SUPERFICIAL WAYS TO REINVENT YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY
Amortgage may clamp a significant financial chain around your ankles, but with that great responsibility also comes great freedom.
Namely, to do what you like to your own home (subject to council approval, of course).
Rental tenants, on the other hand, have traditionally seemed stuck with whatever dodgy decor, poky layout or boring bathrooms their landlord bestows upon their digs.
“We would argue strongly that any commitment to making your space feel personal and homely is of utmost importance to your happiness, success and health,” says The Real Estate Stylist director Sara Chamberlain.
Here are two of Sara’s top tips for improving your rental while treading lightly.
THE PROBLEM: HIDEOUS WINDOW COVERINGS
The work-around: They frame your view outside and can dramatically improve the feel of a room, so it’s worth taking another look at ugly window coverings.
“You certainly don’t have to put up with heavy window dressings that don’t work, block light or collect dust,” says Sara. “Removing these items and storing (them) carefully, they can be re-hung when you leave.”
She recommends replacing unwanted coverings with some nice sheer curtains, hung with removable brackets – or even leaving private windows without coverings.
THE PROBLEM: POKEY KITCHEN/DINING SPACE
The work-around: A tiny or awkward layout may seem to dictate your dining destiny, but it doesn’t need to. “Extend the kitchen with a tall bench or a work bench,” Sara says.
Everyone dreams about their ideal kitchen, but in rentals they can be either very dated or very small – this will extend your storage options and prep area”.