You can put up with many things in a rental home but a bathroom that is less than satisfactory can really affect your quality of life. You might think that you have no options when it comes to bathroom renovations if you are renting but these 6 ideas will change your mind. Remember to check with your landlord before carrying out any work in the bathroom.
Get it clean
Start the bathroom renovation with a really good clean. If it is especially bad, hire a team of commercial cleaners to do the job; send their bill to the landlord with before and after photos and you might find that the bill is paid.
If you do the bathroom cleaning job yourself, use one of the specific bathroom cleaners on the market to get the best results. If you prefer to use non-chemical cleaners, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are excellent cleaning products for removing soap scum, mould and grime from tiles and painted surfaces. You will be amazed at how much better the rental bathroom looks with sparkling clean tiles, grouting and paintwork.
Add your own personal touches by way of accessories. Fresh new towels will give new life to a tired, dull room. Add a pot plant; change the curtains and shower curtain to suit your style and colour-scheme; hang a print on the wall. Consider taking off the cupboard door handles and replacing them more stylish ones. When you leave, you simply take them with you, after replacing the old ones.
Ask if you can add extra towel rails if there are not enough for the number of people in the house. There will possibly be no complaint because you are actually improving the bathroom.
Swap an unsatisfactory shower nozzle for a water-saving shower head that will give a satisfying shower every time. When you move out, simply put the old one back on and take your new one with you.
Replacing the toilet seat is another simple and inexpensive way you can achieve a new look and more comfort in the bathroom. Whether you buy a plain seat or something fancier, it is easy to replace the current one and change them back when you vacate.
Extra storage can be achieved by bringing in some free-standing cabinets. Choose storage units that are light coloured or have glass doors to give a feeling of space. When you leave, you simply take your furniture with you.
One of the easiest ways to renovate a bathroom is to paint. You might need permission from the landlord or offer to repaint back to the original colour when you leave. Use pale colours to make a small room look bigger; add a dramatic effect with a feature wall painted a deeper or brighter colour; white or pale coloured ceilings give the impression of light and airiness. Bathrooms need moisture-resistant paint that can be easily cleaned so ask for advice when buying the paint.
Lighting, or lack of it, can adversely affect the look of a bathroom. Many rental properties have a single bare bulb in the middle of the ceiling; if this is so, buy an inexpensive shade to instantly enhance the look of the room. Add a lamp to give a softer lighting effect or as a spotlight for shaving or applying makeup. Warm white light globes are more flattering to skin tones than cool white. An array of candles can give a lovely soft glow that hides some of the ugly features of a rental bathroom.
So before you give up on the bathroom in your rental home, consider these ways of renovating and add your own personal touches while making this important room more comfortable and a pleasure to use.