Tuesday, June 11, 2019

#ApartmentHacks: Keeping Your Home Cool Without Air Condition!









Its that season where we gravitate to finding ways to cool off quick! Air conditioning might be the first idea that pops up in your brain, but what if there were alternative ideas from turning on your air conditioning when you want to cool down? Here are five ways on how to keep cool at home during the summer time without racking up on your electric bill:

1. Keep your blinds closed.  This tip might seem very simple but over 25 percent of unwanted heated comes straight through your windows, and installing shades can save you up to 7 percent on bulls and dramatically lower your indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.

2. Install black-out curtains.  Black-out curtains block out sunlight while naturally insulating the rooms where they are installed. These neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backings can reduce heating gain by upwards to 30 percent.

3. Closing off unused doors.  Air can circulate through an entire room so being smart about your doors is very important. Closing doors will prevent cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You want to capitalize on thee cooler night hours too, by letting air glow naturally through your home.

4. Buy a fan. Utilizing a fan during those warmer months can help cool you down faster. Fans circulate in a particular area of the room and can be controlled by you at any second. Using fan is cheaper in the long run and you can use it year round if need be.

5. Swap your sheets. Not only does switching out your bedding seasonally put a nice twist to your room, but it is also a wonderful way to keep cool. While textiles such as flannel sheets and fleece blankets are perfect for insulation, cotton is a smarter move for the warmer months as it breathes easier and stays cooler.



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, May 28, 2019

#LifeHacks: Staying Fit & Active In Warm Weather!




Now that the weather is warming up exercising outside can present a little challenge. While temperatures rise up, exercisers can experience heat exhaustion and even dehydration staying under the sun's rays. Here are a few tips that will keep you staying fit and active in the warm weather:

Go Outside and Play!  There is plenty of time to be cooped up inside so advantage of the warm weather and get outside! Nature has been proven to have a great impact on our mental and physical health. Activities ranging from riding a bike, rollerblading, hiking, or kayaking. Whatever you may choose, make sure you are doing it outside soaking up Vitamin D and mother nature.

Workout in the Morning.  When living in an apartment community, residents can utilize their community buildings, neighborhood parks and trails for a morning run. So set your alarm a bit earlier and get your workout done first thing in the morning. By doing this, it revs up your metabolism for the remainder of the day, and also gets those happy endorphins flowing. If you keep doing this day-after-day, it can eventually become a habit that will change your life!

Drink lots of Water.  Always remember to stay hydrated while you're out having fun. Drinking several amounts of water in between activities, excising and being under the sun will assure a healthy, balanced body and mind!

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, April 16, 2019

Maintenance #LifeHack: What to Do If You Notice a Leak in an Apartment?

A Step by Step Maintenance Guide
























No matter in an apartment, town house, or single family home, leaks may occasionally occur inside the home.  When a leak occurs inside an apartment, follow these steps to remedy the situation:

Try to contain the water and identify the source.  If water is all over the kitchen floor, perhaps the sink is leaking.  If it is on the bathroom floor, perhaps it is the toilet or tub.  Try to contain the water to limit water damage and try to determine the source of the leak.

Submit a service request.  When living in an apartment community, residents can and should ask their management team for help and assistance when needed.  A leak is definitely a situation in which a resident should contact the maintenance team, and as soon as possible! 

Contact maintenance again if the problem arises.  Again, don't waste any time reporting leaks.  If you notice the leak again, report it immediately to the maintenance and management team.

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, April 2, 2019

How to Make the Most of Living in an Apartment Community: Three #LifeHacks

Love Where You Live


























Whether moving into an apartment community for the first time or moving back into a community after downsizing, apartment residents can truly love where they live by making the most of their community experience.  Below are three, of the many ways, renters can make the most of their apartment communities:

Talk to the community management team: One great aspect of living in an apartment community is the fact that a management team is onsite to help with maintenance/ service requests, general inquiries, and more.  Introduce yourself to the community team.  This way, you can "put a face to a name" when communicating with the leasing office online.

Attend community events: Apartment communities often will host holiday parties, pool parties, and more for their valued residents.  These events are a great opportunity to meet more residents, fellow neighbors, and socialize outside of the apartment home.

Enjoy community amenities: Unlike traditional single family homes or townhouses, apartment communities and apartment buildings often contain a variety of different amenities such as game rooms, fitness centers, pools, and more.  As a resident, you can enjoy these amenities when available.

How do you make the most of your apartment community?  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, March 19, 2019

Three Ways to Bring Spring Cheer Into Your Apartment

Seasonal Tips for Renters
























Believe it or not, it is almost the spring season!  For some renters, it may be a priority to bring seasonal cheer into their apartments with some decorations and DIY projects.

Below are simple and effective ways to add a seasonal, springtime twist into your apartment:

Add plants and flowers.  Nothing says "springtime" quite like some beautiful plants and flowers.  To bring some springtime cheer into the home, add a few potted plants in the living areas of the apartment. Some plants, like spider plants, thrive best indoors with little upkeep needed.  If the apartment has a patio or balcony, that provides another area to place a garden box or some potted plants around the home.  Pet owners should note: not all plants and flowers are healthy for four-legged roommates.  Always research plants and flowers to see if they are healthy for animals prior to bringing indoors.

Practice some spring cleaning.  A great part of the spring season is the annual spring cleaning: a chance to get rid of excess waste.  Try to ready the apartment for spring by doing a massive cleaning of clothes, decor, kitchen appliances, etc.  Make sure to research local non profit organizations to see if donations of clothes, home furnishings, and more can be accepted to reduce waste and practice some "in kind" giving back.

Let the sunshine in[to your apartment]. The winter is a time of cold mornings and early evenings.  Now that spring is almost here, it is time to embrace the sunshine!  Remove any drapes and curtains from the apartment and pack/ store them in the linen closet until next year.  Letting some natural light into the apartment is not only a simple and effective way to transform the space but also a certain way to introduce some spring cheer.

Have a great spring 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, March 5, 2019

The Benefits of Renters Insurance: March 2019


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 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.