Proper Apartment Etiquette Makes You a Considerate Neighbor
Every apartment complex seems to have one of them – the noisy and inconsiderate neighbor that doesn’t think their actions affect everyone around them. If that person would just practice proper apartment etiquette like the rest of the tenants; then life would be a lot more pleasant at the complex. Maybe that person has never been taught proper apartment etiquette or maybe they just forgot. Next time you see that person, you can provide them with this little refresher course.
Apartment Etiquette: Noise
Noise is probably the biggest complaint received by management offices. Please remember that you have people all around you and that 11:00 on a Tuesday night is not the best time to be testing out the power of your new subwoofer. Most apartments have “silent hours” listed in the lease or posted on the grounds. Your safest bet is to assume that quiet hours are from about 10:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m.; however you can always ask just to make sure.
Apartment Etiquette: Laundry Room
There is nothing more frustrating than going to do your laundry and finding that all the washers are full even though they have finished washing. All occupants have to do laundry. Respect your neighbors and check on your laundry often and make sure to relocate or remove your clothes immediately upon completion of the washing or drying cycles.
Apartment Etiquette: Common Areas
Just like the name implies, common areas are for everyone to use. Having cookouts and leaving the area and the grill messy or always having so many friends over to the complex pool that nobody else can even enjoy it are not ways to win over your neighbors. If you constantly treat the common areas as if they were your own, your neighbors are going to be counting down the days until you move.
Apartment Etiquette: Pets
If you are a pet owner and you live in an apartment complex, do not expect everyone to love your pet as much as you do. Keep your dog on a leash, control their barking and clean up after your pet. Many apartment complexes offer rewards to people that report bad pet owners. Not to mention, you could find yourself and Fido looking for a new place to live. Pet ownership in an apartment complex is thought of as a privilege, not a right.
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Austin apartments are enjoying a great market right now–ask anybody. UT’s student newspaper, The Daily Texan, reports a record apartment market in Austin:
“Austin now has the distinction of possessing the strongest apartment market in the state, outpacing other major cities in Texas by several percentage points, according to a report by the Apartment Realty Advisors. By the end of 2006, the occupancy rate in Austin reached nearly 94 percent, compared to roughly 89 percent occupancy in both San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth and 88 percent in Houston.
“Not since the most recent building peak in 2001, when 11,665 units reached the market have Austin apartments seen such a a healthy boom. Right now, construction is picking up mainly in downtown Austin, where apartment units from four separate projects nearly reach the 800 mark.”
Austin Apartments: Up-and-Coming Apartment Projects
Trailing downtown Austin, South Austin apartment projects are also on the rise, according to O’Connor and Associates, an Austin apartment firm. Among the big names, SoCo Lofts will contribute 300 brand new units to the growing South Congress neighborhood, and Alexan Onion Creek will add almost 400 new Austin apartments to the Southpark Meadows retail development. The Villages of Bella Vista off of Brodie Lane will match the Alexan’s numbers in the Southwest Austin apartment market.
Pat Jones, an Austin apartment sales director, says, “Right now the economy in Austin is booming…the growth is healthy. Developers will add more units to match the supply with the demand.”
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Protecting Yourself against Apartment Fires
Residential fires, either in your single-family dwelling or apartment, are frightening for all involved. However, there are steps that you can take to help insure that you, your pet and your family are safe even in the incidence of a fire.
Before you rent an apartment, perform a fire inspection and make sure that it is up-to-code. Make sure there is an adequate number of working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. If there isn’t, have the leasing agent correct this before signing the lease.
Top Causes of Apartment Fires
Although apartment fires can be caused by several things, the top causes include cooking/kitchen fires, heating equipment (i.e. space heaters, kerosene heaters), smoking materials (major cause of fatal fires), and arson, which even includes children playing with matches and fire.
Steps to Prevent Apartment Fires
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent a fire from starting in your apartment. They are as follows:
- Be careful with smoking materials and never smoke in bed.
- Keep matches and lighters where children can’t get to them.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep heating equipment at least three feet away from combustible materials.
- Replace worn electrical cords, make sure to always use power strips if additional outlets are needed.
- Do not store flammable liquids or compressed gases (i.e. propane) in your apartment or on your balcony.
- Do not use your balcony for storage or for grilling food.
What to Do in Case of an Apartment Fire
If there is a fire in your apartment, make sure that you have a plan and that your plan works. Know your fire escape route and know where all the extinguishers are in your building. Never ignore a fire alarm or your building’s public announcement system, if you have one.
Always follow these steps to escape safely:·
- Check doors before opening them. If the door is cool, open it slowly and stay low to the ground and leave the building as quickly as possible. If the door is warm, seal the door and the vents with wet bedding or towels. Go to a window, and if there is no smoke outside, open it and signal for help. If you are able, call 9-1-1 and let them know that you are trapped in the building and give them your location.
- Never use an elevator during a fire! Use the stairs!
- Once you are safely out of the building, NEVER go back in. If you need help, call 9-1-1 or ask a member of the fire department that has responded to your apartment fire.