I just got in from a so called simple lease signing at one of the properties I manage. I can assure you that it’s extremely frustrating to be a landlord. The simplest task can easily turn into a nightmare time suck.
First The Lock
When the new tenant and I go into the apartment, we discover that the key no longer works. The little doohickeys that keep your lock locked have fallen down and I can’t even put the key in the lock. I decide to go to the hardware store and buy a new lock and install it.
The Quest Begins
The hardware store is closed, I go to the grocery store hoping it has a hardware section but no luck. I call the tenant who is waiting for me at the house and tell him that I’m going to Home Depot. It’s further away but at least I’ll get this task done…
Home Depot has the lock. But I also need to get a copy of another key for this place. Home Depot does not have that particular key blank. Crap. The Home Depot employee tells me to go to Rona, they may have it. Next stop Rona. Guess what they don’t have it either. It’s the rarest key blank in the world. Just my luck.
Installing The Lock
My hubby got me a great combo tool that I keep in my purse. I start installing the lock. First I install the latch the wrong way and have to disassemble the lock. Then the door won’t latch. After some diagnosis I discover that the hole in the door jamb is 1/4 inch too high. This door has NEVER latched. I borrow a hammer from the upstairs tenant and use the flat screwdriver as a chisel to make a bigger hole for the door to latch properly. Finally it works.
The tenant asked for new carpet in the bedroom because it was kind of musty. The owner agreed and hired a carpet company to come and install the carpet. I can’t exaggerate what a ridiculously incompetent job they did. So if any carpet installers are reading this blog let me give you a few tips.
- Remove the old carpet – your customers will notice if they can’t budge the door to the bedroom.
- You should stretch carpet not just lay it on top of the old one
- Folding the carpet under itself is not the same as tucking it under the baseboard
- If you cut the carpet 3 inches short, laying a little strip of carpet over the missing part will not confuse your customers. They’ll see a random unattached piece of carpet and lift it up.
- Ditto on the 1 inch strip along the wall.
- We didn’t order carpet baseboard in the closet. The carpet should not be 4 inches up the wall.
- I found and noticed all the leftover carpet pieces you tried to hide under the stairs.
Through the entire ordeal the tenant was unbelievably patient and cool about the whole deal. It makes me feel great about renting the place to him. He’s moving in tomorrow and I’ll let him know when the carpet is to be installed. Hopefully it’s soon.