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Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:34

Temporary and Removable Products!

It's hard when you can't add your own personal touch in a rental. Here are some removable items that can add charm- without adding damage to your security deposit. To see the full article please visit:

 

 1. Wallpaper Lining: Audrey from This Little Street swears by this product, and uses it as a liner on the wall, before applying a second layer of decorative wallpaper. She says it smooths out any uneven surface, and is strippable when you move out. It also seems like a good solution when you want to use regular non-removable wallpaper, but can't in a rental.

2. Double-sided Carpet Tape: Use this adhesive tape to hold down temporary flooring (as Daniel tried with rubber sheets in his kitchen, above), or for carpet tiles, stair treads. There's also a product called Hold-It Adhesive specifically for rugs on hard floors.

3.  Peel and Stick Tile Sheets: I spotted these at Home Depot, and thought they looked interesting — especially the white subway and hex designs. You can install them over other tile and, when it's time to take them down, you aim a hairdryer in their direction, and the heat helps pry them off. There are tons of reviews over on the website, so read those first to see if they are right for you.

4. Window Film: You can be as plain or as decorative as you want to be with static cling or adhesive film for privacy and decoration. Basics are available at Lowe's and Amazon, and more decorative versions can be found at the Scandinavian Design Center and Emma Jeffs.

5. Self Adhesive Floor Underlayment: Elastilon is an elastic pad you can use as a base for temporary floors —including hardwood and vinyl, without the need for nails or glue. It also muffles sound. Whether or not you want to invest in temporary floors is another topic, but if you do, this seems worth some further investigation.

6. Command Wall Hooks: If you aren't familiar with these, you should be. Inexpensive and strong, they are a great way to hang artwork and mirrors, without damaging the wall or leaving holes.

7. Removable Contact Paper: There are all sorts of contact paper and shelf liners out there, but this one lets you turn any surface into a chalkboard. Use it as a sheet, or cut out shapes as wall decals, and reposition if needed.

8. Tile Tattoos: Temporary decals are for unsightly or boring tiles, designed specifically for kitchens and bathrooms. They come as solids, or decorative patterns. You can buy standard sizes, from places like Etsy. There's also Beautiful Wall Decals and Spin Collective for the Brits.

9. Washi Tape: And for smaller jobs, don't forget the little Japanese marvel that is washi tape. It's inexpensive and bold, and totally fun. Use it to dress up furniture, your walls, or anything else you can think up. And it peels off in no time.

10. Temporary Wallpaper: We've written about removable wallpaper before as a way to get in on the fun, without the frustration that comes with stripping it off later. Popular sources are Spoonflower (which you can also customize with your own design, and get just the amount you need), Betapet, Hygge and West, and Tempaper. It's also great for kids rooms.

 

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Friday, 31 March 2017 19:56

Fun things to Do in Greensboro

Are you new to the Greensboro area? Or just haven't spent much time exploring? Check out these Southern Living magazine suggestions on what to do in the Gate City! To see the full list of suggestions, check out the full article at: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-east/greensboro-north-carolina


International Civil Rights Center & Museum
More than 50 years ago, four African-American students from North Carolina A&T State University took a stand for equality by taking seats at the segregated whites-only lunch counter in the downtown F.W. Woolworth department store. Today, their legacy is honored as the same building presents guest speakers, interactive exhibits, rare photos, and the carefully restored lunch counter. $10 adults, $6 ages 6-12. 134 South Elm Street; sitinmovement.org or 336/274-9199

Green Hill Center for NC Art 
Located at the Greensboro Cultural Center, Green Hill highlights the state's artists with exhibits of their paintings and multimedia creations. This summer (June 29-August 26), the exhibit "By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors" will feature works by 20 up-and-coming ceramic artists. You can also see kids and families showing off their talents at ArtQuest, the center's hands-on studio. 200 North Davie Street; greenhillcenter.org or 336/333-7460

Festival Park and Center City Park
These grassy getaways become hubs of activity when the weather turns warm. Every Thursday (May through June) at 5:30 p.m., Festival Park attracts dancing crowds during the BB&T Beach Music in Park concert series. This month features two groups of Carolina beach-music masters: The Craig Woolard Band and Eric & The Chill Tones. Tickets $7; chsnc.org/beach-music.html. And both parks, along with much of downtown's Cultural District, fill with patriotic revelers celebrating the country's independence during the annual Fun Fourth Festival (June 30-July 6). funfourthfestival.org

Newbridge Bank Park 
The ball-and-bat dog, "Miss Babe Ruth," routinely steals the show during Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball games by trotting onto the field to retrieve discarded bats and bring fresh balls. This month, the team takes on the Lexington Legends, Charleston RiverDogs, and Hickory Crawdads at home. General admission tickets are $6-$7. 408 Bellemeade Street; grasshoppers.com or 336/268-2255

Where To Eat in Greensboro
The Corner Slice at Fisher Park 
This gas station-turned-pizzeria in the Fisher Park neighborhood serves pizza by the slice or pie. Try the South Park pizza ($9 for a 10-inch pie, $12 for a 16-inch pie) with ham, pineapple, and the restaurant's special blend of cheeses. 600 North Elm Street; cornerslice.net or 336/333-3077

 

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Monday, 27 March 2017 15:36

How to Prepare for a Stressful Week

Do you have a busy week coming up? It can be overwhelming thinking about everything you have to accomplish. Use these simple tips to help you feel like you can conquer the week!! To see the original article please visit:

 

1. Clean your command center

What space or room in your house acts as the hub? For me it's our kitchen. And since our house is open concept, I can see the kitchen from most points in my house. If it's a cluttered and filthy mess it stresses me out.

So I take some time to really clean it, declutter, put things in their place and throw trash out.

2. Meal plan

 But go ahead and have a plan of what you're going to eat. Stress= the drive thru. So before you head to Wendy's head to the kitchen and throw some things in your slow cooker.

If you know your week is going to be super busy take some time to cook some freezer meals or stock up on crock pot staples. Or even buy some bagged salads and frozen pizza. Whatever it takes to streamline that meal plan.

Go ahead and jot down your meal plan and then you don't really have to think about it again.

3. Wash all your laundry

I know, that sounds daunting to some of you, but trust me. The last thing you need on a busy Tuesday morning is to search for that missing pair of pants in the bottom of the hamper. Go ahead and get it all clean and try to put it away.

4. Lay out your clothes

This saves me so much time. I just go ahead and put things on hangers together and hang them up in order of day.

I go this for the kids too buy folding things together in their drawers. Then I just pull out the outfit and we're good to go.

5. Cross some things off your to do list

Get out your planner, look at your week and cross off the things that you just can't do right now.

If your level of stress is interfering with your basic needs like sleep or eating a healthy meal, then maybe it is time to reevaluate your calendar.

Maybe the kids can't each play a sport this season, maybe one social activity needs to be turned down. Look at what is unessential and decide whether or not it's really that important to you.

6. Take time to decompress

Light a candle and read a book. Call a girl friend and have a cup of coffee. Do something that gives you joy. Even if it only takes 15 minutes. If you're running and running and running and doing everything for everyone else, but never taking the time to do things for yourself you will be even more stressed out.

Take a deep breath, you will get through this week.

 

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:03

Important Renting Reminders

These are some important tips you don't want to forget when moving into a new property. To view the entire article please visit: http://blog.rent.com/6-important-things-your-landlord-might-forget-to-tell-you/

 

1. Get Renters Insurance

Your landlord likely has an insurance policy that covers structural damage to the house or apartment you’re living in, but that policy probably doesn’t cover your possessions. That’s why it’s important you get renter’s insurance. The good news is, renters insurance is affordable; the average renter’s policy costs less than $200 per year.

Tip: Renter’s insurance from Progressive or Travelers offers a “protective device discount” that helps you save up to 15 percent if your rental home has smoke detectors, fire alarms, or other qualifying devices.

2. Consider Purchasing a Monitored Home Security System

Some insurance companies may reward you and/or your landlord with a policy discount of up to 20 percent if your rental home has an active monitored home security system. There are a number of highly customizable and affordable home security options available today.

Explore your security options and then let your landlord know you’re considering a security system that may save him money on his insurance policy. If it does, he may be willing to help pay for the security system.

Tip: A wireless home security system is a great choice for renters because it’s not only easy to install, it’s simple to pack up and take with you when you move.

3. Make Your Landlord Aware of All Maintenance Issues

It might seem silly to bother your landlord with a “petty” problem, like a dripping faucet, but you’ll both wish you had when the seemingly small issue becomes a big one. Letting problems go is a recipe for disaster, and in some cases you could be held liable for damages that occur as a result.

Whether it’s a minor maintenance issue or you think there could be a hazardous situation, call your landlord right away. Write down when you contacted your landlord and what he said he was going to do to correct the problem. Save emails and any other correspondence associated with the issue.

Tip: Before you move in, document the condition of your apartment. Take pictures of any concerns you have and make your landlord aware of them so you aren’t held responsible. Be sure to notify your landlord about safety and security issues, such as a weak deadbolt or windows that won’t lock.

4. Read, Understand and Abide by Your Lease

The typical lease has a number of components, and some can be quite confusing. But understanding your lease and abiding by it keeps you in good standing with your landlord and can also help you avoid extra charges and possible eviction.

Ask your landlord to explain any sections of your lease that are vague or confusing. If there’s something you don’t agree with, talk to your landlord about it before it becomes a point of contention.

Tip: Be sure you know what conditions must be met for you to get a full refund on your security deposit. For example, if your lease states the apartment must be left in “good condition” ask your landlord to put in writing exactly what that means. Tenants aren’t usually held responsible for general wear and tear, but some landlords may require you get the carpet professionally cleaned, fill nail holes, etc.

 

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Friday, 24 March 2017 15:26

The Perfect Bed

Are you envious of your friends who always have a perfectly made bed? Well here is your guide to having a beautiful bed from Trulia. Cat optional Wink

 

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:05

7 Wonders of North Carolina

Our state is so beautiful!! Check out these beautiful views you should visit.  To view the entire article please visit: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/7-natural-wonders-nc/

 

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1. Looking Glass Rock 2. Jockey's Ridge 3. The New River
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Monday, 20 March 2017 19:31

Minimalist Apartment

Moving is stressful! It's hard to remember those basic items you need to get your started. Use this list as a guide to help you with your move.

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017 14:16

Making a Rental Feel Like Home

Sometimes it's hard to feel at home in a place you are renting. When you can't paint the walls or change the flooring, it can feel like it isn't truly your space. HGTV has some suggestions to help change things up, and make things feel homier. These are a few of their suggestions, to see the complete list please visit: http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/10-of-our-favorite-diys-for-renters

 

1: Monogram Doormat

This is a super easy project that will help set the stage for the design in your home. It’s a great way to stand out, especially if you live in a larger apartment building with identical front doors. Go with black if you want a more neutral look, or amp it up by using a brightly colored paint for your initial.

Make It: Monogram Doormat

2: Fabric Backsplash

When it comes to rental kitchens, you’re often limited with changes you can make. But this is an awesome DIY project that will allow you to completely alter the look of your space without doing any damage to the walls. Measure your space, choose a fabric you love and follow this DIY to create a showstopping backsplash. When it’s time to move out, simply take it down.

3: Radiator Cover/Shelf

If you live in a rental with a radiator, consider this project that helps you cover up the radiator while also adding some additional shelving. Even if you don’t have room for shelves, a cover can serve double duty by hiding the radiator and providing some additional space to store books, plants or artwork.

Make It: Radiator Cover

4: Wallpapered Fridge

Bethany Nauert

Sometimes an out-of-date refrigerator can really be an eyesore in a rental kitchen. Replacing the fridge is not an option for most, but all hope is not lost. You can jazz up your refrigerator by covering it with removable wallpaper.

This project is actually a lot easier than you think, and it can really add an element of fun to a tired space. This wallpaper is easy to remove, so when it’s time to move out you simply peel it off and go.

Make It: Wallpaper Your Fridge

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:08

Don't Forget These Items When Moving!

So you are moving to a new apartment. You have calculated how much you need for deposit, rent, and movers, but have you thought about these other things you need? Rent.com has a list of things to not forget. To view the full article: http://blog.rent.com/moving-costs/

 

Packing Supplies

Diligently swinging by local warehouses in search of free boxes is a good way to reduce this cost, but you’re still going to need to purchase packing supplies like tape, foam peanuts, and furniture sliders. Make sure you do this early– nothing is worse than waiting until the last second and haphazardly shoving your stuff into whatever containers you can find.

Gas or Airfare

Don’t forget it costs money to get from point A to point B, even if you’re just heading down the block. If you rented a moving van, you’ll be responsible for filling it back up the gas, and if you hired movers, you’ll have to transport yourself to your new place. These costs only go up if you need to fly to your new home.

Utilities

When you sign up for new utilities, there is usually some sort of deposit. This varies based on how much is included in your rent– in some cases, water and heat will already be turned on, as the building pays for it. Deposits are inexpensive, but they add up– so make sure you understand what you’ll be responsible for before move-in day!

Cable and Internet

Some of the most pressing moving costs are cable and Internet. (You have to get your Netflix fix somehow, right?) It’s similar to utilities in the sense that it usually requires a one-time deposit plus your first month’s fees, and like your utilities, it’s a good idea to schedule their installation before you move. Living without the Internet for a week may be a first-world problem, but it’s a big one.

Insurance Changes

Depending on where you’ve moved, you may find that your renters or automotive insurance has risen. Fear not– it’s usually not by much. Still, you’ll need to update your insurance company with your new address, so be prepared to pay a little more in moving costs!

 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:59

Moving with a Pet

Moving is stressful enough as it is, but moving with a pet can make it even more challenging. Rent.com offers some tips to help make sure you don't forget anything. To view the original article, please visit: http://blog.rent.com/tips-for-moving-a-pet-dont-forget-about-fido/

 

So, if you’re planning a move, just make sure you spend some time considering how you’re going to make the process a little less taxing for Fido and Felix. Here are seven practical tips for moving with pets:

1. Update Their Tags and Chips

Before you even pick up the first box, you should make sure your pets’ collar tags are updated with your current cell number. Why? There are plenty of times during the move when your little guys may be able to make an escape – and if they’re scared, as they may be if you’re moving large items around or making a lot of noise, they’re a lot more likely to.

Updated tags will ensure that if they run off, someone will know who to call. You should also consider microchipping – if you adopted your animals from a shelter, they likely already have these chips, but if not, microchips are another good security measure. Any vet and many other pet professionals can scan a microchip to find the information about an animal’s owner.

2. Set Out a Carrier or Crate Beforehand

If you’re moving with cats or small dogs, they’ll need to be in a carrier or crate as you move them from one apartment to another. This can pose a problem if your pets don’t have any experience with these enclosures.

To ease their fear, set out carriers or crates well before the move to give Fido and Felix time to sniff them out and make sure they feel safe and secure. You can even fill them with favored toys, a treat or two, and one of your T-shirts (your animals will find comfort in your scent).

3. Make a Transport Plan

Movers aren’t going to be able to transport your pets, so you need another way to get them to the new place. If you don’t have a car, you may want to see if you can borrow one from a friend. If not, you’ll likely need to bring them in a taxi.

Either way, your pets may develop some motion sickness. See if your vet can prescribe you any meds to give them just in case, and try not to feed them too much on the morning of the move.

4. Or, Consider Other Moving-Day Options

Alternatively, you may want to make other plans for Fido and Felix so they aren’t a part of the craziness of moving day at all. See if they can stay with a friend or neighbor from the night before the move until all of your boxes and furniture have been relocated into the new place.

This is a great idea for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s a less stressful option for the animals. And for another, there’s a much smaller likelihood of one of them escaping as your movers are carrying your couch out the front door. Removing them from the picture completely can keep everyone more sane.

5. Pack a Pet Box

Just as you need to keep some of your own important belongings on hand – medications, essential toiletries, your coffee maker, etc. – you should make sure you have some important pet stuff in an easily accessible box.

Keep at least a couple of days’ worth of food in there, as well as toys, beds, extra kitty litter, and anything else your pets will need right away when you make it to the new place.

6. Keep Everyone Confined

If your pets are staying with you on moving day, make sure to keep them confined to a single room, both in the old apartment and the new one. Mark it with a sign so that your movers (or the friends helping you move) don’t open the door.

If your pets aren’t confined, they could easily escape or get underfoot, which won’t be safe for anyone involved.

This room will become your pets’ haven in the new apartment – fill it with food, water, and anything else they love, and introduce them to the rest of the apartment slowly over the next couple of days.

7. Stick to a Routine

Finally, as much as possible, it’s important to stick to your pets’ typical day-to-day routine. Of course, moving day is hectic, so this may not be possible. But if you can keep daily feedings and walks on a schedule your pets are already accustomed to, it will make the whole transition a great deal easier for them.

 

 

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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