Yes. Yes you are. While it’s ultimately your landlord’s property and not yours, there are still a couple of things you are allowed to do, and some you aren’t. Most of the time, it’s a simple case of asking your landlord for permission, so be sure to do so.
Renting is a good way to save money before diving in with a mortgage, but it can be tricky to navigate. You need to keep your landlord happy, or else you won’t get that deposit back! Here are a few top tips for making this happen, and making that property your own space!
Increasing storage space
Modular storage is a superb way to increase storage space in a rental property. It doesn’t alter the shape of the space, and it easy to remove at the end of your tenancy.
You could simply opt for a chest of drawers, but be sure not to fix it to the wall. Under-bed drawers are also a superb way to save space in an elegant fashion. You aren’t altering the property, but you’re increasing storage space!
Giving the walls a lick of paint
Generally, this is something you’re allowed to do in a rented property, with one caveat. You have to return the walls to the color they were when you moved in. So, were the walls white, and you’ve turned them blue? Crack out the white paint before you leave.
You absolutely must bear this in mind when choosing a property. This painting job will be a lot faster if you’re looking at, say, rental apartments, because an apartment has a lot less wall space than a house. So judge it by the size of your property, how long you’ll be living there and make an informed decision.
Look after that flooring!
We all know how easy it is to spill something on the carpet. We also all know how much of a pain stains are to remove. So, especially if you’re renting, you need to defend that flooring. If you ruin it, you can probably wave goodbye to that deposit.
Well-placed rugs are the way to go, covering all the spots you’re likely to drop food. Think right in front of the couch, or the path from kitchen to living room. Walking with a plate of food means you’re more likely to drop it!
As I mentioned at the start of the article, be sure to ask your landlord for permission before decorating. Don’t go ahead and do it without asking, it could land you in serious financial trouble. Is it really worth it? Probably not.
But, just because you’re renting, doesn’t mean you can’t make the space your own. You could be spending a few years there, so make it fit your lifestyle! Just be frugal, careful, and tidy and you should be fine.
If you’re looking to spruce up your home room-by-room, take a look at our handy home improvement guide.