How to give your rental a makeover

Clever hacks to make a property really feel like a place you can call home

Medina Grillo’s hands-on experience of renovating her rented three-bedroom semi spurred the creation of a blog to help like-minded home-improvers. Now, almost a decade since its launch, it attracts up to 80,000 monthly visitors.

When she first moved to Birmingham, she was working as a health professional and updating her house in her spare time. The family has now been there for eight years, but prior to this Medina and her husband had lived in seven rental properties. “When we first moved in, we spoke to the landlord and told him we were looking for something long-term as we’d already had our first son,” she explains. “We wanted to decorate and he was quite open to that.”

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