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You did it! You got an apartment that not only you can afford in this leaser’s market, but it also comes with all the fixings you need. Many people choose to rent furnished apartments in order to save money and time, but there are, of course, positives and negatives that come with renting a furnished apartment.

If you’re a fan of DIY, or like the feeling of creating something from “good bones,” then redecorating a furnished apartment could be your calling. There’re a few easy steps you can take to get you on the right track.

1. Get rid of the garbage.

Before you do this, make sure that you are allowed to get rid of furniture you don’t want as this may affect your security deposit down the line. Some furnished apartments come stacked with not just furniture, but some other lackluster features. This can be in the form of accessories like magnets, candles or glassware, dead plants that are likely never coming back to life, or any other accoutrements that you aren’t attached to or interested in. This also gives you more room to add your own decoration. Remember, even if you trash it, someone could turn your trash around in their own home (as long as there isn’t risk of bed bugs). Reusing is the best form of recycling!

2. Rearranging can make the space feel new.

Rearranging can do wonders for a space, it can open up a room with a few simple adjustments. Once you’re rid of the garbage or non-essential items you still want to keep, you can start to envision what your apartment could look like in the future. You can be as creative as you want.

3. Clean, clean, clean.

While some furnished apartments can be pristine, others may not be. A relatively normal practice in Europe isn’t so much one in the States, so furnished apartments could be a bit rusty if they haven’t been lived in for a while. Take care to dust, wash curtains, wipe down surfaces and even wash pillows or upholstery if it is removable. Leaving stones unturned could open your place up to pests, and you won’t want to have to call a city pest control company, although their services is the best in the biz.

4. Repaint

This is also dependent on your security deposit. You can repaint surfaces or furniture that are chipped or worn, and even add your own twist with a surprising palette of colors the original decorator wouldn’t have thought to put together.

Choosing a furnished apartment can be risky, but you stand to be rewarded by saving money on new furniture and having a bit of fun redecorating. Something good to keep in mind when you tour a furnished apartment is how the furniture there will suit your future needs. If you are put off by the furniture already in it, it’s probably best not to sign the lease.

Some interesting DIY projects can be found on Pinterest, decorating blogs, and interior decorating magazines. Use every resource to revamp your spot!