Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 24, 2015 · Page G18
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Rochester, New York
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
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18 Saturday,October24,2015 • • Democrat and Chronicle • Real Estate & Rental SinglefamilyhomeswithAcresofGreen space Startingat $200,000 1428GrandMeadowsWay, locatedoffPhillipsRd. 2milesnorthofRt.104. WelcomeHome! Finduson Callforan appointment totourour modelhome. Call265-4877fordetails. Kirkdale Villas 1400-1570 sq. ft. 2 or 3 bedrooms offering covered porch and sunroom 9 ft. ceiling with tray ceiling in great room 2 full baths, 2 car garage, V rst U oor laundry Starting in the $160’s low association fee Call Joe Sciortino to schedule an appointment. 738-6951 or 621-2399 55+ Communities Model 4 Lantana Lane, Rochester, NY 14612 390 North to Latta Rd. Left on Latta Rd. heading west, right on Kirk Rd. 1/2 mile on left. 1200-1800 sq. ft. Single Family Ranch style homes Minutes from central Greece Town Hall/ Library/Senior Center/Shopping/Banking/Post OfV ce Starting in the $150’s low association fee Lantana Station Ranch style homes 5 3 premium lots left walkout basements overlooking 2 acre pond and Village Park in Hilton Low Taxes Starting in the $160’s Unionville Station DC-0000363249 +$20$3% +$20$3% +$20$3% #!33."$ (,,!2"*12 +3.'$ #!33."$ &/).-$ 67!8E 9C8E ?#2G#/F =(', <B,--/5 6.+.5 &0&*+.DD$ #2E#: ?;4+A.& -: @(8(E 2-E,2C'/#1B-)">&%3040 The expression “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission” d escribes how I feel about decorating a rental to a T. Most landlords are way m ore agreeable than they appear to be on paper — and than we give them credit for being. So making minor renovations h ere and there, I’ve found, is something one can usually get away with. Many landlords may even thank — or reim- b urse — you for putting your labor and money into improving their property, if they’re pleased with the way it turns out. That said, doing anything that conflicts with what’s in the lease still puts you in d anger of losing your security deposit — or worse — so renovate at your own risk. Here are nine rental renovations to give a try. 1. PAINTING YOUR WALLS In my experience, almost all landlords will be OK with you painting your apartment — so long as you paint it back. Just don’t do any crazy treatments that will be difficult to repaint, and if you use adark color, use a primer when you repaint so it’s fully covered. If you choose a versatile, neutral color like a nice shade of white, your landlord may allow you to l eave it up when you move out. In many states, property owners are required to r epaint the walls every few years for new tenants, so they’ll be repainting anyway. B ut word to the wise: As soon as you move in, get the name and brand of the original paint color from your landlord. E ven though I had permission to paint (and repaint) in writing, one of my past landlords refused to answer my phone calls when I asked for the name of the paint, in hopes that he could wring some m oney out of me. 2. SWAPPING OUT LIGHT FIXTURES Swapping out your light fixtures is o ne of the easiest rental renos to get away with! Just store the original fixture somewhere safe during the duration of your tenancy, and replace it when you move out. Your landlord won’t know the difference. Make sure to turn off the 9rental renovations you c an probably get away with JULIA MILLAY WALSH DOMAINE/TRIBUNE NEWS

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