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Home Renovation

4 Ways to Tackle Home Maintenance When You’re Renting

If you’ve ever rented a house, an apartment, or a tiny little tin-can, you would have some experience in this. Landlords and landladies all over the world engage in their curious enterprise of letting people reside in their property, not out of duty for the greater good, but because there’s good money to be made. So home maintenance becomes a means to an end as far as they are concerned.
• There is no reason to feel unduly outraged if, upon finding some damages in your household that you are not responsible for, the owner does not take immediate steps. Since property as an investment necessarily demands constant maintenance, he or she knows very well that leaving the house in a state of disrepair will eventually do more harm than good. Procrastination is usually attributable to three reasons: miscommunication, budget, and market rates.
• The majority of proprietor-tenant communications is conducted through third parties, such as agencies or middlemen. As conveyors of market signals, most of them consider their job done the moment you signed the contract. Failure to maintain your rented property is usually perceived as your failings rather than an inevitability, and for good reasons at that. While most of us would never deliberately sabotage our own dwellings, there are numerous instances – a failure to report water damage immediately, leaving a dripping tap be, and cranking up central heating beyond their designed capacity rather than insulate the house properly – where tenants have inadvertently aggravated the situation. Always report everything, and keep detailed logs of your correspondence so that you are in a position to lodge viable complaints later.
• The second reason why home maintenance is always left to the last possible reason has to do with the owner’s budget. The property ladder is a very convoluted construction: there are often cases where a downturn has hit the owner so hard he or she is left with negative equity even as the tenant is happily afloat. The need to save up for a down payment and pay fixed-rate mortgage means that sometimes landlords simply do not have the liquidity to send in a team of handymen. They aren’t necessarily poor, but until you’ve paid the rent there is simply not a lot in the kitty for them to buy the new refrigerator or washing machine.
• And the last and most subtle reason rental home maintenance go untended is the market rate for rental properties in the market at large. In a boom, property owners are more likely to focus on short-term speculative gains rather than the dribble of money (as they see it) coming from you. Put bluntly, it doesn’t make too much of a difference to them whether you live there or not.
So if you are struggling to mend a broken flat in the face of an unmovable owner, ditch it all at the earliest possible moment. The relationship between a tenant and a property owner should be a mutually beneficial one, and it is your job to convince them that it is to their interest that their biggest asset will not be destroyed in your hands, inadvertently or otherwise.…

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Kitchen Renovation

What You Should Do If You’re In Need Of Plumbing

It can be hard to decide where to start when it comes to educating yourself on plumbing. This article can show you what is needed to get the job done and how to do it properly.

If the water in your toilet is low along with the toilet being clogged, pour some extra water in the bowl to make the plunger effective again. If one attempt doesn’t solve the problem, you can do it again once the water level stabilizes.

Never reach into your garbage disposal with bare hands, even if there is a serious problem with it. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Locate a diagram of the garbage disposal, or some sort of troubleshooter, online.

If you want to make sure your garbage disposal is going to be around as long as the house it is inside of, make sure you clean it often. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.

Try to have all your plumbing repairs done at once. You may want to have each minor problem attended to as the occur, but having multiple repairs done at once allows you to save up for the cost. Most plumbers charge an hourly fee that can be minimized if there is only one visit to your home.

Check your fixtures to ensure the overflow holes are clear of debris and mineral build-up. These holes come into use if the skin overflows. Things can get problematic if they are clogged. Make sure to clean out the overflow holes each time you do maintenance checks on your sinks.

It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. The cold water keeps your blades sharp, which helps your disposal run smooth. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.

Do not use your toilet to get rid of garbage. Don’t flush anything that is unlikely to dissolve and wind up clogging pipes, such as diapers, tissues, paper towels and cotton balls. Additionally, use the minimum amount of toilet paper required to clean up after you are done.

One plumbing repair that costs a lot of money is frozen pipes. This can usually be prevented. Insulate the pipes that run outside with proper material. When colder weather is approach, disconnect your garden hoses and make sure the outside water fixtures are turned off. This can save some serious money on pipe repairs over time.

Cleaning an aerator can remove sediment buildup that causes low water pressure. Take the aerator apart and clean it with a brush and some vinegar. Thoroughly rinse off the aerator, put it back together and place it back on the faucet. Clean the aerator, it might increase your water pressure.

Plumbing, while at first it may seem intimidating, doesn’t have to be complicated at all. There are just certain aspects of plumbing a person needs to know. Just focus and start somewhere, this is all it takes, when you do your research apply common sense into the mix and you should have no problem tackling an easy job.…