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When it comes to rental space, tenants usually want to personalize their space and make it more functional for their needs. Property managers want to protect landlords’ investments and discourage DIY customizations that can mar walls and other elements of a property. This is the tricky part for many property management companies, however, it doesn’t always have to be like that.

Suggesting renter–friendly options for tenants to make their spaces more personal is the most sensible way for property managers to avoid strained relationships with tenants and confusion about lease restrictions.

The good news is, property managers can provide tenants with easy-to-implement decorating and storage ideas that are effective and damage-free.

Here is a list of renter-friendly tools that property managers can provide to tenants to create a personalized space in which they will feel comfortable without creating headaches for management.

Damage-free Hooks:

Tenants want to hang artwork and family photos on walls to create a feeling of “home” in their space, which encourages them to stay for the long-term and mitigate tenant turnover. Temporary wall hooks are a perfect solution.

Command brand hooks offer damage–free hanging solutions for every room in the home. From artwork to bathroom accessories, these amazing little hooks come in a variety of weight capacities and colors (including clear), and are available for humid environments. They can be purchased online and at hardware and discount stores everywhere.

Removable Wallpaper and Wall Decals:

Wallpaper is back, but for renters it’s a trend that is out of reach, right? Wrong. Removable wallpaper lets renters enjoy bold or subtle wall covering without sacrificing their security deposits. It’s also a great way to hide an ugly kitchen back splash!

You can find renter-friendly, removable wallpaper everywhere, but this from Apartment Therapy offers 10 great sources and an application video.

Removable wall decals are another great option for damage-free wall décor. They can be purchased from a multitude of online sources. Check out these ideas from Walls Need Love.

Storage Solutions:

Renters are often tasked with making do with living spaces that lack adequate storage. Fortunately, there are solutions for adding storage to a home or apartment that don’t require permanent installation.

Ikea offers affordable storage products that renters will love.

Picture ledges, also manufactured by Command and available on Amazon.com, are a great, inexpensive option for adding temporary storage in any room. Picture ledges can be used as shelves for books or personal items in spaces that don’t have room bookshelves or bulky furniture. They can hold up to 5 pounds of items and come in two color variations.

Best of all, they are made to be removed without damaging walls, which makes them ideal for storing children’s books and toys at a low level, and easily adjusting them to higher levels as the child grows. They’re also a great option for displaying a particularly tall book.

Final Thoughts For Property Management Companies

Making sure tenants feel at home is important for every property manager and landlord’s bottom line. Providing these simple, damage-free decorating suggestions can go a long way toward contentment and tenant retention.

These tips can be utilized for all types of damage-free decorating and storage challenges, and may just provide some solutions your renters are looking for. Property management companies should employ these tactics immediately for future success.