Monday, February 3, 2014
A common frustration with living in a rental property is the lack of options for décor and renovations. Some landlords put restrictions on renovations, and even specify this in the rental agreement. On the other hand, it may also be impractical to shell out on home improvements for a short-term home you will eventually leave behind.
It’s best to stick with decorating options that are temporary or easy to change back to the original state.
Check out these simple makeovers to spice up your rental home...
Stick to movable furniture for convenience and flexibility. This way, you can bring your furniture with you when you decide to move, giving you a better return on your investment. You can also cut on repair costs for property damage caused by removing built-in furniture and storage. If you need to divide one big area in your rental, use movable partitions like screens or book displays. From a design perspective, standalone pieces also offer a warm and cozy feel.
Choose removable décor, such as glass films and wall decals or stickers. These items can add a graphic punch to your home without causing property damage. Wall stickers are great for additions for plain bathroom tiles and kitchen backsplashes. This can also give you the opportunity to pick out a design you like and incorporate your style into your home.
Not all rental properties are turned over in tiptop shape. Deal with ugly or stained flooring by using modular carpet tiles to cover the existing floors. You may also put cozy rugs and carpets in strategic locations to anchor the space as well as to hide flooring imperfections.
Storage options should also be movable, just like furniture. This can be a great opportunity to play up your home aesthetic with a functional home feature as storage. Choose adhesive hooks with easy peel-and-stick backs instead of hammering nails on your walls. Adhesive hooks will leave hardly any damage to the rental property.