We all know how expensive deposits can be on New York apartments. And we all know that your deposit can quickly get eaten up in cleaning, repair, and maintenance fees after you move out. If you want to ensure that you stay on good terms with your landlord and that you get your full deposit back when you leave, not to mention keeping your apartment in beautiful shape for guests while you live there, follow these useful tips.
Take Care of Your Floors
Your floors can cost you a lot come move-out time, and – let’s face it – no one likes looking at dirty floors anyway. Dirty floors are more likely to get scuffed and damaged. Dirt and mold in the grout in a tile floor can be a major pain to remove.
So, instead of waiting for your floors to get dirty or damaged, go ahead and schedule in some time every week to clean them. If you have hardwood or laminate flooring throughout your apartment, this will probably just mean sweeping the floors once a week. In the bathroom, you’ll want to sweep, mop, and pay some attention to the grout. Then, about once a month, do a more in-depth cleaning on all of your floors.
And, in addition to cleaning them, make sure that you don’t drag furniture or anything else across them that could cause damage. Remember, we’re talking about your deposit here, so take care of your floors.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Want your heater and air conditioner to work when you need them? Want to avoid sneezing and coughing whenever you spend any time in your apartment? Change your air filters at least once every three months (or once monthly, depending on your filters). Also, check your lease to see if your landlord has agreed to do this for you. If so, make sure that they do it when necessary to keep your climate control system working efficiently and to avoid costly repairs.
Be Aware of What You Put Down the Drain
If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you might be tempted to put everything you can down it. Don’t do it. Be wary of what you pour down the sink, even if you have a disposal. Don’t pour oil or grease down your sinks, and keep your shower and bathtub drains clear.
You don’t want to have to call your landlord or a plumber if you’ve clogged up the sink with a bunch of cooking fats or the shower with a bunch of hair. Maintain these, and you’ll have fewer maintenance calls and much better working plumbing.
If There’s a Problem, Don’t Hesitate to Call Your Landlord
At the same time, if you have a problem with anything in your apartment, don’t hesitate to call your landlord or property manager. If you call immediately, they’ll be able to take care of it, and you won’t have to worry about your refrigerator quitting at move-out time or any other issues popping up when your deposit is on the line. Plus, if you call promptly, the repairs needed to fix whatever’s wrong will likely be much more minimal and much more convenient.
Follow these tips, and you’ll have a much easier time maintaining your apartment without a lot of stress or time spent scrubbing floors and tile grout. Stay on top of this stuff, and you’ll enjoy your apartment much more while you’re living there, and you’ll be much more likely to get your full deposit back when you move out. Good luck!