There are strict rules and regulations when it comes to rental properties and renovating. As the property doesn’t belong to you, you don’t have the right to change things up as you please. If your rental property is a bit of a mess, here are ten non-permanent and cheap ways you can upgrade your property.
Upgrade Your Taps
The hardware of your home, including kitchen and bathroom taps, can make or break the bathroom and kitchen. You don’t want to live in a place with a leaky or tough tap, so why put up with it? Upgrade your old tap with a modern kitchen tap from MyDeal, and watch your kitchen transform.
Add Removeable Counter Tops
Speaking of taps, if you’re sick of seeing outdated and ghastly tiles and the countertop in your kitchen, the best bet is to hide it temporarily. Now, of course, you can’t replace the whole thing itself, but you can mask it with removable countertop laminate. It sounds kinda tacky, but it can be totally worth it. Say goodbye to those outdated ‘60s countertops and say hello to something modern, up-to-date and temporary.
Lay Down A Rug
If your floor is far from pristine, it may be a good idea to just hide it with some funky rugs. You can layer more than rug down, and you can easily lift the face of any room with a beautiful rug online.
If your space is small, you can make it appear larger by adding a couple of mirrors. Large or small, mirrors can make a huge difference in your home, plus they reflect light, making it appear brighter and more welcoming.
Add Art (If You’re Allowed)
Not every landlord will allow you to hang art, but if yours does, make sure you take advantage of it. Hanging artwork not only expresses your personal taste and style, but it also masks any flaws that your property may have.
Switch Up Your Light Fixtures
Something temporary and that can make a huge difference to your property is changing up the lights. Remi Audette from Fat Shack Vintage explains further. “Lights tend to be permanent fixtures in rentals and a hassle to change but you definitely still have options. Sometimes just a simple light bulb change will completely transform the feeling of a room. Choose a designer light bulb for exposed lights to add another decorative feature to the room. Why not hang Festoon Lights over windows and doors for a fun and quirky lighting option that will create a party atmosphere. Table and floor lamps are always safe options for rentals and can be moved from house to house. If you want to recreate the pendant look without an electrician, try our DIY Pendant Converter that can turn any ceiling batten into a pendant!” Find out more about Fat Shack Vintage by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
A Lick of Paint
Something small can make the biggest difference. A lick of fresh paint can be all that you need to change things up in your space, and it can be inexpensive and the most effective.
If you’re a fan of a feature wall, but you’re restricted with commitment, why not try removable wallpaper? Fun, fresh and easy to install and remove, this idea is great for the artsy tenants.
Hide The Ugly
You can always just hide the room’s flaws by adding pot plants, shelves and larger furniture, so you can avoid those ghastly eyesores, but not get into any hot water with your landlord. Jane Slack-Smith from Investor’s Choice explains further. “If you are looking for a designer look then google Stick on tiles, there are many removable tile templates for floor and walls that definitely add a look. Use furniture to create smaller spaces, use a bookcase or screen to divide up rooms and create more intimate spaces. Use stick on hooks (if your landlord won’t allow picture hooks) to hang plants and pictures to create the look you want. Colourful floor rugs for a couple of hundred dollars from Ikea can really jazz up your home.” Find out more about Investor’s Choice by following them on Facebook.