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10 Top Tips for Turning a Rental into a Home, With 30 Easy Solutions

There’s more and more of us living in rented accommodation; whether it’s short or long-term you need to make the place feel like home if you’re to be happy living there. Here’s the top ten tips for helping you turn your rental into a home, along with thirty easy and very achievable solutions.

Make it Personal:

a) By displaying photographs of family & friends.

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Cathy Mores

b) By displaying your own art work.

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c) Adding knick-knacks, groups of candles and fresh flowers.

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Keep within the Rules:

a) Don’t paint the walls unless the landlord says it’s okay.

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b) Likewise don’t paint the splash-back tiles in the kitchen or bathroom.

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c) Don’t rip up the carpets, no matter how much you dislike them.

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Basically Benita


Getting Your Deposit Back:

a) Don’t make holes in the walls, no matter how small.

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b) Don’t have a fire on the living room carpet – sounds absurd but in reality in happens!

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c) Make sure the home is clean throughout.

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Report Problems Before you Sign:

a) Make sure the landlord makes a note of any damage to walls, e.g. faulty, blown plaster.

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b) Water stains on ceiling or walls.


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c) Note any damage or stains to carpets and flooring. Tip: If there’s a rug lift it up to see what it may be hiding.

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Wallpaper:

a) Hand patterned wallpaper from boards to give plain walls an instant be-me-up.

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b) Use fabric rather than wallpaper; it’s easy to hang and doesn’t cause any problems when removed.

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c) As much as you dislike the existing wallpaper don’t be tempted to paint over it without permission.

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Bob Vila


Wall decals:

a) Use wall decals to give a new lease of life to a plain and boring wall.


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Denver Disco

b) Wall decals with a quote or those which are fun are great for giving your morale a lift.

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Cool Wall Art

c) Use decals to disguise marks and stains (once you’ve made sure the landlord has made a note of

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Get Creative with Soft Furnishings:

a) Nothing creates a home better than cushions.

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b) If you live in a furnished rental use throws to make the sofa and chairs feel more personal to you.

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c) Include a variety of textures for visual and tactile stimulation.

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Add Rugs:

a) Rugs are a great way to cover an unsightly or filthy carpet.

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b) Add a rug to bare floorboards or tiled floors to give a little soft comfort underfoot.

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c) Use rugs to help add a touch of colour and pattern to a plain carpet or floor.

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Dress Up The Windows:

a) Blinds are a great way to give a window a new look.

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b) Add moisture resistant blinds to kitchen and bathroom windows. Tip: Remember to keep the landlords window treatment safe so that you can replace it when you leave without having to pay penalties.

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c) A combination of thermal blinds and curtains are a great way to help keep out nasty draughts from ill fitting or old windows.

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Furniture:

a) Modular furniture is ideal for small rooms as it allows you to re-arrange the seating to suit the space within the room.

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b) If you’re on a low budget use a mix and match of styles to create a trendy look.

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 All Who Wander

c) If the rental comes fully furnished try and work with it by using soft furnishings of your choice.

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