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How to decorate your rented flat without losing your deposit

Published 11 February 2016 by

When moving into a new place it’s natural to want to put your own stamp on it – whether that’s through painting the walls or moving the furniture around. If you’re a renter you may think that this isn’t available to you as it could put your tenancy deposit in jeopardy but think again.

There are a number of ways that you can make your house into a home without risking your tenancy deposit. Here are a few things you could try:

Get painting (if allowed)

Are the walls of your rented property a shade that you’re not too fond of? If so, you may be able to repaint the walls if your landlord or letting agent agrees to this. It’s a common misconception that you can’t paint the property that you’re renting, but as long as you paint it a neutral shade and ensure that it goes back to the original colour when you leave (either by paying someone or doing it yourself), some landlords won’t have a problem with this.

It’s a good idea to check with them before you start painting anything though – different landlords have different policies.

Removable wall stickers and wallpaper

If painting isn’t an option for you, then you could liven the walls up by using wall stickers. These stickers will transfer quite easily onto walls, doors and even certain furniture and you will be able to peel them off without fuss when you move out. You can pick these up from a variety of places, but notonthehighstreet have a number of patterns and quote designs.

Alternatively, you could give removable wallpaper a go. Wickes have an affordable selection on offer including these stripe and dandelion designs.

Hang up pictures

Hanging pieces of artwork or photos up can really help to make you feel more at home. The only problem when wanting to do this in a rented property is that your landlord is not going to want to see the marks where you’ve put the nails in. To get around this, use picture hanging strips like these from Tesco. You won’t need anything additional to help you and the strips will hold up to 450g. You should be able to remove the strips easily when your tenancy ends.

Finishing touches

On the other hand, you don’t have to do anything too drastic to bring a few homely touches to the property. If the homeowner’s furniture isn’t something that you’d choose yourself then there’s nothing to say that you can’t change the soft furnishings to combat this. You could buy new curtains or add new cushions and throws like these to cover the couch.

Bring the outside in by buying a few plants – they’ll not only quite literally breathe new life into the place, but they’ll also add a touch of colour as well.

So there you have it, just a few simple and easy things that you can do to decorate your rented flat without jeopardising your tenancy deposit. Want to know what other details you should look out for in a rental contract? Our blog could help.