Should You Replace Your Rental Kitchen Sink Faucet?

updated Dec 17, 2019
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Even if, best-case scenario, your rental kitchen is brand new, your sink faucet probably isn’t going to win any design awards. But is it worth the money for a new fixture (not to mention the cost of labor) to replace it? The answer, as with so many things, is that it depends.

Replacing your kitchen faucet isn’t cheap. First, there’s the fixture itself, which can be pretty pricey. You could easily spend $250 to $300 for a not-too-exciting, brushed nickel fixture from Home Depot or Lowe’s, notes designer Megan Hopp. (She recommends IKEA for more design bang for your buck.)

Then there’s the cost of labor; unless you’re super confident in your plumbing abilities, it’s a good idea to get someone to install your new faucet for you. And that can set you back another $100 or more.

So, with these costs in mind, is it really worth it? If you’re thinking about replacing your kitchen sink faucet, here are a few things to consider.

4 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Faucet

1. Does your faucet work?

First and foremost: Does your faucet work? If it doesn’t, your landlord is most likely required to do something about it. In the case that doing something involves replacing said faucet, it’s worth (gently) suggesting that you’d be willing to choose your own. In my experience, there’s usually a budget — and it’s not super generous, but if you’re willing to pay the difference, you can get the fixture you want with a small- to medium-sized subsidy.

2. How bad is your faucet?

Next, if your faucet is functional but kind of an eyesore, ask yourself: How bad is it, really? Can you live with it or does the faucet make you cringe every time you look at it? “If it’s not offensive,” says Hopp, “invest your money elsewhere.”

3. How long are you staying?

Another consideration: How long are you planning on staying? If you know you’re going to be relocating in six months, well, you can live with that faucet, can’t you? If, however, you’re planning to make this your home for the next few years, a new faucet may be worth the investment.

4. How big is your kitchen?

Last, but not least, is your kitchen teeny-tiny or relatively spacious? “In a really small kitchen,” observes Hopp, “your faucet can become a centerpiece. It can be the star of the show.”

What do you think? Is a new kitchen faucet worth it or not for renters?