Answer Four Questions Prior to Decoratingyour rented Home

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Answer Four Questions Prior to Decoratingyour rented Home

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:00 pm

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Decorating a rented property is difficult - you always want to add your personal touch to the place, but do not want to overstep your boundaries, you will lose your deposit or invest a lot of money into an area that is not yours. Read on for

some questions to ask yourself before you start decorating process.

1st - How long are you home?

If this is a one-year tenancy, rental or short-term sabbatical at home, there is little, if any, need to invest a lot of time and money into decorating the house. However, if you plan to rent a property long term, you may want to negotiate to improve on what is allowed and just MAYBE get the landlord to CONTRIBUTE to the cost (although I would hastly say, this may only be possible if you are a professional builder or can show proof of your handy work).

2nd - Can I do this?


you rush out to buy paint, new closet shelves or tiles, bathroom, ask yourself if your landlord will let you, and you read your tenancy agreement to see if you are actually allowed to do so. Most landlords will allow you to paint, if you

restore the property back to its original colour and paint it a neutral colour or to pay for repainting when you leave. But, again, you should check your tenancy agreement and ask your landlord before you start the process.

3rd - Can I do this without decorating the property?

There are hundreds of designs that you can choose which allows you to add your footprint without painting the property. For example, the centre piece rugs to define space can add colour without dismantling the floor.

Meanwhile, indoor potted plants and outdoor potted plants add pizzazz to the back porch or

front garden without you tilling the soil. Curtains, window treatments and accent pieces are also great for adding colour and style regardless of major renovations. Just because you can not knock down the wall does not mean your style options are limited or you can’t put your own style on your rented property.

4th - Who will pay for it?

Major construction/refurbishment work on a rented property such as a leaking roof, or installing double glazing in your rented property is always difficult, especially if you are a long-term tenant.. Basically, if during your tenancy any major work or refurbishment is required, even if it is at your prompting should be paid for by your landlord. Never embark on doing major work on a rented property. You might have won the lottery do not go out and replace that drafty bedroom window with new double glazing window, the landlord can see that as a breach of your tenancy agreement worse still that drafty window could be a valuable antique piece or there is a preservation order on the house

If, on the other hand, it's just cosmetic upgrades that are unnecessary, then the tenant should pay. However, if you've

been living with shag carpeting and the just can not take it anymore, you can talk to your landlord about replacing the carpet and if you are lucky the landlord will be willing to share the costs.

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