Your Go-To Guide for Decorating a Rental Home

Posted by Glenn Bancroft

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Renting a home in Tucson? If so, then you may be excited to make the space your own. Unfortunately, decorating a rental home can be tricky because your landlord or property manager may prohibit you from nailing holes into the walls, mounting shelves, or making other significant changes to the property.

Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to make the most out of your rental home without breaking your lease.


Know Your Lease Agreement

Start by knowing the ins and outs of your lease agreement, especially when it comes to what is permitted versus what is not allowed from a decorating standpoint. This should be outlined in detail within your lease agreement; if it’s not, reach out to your landlord personally and ask for a copy of these rules.

If you get verbal permission to hang shelves or make other changes to the rental itself, always get this in writing before proceeding.

Opt for Upgrades You Can Take with You

If you’re spending your own money on upgrades inside your rental, you might as well opt for upgrades that you’ll be able to take with you when you move out. For example, you might consider swapping out that dated kitchen cabinet hardware with fresh and modern knobs/pulls. Before you move out, you can re-install the dated hardware and take your fancy new hardware with you to your next place! The same goes for lighting fixtures (if you’re savvy enough to replace these), which can make a real impact on your space.

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Spruce Things Up with Paint

If you’re allowed to paint, this is probably the one single thing you can do that will have the most significant impact on your rental while costing very little money. A fresh coat of paint (or even a painted accent wall) can make all the difference and bring a much-needed pop of color into your space.

Just be aware that, depending on your lease agreement, you may be required to repaint the space a neutral color (on your own dime) before you move out.

Utilize Rugs and Other Accessories

Rugs, window treatments, and small accessories can go a long way in making a living space your own without having to paint or make any actual changes to the rental itself. Even in an otherwise neutral space, you can introduce bold pops of color with an area rug, throw pillows, fresh flowers, and other small accessories that will make your rental house feel a lot more like home. And of course, these are pieces that you will be able to easily take with you when you move out.

Ready to Decorate Your Rental Home?

Figuring out how to decorate a rental comes with its challenges, but by having a solid understanding of what’s allowed in your lease agreement, you’ll be able to come up with creative ways to make the space your own. Are you still looking for the perfect rental in the Tucson area? Bancroft & Associates has you covered! 

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Updated: 14th August, 2019 8:02 AM.