When I speak with a person who rents I often hear some expression of the same idea, “Oh, I can’t fix my place up because I rent.” I disagree, with one caveat. If you are leaving in the next year or so. However, if you plan to say for the foreseeable future then why not do what you can to make you space into the oasis you deserve? I am not suggesting major renovations and expenditures but there are many upgrades you can make that will make a big difference in how your home looks and feels. In this Fox News Latino article I offer some tips and ideas on upgrades you can make to your rental space.
Casa Latina’s Answer to a Renter’s Design Dilemma
By Marlene Pratt Published July 21, 2012 Fox News Latino
Rent or buy? Sometimes it’s a choice. Other times it’s not. So we rent. However, if you rent it doesn’t mean you can’t customize your living space and make it uniquely your own. As a designer, I meet people all the time who complain about their space and refuse to upgrade anything in it because they don’t want to do the landlord “any favors”.
While I understand not wanting to invest a large amount of money and/or time into a property you don’t own, I don’t understand not making your personal space – which you pay for every month – your own. If you have lived in the same space for years and plan to be there for the foreseeable future, who exactly are you doing favors for?
Don’t get me wrong, if you’re not happy with the way your rental looks, I’m not suggesting major improvements at your expense. That would be silly. What I am suggesting is investing a little to increase your personal comfort and creating an aesthetically appealing environment you can enjoy on a daily basis.
There are a number of improvements that can be made to a space that don’t cost a fortune but make a big difference in how it will look and feel. There is one caveat though, be in communication with your landlord or super before you start. And if you decide to make changes that cannot be reversed when you leave, make sure you get permission in writing. I find that most landlords love it when their tenants want to improve their space so it’s rarely a problem. But again, get everything in writing so there won’t be any misunderstandings when you move and expect your deposit back.
Here are few upgrades that will go a long way in helping you make your rental home your castle:
Another thing you can do to add some style to your space is to replace the dingy unattractive plastic blinds that come with the apartments. Simply take them down, roll them up, and give them to the super, remember to get your receipt, or just store them in a closet so that you don’t have to see them again until you move out. Then bring in your own shades, with your chosen texture and style. This will help give you a sense of being in your own personalized kingdom.
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