15:34 PM, 12th April 2012, About 10 years ago
The biggest problem for tenants is trying to make a rented property feel like home. You want them to avoid painting the walls purple and blue; but whether they are renting for 3 months, a year or longer – for that time you want them to feel that they “own” the property.
For the benefit of your tenant, here are some handy tips.
Personalising 4 beige walls and a slightly tired carpeted room can be a bit of a challenge- but it’s not impossible. With a little planning and some good taste you can transform a dull room into your dream apartment.
Replacing the landlord’s pictures with your own is one way to add colour and interest. A large lightweight canvas covered in fabric or decorated with an assortment of photos can easily be hung from one wall fixing.
Large area rugs are a cost effective and convenient way to cover a worn or boring carpet, and of course it comes with you if you move again.
If the curtains aren’t to your liking, think about replacing them with a pair of cheap and cheerful charity shop find. If you are handy with a sewing machine, try making up curtains using lining or remnant fabric. As all window sizes vary, it really isn’t worth spending a lot on curtains that may not fit your next place, unless this is a longer term rental.
Plants really do turn a house into a home. Just be careful to ensure they are in good pots to avoid damaging the carpet/ flooring underneath.
Floor and table lamps are also effective at helping to create that all important “mood” lighting, and far more attractive than just living with one overhead light.
If none of your furniture matches, try fitting loose covers or large throws over sofas- or painting woods to even colour – as long as the furniture is not the landlord’s of course. Keeping these colours neutral and similar allows you to add colourful cushions and a few personal ornaments to complete the scheme.
It goes without saying that anything you do change has to be kept safe so it can be refitted at the end of tenancy.
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