When you’re styling your rental property you have to have a sense of great style and class. Be unique, but remember these simple do’s and don’ts and you can’t go wrong.
Get permission in writing
When you are considering renting a property, it’s always wise to get everything in writing and this includes styling options or allowances. In doing this, you will know what kind of legal leeway you have to change the style of your rental. You don’t want to lose your deposit because your landlord has to re-paint or re-style your whole unit.
Think quality, but be frugal
Get creative, but don’t overspend. Make a budget and stick to it by combining second-hand furniture with some newer unique items. Styling your rental doesn’t have to be costly. Staying frugal is easy with used items.
Accessorize with personality
Fill each room with your own personality. Spruce it up with accent curtains, lighting, plants and rugs. Many of these items can be removed if you decide to move, but remember to keep the original lighting fixtures safe until then. Once you decide to move you can remove your items and replace them with the originals.
Don’t assume your landlord will cover your time and costs
One of the worst mistakes that tenants make is assuming that they can do the styling work, then bill their landlords for the time and money they spent. This is a false assumption. Negotiate your reimbursements and plans prior to signing your lease and this common mistake can be easily avoided.
Avoid wallpaper at all costs
Even though wallpaper is back in style, you don’t want to create a removal disaster, should you decide to move. Instead of wallpaper, you could consider decals, wallpaper that peels away like a sticker or paint stencils.
Leave natural wood areas alone
You should not trouble baseboards or crown moldings. Since these items require a pearl finish getting them back to their original selves is a daunting task. Use complementary colors to compliment natural wood to save yourself and your landlord lots of time and money.
A rental is just that, and you don’t own it. Therefore, you’ll always have to return it to the landlord in its original rental condition, unless you have a written agreement. Enjoy your rental but keep these do’s and don’ts in mind, when you’re ready to move on.