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Nov 18

14 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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Oct 18

The Frightening Reason You Shouldn't Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen Cabinets

An $8 roll of contact paper can do wonders for your home. You can use it to upgrade old furniture, modernize shelves, elevate countertops, or even forge a backsplash. For the budget-conscious, it’s almost too good to be true. And, as it turns out, some people say it just might be.

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02
Oct 18

The Most Colorful Rental-Friendly Apartment Renovation — House Tour

Name: Cortney Moore and Tyler Moore
Location: Studio City Neighborhood — Los Angeles, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Since getting married back in 2011, we’ve moved at least once a year. We hopped around Nashville for a few years before moving out to Los Angeles, and have moved twice since we’ve been here. We both love to go out and be social, but we cherish our time at home as well. I’d say we’re both about 50/50 on the extrovert/introvert scale, so that “at home” time to relax, reconnect, and recharge is 100 percent necessary. And we’ve always kind of been in search of that feeling of “sanctuary” when it came to our home, and it’s been hard to find, as we’ve always been renters.

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Aug 18

Peel and Stick Products That Just Might Surprise You

Peel and stick products have been around for awhile and we know their benefits. They are affordable, which makes them great for budget households. They are also super easy to install for all you DIY-adverse people out there. All these makes them a go-to for quick makeovers and style boosts. But as more companies get into the game, adhesive products are spreading their wings and giving us more and more reasons to use them.

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04
Jul 18

After 11 Homes in 17 Years, This Blogger Is a Rental Makeover Master — House Tour

Name: Jewel Marlowe and family
Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 10 months, renting

“As a military family, we have learned that even short-term rentals can have high style. This 10-month rental home is a prime example,” shares Jewel Marlowe, blogger, interior stylist, and frequent customizer of rental homes. “In less than a year I have added wallpaper, color, and an eclectic-glam vibe to this, our 11th home in 17 years of marriage (not a typo).”

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10
Jun 18

This Couple Dramatically DIY'd Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It's Awesome

Courtney Duffey has lived in her micro New York apartment for a couple of years now. Together with her carpenter boyfriend, she’s DIY’d much of 225-square-foot space to make it more livable and homey. The kitchen is teeny tiny, but some of the most mighty changes happened in that one small area.

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28
May 18

Real Homes, Real Solutions: 20 Reversible Ideas to Overhaul Your Rental Bathroom NOW

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27
May 18

Renter-Friendly Budget DIYs You Can Do This Long Weekend (That Actually Look Good)

Faced with a long weekend ahead of you, if you’ve got the itch to do a little DIY project to improve the way your rental home looks, this post’s for you. All from the same insanely stylish rental apartment in a basement, these two projects are fast, affordable and most of all… attractive enough you’d actually like to display.

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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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