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How Tenants can Update a Rental (Without losing your Deposit)

How Tenants can Update a Rental


Renting a home often comes with a lot of restrictions regarding what you can do to make the space feel like you. But there are some ways to get around these restrictions if you want to personalize your rented home without getting into trouble with your landlord or property management company. Learn ways to Update a Rental you live in but better be safe than sorry first – it could cost you money if you don’t do it the right way.

Many times the Landlord or Property Management company will make exceptions to certain requests however it is always best to ask first. If there is a change that cannot easily be reverted upon your move out, you may be charged out of your security deposit when you vacate the property.  Here are some safe ideas how you can update a rental (without possibly losing your deposit).

Seek Permission FirstHow Tenants can Update a Rental

Initially, it is necessary to ask your landlord or property management company if you can do anything to their space. Some landlords are really generally okay with it —as long as you change everything back when you move out. Communication is key when it comes to making changes to your rental property.

Use Tension Rods for Hanging Plants

Avoid drilling holes into your wall. Use a tension rod to hang plants instead. Just remember to measure the space where it would go and how much weight it can hold. You want the rod to be slightly bigger than the space so that it can fit tightly into place.

Washi tape for shower doors

Using a washi tape, you can quickly and easily transform your shower from regular old glass to a Crittall-inspired focal point. Simply paint the base and the sides black and then use washi tape to add a grid to the glass. Make sure to place the tape in a straight line for easier removal in case and you mess up.

Removable contact paper to furniture

If you are renting a furnished place, one way to make the furniture more fun or in tune with your style is to incorporate removable contact paper. Make sure the contact is aligned properly and that you put it on slowly. Use something with a firm, flat edge to remove bubbles as you place it down. Lastly, when it’s time to remove it, do it slowly and no adhesive will remain.

Moldings, picture hooks and invisible string

Another clever trick that doesn’t require any holes is to hang items from moldings near your ceiling.  Simply use a molding hook and some fishing wire to create a gallery and you have absolutely no holes or fear of paint peeling when you remove an adhesive strip.




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