The best remodeling and design ideas for renters are the ones that can be undone when the lease is up. Apartment complexes and landlords tend to opt for interiors that are first and foremost, durable and long lasting. Therefore, rental properties can also be a little boring and generic. If you want to give your rental space a little remodel or design makeover, consider the following tips from MBS Interiors before you make any irreversible changes to your apartment or rental home.
Spackle is Your Friend
The number of nail and screw holes in walls can mount quickly in any home. This isn’t a problem as long as you cover your tracks. Cover all unused holes with spackle, smooth the surface, and allow it to dry before covering the filled spot with paint. Many apartment complexes will provide its tenants with a small container of touch up paint for situations like this. Make sure everything is properly filled and painted to the best of your ability before you move out so your security deposit isn’t withheld.
Embrace Removable Wallpaper
Technically all wallpaper can be taken down, but it usually requires a lot of work, scraping, and frustration. Removable wallpaper is a special type of wallpaper that peels easily off the walls, making it perfect for renters to want to give their space a little design flare.
When in Doubt, Ask Your Landlord
You can never go wrong with this tip: knowledge is power! Be sure to ask your landlord before making any changes! And check your lease! Leases usually specify what you can and cannot do. In some cases, they can even dictate what type of floor cleaner you use in your apartment. But sometimes it’s a little less clear and you might find yourself unsure of whether you are allowed to paint the walls or even hang a hook. Try to get answers about the rules of your rental space in writing so there won’t be any disputes when you’re ready to move out.
Don’t Spend Too Much Money
This probably seems like common sense, but long term renters might find themselves investing thousands of dollars into their space when they don’t even own the place. If you are given the flexibility in your space to paint, put up wallpaper, exchange hardware or fixtures, and hang bars and hooks, by all means do want you would like to do in order to make it feel as much like home as possible. But remember that at some point your lease will end and you won’t have anything to show for it. Be mindful of how much money you are putting into decorating and remodeling your space – put that money in an account for a down payment on your forever home.
For renters, maintaining your security deposit while fixing up your space can be a challenge. Keep communications open with your landlord and get all the rules and regulations in writing. Have fun decorating your space and making it uniquely you!