10 Typical Rental Decor Problems Solved

Making the most of your rental can be really difficult, especially if you’re not permitted – or don’t want to – make any major changes. Trying to jazz up icky carpets and so-so kitchens is easier than you might think, however – you just need a few DIY products and one or two free weekends and you can transform your rental without having to pick up a hammer. For extra help, you can hire a handyman – or if you’re really fed up with your rental, why not look for a new one?

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  • Kitchen splashbacks: as in the image above, it’s unfortunately common to be stuck with some rather outlandish kitchen tiles. There are a few simple fixes, though. You can buy temporary stick-on splashbacks which will just peel right off when you’re ready to remove them, or you could paint them using tile paint.
  • Dome lights: either remove the dome cover and add a lampshade, if possible, or if you can’t take the dome off, pop up a sunburst frame – it’ll give the room a vintage feel.
  • Boring beige walls: paint them, then re-paint in a neutral tone before you move, or apply a temporary wallpaper – yep, such a thing exists. Just peel it off when it’s time to move out.
  • Yellowing wall sockets: you can just go ahead and replace these. It’s very unlikely that your landlord will mind as it’ll make the house look miles better, but to be on the safe side, make sure you ask first, or if that isn’t possible save the old sockets and replace when you move.
  • See-through blinds/curtains: Buy cheap roller blinds or curtains, then use a sewing machine to attach a panel of darker fabric to the window-side of the curtain to help filter out more light. If you can afford to, invest in blackout blinds or curtains, hang them, then replace them with the old curtains when you leave (if you’re spending a lot of money on curtains, you don’t want to leave them there!)
  • Icky carpet: Cover with a large rug or rugs. It might sound a bit boring, or like it wouldn’t really work that well, but it really would – provided that the carpet is plain and not patterned. If the carpet is patterned? Ask your landlord if you can replace it with a cheap neutral carpet – you can recarpet for as little as £100.
  • If you can’t afford to buy wardrobes or a chest of drawers and there isn’t a lot of storage, a simple storage solution is a shelf with a clothes rail positioned along one wall.
  • Exposed pipes: not only dangerous, but also unsightly, exposed pipes can be a real eyesore. To cover them up, wrap with thick burlap rope – it’ll also provide a nifty scratching post for cats.
  • Exposed boiler: cover with a canvas painting, or box in with a single kitchen cabinet – single units cost as little as £30.
  • Exposed air conditioner: cover up the unit with a chalkboard when not in use – it’ll come in super handy for shopping lists.

Source: House Beautiful

Everything You Need to Know About Letting a Property: Part 1

The lettings and rental market is booming at the moment as a result of the recession – fewer folk are able to prove their affordability in order to get a mortgage, which means that more and more people are choosing to rent instead of buy, so that they can still live in the postcode of their dreams without having to save up a 15% deposit. If you have more than one home (or even just have a spare room in your house), you could make a significant amount of money by letting it out. Buy to let mortgages are also an option if you have a deposit saved, allowing you to buy a house whereby the rent covers the mortgage. Once the mortgage is paid, the house is yours. Sounds simple, right? Although letting and renting is now as popular as its ever been, the market is fairly competitive across all price points, which means that you need to stand out from the crowd. Follow our guide to letting a property to learn everything you need to know and post an ad for your property here.

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Outside the House

Yes, you don’t live outside, but first impressions count and it’s very important to wow your tenants from the moment they set eyes on your front door. An untidy, dirty, messy exterior with cracked plaster and chipped paint can have an impact on the rental income, but it also sounds out a negative message to prospective tenants: that you’re not too fussed about household tasks, which means that they may worry should any issues arise inside the house.

Inside the House

The same goes for inside the house – it doesn’t need to be super modern, packed with designer furniture or even that stylish. But it does need to be clean, tidy, clutter-free and welcoming. If you’re renting out a house, your best bet is to give everything a lick of neutral paint, lay neutral carpets/wooden flooring, then let your tenant decorate (with permission). Alternatively, you could offer a range of colours that you’d be willing to use in the house, then let them have a say in how the place is decorated. If you’re letting a room in your house, the communal areas – kitchen, living room, bathroom – need to be clean, tidy and clutter-free. The space shouldn’t feel like “yours” – it’s a shared space and so it’s best not to have too many sentimental/personal items.

Make sure that everything works, too! For example, replace burnt out lightbulbs, make sure lamps/electrical goods work properly, that there are no cracked/broken tiles and that there aren’t any holes, lumps or dents in the walls or floors. Although it might sound obvious, the property should also be big enough for the number of person/s renting it from you – if you’re unsure about this, see a letting agent for advice.

Source: Prime Location