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I have always found moving apartments difficult. Not onlyExpensive and emotionally exhausting, but it takes time to make your new space actually feel like home. And when you are Even if the lease is for a year or less, you still want your place to feel comfortable and cozy. This means decorating, designing, and starting a large number of DIY projects.
But when you rent your apartment, cottage, or single family home, you need to pick and choose your DIY carefully to make sure your new project won’t breach the terms of your lease.
I’ve got you covered. Here are five simple and easy rental projects you can do right now that will ensure you get your security deposit back at the end of your lease. For more DIY hacks, you can check out howHow and how .
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Often times, you’ll find that rental properties have boring cookie-cutter devices. Outlet covers, light switches, cabinet knobs, knobs, and bathroom fixtures are usually plastic, cheap, or poorly made. An easy way to beautify your apartment and add your own personality and flair is to upgrade the appliances.
This simple fix can dramatically transform your kitchen, living room, and bathroom cabinets, and it can really tie all your furniture together. In addition, you can take the device when you are moving. I recommend only keeping the original hardware that was made available for rental to reinstall at the end of the lease.
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Many landlords will allow major changes to your rent from TV installation to me Ceiling fan installation And even drawing. A simple and effective way to make your new space look more elegant is to get rid of the white walls by adding some color. While many apartment homes will allow tenants to paint each wall, I recommend apartment dwellers choose one wall to paint as an accent.
While many rentals allow painting and only require you to prime the painted walls as soon as they move in, I recommend checking with your landlord before breaking out the rollers and masking tape.
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There is nothing worse than four blank white walls. And while adding a pop of color can do wonders to make a space feel brighter and more comfortable, sometimes you might prefer adding design or texture to a space. Enter the background.
You can find removable or peel and stick wallpaper at many home improvement stores to customize rental walls. While these wallpapers require patience to apply, they are fairly easy and will leave your walls free of residue after removing them. Plus, there are endless styles and textures to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to match your design aesthetic.
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They say organization is the key to a happy home. I have already mentioned how much I despise the bare walls. Installing wall shelves addresses both points. Whether you add some floating shelves in the bathroom to hold towels and candles or Installing huge bookshelves To hold your books and collectibles, shelves can serve as additional storage in small rentals and décor.
The only downside is that you will likely need to drill the shelves into the wall. Most rentals allow holes to be drilled, but double-check with your landlord before disassembling power tools. And if you can’t dig or install shelves or artwork on the walls, you can choose a lighter wall hanging that can be hung with command bars.
By following these tips, you won’t feel like your home is less than a home just because it’s rented. And you don’t have to worry about losing your security deposit. Although these projects are approved for most rental properties, I still recommend you get in touch with the landlord before you start.
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