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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!

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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 .

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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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Monday, 17 July 2017 08:14

What You're Not Cleaning

I know I know, you don't want to be cleaning more. But these are some areas that need some TLC once in a while!  https://www.amli.com/blog/often-missed-spots-when-cleaning/

 

1.Air vents

Living in a rental apartment, you may not be responsible for changing your air filters. You should, however, wipe the vents clean with a dust rag from time to time. This prevents dust from dispersing throughout your apartment whenever your heating or cooling unit turns on. It should also help you breathe easier.

2. Baseboards

Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors is an integral part of any apartment cleaning routine. Baseboards, door frames, and other molding in your home should be as well. Clean residue from spills and splashes using a Magic Eraser, vinegar, and warm water.

3.Ceiling fans

Dust loves to accumulate on the top side of ceiling fans, where it is easy to ignore. Use a microfiber cloth, dust rag, or old pillowcase to clean the blades of your fans. This is best accomplished when you haven’t used your fan in a while.

4.Curtains

Depending on the material and color of your curtains, dust can accumulate on them for months without your knowing. Some curtains can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Others need to be dry-cleaned. Care is material-specific, so do some research before cleaning.

5.Inside the couch

Keep your furniture clean by vacuuming both the furniture and the floor beneath it. For a thorough cleaning, be sure to remove or pull back cushions. Collect loose change and other random items most likely originating from your pockets, and then vacuum crumbs and debris.

6.Behind toilet

When is the last time you cleaned behind or underneath your toilet? If it’s been a while, use a cobweb catcher or Swiffer-style sweeper to rid these areas of dust and debris the next time you clean the top and inside of your toilet.

7.Washing machine

Washing machines are designed to help you with cleaning, so it’s understandable to forget you should clean them on occasion yourself. If your washing machine smells or the clothes you’ve washed smell funky after a completed cycle, it’s time to clean the machine. A dash of baking soda and some vinegar is typically all it takes to return a washing machine to its clean and odorless state.

 

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, 17 July 2017 08:14

What You're Not Cleaning

I know I know, you don't want to be cleaning more. But these are some areas that need some TLC once in a while!  https://www.amli.com/blog/often-missed-spots-when-cleaning/

 

1.Air vents

Living in a rental apartment, you may not be responsible for changing your air filters. You should, however, wipe the vents clean with a dust rag from time to time. This prevents dust from dispersing throughout your apartment whenever your heating or cooling unit turns on. It should also help you breathe easier.

2. Baseboards

Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors is an integral part of any apartment cleaning routine. Baseboards, door frames, and other molding in your home should be as well. Clean residue from spills and splashes using a Magic Eraser, vinegar, and warm water.

3.Ceiling fans

Dust loves to accumulate on the top side of ceiling fans, where it is easy to ignore. Use a microfiber cloth, dust rag, or old pillowcase to clean the blades of your fans. This is best accomplished when you haven’t used your fan in a while.

4.Curtains

Depending on the material and color of your curtains, dust can accumulate on them for months without your knowing. Some curtains can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Others need to be dry-cleaned. Care is material-specific, so do some research before cleaning.

5.Inside the couch

Keep your furniture clean by vacuuming both the furniture and the floor beneath it. For a thorough cleaning, be sure to remove or pull back cushions. Collect loose change and other random items most likely originating from your pockets, and then vacuum crumbs and debris.

6.Behind toilet

When is the last time you cleaned behind or underneath your toilet? If it’s been a while, use a cobweb catcher or Swiffer-style sweeper to rid these areas of dust and debris the next time you clean the top and inside of your toilet.

7.Washing machine

Washing machines are designed to help you with cleaning, so it’s understandable to forget you should clean them on occasion yourself. If your washing machine smells or the clothes you’ve washed smell funky after a completed cycle, it’s time to clean the machine. A dash of baking soda and some vinegar is typically all it takes to return a washing machine to its clean and odorless state.

 

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, 14 July 2017 17:10

Home to Make a Rental Homey

Just because you are renting a property doesn't mean you can't make yourself at home! Use these simply steps to make coming home a joy. https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/january-2016/3-ideas-to-make-your-apartment-feel-like-home

 

1. Personal Mementos
Hang paintings and personal photographs on the wall, or place photos in decorative frames and scatter them in various areas of the apartment. Throw a quilt or afghan from a family member over the couch or chair. Situate personal mementos like trinkets or collectibles throughout the apartment to remind you of special moments or memories. By adding personal items to the apartment, you will make it feel much more like home.

2. Create Your Own Style with Accessories
Some apartments for rent may have clear guidelines on how much you can change within the apartment. Talk to the property manager first before making any changes to the apartment.

Add drapes, blinds, or sheers to the windows. Drapes provide a dramatic flair, especially when they reach the floor. Decorative rods and flowing drapes in brilliant colors allow you to put your own statement in the whole apartment.

Add decorative pillows to the couch, and set potted plants around the apartment. If you have a balcony, add a small bistro table set or a lounger with a side table stacked with magazines or books.

3. Add Furniture
To feel more like home, you may want to add your own unique style. A traditional bedroom suite you find at an auction or a dining table with chairs that goes on sale at the furniture store can provide that homey feel you’ve been searching for right in your own apartment. Make the kitchen a place to gather by adding bar chairs to an extended countertop.

Make your apartment feel like home by incorporating a few of these tips into your apartment. The more at home you feel in a rental, the more relaxed and comfortable you’ll be with your surroundings.

 

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, 10 July 2017 16:39

How to Make New Friends

I found this article about finding new friends when moving to a new city. But really these can work for anyone who is looking to meet new friendly faces!  https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/march-2016/five-tips-for-making-friends-when-you-move-to-a-ne

 

1. Let Apps Guide You
Apps such as Meetup allow you to cut through much of the social anxiety that goes into meeting new people. Meetup focuses on meeting people in real life and enables you to create and join groups that pique your interest. Do you like Mario Kart? Coffee? Hiking? American Sign Language? There are plenty of people who enjoy your favorite activities, too. Other apps to look into include Foursquare and Nearify. If you have a dog, then the Meet My Dog app could be your best friend.


2. Sign Up for Sports
Many localities offer adult leagues for sports that include softball, basketball and disc golf. Signing up for a team is a great way to exercise and meet new people. If you are not especially athletic, don't worry. You can join a bowling league or similar activity; most passive sports emphasize socialization over competition.


3. Volunteer
Few things feel better than being a part of something greater, improving yourself, and meeting new folks. Volunteer opportunities are everywhere, and you can opt for a one-day experience or an ongoing commitment.


4. Register for a Class
Have you always been interested in an activity, or want to brush up your skills in a certain area? Now is the time to do it. Class offerings are incredibly diverse. Take pottery, karate, calculus, and more. Look into the offerings from the local parks and recreation department as well as local colleges.


5. Check out Alumni Networks
If you went to college, it's possible that your school has groups for alumni in your area. Do a Facebook or Google search to find them. These groups often schedule meetups, and the connections you make can also help you find job opportunities.

 

 

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, 06 July 2017 16:04

How to Have a House Warming Party

So you just moved into a new place. Now it's time to show it off to your friends!  https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/april-2016/10-tricks-for-entertaining-in-an-apartment

1. Put Ice in the Sink
Fill your sink with ice, and use that as a beverage cooler instead of bringing in a separate container that will only take up more space.

2. Prepare the Space for Guests
Rearrange your furniture in advance, and use the purpose of the party to guide how you rearrange; for example, you might want to create open space in the middle of your living room. If your bedroom is off limits, you could store what you need in there to create more space elsewhere.

3. Create Some Labels
Label cabinets and cupboards "Get your dishes/glasses here," instead of taking up precious space by keeping them out in the open.

4. Plan Your Party Dishware
Use disposable plates and glassware for easier clean up. Alternatively, use a labeled tub to indicate where guests should put their used plates and utensils.

5. Use Your Vertical Space
Choose vertical options for serving and organization (tiered cake stands, for example) to take advantage of vertical space, which is usually more plentiful than horizontal space.

6. Set up Multiple Drink Tables
Arrange your food and drink tables throughout your apartment, to help traffic flow and encourage guests to mingle.

7. Store Extra Trash Bags
Put a few trash bags beneath the open bag in your kitchen trash. Once the bag is full you can easily tie it off, position the new bag, and take a quick walk to dispose of the filled bag.

8. Add Wall Decor
Decorate with string lights on your walls, since they add fun, color, and atmosphere without using up precious surface and floor space.

9. Prepare for Layers and Accessories
Plan ahead for where you want guests' coats, purses, and the like to go. One possibility is your bedroom.

10. Create Your Own Dining Table
Use your coffee table as a dinner table if you don't have an actual dinner table. Arrange floor pillows around the coffee table for seating, and have your food and drinks set up buffet-style on the kitchen counter.

 

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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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:42

How to Have Less Clutter

Did you just move into an apartment and quickly learn you have way too much stuff? Use these tips to declutter your apartment! article at: https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/february-2016/three-tips-for-living-with-less-in-an-apartment

 

1. Declutter Your Closet
Clothes you haven't worn in years are lurking in the back of your closet. Are you likely to wear them again? Do they even still fit? Set aside an afternoon to try on all of your forgotten clothing. Donate any pieces that no longer fit you or your style. Divide the rest of your clothes into a "definitely keep" and a "maybe" pile. Over the next few months, move clothes from the "maybe" pile to the "keep" pile as you wear them. After six months, get rid of any clothes that are still languishing unworn in the "maybe" section.

2. Sell Your Gadgets
Are you holding onto electronic gadgets, such as printers, speakers or old cell phones, simply because it seems wrong to throw out something valuable that still works? Earn some extra cash by selling electronics that you don't use on eBay or Craigslist. You can also use Amazon's Trade-In Program to swap your unwanted gadgets for spending credit on the site, but think carefully before you spend it on items that will cause more clutter!

3. Digitize Your Media
At one time, possessing an extensive media collection meant having an entire wall of your home filled with books, DVDs, photo albums, and CDs. You can now store all of your music, video content, and photographs on a single hard drive that takes up as much space as a single CD does. Buy a 1TB hard drive and devote a few hours to scanning your photos, so you can get rid of the old photo albums that sit on your shelves gathering dust.

 

 

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, 03 July 2017 14:11

How to Choose a Roommate

It's important to find a roommate you get along with, as you will be living with them for at least a year! So don't make a quick decision, make sure you find the right person. Use these tricks to find the perfect roomie. Full article at: https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/july-2016/how-to-choose-the-perfect-roommate

 

1. Think outside your circle of friends! 
If you’re confident a friend would be a good match for you in terms of lifestyle and financial stability, go ahead and ask! But, if you have any hesitations about living with a friend, you can explore resources like free community newspaper ads and online roommate matching services to broaden your search, including: Craigslist, Move.com, Roommates.com, RoommateNation.com, or RoommateLocator.com. You can also ask for recommendations from people you know and trust; word of mouth is a powerful research tool.
 
2. Interview your roommate-to-be face to face.
Grab a cup of coffee and interview your roommate-to-be (more than once, if possible), asking questions that will establish clear expectations for both of you:

  • What is your employment status? (Ask for a pay stub and inquire about their work schedule.)
  • Do you drink or smoke?
  • How often do you like to host guests?
  • What is your comfort level in sharing common spaces?
  • Do you mind sharing household and food items?
  • Have you had roommates before? (Ask for references and don’t hesitate to check personal credit reports.) 

3. Find out what your roommate-to-be expects of you.
Be ready to answer all of the above questions about yourself! It’s important to be honest with a potential roommate. If you’re a smoker, tell them! If you aren’t the neatest person ever, let them know that, too. It’s better to be up front now and avoid awkward situations after you sign the lease.
 
4. Be realistic about expenses.
Present your potential roommate with an estimate of monthly expenses, both individual and shared. Brainstorm together over this; it’s important to have an accurate accounting of finances from the beginning of your partnership!
 
5. It’s okay to ask for your agreement in writing.
Whether it’s cleaning the apartment or paying the rent, both you and your “perfect for you” roommate should make a fair contribution to your new partnership. Before you sign a lease, it’s a good idea to write down everything you have discussed. This isn’t necessarily a legal document, but an effective way to clearly communicate the details of your living arrangement.

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