Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

The Ultimate Way to Clean Your Rental’s Carpets

Not including spending hundreds of dollars on a professional or thousands of dollars on all new carpet. You move into a rental, and you go about your daily life for a while. Maybe a few months, maybe...

DIY Wintertime Pest Control for Tenants

Not talking about landlords this time, sorry.   Winter is coming soon, and it’s easy to assume that when it gets cold out, the usual brigade of bugs, rodents, and other pests just sleeps...

Extraordinary Cleaning Hacks for Renters

We’re REALLY not talking about breaking doors and windows. OK, tenants? Ok? Right? Believe us, we know very well that rental homes are full of details that are a pain in the backside to clean...

How to Use Michigan’s ‘Repair and Deduct’ Policy

Step One: Call a Lawyer and Ask Them about Everything You See Here — We’re Not Lawyers, and this is Not Legal Advice! In general, if you have a problem with your rental property that...

Updating Your Outdoor Space (Without Breaking Your Lease!)

Make sure you read your lease before taking this advice off-hand — many leases have unusual clauses that may make some of these suggestions non-viable under those specific leases. Does renting...

Home-grown Pest Control for Tenants 

Sorry, We’re Not Talking About Your Neighbors (This Time). If you’ve ever seen — or think you’ve seen — a mouse skitter across your kitchen floor in the middle of the...

5 Bits of Hardware That Can Totally Upgrade Your Rental

Making a Big Change Can Take So Little! One of our more popular posts from a while back was all about decorating your apartment without annoying your landlord. Well, it’s been a while since...

How a Tenant Can “Love” Their Rental Home’s Bathroom

Bathrooms are usually pretty much the last place in the house that someone voluntarily spends an extended amount of time — but there are quite a few reasons why the room deserves your attention...

The Best Way to Get the Landlord to Repair Your Home Efficiently

It’s All About Keeping Your Cool and Communicating Effectively. There are few places in the United States that don’t explicitly say so in the law: if you rent a home — or apartment...

How to Decorate Your Rental Without Annoying Your Landlord

We’ve never seen a rental contract that forbids feng shui. There are a lot of great reasons to want to decorate your rental. Your home isn’t just the place you live — it’s an...