Last month our water bill went up from about $40 to $50. We had a subtly running toilet. Unfortunately, as a renters, we don’t have much control over the quality of our apartment’s fixtures and features. For example, we can’t add another layer of insulation to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But, if you rent, you can still save money by making sure that your apartment is well maintained. Here are five maintenance requests to submit today so you can save money on your utility bills and have a better apartment.
1. Fix My Running Toilet. According to Leakbird.com, running toilets are responsible for 10% of all “in building, residential, water consumption” is due to running toilets or leaking fixtures. Depending on how fast your toilet is running, you could easily double your monthly water bill. Fortunately, any maintenance man worthy of his title should be able to fix a running toilet.
2. Fix My Leaky Faucet. While leaky faucets aren’t as expensive as running toilets, the cost of wasted water can add up. Plus, leaky faucets contribute to the growth of mildew and mold around your sink. If your sink or tub faucets are leaking long after they have been used, you should submit a maintenance request to have them checked out and repaired.
3. Replace My Air Conditioner Filter. When it’s hot, your air conditioner has to work extra hard. When you have a dirty air filter, it forces your AC to work extra hard. More importantly, it can allow mold and allergen problems to develop in your duct work. In the long run, it can cause an air conditioner to fail prematurely. Fortunately, your maintenance man can replace an air conditioner filter in less than 5 minutes. Many apartment complexes have a stockpile of filters in the rental office and allow you to pick one up and change it yourself. According to Inspectapedia.com, you should replace an air conditioner filter monthly when the system is in use.
4. Replace My Front Door Weather Stripping. If someone stands outside your door and shines a powerful flashlight at it, will you be able to see light through the cracks between the door frame and door. If you can, then you need to have the weather stripping replaced. Otherwise, you will be paying to air condition and heat the area outside your apartment. Plus, have you ever wondered how bugs and spiders might be getting into your apartment? They might be coming in through gaps in the weather stripping.
5. Add Me to Pest Control. If you see any bugs at all, you should have your apartment added to the list for pest control. You may even want to campaign to have your neighbors add their apartments to pest control. It’s a challenge to control bugs in a multi-family dwelling, but that’s no reason to give up the good fight.
One day when you own a home, you’ll miss the days of having a maintenance man come over and take care of your place at no cost. So, submit your maintenance requests and let the savings roll in.
“Dirty Air Filters on Heating and Air Conditioning Systems,” Inspectapedia.com