Know These Facts Before You Bring A New Pet Home In Your Apartment
Living with a pet sure has its list of advantages. But if you plan on bringing one home to live with you in your apartment community, there are a few items that you should be aware of. And if you currently don’t have a pet, but plan on getting one soon, you want to make sure you’re on the same page with your landlord.
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Don’t Move Out of Your Apartment Without Reading This
Moving out of your apartment soon? There are a plethora of reasons why you need to give notice sooner rather than later,and in many instances we need to move out right in the middle of our lease. And for many of us, we feel guilty that we are leaving. But this is just the normal routine in life. Don’t feel bad, you can’t stay forever. Here are some steps you can follow that will get you started in the right direction.
the lease provides…
Your lease will provide you with all the information you will need. It is your map and should indicate how much notice you will need to give your landlord. It’s also a great tool to refer to when you have additional questions. Take some extra time to become familiar with what this document is and what it states.
For example, this lease will list how long your lease term is, and how many days of notice you must provide in advance. Most properties require a 30 to 60 day notice. If you don’t give adequate notice, there may be additional fees involved for your to leave on good terms. It’s always a good idea to give notice well in advance. That way there will be limited confusion.
Rental cycles can sometimes confuse renters. If your community requires that you give a 30 day notice and your in the middle of the month, the notice won’t officially begin until the first of the month.
always give notice….
Now you should always give notice in writing. You can always give oral notice, but what if the leasing agent or landlord forgets? Or what if they get sick? Writing a letter, or sending an email is the best option. Be sure to include your address and name, and your intentions of moving out. Now is also a good time to ask your landlord about the security deposit. If you want to get the entire amount back, be sure to bring this up in your conversation.
Also be sure to leave your forwarding address. That way they know where to send your security deposit. You should send the letter certified, so you have proof that they did receive it.
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be sure to try and leave on good…
Now there shouldn’t be anything left to complete. But that doesn’t mean that everything will go smoothly. Although leaving on good terms is the ideal situation, sometimes tenants are surprised to find out that not only did the landlord keep the entire deposit, their credit report was also negatively impacted.
Rules regarding tenant landlord law will differ depending on the city and state in which you reside. Sometimes you will have to get an attorney involved in your situation. Other times you can work it out on your own.
Remember that your lease document is your map to all the rules regarding your lease. Become familiar with the terms. That way, you won’t ever have to worry about what might occur when you finally do leave.
Reasons Why You Might Not Want To Date the Person Your Living With
It seems so simple. Why not move in with someone your dating? There are many reasons that you might think are beneficial for both of you.
For example, think about all the savings each of you will be able to enjoy. No longer will both of you have to pay rent. In fact if you live in the same one bedroom, you can cut your rental cost in half. Also think about all your utility bills that you currently pay. From cable television, to the lights, you will be able to split these too.
It sounds like a no brainer right?
But sometimes things change when you are around that person all the time. What started out with good intention, seems to have started to decline.
Someone isn’t doing the dishes, or they are creating a mess. And probably one of the worst items that can cause the most strain are money problems. If someone can’t or won’t come up with their fair share of the bills, then things can escalate.
And if you guys decide to part ways, can both of you decide who will move out and are both of you ok living with each other while one of you is looking for their next apartment home?
But if both of you insist on living together, here are some tips that each of you might want to consider.
have an exit plan…
1) Before things get ugly, have an exit plan. Both of you should sit down while your both on good terms, and put something down in writing just in case. This will be much easier than deciding what to do after the fact.
be sure to plan some time away from …
2) Both of you don’t need to plan some activities that you will do on your own or with someone else. Everyone needs some alone time even though you may not think you need it now
3) Put together a list of chores. Who will perform the chores and on what day. Another great idea is a roommate agreement.
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Remember that although you may think living with the person your dating is a great idea. you might want to give that a second thought. What seems so great in the beginning might not be worth it in the end.
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How Much Does It Really Cost To Hire a Moving Company
What is the true cost of hiring movers to move your stuff from point “A” to point “B”. This is a very common question among renters who have just rented a new apartment home. There is not doubt that if you perform a self-service move, chances are it will cost less money straight out of your pockets.
But what about the time it will take you to do everything that encompasses a move. From packing boxes, moving them up and down a flight of stairs, loading, them in the moving truck, and then driving it to your new location, it sure will take a lot of time out of your day. And it may take more than one.
If you choose to to splurge and hire mover than can preform a variety of tasks. The more tasks the more it will cost, but also it means the less work you will have to do as well. Some even provide packing services. That means you really won’t have to do anything.
But its almost impossible for anyone to tell you what a move will cost without getting an estimate from a moving company. There are a variety of factors that will come into play.
Follow These Tips on How Your Apartment Can Get You In Shape
Looking to get in shape or just shed a few pounds this summer. Well if you live in an apartment you will have plenty of chances to start losing that weight that you have always wanted to.
How many of you have tried to lose weight with an eating and exercise plan, but soon you found that you went back to your old ways. The one great advantage of living in an apartment community is that you will have a multitude of ways to get into shape or lost the weight that you want.
Now many of you may believe in a gym. Working out in a gym takes time, dedication, and money. You most likely will be paying a monthly rate to use the facility and you will have to travel back and forth.
But chances are your apartment community already has one onsite. And although it might not have all the bells and whistles of a paid gym membership, it might have enough for you to get the job down.
Here are some tips that most renters can use in their apartment community.
be sure to eat…
A) Why waste your time exercising when your not going to eat a clean and balanced diet? It really comes down to purchasing foods that are conducive to your new lifestyle. If your not sure what healthy foods are then you might want to ask friends and family for some advice. Remember that if you have only healthy foods at home, you won’t be able to eat items that will lead to weight gain.
sometimes take the stairs…
B) If you live on the second floor or higher, get used to taking the stairs. How many of you wait for the elevator. Remember that every little bit helps. Over time it can really add up. While your add it, look for parking spaces that require that you walk the most. Whether this is in your parking garage at your apartment or shopping at a department store, this will aid you in your goals.
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check out the fitness center
C) Before you rent your next place, be sure and scope out the fitness center. Most leasing agents will show you this feature on the tour. Remember that this doesn’t cost you extra. Its already part of your rent payment. Some of these fitness centers already have the latest equipment that you might already be using. So before you say that the facility doesn’t have the equipment you need, be sure to do some investigation on your own.
Besides taking advantage of some of these options above, many apartment communities are large. Taking long walks around the complex is a sure way to get some healthy exercise and stay in shape.
Get Your Apartment Back: How To Clean More Effectively
Nobody likes to clean their apartment home. But it’s something that you will have to do. Your apartment isn’t going to clean itself. So you can either take it upon yourself to do the honors, or you can hire a housekeeper or cleaning service to do it for you.
But there are a few tactics you can use so it doesn’t get too out of control. For example, don’t wait until it becomes so unbearable. This probably means that your entire place is out of control. Try and do a little cleaning when necessary.
Here are some other strategies you can employ today.
make a list
Not many renters know where to start when it comes to cleaning their home. So a good place to start is to set down and make a list of what needs to be done. So a good tactic to use is simply to start with the “kitchen”. This is a place in your apartment home that probably needs a good cleaning. So what needs to be cleaned in the kitchen?
*Wash dishes and place them in the dishwasher
*Wipe down counters using a cleaner when necessary
*If the trash if full, take it outside of your apartment home to the nearest trash bin.
You should have a list like this for each room in your place. Of course you can add and edit certain chores on your list when necessary. Keep this checklist in a safe place. After enough time, you will remember each part by heart.
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be sure to start in the right ….
Many renters will start cleaning the wrong rooms first. There should be a certain set of priorities to get the job done. Trying to do to much at once will leave you frustrated.
So have you thought about what’s the most important cleaning chore to start first? Thats really up to you. There is mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, washing clothes, taking out the trash, and much more.
It won’t be hard to determine what you should do first. If you have dishes that are stacked in your sink and empty pizza boxes lying around, this obviously would be a priority over dusting the fan.
if you have roommates…
If you have roommates then all of you should sit down and make a plan. Certain chores should be assigned weekly. You might even want to make a chart and attach it to the refrigerator. That way all the roommates know where their responsibilities lie for the week.
Remember that cleaning your apartment home is part of living and renting. So be sure to prioritize and clean in the most efficient manner you can.
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Don’t Forget About These Important Items During Your Apartment Search
Searching for an apartment ecompasses many factors. The majority of renters are usually only concerned with a few factors. These usually include price and location. Everything else is just left to chance.
And many times renters get so consumed by all the fine details that it creates havoc upon their search. At the end of the day its sometimes hard to remember what the apartment homes looked like, what amenities were included, and the exact location of each. This will slow your apartment search and create unneeded stress. Its best to avoid too many of the details as it might not matter to you.
However, there are some items that you should focus on that many renters don’t remember. Read on for these details that will make your stay at the community more enjoyable.
where are you washing…
Will you be able to wash and dry your clothes inside your apartment home. Having access to your own washer/dryer is sometimes forgotten. If not, where is the laundry room located? Will you have to travel up and down stairs to get there? If there are connections in the apartment home, then your set.
In many cases there you won’t have access to a laundry room in the community, so ask your leasing agent where you can go to launder your clothes.
where is the property located…
If your apartment home has every amenity and convenience that you can think of, but you have to go out of your way to get there, it might not be as great as it could be. Long commutes will wear you down over time. So be sure you map out how far the apartment community is from the locations that you will frequent the most.
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avoid focusing on….
Don’t be fooled by the amenities and features that the apartments try to show you during your tours. The size of the unit, where it is located in the community, and the floor-plan should determine if you will live there.
Make sure your comfortable, and don’t be afraid to bring a measuring tape with you to determine if your furniture can fit well.
Remember that by focusing on the important items in your search, you will make the best leasing decision for yourself. Don’t get too worked up about the small stuff.
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How To Protect Your WIFI Network in Your Apartment
Wifi is common at many properties today. If you don’t have (Wireless Internet Service) then maybe its time that you wake up to what you have been missing. Of course wired Internet does have its advantages, but with portable laptop computers, tablets, and phones, WIFI has become necessary or many renters who live in apartment homes today.
And for many of you, WIFI is one of the first items you request when you visit restaurants, bars, and when you are visiting a friend. But there are some security issues when you get right down to it.
they can use your Internet anytime
Remember that anytime you provide your WIFI password, anyone can access your network at anytime. When that person leaves, they can still access your network from outside or even if they are just next door.
Also if your password is something thats easy such as “1, 2, 3, 4″ its time to change it. Be sure to use characters that are unique. Numbers will work very well.
Unless your a technical expert, it is kind of hard to know if somebody is logged onto your WIFI network without your permission. You might notice that you Internet speed has decreased significantly. This might be one items that may tip you off.
turn off all of your WIFI…
So what can you do if you think someone is tapped into your network? The first step to take is to turn off all the devices which are using your network. This will include any gaming devices, tables, phones, etc. Make sure that they are not connected.
Now all you have to do is check out the WIFI lights and see if they are blinking. If they are its possible that someone is stealing your WIFI signal.
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call your provider…
If your not a high tech person you can call your provider and ask them how you can change your password or even hide your network from others.
Although you may not care at first, many providers bill based upon how much usage you use. And if your Internet speed is lagging, you won’t be getting what your paying for.
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Mistakes Renters Make When They Move Out
There are many benefits when you decide to rent your own apartment home. Many renters stress about money, security, and parking issues. But doesn’t the resident also have to follow a certain set of guidelines as well. Doesn’t a landlord also want a tenant who follow the rules. A landlord prefers a tenant who pays their rent on time and keeps the place in good condition.
But after you have been approved and you have moved in, you won’t think so much about these things anymore. You will be more interested in setting up your place they way you like it. But there are some mistakes you should avoid making that will make your life much easier.
keep you place locked…
Nothing can make your experience worse than having your apartment home broken into. So when you leave make sure your doors are locked. If you have windows facing any community areas, be sure those are also fastened securely. Peepholes are mandatory in many states. If you don’t have a peephole you might want to check the law in your state, or simply ask your landlord for assistance with the installation.
Read your lease before you make any significant changes to your apartment home. If you plan on painting walls, hanging up pictures by hammering nails in the walls, or any else that will be considered a permanent change, you may be charged once you move out. And it can be quite costly.
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take action sooner than…
Although your landlord probably is responsible for all the repairs resulting from normal wear and tear, it you don’ take action soon enough, it could become your problem. And then when you move out your landlord my try and stick you with the bill. So if you have a small crack on the mirror or window, or cracks are appearing in the walls, do yourself a favor and report them.
Why You Shouldn’t Smoke in Your Apartment
Unless you smoke, chances are that you prefer your friends and family don’t employ this habit in your apartment home. And if you have guests staying for a few days, that last thing you want to have to deal with is smoke. Although they should have the respect to step outside, it can become an uncomfortable situation for the both of you. How do you tell them to simply not smoke inside your home? Obviously its your place, so you shouldn’t feel bad at all to ask them nicely. But if they have a problem with it, just ask them to politely leave. Usually it won’t come to this. But what if your not the type of person who likes to get into confrontations. Well if its regarding smoking, you will be breathing in second hand smoke. You may actually be harmed. There is evidence that second-hand smoke can possible cause death.
Here are some steps that you can follow.
Most apartment communities today will have some sort of policy regarding smoking. Smokers usually have an area that they can partake in this activity away from your home. If you smoke, or a guest smokes in your apartment home, and its a non-smoking community, you will be responsible for any fees and possible repair to the unit. Be sure and ready your lease for more information. If you know that one of your guest is a smoker, ask them not to smoke in your apartment home. They way you can set a standard before they even arrive. There shouldn’t be any further questions after you have notified them ahead of time. If your guest steps outside, the smoke can still enter your home if they choose to smoke feet away from your front door. So you can just leave your windows open so the smoke won’t settle inside. After they leave you will need to clean the interior of your home. Smoke has a way of attaching itself to fixtures in your place.
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don’t argue and don’t…
There is not reason to argue or lecture your guest. They are only staying temporarily and they have no doubt heard from many people about not smoking. Just remember to be polite and they should respond in kind. They know that they are staying with you and since its your place, its your rules. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Why You Shouldn’t Smoke in Your Apartment