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Small Home Maintenance Tasks Every Renter Should Do

Dirty Bathroom Exhaust FanRoxboro renters! To keep your rental home in excellent condition, you need to know the small home maintenance tasks that need to be done. Doing these tasks regularly will help avoid costly repairs down the road and ensure that you have a strong relationship with your landlord. This blog post will talk about ten basic maintenance tasks every renter should perform!

  1. Change Ceiling Fan Direction. If you want a cool breeze in the summer, turn your ceiling fan counterclockwise. In the winter, it should go in a clockwise direction to pull warm air from the ceiling down. By switching the direction of your ceiling fan twice a year, you can help your HVAC system work efficiently and keep your utility bills down.
  2. Clean Exhaust Fans. Your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans have a significant role in getting moisture and odors out of your home. To keep them working well, be sure to wipe them every month. You can easily do this by taking off the cover and using a vacuum attachment to get rid of any dust or debris that has gathered inside.
  3. Caulk Around Bathroom Fixtures. Look at the caulking around your bathroom fixtures. It needs to be changed if it is cracked, peeling, or missing in areas. Cracked or missing caulk can result in mold However, prevention is a fast and simple task that you can do yourself. Simply add new caulk around the base of each fixture with some caulk and a putty knife.
  4. Clear Drains. Clogged drains are not only a nuisance, but they can also lead to water damage. To prevent this from happening, be sure 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. Let it sit for an hour and then flush with hot water.
  5. Drain Water Heater. As the water heats up, it expands and can cause sediment to build up in your water heater. This can lead to corrosion and decreased efficiency. To prevent this from happening, be sure to drain your water heater every 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 help ensure you have plenty of hot water all year round.
  6. Clean Off Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit. Your outdoor air conditioning unit must be clear of debris to function well. Make sure to clean your unit every month by getting rid of any leaves, dirt, or other things that have built up.
  7. Change HVAC Filters. Your HVAC system’s filters play a significant part in keeping your air clean and your home comfortable. You need to change them every three months to keep them running smoothly. You can do this quickly by buying replacement filters at your local hardware store.
  8. Clean Blinds and Windows. Dust and dirt can get on your blinds and windows, resulting in them appearing dirty and affecting their ability to function. To maintain their attractiveness, remember to clean them each month. You can do this by dusting with a microfiber cloth or using a vacuum attachment to take away any gathered dirt or debris.
  9. Check for Pests. Pests can not only be annoying, but they can also cause damage to your home. To make sure this doesn’t happen, always check for pests every month and take steps if you find any. You can do this by visually inspecting your home and searching for any signs of pests like droppings or nests. If you find any, be sure to inform your Roxboro property manager. Then, if they need to, they can work with professional pest control.
  10. Basic Appliance Maintenance. To keep your appliances working properly, you need to do some basic appliance maintenance. To do 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. Additionally, be sure to run a self-cleaning cycle on your oven once every three months.

Besides simple maintenance, other things in your rental home may need professional assistance. As an illustration, if you have electrical issues, water leaks, or other problems, report these to your landlord so that they can send an experienced service tech to deal with them.

Regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs down the road and keep your landlord happy. For all these reasons, be sure to add these tasks to your monthly checklist and cross them off as you go!


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