Kitchen Resurfacing and Remodeling for your Tenants

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When it comes to kitchen resurfacing and remodeling, we often associate the concept with homeowners. This is because, as a homeowner, you have the right to decide whether or not you want your kitchen to be remodeled. If you are a tenant, otherwise known as an apartment renter, you may not have this same freedom; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get your wish.

If you are renting an apartment and you would like to have your kitchen refinished or remodeled, you will need to speak to your landlord. Since it would likely be your landlord’s responsibility to pay for the refinishing or remodeling, you will need to have a good reason as to why you are requesting that your kitchen be refinished or remodeled. Chances are that not liking the way that it looks will not be a good enough reason. One reason that may be good enough is if your kitchen is in poor shape. For instance, if your cupboard doors are not working, if the lights are not as bright as they should be, or if your kitchen floor has broken tiles, your landlord may be more willing to do a little bit of refinishing or remodeling. While refinishing or remodeling may not be a huge project, it just may be enough to get you what you wanted.

As previously mentioned, your landlord will likely be the one who will pay for the process. If it does occur, at least, he or she should be the one who pays for it. In fact, you are advised against paying for any kitchen refinishing or remodeling yourself. The only exception may be if you are involved in a rent-to-own contract, but, otherwise, just say no. Unfortunately, you may find that isn’t always enough. There are a number of landlords out there who will try and take advantage of their tenants, by making them pay for their own repairs or remodeling. Since you do not own the apartment that you are renting, you will not want to pay for the repairs yourself. There is no good in letting your landlord benefit from your hard work and hard-earned money.

Although you are advised not to pay for the kitchen repairs or remodeling yourself, you may want to do them; however, you shouldn’t have to do them for free. If you have some home improvement experience, it may be a good idea to suggest to your landlord that you do the repairs, for a small fee. In fact, you may even want to ask your landlord to deduct the money from your rent. Of course, you will want your landlord to buy all of the supplies and tools that are needed for kitchen remodeling, but you could all benefit from you doing the repairs yourself. You should get a reduction in rent and your landlord should be able to save him or herself some money. And, of course, Surface Designers is here to help.

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