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Small Home Maintenance Tasks Every Renter Should Do

Dirty Bathroom Exhaust FanLatham renters! It’s critical to be aware of the minor home maintenance tasks required to keep your rental home in excellent condition. By performing these tasks regularly, you can help avoid costly repairs down the road and guarantee a positive relationship with your landlord. This blog post will talk about ten minor maintenance tasks every renter should perform!

  1. Change Ceiling Fan Direction. To create a cool breeze in the heat, turn your ceiling fan counterclockwise. In the winter, it should rotate clockwise to force warm air down from the ceiling. By rotating your ceiling fan two times annually, you can help your HVAC system run more effectively and keep your power expenditures low.
  2. Clean Exhaust Fans. Your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans play an essential role in expelling moisture and odors out of your home. Don’t forget to clean them every month to keep them working This is easily accomplished by removing the cover and utilizing a vacuum attachment to clear any collected dust or debris.
  3. Caulk Around Bathroom Fixtures. Examine the caulking around your bathroom fixtures. If it is cracked, peeling, or missing in spots, you need to replace it right away. Cracked or missing caulk can produce mold. However, prevention is a quick and simple action that you can do yourself. Just add new caulk around the base of each fixture with some caulk and a putty knife.
  4. Clear Drains. Clogged drains are not only inconvenient, but they can also cause water damage. To avoid this, make it a habit to clear your drains every month. You can do this by removing hair clogs, pouring a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then a cup of vinegar. Allow it to rest for an hour before flushing with hot water.
  5. Drain Water Heater. As the water heats up, it expands and can cause sediment to accumulate in your water heater. This might result in corrosion and reduced efficiency. To prevent this from occurring, remember to drain your water heater once a year. You can do this by attaching a garden hose to the drainage valve and draining it into a bucket or floor drain. Regular water heater maintenance can assist in guaranteeing that you have lots of hot water all year round.
  6. Clean Off Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit. Your outdoor air conditioning unit should be clear of debris to function efficiently. Don’t forget to clean your unit once a month, eliminating any leaves, dirt, or other gathered waste.
  7. Change HVAC Filters. Your HVAC system’s filters have a significant part in keeping your air clean and your home comfortable. To keep them in good operating order, remember to change them every three months. This is simple to achieve; just buy replacement filters at your local hardware store.
  8. Clean Blinds and Windows. Dust and dirt can accumulate on your blinds and windows, making them appear unclean and affecting their ability to function Clean them once a month to keep them at their best. You can achieve this by dusting with a microfiber cloth or using a vacuum attachment to clean any accumulating dirt or debris.
  9. Check for Pests. Pests can not only be an annoyance, but they can also cause damage to your home. To avoid this from occurring, don’t forget to check for pests every month and take measures if you find any. This can be accomplished by visually inspecting your home for indicators of pests like droppings or nests. If you find any, immediately communicate with your Latham property manager. If needed, they can cooperate with professional pest control.
  10. Basic Appliance Maintenance. Basic appliance maintenance is necessary to keep your appliances in good operating order. To accomplish this, clean your oven and refrigerator every month. You can also vacuum the coils on your fridge and dust the interior of your oven to prevent build-up. In addition, remember to run a self-cleaning cycle on your oven once every three months.

Aside from basic maintenance, other objects in your rental home may need professional assistance. For instance, if you discover electrical issues, water leaks, or other difficulties, report these to your landlord so that an experienced service tech can address them.

Proper maintenance can help prevent costly repairs in the future and keep your landlord satisfied. For all these reasons, don’t forget to add these tasks to your monthly checklist and cross them off as you go!


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