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3 Tips for Rocking Your Student Apartment at Ohio University

Like most college towns, Athens is known to have some slum housing as well as slum landlords. That being said, there are great places to live in town, and responsible landlords who are actually prompt with sending a handyman when something needs fixed. Here’s how to make the most of your renting experience, to not only survive but actually thrive.

Inspect a Place Thoroughly Before Signing a Lease

Start with the online tour to see if a place is even worth checking out, but never sign a lease until you’ve actually visited the property. Sure, we’re all looking for a bargain, but somethings you just don’t skimp on. For broken windows, holes in the wall, obvious damage, make sure you get it in writing that you won’t be held responsible for pre-existing conditions. And when you move in, take a tour with the landlord and photo document any damage that was already there.

Home Maintenance

It’s a good idea to have at least some basic tools like a hammer, nails and a screwdriver in your Ohio University student rental. You don’t want to make any major renovations, but simple easy repairs aren’t always worth calling the landlord. And when something does need fixed, call the landlord and document the call. Let them know the nature of the emergency and how time sensitive it may be.