Home sweet home in an apartment? Of course! Renters don’t have to feel like just because someone else owns the place, they can’t make it their own. Your apartment is where you sleep, relax, entertain and maybe even work, so it should be cozy. Here are a few simple ways to help make your apartment feel like home. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for January, 2010
When the mercury bottoms out, a lot of apartment tenants find themselves unexpectedly dealing with flooded apartments because of burst pipes. Sadly, though, flooding can happen anytime from causes as diverse as clumsy plumbers, old pipes, hurricanes, leaky roofs, broken sink disposals, faulty washing machines, horseplay, or the ever-unpleasant blocked toilet. Flooded floors lead to rot, structural damage, insect infestations, safety hazards, damaged carpets, destroyed possessions, and possibly dangerous mold growth. What do you do when your apartment is flooded?
Stop the Cause of the Flooding
Your first action should be to stem the flow of the incoming water. If it’s a toilet or faucet, look for a valve at the floor or wall near the offending fixture. Otherwise, you may have to stop the flooding at the main valve that controls water flow to your apartment. If you don’t know where the master water valve is, ask your apartment manager or a neighbor.
Flood the Problem with Help
Get on the horn and call for flood assistance – from apartment maintenance, roommates, and friends. Get electrical devices and valuable items out of flooding danger. Management can be helpful with skilled personnel, flood remediation services, fans, and wet vacs. If you have renters insurance, now would be a good time to contact their claims department to see if they can help with replacing your damaged possessions.
Dry everything out and document the problem with photos and notes. Make sure you have records that show that you told management about the extent of the problem in a timely manner. Use fans to get the moisture and smell out of your flooded apartment. If the weather permits, sun your damp furniture until it dries. If you can, run a dehumidifier in the wet areas with the windows and doors closed.
Reconstruct the Cause of Your Flooded Apartment
It should be pretty obvious what caused the flooding. If you can’t tell, apartment management or maintenance should be able to tell you when they address the problem. In any case, if the flooding wasn’t your fault, your apartment management may choose to help you pick up the pieces. If the problem looks like a rain or drainage problem that might happen again, consider asking for a different apartment in your complex, or find an apartment that won’t plague you with flooding again.
Having your apartment flooded is no picnic, but if you act fast and are prepared for the possibility, you’ll keep the disturbance to a minimum. Stay dry!
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With the Rocky Mountains to the west, Denver, Colorado boasts an idyllic setting — and it’s literally one mile above sea level, which explains where the nickname “The Mile-High City” came from. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Denver offers a seemingly endless list of things to do, like running, camping, kayaking, skiing and snowboarding in nearby cities, and enjoying over 200 parks. Local breweries, live music, nationally recognized museums and several universities also make Denver an appealing place to live. If you’re moving to Denver, apartments are easy to find.
From downtown to Aurora, there’s a Denver neighborhood for everybody. There are actually 79 neighborhoods in all, and each offers something different. If you’re looking for an urban setting that will put you close to hip restaurants, pubs and theaters, don’t miss downtown and LoDo (Lower Downtown). Apartments in downtown Denver include high-rise luxury apartments, lofts and condos. Rents downtown are more expensive than what you’ll find in suburban neighborhoods in Aurora, Littleton, Cherry Ridge and Englewood. For families, these suburban neighborhoods might be ideal.
To help decide on a neighborhood, think about where you’ll be working or going to school, and what you like to do for fun. If you have a family, consider the importance of being close to schools or living in family-oriented communities. Know what your budget allows so that you can also narrow down apartments by price.
Living in Denver
Though Denver typically gets snow mid-October through April, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the city gets about 250 days of sunshine per year. Residents say the weather is known to change quickly, but it’s fairly nice year round. Being so close to the mountains means there’s an easy opportunity to take day or weekend trips to hike, ski, snowboard and generally enjoy the outdoors.
Those new to Denver will be busy — there’s a lot to see and do. Thanks to having the second-largest performing arts center in America, Denver has a great theater scene. Museums like the Denver Art Museum are also a big draw. And beer fans will love checking out all the breweries and the Great American Beer Festival.
Find Denver Apartments
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