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Easy Maintenance Tips Every Tenant Should Know

Easy Maintenance Tips Every Tenant Should Know

Keeping your rental in tip-top shape not only ensures a more comfortable living experience but can also save you from potential headaches and expenses. As your property management team, we want to empower you with simple maintenance tips that can help you take care of minor issues before they turn into major problems. Here’s a handy guide to some basic maintenance skills every tenant should have:

1. Unclogging Drains

A clogged sink can be a nuisance, but it's often easy to fix without needing professional help. Before you call maintenance, try using a plunger. If that doesn’t work, mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the drain. Wait for about an hour then flush with hot water. This natural method can clear minor clogs and is safe for your pipes.

2. Changing Light Bulbs

Always have spare light bulbs on hand so that you can replace them as needed. Make sure to use the correct wattage to prevent electrical problems. If the light fixture is not working with a new bulb, it might be an issue with the fixture itself or the wiring—time to put in a maintenance request.

3. Testing Smoke Detectors

Safety first! Regularly check your smoke detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. This is as simple as pressing the test button on the detector. If it beeps weakly or not at all, it’s time to replace the batteries. It’s a good practice to change the batteries at least once a year, perhaps when you adjust your clocks for daylight saving time.

4. Managing HVAC Filters

Replacing or cleaning HVAC filters is a small task that can make a big difference in air quality and system efficiency. Unless stated otherwise in your lease, tenants are responsible for this task. If it’s up to you, make sure to change or clean filters every three months, or more often if you have pets or allergies.

5. Preventing Pest Infestations

Preventing pests starts with keeping your space clean and food securely stored. Regularly take out the trash and keep counters and floors free of crumbs. If you spot signs of pests, such as droppings or damage, contact property management immediately to address the issue before it worsens.

6. Dealing with Leaks

If you notice any leaks, whether from faucets, pipes, or toilets, report them as soon as possible. Even a small leak can lead to larger problems, including significant water damage or mold growth. While waiting for repair, try to contain the leak with a bucket or towel.

7. Understanding Your Breaker Box

It’s important to know where your circuit breaker is located and how to use it. In case of an electrical issue, such as a power outage confined to your unit, check your breaker box. Sometimes, flipping a tripped breaker back to its "on" position is all you need to restore power.

8. Proper Garbage Disposal Use

To keep your garbage disposal working smoothly, avoid putting hard, fibrous, or starchy items in it, such as bones, celery, or potato peels. Always run cold water while the disposal is operating to help flush food through the system. If it gets clogged, you can try pressing the reset button found on most units under the sink.


Remember, taking proactive steps to maintain your rental not only keeps your home comfortable and safe but also strengthens your relationship with your property management team. By handling small maintenance tasks, you can prevent bigger issues and ensure a pleasant living environment. Always refer to your tenant’s manual or contact us directly if you’re unsure about how to handle a maintenance issue. Happy maintaining!