As the resident of a rental unit, a person may find it difficult to decorate to their liking when under the rules of property managers. There are a lot of things that cannot be done, but it doesn’t mean that renters have no options for sprucing up their rented homes. All it takes is a little bit of creativity to work within the bounds of property management. In this brief article, we’ll discuss decorating options that renters have and can use to make their rental house feel more like a home.
It isn’t impossible to inject your own sense of style into a home that you’re renting. Property managers tend to be fairly strict about what is and what is not allowed, but everything that is allowed offers tremendous opportunity for creativity. Here are four decorating tips that won’t anger the property management.
Depending on the property manager, you may get away with using nails to hang your decor in your rental unit. Just keep in mind that you may be required to spackle holes shut before moving from the unit. If you’re afraid of using nails, there are a multitude of adhesive-hanging solutions that won’t damage walls. Hanging decorations is the easiest and quickest way to bring your personality into a space.
There are many peel-and-stick wallpaper solutions, decals, and murals that you can apply to a clean, dry wall and remove later without inflicting any damage. Property managers often frown upon installing conventional wallpaper or painting walls because they can be quite difficult to remove or cover up. A temporary wall treatment, on the other hand, is easily removed and won’t leave evidence on the existing walls.
If slapping some color on the walls isn’t an option, you can still add some vibrancy through the furniture you choose. Select furniture with colorful or brightly patterned cushions. Flex your creativity and paint some wooden furniture that’s clearly had better days. Drape the windows with eye-catching curtains or blinds. Purchase some chair or sofa covers in vibrant prints to enhance your existing furniture. The options are limitless!
Don’t like the flooring in a room of your rental home? It’s not like a renter can take out the floors and install new ones. But they can always cover them up with a more appealing area rug. These rugs are available in all kinds of colors, patterns, materials, and sizes. So with thorough searching, you can find the perfect one to fit your aesthetic.
The entryway into your home is what people will see first, so it makes sense that you’d want it to look great to residents and guests alike. Hang a wreath, lay out a beautiful welcome mat or hang some plants. These options work even if you have minimal space. If you’ve got a whole porch to work with, consider adding some stylish tables and chairs to make a cozy seating area out front. You might not be allowed to grow a garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t put some blooms into a planter and put them on display outside. Get creative with your outdoor space, just like you would with the interior.
Property managers are usually fairly rigid in what they will not accept when it comes to decorating of rental units. But if you act within their guidelines and focus on temporary décor, you can make your rental house into a rental home.