A lot of the time, the first thought many students have when the smallest thing goes wrong in their house is “let’s call the landlord”…


But with a few insights and know how’s, a lot of the time this isn’t totally necessary.


Learn how to change a lightbulb

This is something which you should definitely get your mum to teach you before you go to uni. Changing your light bulb is actually pretty simple, you definitely don’t need your landlord to do it. Don’t waste the money or the hassle – just find a tall friend or a chair to assist you on your way… And make sure you turn the switch off!


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Squeaky Stiff Doors

If your doors are a struggle to open, get yourself a bit of WD-40, simply spray the hinges with this and it should be good to go in no time. Don’t make your landlord do it – you’ll find it just as easy.


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Mould Removal

This can be a struggle in student houses but often it isn’t too difficult to combat. Use cleaning products to get rid of your first spout of mould. Dilute some bleach in hot water and get scrubbing, repeat until there’s no trace. Once the area is dry, you could ask your landlord to paint over the spot or at least let them know you’ve tackled the issue.


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Blocked sink/toilet

Blocked drains can be a nuisance but they are pretty easy to work with. Unblock it with a homemade concoction. Mix together 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white wine vinegar and let it sit in the drain for 30 minutes before washing it away. If this doesn’t work then call your landlord, but most of the time it’s a simple fix like this to sort out your blockage. If your toilet is blocked turn off the water supply and get your plunger at the ready. You could also use the drain unblocking solution for an extra bit of help.


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Report real issues when they come about

This saves time and money and means your landlord will most likely be round efficiently as they will know there is a significant issue to deal with. Keeping a good relationship with your landlord is important. Try to look after your student house throughout the year in order to get your full deposit back, to avoid disputes with your landlord and ensure you are living in a safe and non-hazardous environment.


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You can find a student property to test your new maintenance skills here

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