Leaky or ugly tapware in your rental property can really depreciate the appearance and comfort of your home environment. Replacing tapware is a quick and cost-effective way to update the wet areas in your rental home; however, there are a few things to consider before you purchase new tapware or get your shifter out. Check out these four tips for updating your rental home with new tapware.

Always request permission prior to making changes

Changing the tapware in your rental home is not permanent, and you can refit the old tapware upon vacating the premises if necessary. Despite this, it is important that you always request permission from your property manager prior to making any changes to your rental home. Depending on your tenancy agreement and state of residence, your landlord may be either legally obligated or at least willing to pay for the replacement tapware and even a licenced plumber for the installation.

Educate yourself or call in the experts

Most modern tapware replacement kits are designed for the home resident to install themselves, and come equipped with detailed instructions. Make sure you turn the water supply off under the sink prior to starting work, and equip yourself with the tools necessary to replace the tapware according to the instructions supplied. If you are not confident in your ability to replace the tapware yourself, or you live in a region that requires a licenced plumber to complete tapware and water pipe work, it is important that you call in the experts. Discuss this with your landlord or property manager prior to purchasing tapware or attempting to replace it.

Make it match

A simple way of improving the appearance of your rental home is to install matching tapware throughout. With tapware that is the same or similar in your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry, there will be a greater sense of continuity in your home. If you are replacing the tapware in just one room with a hope of replacing others in the near future, confirm that the chosen tapware is available in the sizes needed for your other wet areas.

Opt for water efficiency

Whether you are on rainwater or not, water efficiency is a financial and environmental priority. As such, when choosing replacement tapware for your rental home, opt for a water efficient model. A low-flow, water saving nozzle is particularly useful when installed on bathroom taps that young children are using—they will be less likely to waste water or make a big mess of your bathroom. If your showerhead is not a water-efficient model, take this opportunity to replace it as well.

For more information on how to select the right tapware for your rental home, contact visit your local tapware stockist today for expert advice.