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We can’t rely on maintenance for everything.
When it comes to apartment living, ensuring the safety and security of your living space is crucial for your experience. Being aware of potential hazards that can arise during your lease term can save you time and money and protect you and your living experience.
We’ve gathered eight potential apartment mishaps and the practical tips and tricks renters need to know to safeguard their space. By taking proactive measures, you can create a safer living space and enjoy peace of mind in your apartment.
There are a lot of steps taken by property management for renters to protect them against fires. They install smoke detectors in key areas of your apartment and ensure they are in working order. Renters should take it one step further, by regularly testing them and replacing batteries as needed.
Residents should also inform themselves of the tools readily available in the building in the event of an emergency. Hallways should have fire extinguishers readily available and renters should educate themselves on how to use them. Additionally, it’s key to familiarize yourself with the building’s fire evacuation plan and exits.
Renters can take proactive steps to prevent mold growth in their apartments. One effective measure is to ensure proper ventilation by utilizing the installed fans in bathrooms and kitchen areas. These fans help to remove extra moisture from these high-moisture areas, reducing the chances of mold formation.
It is also crucial to promptly report any water leaks or excessive moisture to the landlord or property management. Necessary repairs or actions are then taken to address the issue and prevent mold growth. In the case of wet areas, it is important to clean and dry them to reduce the likelihood of mold growth.
To safeguard your space from critters, start by keeping it clean and free of food crumbs. You can do this by regularly vacuuming and sweeping the floors, wiping down surfaces and immediately cleaning up any spills or crumbs as they come.
Another kitchen trick is to store food in airtight containers and promptly dispose of garbage in sealed bins. You can also request maintenance to seal any cracks or gaps in windows, doors and walls you notice to prevent pests from entering.
If necessary, use non-toxic pest control methods like traps or baits, or request your apartment to consult a pest control service to address any infestations you notice like bed bugs. These preventive measures effectively secure your apartment from pests and help you enjoy a pest-free living space.
4. Carbon monoxide poisoning
Protecting your apartment from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is crucial. Ask the leasing staff if CO detectors are in their apartments and if they’re not, request they do so or install your own. Other tips include avoiding indoor use of grills, keeping vents open and not blocked and educating yourself and your roommates about CO poisoning symptoms.
Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, weakness and difficulty breathing. As carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it is challenging to detect without equipment. If you experience these symptoms and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, it is important to evacuate your apartment immediately, seek fresh air and contact emergency services.
5. Electrical issues
Some common electrical issues renters may run into during their lease include power outages, tripped circuit breakers and faulty switches or outlets. While the on-site maintenance team is the best resource in most of these situations, there are a few things renters should have on hand in case of emergency.
During a power outage, having a portable battery pack is essential. You can charge your electronics, plug in a flashlight and have power on hand for however long you may need it.
For tripped circuit breakers and faulty switches, it’s best to leave these alone and consult the apartment maintenance team to avoid making the situation even worse. You can avoid these mishaps by not plugging too many things in at once and checking for faulty switches and plugs when you initially move in and notifying the leasing staff.
While apartments are generally secure, burglaries can still occur meaning additional security is necessary. Start by checking that all potential entry points, including your apartment door and windows, have sturdy locks in good condition.
You can reinforce sliding doors with bars or a security rod with tools for additional peace of mind as well. If your apartment comes with a security system, it is worth the additional fee to utilize it for less stress. If they do not, consider installing an apartment-approved security system like a Ring doorbell camera to keep an eye on your apartment surroundings. Wireless alarm systems, door and window sensors and security cameras all further secure your apartment home.
It’s also important to establish good relationships with your neighbors, as they can act as an extra set of eyes and ears. If you’re going to be gone for a long period of time, asking a neighbor you trust to collect any packages or mail left in front of the door also helps your apartment appear occupied during your absence.
7. Storm damage
From light rain to tornados, there is a lot you can do to secure an apartment, belongings and yourself from potential damage. In the case of bad weather, make sure to remove any patio furniture that would be blown away or damaged by rain and other weather conditions. Moving your car to a higher level in the parking garage or a higher elevation spot on the road will also protect your car from the damage of flooding.
In severe weather, secure any loose items or furniture inside your apartment that could be easily knocked over during a storm. Another essential step is having an emergency kit prepared with essentials like flashlights, batteries and a first aid kit. Lastly, determine the building’s area designated for residents to go during a storm. If your building doesn’t have a storm shelter, choose an enclosed spot away from windows.
8. Personal safety is your first line of defense
We’re not always in our apartment, and it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings even in apartment common areas, garages and mail rooms. Avoid getting your mail or moving your car late at night to protect yourself from others.
If your apartment has a gate code or main door code, avoid sharing with too many individuals, as limiting access helps maintain security and prevents unauthorized entry. Being vigilant and cautious in these shared spaces can significantly contribute to the overall safety of your apartment.
Protect yourself and your living experience with enhanced apartment security
As a savvy renter, you may not have complete control over your new apartment living experience, but there are numerous proactive steps you can take to secure an apartment you’re renting. By following these tips and tricks and utilizing the apartment on-site teams, you’re protected from the expected and unexpected.
Ready to find your safe space? Start your apartment living journey today.