9 Rental Renovations You Can Probably Get Away With

The expression “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission” describes how I feel about decorating a rental to a T. Most landlords are way more agreeable than they appear to be on paper—and than we give them credit for being. So making minor renovations here and there, I’ve found, is something one can usually get away with.

Many landlords may even thank—or reimburse—you for putting your labor and money into improving their property if they’re pleased with the way it turns out. That said, doing anything that conflicts with what’s in the lease still puts you in danger of losing your security deposit—or worse—so renovate at your own risk.

If you are interested in staying longer than your lease and making it more permanent (especially if you have an agreement with your landlord), then you can consider those larger renovations, but for the most part, I’d say stick to ones you know you can get away with. So without further ado, here are nine rental renovation ideas to give a try.