How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain -- This is a Job for Maintenance -- by Home Repair Tutor

If you attempt to do this yourself, you will be responsible for any damages.  Check your lease contract. Maintenance is supposed to handle this job.  However, if you have no maintenance and nothing in your contract about calling in work orders, you will have to do this yourself.

Clogged shower drain


Landlord, Move-Out Inspection and Security Deposit

This is an example of a walk-through with a private landlord.  Notice the things he states and what he has to do.  He will reduce the security deposit for everything he feels he needs to get done.  It is always best to consult with apartment leasing staff prior to cleaning the apartment and find out what to use to prep the suite before move out.  They did well by walking through the apartment with the landlord after cleaning it.  Most tenants do not do this and they should!


Apartment Rental Surprise - Bad Gift Idea - Make the Decision Together

Some renters want to make their partners smile this holiday season by going ahead and signing a lease or making a home purchase, but not so fast!  The likelihood that a rush decision might come back to haunt you later is pretty good!

When it comes to doing something like renting a home for your family, you should make sure that your kin are onboard from the start!  In addition, keep in mind that sometimes landlords are going to encourage you to sign a lease because that is their job and others have a few things they just aren't telling you about a place. 

Ask yourself, what could be lurking behind a wall, in a cabinet, beyond a ceiling, or around you that might be an issue that your partner might have noticed if only you would have put the brakes on signing the lease?

So before you make any hasty decisions just to surprise a partner, do keep in mind, you won't be the only one living there.

Happy Holidays!

Nicholl McGuire


Shower Repair : How to Fix Shower Hot Water Pressure Problems

NOTE: TURN THE MAIN WATER SUPPLY OFF BEFORE TRYING TO DO THIS.  Contact maintenance if you are at a complex.


Thanks for Your Reader Support

I just wanted to take this moment to thank the contributors of this blog and all those who have shared their entries.  I am so glad that so many apartment shoppers, renters and staff have found it useful.  I look forward to having an even better year!

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Nicholl McGuire is the manager of this blog, a self-published author, inspirational speaker, and business owner originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been a featured guest on television and radio talk shows such as networks CBS and WPXI Channel 11.


Reflecting on Those Days as a Community Manager

The memories never go away as long as there are apartment buildings.  The thoughts come to mind every now and then when as a leasing professional or community manager you helped this resident and that one with a lock out issue, another with a rent concern, and others with work orders, noisy neighbors and more.  I will never forget the young man who took a bad drug that left him stark-naked running around our faux plants in the lobby area.  He ran and screamed while the police officer chased him.  The following week an older man strolled down the hallway in his underwear after taking the same drug as well.  Along with roaches, we had to exterminate a drug dealer on the property.  Oh, those were the days.

Nicholl McGuire is the author of When Mothers Cry, Laboring to Love Myself, Tell Me Mother You're Sorry as well as other books.

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