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Resident Responsibilities

Being a good resident means caring for your home

Renting a single family home means more freedom, space, privacy, and enjoyment; it also means responsibility.

A major upside of renting is that when something goes wrong, it’s not always your financial responsibility. At WRIPM, we take care of the major stuff that can happen, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.

Renting a home means that you are responsible for the routine upkeep of your home. This includes things like landscape maintenance, pest control, and winterizing your home. These could be items that you may not have considered or been aware of while living elsewhere, such as in an apartment.

To make it easier, our helpful team at WRI Property Management has put together a convenient list of resident responsibilities, listed by season. This list will help you keep your home safe and secure, while also minimizing issues and headaches.

Select the season below to determine what resident responsibilities are commonly required during each season:

Clean out your gutters!  If water isn’t draining correctly, it can cause damage or leaks.  Removing leaves and debris from your gutters can make a huge difference. 

 

Check exterior drainage:  When it rains, does water stay stagnant or move toward your foundation?  If so, you’ll want to fix it so that water drains away from your home.  First, clean out your downspouts and ensure the connection is tight  Second, remove any objects that may be blocking natural water flow.  Third, grade the area around your home with some dirt.  For water issues you are unable to resolve, please contact Maintenance as soon as possible!

 

Inspect the exterior of your home: Is any paint chipping? Is any siding damaged from winter? Are there any holes in your brick? Take a close look around your house and make any necessary repairs. Also, be sure to check the foundation for any cracks. A good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems!

 

Change your air filter: Air filters prevent harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering your home and ruining your HVAC system. It is important to change it every 3 months and is a tenant responsibility.

 

Test your A/C system ahead of summer:  Test your A/C system on a warm spring day. Any signs of concern should be sent to our Maintenance department. Please note that your inside temperature vs. outside temperature will not and should not exceed 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Repair/replace damaged window screens: WRI Property Management does not replace screens on windows and doors. You are welcome to make repairs on your own or add screens as you wish, at your own expense.

 

Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house: Clearing out dead plants allows living plants to grow better and makes your house more attractive.  This could also double as a gardening tip, because if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now!

 

Check trees for interference with electric lines: Trees limbs can fall and take down power lines.  Hire a professional to trim, if necessary.

 

Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc. and repair as needed: Contact WRI Property Management immediately if you see any issues with the roofing.

Do landscaping:  Lawns, trees and bushes grow fast in the summer.  As a tenant, it’s your responsibility to mow the lawn, trim tree branches and hedge bushes to keep landscaping in check and make your house more attractive.

 

Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen, etc.:  Repair grout as needed. This will prolong the life of tiled surfaces, prevent leaks, and looks better.

 

Inspect plumbing for leaks: Go around to all your faucets and toilets and check for any small leaks. If you have poor water pressure coming out of a faucet, the aerator is the likely culprit and it’s an extremely easy fix.  Contact our Maintenance department to assist with this.

 

Take care of insect problems: You probably won’t have to look too hard to notice any insect problems this time of year. Ants, spiders, moths, and other insects are common and fairly easy to take care of.  Remove cobwebs, keep ant poison handy, and make sure all doors and windows are tightly sealed/closed. Pest control is the tenant’s responsibility. If you suspect termites, please contact our Maintenance department immediately.

 

Clean and repair deck/patio as needed.  Decks and patios are generally easy to maintain.  Give them a good washing.  Hammer in any popped-up nails to avoid tripping or foot injuries. Also check for any loose boards or posts and notify our Maintenance Department of any loose railings or boards that cannot be easily secured by yourself.

 

Clean out window wells of debris. Debris from pollen, insects, leaves, and other elements build up quick, so cleaning is important.  If you have a basement, you maybe also have window wells where all kinds of things can get stuck from leaves to trash to animals.  Clean them out too!

 

Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home. While the dryer is running, check that the exhaust is coming out. It should smell nicely of fresh laundry. If there isn’t much exhaust, check for blockages as well as you can. You may need a professional. Also vacuum the lint from the hose at the dryer.

 

Change your air filter: Air filters prevent harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering your home and ruining your HVAC system. It is important to change it every 3 months and is a tenant responsibility.

Change your air filter: Air filters prevent harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering your home and ruining your HVAC system. It is important to change it every 3 months and is a tenant responsibility.

 

Winterize A/C units and systems: Remove and store window A/C units. If you have a central air system, cover the outside unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure with bungee cords.

 

Prepare heating system for winter: Check for any leaks in windows or doors; these can force your heater to work harder and therefore cost more to run. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture.

 

Clean and prep fireplace: If the property has a fireplace, make sure you fully understand the safety and usage requirements before using it. Make sure the damper is open and you have removed anything from around the hearth that could melt. Get the chimney cleaned, if you have one. You can do this in the spring too, just make sure it’s done once per year. Fireplace and chimney are the tenants’ responsibility.

 

Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets:  In addition to turning offer and flushing outdoor water faucets, be sure to flush and store away your garden hoses. Winterize sprinkler systems as well, if you have one.

 

Flush hot water heater and remove sediment: This flushing process prolongs the life of the heater and helps with efficiency as well.

 

Test sump pump: This is crucial. You do not want to wait until you need your sump pump to find out it’s not working.

 

Buy winter supplies: Have a good supply of sidewalk salt, strong shovels, and ice scrapers as winter approaches. You never know when that first snow will come and snow removal is the resident’s responsibility!

 

Rake leaves:  Of course, what is fall without falling leaves?  As a tenant, you are responsible for raking and removing leaves from the property.  Make it fast and fun by getting the whole family involved.

Regularly check for ice dams and icicles: When the temperature plunges below zero, be sure to de-ice all cables sitting at the front of your roof and any other ice dams you see.  Do not let icicles grow, as much as the kids may want you to. They’re not only a danger to people standing beneath them, but they’re incredibly heavy and can cause damage to your home. They also can cause water damage to your foundation when they melt.

 

Test your electricity (to the extent that you can)Always, always be extra careful when working with electricity. Check that all outlets work, including testing GFCI outlets. If you have any reason for concern, please contact our Maintenance Department.

 

Tighten knobs and drawers: Go through the house and inspect all handles, knobs, racks, drawers and anything else that could have a loose screw.

 

Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows: If any locks or deadbolts do not work properly, perform a quick diagnostic. In most cases a light lubrication of WD40 or a slight adjustment will do the trick. If there is a more severe issue, please contact our Maintenance Department.

 

Repair caulk around showers and bathtubs as needed: Re-caulking showers and tubs can prevent leaks and make it more attractive. You may also want to remove shower heads and clean any built-up sediment. This can prolong its life and help with water pressure.

 

Inspect and deep clean basement: Basements are notoriously overlooked, especially if they’re primarily used as storage areas. Dust, clean any windows, and dry out areas prone to moisture.  It’s important to give your basement a good inspection at least once a year.

 

Change your air filter: Air filters prevent harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering your home and ruining your HVAC system. It is important to change it every 3 months and is a tenant responsibility.

For a full list of resident responsibilities and requirements, please refer to your lease.