Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Five #LifeHacks for Living With Pets in an Apartment

Make Sure Pets are Happy and Healthy in Apartment Communities

Many people consider dogs and cats a member of their family.  Apartment communities may be "pet friendly", which means that residents can reside in their apartments with pets.  Below are five #lifehacks specifically for living with pets in an apartment community:

1) Pet Exercise: Whether a long-time or first-time pet owner, it is important to understand that many pets, especially cats and dogs, need exercise to stay happy and healthy.  Apartment residents may not have a backyard that pets can explore, so it is important to research local parks or green areas nearby to explore with a pet.  Residents should make sure their dogs are getting enough walks during the day.  In addition, cat owners should set up a "cat tree" or scratching post in an area of the apartment so cats can scrape their claws when needed. 

2) Routines for Pets: All pets like routines, so apartment residents should try to establish a daily routine for dogs and cats and stick to it.  This can include setting up a regular walk time for dogs.  For cats, this can include cleaning out the litter box the same time every day and setting out wet food at the same time as well.  

3) Pet Noise: Pets will occasionally make noise.  Living in an apartment, it is important to understand the many apartment communities have "quiet hours" or "courtesy hours" in place in regards to excess noise made during the nighttime.  Apartment residents who are pet owners need to remain cognizant about any loud barking or meowing that occurs at night.  Try to soothe pets at night with pats or treats to reduce any excess noise. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DIY Hack: Three Tips for a More Organized Closet

Making the Most of Apartment Closet Space

Closets are not just a place to store clothes: closets can become a place to organize accessories, hang bags and backpacks, and keep housekeeping items such as vacuums, dusters, and cleaning products.  When living in an apartment, it is best to make the most of closet space to keep all belongings neat and organized and to create more space in apartment living areas for furniture and decor.  Below are three closet organization hacks specifically for apartment residents:

1) Create specific containers and sections with labels: The first step to organize a closet is to create specific sections so that it is possible to easily arrange closet space to contain, in addition to clothes, cleaning supplies, seasonal accessories, pet food and carriers, and/ or luggage.  To do this, try out color coded bins and/ or dividers so that everything has a specific section.  For example: the blue section contains batteries, tools, and light bulbs, the red section contains wrapping paper, gift bags, and leftover holiday decorations, etc.  In addition to creating sections, try labeling the different areas of the closet so roommates and guests can easily determine where specific items are stored.  This process can be completed for any apartment closet space: bedroom closets, hallways closets, and linen closets.  By doing this, clutter in apartments will become practically non-existent. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Three Time Saving Tips for Apartment Residents to Remember in 2018

Ways to Save Time When Living in an Apartment Community

Think about the 2018 year: it just started, but there is a lot to do.  New resolutions have been made and goals have been set.  This time of year, it may seem like a bother to waste unnecessary time when there is so much to get done.  When living in an apartment community, residents can easily save time by following three simple steps:

1) Pay rent online: Many apartment communities allow residents to play rent online from any computer, tablet, and/ or mobile device.  This can save a lot of time, as residents no longer need to stop by the leasing office to drop off rent checks.  Even more time can be saved if residents set up automatic, recurring rent payments online.  Grady Management offers online rent payment options at all of our communities.  Learn more online.

2) Submit online service requests: Garbage disposal not working?  Tub drain a little slow?  Blinds a tad askew?  One great benefit of living in an apartment is that the community maintenance team is around and available to assist in home maintenance.  If any appliance needs adjusting, it takes a quick phone call, correspondence, or visit to the leasing office to fix it.  Some people prefer phone call communication or in person visits.  But it saves a lot of time to submit service requests online.  Many apartment communities provide digital service request forms allowing residents to specify what the service request for, what room it is located in, etc.  Grady Management offers an online service request form on our the official website.

3) Contact community team online: Apartment residents often have questions or comments about their apartment communities and the community team members are happy to assist!  In addition to phone calls and office visits, many communities have emails and to online website forms that residents can easily complete and submit.  These forms are sent directly to community team members for response.  On the Grady Management website, the Contact Us form is located here

Do you have time saving ideas for apartment residents to try in 2018?  Comment below to let us know!

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, January 2, 2018

Welcome to Apartment Resident #LifeHacks

#LifeHacks for Apartment Residents

Welcome to our #LifeHacks, a blog maintained by the Grady Management team!

Grady Management, Inc. is excited to write apartment living tips specifically for current and prospective apartment residents.

What will this blog be about?

This blog, which will be posted twice a month (on alternating Tuesdays), will detail topics such as:

  • Furniture and decor ideas to make the most of apartment living spaces
  • Apartment maintenance tips and #LifeHacks
  • Time saving tips for apartment residents
  • Seasonal apartment living ideas
Who should read this blog?

Anyone who resides in an apartment community should find these tips, ideas, and posts informative and interesting!  In addition, anyone interested in decor ideas, seasonal tips and recipes, and easy to perform home maintenance suggestions will also enjoy the features of this blog.

How can this blog be read and accessed?

This blog can easily be read on this blog platform, Blogger, via this URL: https://apartmentlifehacks.blogspot.com/.  This blog will also be posted regularly on the Grady Management Facebook page and Google+ profile.  In addition, blog users can follow Apartment Resident #LifeHacks via email address.  The "follow" icon is located on the main page of this blog.

Any additional questions?  Comment below!

Don't forget to read Grady Management, Inc.'s other blog project: Grady's GreenLiving Tips!

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.