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Can a Rental Feel Like Home?

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A guest blog from the Right Surveyors

Margaret Thatcher’s ‘property owning democracy’ has been reinvigorated by the Government in recent months and years, with a big push towards the sale of socially rented housing stock and a strong political leaning towards encouraging aspiring property owners. For many though, surging property prices continue to make property ownership a distant dream.

But does rental property have to feel like less of a home? Or can your tenancy bring you just as much homely joy? We look at some top tips to help you get the most out of your lease:

Add some colour into your life

A great way to customise your home into your signature style is with a lick of paint. While you will likely see a lot of magnolia or ‘egg shell’ when you first move in, changing the colour to something that suits you can make a big impact and really put your own stamp on the property. Most landlords are happy with you painting as it is a change that is easily reversible and it saves them doing it / paying for it, but it is always best to consult with them first to avoid unnecessary friction.

However, if you’re not able to paint or wallpaper your walls don’t panic – you can easily add splashes of colour with bright paintings, canvases or posters. A wall hanging is a great way to draw the eye in and add some interest to your rooms.

Be careful with colour though, a chartered surveyor in Chelmsford explains:

“Many people love to add vibrant colours to their rooms as it livens up the space, but it can be tricky to pull off colours on all four walls. Too much colour can make a room look busy and cramped, so consider injecting small areas of colour into the corner of a room or a feature area to draw the eye.”

Floor to ceiling

Floors and ceilings are two key elements which can make a big impact on your home, but you’re unlikely to be able to change the finishes your landlord chose. Instead, there are some superficial ways you can add your own stamp.

Whether you have laminate, carpet or hard wood flooring, it’s always a great idea to add a few area rugs to give the room extra colour and pattern. It is also a handy tip for protecting your floor from damage, which will help preserve some of your deposit. 

Remember to keep your finishes in line with your personal tastes when it comes to your ceiling. Lighting is a great way to reflect your style without effecting the ceiling itself. You can do this by changing the intensity of the light – either changing your bulb to a soft mood lighting or even getting a dimmer light. You could also invest in a big and extravagant light fixture if you’re a bright and bubbly person or even just a lamp can make your home more welcoming.


Not every piece of furniture you own can make it to your new home – many items that may have looked perfect in your last flat can look out of place or awkward in your new place. So the soft furnishings you choose are very important to make your rental property feel like home.

Why not sell your old furniture on sites like Gumtree, Ebay or even Facebook? With the funds you recover, you can purchase new furniture that goes well with the new space you have. This will not only save you money and time during the move, it will also add extra personality.

Once you have found the right place, you can certainly make it feel like it truly belongs to you. Follow these easy steps and you will have the haven you’ve been dreaming of in no time.

About the author:

The Right Surveyors are specialists in leasehold property matters and understand what it takes to develop a strong landlord and tenant relationship. If you’re considering becoming a landlord, don’t hesitate to drop us an email, give us a call or use the chat system on www.rightsurveyors.co.uk

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