Rental properties can look blah and uninteresting. Though the white walls and neutral kitchens can appeal to the majority, that doesn’t mean you have to stifle your creativity. These renter-friendly home improvement ideas will allow you to express yourself and get your deposit back when you move out.
1. Contact Paper Countertop
Contact paper is an excellent option if your rental countertops are an eyesore or if you want to refresh the space. Contact paper comes in various styles, is very easy to apply, and can be easily removed before the end of your lease. Marble contact paper can look real when you install it on the countertop. You can update your counters with this option for less than $20 out of your budget.
2. Frame the Bathroom Mirror
The frameless bathroom mirror must be the factory setting for any rental home. Consider upgrading by adding a frame around the mirror. You can easily create the frame with just a few pieces of wood and strong adhesive strips. The frame is easily removable and can help protect the mirror’s edges from potential damage.
3. Towel Hooks in the Bathroom
Towel bars are nice and are the go-to in most bathrooms. The biggest problem with towel racks is insufficient space for multiple towels. Consider using towel hooks to keep the laundry off the floor. Hooks are very cost-effective, with a pack of 5 costing under $15, and removal is a breeze with minimal damage. You can also DIY your own using scrap wood.
4. Change Out Cabinet Hardware
Cabinet hardware can change the entire theme of a room, and if your rental’s hardware isn’t quite to your taste, consider swapping it out. As long as the hardware can be fitted to the existing hardware placement, there will be absolutely no lasting change. Keep the old hardware to replace before you leave, and you have a rental-friendly upgrade in under a day.
5. Peel-and-Stick Backsplash
Backsplash isn’t just about looks. It helps protect your walls from food debris and water damage. Peel-and-stick backsplash tile is an easy, renter-friendly upgrade and can be applied without specialized tools. A sheet of peel-and-stick backsplash can cost under $10, and adding it to a rental kitchen can upgrade the style drastically.
6. Removable Wallpaper
Most rentals have the same blank white walls, which will match the most decor but leave much to the imagination. Consider making a focal wall with removable wallpaper. Removable wallpaper is cost-effective, doesn’t need messy adhesive, and can be removed easily without any damage left behind. It even makes a cheap and easy backsplash!
7. Switch Out Light Fixtures
If the light fixtures in your rental aren’t your style, consider switching them out. Many unique light fixtures can be found at thrift and resell stores for significantly less than big box stores. Switching out light fixtures can sound daunting, but when done with care and a helping hand, it will make a world of difference to a space. As long as you replace the original light fixtures before you leave and ensure they are in working order, you’ll still get your deposit back.
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