Looking to spruce up the home you’re currently renting? We know how frustrating it can be when a landlord won’t let you personalise your home. However, there are plenty of ways that you can do it without violating your tenancy agreement.
The average house price in the UK is sitting at around £295,000 according to the latest data. This makes getting on the property ladder extremely difficult with higher deposits being needed. The current cost of living crisis is also contributing to the issue with it being harder than ever to save money and so, it comes as no surprise that around 4.6 million households are rented in the UK.
This is a huge amount of people that can, therefore, make very few changes to their property to make it feel more like their own whilst renting it. If you’re one of these people, then we’re here to help. Read on to find out how you can decorate your rental property.
Can I decorate my rental property with no repercussions?
Before getting into the changes you can make, we want to reassure you that modifying your rental property is usually fine, so long as no lasting damage is left behind.
We recommend that you contact your landlord about decorating their rental property beforehand to make sure they’re okay with the changes. This will cover your back should they find a problem with your changes. If you do damage the property, however, then the landlord may want to rent the property to someone else instead.
What changes can you make?
The following ideas are affordable and can easily be removed when you’re ready to move out. These non-permanent solutions will keep your landlord happy which should help you get all of your deposit back.
Put pictures or artwork up with non-permanent strips
Sometimes called command strips, these are a great way to put your pictures up around the home to give your walls some life. Artwork is a great way to express yourself in your own home.
To remove the strips, you simply pull them away slowly and you shouldn’t leave behind any marks if you do it right. You can also find hooks that can easily be removed without leaving marks on the wall.
Add rugs to your floors
Rental properties aren’t always perfect, and the floor may be stained or have signs of wear. That’s why covering it with a rug is a great idea. Plus, rugs can make homes feel cosier and add character to spaces that are often forgotten about.
You can also layer rugs to add depth to the property. They also come in handy during winter time, especially if you currently have wooden floors. They’re a great way to keep your feet warm and cosy.
Consider tile stickers
If your kitchen or bathroom needs an update, then you can use tile stickers to transform them into a design that you love. These are easy to apply and can be removed by simply pulling them away. This also means that when you move out and remove the stickers, the floor will be in pristine condition and won’t need as deep of a cleaning.
Invest in lots of soft furnishings
It’s crazy how much of a difference a few cushions can make. Get creative with the soft furnishings you have throughout the property to add depth and texture to your home. Cushions, throws, rugs, etc. are a great way to add colour into the property.
These items can easily be swapped out if you decide to change the colour theme or completely removed without much effort.
Plants! Plants! And more Plants!
Now, we’re not saying you need to be a genius in the garden, but plants can bring a space to life with minimal effort. Big or small, hanging or not, you can find fake plants in nearly every home retailer. The pots you put them in can colour match the rest of the house.
If you want to try your hand at looking after some real plants, check online to see which require little care to maintain. Having real plants in the home keeps the air clean.
As with everything, do your research beforehand. If your rental agreement is basic and doesn’t indulge in details regarding decorating the property, speak to the landlord or the letting agency. It’s better to get confirmation than make assumptions.