How to make a rental property your own

One of the biggest questions we get asked by prospective tenants has to do with furnishings and the rules around decorating a rental property to match their preferences and design tastes.

The rental market can be a difficult one to navigate in terms of making a property your own and putting your own mark on it – largely because the turnover means that landlords prefer their tenants not to alter the colours or textures in the main shell of the property. That means no painting the walls, no changing the flooring or carpets, and no obvious adaptations in layout, kitchen appliances, and other fittings.

With that said, what can you do to make a rental property feel like home for you and your family? Here are a few ideas from our team of letting agents in Romford

Bring your own furnishings

The best way to make a space your own is to opt for a rental property which is self-furnished – that is, you bring in your own furniture and add your own stamp to each room in the way you furnish, dress, and layout the space. 

Add movable planters to the garden 

Adding your own spin to a rental property does not start and add at the front door. Many of our tenants get in touch to ask about making changes in and around the garden space connected to a property, providing themselves with somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine, host guests, and expand their gardening know-how. 

Movable planters are a great way to cover up unattractive patio stones or a bland stretch of lawn and can allow you to add your pop of colour with florals, herbs, vegetables, and other plants – all in a movable and transportable unit which you can take to your next home. Consider painting the planters in different colourful shades to add extra life to a balcony or compact outside space. 

Explore paintings and wall hangings

One of the best ways to add personality and character to a bland space, whether it’s a bedroom or living space, is with soft furnishings and aesthetic details. In this instance, wall hangings and paintings as well as rugs are all good options for adding both colour and vibrant patterns to your home – and they’re all completely removable when your tenancy comes to an end. 

Don’t be afraid to let your landlord know about any issues 

One of the most common misconceptions about being a tenant is that you must hide or conceal damage or broken appliances, otherwise, you will get in trouble with the landlord. This is not true – in fact, quite the opposite. Letting a landlord know about issues as soon as possible is the best to ensure they can be fixed before the problem gets too big or expensive to solve with ease – saving your landlord money and making your life easier.

To learn more about becoming a tenant in Romford, and for more advice on how to make a rental property feel like home, get in touch with our lettings agents today.