While you may have your sights set on home ownership, there are plenty of benefits associated with renting. For example, they give you a chance to ‘trial’ a new city or location without investing too much money. Additionally, renting for a little while gives you chance to save up more money for your deposit in the future, especially if you cannot currently afford a mortgage.

However, that’s not to say that renting does not come with its own challenges. Landlords can be notoriously difficult to live with, and the fact that you don’t own the property gives you a little less freedom when it comes to decorating the space.

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Despite this, there are plenty of ways that you can make your rental spot feel more like home. Here are some top tips to get you started!

  • Deep clean the space. If you’re moving in directly after previous tenants, it’s easy to feel as though the space is looking a little worse for wear. As a result, you may want to look into Cleaning Services in your local area, so that you can ensure the space is looking its best when you move in. Hiring a cleaner saves you a lot of time and energy, especially as they’ll also remember to clean areas you might forget about (such as behind bulky items of furniture).
  • Negotiate your contract. Another way in which you can make your rental property feel more like home is negotiating when it comes to signing a contract. For example, some landlords will allow you to make improvements to the property with prior permission, especially as this will benefit them in the future. If you have a pet, but the property is not currently listed as a pet-friendly property, then you could negotiate this with your landlord, especially as new legislations have been introduced that prohibit landlords from putting a blanket ban on pets. 
  • ‘Temporarily’ decorate the space. There are plenty of ways in which you can decorate a rental property without having to make permanent changes that interfere with your contract. For example, you could hang peel and stick wallpaper which can breathe new life into every room in your home, while also being easy to remove when your contract expires. Alternatively, you could focus on the smaller details, such as furnishings, to make the space feel more like your own. 
  • Show off your personality. Your interior design choices should be a reflection of your personality, especially if you are trying to make the space appear more homely. As a result, you don’t necessarily have to love the decor that is already in place when you move, as you can make subtle changes at a later date. For example, you could hang your favorite photographs, art prints or posters throughout the space, which is the easiest way to turn simple white walls from ‘blah’ into something interesting to look at. Another way in which you can make the space feel more homely is by bringing plants into your home, which not only look great, but also promote better health and wellness. 

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