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The Dos and Don'ts of Rental Home Decorating

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Marina Shlomov - Monday, January 12, 2015

Are you bored with the white walls and beige carpets of house rentals in Stone Mountain? Instead of passing on a potentially great rental home, change your view and think of the home as a blank canvas waiting for you. However, before you put your unique stamp on your new place, make note of these dos and don’ts to ensure you won’t have an angry landlord.

Do Get Permission in Writing

You should get written permission for any redecorating of Decatur rental properties, even down to the smallest of tasks, such as putting holes in the wall to hang pictures or artwork. Are nail holes allowed? If so, do you have to paint over them before moving out? This is the type of information you want to know before you hang all of your beloved family portraits on the wall.

A verbal agreement from your landlord will not hold if there are problems. You may think the landlord said painting the walls is fine, while the landlord actually said not to paint. The landlord could conveniently forget they’ve verbally agreed to your redecorating and decide not to return your deposit when you move out. When your agreement is in writing, both you and the landlord can refer back to it in case of a future disagreement.

Don’t Send the Bill to the Landlord

It’s understandable if you don’t like the dated light fixtures or you want to replace your basic shower head with a luxurious rainfall one instead. Similarly, many people decide to add color to their rental home with new curtains or rugs. You’ll need to foot the bill for any new items you buy and install, unless you’ve pre-arranged reimbursement in your lease or written agreement with the landlord.

The good news is since you’ve paid for the new fixtures you can uninstall them and take them with you when you move out. Be sure to keep the old fixtures in a labeled box so you can re-install them before moving out. Of course, you are free to leave any new items you buy. The landlord may not reimburse you, but future tenants will certainly appreciate the upgrades.

Do Decorate on a Budget

You can have a gorgeous rental home without spending thousands to make it look like a magazine spread. When decorating, pick out a few new, quality pieces and combine them with secondhand or frugal finds.

Flea markets, garage sales and estate sales have many treasures just waiting to be discovered.  However, you should beware of buying used mattresses and upholstered items, such as sofas or chairs, because the items can contain bed bugs. If you purchase any used upholstered furniture, be sure to air it out and thoroughly clean it before bringing into your rental home.

Don’t Make Permanent Modifications

Unless you have an extremely lenient landlord, stay away from anything you can’t undo before moving out. You may think wallpaper is a better option than paint, but have you ever tried to remove it? It’s not an easy job. Instead of wallpaper, ask your landlord if you can use decals or stencils that come off easily.

It’s easy to add your personality to a rental home and stay within the guidelines of your lease. If you’re in need of a new rental home, contact us to help you find Decatur rental properties and house rentals in Stone Mountain.

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