Depending on your approach, apartment renovation can either be an exciting adventure or a draining endeavor. Whether you are initiating a minor project like putting up a wall shelf or undertaking a new home improvement project, here are a few important do’s and don’ts you should know about apartment renovation:
It is not wise to start brewing up ideas for your apartment renovation without reading the rental contract. The contract will list down exactly which ideas you are allowed to execute and what you should probably skip. It may also include a special clause that describes the processes you must undergo to renovate your apartment. If there are special instructions, follow them carefully, to avoid any mishaps. If you don’t, you may have to face the wrath of the landlord or worse, there could be a lawsuit coming your way.
Don’t forget to talk to your landlord about the renovation idea. Before you initiate any kind of project, you will need permission from the landlord and property manager. You will have to convince your landlord and get him to understand that the renovation project will add value to your apartment. Once your landlord is onboard, you may proceed. In some cases, the landlord might deduct some expenses from the rent.
Despite how glamorous you want the renovation project to be, it is best you do not rewire anything in the apartment. Call an expert if there is a problem you need to solve. Any kind of rewiring could void your lease, leading to an eviction. Not to mention, working with wires on your own can lead to an electrical shock. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can potentially cut down the power of the entire building. Your neighbors won’t be too happy about that, would they?
If your home renovation project is going to produce a lot of fumes, noise or will generally be a distraction to your neighbors, it is best you to talk to them about it beforehand. It is important as some people in the building may have health conditions and might not be able to be around paint fumes. Also, the use of power tools and other construction tools can be disturbing for neighbors with young kids. In short, the less disruption you cause, the happier your neighbors will be.
Do not attempt a DIY renovation projection if you don’t know what you are doing. Hire a professional instead. The thought of saving a few extra bucks might sound tempting but you could end up doing more harm than good. Not to mention, you will have to buy the right tools.
Follow these important dos and don’ts for a smooth renovation project. Your apartment will feel more like home once you have made changes that will enhance your needs and lifestyle.
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