A Tenant’s Guide to Styling
Tenants often neglect adding personal touches that turn a house into a home, conscious of investing time and money into what may only be ‘temporary’ accommodation.
Tenants often neglect adding personal touches that turn a house into a home, conscious of investing time and money into what may only be ‘temporary’ accommodation. However, as long-term renting becomes more popular, tenants are often seeking ways to style, decorate and personalise a property while keeping landlords happy and not jeopardising the return of their bond.
To create a space that represents your aesthetic and meets the needs of your family – no matter how long you plan to be there – we suggest acquiring elements that will be easy to take with you when you move. For example, landscaping a garden can be hard work, time consuming and you may not reap the benefits for quite some time. A less permanent solution is to invest in indoor plants and stylish pots. Eventually when you vacate, these can be transported easily to your new home.
Transferrable flooring is another element you can use to lift the vibe of a neutral space. Rugs, mats and runners can work no matter what permanent flooring you have underneath. Stand-out homewares like cushions, throws and ceramics can also be effective embellishments for a pop of colour.
In addition to accessorising, tenants should not be afraid to invest in framed pieces, too. It is very common that tenants are not aware of how an existing picture rail can be used to hang art work. Pieces can be hung at any height provided you have the correct strings, so you can experiment with placing your frames at varying levels to create a feature wall.
Rugs, mats and runners can work no matter what permanent flooring you have underneath.
If you don’t have picture rails, then most landlords will let you place hooks into the wall. Expert Property Manager, Jayde Lewis, advises tenants, ‘You are more than welcome to hang art work or frames, but we do ask that you utilise the hooks and picture rails that already exist. If this not be feasible, we ask tenants to use 3M hooks where possible.’ Keep in mind that if you do leave any visible marks, it is the tenants responsibility to return the wall to its original condition.
It is incredible how much these small, albeit significant, changes can breathe new life into your home. It may not be your ‘forever home’, but there is nothing more special than loving the space that you and your family make memories in every day.
If you need any further assistance or have any questions, please contact our Marshall White Property Management Team (03) 9822 8711. For information on properties for sale and for lease, see our current listings here.