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Decorate Rental Homes Without Upsetting Your Landlord

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Decorate Rental Homes Without Upsetting Your Landlord

Renting a home or apartment differs from home ownership in various ways. A home purchase ensures homeowners decorate the home any way they desire. The buyer paid for it, and they are in charge of decorating. Renters, or tenants, don’t receive such freedom. They can decorate the home or apartment but it typically must be in non-permanent ways because they must answer to the property owner. The property owner, or landlord, has complete control over the home’s appearance. They expect this appearance to remain the same upon moving in and after moving out. A lease contract outlines what renters can and cannot do while living on their property.

Here are some tips on how to decorate your rental without upsetting your landlord or breaking your lease agreement.

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Decorate frugally

Renters should never go overboard on rental decoration. Therefore, the best solution is purchasing used furniture at secondhand stores. Search thrift stores, consignment shops, flea markets, and garage sales for great finds and unique items at fantastic prices. Purchase what you need. An upholstered item will require professional cleaning before it enters the home. Alternatively, renters craving new furniture pieces should spend money on liquidation and going-out-of-business sales. Those specials are up to 75 percent off. In these ways, renters can bring new decor in the rental space for a low price.

Buy storage

As you journey secondhand stores, search for standalone storage items. These pieces should create supplemental space for homes that lack it. If necessary, paint or spray paint the standalone piece to match the decor. For renters willing to assemble storage, shop at Walmart or IKEA for new and inexpensive storage solutions. Multi-purpose furniture is welcome as it serves more than one function. Storage solutions that utilize your space will hang over a door or slide under a bed. Closet organizing solutions are welcome too; make sure the storage solution is removable in case sudden situations occur.

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Buy fabric

Fabric stores contain various designs and colors at an inexpensive price. Fabric hides unsightly designs and shelves; it can pull the room decor and colors together. Purchase fabric to wrap around or cover furniture, chairs, pillows, and accessories. Let fabric act as a rug on floors and substitute for the landlord’s window curtains or blinds. Additionally, the fabric can decorate back shelves of storage spaces for a fun finish.

Survive on accessories

Accessories are a renter’s best friend. It is the main ingredient to transforming the space into your oasis. Along with the transformation, accessories are the focal point in a room filled with imperfections. Great accessories to add include rugs, plants, vases, lamps, wall art, mirrors, and centerpieces.

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Brighten up my day

Light can brighten up a dark, depressing space with warm and welcoming feelings. Homes with insufficient lighting need table lamps and floor lamps to assist. Natural sunshine from windows works wonders too, so open up the curtains to let the sun in!

Paint the walls

If the property owner allows wall painting (accent wall, trim, crown molding, etc.), jump at the chance. Paint is the simplest way to transform the rental into your home. If the landlord has a color selection, choose the one closest to your home decor. If the renter gets to choose, select white. Most landlords appreciate white walls over polarizing colors like red, blue, and green.

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Wall hanging solutions

Renters who add decor on the wall may or may not have permission to puncture walls. In that case, use 3M command and Washi tape instead. 3M Command offers hooks and strips for renters to hang items on the wall without damaging the wall itself. Washi tape is Japanese reusable masking tape that leaves no residue, stretches, chipping, and marks behind. It comes in various colors and designs.

Renters who don’t obey the lease agreement will create contention with the landlord. The property owner may enforce a fine, keep the deposit, or terminate the lease. If decorating isn’t in the lease, ask your landlord for permission first. Use your lease as an outline, but these tips should help you make your rental your own while remaining on peaceful terms with your landlord.

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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