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I have always found it difficult to move. Not only is moving expensive and emotionally taxing, but it takes time to make your new space feel like home. And when you are lease, you still want your home to feel welcoming and warm, even if the lease is only for a year or less. This means decorating, designing and starting a multitude of DIY projects.

But when you’re renting out your apartment, townhouse, or single-family home, you need to choose your DIY carefully to make sure your new project isn’t going to violate the terms of your lease.

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We have what you need. Here are five simple, rental-friendly projects you can do now that will still have your security deposit back at the end of your lease. For more DIY hacks, you can find out how paint your kitchen cabinetsHow? ‘Or’ What build diy pipe shelves and how make custom poster hangers for just $1.

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Often you will find that rental properties have boring and cookie-cutter material. Outlet covers, light switches, cabinet handles and pulls, knobs, and bathroom fixtures are usually plastic, cheap, or poorly made. An easy way to spruce up your apartment and add your own personality and style is to upgrade the hardware.

This simple solution can dramatically transform your kitchen cabinets, living room and bathroom, and can tie all your furniture together. In addition, you can take the equipment when you move. I simply recommend keeping the original rental-provided hardware to re-install at the end of your lease.

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Many landlords will allow extensive changes to your rental, from mounting a TV to installing a ceiling fan and even painting. A simple but effective way to make your new space more pleasing is to ditch the white walls by adding color. While many townhouses allow renters to paint every wall, I recommend apartment dwellers choose one wall to paint as an accent.

Although many rentals allow painting and simply require you to prime the painted walls once you move in, I recommend checking with your landlord before breaking the rolls and tape.

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There’s nothing worse than four blank white walls. And while adding a pop of color can do wonders for making a space brighter and cozier, sometimes you’d rather add pattern or texture to a space. Enter the wallpaper.

You can find removable or peel-and-stick wallpaper at many DIY stores to personalize the walls of your rental. Although these wallpapers require patience to apply, it is quite easy and will leave the walls residue-free after removal. Plus, there are endless patterns and textures to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that suits your design aesthetic.

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They say organization is the key to a happy home. And I’ve already mentioned how much I despise bare walls. The installation of wall shelves meets these two points. Whether you add a few floating shelves in the bathroom to hold washcloths and candles or install heavy shelving to hold your books and knick-knacks, shelves can serve as extra storage in small rentals and decor.

The only downside is that you’ll probably have to drill the shelves into the wall. Most rentals allow holes to be drilled, but check with your landlord before breaking out power tools. And if you can’t drill or nail shelves or artwork into the walls, you can opt for lighter wall hangings that can be hung with command strips.

With these tips, your home won’t be less of a home just because it’s rented out. And you won’t have to worry about losing your security deposit. Even though these projects are approved in most rental properties, I still recommend that you contact your landlord before starting.

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