Darren Palmer Shares His Top Tips for Making a Rental Your Home
Having a landlord doesn’t have to mean your house can’t feel like a home. Sure, it may not be yours, but that small hurdle doesn’t need to get in the way of your interior design dreams. Celebrity interior designer and stylist Darren Palmer proves exactly that, revealing the best things that you can do to make your rental feel like your own—and additionally, what features you should look out for in the first place. Read on to find out how you can easily turn your rented abode into a home—sans mortgage!
Paint is probably the biggest change you can make to a space. You’ll need to get approval to do this work, and its also worthwhile negotiating with your landlord what the resulting improvement will be worth to them. You may be able to exchange rent for labour, and it’s also worth locking in the rent based on the pre-improved value, not the value after you’ve made the property better.
You don’t need approval for this stuff as long as what is existing is the same size as what you’re replacing it with. If you don’t have to redrill holes or change or alter the doors, cabinet fronts or tiles in a bathroom you can pretty much unscrew and replace. A new shower head can cost as little as $50 from the hardware store and can improve your showering experience exponentially. You can reinstate the old one when you leave or leave the shower in place for the next tenant to enjoy.
If there are existing curtains, you can replace them with the same length and specifications for the duration of your tenancy. You’ll want to keep the existing ones safe and reinstate those when you leave though. If you’re installing blinds make sure that when you leave you rectify any holes drilled into timber work to fit them and it’s best to ask permission before you drill into anything.
Putting down a floating floor that sits on top of the existing one can be straightforward. I’ve heard of people using vinyl planks and cutting them for a DIY installation which allows them to revamp the look for their tenancy and remove the floors and take them with them to their next property.
Updating light fittings or even just light shades will freshen up the look of a room. You’ll need to use an electrician to do any works and you will definitely need approval to change light fittings. It’s wise to retain the old ones to reinstate when you leave also.
If you decide that none of the above will work for you and it's time for a move, so remember to consider the following when searching for a new property.
You can light rooms to improve their ambience but nothing beats streaming daylight through windows into living spaces to make your home feel light, bright, and friendly.
Is there a bus stop outside your bedroom window? Does your living space back onto a high-traffic pedestrian laneway? Do the bins get picked up right outside your window every week? Other things to consider are neighbouring properties and their proximity to you. These things are fixed and you won’t be able to do much to change them if you commit to the property.
Does the property have the things you need in terms of technology? Can you have cable TV, are the TV points in the right spot to orient your furniture? Can you do everything you want to do in your home in terms of technology? You can thankfully take your internet with you into or out of your new space with Optus Home Wireless Broadband, so you’re able to move in and plug and play if you’re in a serviceable area. The big benefit of this innovation is you’re going to be able to check your emails or browse the internet on day one and when your lease is up you can move your connection with you.
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