While everyone’s five-year plan looks different, many of us still ultimately conform to a few basic desires, e.g. marriage, kids, homeownership. However, the fact that there are around 42 million renters in the US right now very much points to the fact that this latter desire, at least, is becoming increasingly unfeasible for many.
This is hardly surprising considering that job markets are becoming increasingly competitive while house prices continue to rise (as of writing, US prices are rising faster than they have in 30 years). But, far from seeing this as a negative, many renters are coming to realize that the flexibility and lower lifetime costs of renting have their benefits if only rental properties could feel more like ‘home’.
But, what if we were to tell you that they can? In fact, countless Americans are managing to put their mark on properties that at least feel like their own. It’s this ability that is largely dispelling the stigma and struggles of renter life, and we’re going to consider three fundamental pointers that could help you enjoy those benefits.
Speak to your landlord
When it comes to looking for apartments for rent, many of us assume that things like redecoration aren’t even an option. This is made worse by blanket rental contracts that forbid these things outright, but landlords are becoming far more flexible about small adjustments, especially given how lucrative long-term, happy renters can be. Admittedly, most landlords will require a rewritten contract that takes these changes into account, as well as a signed declaration that you’ll restore. That aside, the chances are that your landlord probably won’t care all that much how you decorate when you’re actually living in that space, allowing you to create a home you feel truly comfortable in.
The wonder of wall stickers
Even if your landlord isn’t comfortable with holes, etc., they can’t complain about impermanent additions like wall stickers. Now available in wallpaper style, as murals, and much more, PVC removable wall stickers are a fantastic middle ground, allowing you to add a touch of your style without risking your property overall. Even better, the removable and damage-free nature of this addition makes it highly unlikely that you’ll be in breach of contract by getting stuck in.
Do it all with decor
Remember, too, that decoration doesn’t make a home – decor does. This is increasingly the case in a minimalist age where white, blank walls (used by most landlords) continue to be a hot trend when paired with accessories that really pop like the perfect rug, plenty of living plants, and even some bright cushions to bring things together. These may seem like small things but, when push comes to shove, they’re what transforms a space, not the colors on your walls. Even better, there isn’t a thing your landlord can say about the decor you choose to fill that space with.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to turn that rental into a family home you can finally fall in love with. At least, for now!