Wednesday, September 11, 2019

#LifeHacks: Celebrate National Make your Bed Day!


*Yawnnn* Happy National Make Your Bed Day! We all love that moment when we come home from a long day of work or school the first thing you want to do it lay down in bed for a nap- or sleep all together! Here are some tips on how making your bed after that wonderful sleep can actually benefit your sleep pattern in the long run!

A great night's sleep can sometimes be hard to come by constantly. However the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment ultimately starts with the way your bed is made each morning.

Studies have shown that people who make their bed daily are more likely to have a better night's sleep. The sight of a nicely made bed will create comfort in your brain without you even laying down yet. Freshly fitted sheets, pulled comforters and fluffed pillows also play a factor in mastering elevated sleep comfort.

Besides the comfort aspect, the visual appearance invited us to a nice slumber- one that you can take without even having to make yourself feel comfortable first or even having to get to that right spot of the bed.

Being faced with crumpled sheets, twisted blankets and soggy pillows at the end of an already long day can cause frustration.

But don't you worry- here on National Make Your Bed Day we are challenging you to make this habit stick! Make your bed as a morning routine of yours each day. Set aside 5 minutes in your morning routine before you head off to work or school to make your bed. Start with the sheets and tuck them in. Then cover your bed with your comforters and lastly fluff your pillows and sit them face sided up! Wa-la! You have now celebrated National Make Your Bed Day.

Encourage your entire family to use this day as an opportunity to start another healthy habit. Get your children involved as well! Creating these healthful habit early in life can last a lifetime.


Remember to always get a good nights rest each night!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

#ApartmentHacks: 10 Apartment Move In Do's & Don'ts!

You've finally made the decision on the apartment you wanted- yay you! Once you have signed your lease and started packing your bags and boxes for your big move consider these 10 do's and don'ts when it comes to moving into your brand new apartment!

1. DO Inspect the unit carefully upon move-in: On your first day in your new apartment, you'll be full of excitement for the actual move in! But make sure you take a moment to do some inspections on the spaces before adding your boxes and furniture inside. Making sure the outlets, light switches, and doors lock is a helpful thing to do first. Once you have established what works and what doesn't- you can notify your leasing center to send a request for these to be fixed!

2. DON'T be a bad neighbor:  When moving into your new apartment, you'll have a couple of neighbors either beside you or across from you and even throughout the entire building! What does this entail? It's more than just giving a smile when you run into someone in the hallway. Being 

3. DO coordinate deliveries: Since you're moving into an apartment, you might have acquired furniture from your last place or buying brand new items such as a couch, bed, mattress or TV. Some apartment buildings have guidelines on big deliveries, so aim to have all your items come around the same time so that you can have all your items in your apartment on the same day you move in!

4. DON'T forget to organize: Whether you hire movers or simply ask your family and friends to help, organizing the time, location and what they should do is important. Create a schedule for everyone and notify them of their tasks. This creates less confusion and a smooth move-in! 

5. DO read the rules: Does your new place have an elevator that needs to be requested to move larger objects? Are you expected to move within a time-frame? Read your lease or talk to your leasing consultants before you move so that you know exactly where to go and who to talk to when you arrive on moving day with a truck full of of furniture.

6. DON'T wait to report maintenance issues: Issues with your water, electricity, heating/cooling, and pests will only get worse the longer you let them linger. It's always better to report problems as soon as they arise so that maintenance can come fix any issues.

7. DO engage in regular cleaning: The chore list doesn't stop just because you've moved into a new clean place! You must maintain the cleanliness of your home on a daily basis. Get into the habit of washing your dishes every night, making your bed, and taking the trash out once it gets full. It will change the overall appearance of your apartment just like the first day you moved in!

8. DON'T put off packing: We all know what a drag packing can be. But one of the key ways to remain organized (and sane) while preparing for your big move is to pack early. Start gathering nonessential things first and then move on to the important things. By dividing the packing into shifts, you will feel less overwhelmed and have more time to relax at the end when you're finished!

9. DO make it your own: Just because it's a rental doesn't mean it can't feel like home! Make those most of apartment living by putting your own personality into your new unit. If your lease allows it- things like painting the walls, hanging wall decor, etc can add a personal touch in the place you live in.

10. DON'T forget the basics: The first night in your apartment you might be tired to unload every box! Make sure you keep a small box with basic items like a plate, cup, food, towels etc that can get your through the night until the next day!  


Sure moving can be stressful- especially if it is your first apartment- but try not to let the stress overtake the excitement. So have fun!

How do you make the most of your apartment community?  Let us know in the comments!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#ApartmentHacks: Utilizing Apartment Amenities!


Making the decision about where you will call home comes with a lot of thought. With considering many factors, you must evaluate the pros and cons of each community then decide which is best for you or what meets most of your needs. Often one of the factors that comes a renters mind is what amenities that are offered in your new home. Here we will detail benefits of amenities in apartment communities.


Parks: Having a park footsteps away from you is everyone's dream. You can take a stroll anytime you like especially with it being so close. Children would also benefit from having somewhere to play when they need some entertainment. If you have pets it is a nice convenient way to walk them and not have to travel all the way to a dog park.

Fitness Centers:  Forget the gym membership when you have access to a gym in your own building! Working out in your own home beats having to take a trip to the gym. And you'll also cut the cost on having to pay for a membership somewhere else. 

Pools: A family favorite: Swimming pools. However, pools are work! From keeping chemicals right, cleaning plus opening and closing them, your apartment community will take care of all of that! All you need to do is bring your your family and neighbors and simply enjoy. Relaxing just steps away from your home is always the way to go.

Garages/Parking: Whether you drive a truck, van or ride your bike, parking is essential when living at at community. Designated parking spots allow you to always have a spot in the same area for your vehicle and not have to worry about space. Garages help when the weather outside isn't always sunny! 



It might seem impossible to find an apartment community with every available amenity, but the worth of several amenities will prove to be valuable for the right renter! Looking for that perfect apartment? Come visit us at www.gradymgt.com where you can see a list of our communities and their amenities! 

How do you make the most of your apartment community?  Let us know in the comments!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Friday, July 26, 2019

#ApartmentHacks: The Benefits of E-Renters Insurance!


You have been looking for the apartment of your dreams. You take a tour of it and fall in love! Now you're in the Leasing Center about to sign your paperwork for your brand new place! But wait! Did you forget something? Renting an important is a huge step in anyone's life so you want to make sure you have the right and proper coverage for your new home! Here we will tell you the importance of having E-Renters insurance for your apartment.

Grady Management has taken steps to ensure your property by requiring liability insurance from residents. Requiring renter's insurance protects residents. They will have the opportunity to purchase personal property coverage. With eRenterPlan, residents will have a continuous policy, options for additional overages, a variety of payment methods and payment frequency options.

Benefits: The benefits of eRenters Insurance include:

  • Same day coverage-less than 3 minutes after you sign up.
  • Up to 5 roommates can be included on 1 policy at no additional charge. 
  • There are no rate increases once you file a claim. 
  • Cover water damage to resident's unit and all other impacted units.
  • Replacement cost value. 
  • Theft (forces entry not required)
  • Premiums are by state (or territories within state), not individual 
  • No credit checks. 


Real life scenarios: Life happens every so often. It is imperative that residents purchase an eRenters insurance policy in case one of these events happen to you. Here are are list of events that can occur where renters insurance would prevail.

Resident overflows a toilet or breaks a pipe in their apartment and floods their own unit and multiple other apartments in their building.  Apartment owner and other residents sue them for damages.
Solution:  Purchase renters insurance with liability insurance in an amount that will cover them for other people’s damages and any legal fees they will incur defending such claims.

Resident’s children while engaged in a pillow fight, break a sprinkler head in the ceiling and their unit and multiple other apartments in the building are flooded. Apartment owner and other residents sue them for damages.
Solution:  Purchase renters insurance with liability insurance in an amount that will cover them for other people’s damages and any legal fees they will incur defending such claims.

Resident causes a fire that destroys their own apartment and multiple apartments in their building.  Apartment owner and other residents sue them for damages.
Solution:  Purchase renters insurance with liability insurance in an amount that will cover them for other people’s damages and any legal fees they will incur defending such claims.

Harsh storms cause drainage ditches to overflow and water and sewage enters apartment and damages personal belongings. Apartment owner will not reimburse for damages to personal property.
Solution:  Purchase renters insurance with a flood insurance rider to cover seepage of underground water and sewage to reimburse for damages to personal property. Flood insurance may not be available through ERenters insurance program. Flood insurance may have to be obtained from another insurance carrier.

Resident returns home to find their apartment has been broken into and their personal property has been stolen and/or vandalized.
Solution:  Purchase renters insurance to cover their stolen and/or vandalized possessions.  Note:  Jewelry or high priced items must be itemized and listed with insurance carrier.

Need additional help with eRenters Insursance? Call our 24 hour/7 days a week service number (888)-205-8118 or log on to https://www.erenterplan.com/Home/index

How do you make the most of your apartment community?  Let us know in the comments!

Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

#Apartment Hacks: When In Doubt, Throw It OUT!


This summer along with your closet clean out, decluttering bedrooms and storage spaces, add cleaning out your refrigerator and freezer to your to do-list. Way deep inside your freezer can look like an ice-crusted igloo; scary yes but cleaning this out at least twice a year means more space and a tidier looking kitchen.

Prevent Food-borne Illness.  As soon as you leave the grocery store with your items, you have to start thinking about ways you will store the. Checking the labels will be your first step as food with closer expiration dated should be closer to the front of your fridge in order to be used faster.
Make sure your refrigerator is set at 40 degrees or less and your freezer should be 0 degrees or less. To properly check; put a thermometer inside each compartment.

Food Storage Do's & Don'ts.  Food kept too long or at improper temperatures can become contaminated with bacteria, which can cause illness. Here are tips on how to properly store food in refrigerators or freezers:
  • Wrap any food item tightly with at least two layers of freezer wrap before you put it in the freezer to store it.
  • Allow eggs to be stored inside the cartons; not inside the refrigerator door.
  • For fresh produce, do not wash it until you are ready to use it. Store them inside perforated plastic bags and make sure they're used within a few days.
  • For enough air circulation, do not overfill compartments in your fridge or freezer. This will maintain the proper temperatures.
  • Leftovers should be stored in covered containers within two hours of cooking. You should eat leftovers within a 3-5 day period. 
  • Always remember to check use- by or sell-by dates on food packages. These dates do not apply once the package is already opened.
  • Put raw meat on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator, in a plastic sealed bag by itself. This will prevent any cross contamination onto other foods. 

Remember: it is also important to keep a regular schedule for refrigerator clean outs. Wiping down spills immediately when they happen to prevent permanent stains. Using a once a week schedule to clean the interior walls, shelves, with cleaning solution will help keep your refrigerator spotless!



Apartment Resident #LifeHacks was created in 2018 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.