There are times when a landlord or property management company will tell you to “make it your own” when referencing a property, but what does this really mean?
We’ve discovered that phrase is too broad to really take literally. Maybe one landlord means it is ok to put holes in the wall while another landlord thinks this means a renter can tear up carpet and do all the upgrades he or she wants without taking them with him or her after departure. After much thought, we’re listing some basic “make it your own” home improvement opportunities that seem to be ok across the board. This said, always ask for an ok in writing before starting any of the below projects / improvements.
1. Changing the lighting.Adjusting the light Is the only source of illumination in a rental home. A sad fluorescent overhead fixture usually is the basic in most homes. Most overhead fixtures cast harsh light, creating weird shadows that make everything look odd. Incorporating more lighting at eye level or higher, whether in the form of table lamps, plug-in sconces, or floor lamps, makes a house feel more like a home. And, if you want to put in more decorative lighting fixtures or better bulbs, there usually isn’t an issue with this.
2. Standard door gear is the normal when it comes to rental properties. But replacing hardware and swapping out the handles and knobs of cabinets for more stylish options can be a simple task and doesn’t offer any permanent damage to a property. It’s really just a matter of loosening a few screws and tightening a few others. The downside is the renter has to keep track of the original hardware and there is a small risk with damaging the finish of the cabinets accidentally while installing the new knobs. Again, ask before you do and this project usually isn’t a problem.
3. Wall art. Ok, this is popular but there are some risks involved. Adding some temporary decals to a wall seems low-risk, but the product quality varies. Wall art can be temporary but sometimes it can act like paint or ruin paint. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to be certain you’re not going to end up with a decal that acts more like duct tape. You may add an inspirational quote that results in loosing your cleaning deposit because it will not come off or because it ruins a paint job when it does come off. For wall art- always ask before you do and then , with permission, test a small patch of wall and decal.