November, 2009

What to Do about Apartment Repairs: 2

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

landlord 2As a tenant, you need to protect yourself. One of the first things to do is familiarize yourself with rental laws in your particular area; be informed about what your rights are as a tenant, what your landlord is responsible for, and your landlord’s rights as well.

While this is often easier said than done, you do not have to be intimidated by your landlord. In essence, he or she is your employee — you pay them. If you are not breaking the clauses in the lease or abusing the property, if you are holding up your end of the agreement between the two of you.

Take pictures of everything wrong with the space when you move in. Check the heat, check the water pressure, check the water temperatures, and keep a written account of every time you talk to your landlord about these things. Always try to talk with a witness present. If you feel your needs are not being met, do not be afraid to call your local codes inspector to have someone come out and take a look.

What to Do about Apartment Repairs: 1

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

landlord 1When you first move into a new apartment or rental home, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Moving in your own things is, of course, one of the most important, but you also have to make note of any repairs the real estate agent or landlord alerted you to when you signed the lease, and you have to begin noting anything else that might be wrong.

Now, I will be completely honest with you. Depending on your personality, it can feel kind of awkward to tell your landlord about things that may not be working — and depending on what kind of landlord you have, the whole process can be either easy or difficult.

Say you are renting an apartment in an actual home, for instance. If you have a problem with hot water or water pressure, your landlord may say hey, sorry, it would be too costly to fix this, you’ll just have to make do.

What do you do in that case? Any tips or suggestions?

Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 2

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

kitchen-cleaning_300Now that we have talked a little bit about how you should leave your house – let’s go ahead and talk about in detail what you should be doing when all of your furniture is out of the house and you are left with an empty shell of a house.  Firstly, you want to make sure that you paint anything that you changed.

Usually, white is a good color as the new tenants will be able to paint over it.  This is just if you painted anything while you were in your apartment – if you didn’t don’t worry about painting.  You always want to make sure that you leave the place spic and span though. 

That includes breaking out the cleaning supplies and vacuuming down the entire place.  This will leave a good impression on your landlord and you will probably get your full security deposit back!

Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 1

Friday, November 20th, 2009

spring-cleaning-main_fullWe all move.  Whether you are moving to a brand new house or you are moving into a new apartment, you want to make sure that you leave your old apartment in good shape.  Currently, I am going through a move myself and while I am not exactly moved out yet, I intend to leave the property the way I found it.

That does include some things that you may not want to be doing.  For example, cleaning out everything and making sure that the walls are painted.  This is something that many people forget about, however you always want to make sure that you do not burn any bridges when you move.

In the next blog, we will talk about exactly what you should be cleaning out and what you can leave.