In a world where owning a home can mean mowing your own lawn, fixing leaking faucets on your own, and taking care of other unexpected costly repairs, being a renter may not seem so bad. You get to pay one fee each month and in return, your landlord has the burden of worrying about handling maintenance, the mortgage, and paying taxes. Even though your landlord takes care of the big things that come up, it doesn’t mean you can’t take care of the little things to keep your place in top condition. A few easy tips can take your apartment to the next level and quickly make you your landlord’s favorite tenant.
Clean Your Appliances
When was the last time your microwave, stove, and dishwasher had a good cleaning? Does your fridge have food from the last presidential administration? It may be time to consider a good cleaning. These appliances likely see heavy everyday use, which can cause dirt, food, and other grime to build up over time. You can improve your appliances’ efficiency and extend its lifespan with a good, thorough cleaning. If you don’t want to subject your lungs or your home to harsh chemicals, simply mix together some warm water and white vinegar, which can work wonders on getting up stains and leaving your appliances looking new.
Give Your Bathroom a Good Scrub
Your landlord likely expects you to keep your place clean on your own. Not only does it keep everything looking and working properly, but it can also help keep your home free of bacteria and debris, which can attract pests and lead to infestation. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve given your bathroom a good scrub, grab a bucket, sponge, and some cleaner and hit the tiles. A few minutes of elbow grease can eliminate built up mold and mildew and keep your shower in good condition.
Make Your Floors Sparkle
Flooring can tell a story, especially if you aren’t the first person to live in the home. Carpet pads can trap odors and dander from previous tenants or pets, which can be bad for allergies, while neglected hardwood or tile can warp if liquids seep in between cracks. If you’re working with carpets, periodically give them a thorough vacuuming followed by a deep shampoo to remove dirt, grime, or old odors that may be trapped beneath the surface. If you have hardwood or tile, after you’ve vacuumed the surface, shine them up with some wax. The cleaner you keep your home, the more sanitary it will be and the less likely you’ll be to attract unwanted pests that could necessitate extermination.
Keep Cabinets Clean
Every few months, do a quick sweep of your cabinets to check for spilled or expired food. Toss anything that may be out of date and wipe down your shelving to remove crumbs or other dirt. While you’ll want to leave lawn care, major repairs, and routine furnace maintenance to your landlord, handling these regular maintenance tasks around your home can help them out by letting them focus on large, more complicated tasks.
Don’t Forget Spring Cleaning
In addition to these easy routine maintenance tasks, schedule a time at least once a year to go through and clean out any old junk that may have piled up since you’ve moved in. Old moving boxes and piles of junk make attractive potential homes to unwanted pests and other critters. If you have piles of boxes, old furniture or electronics, and other items you’ve been saving but haven’t used in ages, do yourself a favor and toss them out. You’ll feel better having less junk around the house, and your landlord won’t have to worry about your extra junk bringing in mice, bugs, and other pests.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to accomplish these easy tasks around your home. These easy maintenance tips can keep your home in beautiful condition, and your landlord happy.