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Renting Tips: Home Expert Awards

It’s common to think that a rental property is restrictive to tenants, especially when it comes to design. But a rental can represent your taste and lifestyle, just like a home. Personalizing a rental is possible without damaging the property or even spending a lot of money, according to our home experts.

However, many rentals come with restrictions, sometimes too many to count. When renting a new apartment, most landlords require a damage deposit to guard against additions or changes not allowed on your lease. Damages can include anything from holes in the wall to stains in the carpet. When walls and flooring cannot be altered, it can really restrict décor decisions. But our home experts have provided us with many creative solutions to decorate and enjoy your rental without violating agreements with landlords.

Below, we’ve awarded the comments we found most valuable. Check back later in the week to learn more tips about renting.

How can renters improve their rental experience?

How can renters use DIY projects to customize their rentals without permanently altering the space?

What items should renters not bring into their new-to-them space?

Is there a checklist for moving that can make the process more streamlined

Most Inspiring

"Many products make it possible to add design on a large scale that are not permanent. For example, Tempaper is a temporary, “peel-and-stick” wallpaper that makes it possible to economically add wall paper to a rental. Add it to an accent wall to make a huge impact for relatively little cost." read more

Laurie’s comment is great because she shares a cost-effective solution to sprucing up your space: temporary wall paper. Temporary solutions that transform a space are difficult to come by.

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Most Creative

"Look at photographs in magazines and on Houzz, they have been staged with items that can easily be removed and won’t leave any lasting marks since they usually don’t always belong to our clients. You can replicate these designer looks in your rental home, condo or apartment." read more

Nancy's advice is very innovative. Staging homes is a principal that can be directly applied to rentals. Adding a large rug or accent furniture can personalize the space and be removed with ease.

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Most Insightful

"You should feel free to add options by keeping the originals to restore once you leave. Your landlord, however, may like many of the improvements and in turn rebate the costs to you as a result." read more

Tanya gives practical advice that can put renters at ease. It is alright to add options to your home like changing light fixtures or knobs on doors and cabinets, as long as you save the originals to replace again when you move out.

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Most Articulate

"Hanging art and curtains: When you can’t make any holes in the walls to hang curtain rods or wall accents, there are a couple of work-arounds, if what you’re hanging isn’t too heavy. 3M’s Command hanging products are great for hanging artwork or lightweight curtains/rods; tension rods can be used for hanging slightly heavier curtains; and for a more heady-duty solution, ReadyHang no-drill drapery hardware attaches to your window frames with a spring mechanism." read more

Jill gives many viable options for hanging curtains without creating any holes in the wall. Likewise, shelving units can be brought into the rental without hanging shelves and creating unnecessary damage.

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Most Informative

Scott Svetic

"Even though there may be some restrictions applied to the lease, keeping things simple and neutral may be allowed. Add accent walls in neutral colors to make it your own space. If these colors are done right and appeal to the new renters, the owner may not object to your ideas. Repainting one or two walls won’t be too costly in the beginning or in the end when moving out." read more

Scott makes a really good point, making subtle changes could be approved by the landlord/owner, making the move-out process even easier. Even more, changes that improve the space can often be well-received by the property manager, and you could even be reimbursed.

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