Property Management Blog

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Beware of Fire Traps in Your Apartment

It doesn't happen very often, but unfortunately, from time-to-time tenants and owners experience the devastation of a fire. Before you know it, the Fall and Winter seasons will be here and that seems to be the most common time for fires. We can't stress enough how important renter's insurance is because obviously that would be a tremendous help if you ever have the unfortunate luck of dealing with the losses of personal items from a fire. I found a great article and posted the link below that gives you ideas and situations to avoid to help prevent any fire accidents, but just a few to keep in mind....with the holidays quickly approaching, if you are using older Christmas lights, just be conscious of how hot they are getting especially if you have them on a live tree. Also, make sure your electrical outlets are not overloaded, don't leave candles unattended especially if you have small children or pets that could knock them over and consider unplugging small appliances (coffee maker, can opener, curling irons, etc.) when you are not using them.  Read More »

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Keep Your Apartment/Home Bug Free
I don't know about anyone else....but I am a bug magnet!!  Mosquitoes find me fascinating for some reason, and just walking our dogs in the evening, I can come back with half a dozen bites! And with the humidity increasing lately, we've seemed to have an ant problem in our home and you can never seem to figure out where the little buggers are coming from. We get quite a few calls at the office regarding bug issues, and that is typically not covered by landlords/owners, so I found an article just giving some pointers/ideas on how to help prevent any future bug problems. Nothing too complicated, just tips as simple as de-cluttering, sealing doors, adding screens, preventing standing water, etc. Hope it helps!  Read More »

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 »