Despite the housing market remaining strong, many Estonians still opt to rent their apartments. While many rentals are either new or newly-renovated, there are also a lot that could do with a healthy dose of TLC. As a renter, you are, however, often very limited to what extent you can renovate your dwelling. Many landlords will not approve major renovations that include new paint jobs or a kitchen remodel, even if it is at your own expense. Thankfully there are a number of ways, such as the following, that you can transform your apartment to a certain extent without upsetting your landlord.
Upgrade the lighting
Doing small upgrades to the lighting in your rental can boost the overall ambiance tremendously. Most rental apartments in Estonia boast ceiling-mounted light fixtures that can easily be replaced without having to do any sort of rewiring. Once you have found new fixtures that you like, simply unscrew the old ones and replace with the new. If you don’t want to change the entire fixture, opt for new light globes that will enable you to change the temperature and brightness in the room easily and affordably. Always shut off the electricity supply to the lights you are busy with to prevent yourself from being shocked and keep the old fittings in case you need to put them back upon your next move.
Change the outlet and light switch covers
Some rentals sport old, dated outlet and switch covers that can give even the most modern of rooms an antiquated appearance. Switch plates are easy to replace and will not set you back more than a couple of Euros. Apart from replacing the covers, you can also give them a makeover with a simple coat of paint or a piece of contact paper which will allow you to get very creative with both color and design. Once again, keep the old covers as you will probably want to replace them if you ever move out of your apartment.
Change the faucets
Swapping your faucets out for shiny new ones is a lot easier than it may sound. As long as the new faucet fittings match those of the old one, you have complete freedom as far as your choices are concerned. Once you have your new faucets, turn off your water supply, take off the old fittings and replace with the new. You may be surprised at what a big difference such a small change can make to both your bathroom and kitchen. Also, remember to keep the old faucets in a safe place so that you can put them back before you move or in case the landlord wants them.
Refresh the grout
A common problem with older apartments, in particular, is that they never quite look and feel clean. The grout in the bathroom is one area that typically fails to look fresh regardless of how much you try to scrub it clean. Thankfully there are a number of products on the market that can make your dull grout bright white once again. You can also make your own very effective grout cleaner by mixing together 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Simply apply the cleaning mixture onto grout, and wait for approximately 10 minutes before giving it a scrub and rinsing it.
Replace the toilet seat
Nothing screams old and dilapidated like a stained and worn-out toilet seat. A new toilet seat is easy to replace, doesn’t cost much, and will instantly make your bathroom appear a lot less weather-beaten. In some cases, the entire toilet may need to be replaced in which case it is best to discuss your intentions with your landlord first and even try to convince him to do the upgrade at his expense instead of yours.
Making small changes to the interior of your rental can undoubtedly make your stay a lot more enjoyable. As long as you don’t go overboard with the upgrades, your landlord will probably be only too happy to let you spruce your accommodations up a bit.