As a tenant of an apartment in Denver, NC — or anywhere, for that matter — there are responsibilities that are inherently agreed to when you sign your lease. And of course, the responsibilities that we are speaking of refers to you keeping the apartment in good condition.
Sure, it might seem as simple as “don’t break anything” or “leaving the apartment in the same condition that you found it,” but when it comes to apartment maintenance for tenants, the key is to prevent damages — not fix them once they occur.
Here at the Riverwalk Apartment Homes, we know a thing or two about apartment life. After all, we have been providing people with apartments in Denver, NC for years! That being said, we thought we might provide you with a couple of preventative maintenance tips that you can use to ensure that you get your full deposit back when you move out of your apartment.
First Things First: What Are Your Responsibilities As A Tenant?
When you sign a lease for an apartment, you are essentially agreeing to a set of rules and standards that have been put in place by your apartment management staff. Typically the agreement states obvious requirements like “pay your rent on time” and “if you break something you may be subject to paying for the damages,” and more — but sometimes the apartment complex’s rules can deviate from the norm.
The simple fact of the matter is that not all apartment complexes adhere to the same general lease. Some allow you to have pets and some don’t. Some require you to pay for damages in full and others might not. In fact, the only way that you can ensure that you are prepared to practice proper apartment maintenance is to read the lease thoroughly before signing it. In doing so, you can rest assured that you are properly aware of what is expected of you during your lease term.
Apartment Maintenance Tips For Tenants
Below, we have made a list featuring some of the most important things that you should maintain during your lease term.
Take Care Of Your Floors
When you move into a new apartment, it is your job to take care of it, and one of the most important things for you to take care of is your floors. Floors are the most important thing for you to maintain because they take most of the wear in your apartment. You walk all over them, you put furniture on them, and you slide things around on them — whether it be on purpose or by accident. That said, you can protect them from ware relatively easily by cleaning them often and being mindful when moving heavy items that might scratch or scuff the flooring material.
But how can cleaning your floors help you keep from damaging them? Think about it, if there is dirt, dust, sand, or other aggregates on your flooring, it can cause micro-scratches from something as simple as dragging your feet as you walk around in socks.
Control The Moisture
One of the most damaging things you can do to your apartment during your lease term is neglecting to control the moisture. Sure, it is relatively hot and humid here in Denver, but there are things that you can do to control the moisture in your apartment and prevent the development of mold.
The number one cause of mold in apartments is when tenants neglect to use their bathroom fan. Sure, the humidity in Denver, NC, is not high enough to create mold itself, but it is high enough that your super humid, post-shower bathroom will take much longer to dry out. By using your bathroom fan, you can ensure that moisture is properly ventilated so mold does not develop. Another invaluable tool for mold prevention is the use of dehumidifiers!
Keep Appliances Clean
Look, we get it. That little bit of brown liquid that hardened behind the crisper in your refrigerator is the last thing that you want to clean — but by doing so the day (or week, for that matter) that the spill occurs, you can save yourself from extra cleaning fees when you move out. Sure, one stain won’t prompt a fine, but if you let them pile up over time — whether it be on your refrigerator, stovetop, or dishwasher — they can become seemingly impossible to clean.
If You Make A Small Damage Contact Maintenance Before It Gets Worse
When it comes to serious damages caused by tenants, most of the damages are preventable. For example, if a burner on your electric stovetop stops working, it is important that you contact your apartment complex maintenance team — because if it is caused by a faulty fuse, it is 1) not your fault, and 2) it can lead to further damage if it isn’t fixed.
At the Riverwalk Apartment Homes, we understand that you might be hesitant to report any damages that have occurred in your apartment. After all, who wants to schedule maintenance and wait for the repair crew to show up and fix the damages weeks after you have reported them. Because of that, we offer 24-hour emergency maintenance to residents of our Denver, NC apartments.
Have Damages? Contact Us Now, Not Later!
If you are a resident, here in our Denver, NC apartments, and you have damages, we urge you to get in touch with our front office today. After all, it is better to fix them before they become a large issue.
If you have any questions about our maintenance policies or your responsibilities as a tenant, we urge you to contact us today. We hope that today’s blog provides you with valuable insight as to how you might prevent damages in your apartment as well as what to do if damages occur.
If you are currently looking for a new apartment, we urge you to check out our apartments in Denver, NC. Schedule a tour with a member of our staff today!