7 Effortless (and Landlord-Approved) Ways to Upgrade Your Rental
Upgrading up your home without forfeiting your deposit? It seems like a pipe dream, but it's totally doable. These quick contemporary touches will allow you to score the style you crave, while keeping that landlord off your back.
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Apartment dwellers, rejoice! You can have the kitchen of your dreams without all the hassle— or the budget—of a full-blown reno, with details such as stick-on subway tiles or custom fronts for classic Ikea pieces from Superfront. They're relatively easy to apply on your own—no heavy-duty tools or fine-tuned skills needed. Just check with your landlord first before embarking on this kind of project.If you're lucky, they may knock a few extra bucks off rent or chip in if they like the end product.
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Removable wallpaper is gaining traction with homeowners and renters alike—not only does it offer a pain-free way to try something new, but it ensures that your decor experiment won't leave any evidence behind, which could help secure your landlord's stamp of approval.
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The right lighting can make a world of difference in how a space looks and feels, but often times, landlords miss the mark and choose outdated options that provide too much or too little light. Swapping out fixtures is one of the easiest updates you can make. Just don't forget to reinstall the original fixture before moving out.
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Don't let an unsightly radiator keep you from renting a place you love. It's becoming increasingly easier to find chic radiator covers that not only elevate a room's aesthetics, but provide additional storage as well—a real win-win. Since these are typically custom pieces, they're a good option if you intend to stay in one spot for a while or have an open-minded landlord who won't mind chipping in to cover the cost.
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Installing a new showerhead can drastically improve your daily stint in the shower, whether you're simply looking to upgrade to a more attractive unit, save water or limit chemical exposure. When you're ready to move, reattach the old fixture and take your swanky showerhead along with you.
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It's never a bad idea to have carpeting professionally cleaned when moving into a new apartment, especially if you have allergies. But if after cleaning they're still looking worse for the wear (or they're just downright ugly), enlist the help of area rugs to cover up less-than-ideal floor coverings and give your abode an updated look that feels totally you.
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If your landlord has vetoed putting nails in the wall, it's unlikely that he or she is going to allow make structural changes to the apartment's layout. But that's where a room divider comes in handy. Delineate the “dining room" from the living room or create a home office by using unique shelving, plants or a classic screen to give your home a whole new feel.