So, it’s time to freshen things up a bit in the apartment you’re renting. Or it’s time to do some necessary repairs? Whatever’s the case, you’ll probably have to talk to your landlord about the changes you’re planning to make. It’s certainly not the most pleasant thing to do, but it’s sometimes unavoidable. Now, there should be no room for panic. With some helpful tactical tips, you’ll be all set for the negotiations, even if you’re not the most talkative type. In the article below we’ll show you to negotiate home remodeling with your landlord. Stay tuned for some useful info.
Pay attention to the contract
Maybe there’s no need to negotiate anything with your landlord. Take a good look at your contact, read it thoroughly. It most likely contains a section about what kind of repairs you are allowed to make without the landlord’s permission. If it’s a small change – it’s probably alright. For example – most landlords these days will allow you to paint the walls in your color of choice. You’ll have to re-paint them before you move out, though.
Negotiating the payment
Once you’ve figured out what you can and what you can’t do, it’s time for a chat with the landlord. They’ll appreciate the upgrades that will make their apartment more attractive. Also, if they’re not sociopaths or something, they’d like to see their tenants happy. All you need to do is to be pretty persuasive. Tell them how much will the upgrade influence the apartment’s appeal.
Now, once you finish with that you’ll have to negotiate which side will pay for the upgrade. You can, of course, offer to pay for the upgrade yourself for a little discount on the monthly rent. You can also try different approaches to this problem. For example – you can offer to do the work yourself, without hiring professionals, and ask the landlord to pay for the materials.
The last option you have left
Let’s say you’ve tried every option available. For some reason, the landlord still doesn’t want you to do the upgrade. You have one option left: threaten to leave. It might work. If everything else has failed maybe you do need a new landlord. In any case – you’re the real winner. Hopefully, you won’t come to a situation where you’ll have to use the last option or any of the tips proposed here.
You won’t even have to negotiate home remodeling with your landlord. Maybe just a little friendly conversation will settle the deal. Of course, it depends on your landlord. Next time you move you’ll know where to focus your attention. Best of luck with your negotiations and budgeting for the renovation that awaits you.