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Simple Ways To Make Your Rental Property Feel Like Home

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68% of people in New York rent their home, with ⅓ of people spending 50% of their income on rent. Once you’ve factored in bills and living expenses, you may find that there isn’t a lot of budget for decorating your new home. Many renters also find that there are restrictions on personalizing a property. Some landlords ask that you keep walls a neutral color or not nail anything into the walls. There are plenty of inexpensive ways, however, to decorate your rental home so that it reflects your taste and style without making changes that go against your rental agreement. There are Simple Ways To Make Your Rental Property Feel Like Home!

Property Feel Like Home: Paintings and photographs

The artwork in your home is often a story of your experiences and your journey through life. Hanging pictures and paintings is anProperty Feel Like Home excellent way of personalizing your space.

On stairwells, using different-sized picture frames can be effective, and you can buy customized frames to fit your artwork.

Rather than nailing your pictures into the walls, use adhesive Command Strips. These are sticky strips that won’t mark the walls when removed.

Fabric covers and drapes

If you have plain or neutral-colored walls in your space, then using different fabrics and drapes can be a highly effective way of bringing some color into your home.

You can use brightly-colored throws over sofas and furniture to change the room’s aesthetic. Also, this is easier and just as effective as painting the walls.

You can change the fabrics seasonally, too, using thick velvet and faux fur in the winter and lightweight cotton in the summer.

Rugs and floor coverings

It is common for rental properties to have neutral and heavy-duty flooring or linoleum that is easy to clean.

This flooring may be practical, but it might not be to your taste. Laying down rugs is a simple way to change the flooring look.

Solid and geometric prints can give your home a modern look. Therefore,  you can choose a Persian pattern if you like a more vintage style. In bathroom and kitchen areas, you can lay removable tiles (also known as peel and stick tiles) over lino if you want to change the pattern and look without damaging the original flooring.

It is effortless to change the look of a rental property without compromising your tenancy agreement. Putting up artwork and using fabrics and textiles to decorate your home is a great way to bring in your personality and taste.

Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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