Smart and Affordable Apartment Renovations That Will Make Your Landlord Smile

By: ROS Team

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Landlords can be picky, but there are still things you can do to improve your apartment without breaking the bank. Here are six smart upgrades that landlords will love—and won’t cost much:

Updating Light Fixtures And Window Treatments

If you want to freshen the look of your apartment without spending too much, there are many affordable ways to do so.

One way is by updating light fixtures and window treatments. You can find both at home improvement stores or online and install them yourself if you have the skills (or hire someone to do it). If not, they’ll often provide installation services as well!

The great thing about these kinds of developments is that they’re inexpensive but still significantly improve the appearance of your home.

Landlords adore seeing this kind of investment in their properties because it shows that tenants care about maintaining their homes in good condition for years to come!

Update The Kitchen

The kitchen should be updated during any renovations because it serves as the hub of your house.

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Here are some things to consider:

  • Replace outdated cabinets with new ones that match your style and design preferences. You could also add a backsplash or change up the countertops if they’ve been there for too long.
  • Replace old appliances with newer models that have more energy-efficient ratings, like an Energy Star refrigerator or dishwasher, for example.
  • Consider replacing sinks and faucets if they’re old or worn out–this will give you better flow throughout the day as well as make cleaning easier!

Repaint The Walls And Ceilings

The most economical approach to make the apartment look new is to repaint the walls and ceilings. Use a paint that matches the existing paint in your apartment, and cover all surfaces completely (including trim).

If you want a more vibrant color, apply an extra layer of paint once the first coat has dried.

Then clean up any drips or spills before they dry on their own!

Adding Decorative Touches

  • Paint the Walls a Different Color: If you want to add some personality to your space, this is an easy way to do it. Your landlord may not be able to afford new furniture or appliances, but they will appreciate the change in scenery!
  • Hang Curtains or Add Wall Art: Curtains can help define spaces in small apartments while adding artwork can help give them character and personality–and make them feel more at home than simply renting space from someone else’s property.
  • Add Plants Around the Place with care taken not to block light sources or airflow through windows/doorways if possible; these will also help freshen up air quality inside without having to buy any fancy filters that cost lots of money upfront!

Adding Storage Solutions

To add storage, start with the obvious: shelves and cabinets. You can purchase them at a local store or build them yourself.

If you’re feeling ambitious and have access to power tools, adding a closet will also make your landlord happy as it increases the value of their property.

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If you don’t have room for more furniture in your apartment or prefer not to spend money on storage solutions (which is completely understandable), there are a few other possibilities for boosting storage space in your house without adding physical items:

Make Use of the Attic/Basement/Garage – These spaces are frequently underused in older homes because they are difficult to access from the inside.

If this sounds like something worth exploring, ask around town about whether anyone else has done it before so that they can give advice on how to do this safely!

Clean Your Heating And Cooling System

One of the most significant things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to clean the heating and cooling system.

The first step is to clear any dust or filth from the inside of your vents, which includes removing any screens and washing them in soapy water or with an all-purpose cleaner. Then it’s time for a deep clean: Remove all filters from their housings, wash them with hot water and soap–if they’re reusable filters, make sure they’re dry before putting them back into place – and vacuum out any remaining debris with either an upholstery attachment or an old toothbrush.

If possible (and depending on how often you use your heater), consider replacing these disposable filters with permanent ones that won’t require frequent replacement; these tend to cost more upfront but save money over time because they last much longer than disposable alternatives.

Upgrading Appliances

If you live in an older building, it may be time to replace some of the appliances. Replacing old appliances with new ones can improve your apartment’s quality of life while also saving you money in the long term.

Plus, replacing appliances will increase the value of the place, and your landlord would love to see this.

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Here are some tips for upgrading:

When shopping for new appliances, look for models that are energy-efficient and meet Energy Star standards. They’ll use less energy than other models and save money on utility bills over time!

Plus, many states offer tax credits or rebates when buying these kinds of products – so keep an eye out for those opportunities as well!

If you’re planning on using solar panels on top of your building (or perhaps even installing them yourself), make sure they’re compatible with all existing structures before purchasing any equipment like this – you don’t want anything falling apart because something didn’t work quite right together!

Tips For Communicating With Your Landlord About The Renovations

It’s critical to contact your landlord and ensure that any renovations you plan are acceptable to them.

Always seek permission before doing anything, and give a clear and comprehensive plan outlining the work you’ll be performing and why it’s required.

Also, offer up sharing the costs if possible – this will show them that not only are you committed to living in their property, but also that you’re willing to invest in it!


We hope these tips have given you some inspiration for your next apartment renovation. Remember to consult with your landlord before making any big alterations, especially if they entail changing appliances or fixtures.

You don’t want them to think you’re doing anything illegal or unsafe! If all goes well and they agree with the changes – and we hope it does! – then go ahead with your plans and enjoy living in a nicer place than ever before!