Lisa Turner of IDG

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Jazz It Up 

Accent pieces and accessories can considerably jazz up a rental space.

Pillows, rugs, artwork and lighting are all small items that can really change and even refresh the look of your rental without committing a whole lot of money. Buy things you really like and take them with you when you leave. Build your own cache of personal items that make the home your own while jazzing up the place at the same time.

If you have a larger budget, then invest in your bed. Spend money on a mattress and bed frame that suits you, and store the rental bed away, if you can.

Take nondescript items from the rental property and pack them neatly away in a closet.

Put your own things out and spend a little money choosing interesting items that help express the quintessential you.