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Apartment Maintenance Checklist
Regular apartment maintenance may prevent future repair costs.
Proper apartment maintenance prevents unnecessary expenses for apartment leasing companies and property tenants. Regular general upkeep will also ensure optimal living conditions, and may help prevent accidents. In addition to simple tasks, such as regular cleaning, apartments should receive regular inspections and renovations if necessary. If you are an apartment tenant and are unsure of how to fix a maintenance problem in your unit, be sure to contact your property maintenance team to assist you in resolving the issue.
Whether you are an apartment tenant or a member of the maintenance team, the apartment exterior is the first place to check for maintenance problems. The exterior provides a first impression for potential renters or guests. Remove anything that might be obstructing the doorway, and check all entryways for proper sealing. Check the windows for drafts by running your hand along the outside. As noted at Saving to Invest, improper sealing can run up heating and cooling bills for tenants. Be sure that all outside doors have proper locks by locking and unlocking the door several times, and fix any doors that stick or close improperly. If the apartment is on the top level, check the roof for damage or leaks, and be sure that any stairways have sturdy handrails.
Begin with the walls. Patch or fix any rough or unsightly spots and ensure that paint is not peeling. Don’t forget closet and bathroom walls, and thoroughly inspect ceilings for leaks, cracks or other damage. Inspect the flooring for stains, cracks or leaks and replace if needed. Next, check windows to ensure proper lock functioning, and fix any windows that do not open easily. Finally, inspect baseboards and replace any chips or damage. Make sure that all doors have functioning locks, and that any closet shelves or hanging racks have adequate support.
Most apartments include appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and stoves, in addition to toilets, shower and bathtub, and bathroom and vanity sinks. Make sure that all these appliances are in proper working order, and replace any leaks, scratches and chips. Do an overall check of the apartment’s electrical wiring, and be sure that all electrical outlets are properly installed and in working order. If possible, install GCFI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets in bathrooms and kitchens, which protect against electric shock in areas that may be exposed to water. Finally, ensure that all smoke detectors are in working order, and replace batteries if needed.
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