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Making the best of your rental space

Congratulations on your new rental abode! Now you have the task of making it your own and putting your stamp on it. The task can be quite a challenge for even though you want to customize it according to your tastes and preferences; you have to be mindful of the fact that you do not own your rental dwelling and thus, cannot do as you please.

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Take pictures before you start

In Hong Kong and elsewhere landlords expect rental properties to be handed back in the same condition as they were tendered save for permissible wear and tear. So, if you are planning to make any changes, it is prudent to take detailed photographs of the property for your records.

Ask your landlord for changes before your tenancy commences

Working with space, which sports a neutral color like white is always easier. If your rental needs a new coat of paint to brighten it up, do ask the landlord before your tenancy period commences. Landlords in Hong Kong typically do spruce up their properties before the start of a new rental agreement.

In addition to a paint job, you can also request for appliances and even drapes. Our experienced team of agents will help put forth your requests during the process of rental negotiations. Most landlords do oblige and pay attention to requests, but if not you could always have inexpensive curtains made at one of the many outlets across the border in Shenzhen or then head to one of Hong Kong’s three IKEA outlets. Curtains do help to enhance the ambiance of a property.

Invest in stylish lighting fixtures

Most rental abodes in Hong Kong are offered unfurnished with basic or utilitarian lighting fixtures. You can uplift the look of your apartment by installing freestanding floor lighting accents that can go with you to your next home. You could even replace what your landlord has supplied you with ceiling light fixtures to your taste. Morrison Hill Road in Wan Chai is home to several lighting stores that offer a wide array of lighting fixtures hailing from all over the world. However, do remember to put back the landlord's original fixtures at the end of your tenancy agreement.

Use decorative accents and artworks

Artworks and decorative accents add character to any space. You could place artworks on supports such as pedestals or then install hooks or picture rails to display your artworks. Again you have to remember to fill in the holes and paint the indentations before you leave your rental.

Spread rugs and carpets 

Colorful rugs and plush carpets hide any blemishes as they help to create a cozy, warm, inviting space.

Display your wares

The kitchen is the heart of any home.  Make your rental's kitchen a sunny and cheerful space by displaying colorful cookware, tea towels and storage jars. If your kitchen lacks adequate shelving, you can even purchase some freestanding shelving from IKEA to display your neatly stacked dishware and other bits and bobs.

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Clear away clutter

Our Feng Shui expert Jill Lander can’t stop emphasizing the importance of de-cluttering that helps the smooth flowing of Chi or good energy. Use wicker baskets or other storage solutions available at stores like Japan Home Stores, IKEA, and Jusco to hide away clutter and tidy up your living space.

Adorn with green

Lush, green plants not only purify the air,but they also help to revive and rejuvenate a home. A variety of inexpensive potted plants suitable for indoors and outdoors are readily available at various stores around Hong Kong, including wet markets such as Wan Chai and Sai Ying Pun. Buy some leafy accouterments to adorn and beautify your rental home and savor their byproduct of cleaner air.

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