Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Apartment Living: Three Tips When Experiencing Ice Storms

Winter Weather Advice for Residents
























Even though weather can be unpredictable, winter weather is on its way for many cities in Maryland, Virginia, and beyond.  Apartment residents can enjoy light snowfall because building management will schedule snow removal and cleaning.  But what should residents do during ice storms and other winter precipitation, such as sleet, that can freeze?  Below are three tips for apartment residents to keep in mind during ice storms:

1) Building management and maintenance will treat:  When winter storms are forecast, most apartment management companies and/ or teams are planning in advance for the snow and ice.  That includes pre-treating parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, and more with ice melt products.  Residents should notify their apartment building team if they notice areas that are not treated or areas that need to be treated once winter weather begins.  Treating apartment buildings and communities during winter storms is an ongoing process until the storm itself ends, so residents should remain vigilant and patient.  Residents can also reach out to their management team with any questions or comments.

2) Rethink traveling outside (if possible): During severe winter storms, it is always encouraged to stay indoors.  That being said, some residents may need to leave their apartment and their community for work or other engagements.  Residents should remain vigilant when outside.  Ice is much different than snow and oftentimes cannot be easily detected or seen.  In addition, sleet can freeze upon contact with surfaces, so new ice may freeze and form throughout the storm.  Residents are encouraged to wear winter footwear, dress in warm clothes, and bring along items like flashlights and blankets if driving and traveling during storms.

3) Remember to use resources: Winter weather forecasts may change and update on an hourly basis.  Residents are encouraged to use resources, such as local weather apps and websites, to track winter storms.  This will assist residents in knowing when to leave their apartments and communities.  Most management companies also host online resident portals service requests and contact forms to allow residents an easy way to reach their community team with any questions or comments.  Grady Management offers to following Contact Us form specifically for residents.

Stay safe and warm during any upcoming winter weather!

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, February 5, 2019

#DIY: Make The Most Of Your Apartment Kitchen

Organization Ideas for Small and/ or Narrow Spaces



For those living in an apartment building, kitchen sizes may vary.  Some, in studios and junior one bedrooms, may experience smaller kitchens.  Others may experience narrower, referred to as "galley," kitchens which are common in some apartment buildings.

No matter the size of the kitchen, residents can make simple, temporary, design changes to maximize the space:

1) Implement a peg board: Hanging a peg board or propping a peg broad behind the kitchen sink can open up a number of storage and organization possibilities.  Use a peg board to hang things like spatulas, ladles, and other large scale cutlery that may not fit inside drawers.  Peg boards are also a great place to hang pots, pans, mugs, and cutting boards.

2) Hang the recycling bin: In smaller kitchens, floor space is a desirable commodity.  It is best to not take up excess floor space by placing garbage or recycling bins.  Put up some nails and hang the bins on the wall.  Not only will this help with remembering to recycle, but it will free up some additional space.

3) Add tension rods to cabinets:  Tension rods can help divide up cabinets and provide a place to hang items like cleaning supplies that some prefer to tuck away from sight.  This is especially useful in kitchens with limited cabinet and/ or storage space.

4) Use shelves: Hanging shelves on the kitchen wall can provide additional space for keeping often used items like coasters, mugs, drink-ware, and more.  Shelves are also an ideal place to keep and store cookbooks. 

5) Utilize baskets of various sizes: Baskets are a great resource for any kitchen!  Baskets can be added inside cabinets to store canned and non perishable food items.  Similarly, baskets can be placed inside the fridge and freezer to create food categories.  Baskets can also be hung from the wall to hold fresh produce.

What are other ways to organize a kitchen?  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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Three Great Ways To Enjoy An Apartment Community Clubhouse

Fun and Games Within A Community
























One great aspect about living in an apartment building and/ or apartment community is the access to the numerous resident amenities available in many of these communities. In the summertime, residents at some communities can enjoy a refreshing swim at a community pool or grill a delicious meal at a grilling station.  Those interested in fitness can work out in the community fitness center and save money on additional gym fees. 

Another amenity many apartment residents enjoy is the community clubhouse or club room.  Residents who live at a community with a clubhouse can utilize this amenity in several ways, including:

Community game night: Who doesn't love a good game night?  When gathering a large group to play some classic board games, it is best to have ample space to play.  Most clubhouses contain wide open spaces with features such as plush couches and chairs, gaming tables, and more: a perfect spot for a game night.  Game nights can also provide residents a chance to meet and socialize with their neighbors!

Birthday party and/ or social gathering: Trying to find a perfect venue for a large scale event such as a milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion?  The community clubhouse may be the perfect place!  Some clubhouses feature caterer's kitchens to facilitate events with food.  Be sure to contact the community team and/ or management company to ensure it is possible to reserve the clubhouse prior to any event.

Reading and studying: Trying to find a creative space to cram before tests or prepare before a big meeting or presentation?  Sometimes it is best to change scenery when studying or working.  The clubhouse may provide the most comfortable, "home away from home," location for late night study and work sessions.  Oftentimes, the community clubhouse will contain WiFi access as well.

The clubhouse is one of several popular resident amenities!  When searching for a new apartment, it is important to keep in mind apartment amenities to ensure the community fits all needs. 

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 8, 2019

Apartment Living During a Snow Storm

What to Do During Inclement Winter Weather

Happy 2019!  As it is only a few days into the new year, it is a good time to focus on winter weather preparedness since winter weather may be on its way.  When living in an apartment community, apartment renters may experience snow, ice, and other forms of winter precipitation differently then those who own a home.  Keep the following tips in mind when living in an apartment community this winter season:

1) Don't worry about snow removal and ice treatment: One benefit of renting an apartment is that the apartment community management company and/ or maintenance team takes care of snow and ice removal.  That saves apartment residents a lot of time and aggravation.  During snow storms, residents need to ensure that they check their emails to see if their apartment community teams are reaching out regarding snow shoveling and/ or snow plowing plans. 

2) Contact the apartment community team: During snow storms, apartment community maintenance team members may reach out to residents about snow removal schedules and about moving cars to plow parking lots and streets.  Reach out to the apartment community teams with any questions or comments regarding snow removal. 

3) Remain vigilant: When walking around and/ or driving home, residents should report any unmoved/ non disturbed ice and snow at their communities to their apartment community team so the snow and ice can be treated. 

Have a happy and healthy winter season!

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, December 18, 2018

2018 Most Popular Apartment Resident #LifeHacks

Favorite 2018 Tips for Apartment Residents


With the 2018 year ending in less than two weeks, this will be the last Apartment Resident #LifeHacks post of the year!  Thank you to those who read and enjoyed the blog this year.

For this post, the Apartment Resident #LifeHacks team shares three of the most popular posts from the last year:

1) The Benefits of Renters Insurance: This post, published in February, details several reasons why renters should obtain renters insurance.

2) Three Time Saving Tips for Apartment Residents to Remember: In this blog post, published in January, renters are provided with several tech savvy ways to save time, such as submitting service requests online.

3) Five #LifeHacks for Living With Pets in an Apartment: This post, published in February, includes ways to care for cats and dogs in shared apartment communities.  

 Visit Apartment Resident #LifeHacks in 2019 for new tips and posts specifically for apartment residents.

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.