Welcome back to What I Rent, our weekly series that takes you inside people’s rented homes to have a good old nose around.
Last week we took a look at a rented one-bedroom house in Toronto, Canada.
This week we’re back across the pond, in Walton, Liverpool, to see how Lauren, 26, rents.
Lauren is a community support work carer who has lived in a four-bedroom house in Walton for the past four years, with her partner and two children.
Here’s what she rents.
Hi, Lauren! How much do you pay to live here?
We currently pay £440 a month to rent our four-bedroom house.
And what do you get for what you pay?
Four bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and dining area, and a yard.
Do you feel like you have a good deal?
I think we have an amazing deal on this house. We are very lucky and grateful to have the space we do for our family.
What do you think of the area?
The house is in north Liverpool, in Walton, and the area is good. We have my children’s school and nursery a two-minute walk away, supermarkets and local park and Everton football stadium just down the road from us.
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How did you find the house?
I found this house on Rightmove four years ago, we was looking for a three-bedroom house a bit closer to work and with an extra bedroom for a second daughter who was due soon – we were in a two bed house at the time but really wanted some extra space and larger outdoor space.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this house come up and had to arrange a viewing straight away!
How have you made the property feel like home?
I’ve made it feel like home only in the last two years, I’d say.
At first, with having two young children, I didn’t have much time and never gave it much thought.
I always thought because we rented this house we were stuck with what we had and there wasn’t much I could about it, but after two years I started to think I don’t have to be stuck with ugly decor – there’s little things I can do to change the feel of the space and rooms.
So I started buying little bits an bobs and really thinking about what I actually liked and wanted and not only what I thought I could have here.
Things like Instagram and Pinterest really helped me navigate through all the styles that I enjoyed looking at and what I wanted to recreate in my own home.
All I’ve really done is cosmetic work; all paint and put shelves up, and pictures, used sticky-back vinyl, which is so durable and great for so many places, vinyl wallpaper in the bathroom, on the background of the fireplace, work tops in the kitchen.
My advice to renters is just don’t be afraid to try things out, and fill your home with things you really love.
Is your landlord okay with you doing bits?
My landlord came recently to do a little inspection and loved what I had done with the place. He said it felt really homely and liked my ideas – so that’s great!
Do you feel like you have enough space?
We have plenty of space here. We really love this house.
Are there any problems with the home?
The only problem with this house is the windows and doors could do with replacing, but we are working on getting that done.
Do you have plans to move again any time soon? Do you want to buy a place?
We have no plans to move anywhere for a long while yet.
We would absolutely love to own our own house one day but for now, this is our home.
Shall we take a look around?
What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.
How to get involved in What I Rent
What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.
If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected] You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.
Make sure you get permission from your housemates! You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’re paying for rent, as that’s pretty important.
We’re not just after the prettiest places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you’re currently renting a place you hate, we’d love to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).
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