We all want our homes to stay in the best shape possible. As tenants, you want to live in homes that are in tip-top shape. As professional Alabama rental managers, we want you to do the same – which means making timely minor repairs before they turn into major ones. Part of that responsibility is on the tenant to notice trouble before it turns into a major problem. Here are a few trouble spots that tend to warrant vigilance before they turn into bigger ordeals. The Ceiling You shouldn’t walk around your home with your eyes constantly on the ceiling – you’d run into things – but keeping an eye on your ceiling is important, for one major reason: water damage. Water damage takes the form of unsightly brown or yellow splotches that form when water infiltrates the home through the roof or eaves. Water damage is always cause for concern. You don’t want water seeping into the walls and causing rot, mildew and mold. As such, water damage is a threat to your health and that of the home. If you see any signs of water damage, inform your landlord or rental manager immediately. The Exterior Keeping an eye on the exterior of your home is also important, because signs of wear and tear can quickly turn into signs of damage. Water, again, is a big culprit. Rotting wood or cracking brick and mortar are signs that water is damaging the home. If left unchecked, it can hurt the exterior and even get into the foundation and cause problems there. If you have a crawl space foundation, water can damage the wood beneath your home. Termites can too, as can other pests, so if you see any signs of any of the above, inform your landlord. The Plumbing Finally, keep an eye on the home’s plumbing. Gurgling noises, stopped and clogged drains, drains that refuse to drain properly, leaks, and water spots in your cabinets and around your hot water heater are all trouble signs to notice. If you see any, inform your landlord so they can be repaired before they get out of control and ruin your experience. Check out more tips for tenants from professional Alabama rental managers at gkhouses.com.
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.