Rental Kitchen Upgrade: Replace the Faucet

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We’ve talked about rental kitchen upgrades (how far would you go?) and special kitchen projects, and it seems like many of us are willing to go beyond new curtains or a coat of paint to make a long-term rental more functional and beautiful. Here’s one idea for a rental kitchen upgrade that we hadn’t considered until recently: a new faucet.

Every rental apartment that we’ve been in has had an old, junky faucet. Right now our faucet leaks badly, and, more to the point, there are two on/off taps. Our water can get very hot and we’re always scrambling at the taps to avoid getting burned, and trying to get just the right mix of hot and cold water.

It would be much nicer, plus better from a water efficiency perspective, to have an all-in-one on/off handle. So we’re replacing our faucet.

Yes, it’s not the cheapest thing; faucets can get very pricey! But we have found single-handle faucets as low as $80, and some quite nice faucets with high arched faucet spouts (great for washing pots!) for about $150.

This seems like a small investment for something you use many times a day, especially if you plan to be in your rental for a long time. Plus, if your faucet is a true piece of junk, and it really needs to be replaced, your landlord may let you pick out a much nicer one and cover at least some of the cost.

And as far as installation goes, a new faucet is usually quite simple to install! We’ll show you our own process of replacing a faucet a little later this week.

What do you think? Would you replace a faucet in a rental kitchen?

(Image: Faith Durand)