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Tips for Tenants

Preventive Cleaning Tips

Cleaning tips were included in the maintenance exhibit with your Lease. Here are more tips: Cleaning is easier when you use a preventive approach.

  • Always put away food and wipe up food debris.
  • Clean pet bowls regularly to avoid attracting ants and other insects.
  • Do not allow grease to build up in kitchens; use a sponge and soapy water regularly on counter tops, stovetops, and range.
  • Avoid cooking with very high heat. This will add to more grease build-up and cause damage to appliances. It can also be dangerous.
  • Avoid mildew by venting rooms and bathrooms properly, particularly after baths and showers.
  • Clean bathroom tile or other surfaces regularly to prevent the buildup of grime.
  • Clean toilets regularly to avoid build up of grime, rings, and mildew.
  • Mop tile, wood, and linoleum to avoid "dust bunnies" and the buildup of grime.
  • Do not use wax on linoleum or tile.
  • Vacuum all flooring regularly, particularly carpets. This will save in carpet cleaning bills.
  • Regularly pick up debris and pet feces in outside areas.

Energy Savings Tips

Saving water is important for the environment and can mean a lower utility bill for your residence as well:

  • Always report water leaks to your property manager as soon as possible or report water dripping under sinks
  • Running toilets are big water wasters
  • Report malfunctioning sprinkler systems
  • Report standing pools of water
  • Report malfunctioning water appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines that come with the property
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded
  • Take shorter showers
  • Avoid letting the water continually run while shaving, brushing your teeth, or washing your face
  • Be sure your water heater temperature is set properly. Note: do not turn the water heater up to high. This is a dangerous temperature level
  • Counsel all children on how to prevent wasting water

Lower Air Conditioning Bills

  • During warm or hot months, close the windows and doors to your home early in the day to keep cool air in, particularly when the air conditioner is running.
  • Georgia Power recommends setting the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.
  • Close window coverings on the sunny side of the house during different times of the day; this can lower the temperature dramatically.
  • Replace the air filter often and with the right size, at a minimum of every three months, monthly if you smoke. A clean filter helps the air conditioner to run more efficiently.
  • When leaving your residence, turn the air conditioner up a few degrees A closed house without activity normally stays cooler. This is particularly important when going on vacation.
  • There is no reason to keep the residence in a frigid state while you are gone, but do not turn the air off on very hot days – it will only take longer and more energy to cool down.

Lower Heating Bills

  • During the cooler months, keep all windows and doors tightly closed.
  • Report any major drafts.
  • Use a reasonable level of heat in the residence. Sometimes, turning down the heat just a few degrees can reduce an energy bill. Georgia Power recommends a temperature of 55 degrees at night and 68 degrees in the daytime.
  • Turn the heat down during the night and use warm covers and comforters.
  • When leaving home, turn down the temperature on the thermostat.
  • Do not turn the heat completely off. It will take more heat for a cold house than it will save. In addition, this could cause pipes to freeze, which will cause more problems.
  • If there is a fireplace, close the damper if you are not using it, but be sure to open the fireplace if you do start a fire.

Safety Tips

The safety of you and your family is important and many things can affect it. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Unplug all heat-producing appliances like toasters, irons, and coffee makers when they are not in use to prevent fire hazards.
  • Never leave a stove or oven unattended; turn off all stove and oven appliances when you leave the house.
  • Never leave heating pads and electric blankets on indefinitely and turn them off when you leave the residence to prevent fire hazards.
  • Never leave water running unattended in a plugged bathtub or when leaving the residence.
  • If you have an upstairs bathroom and you see water in the ceiling below, particularly in a light fixture, report the leak immediately.
  • Do not operate electrical appliances while standing or sitting in water.
  • Avoid using blow dryers, curling irons, radios, TVs, or other appliances while in a bathtub or over a sink filled with water.
  • If you have small children, use child protector plugs.
  • Do not overload extension cords with too many appliances.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces and use the correct size bulb.
  • Avoid running extension cords over walkways, under rugs, or any other place that could cause tripping.
  • If you suspect an electrical problem, report it to the  property manager immediately.
  • Test smoke alarm(s) regularly and replace the batteries if they no longer operate the unit. Notify Elite Realtors or Terry Franks, immediately if any smoke alarm is inoperable even with new batteries. Never remove smoke alarms.
  • Replace outside light bulbs so you can utilize lights properly when it is dark.
  • Keep a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and the garage; they are available in hardware supply stores.
  • If you use a grill or BBQ, use common sense; never leave grills unattended.
  • If you have a fireplace, be sure to store hot ashes and coals away from the residence. Do not place ashes in garbage receptacles unless certain they are cold.
  • Do not store fireplace wood against the a wall of the residence.
  • Always be certain the damper is open before starting a fire in the fireplace.
  • Do not build roaring fires in the fireplace; build reasonable fires suited to the size of the fireplace.

Vacation Checklist

When going on vacation, here are items to check before leaving:

  • If going out of town for an extended period, please notify us how long you will be gone, and supply an emergency telephone number. Should any problems arise concerning your residence so we will be able to reach you.
  • Check your rent payment to ensure it will not become delinquent. It would be a sad thing to come home to a late notice and charges.
  • Notify all necessary parties such as your next-door neighbors, the paper delivery person, the post office, or any related service people.
  • Select someone to pick up items on your doorstep to avoid giving signals to dishonest people that you are away.
  • If leaving a vehicle in the driveway, remove any valuables and garage door openers that can be stolen, giving access to your home.
  • Put garbage cans away or arrange for someone to take care of it.
  • Place valuables and jewelry in a safe deposit box.
  • Avoid leaving a message on your answering device telling people you are out of town and for how long.
  • Set timers on interior lights, to deter burglars.
  • Be sure to check all windows, window locks, and doors before leaving.
  • If you have an alarm, be sure to set it.
  • Turn off the water valve to your washing machine.
  • Turn off all appliances, large and small, such as stove burners, coffee pots, irons, curling irons, etc.
  • Unplug TVs and computers in the event of lightning or power surges.
  • Turn your water heater to low or "vacation" setting, but do not turn the water heater off.

Anything else living in your house besides you, such as plants or pets? Then be sure to water plants and have someone take care of your animals. Do not leave pets in the residence unless a reliable person is going to care for them daily.

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