36% of Americans rent their homes. When someone wants to renovate or spruce up their rental property, there are often limitations. However, there are several easy renovation projects that are ideal for rentals.
Paint is usually out of the question in a rental property. Hope is not lost, however, if a renter desires to add some color to the walls. Removable peel and stick wallpaper goes on easily and can be taken down when it’s time to leave. There is also the option of covering the walls with lightweight fabric applied with liquid starch. When the renter is ready to move, they can peel off the fabric and wipe down the walls with a soapy sponge.
Another easy project that leaves a noticeable impact is changing the kitchen hardware. Replacing worn or outdated hardware on the drawers and cabinets can make a huge difference for little cost.
If they would like to hang curtains but no holes are allowed, there are a few choices. Hooks that can be put in place with an adhesive and then later pulled off are a great option to support light curtain rods. Tension or twist-to-fit rods, like those used for shower curtains, can also be used. Or they can try custom-made fabric compression blinds.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so if the kitchen is ugly then the home suffers. Renters can dress up their kitchen in a few hours’ time with peel and stick tiles that can be removed with little trouble by heating with a blow-dryer. The tiles are easy to apply and durable. There are several design choices so renters will have no problem finding one to make their kitchen shine.
Ugly or damaged flooring can ruin the look of a home. Luckily there are a few options. Vinyl peel and stick flooring are quick and relatively easy to install, just make sure it is removable. Another alternative is wall-to-wall carpeting held down at the edges with double-sided carpet tape. Renters can also find carpet squares to mix and match across the floor area.
A little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking will allow renters to renovate and make their rental property their dream home while keeping their landlord happy.
This article was originally published on JasonCohenPittsburgh.org