For many young Australians and families, buying a property just isn’t on the cards right now. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t transform your rented house into a home.
One of the best ways to do this without causing any damage is by improving the garden, patio, balcony or courtyard.
1. Create privacy
If you need a little more privacy for your balcony, garden or courtyard, consider investing a few dollars in a faux trellis. You can pick up an expanding faux trellis from your local Bunnings and affix it to any mesh, metal or wire surface with zip ties. This way you have (faux) greenery, more privacy and none of it requires screws or permanent fixtures.
2. Add plants
There’s really not much point in planting seedlings in a rented garden, as you may or may not be there when they reach maturity. A better investment of your money is pot plants which can be taken with you when you move. Pick pots with fun designs to brighten up your space.
3. Rethink the flooring
If your outdoor space has flooring which is unpleasant to look at, consider laying an easy-to-install and easy-to-disassemble DIY floor, such as the click-together floor decking or artificial grass from Ikea. These products can be laid over most surfaces, click together, and don’t require any fixing, so you don’t need to worry about doing any damage to the property.
4. Create an outdoor zone
Outdoor furniture and accessories have come a long way, and one of the best ways to make a dreary rental garden or courtyard feel better is by dressing it up. An outdoor rug can hide ugly flooring and ‘zone’ a space, dress up outdoor furniture with bright cushions or throws and hang LED fairy lights, as these are powered by batteries and don’t require a power source.
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