Apartment Shopping with a Pup in Tow

I’ve always been a dog lover. Ever since I was a kid, I had a puppy or two to keep me company after school and work. When it came time to move out of my parent’s house and onto my own, I was shocked to find that many apartments are less than welcoming to pet owners. It took a few months for me to find the perfect pet-friendly apartment, but I learned a lot about shopping for a rental home during that search. Now I’m putting that experience to good use by sharing it online with you and everyone else. If you’re ready to discover a beautiful place to live with plenty of amenities without giving up your precious pup, learn the facts before you start talking to the leasing managers of different complexes.

I’ve always been a dog lover. Ever since I was a kid, I had a puppy or two to keep me company after school and work. When it came time to move out of my parent’s house and onto my own, I was shocked to find that many apartments are less than welcoming to pet owners. It took a few months for me to find the perfect pet-friendly apartment, but I learned a lot about shopping for a rental home during that search. Now I’m putting that experience to good use by sharing it online with you and everyone else. If you’re ready to discover a beautiful place to live with plenty of amenities without giving up your precious pup, learn the facts before you start talking to the leasing managers of different complexes.

Consider An Urban Apartment Setting For Your Family

You may have thought that suburban life would be best for the kids, but find yourself longing for an urban setting again. You’re not alone — there’s an increasing trend for people to leave the suburbs for city dwelling instead — or to suburbs that immediately ring the urban center. However, that trend mainly is among young adults who don’t yet have kids and older adults who are empty nesters. Consider the advantages of urban life for children and features to look for in family-friendly city apartments and neighborhoods. This can help you decide whether this is the best choice for your own family.  Three Advantages Of Urban Life For Youngsters Cultural Amenities Living in a far-flung suburb means having to travel many miles to urban amenities such as museums and art galleries. Many suburban residents never bother. In contrast, when you’re only a short distance away, you have better motivation to bring your kids to these places. Even children’s museums tend to be located in urban settings. It’s a rich educational environment for children and teenagers.  Diversity  Some suburbs are characterized by diverse populations, but they usually can’t compete with the city. There, children grow up with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. They meet kids of different religious faiths. They hear a variety of languages and see people in unusual attire. In addition, it’s easy to bring your children to a myriad of ethnic restaurants where they can try numerous types of food. These multicultural experiences tend to make kids more worldly. They become more sensitive to individuals from diverse backgrounds. They feel more confident when...

Do You Have Bed Bugs? A Dog’s Nose Never Lies

Do you suspect you may have bed bugs, but aren’t sure? Some of the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation can mimic other things. The telltale blood spots on the sheets may come from tiny cuts you got from shaving your legs and didn’t realize it. They could also be a natural discoloration of the fabric. Any itching bites you get could come from any number of insects, and you may not have gotten them from your bed. You could have been bitten by anything anywhere, as some insect bites take a while to start itching. You may not be able to see bed bugs when you inspect your bed, because they are small and good at hiding. There are now dogs that have been trained to sniff out bed bugs, and several bed bug companies across the country are using them. The dogs produce highly accurate results, proving that a dog’s nose is one of the most sensitive instruments in the world. Once you know you have bed bugs, you can set about getting your house treated for them, even if you never actually see one. Here’s what you need to know about the new bed bug-sniffing dogs and whether you should find a company that uses them to diagnose your potential bed bug issue. Bed Bug-Sniffing Dogs Can Get the Job Done ASAP A bed bug-sniffing dog can detect bed bugs in just minutes of starting its inspection. This means the bed bug company that employs the dog is in and out of your house, business, dorm, or hotel in record time. A human inspection...

Storing Your Items Long-Term? Keep Them In Mint Condition With These Packing Tips

Storing your items in a dedicated unit can be a great way to get everything ready for a move, particularly if you’re downsizing your living arrangements. But before you roll down the door on your unit for the time being, you should be sure that everything is protected from the dangers long-term storage can present. Protecting Fragile Items If you’re also planning to put away linens or clothes in your storage unit, you can kill two birds with one stone by using them to protect valuable glassware or other fragile items. Dishes and cups are especially easy to store this way since they can be wrapped individually with an article of clothing and stored all together in a single box. Cardboard scraps may also be used to provide cushioning between small items and prevent them from scraping together when the box is moved. Remember though, if you use natural materials of any kind, you should include moth balls and other bug repellants in each box.  You can also increase the safety of your smaller fragile items by storing them in available wooden or metal containers, such as the drawers of a wardrobe or nightstand that you also intend to place into storage. Filing cabinets can also provide sturdy outward protection for more lightweight items. Be sure that containers with fragile items inside them are placed only on large, sturdy surfaces. Nothing heavy should ever be placed on top of a box with breakable items inside. Storing them on the floor itself or inside freestanding furniture is the best way to ensure nothing falls down when you aren’t around to catch...

3 Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Clean And Tidy

As you unpack your storage unit on moving day, it can be frustrating to sift through dirty items and damaged goods. However, you might not have to deal with unpleasant surprises when you are already stressed about other things. Here are three ways to keep your storage unit clean and tidy, so that you can enjoy your relocation: 1: Rent A Larger Unit If you are concerned about saving money for a down payment or footing the bill for that rental truck, you might not be too excited about the average $95-$155 per month that a typical 10×20 foot unit will cost you. Since storage units are priced based on total square footage, you might be tempted to squeeze your things in as small of a space as possible. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to keep a tiny space clean and organized. You might find yourself stacking boxes higher than you should, rummaging through packed totes to find things, or trying to cram fabric items between your larger furniture. However, by renting a larger unit, you might be able to fend off some of these problems. Here are a few ways that a larger unit can help you to keep things tidy:   Walkways: Larger units allow you to create walkways inside of your space. Instead of having to climb over boxes or furniture to get to your stuff, you can strategically place your things where you can access them. Taller Ceilings: If your storage facility is built with a pitched roof, a bigger unit might mean a taller ceiling. You can use this vertical space to hang bicycles or...

How To Stay Warm In An Old Rental Apartment

When you’re living at apartments for rent in your area, the property owners makes decisions about improving the property, including changes that would really help with your utility bills, like energy efficient windows, a new furnace, or better insulation. While you are waiting for upgrades to made to an older apartment, there are some things you can do to fight the cold– you don’t just have to grin and bear it.  Add Another Layer To Your Windows Many older apartments have single pane windows, or windows in metal casings. Eventually, your landlord will upgrade these windows to double paned varieties with good seals. In the meantime, you can add an extra barrier during the winter months by purchasing a cellophane window insulation kit to reduce the amount of work required by your furnace. These are easy to install: they usually just stick to the window frame with double sided tape. If you pull the plastic tightly, you end up with a smooth result. You may not even notice that it is there. You can use a blow dryer to shrink sections that ripple.  You can also purchase heavy drapes for your windows. This will reduce the natural light in your apartment, but the fabric will prevent some of the heat from leaving your apartment, and keep things cooler in the summer if you use air conditioning. Weather-Proof Your Doors Some apartments open right out into the outdoors. The doors on older buildings are not often the nice insulated doors your find on newer homes. If your door is wooden, light, and has cracks at the bottom that let in...

Decorate Without Damage: Tips For Personalizing Your Apartment

Renting an apartment means you have little responsibility when things break down. Usually, your part ends when you notify the owner of the property that a faucet or a furnace needs repaired. But renting also means there are limits on improvements that you can make, and if you’re an avid decorator or someone who’s stubborn about how the interior of their home should look, it can throw a real wrench into your plans. You can solve the dilemma of renter’s limitations by using a few of innovative decorating tips listed here: Walls Sometimes your landlord will allow you to paint walls in the apartment you’re renting, but typically, this isn’t the case. If you’ve grown weary of walls covered in builder’s beige paint, measure the height and width of one focal wall in your room. Purchase enough sheets of lightweight, Polyurethane foam to cover the area, and use simple staples to cover the panels in a pretty, decorative fabric. Lean the panels snugly against the focal wall, and voila! Instant wall-covering. Even better — this is one wall covering that can move with you when you pull up stakes. Flooring To dress up drab flooring such as worn linoleum or scuffed wood, use interlocking carpet panels. These are are small squares of carpet that have been affixed to high-density foam backing, and installation is as simple as placing squares on the floor and locking the edges together.  Interlocking carpet tiles were originally developed for trade shows where small areas of flooring needed to look nice for only several days, but you can take advantage of their simplicity to cover...

5 Tips For A Long-Distance Apartment Hunt

Have you received a job offer for a position hundreds or thousands of miles from where you currently live? Are you relocating because you’re getting married? Perhaps you just want a fresh start somewhere, and you need to find an apartment for rent in a faraway place. Finding an apartment is rarely easy, especially if you’re conducting a long distance search to find the perfect place. However, these tips will help you through the apartment hunting process, cutting down on the stress and worry of finding a place to live in an area that you’re unfamiliar with. Give yourself plenty of time. Finding the right place takes time, and that’s especially true when you’re looking at apartments from afar. Start your search three or four months before you plan to move. This gives you time to become familiar with the neighborhoods and their pricing, determine your budget and wait for an apartment to become available. After all, when a vacancy becomes available, the landlord still needs time to clean up, paint and do all the necessary maintenance and repairs before a new tenant can move in. Starting well in advance ensures that you don’t have to take the first thing that becomes available. Network with people in your desired location. Do you know someone who lives in the area you want to move to? Call that person up! Now isn’t the time to be shy. Even if you don’t know anyone, network with your friends and family. Share your plans on social media. You may find out that a friend of a friend (or a long lost cousin) has...

Trend: Security Officers Must Be Alert For Lone Wolf Attacks

If you are tasked with hiring a security company for your business, you now need to think of more than just whether or not officers have the required clearances and certifications for employment. Unfortunately, in light of recent lone wolf terror attacks, you need to think actively about the company’s training policies for their officers. Today’s security climate calls for increased preparedness; after all, lone wolf attackers often hit “soft targets” such as malls and sporting events. This means the very real possibility that the officers protecting your business may be the first line of defense in a crisis. Here are some actions in which you want to ensure officers who guard your business are trained. 1. Establish baseline The first thing you want officers from a new security company to do is to create a baseline of normal activity for your business. You want them to get a sense of the usual ebb and flow of the activity in and around your property–quickly. Ask them to note, within the first two weeks of hire: Who are your employees? What access should they have–or not have–to different areas of the building? What are high traffic times? What customers can they expect to see on a regular basis? What suppliers deliver to your business, and when are deliveries made? 2. Beware of abnormalities The next thing you want officers to do, once they’ve established a baseline of normal activity for your business, is to note any abnormalities. Examples of anomalies you would want to know about include individuals who begin coming to your business but not buying anything; rather, they...