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The One Myth Renters Need to Stop Believing



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Anyways, let’s get to why you’re here. I will discuss renter myths in Renting Revamped, but this one was too important not to share on the blog. Whenever I work with clients, their first question to me (once I deliver their style guide) is, “How am I supposed to hang that if I can’t use nails?

Okay guys, I don’t know where or how this myth started about not being able to use nails in a rented space. Maybe it started from not being able to nail in dorm rooms? Anyways, this is a complete myth as 95% of the time, you CAN nail into walls as long as you fill in the holes with spackle upon moving out. Think about it:  In most places, landlords are required to repaint between tenants. Even if the landlord isn’t required to repaint, all you need to do is ask your landlord what paint they used and paint over the spackle job yourself.

*Always remember that after filling in the nail hole with spackle, you need to let it dry and then use sandpaper to smooth it out. You can go ahead and paint after sanding. 


When it comes to drilling, usually, this is fine too.I always recommend for clients to mount their TV’s, as this gives them more surface area to utilize. You’ll just want to confirm with your landlord first. If you are drilling, you want to make sure you’re not hitting any important wires or pipes in the wall. If you’ve never drilled into a wall before, I suggest hiring a professional to help you.

Have you ever believed this myth about nailing into walls? Let me know down below!

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  1. Penelope White says:

    Chelsey, this must be a universal rule for Renters because in Australia it’s exactly the same. Only we don’t have ‘spackle’ we have ‘Selleys Spakfilla’.
    I’ve must have repaired over 100 nail, pin & tack holes in my entire rented life.
    There is absolutely NO way I am NOT going to put up artwork, photos etc in my rental property.

    • Chelsey B says:

      I am SO sorry I am just responding! I don’t know how I just saw this! I feel the same way about it.. There’s NO way I am NOT going to hang my artwork! Where do you live in Australia? I studied abroad in the Gold Coast!

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