Re: Tenant wants to spruce up - Posted by GL - ON
Posted by GL - ON on July 31, 2003 at 20:28:37:
Don’t do it! 9 chances out of 10 it will be the biggest mess you ever saw and guess who gets stuck fixing it - you.
I have tried letting tenants fix things and paint things. Never again. It cost 3 times as much time and money to fix up the mess as it would have cost to do the job right in the first place.
The only exception would be if the tenant is a professional carpenter or house painter. Even then it will likely never get finished.
Especially never let anyone take down panelling!! That stuff was put up for a reason, probably because the wall was shot to blazes. If it wasn’t shot before it will be after you pull off the panelling, and it doesn’t matter if it was glued on or nailed to strapping.When you take off panelling you should count on re drywalling the whole room.
Here is the way to spruce up panelling. Fill the grooves and seams with spackle and cover the wall with wallpaper.
One wall will brighten up a whole room. Look for the wallpaper that fits together to make a mural.
Another thing that will brighten up a room is tp paint the ceiling with ceiling white. It is cheap and everyone I have shown this trick to was surprised at what a big difference it makes. I paint all my apartments parchment with white ceilings. Use a pad to cut around the edges.