In this week’s What I Hire we’re in Derby with Vikki, who’s managed to actualize a busy amplitude that absolutely fits her aesthetic.
Vikki, 37, works for a civic absolution agent, so has ‘the central beat of the ins and outs of renting properties’. She knows her stuff, to put it simply.
She’s been in Derby her absolute life, accepting developed up in the suburbs and busy in the burghal centre aback she was old abundant to leave home.
Her accepted home is a two-bedroom abode that she’s lived in for about six years and shares with a housemate, a dog, and two cats.
We chatted with her about how she’s adapted her amplitude afterwards pissing off her landlord.
Hi, Vikki! How abundant do you pay to alive here?
The hire is £625. Bills are an added £250 to £300 a month.
And what do you get for what you pay?
The abode is deceptively baby from the alfresco but we accept a hall, stairs and landing, a ample active allowance and dining room, a kitchen, two ample bifold bedrooms, and a massive bathroom. I additionally accept a baby rear garden with a little grass breadth and a accessory patio.
Do you feel like you accept a acceptable deal?
Although the hire is absolutely aerial for a two-bed terrace in this accurate breadth I’m blessed to pay it for the admirable aboriginal appearance and the appearance of the property.
Who lives here?
I initially confused in aloof over six years ago with my ex-husband. Afterwards we breach my accepted housemate Dani confused in and has lived actuality for 18 months.
Sadly she’ll be affective out in the abutting brace of weeks but on the additional ancillary my admirer Jon will be affective in and we’ll allotment the abode with his son and our accumulated pets; Evie the Chihuahua, Yuna the Bengal and our new kitten, Chester.
Do you like the area?
I alive actual abreast an breadth awful busy with students. I don’t decidedly adulation the breadth but I alive in a little cul-de-sac and accept admirable neighbours that allotment their civil veg, admonition us with the odd adjustment job and we attending out for anniversary other, which is absolutely nice.
I additionally adulation the accessibility of active abutting to the burghal centre and some admirable bounded parks.
How did you acquisition this property?
I begin this acreage on Rightmove. Aback I saw the advert I anon fell in love, I alike did a drive by of the abode that night. It had admirable appearance including a cycle top bath, Minton tiled attic in the alley and aboriginal doors.
I was absolutely afraid aback I put in the appliance as we accept a little dog, which generally isn’t accustomed in rental backdrop but luckily as he’s a clandestine freeholder we could allege to him anon and assure him how able-bodied behaved she was.
How accept you fabricated the abode feel like home?
When I calm the keys to the abode and saw it for the aboriginal time afterwards any appliance I absolutely cried – it was in such a mess.
The walls were besmeared and covered in marks, the carpets were ditched and it was begrimed throughout. There were additionally some absolutely ambiguous affection walls (lime blooming and amber accumbent stripes in the lounge and a absolutely atramentous army wallpaper in the dining room, which is the darkest allowance in the house).
I asked the freeholder if I could decorate, to which he agreed and initially I aloof got a acrylic bout to all of the aboriginal colours and gave it a freshen-up and corrective over the affection walls.
After a few years admitting I absitively I capital a change of backdrop and that’s aback I absolutely go into decorating and DIY and started my Instagram annual for inspiration. The abode is absolutely aphotic as it’s arctic adverse so I absitively to go white and blah throughout but with a fleet affection bank in the kitchen.
Every allowance has been redecorated, including skirtings and woodwork. The alone barring to this is the hallway, which is my abutting big project.
I like archetypal acceptable décor but with a rustic-cottagey feel. Added afresh admitting I’ve alien a slight Scandi vibe too with lots of abode plants, and I’m bedeviled with broiled flowers at the moment.
As able-bodied as painting I’ve accustomed new charter of activity to all of the admirable but actual annoyed congenital cupboards, decidedly the one in the active allowance which ahead had bottle doors to the top breadth that I removed and I repainted the absolute assemblage to actualize ablaze accessible shelves.
The doors accept been adored to put aback on if the freeholder would adopt at the end of the tenancy.
I’ve added rustic arch lath shelves to the ablution and afresh acclimated asphalt stickers to absolutely change the attending of the broiler address in the dining room.
I adulation abate artistic projects too and usually accept several on the go at once. These accommodate creating wreaths for the walls, upcycling annihilation I can get my easily and authoritative melancholia décor, I abnormally adulation it if I can actualize article for annihilation (or at atomic actual little).
The absolute abode has been furnished with buzz appliance which I’ve repurposed. The alone appliance that I purchased cast new was my bed, which was a arrangement from Argos and my sofa, which was ex-display from an eBay shop. Everything abroad is either Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace or donated from friends.
It feels acceptable to alive in a admirable abode that I’ve created myself for abutting to nothing. It’s important to me not to absorb too abundant money decorating and capacity a home that’s not my ‘forever home’ but it’s appropriately important that my home is a abode I appetite to be and feel appreciative to alive in.
Has your freeholder been accept with you accomplishing all of that?
My freeholder has agreed to every appeal I’ve put to him, including painting the advanced aperture and replacing a ample annual bed in the garden with turf.
I’ll be absolutely honest, though… I haven’t asked for permission for every activity but he does appointment from time to time and is consistently blessed with the changes I’ve fabricated and I’d never accomplish alterations that I couldn’t put aback if bare aback I move out.
I absolutely feel that I’ve added amount to the acreage and I accept my freeholder thinks I’m a acceptable addressee because of this.
Do you feel like you accept abundant space?
I absolutely feel like I accept abundant space… with the barring of the kitchen, which is aloof tiny in allegory to the blow of the apartment in the house, it’s abate than the bathroom!
I additionally accept a admirable little garden which has been my affection activity during lockdown over summer. My admirer and I created a bassinet daybed and table and corrective the accessory and some of the alfresco walls.
Are there any problems with the abode you accept to accord with?
The abode is actual dark. We alone get the sun in the garden until 4pm, which agency no afterwards assignment drinks in the sun!
The windows are alone single-glazed so it’s freezing in winter and actual big-ticket to heat.
The capital affair I abhorrence about this abode admitting is the carpets and flooring. The carpets admiral are covered in stains and are absolutely threadbare in places so I accept a lot of ample strategically placed rugs.
Downstairs is all lath floorboards which I adulation but they’re accomplished in a aphotic orangey adorn that’s now actual chipped. The attic annoys me circadian but that’s one affair you can’t change in a rental afterwards activity to abundant expense.
Do you accept affairs to move afresh any time soon?
My admirer and I are acquisitive to be in a position to buy a abode aback the accepted charter runs out actuality in 18 months. I will accept been actuality eight years by then.
If we’re not in a position to buy I’d appropriately renew the arrangement again. There are actual few rental houses I’ve apparent like this one (and I assignment for a absolution agent!), abnormally with landlords as adjustable as abundance so I’ve been abundantly lucky.
Are you blessed renting or is affairs a abode the goal?
In an ideal apple I’d consistently adopt to own my own abode artlessly so I can do absolutely what I appetite with it. I generally attending about this abode and anticipate if I endemic it I’d absolutely do this or that and I appetite that array of abandon in my future. I do adulation the actuality that I don’t anytime accept to pay for any aliment at the moment though.
Shall we accept a attending around?
What I Hire is a account alternation that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
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We’re not aloof afterwards the prettiest places out there, by the way. We appetite the absoluteness of renting, so if you’re currently renting a abode you hate, we’d adulation to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).
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