Tenants: How to Decide When to Call Maintenance

When you’re a tenant, you normally look to your landlord to take care of you. Even though you have several responsibilities (such as keeping the home sanitary), the landlord is supposed to take care of the home itself and maintenance that may be required to care for the property. But when something breaks, should the tenant immediately call the maintenance person to come help? Or should they work...

How to Unclog a Toilet… Without a Plunger?

It’s Friday night and you’re hosting a party. The guests will be there any minute… and then your child explains that they just clogged the toilet! During these fun situations where you don’t have time to run out to the store, here’s how to unclog a toilet without a plunger. In fact, here are several ways to do so, although some of them are definitely preferred over others. Note that these methods...

5 Maintenance Practices Property Managers Ignore at Their Peril

Successful property maintenance involves more than just collecting rent and paying the mortgage each month. Five important areas to keep maintained properly include the appearance the property, entrances and exits, building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and electricity, pools and hot tubs, and the roof. Costs for upkeep, losses and repairs make ongoing maintenance vital to keep any property...

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