Jess rents a three-bedroom house in Wirral, Merseyside (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

Welcome back to What I Rent, our weekly series that explores the ins and outs of renting in the UK and beyond.

Last week we were in London with Tom and Josh, who pay £1,650 a month for a one-bedroom flat.

This time we’re in Wirral, Merseyside, with Jess.

Jess, 29, is a single mum who works as a recruitment partner.

She lives in a three-bedroom property with her six-year-old daughter, in the area where the mum grew up.

Here’s what she rents.

Hey, Jess! How much do you pay to live here?

The rent here is £695 per month , I get discount for council tax which makes it £85, other bills I would say are around £200 on top.

The single mum shares the space with her six-year-old daughter (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

And what do you get for what you pay?

We have three decent sized bedrooms, one bathroom, one living room and a large kitchen.

Do you feel like you have a good deal?

I do, especially when I see what else is available in the area for a similar price.

What do you think of the area?

I am in Wirral, Merseyside.The actual area I live in hasn’t always had the best reputation for crime, etc. But we’ve been here for coming up to six years and never had any issues.

How did you find this property?


Rent is £695 a month, plus bills (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

How have you made this place feel like home?

The house was very much a blank canvas when we moved in. For the first couple of years it was baby zone so I didn’t really bother decorating but over the last couple of years I’ve slowly changed every room so it fits my style and taste.

I’ve wrapped the kitchen worktops in vinyl, painted bedrooms, up cycled furniture.

I try not to do anything that can’t be reversed, with it being a rental, so I tend to use furniture and other decorative items to bring in my style as much as possible.

Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting?

Not at all, once we had the initial conversation it’s been fine.

The landlord is happy on every inspection and we’ve never had any issues. I am aware we are very lucky in that sense!

Jess has lived in Merseyside all her life (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

Do you feel like you have enough space?

Yes. If I was to be really picky I would want a dining room, as I think that’s the one thing this house is really missing, but for just the two of us we have more than enough space.

Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?

No, not really, general little snags when we moved in and some issues with moisture but it was resolved quickly after discussions with my landlord.

She’s been able to make this house feel like home with tweaks that can be reversed if needed (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

Do you have plans to move again any time soon?

No, unless it was to be into a home I own. I don’t want to move from one rental to another.

Do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?

In an ideal world I would love to own my own home. Realistically that won’t be happening for a while but I’m ok with that. Renting suits my current situation financially.

Makes sense to us. Shall we take a look around?

Welcome to the living room (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
We love that yellow sofa (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
There are plenty of plants to add some freshness to the interiors (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Plus prints and other artwork (PictureLee McLean/SWNS)
Here’s the kitchen, with sleek black detailing (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
A nice bowl (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
A chalkboard on the fridge helps with organisation (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
There’s no dining room, but this table setup does the trick (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Upstairs we go (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Well done to Jess for making even the staircase visually interesting (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Here’s Jess’s daughter’s room (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Can you tell she likes pink? (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
And a classic horse on a stick (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
One bedroom is used as a study/office space (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
That stripe of pink makes a big difference to the feel of the room (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
And here’s Jess’s bedroom (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
There are pops of orange and blue (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
We’re big fans of this big blue wall detail (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
This is also a big fan (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
And finally, the bathroom (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
Complete with the requisite ‘get naked’ message (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)
And some chic colour blocks (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.

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