Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Three Tips When Lighting Candles This Winter

Ensuring Candles Are Used Appropriately This Season



The winter season will begin in less than three weeks!  This season, many apartment renters may be interested in lighting candles in their home to add some cozy decor and lighting.  That being said, renters need to understand that many leases contain notices about the "responsible use of candles" that renters sign prior to their move in to their homes and/ or communities.  Below are three ways to ensure the responsible use of candles:

The most important tip for renters is to ensure to never leave candles unattended.  Renters should not leave the apartment if a candle is burning, even if it is a quick trip to the laundry room, trash room, or leasing office.  This also includes only lighting candles in rooms currently occupied.  When using the television in the living room, for example, don't leave a candle burning in the bedroom or kitchen.  The candle/ candles being used should always be within eyesight. 

In addition, never leave candles burning near any item or decor that could potentially catch flame.  This can include drapes, tapestries, and more.  Always watch children and/ or pets when candles are lit, too.  Some pets may need to be secured when candles are lit to avoid potential collisions. 

Last, renters should make sure to maintain candles.  Candles should be thrown away when two or less inches of wax remain.  The candle wicks should be trimmed regularly to ensure the wicks can easily be lit.  When extinguished, the candle lid should be placed firmly on top to ensure the flame fizzles out completely. 

Before purchasing and/ or using candles, check in with the landlord or apartment community team to learn any additional candle rules and regulations.

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, November 20, 2018

How To Prepare and Serve a Holiday Meal in an Apartment

Three Simple Steps to Cooking and Serving a Delicious Holiday Meal in an Apartment Community
























With Thanksgiving only two days away, the 2018 holiday season will soon begin! 

Many apartment residents may be getting ready to host friends and family members for Thanksgiving or other, upcoming, holiday festivities.  For some residents, this may be the first time they are hosting guests at their apartment communities.  There are some simple ways to ensure your holiday festivities are enjoyable to both attend and host:

1) Preparing the meal: The first step in preparing a holiday meal is to ensure that the kitchen appliances are in working order.  Test the oven, stove, and microwave now, at least 48 hours before holidays, to make sure the appliances work before the morning of the holiday.  If anything needs to be adjusted, submit a service request as soon as possible so the community maintenance team can ensure everything is working for meal preparation. 

2) Organizing the apartment: Once the kitchen is set up for the holiday meal, it is time to prepare the rest of the apartment.  Begin cleaning and organizing at least 24 hours in advance of when guests will arrive.  Run the dishwasher and take out the trash and recycling.  Set out extra soap and toilet paper in the bathroom so guests do not have to hunt for those items the day they arrive.  Since apartments tend to be smaller than single family home and/ or townhouses, it is necessary to ensure everything is put away in designated places to provide for ample seating areas.  Hang jackets and fold and store blankets in closets to ensure there is enough room for guests.

3) Entertaining the guests: Once family and friends arrive to the holiday celebration, things will become a lot more fun but also a lot more hectic.  Offer to take coats, scarves, an outwear and put in the bedroom or linen closet to remove excess clutter.  Before the main meal, scatter plates of appetizers like cheese and crackers and fruit throughout the apartment so people all do not gather in one central place.   Make sure to set out place settings with names so everyone knows where to sit and can easily identify their place when the time comes to begin the meal.

The Grady Management team wishes you a happy and healthy holiday 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, November 6, 2018

Five Healthy Habits People Live By

Simple Health Tips To Remember


Looking for some health advice since winter is quickly approaching?  These five tips are simple ways to live a little healthier every day...

1. Keep Moving

Go on a hike, walk with friends, take a belly dancing or karate class, or whatever you enjoy. Make it fun. Work activity into your day. Take a 10-minute walk before lunch or walking up and down the stairs if feeling drained and tired.

2. Drink Lots of Water

Drink water to help maintain the balance of body fluids and help control calories. Drinking water also energizes muscles and keeps skin looking great, a perfect tip during the winter when the air is dry and frigid.

3. Express Gratitude

Expressing gratitude can be a stress buster as well as an immune booster as grateful people tend to be more opportunistic.  Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, and regular physical examinations.  And, remember, health does not just pertain to physical health, but emotional well-being as well.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Three Ways to Make the Most of a Studio Apartment

Simple Tips To Maximize The Space In a Studio


A studio apartment, sometimes called an "efficiency", is an apartment in which the bedroom, living room, and kitchen area fits into one central room/ space.  For a renter that may have many belongings, it is necessary to make the most of the space available in a studio to maintain a pleasant living environment.  

Several ways to make the most of a studio apartment include:

1) Utilize storage wherever possible: Creating storage space in a studio or smaller apartment is a necessary step to tuck away belongings that are not often used.  Create an organized storage system under the bed and in the closet to pack seasonal wear, boots, shoes, and more.  Consider adding storage to the decor as well.  Utilize hanging shelves to display knickknacks on the walls.  Use hollowed out ottomans to create accent pieces that can also store additional items.  

2) Create distinct spaces using furniture: Even though a studio is one room, renters can transform the space and create distinct living areas using furniture pieces.  Utilize furniture like book cases, desks, and tables to form distinctions between the bedroom, living space, and kitchen.  In addition to furniture, lighting can really transform a space, so invest in multiple lamps for the studio.

3) Clean and organize often: It is necessary to organize the studio space often to avoid clutter.  Invest in a trash can that can fit in a drawer to tuck away dirt and debris and throw away garbage and deposit recycling frequently. 

How do you organize your studio?  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, October 9, 2018

Apartment #LifeHack: Three Shopping Cart Hacks

The Folding Shopping Cart is One of the Most Useful Tools in an Apartment Community


For apartment residents that are constantly on the go, try investing in a folding shopping cart!  Small, compact, and portable- the folding shopping cart can assist those who live in apartments in multiple ways, including:

1) Grocery shopping: For those who live near grocery stores or shopping centers, spend nice days walking over with the cart and, subsequently,  save on gas.  Carts come in various sizes and are perfect for picking up several odds and ends at the local grocery or  drugstore.

2) Moving larger items into an apartment: Want a simple way to move bulkier items into an apartment building?  Investing in a folding shopping cart can alleviate moving stress.  Simply load any big items or boxes onto the cart and push into the elevator or down the hallway.

3) Doing laundry: For apartment buildings or communities with laundry rooms, don't overlook the value of a personal shopping cart.  Load dirty clothes and/ or hampers right into the cart to wheel into the laundry room or fold clothes right from the dryer and stack into the cart for easy transportation.

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.