With property prices soaring in relation to income over the past ten years the UK has seen a sharp rise in people renting properties. This trend means that people are more likely to be in rental properties for the long term and so it’s no wonder that many tenants are keen to really make the place that they let a home.
However it’s not always easy. We know that sometimes renters often have a number of concerns when choosing renting over buying a property. One of reasons is that they feel that they won’t be able to fully put their mark on the property and make it feel like a real home. This can be far from the case though and we have a large number of very happy tenants on our books who really do feel settled in their rental properties. So how can you help your rental property to feel more like home? We take a look at some of the top tips that our tenants have given us!
It’s usually a tenant’s responsibility to look after the garden at a property so this is a space that you can really make your own. It’s often a good idea to add features such as hanging baskets, tubs, benches and garden lights to create a little oasis for you and your family.
Add a splash of colour
Lots of rental properties have a neutral colour palate such as greys or creams. Although these can sometimes appear rather bland they actually make the perfect canvas for you to add your own choice of colour scheme to. Make the most of this by teaming neutrals with a bold palate to add a touch of zest to your rental home. You don’t have to paint to add colour - you can use cushions, rugs, curtains and pictures to really personalise your property. You could even experiment with removable wall stickers to add a funky feature wall to your home.
Speak to your landlord – you may be surprised
Most tenants usually assume that landlords won’t let them paint or redecorate but many landlords are actually very flexible. Good tenants are valuable and they may be happy to come to a compromise about any home improvements that you want to make. Get in touch with your lettings agent with any plans that you have for adding a personal touch to your home and see if your landlord would be amenable to you making those changes.
Accessorise your home
Bold statement pieces or colourful pictures which reflect your personality are the perfect way to put your mark on your home. Wall art can create a talking piece in a room and mirrors can help to add light and make small spaces become more spacious.
If you are looking for a rental property to make your home why not get in touch with our friendly lettings team. They are on hand to help and support you and find you the perfect rental home.