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Making your rental house feel like you own it

Post date: 15, Aug 2017

People rent for different reasons, for some rental accommodation is a short-term solution to their housing need, while they try to sort them selves out, for others, it a long term solution with no clear plan of any thing permanent in the nearest future.

With the Nigerian economy nose-diving and the price of buying or building personal houses continuing to increase, we see more and more people renting. Whichever category you find your self in, it is important you make your rental space feel like you own it. Here are some simple things you can do.

1. Ask your landlord, Can I renovate or restore?

It is important to first discuss whatever plan you might have with your landlord or caretaker. Be clear about your plan renovating or restoring. Both can be complex especially when you are renting. Structural restoration should be left for the landlord or professional, however aesthetic restoration could be cheaper. When you restore or renovate a rental property, keep it light and remember it is for you to live in and enjoy.

 

“ It is important to first discuss whatever plan you might have with your landlord or caretaker. Be clear about your plan renovating or restoring. Both can be complex especially when you are renting ”

2. Live by the idea of "home sweet home”. 

It is important to first discuss whatever plan you might have with your landlord or caretaker. Be clear about your plan renovating or restoring. Both can be complex especially when you are renting. do not let the place rot, carry out minor repairs like changing of light bulbs, clearing of bushes around and minor plumbing repairs on your own, don’t wait on the landlord to do everything for you because some landlords and caretakers don’t care and could have the mentality of “after all I don’t live there”.

“It is important to first discuss whatever plan you might have with your landlord or caretaker. Be clear about your plan renovating or restoring. Both can be complex especially when you are renting.”

3. Put your stamp on it

Introduce decorations and elements that you love, show off small simple things that clearly defines you. This could be in form of paintings or other forms of art and sculptors, family portraits on walls are great ideas, and they have the power to bring life into any space.

If you have permission from your landlord or caretaker you can introduce a feature wall especially in the living room. A simple and cost effective one is to paint one of the four walls with a contrasting colour.

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