Apartment Flooring Maintenance
By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer
How to Save
Money in the Long Run!
already mentioned sealing out water by applying
caulking around toilets tubs and showers, but one bead of silicone will only
last so long.
If you donít keep an eye on it your seal will fail and lots of
your money will flow right down that crack.
might want to schedule frequent flooring inspections. I suggest
every 12 months, but at least every other year. Not only do you have the
right to inspect the flooring in every unit, but you have every good reason to
As a prior landlord myself I can assure you that there are many problems that
can be avoided if you can discover them before they become bigger and more
say you plan your yearly inspection of each apartment on a yearly basis. Entry
have been placed on every apartment door within 24 or 48 hours or as required
by law in your state. As you enter one apartment you hear the sound of running water.
investigation you find that the toilet is continually running due to a broken
part inside the toilet tank.
landlords pay for the water and sewer costs as part of the rental
agreement, nonetheless, it is always in everyone's best interest to conserve water wherever
we can. It
is a well known fact that tenants are not likely to report these type of problems to you until
the problem becomes serious and more costly to repair.
There are countless problems that can be avoided by
conducting regular scheduled inspections. You can also help reduce the
likelihood of a fire if you notice that a tenant is overloading the electrical
circuits with too many plugs in one outlet or maybe the tenant is using a
portable heater too close to the drapery or furniture.
Some tenants just do
not have good common sense, or are too busy to consider all the possible safety issues
that may be obvious to you.
Make a list of all the areas that you want to check while you are
inspecting each unit.
Keep record of your inspection findings of each unit, and make note of what
needs to be tended to.
Prioritize the repairs that need to be performed and take care of the most
serious problems first.
Determine what areas are most prone to problems and implement a
preventative maintenance program to deal with those areas before they develop
into serious problems in other units.
Preventative maintenance is a very important part of saving
money in the long run. Planning scheduled inspections will also add to the
safety of every tenant you have.
More on this subject as we continue on about
preventative maintenance in my ebook.
Another good idea is to install protective devices that help
prevent problems from developing. These can include tub splash deflectors and
placing walk-off mats at the front door of every
unit to help prevent dirt from entering the apartment, reducing the need
to clean the carpets as often.
is the cause of your Carpet Wrinkles? If you have wrinkles or waves in your
carpet, find out who or what may be responsible and what you can do to fix the