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Warning Against Stick-On Wallpaper: College Student Charged Over $900 for Dorm Room Damage

Are you a college student preparing to move into a dorm room this fall? If so, you may want to take a lesson from lifestyle influencer Joanna Kellogg (@joanna_kellogg) and think twice before using stick-on wallpaper to personalize your space.

In a recent TikTok video, Kellogg shared her distress after discovering that the stick-on wallpaper she had used in her dorm room would not come off. Despite her best efforts with tools and adhesive removers, she was unable to remove the wallpaper, and her school ended up charging her over $900 for the damage.

This cautionary tale serves as a reminder to all college students to be mindful of the rules and recommendations set forth by their dormitories. Most universities have housing handbooks that outline what charges students may incur for damages to their rooms. By following these guidelines and avoiding prohibited items like stick-on wallpaper, you can prevent unexpected fees at the end of the year.

If you do find yourself facing minor damage in your dorm room, there are some simple hacks you can try to repair it. From filling wall holes with putty and paint to concealing scratches with furniture polish, there are ways to fix small issues without breaking the bank.

Additionally, TikTok is a great resource for dorm room hacks and tips on avoiding damage. Some students recommend using sticky tack instead of 3D Command Strips to prevent paint from peeling off the walls. And if you do encounter damage that you believe is unjustly charged, don’t be afraid to appeal the decision with your university.

Ultimately, the key to avoiding costly dorm room damage fees is to be proactive and respectful of your living space. By following the rules, using caution with decorating materials, and being prepared to make minor repairs, you can ensure a smooth move-out process at the end of the year. So, as you prepare to settle into your new dorm room, keep these tips in mind to avoid any unexpected charges and enjoy a stress-free living experience.


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