Renter-Friendly DIY Décor

You’ve moved into your new apartment or rental home, congrats! Time to add your personal touch.

Stop.

Before you start painting or hanging pictures and curtains, consider the impact to the unit – and your security deposit – when you move out.

Most landlords charge $75-$100 per wall that requires repainting, and that number can double if you use dark colors that require primer. Making holes larger than a standard-size nail? Add patching and painting to the list of damages to the tune of $25 per hole. Maximize your security deposit refund by using these renter-friendly decorating tricks from the start. Your wallet will thank you!

Removable Wallpaper

Tons of companies are offering removable wallpaper options that appeal to creative minds and cautious renters alike. Some require glue paste, while others are not reusable, so be sure to check the specifications before you purchase. Our favorite peel-and-stick options include these beautiful geometric designs by Chasing Paper and fun florals by Walls Need Love.

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Sticker Décor

The Crafty Cathy’s out there can create your own wall masterpieces with hexagon mirror stickers or Washi tape. Need inspiration? Design Sponge used Washi tape as picture frames, and Everything Emily made her own wallpaper design using simple crosses. For a stick-and-go option that will “wow” your guests, this patterned headboard decal can dramatically change the look of your bedroom in minutes.

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Picture and Curtain Hanging

Command Hooks can go a long way in adding functional touches to your space, especially since they now come in brushed nickel and bronze. They can be used for towel hooks, curtain rod holders, or hanging pictures, and by design they remove cleanly without damaging walls.

Kitchen Makeover

The kitchen of your dreams is awaiting your DIY! There are so many products on the market that help transform your kitchen with minimal effort and are easily removable. Check out these subway tile wall stickers for the backsplash you always wanted. No stainless appliances? Simply add faux stainless steel drawer liner to the front of your refrigerator or dishwasher for an instant facelift under $11.

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Fake Flooring

Rugs are so 2017. Jazz up your living space with vinyl floor cloth that comes in varieties from tile patterns to traditional hardwood. Need a more hands-on project? Peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles are super easy to install and remove when you move out. They even come in adorable ceramic patterns.

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Don’t forget to take down your décor before your final move-out walkthrough. Save that security deposit for your next place!

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5 Simple Saving Tips to Start Today

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Everyone knows saving money is a good thing, but where do you start? Whether you are starting to save for school, retirement, or a basic emergency fund, follow these small steps and watch your money grow over time.

  1. Empty your pockets and wallet each day.
    Put your change in a piggy bank or savings jar. Take it to the bank directly; money-sorting machines charge a fee!
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  2. Take control of your shopping habits.
    Go to the grocery store with a plan for the week’s meals, and stick to it! Avoid the sale displays; they may not actually be a “great deal.” At the checkout line, keep your eyes on the prize and avoid last-minute impulse grabs (looking at you, magazines and chocolate bars).
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  3. Declutter your life.
    Storage unit fees add up after the first month’s promotion. Thanks to sites such as LetGo, OfferUp, and Gone, selling your excess stuff is now easier than ever (no garage sales required). Also remember to check out local consignment stores or re-sale stores like Plato’s Closet that will pay money on the spot for your clothes.
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  4. Use coupons or wait for deals.
    You may be picturing your mother cutting out coupons from the weekly newspaper, but coupons are now more high-tech than ever. RetailMeNot, The Krazy Coupon Lady, and Target’s Cartwheel app can be downloaded on your mobile phone and pulled up while waiting in the checkout line.
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  5. Pay your rent on time.
    Late fees and legal fees not only take away large chunks of your hard-earned paycheck, but poor payment history can negatively affect your credit. Too many late payments over time also may force your landlord to not renew your lease. Save money and stress by paying before the late fee hits.
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As a bonus, enrollment in Till’s Loyalty Program gives you back rent money into a savings account. It’s like the landlord is paying you for making your rent payment on time!

Sign up today to get started.

Unlock financial success and watch your savings grow!

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