5-Rental Self Fixes

Without your parents to literally take care of the roof over your head, the college experience or living on you’re own for the first time can be a real eye-opener, especially when things inevitably go wrong around the rental.

When living in a rental, you’ll have to call the landlord when you need something fixed. However, there are a few fixes you can make on your own so you don’t have to get your landlord involved.

Here are five things you may not have had to do at home, but you’ll have to do when you’re living in a rental.

Clogged drain

Whether too much hair went down the shower drain or your sink is acting up, you should try fixing it yourself before you call in reinforcements.

Drano is a lifesaver and does a great job in unclogging drains fast. If your shower still isn’t draining properly, unwind a metal clothes hanger and use it as a claw of sorts to get out whatever is clogging the drain. If your kitchen sink is clogged and you have a garbage disposer, don’t use Drano. Instead, put a bit of dish soap down the drain and let cold water flow as your disposer is running. To avoid clogs, try not to put pasta and rice down the sink, because these expand with water.

Dings in wood

If you accidentally scuff any of the wood around your apartment, a great way to make the scuffs less noticeable is to rub a walnut on the damage. This might sound nutty, but it really works.

Weird smells

If your place is starting to smell a little funky, go wash yourself, change your sheets and wash the pile of clothes in the corner. Another idea is actually a pretty simple life hack to freshen things up. Attach dryer sheets to a portable fan and let it run. The apartment will smell better in no time and experts confirm survey results that sloppy habits, odd lifestyles may be a turn-off to potential dates.

Nail holes

If you went a little gung-ho with nails and a hammer, there’s an easy way for you to patch up the holes.

Apply some spackle and let it dry, then run a damp sponge over the area. This is also great to keep in mind when you move out so you won’t get charged for damage to the place.

Squeaky floors

Are squeaky floors driving you nuts? Sprinkling some baby powder or baking soda on the squeaky culprit does the trick.

According to Bob Vila, this method lubricates the floorboards and keeps them from rubbing against each other, which is what causes the annoying squeak.

How did you handle minor issues in your first apartment or rental house? Leave a comment then share this post with friends on Facebook and Twitter, don’t forget to tag Real Property Management.


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