When renting an apartment, maintenance service is part of the deal and a big benefit, so most tenants call the landlord whenever maintenance is needed. However, neglecting the property is not a good idea as it can cause damage which eventually you might have to pay for.
Here are a few basic apartment maintenance tips you can follow to keep the property in a good condition.
1. The Refrigerator
When it comes to the refrigerator, it’s important to make sure it is working efficiently. Keeping the coils clean will ensure the refrigerator’s motor will work properly and cool the inside compartments. To clean the coils, remove removing the cover from below the door and vacuum out the dust and dirt that has accumulated there. In addition, wash drip pan from underneath the coils and check the freezer to make sure no ice has accumulated on the walls.
2. The Flooring
The problem with dirt is that when it is embedded into rugs and carpets, it can damage the fibers and wear them out. On surfaces, like wood and laminate, dirt can cause scratches. A good solution to reduce the amount of dirt coming into the property, is to place mats inside and outside your door.
You should vacuum carpets at least once a week and other high-traffic areas more frequently. Protect hard surfaces by sweeping every day and mop once a week by using a product recommended for the specific floor type you have. When cleaning wood and laminate, it is best to use the minimum amount of fluid needed to prevent damage.
3. Heat and A/C
Heat and A/C should be kept dust free. For preventive maintenance you need to make sure there is proper air flow. To do that, you need to vacuum the vents before using the heat and A/C units for the first time each year, and regularly check the vents to make sure there is no dust. Changing filters is also an important step and you should do that as soon as they become soiled.
4. Plumbing Problems
In order to keep drains from clogging, you should avoid throwing oil and other solids into the kitchen sink. When cleaning the bathroom, remove hair from the sink and tub instantly to prevent them from being washed down the drain.
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