How to upgrade your rental apartment without upsetting your landlord

How to upgrade your rental apartment without upsetting your landlord
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    Renting out an apartment for a while, you'll want to refresh some parts of it or redecorate it entirely – but how to do that without irritating your landlord?


If you think that your tenancy contract obliges you to not touch your place at all, you’re mistaken. In fact, there are many things you can do to give a new look to the apartment, without breaking the terms of your contract or upsetting your landlord – here are 7 great examples.

1. Give your carpets a fresh look

After living in a space for a while, you’ll notice your carpets looking a bit used – even if you do your share of vacuum cleaning. Just have a look online to see how many professional cleaners offer their services in your area and choose ones with best pricing and recommendations. Only they can make carpets look fresh and clean.

2. Switch light fixtures

This is a basic retouch that can completely revitalize your rooms. Replace the cheap brass fixtures with something nicer. Hire an electrician to add new fixtures – just don’t throw away the old ones! When you’ll be moving away, you’ll need to switch them back. The work doesn’t cost a lot, but really makes a difference.

3. Touch up the walls

If your walls feel old and the paint color is not what it used to be, just ask your landlord for the color of paint that was used when you moved in. If they know or have some cans of it, you’ll know exactly what color to use in order to retouch your walls and give your apartment a fresh look.

4. Decorate your windows

Many rental apartments come with those ugly plastic blinds, so it’s best that you simply pull them down – just like with fixtures, store them somewhere to be replaced once you move out. In their place, you can hang some nice curtains – installing a curtain rod is easy and cheap. If your apartment windows are cold and drafty, curtains will help you maintain nice room temperature.

5. Rethink your storage

Rental kitchens usually come with one big problem – storage space. But even if you have a really small kitchen, there are plenty of ways to upgrade your space without your landlord even knowing about it. To save space in cabinets, you can attach adhesive hooks to the inside of your cabinet doors to create a place to store lids.

6. Change your hardware

Sometimes changing your hardware can make all the difference. Just think about it – your cabinet handles can be switched to modern looking ones for a very low price. Similarly, you can switch a standard shower-head to a new one, making your shower a much more relaxing experience. Just remember to store the original shower-head so you can easily replace it when you move out – your luxurious shower head can travel with you to your next apartment.

7. Replace your appliances

Finally, to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom, consider replacing the appliances. This is especially important if you plan to stay in the apartment for a longer time – they will make your life easier, look good and sometimes lower your bills. Talk about upgrades with your landlord and convince them that it’s worth it. Make them realize that replacing an older refrigerator with a new one that is energy efficient is a way not only to save you money on your utility bills, but also become an attractive feature of the apartment for future tenants. Nice pictures of an apartment are the first thing that attract tenants on portals like Gumtree.

Revamping your apartment or redecorating it so it fits your taste is within your reach – if you’re in doubt, reach out to your landlord, explain what you’d like to do and hear what they think about it.

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