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Small Home Maintenance Tasks Every Renter Should Do

Dirty Bathroom Exhaust FanAtlanta renters! It’s essential to be mindful of the small home maintenance tasks necessary to keep your rental home in great condition. By taking care of these tasks consistently, you’ll help avoid costly repairs down the road and confirm that you have a smooth relationship with your landlord. This blog post will examine ten small maintenance tasks every renter should do!

  1. Change Ceiling Fan Direction. In the summer, your ceiling fan should spin counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. In the winter, it should turn clockwise to push warm air down from the ceiling. By changing the direction of your ceiling fan twice a year, you can help your HVAC system work more efficiently and keep your utility bills under control.
  2. Clean Exhaust Fans. Your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans play a major role in venting moisture and odors out of your home. To keep them working properly, be sure to clean them every month. You can easily make this by taking off the cover and using a vacuum attachment to remove any accumulated dust or debris.
  3. Caulk Around Bathroom Fixtures. Take a look at the caulking around your bathroom fixtures. It needs to be replaced if it is cracked, peeling, or missing in spots. Cracked or missing caulk can cause mold to grow. But prevention is a quick and easy 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 bother, 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 work properly. Be sure to clean off your unit every month, removing any leaves, dirt, or other accumulated debris.
  7. Change HVAC Filters. Your HVAC system’s filters play an important role in keeping your air clean and your home comfortable. To keep them working properly, be sure to change them every three months. You can easily do this by purchasing replacement filters at your local hardware store.
  8. Clean Blinds and Windows. Dust and dirt can build up on your blinds and windows, making them look filthy and affecting their ability to function To keep them looking their best, be sure to clean them every month. You can do this by dusting with a microfiber cloth or using a vacuum attachment to remove any accumulated dirt or debris.
  9. Check for Pests. Pests can not only be a nuisance, but they can also cause damage to your home. To block this from happening, be sure to check for pests every month and take action if you see any. You can do this by visually inspecting your home and looking for any signs of pests such as droppings or nests. If you see any, be sure to contact your Atlanta property manager. They can then coordinate with professional pest control if necessary.
  10. Basic Appliance Maintenance. Basic appliance maintenance is important to keep your appliances functioning correctly. 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.

Beyond basic maintenance, other items in your rental home may require professional assistance. For example, if you encounter electrical issues, water leaks, or other concerns, report these to your landlord so that they can send an experienced service tech to take care of 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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