So, you’re finally moving into an awesome flat in the UK’s capital and are excited to the Moon and back. Right now you’re probably planning not only your evening strolls through the city, but also all the things you want to do to make your new apartment feel like home. We’re there with you!
But hold on for a second. Before you rush and paint the walls a dark grey colour, and make holes to hang your picture frames, consider your deposit. Because one of the downsides of renting is that you can’t do whatever you want to the property. And to get your bond back you’ll need more than a thorough tenancy cleaning.
Here’s how to decorate your London rental:
Tweak the Lighting in Your London Rental
Renting a dark and gloomy-looking property might not be as bad as you may think. Why? Well, because you can light the area as you wish and create that ambient atmosphere portrayed in interior magazines. As a bonus and a good one at that, you’ll have one thing less to clean at the end of your tenancy. Investing in floor and table lamps now is really cheap, and it means you’ll be able to bring them with you when you move out.
Smart Storage Solutions for Renters
Speaking of investments, there’s nothing more useful for a London tenant than smart furnishings with storage compartments. Storage or lack thereof is the eternal pain of every tenant. Types of furnishings with added storage you can purchase are:
- For the kitchen: trolleys, bench trolleys, and even bookshelves to increase functionality and space;
- For the living room: sofas, footstools, freestanding storage to utilise all odd corners and areas with tricky shapes;
- For the bedroom: beds, bedside tables, bookshelves, corner shelves to get the maximum out of the room.
Personalise Walls Without Breaking the Bank
Wall decoration doesn’t necessarily mean screwing things on them. Indeed, you can have both – beautiful and expressive walls and your deposit money at the end of the lease! To make it happen, use:
- Wall screens and room dividers;
- Use wire displays;
- Decals (removable wallpaper);
- Can’t hang? Lean on the wall;
- Use tall shelves to hide the ugliness (Bonus: extra storage);
- Wall grids to hang things on;
Minimise Tenancy Cleaning by Protecting the Furniture
You will thank us for this one. Spilling a glass of wine onto the sofa or coffee on the upholstered chairs can be a true nightmare for a tenant in London. You can easily envision the hundreds of pounds streaming out of your bank account. And with the end of tenancy cleaning at the end of your lease, the picture can quickly become stressful, to say the least. So make sure to protect the furniture with covers and shoot two rabbits with one bullet – have less to clean when leaving and avoid paying for damaged belongings.
Preserve Carpets by Layering Textile
You will really get a bang for your buck with this one since carpets can be a pain to clean. To cross them off of your end of tenancy cleaning checklist, make sure to prevent staining. And a smart trick to do that is to layer a couple of rugs on top! Not only will you preserve the carpeting, but you’ll be able to seamlessly bring some colours and textures into your London flat.
Add Some Freshness With Plants
Not only will they purify the air, but plants are also an inexpensive way to bring a pinch of colour, hominess and a touch of nature into your London rental. With plants, you can easily achieve vibrant surroundings without spending much on decorative pieces.
Bring a sense of calm and serenity with these hard to kill flowers:
- Snake plant;
- Succulents and cacti;
- Chinese money plant;
- African violets;
- Spider plant;
- English Ivy;
- Rubber plant.
If you like to stay on the more practical side of things, you can also buy some fresh herbs and spices and have your own indoor garden. And once you have to move, you can easily give the plants away or bring them with you.
So there we have it. Armed with our decoration tips and cleaning advice, you’ll minimise the risk of losing your deposit money. And once the time comes for you to move again, you’ll have a couple of things less to worry about.