“There was definitely this common thought that if you don’t own a home, you shouldn’t invest in it,” Bowen said, which is why she is hoping renter representation on “Rental Redo” will help challenge that notion.
After moving into her first rental unit, she began realizing the sheer lack of rental units and simple, budget-friendly updates being featured on popular home renovation shows. “Why isn’t there content? Why aren’t there tips and tricks for us, and everything is just about doing a $40,000 renovation?” Bowen said. “So you really do feel kind of excluded and unless you own a home, you don’t deserve to have a beautiful place.”
While Bowen’s landlord worked with her and helped pay for the renovations in her first rental unit, she’s also fully aware that not everyone has landlords who are willing to let you update and change your rental. However, she says the first step to take if you aren’t sure whether a certain change is allowed is to simply ask. “I always say you have not because you asked not,” she said. “I think a lot of times renters were a little intimidated by our landlord or we kind of have this preconceived notion that I signed this lease agreement and it says I can’t do A, B, and C, so I can’t do A, B, and C. But honestly, especially nowadays, landlords are getting more and more open to allowing renters to make updates — and some are even willing to pay for the updates.”