It is hard to know exactly what you can do and what you can’t when you are deciding your rental property decorating ideas and plans. You want to make the property your own and add your own style and character however there are some basic Do’s and Don’ts before you start your rental property decorating extravaganza.
First thing is first – no way around this. Request in writing permission from your Landlord or Property Management Company. Tell them what you would like to do. Do not do anything until you have their permission since you eventually would like your security deposit back. Make sure that they understand that you will be paying for the decorating ideas yourself. Certainly don’t expect them to pay for something you want to do to their home.
Here are some helpful rental property decorating tips
Don’t spend alot. You may not live in this particular property for years and you certainly don’t want to break the bank decorating it.
Be very leery of buying used bedding such as mattresses, comforters and or upholstered furniture as they could harbor bed bugs. If it is your grandma’s old chair, allow it time to air outside and for the bugs to scamper away.
Small touches to your rental property can go a long way. Changing your shower curtain, the bathroom accessories and adding some nice rugs can work a world of difference. Make sure to keep anything that you replace so that when you move you can replace them with the original fixtures.
Rules about walls – don’t put up wallpaper because it can damage the walls. Don’t paint over any wood. Stay away from both of those ideas as they can change the look of the walls even after you move out.
Add your own touches, buy a few new things here and there and make that rental property “homey” for yourself. Just remember that whatever changes you make, return it to how it was originally so that you can get your deposit back for your new property.
Rental Property Decorating can be fun however there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do and following these steps will help you in the future.