It's estimated that roughly 35% of the U.S. households are renter-occupied, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). There are several benefits associated with renting, such as the ability to move without being tied down with a 30-year mortgage, and free maintenance on all major systems (e.g. heating and cooling, water, etc.). But there are also some drawbacks, including restrictions on decorating and renovating. This doesn't necessarily mean that you can't decorate a rented home. Rather, you should follow some basic tips, which we're going to explain in today's blog post.
Read the Agreement
Most tenants sign their name on rental agreements without ever reading it. Even if the landlord discussed what's allowed and what's not, you should still read the agreement. Will painting the walls result in forfeiture of your security deposit? Can you install new fixtures, or do you first need the landlord's consent? Read through the rental agreement to see if these questions are answered. And if you have any questions that aren't covered here, don't be afraid to ask the landlord.
Take Pictures Before Decorating
It's always a good idea to take pictures of your rental home or apartment before decorating. If the landlord tries to claim you damaged the property -- and you really didn't -- pictures can prove your case and protect against lawsuits. Hopefully, this never happens, but as the saying goes "it's better to be safe than sorry" holds true when renting a home or apartment.
Embrace Minimalist Decor
You really can't go wrong with a minimalist deocr in a rental home or apartment. It's a simple, classic look that lives up to its namesake by featuring just a few basic elements. Rather than stuffing an unnecessary amount of furniture into your home, perhaps you can use just a few basic pieces. Minimalist decor is a fun and simple way to decorate your rental home -- and best of it, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
Place 'Sliders' on Furniture
When adding new furniture, or rearranging your existing furniture, it's recommended that you use special "sliders." These felt or plastic-tip pads are intended to protect the floors from damage. If you simply drag a chair across hardwood floors, it could damage the floors, resulting in costly damage to tenants. For about $5 bucks, though, you can protect your floors from damage by purchasing a pack of furniture sliders. Simply place the adhesive side on the bottom of your furniture legs, at which point you can easily slide them across the floors without scratching it.