Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Five Ways Apartment Residents Can Enjoy Summer At Their Apartment Community

Not planning a large vacation this summer?  Not a problem for apartment residents!  Residents can enjoy summer fun at their communities. Below are five apartment community activities that are perfect for the summer months:

Enjoy a movie night: Not a fan of the heat? Not a problem! Apartment residents enjoy a movie night inside during warm summer months.  Some apartment residents can access a community clubhouse with televisions and/ or professional screening rooms to host a movie marathon.  Others can host movie nights inside their apartments. 

Relax by the pool: For residents trying to soak up the sun, the pool is a great amenity open only during the summer months. Apartment residents may have access to a community pool, a perfect, close-to-home spot to spend a hot summer day.

Grill delicious food for friends and family: For residents with access to grilling stations and/ or outdoor grilling features, it is easy to host a barbecue to celebrate the summer season.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#ApartmentHacks: Why Buy Renters Insurance

Did you know your landlord’s property insurance won’t help you if disaster strikes. It covers the structure, but not any of your things. Renters insurance covers your belongings from all the possible bad events that are listed in the policy, such as fire, smoke, water damage, windstorms, lightning, theft and vandalism.

Even if you don’t think your stuff is worth that much, renters insurance is a good idea. The cost of replacing just a basic wardrobe and only a few pieces of furniture adds up quickly.
And renters insurance covers more than your personal belongings at home.  Here are seven other things a policy covers:

1. Hotel Costs

You don’t have to couch surf while your apartment is undergoing repair after a disaster like a fire. Renters insurance includes “additional living expenses” coverage if your place becomes uninhabitable after a disaster and you need to find somewhere else to live temporarily. The coverage would reimburse you for extra expenses, such as the cost to stay in a hotel or rent another apartment.

2. Medical Expenses

If a visitor gets injured at your apartment, renters insurance would pay the medical bills up to the policy’s limit. A typical policy includes $1,000 to $5,000 worth of medical coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

3. Damage to Others' Property

Renters insurance provides liability insurance to cover injuries or property damage you and your family members cause others.  Let’s say your kid breaks a neighbor’s rare antique vase, your policy could pay to replace it.

4. Legal Costs

If someone gets injured in your apartment or you accidentally hurt somebody and are sued, the liability coverage on a renters policy would pay your legal costs and court awards, up to the policy’s limit. You choose the amount of liability insurance when you buy a renters policy. Limits usually start around $100,000.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Why Pet Schedules Are Important for Apartment Residents

Advice for Pet Parents Living in Apartment Communities

For pet parents who are also apartment residents, finding a pet friendly apartment community is a must.  While many apartment communities are pet friendly, pet owners need to ensure that their pets are well cared for in order to not disturb neighbors and other members of the community.  No one wants to hear a dog barking or a cat clawing at the door at 3 a.m.  A great way to care for pets when living in an apartment community is by sticking to a schedule.  Pets love consistency!  Learn a few scheduling tips below: 

Remember Feeding Times

Cats and dogs can become antsy if they don’t know when they are getting their next meal.  Pick a certain time during the day to set out wet food and provide treats so pets know exactly when to expect their dinner.  Some pet parents may choose to leave out dry food throughout the day so dogs and cats can eat at their leisure.  It is also a good idea to set out a bowl for water when not at home so pets remain hydrated.

Exercise and Play Regularly

Just like people, pets are restless without time to play.  Dogs and cats can become lonely when their parents are out all day.  Maintain a daily time to play and exercise with your pet.  Set up regular, frequent play time with dogs so they can learn exactly when they will get to go outside.  Establish a time in the morning or evening to play with a cat as to limit the amount of time a cat will run around aimlessly throughout the day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Three Easy Tips to Personalize Your Apartment Without Making a Permanent Change

No matter which Grady Management community you choose, it’s important to make your new apartment feel like home.  Whether you have rented a studio, one, two, or three-bedroom apartment, you will want to make your space functional and stylish.  It may not be your house, but there are a few easy steps you can take to immediately personalize your apartment without permanent changes.

Painting the Walls Without Actually Painting the Walls

Temporary wallpaper is becoming more and more available, which is amazing if you’re looking for a chic patterned wall or if you want to add a bit of cool texture with a brick look.

But what if you just want a solid color? Did you know they make PAINTABLE temporary wallpaper? That’s right - you can go to the hardware store and pick any one of those thousands of paint colors!
Bold paint colors can go a long way to transform any rental space, but if you’re looking for a more dramatic change, it’s more possible than you think!  Grady Management will let you paint IF you paint it back before you leave, so pick out some new wall colors! 

Area Rugs

Area rugs are the perfect way to enhance your space with minimal effort and instant visual impact.  You can use area rugs to soften the touch of hard flooring, and as a bonus, area rugs will also help absorb sound so there’s less echo and noise all around.  Your neighbors will appreciate your efforts as well!  Already have carpet throughout your apartment?  Try adding an area rug on top of the carpet.  This will give you a customized look to match your style and make the room feel more intimate.  By adding a rug to your living room that matches your sofa or pillows, this visually pulls the room together and makes your pieces look more cohesive.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reasons to Renew Your Lease

Need a reason to renew your lease? Consider these important reasons why renewing your lease may be the best home living option for you.

It’s easier
For many people, a compelling reason to renew a lease at the end of the term is that moving is no fun. All of the tasks required for moving pose a challenge you might not even want to consider. Instead, you can channel the time you save into other areas of your life where the effort will be worthwhile.

It’s cheaper
Staying in an apartment could offer a significant cost savings over moving elsewhere. Consider how much it would cost to move out of the unit you’re in. Hiring movers, buying packing supplies and paying the upfront costs of moving into a new apartment (costs like security deposit, pet fees and application fees) are all important considerations.

Renewing your lease for another year or even two might offer you the opportunity to save money by locking in a reasonable rental rate right where you’re living. And even if rent is increasing for your current apartment, the cost of moving elsewhere may not equal any savings. It may simply make more financial sense to stay put.

You’re wanted
If you’ve received the offer to renew, your landlord wants you to stick around. When you live in a community for awhile, you have a chance to establish that you are a resident who takes care of renting responsibilities. Landlords and community managers appreciate residents with a good track record. They are likely to honor your commitment with any incentives in their power to share.