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Letings news: How to make a rented property feel like home

Living in a rented property doesn’t mean you have to give up all choice in the décor of your home. There are some simple steps you can take to bring your own personal style and taste into your home without breaking the terms of your tenancy agreement.

While you should never make any alterations to the property itself without seeking permission from your landlord, there’s nothing to stop you adding some decorative touches throughout the property:

• Hang some of your pictures on the wall and displaying your favourite photographs. If there aren’t already picture hooks up you can buy three-pin hooks that are cheap and easy to fit and cause almost no damage to walls.
• Focus on curtains, lampshades and other soft furnishings. Inject your personal tastes into every room and achieve a constant theme or style throughout your home.
• You will be amazed how much difference a colourful, high-quality rug or mat will make; bring some warmth to a room or cover worn carpets.
• Add a decorative mirror or two to make rooms feel bigger and bring in more light.
• Buy free-standing shelf units to display some of your own photos and knick-knacks – you can have your own things around you, in whichever rooms you like, without damaging walls putting up shelving. And you can take the units with you when you leave.
• If you have a garden there is plenty you can do to make it attractive. Simple steps such as adding pot plants, small shrubs and solar powered lights can bring colour and interest to your garden, making it a more pleasant space to spend time. You can also take these with you when you move out.

With a little imagination and not too much money, you can transform your rented accommodation into a place you love to come home to, and enjoy living and entertaining for however long you stay.

For advice you can trust on all aspects of renting, letting, buying or selling property please contact your local Leaders branch – www.leaders.co.uk