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    DIY jobs for renters: Part 2 - Small improvements mean big change

    Published on 29 January 2019, Tuesday, 5:53 AM

    If you are thinking about making some changes around your rental property it is important that you know what you can and cannot do.

    Checking with your property manager or landlord is the most effective way of finding out where you stand, but as a general guide the following are usually not permitted without permission.

    Renovations such as a bathroom DIY job, alterations to a dwelling, adding onto a premise, as well as attaching fixtures are all out of the question - unless you have prior approval.

    As is changing locks, altering with smoke alarms and security devices, as well as decorating that involves defacing or marking the property.

    The good news is that there are still a number of small improvements you can make around a rental property that can do wonders for its appearance, and make life more convenient for the tenant!

    Landlords and property managers may be receptive about small changes around the property such as minor cosmetic improvements.

    These small changes are usually quite affordable and can be done relatively easily.

    Replacing old curtains with modern wooden or venetian blinds will make more of a difference than you would think - letting more light into a room can enhance space and lift the atmosphere.

    Alternatively, you could trade in your DIY skills for decorating ideas - personalising your rental through making some changes to your soft furnishings.

    Buying some new cushion covers and throw rugs can really brighten up a room. Or why not unleash your creative side and decorate your own cushions! 


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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.