5 simple improvements to make your rental more homely
A disadvantage for individuals accustomed to renting may be that since you don’t actually own the house, it might be challenging to make it feel like home. There may be limitations on decorating depending on the landlord, but with our 5 simple modifications, you can quickly make your new rental house seem like home without spending a lot of time or money.
#1. Clean it thoroughly
You’ll be amazed by what a thorough cleaning can do for any home, including your rental property. Most people moving into new apartments will clean as usual, but a comprehensive deep clean will assist in getting rid of whatever the previous tenant left behind. Although you may believe that floors and carpets are worn out or need to be replaced, a thorough cleaning will make them look and smell almost brand new.
Don’t forget to find out whether there is a cleaning schedule for shared spaces like the stairs and landing that you share with your neighbours. To avoid anyone missing their turn, there could be a cleaner who frequently comes in as part of the factor agreement. Even if it isn’t your turn, you might want to at least give your front door and landing a quick cleanup when you first move in. Additionally, it’s an excellent opportunity to get to know your neighbours.
#2. Make the space feel comfy and warm
The ideal way to feel at home is to feel warm and comfy, but if your house is chilly or has leaks, you can’t feel that way. When you initially move in, inspect the house for drafty windows or cracks and have your landlord fix any problem you found. Make sure the radiators and heating system are in perfect functioning order. It’s best to examine these things right away, especially during the cold. There are more techniques to create a pleasant atmosphere in your house, such as hanging thicker curtains, utilising table or floor lamps instead of harsh overhead lighting, and lighting candles. Your feet will stay toasty by placing comfy rugs on hardwood floors instead of spending money or getting permission to install new carpets. You can also place draft excluders on your internal doors if the house is a little older and feels cold overall.
#3. Surround your space with familiar things
Depending on the terms of your lease, you may not be able to hang pictures or art with nails that damage the walls, but that shouldn’t stop you. Instead of nails, you could use command strips that stick to the walls without leaving any damage or marks, or you could put pictures of family and friends on sideboards, mantels, or coffee tables. If art is more your thing, try leaning bigger pieces against the wall on the floor. It may not have the same effect, but it is still a way to add your own style and a pop of colour.
#4. Use a splash of colour
When it comes to adding colour, there are ways to make a splash without splashing out. This can be achieved with big pieces of art, ornaments or flowers of your choice, or with soft furnishings like throws and pillows. Many rental properties are kept plain and simple on purpose, giving each renter a chance to make it their own. Use this to your advantage. Use pillows, blankets, and even table lamps to make a room’s main colour stand out. You can get these at home stores for not too much money, and you can move them from room to room whenever you want. Don’t just think about colours; also think about patterns and textures. Also, you can take them with you when you move to a new place.
#5. Use storage wisely
You might need to make a compromise in order to find your ideal rental, and frequently that involves the storage area. Lack of storage space could make you feel as though you need to part with some of your most treasured possessions or store them elsewhere, out of sight. Being surrounded by all of your favourite things is important for feeling at home, so consider your storage options carefully in this situation. Try looking under the bed and outside the box. Consider using furniture that can fold away or be cleverly converted for several purposes, convenient hooks behind doors are also a quick and easy win. For additional blankets and duvet coverings as well as out-of-season clothing, hoover bags are fantastic. Consider getting a desk that can attach to the wall, and fold up when not in use, or be slid behind the sofa when you’re done working if you’re a remote worker but your rental doesn’t have a spare room or office space.
We hope that these simple steps will help make you feel at home, but if you’re still looking for the ideal rental, visit Western Lettings Glasgow right away to browse all the top homes for rent in Glasgow.