Don’t let filters and drains get in the way of your new home high. Use this condo maintenance checklist to save you stress and money.
Congratulations on your new home! There are some things you can’t control when it comes to condo living: the family with the aspiring young drummer, the lady with the high heels upstairs, and the garlic-loving chef who lives below you, ensuring you inhale at least a clove a day. Hey, they say garlic is great for you anyway, right?
But one of the easiest things you can do to protect the value of a condo is keep up with the regular maintenance.
Not only is it good for your financial interest, but using a condo maintenance checklist will help you prevent unexpected problems.
While some things, like electrical repairs, are best left to your property management company, there is a lot you can do yourself. In fact, the most basic maintenance is more like deep cleaning.
This condo maintenance checklist is designed to be easy for anyone to follow, regardless of mechanical inclination. Each one of these will only take a few minutes, but could save you money, and keep you safe.
A 7-Part Condo Maintenance Checklist
1. Fire extinguisher: Is your fire extinguisher easily accessible and fully charged? Checking the charge on your extinguisher is as easy as reading the dial. You want the indicator to be in the green section of the dial. One important note about this: Most kitchen fires are from cooking grease or oil getting too hot. Water will not put out a grease fire; instead, it will spread the flames. Be sure your fire extinguisher is suitable for most purposes, including kitchen fires.
2. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Check the batteries every six months, and replace them at least once per year. You should have one smoke detector in each bedroom and at least one on each floor. If you have a basement or attic, you also need detectors in these locations.
3. Vents: Make sure the vents to your heating and cooling system (HVAC), dryer, and oven hood are clean. In the case of dryer vents, this is a moisture issue. You don’t want that warm, moist dryer air venting into your walls – that’s the ideal situation for mold to grow. With oven hoods, it’s mostly an odor issue. The biggest of these is the vents for your HVAC system. The byproduct of heating with gas or oil is carbon monoxide; making sure your vents are clean and clear will help ensure that stays out of your home.
4. Filters: Cleaning air filters will not only keep the air in your condo fresh and clean, but they also help your heating and cooling system function properly. Dirty filters make it more difficult for your HVAC system to work efficiently, which in turn, raises the cost of your utility bills. Good filters will also limit the amount of dust, lint, airborne molds that go through your system, and back into the air you breathe. Some filters just need a rinse, while others need to be replaced, but the cost for new filters is usually minimal.
5. Windows: The single best thing you can do to ensure better air quality in your condo is to open the windows. Fresh, outside air will help flush out smoke, mold, dust, odors, and compounds from cleaning supplies. Additionally, opening your windows is free. This, of course, assumes you don’t live next to a 1970s era pollution factory. If that’s the case, you may want to keep your windows closed.
6. Refrigerator coils: These are on the back of your refrigerator and can accumulate more dust than you would imagine. While this might not seem like a big deal, dusty coils can severely impact the efficiency of your refrigerator. Cleaning them is easy, just use the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to give them a good once over.
7. Drains: A nice shower is distinctly less enjoyable when water begins creeping up your ankles instead of down the drain. Keep your drains clean by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar into your drains. Let sit for about 10 minutes, and then flush with hot water.
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