How to Refurbish an Apartment


Apartments need to be refurbished, at least minimally, before they can be rented out again. New tenants will want to live in an attractively kept place that they can be proud to call home. The apartment owner or manager must decide what needs to be done before putting it on the market. Taking the time to refurbish an apartment may mean that its rent can be raised. It will also enable you to rent the place out quicker.

  • Lay plastic or cloth dropcloths over anything that you don't want to get paint on. Scrape off any old paint that may be flaking. Wipe down the area with a wet rag. Use a patching compound to fill any holes in the walls, and wipe the excess away with your finger. Sand the areas once dry. Tape off the room so the paint does not get in unwanted areas. Prime the walls and allow to dry. Paint the walls. Allow to dry and add a second coat if necessary. Paint other areas as well, such as windowpanes.

  • Replace the windows. Research the best windows that can help the new tenant save as much energy as possible within your allotted budget. Hire a company to replace the windows for you if necessary. Be sure they are installed securely and can be easily opened and closed.

  • Update the flooring where necessary, keeping in mind that carpets carry many allergens. Consider getting rid of them altogether. Replace them with tiles or another type of flooring. Refurbish wood floors that may be hiding under carpets, as this will make the apartment more desirable. Hire a professional for this job if necessary.

  • Have the electricity updated by a professional if the place has old wiring or problems exist. Replace cracked or broken outlet and switch plate covers. Choose switch plate covers to match something other than the paint on the walls.

    Hire a plumber to replace piping if you cannot do it on your own. Consider replacing sinks, toilets and tubs or shower stalls as well. Install a new water heater. Have the furnace and oil tank inspected. Get the furnace cleaned and the filters replaced.

  • Dispose of outdated appliances in the kitchen. Replace them with more energy-efficient models. Add new cupboards if necessary. Refinish old ones.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit apartment in shade image by jimcox40 from
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Refurbish a Burnt Roof

    Roofing materials that have been burnt lose their structural integrity, making the roof unsafe. Only a roofing professional is qualified to assess...

  • How to Refurbish Furniture

    It is possible to refurbish furniture without having to completely refinish it. Refurbishing products like Miracle Finish allow you to refurbish furniture...

  • How to Repair or Refurbish a Bathtub

    It is psychologically counterproductive to get cleaned up in a bathtub that looks old and dirty. On the other hand, repairing or...

  • Fireplace Refurbishing Ideas

    The Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association claims that 50 percent of American homes feature a fireplace or a freestanding stove. That doesn’t...

  • Cheap Apartment Decorating Ideas

    Decorating your apartment on a budget can be challenging, but there are cheap solutions if you know where to look and what...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!