Welcome to the Episode Guides! Check out your favorite episodes, complete with Source Guides, to help with your design and renovation planning.

Scott’s House Call: Lucas

Lucas rents a great apartment in the city. It’s a decent size, has great amenities, and an outstanding view. What it doesn’t have is any of Lucas’s personality. In the open concept kitchen and living area, the fixtures are all builder grade, the cabinets are dull and dated, and the backsplash is a bit of an eyesore. Lucas plans to stay here for a while and wants it to feel like home, so he’s asked Scott McGillivray to come by and help him give his rental a little rehab.

Are you stuck with a bland kitchen? You might not be as stuck as you thought. Scott gave Lucas some great advice for adding personality to his apartment without ticking off his landlord. Try some of these techniques in your own space!

 

Resources:

Easy Decorating Tips for Renters – Being a renter doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your decorating style. Although renters might face a few limitations, there are plenty of things that can be done to infuse style and personality into rented spaces.

Statement Light Fixtures for Every Budget – A great way to add some ‘wow’ factor to any room is with a statement light fixture. For a renter it allows you to inject some of your own personality into the space, and you can remove it and take it with you when you leave.

Removable Backsplash Ideas – Looking for ways to update a backsplash without violating the terms of your lease? Check out some of these unique removable backsplash ideas.

Budget Spreadsheet – A budget done before you start redecorating will always be the best way to keep your finances in check. If you’re doing a home improvement project use a spreadsheet and make sure you’ve budgeted appropriately.

CIBC Alerts – If you’re updating a rental apartment you don’t want to overspend (as you won’t get any financial return on the investment). Once you’ve got your budget in place, consider setting up banking alerts that can be sent to your phone.  While you’ll still be responsible for what you spend, they can act as great reminders when you’re out shopping!

Scott’s Last Word…

“There are a lot of great things about Lucas’s apartment, and while I wouldn’t necessarily have included the kitchen on that list when I first saw it, now it’s one of the best features of the space. Even though it’s small, we were able to make changes and turn it into a stylish space more fitting of Lucas’s personality. It just goes to show that even in a rental apartment – and a small one at that – you’ve always got options. You just need to have an open mind and a willingness to get creative. Fortunately Lucas has both.”

 

More to Explore...

How Tech Has Changed Real Estate – and How to Make it Work for You

There’s no denying that tech has transformed the real estate business. But here’s something that hasn’t changed — us. Every home buyer still wants to find the right home in the right... Read More »

Home Buying Tips – Don’t Become a Real Estate Horror Story

Real estate horror stories aren't uncommon. People get in over their heads and end up in financial ruin. And while bad luck can happen to anyone, these situations are rarely the result... Read More »

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The best way to maintain the value of your home is with regular and consistent maintenance, and the best time to do thorough checks of your house is when the seasons change.Read More »