When you’re a long term tenant of a space—be it warehouse, flex, office, or living space—the old can get pretty old. It’s natural to want a change of scenery (in other words: a new coat of paint on the walls). And even if you’re just looking to lease a new space, the color of the walls and ceiling can be a dealbreaker when it comes time to make a decision and sign on the dotted line. What’s the best way to bring up the topic of a color makeover with your landlord or property manager? And how can you work with them to fit your desires while also keeping up the potential of the space for future tenants?
First thing’s first: always ask permission. Unless you’re given the right to do so in your lease agreement, never paint the walls of a space without permission from your landlord or property manager. When you do ask for permission, be sure to be reasonable with your request. Think a glaring all-white will drive away clients? Offer to paint the space a welcoming light blue or beige—something that works for your needs but will also be neutral for any future tenant.
Do offer to pay for any requested paint job yourself (unless the current paint is fading away and in dire need of repair—that should be a fix up to your landlord). Sometimes, if a landlord or property manager approves a request to paint the space, they might require the painting be done professionally. In this case, make sure you have the necessary disposable income to put towards a proper service. Don’t let it slip your mind painting is often expensive. If you want it done, it’ll cost you.