When you’re looking for a new home it’s likely you will see a property while either an owner is residing there or the tenants that are set to soon vacate so you’ll get a rough idea of spacing and configuration.
Sometimes you’ll see a bare vacant property that for some can be hard to imagine or get your head around configuring it, and many prospective tenants are turned off easily when they just can’t see the potential.
But if Italians can make homes by carving into the calcareous rock (see pic by me taken today) in Matera, then you can make a home too!
Every property has potential to become a home and have seen many stunning transformations from bare and boring to homely and stylish.
For the most part a rental property is what it is so be sure to be generally happy with the flooring materials, light fittings and window coverings.
TIP: For whatever approvals are given through verbally, back that up with an email to confirm the conversation.
So after the physical move get the stylish & homely vibes you’re looking for;
Start unpacking by focusing on the bedroom and bathroom so that somewhat of a normal routine can start up straight away and then onto the kitchen and living areas.
Whilst art, pictures and personal items aren’t priority do start unpacking and laying pictures around the house to get an idea of where they work best.
For the most part lights are what they are, and what’s provided but bare bulbs can be easily shaded with essentially cheap and easily installed coverings
Floor Lamps, Table lamps, bench lamps- go crazy and set a mood with your lighting. Add floor lamps to dim and barren corners, table lamps on a kitchen bench or hallway console table.
Rugs and Runners can cover anything so you can sometimes see past what’s there, saying that a lot of tenants specifically don’t want or can’t live with carpet whereas others love it.
Few people, owners or tenants, are going to go and replace all of their furniture just because they’re moving into a new property so importantly- take a tape measure to viewings and check things like your Fridge space, washing machine space and Lounge to see if these will fit.
- Walls & Art
While most rental properties should stick to a neutral color scheme, some don’t and orange or green walls will not be to everyone’s taste. If it’s a deal breaker you can apply on the basis that specific areas are painted or request permission to DIY once you move in.
Outdated or simply ugly blinds can be easily replaced with ready to hang blinds or curtains if you really want to update these. Just be sure to store what was there for when you do hand the property back. Some Ikea or Freedom curtains can work wonders.
If in doubt you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your property manager to see what’s allowed and what isn’t and they should be able to assist so ask questions without reservation.
Properties are otherwise offered “as is” so what you see is what you’ll get if you don’t ask beforehand.