SUPERFICIAL WAYS TO REIN­VENT YOUR RENTAL PROP­ERTY

Highfields' Own - - Home Living - — realestate.com.au

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”.

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