When you’re renting a home, it can be a challenge to really feel at home. Especially when the place seems to have undergone its last renovation in 1984 (without any of the chic, retro appeal). So, how can you be house proud and bring the aesthetic up to scratch in a rental property? Let’s take a look at the changes you can make to bring your own sense of style to a rental home, without the permanent fixtures. You’ll be feeling better about the place in no time!
Pro tip: Before embarking on your rental renovations, it’s best to check in with the landlord about what you can and can’t do. The last thing you want is sour grapes with the person who’s holding your rental bond. If you do make any changes, they may want you to hang on to the old blinds, hardware or fixtures etc. and switch them back before your move out. In which case, that means you can take yours with you to your new place. It’s win-win!
A lick of paint goes a long way, but most landlords will carry out the painting themselves in a rental property and they might not be ready to refresh the paint just yet. Fortunately, there’s another option! If you’re dreaming of a burst of colour or a feature wall, you might consider looking into removable wallpaper, which will give you some much needed flair without any damage to the wall. Failing that, there’s always the tried and tested method of wall-safe hanging methods such as Velcro-style safe sticking hanging strips that will allow you to display your favourite artworks, hangings and mood boards without issue.
Nothing wrecks a room’s vibe like bad lighting. While some people may relish a moody, ambient room, others may need a nice, bright space to boost their productivity. Switching out the light bulbs for your own personal preference and upgrading to some trendier light fixtures will make a big difference in any room. Just be sure to switch off power at the mains before you start unscrewing any old chandeliers or sconces! Safety first.
Bathroom and kitchen cabinets are notorious for being outdated in rental properties. If you find yourself cringing every time you have to fetch something under the kitchen sink, it’s time to grab a screwdriver and take action! As long as you’re sticking to the same type of door knobs or handles (i.e. one screw hole or two), you should be able to unscrew the old cabinet hardware and install the new ones without a trace. Don’t forget to hold onto the old ones to swap back before you move out!
Grotty old blinds or crooked venetians? No thanks! The windows are an important part of any property, so it’s vital that they’re looking their best. Carefully take down any offensive window fixtures and install your own stylish set of drapes or blinds. Curtains are a particularly useful option because not only are they versatile in design, but they can also be installed using a tension rod, which means no more extra holes in the window frame. Be sure to hold on to the old fixtures to return them back to normal when you leave.
No matter what your taste in home décor, one thing’s for certain: your broadband connection is a vital part of your household, so don’t forget to take it with you on your next move! Our dedicated Movers Team is ready to help you get your iiNet broadband connection from A to B so before you move, reach out to make sure your ‘net comes with you. Moving home with us has heaps of benefits – here’s just a few:
Just give us a call on 1300 541 714 and we’ll help you get connected at your new place in no time.
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