(Inexpensive) ways to make your rental feel like home.
I have been living in my apartment for a little over 10 years and I know I need to get ready to move, most likely next Summer. I really like my place and wish I could stay but the landlord is no longer able to keep up maintenance which brings up a lot of stress (for me).
I love my place. In fact I love it more than the last house I owned. It’s a well lit duplex, with windows on four sides. I have French doors in the living room leading to a small deck and a huge oak tree providing Summer shade. The thought of moving is not fun and it makes me think how I would make sure I love my next place as much as I love this one and how I could make it feel like home.
Make sure you love at least one feature of the place you are about to rent.
This is so important. Moving is expensive and tiring. It can be the light, the fireplace, the location or the size of the rooms. Just make sure you fall in love with at least one feature that is important for you before you sign the lease. I fell in love with the gas fireplace and the French doors in this place and the location. Oh, and access to a clothesline.
I made a terrible decision before I moved here. I bought a house that just did not feel right. And I paid dearly for it, in dollars and stress. For me, location is very important. I am a city woman and love being close to everything. I know other people who would rather live in the country and don’t mind the driving.
The best way to put the odds in your favour is to visit the neighbourhood a few times during the day, on the weekend and in the evening. It will give you a taste of what you can expect on your street. This piece of advice definitely also applies when you decide to buy a house.
Treat your new place as if you owned it. Put your signature on it.