Property Management Blog

Monday, July 03, 2017

SUMMER IS HEATING UP!

Summer is definitely starting to heat up. With 4th of July almost in the past, I'm afraid those hot, humid and hazy days are going to start becoming more plentiful. If you're living in your first apartment following a pretty strict budget or don't have the convenience of central air & need to use less efficient window units, you may be dreading those hot Summer days and the additional costs they can bring by needing to use more electric. I found an article below with some tips for keeping you and your home a little cooler without using air conditioning....  Read More »

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

More and more people are trying to live “greener” now-a-days…simply meaning to try and reuse as many items as possible, recycle whatever you can and reduce waste. It’s so easy to just throw away leftover food because you don’t think it’s enough to make another meal, but try to come up with other ways to use it whether it’s freezing it for another time or adding to your next meal as an extra ingredient and so on. Donating is probably one of the easiest ways to live greener especially with used clothes that just don’t fit anymore or old blankets and towels are perfect for animal shelters or rescue groups. I’m also including an article that gives additional ideas on how to be less wasteful day-to-day. Just something to think about to help yourself save money, help out the less unfortunate and even help the earth be a better, healthier place.  Read More »

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Expectations Vs. Reality of Apartment Living

Moving out for the first time can be an exhilarating, yet terrifying experience & you may have certain expectations, but often times reality can be a lot different. The article below gives you some tips & stories & ways to make compromises to help make your apartment experience a great one!  Read More »

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Utility Costs?

Moving out on your own for the first time or upgrading to a larger place to live is always a big step. One of the most common questions we receive through phone calls and out at showings is, "Do you know how much the utilities are?" Often times we just do not have that information because most of the time utility accounts are transferred into tenant's names and we never see the bills. And with some utilities, it's so hard to even give estimates, especially on things like electric because of heating/cooling....different people just have different preferences, which can make a big difference in costs. I did find an article that someone had shared on Facebook regarding utility costs that may be helpful and give you somewhat of an idea on what to possibly plan for.  Read More »

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

CREDIT, CREDIT, CREDIT
I know I’ve mentioned in the past to keep an eye on your credit, but I just can’t stress it enough! Especially now-a-days when so much bill paying and online shopping is done on a regular basis, and it seems you’re always handing out your credit card or account information for something.  Maybe even consider having one of those subscriptions for a company that notifies you if anything changes with your credit.  My husband recently had his identity stolen.  Someone opened a credit card with his information in a different state and charged a large amount of money.  I can say from personal experience, it is quite a pain to have that removed from your credit report.  In my husband’s situation, a police report had to be filed (which costs money), affidavits had to be signed, a lot of phone calls had to be made and it takes several months before anything is finalized.  Like those commercials you see on TV, I highly recommend you keep track of your credit and watch for any mysterious charges, accounts, etc.  Read More »

Friday, February 03, 2017

BAD CREDIT CARD HABITS TO BREAK

If you are like most people nowadays, myself included, I hardly ever carry cash, and often find myself just pulling my credit card out to pay even for small purchases. Credit cards are a great tool when you use them responsibly to earn rewards and build your credit, but the problems often arise when you get into bad habits such as only paying the minimum amount your credit card bill requires or skipping payments.  I found an article below on MSN.com that draws your attention to the most common bad habits, and hopefully, will help prevent you from doing them in the future.  Read More »

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Being a Good Tenant/Landlord

Navigating the Tenant and Homeowner Relationship  Read More »

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS!
“As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection – a time to release old thoughts and beliefs and forgive old hurts. Whatever has happened in the past year, the New Year brings fresh beginnings. Exciting new experiences and relationships await. Let us be thankful for the blessings of the past and the promise of the future.” –   Read More »

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Clever Ways to Reduce Kitchen Clutter

I don't know about everyone else, but I have a fairly small kitchen and not a ton of counter or cabinet space and everything always seems to be lined up or crammed into one corner making it looked cluttered and disorganized.  A few years ago we actually had our dishwasher removed to add extra cabinet space, which I know is a big "no-no" in the real estate world, but a place to put pots and pans seemed more important at the time. I found a site with some really clever ways to help get items and gadgets off your counters and up in the air or in storage containers.  I really thought the baskets & caddies on a rod was unique and inventive along with pasta/beans/snacks in mason jars suspended below your cabinets.  I hope at least one of these tips gets your creativity flowing and helps you out with what seems to be a common problem especially with apartment or small home living!  Read More »

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Few Money Saving Tips

Most of us spend a lot of time trying to come up with innovative ways to pinch a few pennies!  After reading several articles and websites online, I’ve come across quite a few tips for cutting back a few dollars here and there…some of them obvious, some of them not-so-obvious…  Read More »