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Whether you’re renting an apartment or a home, it’s important to add a touch of personalization to your space. We believe loving where you live is a key component to happiness. As a renter, making changes to your space may seem too big or even impossible because (1) this is not your forever home, and (2) you may need your landlord’s permission. However, with the powers of persuasion, you may find your landlord is more on-board than you think. If the more permanent changes increase the value of the property, your landlord may be able to lease the apartment at a higher cost after you leave, and they could even foot the bill if you’re willing to do the work. It’s worth a shot, right?

Luckily, some of the best enhancements to your living space are not permanent and can move with you wherever you go. Here are some great DIY home improvement projects for renters.

  1. Add a splash of color

Color can give any room a life of its own. Painting is an easy and impactful project. Plus, it’s easy to paint back to the original color before you move out―if your landlord requires it. Peel and Stick Wallpaper or vinyl may be the way to go for those who love patterns or textures. It’s removable and reusable, so it’s “deposit back guaranteed.”


  1. Swap out or add fixtures

Got a drill or screwdriver? Try switching out your cabinet handles, knobs, or even shower head to something more your style.

Hate keeping your kitchen light on? Peel and stick under cabinet lights are absolutely life-changing. This inexpensive option is great for late-night snacking or a glass of water. Plus, some can be controlled by a remote or your smart devices.


  1. How’s it hanging?

Hanging storage shelves, curtains, or some of your favorite pieces of art or pictures will make you love your space. Scared of making holes? Covering them back up is a quick fix with a bit of spackling and some paint. Alternative options might be Command Hooks or Stripes. They are a clean and pain-free solution to hanging things but remember there is a weight limit to what they can hold.


  1. Storage Solutions

Everything in your home should have a place. A huge contributor to a disorganized kitchen, bathroom, closet, or even laundry room, is that there’s no system in place. It’s not enough to keep your shoes in your closet in a pile on the floor or kitchen utensils tossed in a drawer. Finding organizational solutions for these areas will give you peace of mind knowing that you can store, find, and use your stuff without a problem. Some must-have storage solutions include:

  • Containers for your drawers, pantry, cabinets, refrigerator, and closets
  • Over-the-door hanging solutions for shoes, bags, accessories, or even cleaning supplies
  • Under-cabinet pull-out storage/drawers for under your bathroom or kitchen sink


  1. Make it Grow

Research shows that having plants in your home may help reduce stress levels, boost productivity, and improve indoor air quality. Keep in mind, some plants may be dangerous for children or pets, so it’s a good idea to conduct some research ahead of time.

As a renter, you may or may not have the space to add a garden. If this is the case, patio or windowsill gardening may be the project for you. As a bonus, you can take your potted plants with you to your next home.


The best part about these DIY home improvement projects is that they are easy to install and remove or fit in most spaces, including your future home. It’s no secret that some home improvement projects can cost a pretty penny. That’s why it’s important to choose a payment option that gives you more “bang for your buck.” You can earn points* on every purchase with Yolo Federal’s Visa® Platinum CashBack Plus Credit Card. To learn more and apply, schedule an in-branch, video, or phone appointment with a representative. Or click here to learn more about current offers.


*Members will receive  1 point for every $1 spent. 

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