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As I have gotten older I have come to really enjoy grocery shopping! I think about all delicious combos I know and love and all the world of possibilities I’ve yet to try. Also you get to enjoy the soft music and air conditioning that make grocery stores so inviting. But it is important that you don't let them trick you! Here are just a few tips I use when I go grocery shopping.

1.  Plan ahead

           You can't accomplish a goal without laying out the steps that lead to success. This is true for food shopping as well. Your goals will change over time, but a common one people have is to be healthier. By meal planning you can decide ahead of time what to make. And when you plan ahead you have more time to think of healthy meals to try. It's also important to look through your kitchen before shopping to see what you have already. A source I like to use is the website SuperCook.com. On here you can tell them what ingredients you already have and they can suggest recipes to try out! This is a great way to use up what you already have without buying a ton of new items.

 

2. Work from the outside in

           A good way to try and be healthier is to shop on the perimeter of the store.  This means going to the produce, dairy, meat, and grain sections first. This is where you'll find the least processed foods. Once you have gotten all your foods from the outside of the store, then you can venture into the aisles to complete your shopping. I find that sometimes I plan on getting something from the aisles, but once I start shopping and buy the fresh items I get encouraged to make the premade item I was planning on buying. An example would be making your own pasta sauce. While you could buy the processed version from the aisle, you could also buy fresh tomatoes and spices to make your own sauce that is more delicious and healthier!

 

3. Try frozen produce

           Fresh is always best, right? While that is true of some produce, there are some that are just as healthy and delicious frozen. Look for vegetables that are flash frozen at peak freshness to find the best options. I like doing this especially when the bags of frozen veggies are on sale. I can stock up on healthy foods that I can pull out and eat on nights I don't have anything ready to make. While it is most common to steam or microwave frozen veggies, did you know you could also roast them in the oven? What I like to do is take a bag of frozen veggies right from the bag and put them on a baking sheet. I drizzle olive oil on then and whatever seasonings I have and put them in the oven at around 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Just as delicious as roasting fresh veggies!

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1. Peace of mind

           By using Rent-A-Home's services you don't have to worry about a thing! We handle the tenants at your rental property from start to finish. We answer questions that potential clients have about the property. We also have an in-house applications specialist who processes every application that comes to our office. We do a thorough credit, criminal, and background check. When we are done we contact you directly to present our findings and you have the final say!

2. No hassle

           Have you tried to manage your rental property yourself and found it was a headache? Leave the stress to us! When you use our management services we make the leases, handle the collection of rent, and handle all maintenance requests the tenants put in. We have trusted vendors who we know when get maintenance issues handled quickly and efficiently.  

3. Affordable

           For our management program we charge 50% of the first month's rent and then 10% thereafter. By leaving the management to us that saves you time. No calling vendors trying to find the best prices or running down tenants to find out when they will pay rent. And since we complete a background check and the property owner has the final say on who is approved for the property you are able to feel confident you know the details of who is living at your property!

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Monday, 26 March 2018 20:27

Websites All Renters Should be Using

One of my favorite quotes is to work smarter, not harder! As a renter I find myself doing a lot of research on the simple problems I have everyday.  When I wanted to add art and character to my beige walls (that I am not allowed to paint) I went online to look up ideas on other ways to incorporate color and charm. Same goes for when I have a maintenance issue at my property. When my disposal stopped working randomly it was the internet who came to my rescue to teach now how to reset my disposal myself. It saved my landlord money, and it saved me from having to take off time from work to meet a vendor. Through my time researching I’ve found that there are a couple websites I always return to when I need help.  I have compiled a list of websites and blogs I routinely visit to help make my life as a renter easier! I hope they can help you as well!



 

For being up to date on events in Greensboro…..

Exploregreensboro.com is a great source for community events, musical performances, family activities and more!

 

For deciding what’s for dinner….

Supercook.com offers a service where you tell them what ingredients you already have in your pantry and fridge and Supercook offers recipes featuring those ingredients! This helps you to cut down on food costs by using up what you already have.

 

For understanding property management and renting…..

Blog.rent.com offers tips on apartment hunting, apartment living (DIYs and decorating ideas), and money advice. With such a variety of topics ranging from “Apartment Security Deposit Explained” to “The Ultimate Guide to Renting Your First Apartment” this blog will sure be of help during your time as a renter.

 

For unique rental decor ideas…..

Apartmenttherapy.com is the best spot to look for out of the box ideas. They give original apartment ideas from using bold colors to make a statement to revamping IKEA furniture to look chic without breaking the bank.



For when you break something….

Houselogic.com has great tips on many things related to home care and renting in general. But they are also a great source for maintenance help around your home. The even have an article titled “Strange Home Quirks- and How to (Finally!) Make Them Go Away” which offers help on problems you may of not even known you could fix.

 

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Monday, 05 February 2018 18:49

Employee Spotlight

Jeff Sims

Position

Office Manager:

I am responsible for the staffing needs and facilities management at Rent-A-Home to provide effective and efficient service for our tenants and owners.  I also process maintenance work requests that are received from tenants and owners, assign to our approved list of vendors and communicate the status with the tenants and owners at any given time.

Favorite Food or Restaurant

Any great meal at a great price!

Dream Vacation or Favorite Get-A-Way Spot

I have always wanted to go to the Caribbean or go on a cruise!

Fun Fact

I was the Program Director of the "Triad Flight of Honor" that took local WWII veterans to see their memorial in Washington DC.  It was a significant and rewarding experience in my life.

 

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Monday, 12 March 2018 18:37

Should You Get a Pet if You Are Renting?

Have you been thinking about getting a dog or cat? You can play with them, cuddle with them, and take cute pictures with them! But wait your first question needs to be am I allowed to have a pet where I rent? Always contact your property management company before looking at a shelter or pet store. Once you get the okay it’s time to decide for yourself if this is something you should do. Here are a couple quick pros and cons to get your thought process started!

Pros:

1.      Company- if you live alone or if your roommate is gone a lot a pet would be a source of companionship when you are home alone.

2.      Security- A pet, especially a dog, would be good security for your property. If someone were to stop by the house while you were away the dog could bark and scare them away.

Cons:

1.      Additional costs- Your property management company will ask you to pay either a pet deposit or pet rent on behalf of the pet. And of course you will have to pay for vet visits, food, toys, and housing for your new furry friend.

2.      Potential damage- The reason you’ll have to pay a deposit or additional rent is because there is a higher change for damage to the property. Especially with puppies there are bound to be accidents and chewed furniture. Training early on can help prevent some of these possibilities but it can’t stop ever accident!

 

So should you get a pet? Ultimately the decision is up to you! If your property owner allows you to have pets and you have the time and money to devote to a furry friend then it could be a great addition to your life! Just make sure you think through the pros and cons before making a decision.

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Monday, 05 March 2018 18:35

Employee Spotlight

Griffin Person

Position

Reconciliation Manager:

I am responsible for reconciling all of the Move-Out Security Deposits and coordinating any needed repairs.

I also handle Tenant and Owner Repair/Maintenance Requests which includes taking all calls, contacting vendors for quotes and arranging for the work to be performed when the Office Manager is unavailable.

Favorite Food or Restaurant

I can't think of just one! Austin's, Captain Bills, Dairi-O, Monterey, Positano's and Sarah's Kabob Shop to name a few!

Dream Vacation or Favorite Get-A-Way Spot

A family vacation to anywhere or a golf vacation!

Fun Fact

I am an avid golfer with four hole-in-ones! Two of them were made only three months apart. Love me some golf, golf and more golf!!

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Monday, 15 January 2018 18:29

Utility Companies

Utilities

       Electricity:  Duke Power- 1-800- POWERON (1-800-769-3766)

       Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas- 1-800-752-7574

       Oil: Berico Fuels- (336) 273-8663

       Water:

o       City of Greensboro

2602 S. Elm-Eugene St., Greensboro, NC

(336)-373-2055

**You must go in person with proof of residence(ask for a copy of the front page of your lease **

 

o       City of High Point

(336) 883-3100

 

·Sewer: Republic Waste Services-http://www.republicservices.com/request-services Click on “request services” or call (336) 724-0842

Additional Resources

·Newspaper:

Greensboro News & Record –www.news-record.com Click on “Subscribe”

High Point Enterprise –www.hpenews.com Click on “Subscribe”

·Cable Services:  Spectrum: 1-855-243-8892 or visit spectrum.com

·Renters Insurance:  Bob Young’s Office 336-288-8000

·Driver License Office:

 

Greensboro:

 

5551 West Market Street

Greensboro, NC 27409

(336) 856-1510

High Point:

 

1677 Westchester Drive Suite 155

High Point, NC 27262

(336) 889-8247

 

 

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Monday, 08 January 2018 18:19

Local Transportation

If you don't have a car getting around can be difficult. While Greensboro is small compared to other cities in North Carolina, it is still useful to have access to reliable sources of transportation. Thankfully Greensboro offers lots of options. For everyday travel there are busses that run all over town and we also have a train station if you are looking to leave Greensboro. We also have some unique options here in the Triad! These are great for when you need a ride to the airport or if you are planning on enjoying some adult beverages and need a safe ride home ,or if you want to try something different.

1.      12nGo

12nGO Flat Rate Car Services offers an alternative car service for people who want to know how much their ride will cost before they go. They have drivers who have passed criminal background checks available to take you where you need to go! They even offer long distance rides that cover from the mountains to the beach to even Virginia and South Carolina. Check them out at: 12ngo.com

 

 

2.      Limebike

     This unique services offers people to pick up a bike and ride anytime! By using an app to unlock their bikes, you are able to jump on and jump off wherever is convenient for you. This is a great option if you are looking to exercise or explore downtown. To learn more about Limebike and to download and ride now visit limebike.com

3.      Uber or Lyft

     Many people are familiar with the ride share service Uber. But did you know here in Greensboro we also have Lyft? With a similar set up to Uber, Lyft offers rides any time of day. A money saving idea is to check both apps when looking for a ride. Often times one app is cheaper than the other based on when their surge prices come into play.

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Monday, 29 January 2018 17:50

How to Make Your Rental Space Your Own

1.      Use fun curtains and bedding

     In the cases where you are unable to paint the walls, or unable to hang things on the walls, sometimes you have to turn to fabric! You can use a colorful comforter with complimentary curtains and rugs bring out your style without upsetting your landlord. Some places in Greensboro I like to look at bedding are Bed, Bath and Beyond; At Home (where Garden Ridge used to be); and if I have extra money I shop at Anthropologie. I like the first two stores because they offer a lot of options and most are pretty budget friendly. Anthropoligie features really unique items that are made well.

2.      Hang pictures of family or artwork that is special to you

     If you are able to hang up art in your rental- go for it! With the use of command hooks, push-pins and old fashions nails there are a lot of options depending on what you have available. If you've move away from your friends and family, this is a great way to showcase them in your space. Also hanging art, either that you've created or purchased, can be a great conversation starter when you have company over.  It's also a great opportunity to showcase the things you are interested in.

3.      Use decorations that remind you of home or from your travels

     If you are not big on taking photos another way to go is to use things that remind you of your friends and family or of trips you've taken. Souvenirs from trips can be a great reminder of places you've visited. Or if you did move away from your home city or state you could have decorations that remind you of where you've lived. I have a cutting board in the shape of the state of NC and it's a special touch for my kitchen space.

4.      Don’t forget your front door!

     So you've put in all this effort to your inside space. The bedroom is just right, the kitchen is lovely- but wait don't forget the first thing people see- your front door! This is an excellent opportunity to add a little sunshine to your unit and it can make you happy every time you arrive home. Excellent options are having planters right by your front door or you could add a wreath to give some warmth to your front door and make it seem more homey.

5.      Make use of your outdoor space

     Another sometimes neglected space can be the outdoor space. Again this is a great opportunity to add some character and unique touches to your rental unit. Planting flowers or getting outdoor furniture can turn that area into more entertainment room and make your rental feel even bigger.

 

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Monday, 12 February 2018 17:46

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Rental

Finding a rental can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to begin. Maybe this is your first time renting and you’re not sure where to look. Or maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve looked for a rental and not sure what you are looking for just yet. Either way we’ve got the tips you need to be successful!

 

1.      View our FREE listing atwww.gsorentahome.com

Rent-A-Home is the best source to find a wide variety of rental options in the Greensboro area. From studio apartments with utilities included to 4-bedroom homes with a lake front view- we offer options for every budget. At any given time, we have about 30-50 properties available. What’s great about the Rent-A-Home website is the ability to filter for exactly what you’re looking for. If you know your budget you can filter by that! If you know you need a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home- you can filter by that! If you know you want to be in the zip code 27401 you can even filter by that.

2.      Drive by the properties you’re interested in and set up a tour!

While pictures and descriptions can tell you a lot about a property, sometimes the best way to know if a house or apartment will work for you is to view it in person! Make sure to view the exterior of the property- make sure the size and yard are what you are looking for. You must also consider the location. How long will your commute to work or school be? Are there shopping and restaurants near by that interest you? Do you need to be close to the highway or would you rather be in a more secluded area? These are the important things you need to consider when deciding where you will live for the next year- or longer!  If you are interested in the safety of the neighborhood you may contact Guilford County Police to look up police records in that area. If there is a particular school zone you need you can search the Guilford County School Locator to see if it’s right for you!

3.      Ask a Rent-A-Home expert!

Here at Rent-A-Home all we handle are rental properties so we are able to assist with many different questions and concerns you may have. The president of Rent-A-Home, Kerri Person, has been in business for over 25 years and is well versed in the rental market! Call our office if you have any questions about the properties and we can help you. Once you set up a tour you can meet with our knowledgeable agents at the tour. Karen Fuquay has been a showing agent since 2011 and knows every rental house inside and out! If you don’t like the property you signed up to tour she can suggest 5 more great options for you.

 

4.      Consider your must-have amenities

Everything could be perfect about a house on the outside, but you must think about what’s on the inside as well. A majority of our properties will come with a fridge and stove, but some do not come with things like a microwave or dishwasher. For some people not having a dishwasher is a deal breaker and that is something important for you to consider! Also, will the property come with a washer dryer or just connections? It’s a good idea to make a must-have list to quickly sort through the available properties.

5.      Apply and get the process started!

The next step to getting your perfect rental is to apply! It takes us about 3-4 business days to process rental applications and there are steps you can do to help the process go faster! Make sure to include with your application a valid photo ID and proof of income. That could be your 2 most recent paystubs, proof of disability or SSI, or an offer letter from a new position. Don’t have enough income to qualify? You are welcome to get a cosigner to apply with you! We will process your credit, criminal and background check. We then present our findings to the property owner who makes the final decision. Once you are approved we will call you to set up a lease signing.

 

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