If we are going to do a house tour properly, I think it is best to start with the outside; which in our case, is unfortunately the biggest eyesore at this point.
I think it is safe to say that is lacks curb appeal. We learned that renters have virtually no rights in the UK, and so since our company signed the lease on the house as is, we have no right to require that anything in the house be changed. NOTE TO SELF: If something needs changed in a house you are renting, make sure it is included in detail in the contract!
The flower beds are the issue. Beyond the weeds, they are full of what can only be described as building rubble: rocks, brick, rusty screws and nails, sheets of glass, old pots and unidentifiable pieces of medal.
The back, I hope, was worse than the front! After putting it off far too long to focus on the inside, this past weekend we finally tackled the two flower beds in the back garden. The pile of rubble there came out of that pile of dirt. We ended up getting a shovel and a garden sifter to clear out as much of the junk as we could. We were told that to plant grass, we only needed to clear the top 3 inches of dirt. After 7 hours and 10 trash bags full of said items, we now have seed planted in the back. To say it was exhausting and frustrating would be an understatement, but it is good to know that we are least now have the prospect of a green back garden going into winter.
When we will tackle the front, I’m not sure, but as with most unsavory tasks, it’s better to get it done sooner rather than later. I’ve planted some bulbs in pots on the back patio, but due to my nature, way overestimated how many bulbs to buy. Who can resist the prospect of pretty tulips in the spring?! So, I’m planning on getting some cheap little plastic planters big enough for the bulbs and planting them in the ground. If we end up moving next spring, they can come with us, but in the meantime, they will give us a little bright spot when we inevitably feel as though winter will never end come March or April.
It’s hard for me to do, but when renting, change what you can, and what will make the biggest impact. Don’t worry about the rest. If nothing else, add it to the list of things to keep in mind the next time you are house hunting!