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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

#LifeHacks: Eight Tips That Promote Healthy Sleep Routines

Get A Good Night's Sleep



Sleep hygiene may sound unimaginative, but it just may be the best way to get the sleep you need in this 24/7 age. Here are eight simple tips for making the sleep of your dreams a nightly reality:

1) Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Nicotine, and Other Chemicals that Interfere with Sleep

 As any coffee lover knows, caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake. So, avoid caffeine (found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and some pain relievers) for four to six hours before bedtime. Similarly, smokers should refrain from using tobacco products too close to bedtime.

 Although alcohol may help bring on sleep, after a few hours it acts as a stimulant, increasing the number of awakenings and generally decreasing the quality of sleep later in the night. It is therefore best to limit alcohol consumption to one to two drinks per day, or less, and to avoid drinking within three hours of bedtime.

2) Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep-Inducing Environment

 A quiet, dark, and cool environment can help promote sound slumber. To achieve such an environment, lower the volume of outside noise with earplugs or a "white noise" appliance. Keep the temperature comfortably cool—between 60 and 75°F—and the room well ventilated. And make sure your bedroom is equipped with a comfortable mattress and pillows. (Remember that most mattresses wear out after ten years.)

 Also, if a pet regularly wakes you during the night, you may want to consider keeping it out of your bedroom.

 It may help to limit your bedroom activities to sleep. Keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.

3) Establish a Soothing Pre-Sleep Routine

 Ease the transition from wake time to sleep time with a period of relaxing activities an hour or so before bed. Take a bath (the rise, then fall in body temperature promotes drowsiness), read a book, watch television, or practice relaxation exercises. Avoid stressful, stimulating activities—doing work, discussing emotional issues. Physically and psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness. If you tend to take your problems to bed, try writing them down—and then putting them aside.

4) Don’t Be a Nighttime Clock-Watcher

 Staring at a clock in your bedroom, either when you are trying to fall asleep or when you wake in the middle of the night, can actually increase stress, making it harder to fall asleep. Turn your clock’s face away from you.

And if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep in about 20 minutes, get up and engage in a quiet, restful activity such as reading or listening to music. And keep the lights dim; bright light can stimulate your internal clock. When your eyelids are drooping and you are ready to sleep, return to bed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

#LifeHacks: Three Resources Every Resident Should Know


Apartment residents are familiar with this scene: it's move in day, and a once empty apartment is now filled with boxes, furniture, and more.  Now is the time to decorate and personalize the apartment!  But where to start?  And how to make the space both organized and unique?

Residents looking for apartment specific decor and cleaning #lifehacks can always read this blog for tips and ideas.  But, residents may want additional advice.  This week, Apartment Resident #LifeHacks wanted to feature several additional online resources specifically for renters:

Apartments.com blog: The Apartments.com blog features regular posts about apartment decor and organization specifically for renters.  The blog also details money saving advice and moving strategies for those looking to relocate to an apartment community.

Apartment Guide Blog: The Apartment Guide blog features weekly posts about topics such as moving into apartment communities, decorating various floorplan options, and cleaning appliances and features in apartments.

Apartment Therapy: Apartment Therapy is an online resource that focuses on decor and design tips for apartment residents.  The tips featured in this blog span across a variety of topics such as "DIY" design strategies and ideas to decorate studio apartments.  Apartment Therapy also runs an active Pinterest page with additional design ideas.  

Are other digital resources great for apartment residents?  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, August 28, 2018

Apartment Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know



Apartment Resident #LifeHacks compiled a list of apartment cleaning hacks and house cleaning hacks that will help you keep your home immaculate, without forcing you to waste any elbow grease. Just make sure that you check with the leasing office if you have any questions regarding proper cleaning techniques for specific items in your apartment home.

Buff away water spots with used dryer sheets

There’s something about the texture of a used dryer sheet that makes it perfect for buffing away water spots and rings. Keep your used dryer sheets handy and use them whenever you want to give your smooth surfaces a nice shine.

Use spare jar lids to keep jars from leaking onto refrigerator shelves

Dirty refrigerators have a way of lessening the appeal of any food contained therein. So, when jars start to leak their contents onto refrigerator shelves (or even in cupboards or cabinets), use clean spare lids from previously discarded jars, and place the leaking jars on top of the bottom-side-up lids. This will give the jars a nice, contained area in which to leak, thus saving your surfaces from unnecessary gunk.

Use bleach and cotton balls to clean between bathroom tiles

Mildew and mold hate bleach, which makes it the perfect substance for cleaning bathroom tile. So, get some cotton balls, soak them in bleach, and place them liberally on difficult-to-clean bathroom areas (such as between tiles and on grout). Let them sit for about 24 hours, and then remove the cotton balls, and wash the area with soapy water. Make sure to wear gloves when handling bleach, and don’t let it come into contact with your skin or clothes; after all, cleaning bathroom grout isn’t worth risking your health.

Clean shower heads with vinegar and a plastic bag

Cleaning shower heads not only makes your bathroom look nicer but may also help unclog the shower head of mineral deposits, thus allowing the water to flow more smoothly. To get your shower heads looking like new, just pour distilled white vinegar into a plastic bag, and then fit the bag around your shower head. Secure it with a rubber band, so that the shower head is submerged in the vinegar. Leave the showerhead to soak for an hour, and then remove the bag. Wipe the shower head with a damp cloth.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

#MaintenanceHack: What to Do When You Have a Maintenance Request



One of the perks of renting an apartment is that you generally don’t have to deal with the hassles of repairs and regular maintenance. If something breaks or goes wrong, a simple email or call to your landlord usually gets the problem fixed.

And problems do happen. The dishwasher leaks, the heater doesn’t heat, or the air conditioner only makes noise. A maintenance request helps ensure that your landlord (or the building’s management company) does something about the issue in your apartment home.

To make sure the issue is addressed properly and in a timely fashion, your maintenance request should contain useful information and be thorough. The more helpful and specific the information, the more likely your maintenance request receives an appropriate resolution.

In an apartment building, the landlord is responsible for looking after and cleaning all tenant common areas. This includes areas such as the lobby, halls, elevators, stairs, laundry and garbage rooms. The landlord also cuts the lawn and shovels the snow.  However, you are responsible for cleaning inside your apartment home.

Your landlord is responsible for repairs in all types of rental housing. This includes repairs to heating, plumbing, electricity and appliances that come with the apartment (for example stoves, refrigerators).
If you or your guests cause damage to the unit or building, you are responsible for repairing it.  The resident needs to keep the house premises clean and should inform the landlord about any damages as soon as possible, and not cause any damages to the premises except for the natural wear and tear.

Report maintenance issues promptly

Call your landlord or property manager shortly after you’ve noticed an issue. Read your rental agreement to ensure you call the right party.  Be sure you have the direct number to the onsite leasing office.  Why not program this number into your contact list for quicker access to maintenance?
If the situation is an emergency, such as a broken pipe causing a flooded bathroom, look for an emergency maintenance phone number on your rental agreement, and call it immediately.   You will want this number than the number you used when you were calling for leasing information.

If it’s not an emergency, let the landlord or site manager know whether the maintenance team can enter your apartment while you’re away. If you prefer to be home when the work takes place, offer a block of several hours in which the work can take place.

You may not see the importance of a leaky faucet, but the affect this has on utility costs can be major.  Don’t ignore these types of maintenance issues as doing so could lead to even bigger issues.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Five Surprising Benefits of Paying Your Rent Online




Are you reluctant to pay your rent online? Well, there are a few benefits of paying your rent online that you might not have considered. All communities managed by Grady Management offer online payment options for renters that give you a chance to take better control of your finances, remove some stress from your day, and even improve your credit score. Check out the benefits below:

Build Your Credit with Credit Reporting

 There are lots of advantages to improving your credit score. A good score can help you get a lower interest rate for financing a car or other large purchases, and even help you buy a home one day. If you’re paying your rent on time every month that’s likely your largest recurring payment, which can make a positive impact on your credit score. Many Grady communities now offer the opportunity to directly report your rent payments when you pay your rent online. There’s nothing else you have to do. This system makes it simple, secure and effective to build your credit.

Reduce Your Stress with Automated Recurring Payments

 To make sure you’re always paying rent on time, building that credit score, and avoiding late charges, online payment solutions offer convenient reminders via email and text. Even better, many systems offer autopay options so you can set it and forget it. With autopay you’ll be paying on time, all of the time and any late fees will be a thing of the past.

Accommodate Your Busy Lifestyle with Mobile Payment Options

 If you’re out and about and receive that text reminder that your rent is due, what do you do? It’s simple. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to click to pay online via a mobile-friendly website or payment app. Most solutions let you pay anytime, anywhere, accommodating renters whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How to Clean Mildew from Grout



Mildew is a common problem in grout found in bathrooms. Regular cleaning should keep mildew mostly away, to the point it only needs to be cleaned with water. However, built up mildew should be targeted with a cleaning solution. There is no special formula to get rid of mildew. It simply takes a lot of scrubbing to get mildew and mold out of the grout between tiles.

Try water alone for mild mildew. If you clean regularly, mildew is probably mild. A small film of mildew covering grout does not require special cleaners. For this mildew, stick to simply scrubbing water between the tiles. This should be enough to get rid of unwanted mildew.

If mildew does not come out with water alone, you may need a stronger cleaner.

Use bleach for intense build up. Mildew that is built up over time requires a cleaner. Bleach is the best course of action to remove mildew. You can buy bleach online or at a local department store.

As bleach is dangerous if ingested, make sure to store it in a safe place away from children and pets.
Wear gloves when handling bleach.

Mix your cleaning solution. In a bucket, mix three parts water with one part bleach. The precise amount of bleach and water you need depends on how much mildew you're cleaning. Make sure to mix bleach in a well-ventilated area.

Spritz on your solution. Place your bleach solution is a spray bottle. Spritz a liberal amount of the solution over tiles, focusing on where you see built up mildew. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes before continuing with the cleaning process.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Seven Apartment Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Easy Cleaning Tips for Apartment Residents


If you are like most people, you don’t look forward to cleaning your apartment.  But with these easy do-it-yourself cleaning hacks, you will have your place sparkling clean in no time.

1) Treat Your Microwave to Lemon Water

A proper scrub down of your microwave can be exhaustive, time-consuming and plain old gross, which is where cleaning hacks like this five-minute microwave cleaner come in handy. Cut a couple of lemons in quarters and place them in a glass dish filled with water. Heat up until the water starts boiling, hit stop then let the whole thing sit for a minute or two.
When you open the microwave door, you’ll notice a billow of steam, which has loosened up the gunk and grease lining the walls of the microwave. Take a sponge to the mess and wipe it away with almost no effort.

2) Dust Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase

Ceiling fans are great for circulating cool air in your apartment and reducing your energy costs.  But there’s no getting around it: Cleaning your ceiling fans is just a part of apartment life. No matter how agile and bendable your duster is, reaching the tops of those blades is a task meant only for skilled aerial artists.
The average Joe can dust ceiling fan blades with this simple cleaning hack: Place an old pillow case over one of the fan blades, and slowly pull it backwards, wiping the dirt and grime off as you go. Move on to the next blade and the next, leaving a shiny, crud-free surface along the way. Then, just throw the pillowcase in the wash.

3) Knife-Clean Your Air Vents

Hate your dusty old main air vent? Poke it with a knife.
Take a clean towel and moisten it with warm water (avoid using too much water, as it can cause rust), then wrap it around a butter knife to create an excellent tool for getting between the shingles. Make sure to hit all the vents in your apartment– even the ceiling vents.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What An Apartment Resident Needs to Know When Transferring Apartments

Details About the Apartment Transfer Process



If your apartment needs have changed but you're happy with your community and neighborhood, then transferring to a different apartment within your community may be the perfect answer for you.

Reasons to Transfer Apartments
You may find yourself wanting to transfer to a different apartment within your community if:
  • Your household size changes. You might outgrow your apartment and need one more bedroom or another bathroom. For instance, your one-bedroom apartment might have been perfect a few years ago, but now that you've grown your family, you need more space. Or you might be in a situation in which you no longer need all the space you. This can happen, for example, if you have children who become adults and move to a place of their own.
  • Your financial situation changes. You might get a raise and decide you'd like to use your extra earnings to live in more spacious digs. Or, you might need to save money by downgrading to a smaller apartment so you can pay a lower rent.
Important Apartment Transfer Considerations
If you discover that the perfect apartment is just upstairs or down the hallway, keep the following points in mind before you go ahead with transferring apartments:
  • Let the management office know you're interested in a transfer. Find out the procedure and what's required. For example, will you sign a new lease or amend your current one? Do you need to go through a new round of tenant screening? Will you owe more as a security deposit, or will you be due a partial refund?
  • Get on a waiting list. If there's no apartment available that meets your requirements, see if you can be added to a waiting list. Ask for a time estimate. Also, confirm that the waiting list is just a list, meaning it requires no deposit and isn't binding, should you later change your mind.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tips for Hosting a Party in Your Apartment

Follow These Tips to be the Host/Hostess with the Most/Mostest



Here you are in your studio or 1-bedroom apartment, and you’d love to throw a party — just like your friends do in their big suburban houses, with everyone from your cousin-in-law to your uncle’s mechanic invited — but how?  You can do it — if you just plan properly. Follow these tips and you’ll be the host/hostess with the most/mostest, even in your cozy digs.

Type of party

A dinner party works well in any size apartment. Invite only four to six people, which will keep the cooking manageable. Make it informal: if you have a small place, guests will probably see you cooking, and they will be eating in the living room. A nice one-pot pasta dish or a casserole with a salad and crusty bread are simple combos to balance on your lap. Add some wine and a chocolate dessert and everyone is happy. And don’t forget to have some games or a movie for after dinner; some organized fun later can make the evening last long into the night.

A pre-party can also work well. If you and your friends are all going out dancing or to a big sporting event, you may want to invite everyone over for drinks and some nibbles beforehand. You’ll provide a laid-back atmosphere, and you won’t have to invite too many people. It’s another perfect situation for a party in an apartment.

Or, you can go for a bigger get-together. Even some apartments can fit 15 people or so; you just need to make sure you’re not over-inviting. Generally speaking, the better you know the invitees, the more likely they are to come. So, if you want to have a party with about 15 people, invite around 20 of your closer friends. Contact them directly, and make sure you get a response, that way you’ll be able to keep the guest list manageable.

Avoid mass emails to large groups of classmates, your colleagues or your entire softball team. These types of invitees are difficult to predict — sometimes none of them will come, or they’ll come en masse — and with a small space, you can’t take that risk. An overcrowded party can lead to damage to the apartment that puts your security deposit at risk as well as your continued residency.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maintenance #LifeHack: What to Do if The Garbage Disposal is Not Operating in an Apartment

Three Easy Steps for Apartment Residents


Beginning meal prep?  Getting rid of leftovers?  Cooking dinner?  The garbage disposal, sometimes known as a waste disposal unit, is a tool used to shred food particles so that food can pass through plumbing.  

Garbage disposals can occasionally need maintenance like any other kitchen appliance.  Apartment residents should follow three simple steps if the garbage disposal is not operating.

1) Turn the Garbage Disposal Off: This may seem like common sense, but the worst thing for a garage disposal that is not operating is for more food items to be placed in the disposal.  Is the garbage disposal making a strange sound or, simply, not operating?  Turn the system off to investigate the problem.  There may be a piece of plastic or a utensil trapped inside the unit.

2) Try the Reset Button: Is the garbage disposal simply not operating?  The reset button of the garbage disposal may have popped.  That being said, it is easy to reset a garbage disposal.  The garbage disposal reset button is typically a small red button located on the bottom of the disposal.  Turn the disposal off, locate the button, and press it to reset the garbage disposal.

3) Contact your Apartment Community Maintenance Team: Cannot locate the problem or reset the garbage disposal?  Contact the maintenance team!  One benefit of living in an apartment community is that a dedicated community maintenance team is available to help.  Call the leasing office and/ or submit a service request to report the problem.

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 27, 2018

The Benefits of Renters Insurance


Renters insurance is a good idea for just about anyone who rents. That’s because your landlord’s insurance policy won’t cover your personal liability or put a roof over your head if your place becomes uninhabitable.

If you've never taken inventory of your belongings, even just mentally, and assigned a price tag to what you own, you might be surprised at the tally. Even if you feel like you don't own anything of value, even simple possessions can add up to a dollar figure that might pose a huge burden if you were forced to replace it all at one time.

This alone should give you cause to look deeper into obtaining renters insurance. Fortunately, renters insurance isn't particularly expensive, and compared to writing a check to replace all your possessions it becomes a fairly insignificant monthly cost.

Getting the Insurance You Need

When considering purchasing renters insurance, there are a few steps you should take and some things you should keep in mind along the way.

  • Get Online Quotes
Shopping online is a great way to get the insurance you need. Many websites give you the ability to customize your insurance policy, giving you the power to determine for yourself how much insurance you want from the privacy of your own computer.

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.