws and cushions across the place for a cosy vive, and update lampshades and curtains to cement your signature style.

5. All about the outdoors

Gardens and balconies can be made beautiful with a bit of planting, outdoor seating and fairy lights! Relatively cheap and easy to do, but making a huge difference to the feel of your home.

Fairy garden with wooden benches, electric candles and dairy lights around wooden beams

Photo: TruGlo

Rental property checklist

Before you move into a rental, it’s important to remember these golden rules to ensure you get your deposit back, in full!

1. Do an inventory

It’s important to note down all the posessions the property comes with, including furniture and appliances, and the condition they are in. You don’t want to be charged for damaging something that wasn’t working to begin with! Also make sure you check everything that’s mentioned on the inventory is in the property so you can’t be charged for losing anything you never had!

2. Take photos

One of the best things you can do is to take pictures of the state of furniture, windows and flooring. This will be great evidence when you do move out, and also helps you to keep a record of things you have done to make it better going forward.

3. Get permission

It goes without saying, but make sure you speak to your landlord before making any adjustments to your property. Most landlords will be happy for you to make small changes, but it’s worth getting confirmation before spending out to make tweaks and then paying for it by losing part of your deposit. Check the terms of your tenancy agreement before making permanent changes and get your landlord’s permission in writing.

4. Flag any signs of damage

If you accidentally damage anything, make sure you let your landlord or letting agent know as soon as you can. Most repairs are still your landlord’s responsibility, and they will want to get them fixed as soon as you can.

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