How to maintain my rental property
To know how to maintain my rental property
Let's start with why it's important:
- keeping your rental clean is a part of your rental agreement and if you keep your rental clean you are less likely to have difficulties with your landlord
- good hygiene starts at home, a clean home is a healthy home
Not sure how to keep your home clean, use this routine to guide you.
This is a huge website from the USA with thousands of how-to short videos. There is a huge Home section. Anything you need to learn how to clean, you can find it here!
Take a look at how to clean a fridge here.
How can I pay rent?
If you receive Centrelink payments you can set up automatic deductions like your rent using Centrepay. For more information and to apply for Centrepay click here.
By setting up direct debit through your bank account. This is an automatic payment that comes from your bank account but it is up to you to ensure there is enough money in your account so the payment is made. Your real estate company will provide you with this information.
Using BPAY, however this is a manual payment so if you do not remember to do it, your rent will not be paid.
REMEMBER: In Victoria, a landlord must allow a payment method that does not involve fees, is is your right to pay via direct debit, BPAY or bank transfer.
Cheap cleaning products
To save some money, try using bi carb or baking soda (same thing) to clean so many things from your kitchen to your laundry. Use a microfibre cloth with a mixture of bi carb and white vinegar and you can clean most things!
Make a savings account for big purchases
To buy things such as a vacuum, a steam mop or expensive cleaning products such as oven cleaners. Set up a savings account and put in $50 a month so that you can buy these items. Cleaning with them is much easier.
Cleaning up food
Remember to put any of your food scraps in the bin and wash your plates/dishes/cooking utensils as soon as you can. The longer you leave them the harder they are to clean. It is also possible after a few days that mould will grow and this will become very smelly, very quickly!
When to put out the bins
Every council is different, and each address has a different waste collection schedule. When you move into your rental make contact with your council to get a schedule for your bins and put it in your fridge.
What to put in which bin