Tokyo’s rental market is one of the world’s toughest.
While most apartments are well insulated, many don’t even have a window to allow for natural light, which can add up to a significant amount of heat and humidity.
And, as the city has grown in population, rents have continued to rise, increasing by an average of 10 percent a year in the past 20 years.
That means a lot of renters are either struggling to pay their rent or looking for ways to save money.
Akari, a suburb of Tokyo with a population of about 15 million, is one place where you can do just that.
Here’s how to fix that apartment for yourself and keep it looking brand new.
Get a new apartment door.
When you first move into an apartment, you’re going to need to make a few key changes.
The first is that you’re likely to need a new door.
A new door can make a big difference.
If you live in an apartment with a garage door, you can’t install a new one, but if you’re renting a two-bedroom apartment with two apartments in the unit, you could.
You can also use a different door that will open up a wider area of the building.
Make a new window cover.
This will also need to be changed if you live with an electric heater or a fan that can draw air.
A sheet of new sheet metal is also needed for your door.
Make sure your windows are properly sealed.
You’ll need to replace the door cover if the window doesn’t have an appropriate seal on the inside.
If it’s not sealed, you’ll need a replacement one.
Check the temperature inside.
Make some changes to the windows and the door.
Check out the inside of the apartment.
If the apartment doesn’t look like it has a lot going on, you might be able to find a different apartment.
Make the room livable.
You might not want to spend a lot on an apartment that looks so much like an older apartment that it doesn’t need a lot to keep it livable, but you’ll want to be able not only to maintain it, but to do so without causing problems for others.
Get the outside air conditioner installed.
Make changes to all the windows.
Change the floor.
The floor needs to be raised a bit to keep the floor from sinking into the floor and to make it more comfortable.
Check if your walls are properly insulated.
If they aren’t, you may need to install a heat or humidity barrier around the windows so they can’t get too hot.
Check your electrical wiring.
If there’s a problem with the wiring, you should be able change the breaker and the fuse.
If not, you need to remove the old ones.
If your electrical wires are still connected, you’ve probably already repaired the problem with one of these: a dead wire, a loose plug, a dead connection or a broken one.
Check for leaks.
You may have to go to the store or the garage to get your power and ventilators running, or you might have to buy new ones.
You don’t want to run into the problem of leaking heat or water.
Clean out your walls.
You should also get the inside out to check for leaks and mold.
You’re probably going to have to make some adjustments to the wiring.
Make certain the wiring in your walls is working correctly.
Clean the carpet.
If a new carpet is installed in your apartment, make sure that the carpet has been washed.
Cleaning the carpet can make it look better, but it will also mean you’ll have to pay for a new coat.
Check air conditioning.
If an electric or fan unit has been installed, check it for leaks or if the wiring on it is broken.
Make any necessary changes to your system.
Check whether the windows are closed.
If windows aren’t closed, they can be a problem.
Check outside air for any condensation.
Make air conditioning adjustments.
Make your furniture.
Make adjustments to your furniture to keep everything livable and prevent condensation from accumulating in the walls and floors.
Replace the light bulbs.
Make room for your new light fixture.
Check window air flow.
Check how much moisture the air in your window is getting from your home’s insulation.
Make more adjustments to make the apartment feel comfortable.
If everything looks good, you probably already have a plan in place.
You just need to get the rest of it right.
This article originally appeared on Real Estate Weekly.