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Thursday, 24 August 2017 18:50

Where to Find Cheap Furniture

For a rental, you might only live there for a year and then move to a new place. You don't necessarily need to have the most expensive/ sturdiest furniture. So where to you find furniture that will look good, do what it needs to do, but not break the bank? Check out these tips from blog.rent.com/cheap-patio-furniture/

 

Refurbish a Thrift Store Find

Well-made vintage patio furniture often ends up in thrift stores. Keep an eye on places like Goodwill, Habitat Re-Store, and KARM.  Don’t be afraid to repurpose something or buy a piece that looks a bit outdated.  Get creative and transform it with paint and new fabric for a totally custom look that suits your style.

Consignments stores are also a great option. They carry gently-used furnishings of individual owners who share in the profits when the goods are sold.  Before fall, you might get lucky with a patio find at a consignment store near you.

Hunt the Aisles of Big Discount Stores

Inexpensive patio sets abound at discount stores like Big Lots, Sams, Costco, and Kohl’s. You can also find some great deals on patio accessories while there, so look for lanterns, string lights, citronella candles, and cushions.

Peruse Ebay Like You Mean It

Ebay is a great resource for cheap patio furniture.  There are tons of options, and with the buy it now function you don’t even need to go through the bidding process.  Plus you can easily search for furniture based on price range, material, type, color, and delivery options. This is a fast and easy way to find the perfect furniture for your outdoor space.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

Posted in Blog
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:40

Save $$$ on Groceries

Rent, utilities, and other bills add up quick! Use these tips to say some money on your monthly grocery bills. To see the full list of tips: https://blog.rent.com/save-money-groceries/

 

Sign Up for Rebate Apps

While it may take you a little extra time when you get home, you can save a fortune by using rebate apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51 and BerryCart. Simply select the products that are eligible for a rebate using the app, scan the barcode on the product and then take a photo of your receipt.

Hot tip: Take a browse before you go shopping to get the maximum out of these handy little apps. Payment is usually via Paypal or gift cards.

Make a Meal Plan for the Week

If you’ve never done this before, getting started may seem difficult. However, once you’ve figured out what you already have on hand and what’s on sale, you can start putting the two together to make meals that will keep your belly full and your bank account happy. Additionally, having a plan of what you’re going to buy keeps you from going off the list, and spending extra cash you don’t really have.

Make Those Meals Pull Double Duty

Getting more familiar with using your leftovers or “upcycling” to an entirely different meal is familiar territory for those who like to save money on groceries. For example, that homemade spaghetti Bolognese can easily turn into a yummy pot of chili with the addition of a can of beans and some spices. Done with that chili? What about a round of burritos?  Even roasting a chicken on Sunday can see you getting at least 4 meals for your week. With a little creativity, you can slash your grocery bill in half.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

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Friday, 18 August 2017 19:03

Employee Spotlight: Sandra

This is our coworker Sandra. She is your go-to on just about anything in the office! If she doesn't know the answer already, she will work hard to find out the answer for you!

Sandra Busch

 

Favorite Food or Restaurant

Indian food! I love trying different cultures food!

Dream Vacation or Favorite Get-A-Way Spot

An All Inclusive Vacation to India!!

Fun Fact

I love make-up and going to yard sales.

Posted in Blog
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:57

Address Change

Sometimes the last thing on your mind when moving is letting your doctor know, but it's an important step to make sure everything stays seemless! Here are other locations to make sure you notify when you move! Full article: https://blog.rent.com/change-of-address-who-to-tell/

 

Utility Companies

This one can be easy to forget. Especially during the hustle and bustle of your move. However, it is important to let the utility companies know you have moved. They will need to take your name off of your accounts, and send you a final bill.

Department of Motor Vehicles

If you just moved across town, you don’t have make a special trip down to the DMV.  You can change your address online once the dust settles from your move. You typically have between 30-60 days (depending on your state) to let the DMV know of your address change. You don’t want to be late on this, so you are not subject to fines.

The Bank

Why does the bank need your address? Everything is on-line? When you have to make a withdrawal, the bank will want to see your ID. If your address does not match their records it may be more difficult for you to access your funds. Checks are not nearly as popular as they once were. But those would need to be updated too.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

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Monday, 14 August 2017 17:29

What Tools Do You Need in Your Rental?

You aren't expected to make any major repairs in your property, but it would still be helpful to have a couple small tools in your property! These are what Rent.com suggests. Article at: https://blog.rent.com/small-tool-kit-needs/

 

Hammer

If you’re hanging pictures or need to repair your coffee table, you will need a hammer and nails. If you’re putting together a bookshelf or entertainment center, this is also a necessity. (Fact of life: lots of inexpensive furniture requires assembly). Your hammer has many other uses too, according to family handy man.

Hot Tip: When it comes to hanging pictures, be sure to double-check your lease. If there’s a clause that states you can’t put holes in the wall, there are alternatives, such as adhesive strips and adhesive hooks.

Measuring Tape

You want to make sure furniture will fit through the door. You’ll need a measuring tape to measure the door frame and your furniture. You don’t want to damage your apartment before you make your first rent payment. A measuring tape also comes in handy for hanging pictures or measuring for rugs.

Level

A level will help you hang your pictures straight, and assemble your furniture properly.

Pencil

An old adage says, “Measure twice, cut once.” You’ll want to have a pencil with you to know where to cut your boards if you’re making shelves or where to put your hardware for hanging anything. A hardware store sells carpenters pencils which are flat and easy to use.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

Posted in Blog
Friday, 11 August 2017 17:24

What to Tell Your Landlord

You probably don't need to let your landlord know that you spill on the floor or that your grandma is coming to visit for one night... but these items below are things you definitely want to share with your landlord or property owner!

 

 

  1. You adopted a pet.

    Maybe you didn’t have a pet when you signed your lease, but after you moved in, you just couldn’t resist a (literal) pair of puppy-dog eyes. Sneaking in pets either because they aren’t allowed in the rental, or to avoid paying extra fees at your pet friendly apartment could get you evicted (really!) or slapped with a hefty fine. Pets can damage property, and for that reason, landlords who allow pets usually require a pet deposit, fee, or charge a slightly higher rent. Still not sold? If your landlord doesn’t know about your furry companion, you could be putting your pet in danger.
  2. You moved someone in.

    Landlords screen tenants before renting to them by conducting a credit check and, sometimes, a background check. If you bring in a roommate after signing your lease, you haven’t given the landlord the chance to screen this person, and that could get you evicted. Even you’re trying to help out a close friend, you’re reliable for his or her actions — and they could very well accidentally break something. More occupants also mean more wear and tear on the property anddepending on the property and its jurisdiction, there may be restrictions on the number of occupants even allowed to live in the unit.
  3. The toilet’s clogged.

    Or there’s a leaky faucet, or there’s water backing out of a drain. You could ignore those problems, maybe by using another bathroom, or you could try to fix the problem yourself — but both approaches would be wrong. Many tenants don’t report plumbing problems, afraid they’ll be charged for the repair. (And yes, typically, if a plumbing problem is your fault, you’ll need to pay for the fix.) But the landlord is responsible for fixing all other plumbing problems.

    However, if you don’t report a plumbing issue right away, and a small problem turns into a big, expensive disaster, whether you caused the problem or not, you might be on the hook to pay. And you can bet the plumbing bill will now be much bigger than it would have been if you had reported the problem immediately. Who pays for rental repairs typically depends on your lease and on state laws.
  4. There’s a new water stain on the ceiling.

    A water stain on the ceiling might not seem like a big deal, and it may not be … yet. But unusual water stains oftentimes mean a leaky roof, and like a plumbing issue, the problem will continue to worsen every time it rains. Even a small leak is left unattended it can become a major problem. Water can seep into the ceiling, damage insulation, wiring, and framework. And that’s why you need to report a water stain to your landlord right away.
  5. You have bedbugs.

    Some tenants don’t want to report bedbugs because they’re afraid they’ll have to pay for the extermination costs (unfortunately, renters insurance may not cover the cost to remove them). Often, the landlord pays for extermination costs anyway. The only time you pay is if there’s proof you brought in the bedbugs. And unless you brought in a mattress you found on the side of the street or have bedbugs crawling all over your suitcase from your recent trip abroad, it’s difficult to prove fault.
  6. You lost your key.

    Truth: Your landlord will probably charge you to replace your lost key. But the fee for doing this should be minimal. If you’re worried that someone might find your key and use it to enter your property, you’ll need to pay to have the locks changed, which will cost more. But unless your address was attached to the key, the odds of someone knowing which door that found key unlocks are slim.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

Posted in Blog
Monday, 07 August 2017 16:39

Renter Friendly Walls

Does your rental come with beige walls with no color or character? Use these rental friendly tips from Buzzfeed to brighten up your space!

These are just a few examples below, to view the full article please visit: https://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/decorating-tricks-to-brighten-up-your-rented-home?crlt.pid=camp.kwFjsqTRtBLP&utm_term=.jbvYY30q3#.nfw88VpbV

 

15. Use velcro strips to hang framed photos.

 

16. Use paper to create geometric patchwork art.

You can even make it closer to your bed, so it doubles as a temporary headboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can even make it closer to your bed, so it doubles as a temporary headboard.

17. Or make it heart-shaped.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:32

When Your Roomie Moves Out

What should you do with your roommates leaves?? Article at: http://blog.udr.com/now-what-4-things-to-do-when-your-roommate-moves-out/

 

  1. Settle any outstanding debts.

Using Splitwise or another financial app makes it easy to settle expenses with roommates, even if one is moving out early. Be sure to consider security deposits, furniture purchases (foosball table, perhaps?) and other expenses that you and your roommate may have gone halvsies on.

  1. Talk to your apartment manager.

If both of your names are on the lease, you need to speak with your landlord or apartment manager right away. It’s usually as simple as filling out a form to remove one party from the lease, but the manager is not legally obligated to let you do so. If both of your incomes were used to qualify for the lease, for instance, and the manager doesn’t think one of you can afford it alone, you could be denied. Usually, landlords are willing to work with you though.

  1. Consider your own wants and needs.

Roommates add a lot to apartment living. If you enjoy sharing your space with someone else, start the search for a new roommate immediately. But if you think you might enjoy living alone for a while and can afford to do so, take some time to evaluate your current digs. Could you use the second bedroom as an office, a music studio or a guest bedroom? Or would you rather move to a one bedroom apartment? Only you can decide.

  1. Help your roomie pack.

Packing and moving is a big job. If you’re parting ways as friends, your roommate will appreciate the help. If things are a little less than friendly, it’s still a good idea to be present during packing to make sure that none of your favorite things accidentally make their way into a box.

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

Posted in Blog
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:17

How to Split Chores

Things can get awkward in a roommate situation really quickly when everyone has different definitions of 'clean'. Make sure to have these conversations early on to avoid problems down the road! Full Article: http://blog.udr.com/tips-for-splitting-chores-with-roommates/

 

1. Define what “clean” really is.

Remember that just because you like perfect lines when vacuuming doesn’t mean your roommate feels that they are necessary. Maybe their idea of clean is stacking the dishes in the sink neatly instead of loading them in the dishwasher. Discuss what clean means to each of you, and come to a compromise. Setting realistic expectations early on can help reduce conflicts down the road.

2. Determine what the household chores are.

First create a list of chores.

  • Clean the kitchen
  • Sweep/vacuum the floors
  • Dust
  • Scrub the toilets, showers, bathtubs and sinks
  • Running the dishwasher/emptying the dishwasher
  • Clean the fridge
  • Take out trash

Then, ask questions like: What needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly? How will you split the light cleaning (vacuuming, dishes) and the deep cleaning (refrigerator, windows)? If it works better, rotate the chores every month. This way, you won’t get stuck with scrubbing the bathtub for the entire length of your lease.

3. Take turns buying supplies.

Divide the cost of supplies evenly among you and your roommate. Supplies can include trash bags, all-purpose cleaners and dishwasher detergent. Discuss how much each roommate is willing to spend on cleaning supplies to make sure you both can afford it.

4. Figure out how to hold each other accountable.

A chore schedule (as childish as it may seem) is a visible reminder of whose turn it is to clean, and can be a good way to passively enforce the schedule. There are also apps like Chorma that lets you assign chores to all members of the household.

5. Check in and communicate.

Call out problems as you see them, or schedule meetings so you can talk about what’s working and not working before they become a big deal.

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

Posted in Blog
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:55

Reduce Summer Energy Costs

With these hot temperatures outsides, you have to work harder to make sure your utility bills don't rise with the thermostat! Use these tips to help cut down on high summer bills. Full article at:http://blog.udr.com/3-simple-ways-to-reduce-summer-energy-costs/

 

  1. Hang blackout liners behind curtains.

Windows are responsible for approximately 25 percent of heat gain during the sweltering summer months, as well as heat loss during colder months. Hang blackout liners or shades behind curtains and close them during daylight hours when you aren’t using the room to keep the heat and light from the sun out. This green living strategy is especially beneficial if you have south- or west-facing windows. Your apartment will stay cooler without running the air conditioner as much.

  1. Program your thermostat.

Show your thermostat the same love you show your DVR by programming it according to your daily schedule. Most models allow you to input different settings for weekdays and weekends, as well as up to 6 different temperatures throughout the day. Experts recommend that you set the AC to 77-78°F while you are home, and increase the temperature about 20 minutes prior to your departure time each day. For every degree over 78°F it is set, you can save as much as 6-8 percent on your energy bill. Decrease the temperature 20 minutes prior to your return time, and don’t override the setting even if you feel like you’re melting from being outside for an extended period. Instead, cool your body off by drinking an ice-cold glass of water and/or putting an ice pack on your neck for a few minutes.

  1. Wash laundry in cold water and let it air dry.

The energy that your water heater uses accounts for approximately 14 percent of your total power bill. Using cold water in combination with an environmentally-friendly detergent gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while preserving fabric color and conserving energy. Increase your utility bill savings by using a drying rack on your deck or patio during warmer months instead of throwing them in your dryer.

 

 

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!

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