Living in a rental with on site maintenance helps to maintain a worry free lifestyle– However, during COVID-19, we all are trying to minimize contact with those who don't live with us. You shouldn’t call on maintenance unless there’s a genuine emergency at hand unless of course, the job itself is too big- then you should leave it to the professionals
Here are a few ways tomaintain your apartment to prevent running into any issues.
1. AVOID UNWANTED PESTS
If you don’t usually cook at home or keep kitchen stocked with groceries, you may not encounter any problems with pests. Now that many of us can’t leave the house to eat at restaurants, those circumstances have changed. We need to make our meals at home- which can be an enjoyable lesson – and a potential concern. Specific bugs and rodents are attracted to food in your home so you should look for preventative measures.
Make sure to store your dry, perishable items inside tight plastic containers. You should also remove trash as soon as possible. It only takes one unit to start a problem.
2. PREVENT CLOGGED DRAINS
Now that you’re home all day, your drains need to work overtime for water to flow correctly. Of course, as you cook and clean more often, it becomes harder for your pipes to stay clear. Clean hair from sinks and bathtubs after each use. Use a strainer.
Choose eco-friendly products when possible so that you don’t damage your pipes or the planet. No matter what you choose to use, make sure it’s approved by your landlord or property manager.
3. REPLACE BROKEN FIXTURES
If you come across a burnt-out lightbulb or your smoke alarm needs batteries, take on those hiccups by yourself. Sometimes, tenants like to inform management to every little concern, even the insignificant ones. If you can mend it without too much money or effort, set aside the time to do so. Your maintenance worker will thank you later.
Of course, you should always leave substantial problems to the professionals. If you notice a large water stain on your wall, that’s the time to contact someone immediately.
4. CLEAN EVERY DAY
You don’t need to clean your apartment from head to toe all of the time, but it’s essential to keep your space clean and prevent any issues that could threaten your security deposit. Make it a goal to act as if you own your apartment.
These chores could include wiping down countertops, mopping the floor, and putting away clothes. Eventually, you’ll establish a routine that creates a cleaner area. Then, when you move, you won’t need to deal with any major messes or damages.
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