After nearly a year of sheltering-in-place, your home may be starting to feel a little bit stale. Get ready for a spring refresh and upgrade your rental with some landlord-friendly renovations. We spoke to Michael Goldstein, owner of five-star rated Mensch with a Wrench in Chicago, Illinois for his favorite tips and tricks.
Don’t be a wallflower
“White walls be gone! An accent wall can go a long way in adding personality and drama to your space. If you are looking for a more temporary solution, peel-and-stick wallpaper or decals is a landlord friendly way to play with different colors, textures and designs in your space.”
Perk up your patio
“No matter how big or small your patio is, a few small upgrades will have it primed for summertime entertainment. Interlocking deck tiles are a cost-effective way to update your patio or balcony flooring without any special tools involved. The tiles come in many different materials and colors to suit your personal style and can be easily unlocked to take with you if you decide to move! Investing in rope LED lights and adding a few touches of greenery from your local plant shop will also help you set the mood for a fun evening in.
Swap out your hardware
“Take your home from builder-grade to designer by swapping out bathroom and cabinet knobs and pulls, door plates, and lighting fixtures with hardware customized to your personalized aesthetic. These simple swaps can add character to your home without a lot of extra effort and money.”
Update your window treatments
“Swapping out your blinds, shades, or drapes can make a huge impact in the look and feel of your home without giving the room a full makeover. Besides aesthetics, window treatments have practical uses as well. We recommend honeycomb blinds or blackout/insulated curtains to help with drafty windows and to bring overall heating bills down.”
Modernize your kitchen backsplash
“Many people think that a kitchen makeover can be pricey but adding a kitchen backsplash can go a long way in modernizing a kitchen’s overall appearance. We are a big fan of peel-and-stick tiles which is an easy and affordable way to give the look of tiles without upsetting your landlord.”
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