Below we tell you how to repair five different maintenance issues yourself. Be sure to discuss the repairs with your landlord before tackling any of them, though, in case he would prefer to handle the repairs himself.
1. Inefficient Heat/Air
If your heating/cooling unit isn’t working at all, you’ll probably want to call a professional, but if it’s simply not heating or cooling as well as it should, there are a few things you can do yourself. Clean/replace the filter, install insulation around ductwork and avoid adjusting the thermostat up or down drastically.
2. Old Caulking
One of the easiest and cheapest fixes in any home is replacing old, discolored caulking around bathroom fixtures with new. If you notice the caulking in your apartment bathroom is yellowed or grimy-looking, you can purchase the supplies you need to replace it fairly cheap. Simply head to your local home improvement store and pick up the things you need.
3. Holes In The Walls
As a renter, it’s your job to repair any holes you put in the walls after you move in. Fixing nail holes is easy with some spackle and a putty knife, but if the hole(s) is a result of water damage or mold, you’ll need to call in a repairman or two to fix any underlying issues as well as repair the drywall.
4. A Plugged Toilet
Clogged toilets are common in most households, and it’s usually not necessary to call a repairman to fix them. Most plugged toilets require a simple plunger, but if that fails to work, a plumbing snake should do the trick. You can find both a plunger and a plumbing snake at your local home improvement store, both of which you should keep handy whether you own or rent.
5. Squeaky Floors
While definitely annoying, squeaky floors aren’t a major issue. You can stop squeaks from happening by sprinkling baby powder on the floor making the offending noise. Allow it to settle into the cracks between the floorboards and they should stop squeaking quickly.
Another fix for squeaky floors is a repair kit called Squeak No More. This fix requires you to drill a small hole in the floor, so speak with your landlord before using this option.
Whether you rent or own, there are many maintenance repairs you can make yourself rather than call a repairman. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, the fixes mentioned above are easy to do on your own. Save yourself time and money, as well as your landlord by opting to make minor repairs yourself.