A quick scan of my local newsagent's 'homes' magazines shelves and one thing is clear; glossy cover after glossy cover is dedicated to the homeowner - while tens of thousands of tenants are missing out!
It's a similar story in the blogosphere; home articles and opinion pieces abound about how to renovate, improve or build your dream home, with very few words dedicated to the masses of tenants. I'm guilty of this myself - my posts regularly include tips for how to use a mortgage or other finance products to improve your home.
But when I came across some interesting research from rent.com.au, which revealed that Australian tenants are increasingly looking for a place to call 'home', I was eager to dedicate this week's post to advice for renters.
According to the findings, about one third of Australians who rent really want to personalise their home; with hanging artwork, family photos and owning a pet all scoring high on the wish list. A good kitchen was the highest demand.
While replacing a kitchen may be a steep request, there is no end to the number of ways to transform a rental property into a homely environment without sending your landlord into a spin (and without breaking the bank!). Here are some of my favourites:
Rather than wall-mounting artwork with fiddly, temporary hooks (which, less face it don't hold for long) I love to find oversized frames to hold artworks, photos and even mirrors, which I lean up against the wall or atop furniture.
Got a green thumb? Potted plants, outdoor rugs and furniture, hanging lights and lanterns are affordable, temporary ways to brighten your outdoor space with minimal impact on the property.
If it's whitegoods that your home is lacking - we'd all love a dishwasher - then there are ways to get your wish. Bench-top dishwashers are not only stylish and portable, but often more eco-friendly than their built-in namesakes.
For advice about how to get the best finances for the project - whether it is a credit card, personal loan or even high-interest savings account - look online at comparison sites such as RateCity to explore your options and love your rental home!