Can I Paint My Apartment?

Painting a wall

If you’re considering giving your rental apartment a fresh paint job, it’s important to do some research before cracking open that can of paint.

Don’t worry- the Luxury Living team is here to help you answer the question, ‘can I paint my apartment?’ 

Where to Find this Information

When determining whether or not you can move forward with painting your apartment, you first want to check your lease. Look to see if the landlord or rental agency laid out guidelines for painting the unit.

If it’s not specified in writing, be sure to contact whoever manages your property to get the go-ahead.

Although most properties allow tenants to paint their apartments, there are exceptions. Some property managers prefer to hire professionals to handle paint jobs. Others ask that if the tenant paints their unit, they must paint it back to the apartment’s original color at the end of the lease.

Tips on Painting a Rental

If you’ve got the green light to move forward with painting your apartment, it’s essential to consider a few pointers.

First, preparation is key. Be sure to spend time budgeting for your paint job, creating an accurate timeline for the project, and getting the room or rooms ready for the new makeover.

Take advantage of an online paint calculator to determine how much paint you will need and how much your project will cost

It’s crucial to set aside a realistic and appropriate amount of time to complete the painting endeavor- taking into consideration the extra time needed to prepare the room and allow the paint to dry.

Dropcloth everything in the room beforehand! You don’t want to risk splattering or spilling paint on your things or the carpet- which could easily eat up your security deposit or result in fines at the end of your lease.

Lastly, be sure to choose your colors wisely. If the walls of your rental apartment are uneven or holey, use a flat or eggshell paint to help hide the imperfections.

If you need to find a rental apartment before you can even begin thinking about painting, get connected with our team! One of our experienced brokers would love to help you find the perfect apartment to paint!

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