Apartment Maintenance Checklist: Keep Your Place Pristine

From replacing the batteries in your smoke alarms to ensuring mold isn’t building up on anything, there is a lot to remember to do and check. Read through our tips below and be sure to download our Apartment Maintenance Checklist.

Before you get started, make sure to consult your lease agreement so you know what responsibilities are yours and which are your landlords.

Walls

It’s important to take care of your walls and frequently check for damage. Putting off any issues could mean more of a headache later.

  • Check for water damage and let your landlord know if you see any water stains
  • If you’re moving out, fill in any nail holes
  • Remove scuff marks as best as you can
    • Dishwashing detergent can be a helpful tool. Create a powerful solution to scrub on the wall by combining one-half teaspoon of dish soap and two cups of warm water.

Floors

Keep your floors, whether they are carpeted or hardwood, looking as good as new with regular cleaning.

  • Vacuum regularly to keep rugs free of dirt or pet hair which can develop an odor
  • Add your own rugs to highly trafficked areas to reduce wear and tear on hardwood
  • Repair wood scratches. Rubbing a walnut on the area can help remove scratches as the oil soaks into the area.
  • Always clean up any spills immediately so that mold doesn’t build up, especially on carpet
    • Remember always blot rather than scrub spills, particularly those involving dark liquids such as wine
    • Baby wipes can help you lift stains out of a carpet
    • Vinegar and baking soda pack a particularly powerful punch against pet stains such as urine. Combine equal parts and blot the stain.

Windows

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Not only do you want to keep your windows sparkling to improve your view, but it’s also important to make sure they are doing their job.

  • Make sure windows are insulated properly and there isn’t a draft in your apartment
  • Check for cracks as they can worsen over time. If your window is cracked, contact your landlord immediately to replace the window.
  • Ensure any screens are in good condition and will be effective at keeping pests out

Cabinets and counters

Keep your cabinets and counters free of clutter and mold to stay organized and healthy.

  • Check for dampness and leaks frequently to avoid wood rot or mold build up. Also, avoid hanging damp towels on cabinets as this can cause the wood to rot.
  • Disinfect the cabinets and counters at least twice a month
  • Make sure to use cleaners that are safe for your countertops. Some cleaners are too harsh for marble and granite surfaces, and you should opt for soap and water, natural solutions, or cleaners specifically designed for these surfaces.

Kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances can be expensive to replace, so be sure to take care of the ones that come with your apartment.

  • Make sure that all appliances that came with the apartment are all functioning properly. Ensure all lights and burners turn on and nothing is leaking or making a funny sound.
  • Check that no foul smells are coming from the garbage disposal. If the area smells, cut up a lemon and put it through.
  • At least once a month, deep clean appliances such as the oven and microwave
  • Clean out your refrigerator and check for expired items monthly

Bath

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Your bathroom should be your sanctuary, and it's hard to leave a dirty area feeling clean.

  • Check the sinks, bathtub and shower for leaks and lightly clean weekly
  • Ensure that no mold is building up, particularly in the tile on the floor. Deep clean the floor to remove grout once a month.
  • Use bleach to remove bad odors, particularly from the toilet
  • Make sure your toilet is functioning properly and never ignore a clogged toilet

Porch or balcony

Ignoring problems with your outdoor space could lead to safety issues down the line. Make sure everything is up to par.

  • Check tiles or wood for any cracks or splintering
  • Ensure that any stairs have traction and are free of wear so that they do not turn into a slippery situation
  • Make sure that any banister or railings are secure

Exterior lights and walkway

Make sure that you can get in and out of your apartment safely.

  • Ensure all outdoor lights turn on and that you have good visibility
  • Make sure that the walkway is clear of any leaves or branches and any stone, brick or pavement is in good condition

Pests

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Know what pests are common to your area and how to get rid of them as they can cause more damage over time.

  • Frequently check for pests as some can wreak havoc on your space. You should know what pests are common to your region so that you can look out for them.
  • If you have a rodent problem, talk to your landlord. You can set humane traps to rehome any furry critters.

Smoke detectors

It’s crucial that your smoke detectors are fully functional as they can literally save your life.

  • Replace the batteries once or twice a year
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month

Locks

In order to feel safe and secure in your own home, you will want to make sure your locks work.

  • Request that the locks be changed before you move in. This is not always a legal requirement for the landlord, so make sure you request it when you sign your lease.
  • Test the locks and be sure that doors are secure
  • Make sure you and your landlord have a spare set of keys so that you don’t get locked out if you lose yours

Apartment maintenance checklist

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An apartment maintenance checklist can help you stay on top of caring for your apartment. It’s crucial to properly maintain your apartment and address concerns as quickly as possible. Otherwise, unnoticed or ignored damage can become extremely costly or even a safety issue. Download the checklist below to stay on top of your apartment's needs.

By regularly running through an apartment maintenance checklist you can avoid costly situations. Visit our blog for more apartment living tips to keep your home safe and free of major damage.

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