With the current economic climate, more and more young people are having problems buying their own homes. Unless you’re willing to live at home for a long time or you’ve had an inheritance that’s big enough to help you out with a deposit, you might have accepted that for the time being, you’re on the conveyor belt of renting rather than the ladder of property investment. That isn’t always a bad thing - you’re free to move wherever you want whenever you want, and you can still make your home feel like your own little space. Here are some tips to help…
Read Your Lease Agreement Carefully
First and foremost, make sure that you’ve read your contract very carefully to figure out what exactly is and isn’t allowed in your rented home. Some landlords will permit things that others won’t, like putting holes in the wall to put pictures up. Some will even allow you to repaint the walls. You need to make sure that the changes you want to make to your new home won’t affect whether or not you get your deposit back at the end - you might not feel as though putting up that poster was worth not getting all that money back when it comes down to it.
Invest In Your Furniture
The fact that you’re renting your home doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t invest in some good quality furniture - after all, you want to be able to keep it with you as you move from home to home, and let’s face it, a lot of the furniture that’s supplied in rented flats often isn’t in the best condition. No one really likes thinking about the generations of flatmates who’ve fallen asleep and sweated drunkenly on the couch that your landlord has provided! Look online for the best deals when it comes to buying your own furniture - companies like Steed Upholstery will ensure that what you buy will last for a long time.
Keep It Decluttered
Especially if you have a small space, it’s crucial that you keep it clean, tidy and decluttered. Make sure that everything has a place where it should be kept, and be ruthless about throwing things away - every time you buy a new item of clothing, why not donate one older item that you no longer wear to charity? Everything that you keep out on your surfaces should either be beautiful or serve a function, so ditch everything that doesn’t fall into one or both of those categories.
Add Personal Touches
Finally, make sure that your home is full of personal touches. If you aren’t allowed to put holes or anything sticky on the walls to hang art, then hang it off the ridges that go around the top of the walls using clips and even string. Look in antiques and thrift stores for any quirky pieces that you can put in your home to brighten it up, and check out storage solutions so that you can keep all your shoes hung on your closet door, for example.