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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
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!

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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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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!

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Friday, 28 July 2017 16:07

Tips for a Summer Move

Are you moving this summer? It is going to be HOT, and tensions can easily rise during a summer move. Use these helpful tips to make your move nice and sunny Cool Full article at: http://blog.udr.com/tips-for-a-summer-move/

 

Plan Ahead

Whether you are hiring a full-service moving company or renting a truck for a DIY move, make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Weekends fill up fast—and tend to be more expensive than weekdays—so consider taking a few days off work and moving midweek if possible.

Pack Strategically

The temperature inside the back of a moving truck can get upwards of 140°F on a summer day. Even if it’s parked in the shade, it will get hot enough in the back of a moving truck to melt candles and warp plastic. That vintage vinyl collection you’re so proud of? It’ll melt faster than crayons in a dryer. Pack a separate box for vulnerable items and keep it in an air-conditioned vehicle to prevent damage. Similarly, leather furniture will sweat and stain if it’s wrapped in plastic. Instead, use a moving blanket to protect it from dings and scratches.

Stay Hydrated

Moving is essentially like an extended CrossFit workout. And you wouldn’t hit the box to complete the Murph or any other WOD without a water bottle. Make sure the fridge at both your old and new place is stocked with bottled water, or fill a cooler if the fridge is going in the back of the moving truck. It is important that everyone stays hydrated and energized throughout a summer move.

Keep Your Cool

The doors to both your old place and your new place will be open nonstop. While it may be tempting to crank up the AC, it may not be as effective as opening windows for cross ventilation and using fans to keep movers cool. Cooling towels can also prevent movers from overheating.

Board Your Pets

Make arrangements ahead of time to take your canine companion or feline friend to a day spa or kennel on moving day. You don’t want risk injuries with them underfoot, or worry about them escaping through an open door.

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, 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!

Posted in Blog
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!

Posted in Blog
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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