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Minimize floor damage from moving large appliances.

MOVING ITEMS into and out of apartments can damage the floor. The greatest damage occurs when residents move large appliances themselves. Refrigerators, washing machines and stoves are the worst culprits because they are the heaviest to move. Feet on these appliances are small and are not designed to slide across the floor. Stoves many times have feet that are jagged and can gouge a soft vinyl floor easily.

If an apartment community equips units with stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and other heavy items, damage will be minimized because residents won't be moving these large appliances at move-in and move-out. But if residents are responsible for providing their own appliances, owners and managers need to worry about potential floor damage during moving and mold or mildew damage from improperly installed items.

One solution is to move residents' appliances for them, and also to install or hook up appliances when necessary. Assign a community maintenance technician to be present during move-in and move-out, and equip them with rubber hose washers and other necessary hookup supplies. Attach an addendum to the lease to specify that residents must allow community staff to move their appliances in and out and perhaps include a nominal fee for the service. Failure to comply could result in forfeit of a portion of the security deposit, an increase in the security deposit required or liability for damages the appliances might cause.


Source: Alan Fletcher,, 503/709-3632
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Title Annotation:Maintenance Insider: Vinyl Floor Protection
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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