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How to make your rental property feel like home this Christmas

With Christmas approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about decorating to bring out your property’s festive spirit.

However, if you’re renting, making your property feel like home during the festive season can be tricky.

Fear not, though, as we have all the inspiration you need…

Christmas decoration inspiration

1. Decorate your apartment for Christmas with festive ornaments

If you live in a rented flat or apartment, space is often the biggest issue when decorating for Christmas.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your home feeling festive.

Try sprucing up your property with festive ornaments, and other rental-friendly decorations like fresh greenery, a tree, and a wreath.

If you’re unable to hang decorations from your walls because of stipulations in your tenancy agreement, ornaments on table tops or mantel pieces can be a great way to make your property feel more festive.

2. How to decorate your small bedroom for Christmas

If your bedroom is on the small side at your rental property, don’t worry – there’s plenty you can do to make it feel more festive.

Try adding a small artificial tree with a stand to the top of a chest of drawers.

Or drape lights around your bed’s headboard, or over a curtain rail.

You could also try adding some festive-inspired soft furnishings or a throw to your bed, which will give you that cosy Christmas glow.

3. Add the smells of Christmas to your rental property

Feeling festive isn’t just about what you can see – your other senses are just as important.

By adding some Christmas scents to your rental home, you’ll soon start feeling fully in the festive spirit.

Add a bowl of Christmas potpourri to your table or on top of a sideboard but opt for the scents of dried orange and cinnamon, which will last throughout the holiday period.

If you want to really get your festive juices flowing, try baking some gingerbread or mince pies, which will fill your home with amazing smells and add some tasty delights to your festive menu, too.

4. Use candles to light up your rooms

Candles can be a great way to create that very special Christmas ambiance.

Your rental home will feel cosy and welcoming – and if you add some scented candles to the mix, it will smell like Christmas, too.

Always check your tenancy agreement to see if there are any rules governing the use of candles, and if you’re unsure, speak to your landlord.

If you’re not keen on using real candles, why not try some scented sticks or incense to bring the scents of Christmas into your home?

5. Don’t forget the outside of your property

It’s easy to focus fully on decorating the inside of your property at Christmas – but don’t forget to give the outside some festive love, too.

Why not hang a Christmas wreath or some mistletoe on your rental property’s front door?

Most wreaths hang from a bracket that sits over the top of the door itself, meaning no nail holes that could upset your landlord or put you in breach of your tenancy agreement.

6. Let your landlord know about any issues

Christmas is all about relaxing, having fun and recharging your batteries for the year ahead.

So, if there are any small maintenance jobs outstanding at your rental property, now’s the time to let your landlord or letting agent know.

Small issues can become bigger problems as the weather turns, so getting things fixed and running properly now will mean both you and your landlord can fully switch off and enjoy the festive period.

7. Stay safe and know what to do in an emergency

Christmas is a time for joy, but it can also, unfortunately, be a time when burglars become more active.

Keep yourself safe this Christmas by ensuring your doors and windows are locked and expensive presents aren’t left visible from the outside.

If you’re worried about security at your rental property, speak to your landlord or letting agent.

As well as staying safe, make sure you know who to contact over Christmas in the event of an emergency, such as a boiler failure.

8. Invite friends and family over

Of course, the best thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends.

And now you have all the inspiration you need to decorate your rental property and make it feel truly like home, make sure you invite everyone over to enjoy it with you.

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