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Making Your House a Home: Tips for Hanging Pictures in Your Thousand Oaks Rental

A Couple Hanging Photos on the Wall of Their Thousand Oaks Rental HomePersonalizing your rental home can be both productive and worthwhile. Except as a renter, it is crucial to do so with as little damage to the home’s walls as you can. Security deposit refunds often depend, largely on returning the property in the same condition it was in when you moved in. This is why learning how to hang pictures in order to minimize damage can be helpful. This is particularly real if your Thousand Oaks rental home has plaster walls. If you are getting ready to hang artwork, photographs, or another type of wall décor in your rental home, reconsider using one or more feasible options to minimize holes and keep your security deposit safe.

Depending on the age of your rental home, you could have either drywall or plaster walls. Although they may look similar under a coat or two of paint, there are several big differences. Plaster walls are common in older homes due to the demand for the technique in years past. Although plaster cracks and crumbles easily, mainly if you are trying to hammer in a nail. Drywall, on the other hand, is far more prevalent in newer homes because it is less expensive and easier to install. Drywall can hold up versus some careful hammering but may further break apart under rough treatment.

With so many that could go awry, studying about the best ways to hang your wall décor is very helpful. For artwork or pictures weighing fewer than five pounds, consider using an adhesive hook, tape, or even poster putty instead of nails. Adhesive hooks come in many different sizes and styles and work great on both plaster and drywall. Multiple types of adhesive hooks are also removable, designed to pull free from the wall without leaving any damage behind. This is also typically accurate of poster putty. In most cases, either product will help you decorate any way you’d like, with multiple lightweight items that you’d like, without creating a large number of holes or causing other damage.

Hanging heavier artwork and décor can be a bit more of a difficulty. While you can try utilizing heavy-duty adhesive tape designed for heavy or industrial use, you may still need to make at least one hole in the wall to install a hanger capable of bearing the item’s weight. In both plaster and drywall walls, items between 5 and 10 pounds can be securely hung with a nail hammered in at an angle. For items over 10 pounds, however, it is recommended to use a stud finder and a screw anchor to install a hook directly into a stud. Neither plaster nor drywall will bear heavy items unless they are screwed directly into a wooden stud.

Of course, additional ways to use heavy décor items include placing them on furniture instead of hanging them on the wall. For example, large framed artwork could be set atop of dresser or bookshelf, creating a damage-free decorative touch to any room. Console tables are another excellent choice for displaying photos and home décor.

Personalizing your space is a great way to feel at home in your rental. But doing so in a way that ensures the return of your security deposit can seem like a challenge. However, by knowing your options and getting creative with your walls, you can easily manage to do both.

Have questions about security deposits? Wondering how you deal with a tenant who is upset by the rules in your lease? Need some guidance in creating a solid lease in the first place? Real Property Management Ventura County has an entire team of experts ready to help. Contact us online or call us at 805-387-3682 today.

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