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My Condo http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz Web Site For Condominiums Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 A Little Maintenance Goes A Long Way http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/a-little-maintenance-goes-a-long-way/ http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/a-little-maintenance-goes-a-long-way/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:42:38 +0000 http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/?p=143 Home maintenance doesn’t need to be a pain. Part of the joy of condo living is taking the stress out of having to do a lot of upkeep. It really comes down to keeping track of the little things. Be proactive in keeping tabs on home appliances and home ventilation and be preventative with things like felt pads to protect your flooring and routine drain cleaning. With a little maintenance here and there you should steer clear of major issues.

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Check Your Warranties http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/check-your-warranties/ http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/check-your-warranties/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:42:02 +0000 http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/?p=141 Speaking of warranty, make sure you read and follow the manufacturer instructions and warranties for all major appliances. Most appliances will have warranty registration cards or numbers you can send to the manufacturer or register online. Should you have any issues that fall within warranty conditions you can bring it to the attention of the manufacturer. Following the manufacturer’s warranty can save you some potentially heavy maintenance costs in the event that an appliance breaks down.

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Basic Tips For Every Condo Owner http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/basic-tips-for-every-condo-owner/ http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/basic-tips-for-every-condo-owner/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:41:21 +0000 http://mycondo.brandstudio.biz/?p=139 Between warranty coverage and designated home walk-throughs, you can save a lot on maintenance costs, but ultimately the hope is that there aren’t any significant issues to begin with. In order to help avoid long-term problems, let’s move on to some basic tips to maintain your home.

Circuit Breakers

One of the first things you can do upon moving into your new condo is to find and familiarize yourself with the circuit breaker. Every new condo will have standard circuit switches. When a circuit breaker trips, make sure to turn it off before turning it back on again.

Door Hinges

The classic squeaky door hinge; it’s an inevitable issue. There are some very speedy solutions at your disposal when you start to hear squeaking. First, purchase some silicone lubricant. Something like WD-40 multi-purpose lubricant will work well too. Remove the hinge pins, apply and re-insert into the door hinge. Make sure you only remove one hinge pin at a time in order to avoid undo stress on the door. It is also in your best interest to avoid oil lubricants that can attract dust or dirt.

Drains

Next up, maintaining your drains. It’s free and will save you a lot of money in the long run. Simply pour boiling water down your drains once a week or so to keep them clean and wash away built up gunk. If you have a garburator you can clean it by garburating a few ice cubes with citrus rinds every couple months.

Smoke Detectors

It’s important to clean your smoke detectors each month and make sure you understand how to test your alarm after installing a new battery. Having extra batteries on hand is also a good idea.

Appliances

Checking your home appliances once in a while can save you a lot of headache in the long run. Inspecting things like your supply lines to your washer and dryer can prevent water damage that may go undetected in the event of a slow leak. The same can be said for refrigerator and appliances like deep freezes. Pulling your major appliances out from the wall every few months for inspection and cleaning provides a perfect opportunity to do a quick inspection.

Ventilation

Perhaps one of the most impactful maintenance tips has to do with ventilation. Make sure your condo is well ventilated by keeping your vents and fans clean and clear of dust, dirt, and debris and by airing out your condo when the weather permits the windows to be open. Keeping your condo well ventilated will help with build-up and help keep sweeping and dusting to a minimum.

Furniture Pads

An easy preventative measure to avoid scratched floors, especially hardwood, is investing in felt pads for furniture legs. Adhesive felt pads can be purchased at most hardware stores. It’s an inexpensive purchase that could save you major maintenance costs over time.

Paint Colours

A helpful tip for future maintenance is to keep track of your paint colours. If you have a record of the SKU number for the paint as well as an extra paint chip you should be able to find the exact paint or at the very least match the paint at a local hardware store. Your home builder may be able to provide you with the specific colour and SKU number. Every time you choose to re-paint, keep track of your colour choice

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