Because you probably signed a lease where you agreed not to make any permanent changes to your rental, it can be difficult to make your home feel personal, much less give it an upgraded look and feel.

Fortunately, there are several ways that you can add to your home without compromising your security deposit.

In the rental world, homes are generally outfitted with only builder grade bathroom mirrors.

Steam and bleaching agents can help, but in some cases you may need to replace it or simply repaint it.

Some hardware stores carry paint pens specifically for brightening grout and while the job can be time consuming, the end result is a cleaner, fresher looking bathroom.

For this task we use the form on the right side called 'Update Lease Expiration or Rent'.

If you ever need to update the move-in date that option is also at this location on the left.

If you don’t have the required carpentry skills to do a temporary faux mirror frame, there are many prefabricated kit options that you can easily mount using removable adhesive tabs.

Light fixtures are another area in rentals where landlords usually stick with the basics, but a unique or beautiful piece can easily change the look of the room.

Space heaters are a nice way to save on your utility bill but you can get the look of a fancy fireplace when you get an electric version.

Electric fireplaces can save you money during the cold winter months, and can be installed temporarily.

Enter the new lease expiration date and click the Update Lease button.

One of the downsides of rental homes is that they are often decorated with only the most basic colors and serviceable but simple appliances, flooring and cabinetry.

You may not be able to do much about that old carpet or the unattractive laminate floors in the kitchen, but you can still take action to make your home more comfortable and stylish.