Tackling apartment maintenance is easy when using a checklist. Create one that is specific to a particular apartment by creating a generic checklist and adding to it. Create a separate list that identifies names and phone numbers of those that can help when repairs are too complex, require a trained technician or have just gotten out of hand.
Create The List
Apartment maintenance checklists are simple to construct because they are made up of the parts of the dwelling---floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, appliances, plumbing, countertops, cabinets, preventative and protective items (locks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors). Take a look around the apartment and add specifics to this list by noting materials and special needs for each item. For example, floors will be wood, carpet, concrete, tile or brick and might have a finish on them that denotes a special need, like a polyurethane sealer or a wax. A refrigerator may have an ice maker, ice crusher or a computerized system that may need maintenance.
Link The Checklist
Link maintenance items to a time period---weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly. Further link the items to a specific date so that remembering to accomplish the maintenance is easier. Using dates such as April 15 or Labor Day may work well for some items. The first of the month, when a rent or mortgage payment is made may also be a good reminder. Enter the maintenance checklist into the computer as a spreadsheet and create a reminder date column. Sort the spreadsheet using this column to find the items needing attention immediately and those that will need attention soon.
When moving through the apartment to accomplish daily tasks such as cooking, showering and general cleaning, take note of signs of wear. Anything that looks different than it did before may indicate the need for some preventive or intervening maintenance---pulled or worn carpet edges, leaky faucets, broken caulk around showers, tubs and sink installations, paint scrapes on cabinets or loose hardware. Create a kit of quick-fix tools to do touch-ups. Include several types of glue (wood, super), sealant (caulk, silicone), a Phillips and flat-head screwdriver and small hammer.