Most of us tend to wait until everything in our apartment starts falling apart before we throw ourselves into renovation mode. If you’re in this state now, you should know that there’s no need to panic – not all renovations are urgent. Think about it this way – if you were to move into an apartment in such a condition, what would you mind about it most? The answer to this question is the beginning of your problem solving. Before you start renovating, make a list of all the potential fixes that you need, and also make space for a couple of these below.
Add a refreshing new layer of paint to your walls
Maybe the most inconvenient fix that we always try to avoid is repainting the walls of our home, but it’s also the most efficient way to start. Although you might not notice the changes in wall color through time, they always get dirty. The best way to prove this is to look behind any paintings, photos or posters you have, and you will be in for an unpleasant surprise. Adding a fresh, new layer of paint will make any room come to life instantly, and this is a fairly cheap way for you to completely change the impression of your home. Moving out for a couple of days can be a tiring obligation, but once you get back to your sparkly, clean walls, you’ll see it’s worth the trouble.
Keep track of your plumbing issues
Things in the house break down from time to time, but the most common issues are the ones in regard to plumbing. Before you move into a building, it’s hard to know whether the plumbing has been done right. Unfortunately, in some cases, you might find out that your apartment building has lousy plumbing that gets clogged a lot. If you are experiencing this type of problem often, you might want to consider making investments in your apartment’s plumbing. In case this isn’t the best option for you, make sure you check out some crafty ways to fix a blocked toilet. Toilet plungers are the first that come to mind, but you should also provide your home with a toilet snake or an even more effective closet auger.
Give your furniture a chance to be reborn
Is your couch old and shabby, but also quite functional and not in a state bad enough to be thrown out? Well, give it a makeover and make it shine just as a new couch would. Filling the cushions with new sponges and washing the covers will make the surface look brand-new. If you’ve got an upholstered sofa, there are also all kinds of reupholstering jobs you can do. It’s just as easy to revive the tables and chairs. You can make the wood shine with just a tad of wood spray and refresh the surface with a thorough waxing.
Use drapes and window covers to control the lighting
Adding more light to an apartment is definitely going to make it look better, and there’s nothing as easy as opening the windows to let the sunshine in. However, if it’s too hot outside, this can be a problem. It would be best for you to have automatic drapes or blinds that detect the amount of sunlight coming to your windows and make the room darker if necessary. Not only is this a practical way for you to control both the amount of light that comes into your home and the temperature, but drapes can also serve as a statement décor element, so make sure you match them to the rest of your apartment style.
Consider these tips as a basic starter pack for making your apartment more efficient and charming. Once you’re done, there won’t be anyone who wouldn’t love to live with you.