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May 18

Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don't Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit.

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May 18

Would You Ever "Rent Blindly?" I Have—4 Times!

In the past seven years, my family and I have been through seven moves. That may seem like a lot, but as a former military spouse and sailor, I can tell you it’s normal for families like mine. You don’t just move—you move quickly: You only get 10 days after you transfer to a new duty station to find a house and move into it. Yeesh!

Most of the time, families spend those first days in a hotel (which, thankfully, the military pays for), but I was rarely interested in this option. For me, finding a home before I moved has always been my number one priority. So I always tried to sign a lease before I even arrived. Yes, I’ve “rented blind.” Four times, in fact.

I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds. Yes, it is can be stressful at times, but I’ve found it’s been a huge advantage (and completely worth it) to have a permanent address when I arrived to my new city.

As any realtor might tell you, this isn’t recommended, but, in certain situations, it’s the best option. While you might not be in the military, you could be relocating for a new job or starting school and need to secure a place to live before you get there. I can say with confidence that if you stay focused and optimistic, you’ll always end up right where you need to be.

Here are some of the best tips that have helped me successfully “rent blind”:

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30
Apr 18

You've Been Using Command Strips All Wrong

Command strips are game changers for renters and dorm residents — or really anyone really who doesn’t want to do damage to their walls. We love all the ways they are handy around the house, use them all the time in our studio for photoshoots, and have learned a thing or two about best practices. If you haven’t cracked the Command strip code, and still have issues making them work for you, avoid these six common, but preventable mistakes.

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30
Mar 18

Banish Bare Walls, Even in a Rental: The Best Sources for Removable Wallpaper

The thought of applying wallpaper to smooth and clean walls used to make one shudder. After all, the wallpaper of yesteryear was quite permanent. Here in the 21st century, there’s a lot of removable wallpaper on the market – so whether you have a short attention span or you’re in a rental, you can still get in on the fun.

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31
Dec 17

6 Clever Ways to Customize Kitchen Cabinets With Contact Paper

There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover.

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31
Dec 17

Real Life Rental Upgrades That Happened in a Weekend (or Less)

Renters seek the balance between wanting a nice place to live, but not spending too much on a temporary home or making major permanent alterations on a space that’s not theirs. But by zeroing in on a few simple and inexpensive — yet impactful — projects, you can really refresh a space without busting your budget or making huge, irreparable changes. All it takes is a few ideas and one weekend.

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27
Dec 17

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About

Renters like nice things too! And, thankfully, each year more and more products emerge that are removable and won’t jeopardize your security deposit when you move out. So, you can fix up your space temporarily and not sacrifice style. Here are ten rental-worthy products —all adhesive — to consider.

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Dec 17

No More Ugly Radiators: How To Buy (or DIY!) Your Way Around an Eyesore

While you may be grateful for it in the middle of a cold winter, an ugly heater can be an eyesore that you get tired of having to decorate around. Peeling or chipping paint, the wrong color or shape, or an awkward location can all make a radiator your least favorite piece of your home. Even if you don’t have a problem with how it looks, it may just be taking up valuable real estate that could be put to better use. But, don’t despair! We’ve got many ideas and options for improving the situation when you can’t renovate or replace your radiators

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01
Dec 17

5 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants for Apartments with Low Light

One of the biggest frustrations of living in a space with limited light is the seemingly impossible task of keeping your houseplants happy. While all plants do need light to survive, if you know which plants to buy you can keep them thriving even in low light spaces.

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03
Nov 17

Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You Think

If you’ve ever wanted to get rid of your old shower doors, and replace them with a curtain, it’s much easier to do than you think. There are many good reasons to switch them out: some are leaky, or collect mold. They also get in the way of cleaning and bathing kiddos. A curtain eliminates all of these things, and can be thrown in the wash when it gets too dirty. Plus, when the curtain is left open when not in use, the bathroom feels so much larger than before. Don’t be daunted by the idea of leaving holes in the walls —you’ll be happy you took the plunge!

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