The biggest question when it comes to maintenance is "who shoulders what"?
We’ve asked a number of landlords, brokers, and leasing agents and the consensus is "it depends on what is written in your contract". This is makes maintenance one of the most important things you discuss in detail before signing your contract.
If there’s one not-so-secret secret we can share it is that lessors can direct you to affordable and trusted contractors or if you ask nicely, they might just throw it in for free.
Here is a checklist of items that you can either clean yourself, ask an expert to repair/deep clean, or ask your landlord to check into. Some of these items require more that just annual check-ins, but we understand how hectic adulting can get.
It matters not that you have forgotten it in the past, but that you take action now, while you can.
Safety and Security
Test smoke alarms,and carbon monoxide detectors
Check integrity of door locks
Tighten/change screws of loose knobs, handles, etc
Inspect electrical cords, look for frayed wires
Lube springs, and other movable parts that can get rusted or squeaky
Defrost refrigerator and clean refrigerator coils
Seal gaps or cracks in windows and doors with caulk
Remove lint from washing machine and dryer
Clean and deodorize mattress
Check water heater for leaks and flush with hot water to get rid of sediments
Remove sediments from shower heads
Clean bathroom exhaust fan grill
Vacuum nooks and crannies where dust can accumulate
Donate or giveaway clothes that no longer fit
Throwaway socks with missing pairs
Let go of chipped mugs and plates, bent cutlery, and other kitchen equipment that are broken or have deteriorated
Take Care of Your Deposit
Check all appliances provided by the lessor
Check for leaks in dishwasher
Seal tiles with grout
Check for paint chipping
Inspect ceiling for water damage
Look for signs of mold, termite, or pest infestation
Maintenance is always the best solution to prolonging your the life of your home. So many unnecessary expenses can be avoided with some simple cleaning or catching minor breaks before they become irreparable.
What's else is in your go-to maintenance list that we may have missed? Share it in the comments below!