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5 Affordable & Reversible Upgrades for Your Rental Home

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

According to the cost of living data from, Maryland has a relatively high cost of living. This state's housing prices are 127% of the national average, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,268. High housing costs mean that most renters won't have a lot of extra money to spend on upgrading their living spaces.

Most renters also do not have the luxury of being able to paint their walls, hang shelves with nails and screws, or alter their homes in any irreversible way. They must abide by the owner or landlord's rules when it comes to upgrading their rented space. If you rent your home in Baltimore, MD, and you wish to make your space more liveable or convenient, consider the following completely reversible home upgrades that won't break your budget.

1. Removeable Wallpaper

Painting usually isn't an option for renters, and neither is traditional wallpaper that must be permanently glued or adhered to the wall. Fortunately, removable wallpaper is a great option for those who rent their home (or for anyone who wants a changeable option).

According to these Fort Worth property managers peel-and-stick wallpaper can add ambiance for entertaining and it can lend character and cuteness to children's rooms. Design your own wallpaper or choose from an original design so you won't have to worry about running out of your favorite paper when you order it for the exact dimensions of your room.

2. Shower Shelves

Hanging a shelving unit from your shower head can work to store your shampoo and soap, but what happens if you're on the shorter side or if your shower head is too high to reach comfortably? Consider no-drill floating shelves, shower organizers, and corner units to give your rental shower a makeover.

3. New Switch Plates and Knobs

You may not be aware that switch plates (around your outlets and light switches) are customizable to your taste. Choose from a wide array of fun, artistic covers, or opt for a monochromatic yet elegant look as a cheap upgrade.

Change out your doorknobs as well as your kitchen cabinet knobs for a budget-friendly, easy upgrade. As a bonus, you can bring these knobs with you when you move and install them in your new rental.

4. Under-Cabinet Lighting

If you're used to throwing parties or hosting intimate gatherings in your home, impress your guests by installing removable under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen or in your bookcases. Small puck lights can be bought at affordable prices and adhered to the bottom of any shelf or cabinet to create a glowing ambiance that's equally perfect for dinner parties and romantic evenings.

5. Room Dividing Bookcases

If you have kids who do schoolwork at home, or if you work from home, you'll need to delineate whose space is whose. Large cube bookcases serve the dual purpose of storing objects, books, and knickknacks while clearly separating a larger room into parts. This can help your family understand that your office is a separate space (even if it's a separate room) and that when you are working in your office, you shouldn't be interrupted.

Your rental space doesn't have to feel like someone else's home. According to Brady Realty Group the above quick fixes are budget-friendly and reversible — your landlord won't even know these upgrades existed after you move out!

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