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How to Become an Apartment Building Superintendent

If you're tired of taking orders and hate the office rat race, this guide will make you into the king of your own castle.


  • Step 1: Prepare your resume and then check out the classified ads in your local newspaper or look for opportunities online. Once you find an opening, hit the ground running.
  • FACT: It takes 150 maintenance and janitorial workers to clean the 103 floors of the Empire State Building.
  • TIP: Ask the superintendent in your building if he's willing to show you the ropes or take you on as an apprentice.
  • Step 2: Work as a security guard or maintenance worker to get some experience before applying for a superintendent job or while you are pursuing your degree.
  • Step 3: Pick up a second language such as Spanish or Mandarin Chinese to communicate with tenants that have recently immigrated.
  • Step 4: Get certified in fire and safety codes. Check with either your city or state's housing department to learn the rules.
  • Step 5: Finish high school or get your Graduate Equivalency Diploma and then consider if vocational training in property management is necessary in your area.

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