With rising house prices in the UK, many of us (especially young people) are struggling to buy a home of our own. In fact, research shows that 40% of millennials born between 1980 and 1996 are living in rental properties until their thirties. This has led to a large percentage of us needing to rent properties, and while this isn’t the end of the world, it does often leave us a bit limited when it comes to making your rental feel like home. If you’re unhappy with your rental property, or you’re in the process of looking for a new place to rent, read these tips for advice on how to make your rental work for you.
Look for a high-quality property
If you’re trying to find a rental property but have been put off by the magnolia walls, brown carpets and dated furniture of so many rentals on the market, it might be time to do some more research to find the best option for you. There are lots of rental properties on the market with high-quality decor and modern furnishings, so it’s often a case of widening your budget to find the place that’s right for you. New build apartments such as those from RW Invest are often the best bet, with stylish decor, up to date appliances and fixtures, and no need for any maintenance repairs.
Personalise the space without leaving a trace
For those that are already in a rental property and unhappy with the landlord’s instructions of no nails in walls and no redecorating, it’s time to get creative on ways to personalise the property to your liking. If you want to hang artwork, look for adhesive hooks and strips to hang frames on your walls without having to use nails. Other ways to display artwork or photographs include placing framed art on shelves or bookcases, or balancing them on window ledges. This way, you can insert some colour and a hint of your personal style into the space without losing your deposit!
Introduce new furniture
Often, rental properties are unfurnished, which gives you an easy way to put your own spin on the space by choosing your furniture. If your rental property is filled with the landlords’ own furniture, ask them if they wouldn’t mind you storing it somewhere until the end of your tenancy. If not, think of creative ways you can transform existing furniture, like draping blankets over unsightly sofas and adding rugs, curtains and other furnishings to the room.
Add wallpaper to the space
If your landlord isn’t happy with you decorating the property, consider adding some wallpaper with wallpaper panels. Wrap your wallpaper of choice around plywood panels and place these against walls in the home for a pop of colour or pattern. Not only is this affordable, but it also gives you the chance to customise the appearance of your property whenever you like, without the hassle and expense of re-painting or wallpapering walls.