Getting Your Apartment Vacation Ready

Going on vacation is one of the best things to do in the summer. Whether you go to a beach, an amusement park, or a log cabin in the woods, no matter where you go, a week with no worries is something that majority of people look forward to. But before you go, do you know how to get your apartment vacation ready?

Your apartment will be vacant for the week and if it’s not properly prepared, you can scratch that “no worries” aura that vacation brings. Here are 6 tips on how to make sure your apartment is ready for vacation so you can have a carefree time away:

1. Throw away any food that could rot while you are away

One of the biggest mistakes to make is leaving food that decays in your fridge untouched for a week. You’ll come back to moldy food that has an awful smell to accompany it. Clear out the food and scrub it. Nothing like coming home to a clean fridge!

2. Make sure the person checking up on your apartment knows how everything works

A lot of people have somebody to check in on their home while they are away. Whether it is to get mail, feed the pets, or make sure everything is secure, double check that they know how to lock the door, set the alarm, turn off the lights, etc. Coming home to find your front door was unlocked during the duration of your time away or that your light bill will be escalated because they could not find the right switch is something you will not want to deal with after a week of relaxation. Also, make sure that they close your blinds if they decide to open them. This is a great way to make sure that nobody can look into your apartment and see that you are not home. If you fear that they will forget to do something such as locking the door, leave them a friendly note! A little reminder can go a long way.

3. Set your thermostat

The temperature you set your thermostat at when you are away is up to you. If you want to return to a cooler house, leaving it at 65-70 degrees is the perfect temperature. Setting the thermostat is also completely optional. If you prefer to turn it off, that is ok also. Whatever the best option is for your home and for you to not come home to a high bill is an individual preference.

4. Stop your mail

Once again, this step is completely optional but often an easy way to help you remain relaxed on vacation. Having someone to pick up your mail is great but if you have to worry about them forgetting or misplacing it, stop your mail! When you return, you’ll be able to pick it up at your local post office and go through it at your own pace. Just ask someone to check your mailbox each day in case the post office makes a mistake!

5. Clean each room thoroughly

There is nothing better than coming home to a fresh and clean house. Set aside a specific time to tackle and conquer each room. Knowing your house is clean and decluttered will increase your feeling of relaxation. Let’s be real– with all of the souvenirs and the suitcase of clothing you are bringing back from vacation, it is going to get messy again. Wouldn’t it be easier to create a new mess than to add to one?

6. Unplug all appliances

One of the most important things to remember is to unplug all appliances. Fires can start in the blink of an eye. Getting a call that there was a fire in your apartment while you are miles away from home is the complete opposite of relaxation. Even if you do not think it is a hazard, unplug it. You are not using it anyway. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

With these tips and any other vacation tips you have of your own, you will be sure to have the relaxing vacation you deserve!




How To Beat The Summer Heat In Your Apartment

The summer heat can be brutal. Humidity weighing down on you and the feeling of the sun hugging your skin— sometimes it almost seems impossible to beat it. Not only do you feel it outside but sometimes the heat makes itself comfortable in your apartment and that’s one guest you never wanted in the first place, right? Well, don’t worry because there are ways that you can beat the summer heat in your apartment!

One of the very first ideas that may come to a lot of minds is air conditioning. Air conditioners are a gift from heaven in the summer. But in order to take advantage of them, you have to make sure they are working properly. For example, make sure the filter is changed and if it’s not or if there are any other problems, notify the on site team as soon as possible.

Another way to beat the heat of the summer in your apartment is to utilize curtains or shades that are made of a thick enough fabric to darken the room. While sunlight is great, it can also turn your apartment into an oven in a short amount of time. Until the sun starts to go down, pick out some summer-colored curtains that will not only look cute but will keep you cool!

Portable fans are so useful in the summer. Even if your air conditioner is working great, a fan will help circulate the cool air and create a constant breeze and, not to mention, you can bring it to any room in the apartment you want. Whether it is a box fan, pedestal fan, table fan– this will help your apartment stay cool. Plus, nobody says it has to be a basic neutral color, right? Find a fan with a design on it or in a color you love!

A delicious way to cool off this summer is to create cool, refreshing beverages the whole family can enjoy. Adults can whip up frozen Margaritas or a Mojito while the kids can make their own Popsicle or have a blast making Root Beer floats. There is nothing like a cold beverage on a hot day!

Lastly, if your apartment community has a pool—utilize it! Swimming is not only a great summer activity that can keep the kids busy for hours, but it is extremely helpful when trying to keep cool in the hot summer temps!

Remember to hydrate and try your best to keep cool, Residents!

5 Tips to Remember When Finding the Perfect Apartment Community for You

Moving into an apartment is a big deal. Whether it is your first apartment or your tenth, the nerves are equivalent. You will have so many questions, such as, “Will this place be big enough?” “Will the complex be nice?” “Will management be helpful?” There are a lot of thoughts that will be racing through your brain, but before moving into a place, there are things that you can do to help calm some of that anxiety you may be feeling.

1. Check out the website

How a website is designed can say a lot about a place. Is it updated? Does it have everything you need to know such as features, floor plans, and photos? Take as much time as you need and look at every aspect of the website. This could give you the first feel of whether or not this is the right place for you.

2. Join their social network!

Are they active on social media? Check out some of their posts, see if their tone is friendly and welcoming, and while you are there, engage with the other residents. This will give you an idea about the type of people you could be potentially living around.

3. Familiarize yourself with reviews

Reviews are some of the most honest opinions you can get on a property. Keep in mind, however, that reviews are often where people turn to when something goes wrong and are full of people complaining rather than praising. For every bad review, there is often someone who is enjoying the complex. Do not depend this decision solely on the reviews.

4. Reach out to the Leasing Office with specific questions

There is no such thing as too many questions. The Property Manager wants you to become a resident at their community, and they know how to answer anything that may be of concern to you. Before calling, write down a list of questions you have, and do not hesitate to ask them–no matter how many there are.

5. Do your research

Research is your best friend. Look into the company that owns the apartment complex. Research what there is to do around the area. Look up anything and everything that has to do with your potential new home.

6. Take a tour to get the feel!

If you like what you see, take a tour! That is the most important step to take before renting your new home. Compared to what you are seeing online, touring may change your opinion, positively or negatively. Do not be afraid to ask to see certain areas while you are touring. You deserve a thorough look before signing the lease.

Take your time, ask questions, do research, and good luck in your apartment-hunting journey!