How to Update an Old Apartment

March 5, 2019

Affordable Ways to Update an Old Apartment 

how to upgrade an apartment complex

If you are a property manger or landlord, updating an outdated apartment building might seem daunting. While it might seem daunting, current residents will thank you for making the effort and you could potentially drive in new tenants. Potential tenants are going to be more drawn to updated and modern complexes as opposed to old and outdated complexes. Solar Art compiled a few affordable and very simple ways to keep your complex looking sharp:

Apply a fresh coat of exterior paint

Don’t let a dingy exterior paint job bring down your whole apartment complex’s look. A sharp, uniform look throughout the grounds goes a long ways towards impressing new tenants and helping your residents feel proud of where they live. Depending on your landscaping, your exterior paint colors can either blend or stand out. Is your complex smaller and surrounded by nature? Maybe pick soft natural greens and neutral tones. Is each building an architectural landmark? Go for bold, geometric hues. Either way, choose colors that naturally go well together and you can’t go wrong.

Paint an apartment for an easy upgrade

Garden lots of plants throughout the complex

Landscaping is another important part of up-keeping an updated apartment complex. Choose plants that complement your architecture and color scheme. If you’re in a warm climate, plant shade trees to cut heat in the units during the summer. Privacy shrubs and ground-cover plants are also great options that usually don’t require much water. Landscaping requires upkeep, so hiring a weekly or daily landscaping team is a good way to make sure it looks nice all the time.

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Install wall graphics to common rooms

Your common room interiors need love, too. If your apartment complex has a gym, lounge, or any sort of common area, sprucing up your spaces with comfortable amenities and eye-catching decor like wall graphics or window graphics are super easy and affordable. Custom graphics are a low-maintenance way to renovate your interiors without the cost and effort of painting. A huge benefit of custom graphics is they give you the flexibility to create anything you want. The image you see below is actually an installation Solar Art did at a fitness center in a hotel. The customer wanted to create an image centered around fitness to get their guests motivated. You can create a scene like the one below, you can create a nature scene, a popular travel destination, or anything else you think would fit your space. Custom graphics can be installed to many surfaces like walls, windows, doors, concrete, carpet and more! 

wall murals for common areas

Trendy new light fixtures

Interior light fixtures are trending again. With more options than ever before, even just one statement piece can instantly upgrade your apartments from boring to amazing. Well-placed lights make a big difference in helping your apartment feel like home to new and current residents alike. Not to mention, new light fixtures are super easy and very affordable. You can even choose a more efficient light option that will use less energy. This is not only great for the environment, but will save you money on your electricity bill as well!

upgraded light fixtures

Increase storage in the apartment units

No matter the size or layout, apartments share one thing in common: storage space is very limited. Carports are a great way to give your residents their own garage space with roomy lockers above each space. If that's not possible, increasing drawer and cabinet space in the actual units is an easier way to grab the attention of potential tenants. Analyze your apartment floor plans for ways to add extra storage space. When it comes to finding ways to adding storage in apartment units, taking advantage of vertical space is crucial. It's extra square footage that can be used for storage, without taking away any usable square footage from the tenants. 

increased apartment storage

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So there you go! Updating an apartment complex might not be quick, but the solutions don't have to be extremely difficult or break the bank to implement. We came up with 5 simple and affordable updates you can do where your hard work will be rewarded with happier residents. Talk to Solar Art today about how we can help renovate your apartment building!

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