By Judith Akoto
I’m sure everyone likes to live pest-free. I know I do! Therefore, be on the look-out for signs (droppings, for example) of pests. You may want to learn about the building codes regarding preventative exterminators. Landlords are usually responsible for clearing out vermin before you move in; however, you are responsible for keeping the apartment clean and well-maintained to keep out pests. This includes washing dishes in a timely fashion (do not leave dirty dishes overnight), storing foods in tightly sealed containers, cleaning kitchen counters and floors, vacuuming carpets and rugs, dusting everything regularly, and emptying garbage cans promptly.
Landlords and property managers of pre-1978 housing are required by Title X to disclose the presence of lead-based paint to their tenants prior to move-in. Without proper care, lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health problems. To be on the safe side, be sure to ask about the year the property was built and if there is lead-based paint on the property. Deteriorated paint chips on windowsills and walls could signal the presence of lead-based paint.
One should always be comfortable and confident in his/her decision on a living place. The points above should get you started as you search for your next healthy home (apartment). You may not always have control over noisy neighbors, but you can take actions to keep your apartment ventilated, dry, clean, contaminant-free, pest-free, safe, and best of all, healthy. Happy searching!
Read “Looking for an Apartment? – Part I.”