DIY projects provide a cheap and enjoyable way of uplifting your living space, no matter what type of home you live in. However, while you can go all out in your own home, evren bashing down walls if you want, you don't have nearly as much liberty when you live in a rented home or a co-op.
If you're wondering which DIY projects you can and cannot do according to your lease agreements, here is what you need to know.
What not to do in a rented home
Let’s start with what you cannot do in a rented home. The rule of thumb is that anything that cannot be undone is off-limits. In other words, you can paint a wall but cannot bash it down.
That said, there are exceptions. Technically, you can do whatever you like if you speak to your landlord about it and they agree to it. The question often is whether you should.
Your great ideas could make your rented place feel more like home while appeasing your landlord. But if you are increasing the value of your rented home in the process, you are giving your landlord incentive to increase your rent! Furthermore, the money you spend on permanent changes goes down the drain when you move.
For this reason, even if your landlord gives you permission to do permanent work on the home, you should think twice about it.
The DIY projects you can do in a rented home
Painting your walls or putting up wallpaper is a quick and affordable way to immediately make your rented place feel more like home. It is also something that can be undone if necessary if you eventually have to move.
The best DIY projects to do in a rented space, however, are those that you can take with you when you leave. Build some cool planters for a herb garden. Create a statement piece of furniture that will look great wherever you live.
You can also spend time working on everything you need to make your home office comfortable. Since we are likely to be working from home more often than ever before, even once the pandemic is over, anything you can do to make this space feel more creatively yours will boost your productivity and happiness.
Vision boards and paraphernalia for your desk can improve the office space of anyone, no matter what kind of work they do. And, since you love doing DIY projects, you are certainly the kind of person who wants to be reminded of their creative power.
DIY projects in a co-op
If you own a space in a co-op, you fall somewhere in between being a homeowner and a renter. On the one hand, your space is entirely yours. On the other hand, you are limited in what you can do based on the rules of the co-op.
This usually comes into play when you're trying to make changes to the outer walls of your space. It is possible that you can add a window or alter the outside of the walls, but you'll need to get permission first. You will also need permission for any work inside that creates a lot of noise or dust in the air.
If you aren’t sure what type of insurance you need in a co-op, take a look at:
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Insurance is crucial when doing DIY projects in a co-op, as something could go wrong that damages your property or the property of the people around you. Co-op insurance is customized to suit the particular circumstances that come with owning a home in a co-op.
Within your home, you can do just about anything you want, as long as it is not compromising the structural integrity of the building as a whole. You are bound by co-op rules, but those rules mostly apply to shared spaces.
DIY projects provide a fun and affordable way to improve your living space. Finding the right DIY projects is a little more difficult when you do not own your home. However, there is still a lot you can do to make the space feel like yours.