Being a first time renter can often times result in a crash course in home maintenance

Being a first time renter can often times result in a crash course in home maintenance

Being a first time renter can often times result in a crash course in home maintenance

Being a first time renter can often times result in a crash course in home maintenance for the inexperienced home dweller.  While renting may seem like an easy way for a tenant to not have to take care of maintenance themselves, renter beware.  One must be cautious, use good judgement, be familiar with their lease, and understand their responsibilities as a tenant.  It can mean the difference between having a landlord pay for a service call or a tenant being responsible for that payment.  Experienced landlords have a pretty good idea of when a maintenance or repair issue is one that is caused by a tenant and will rightfully charge the tenant to have the problem fixed  (read: too many “flushable baby wipes” flushed down the toilet that is now clogged and not working)  and when the problem is more of a deficit or problem within a home’s system (gurgling from both the toilet and shower requires a plumbing specialist).

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If you’re new to renting and want to spare yourself a vendor or handyman payment for something you can take care of yourself, try reading the following article written by Courtney Craig of Apartmentguide.com for some Do-it-yourself Tips including how to unclog a toilet, removing a stripped screw and, no kidding… how to change a light bulb among others.    

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