How to Upgrade an Outdated Rental Apartment
Living in an outdated apartment can be off putting to say the least. Old kitchen appliances that constantly break down or are less than efficient, dingy carpets and floors, outdated lighting fixtures and faucets. Having a few things upgraded can make an older apartment that much more pleasant to live in. We’ve put together a few suggestions to help you give your apartment a much needed face lift.
Easy Kitchen Upgrades
Most rentals will come with out of date appliances, and typically the last part of any rental to be upgraded. Although the appliances will need to be taken up with your landlord there are a few ways to spruce up your kitchen.
The quickest and easiest way to update a kitchen is to replace or paint over old cabinet doors (make sure you discuss any permanent changes with your landlord first). Try changing the handles or knobs on the cabinets and drawers as well to help keep the kitchen looking current. Line those drawers and cupboards with contact paper while you’re at it. Not only will it help to prevent scratching the cupboards or causing further damage, but it will also protect your dishes while hiding any unsightly stains and keeping them looking fresh and new. Remember not all contact paper has to be permanently stuck on, look for something removable and padded.
Most older kitchens or just kitchens in smaller apartments won’t have a lot of storage space. There are quick and easy ways to organize your cabinets that will allow for more storage space, such as; hooks on the inside doors of cabinets, magnetic strips on the underside of shelves to help give you more shelf space. This trick works nicely with spices and smaller items that take up a lot of room. You can even look at getting a small cabinet of your own to store items that aren’t used very often.
Of course, none of these hacks are going to fix your old appliances. Try talking to your landlord about getting replacements. Point out how they may be beneficial to the landlord by getting more energy efficient appliances that will lower utilities costs and will be generally safer for yourself and future occupants.
Probably the easiest thing you can do to upgrade your bathroom is to replace the shower head. Not only will it be clean and provide an updated look but will do wonders with water pressure. A good shower is only an excellent start or finish to anyone’s day. The best part is; if you keep the old one you can swap them back when you move out and take it with you to your new rental. You can also replace old facets, towel racks and toilet paper holders.
Have a look at replacing the toilet seat as well. A small replacement that no one but you will notice, but it will make all the difference! If you’re lucky enough to have a medicine cabinet, look at getting that replaced too. A more modern and storage friendly unit can really do wonders to upgrade the bathroom. Speaking of storage, if you don’t have enough, an extra storage shelving unit may be just the right thing. Depending on how much room you have to work with it will really help to declutter your bathroom and keep it looking cleaning and fresh.
Carry the Upgrades throughout the Apartment
Kitchen, check, bathroom, check. What about the rest of the apartment? Well unfortunately there’s not a whole lot that can be done without ripping out carpet and fixing the floors. But look at replacing the light fixtures or any overhead lighting. It will to improve the quality of lighting throughout your apartment while also adding a modern touch. The same logic can be applied to any outlet covers, light switches and doorknobs. All relatively easy to replace (and switch back) while keeping with the new modern vibe you are trying to achieve.
Lastly, try to improve the air quality in your apartment with a purifier and look into getting a portable air conditioner for those hot summer nights!
Larger Upgrades that only your Landlord can approve
If you’re wanting to make any permanent changes to your rental, make sure to ask your landlord first. Chances are if you’re willing to put up the cash and labor they would be more than happy to approve any upgrades.
Explain the benefits of an upgraded suite and how much it will improve the quality of living for yourself and future tenants. Who knows, maybe by putting in the work yourself you will be able to talk them into replacing those old appliances?
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