This year is going to be a special one for our family. Even though I am a 35-year-old with two children, I will be meeting one of my uncles for the first time. He has lived in Japan for most of his life, and finally saved up enough money to visit the U.S. He is so excited about meeting his five-year-old great-niece, Amanda, and his two-year-old great-nephew, Joshua.
‘Apartment Life’ Category
Does the thought of your heating bill make you shiver? If you live in an apartment, you may think there isn’t much you can do to reduce you heating bill this winter. However, even those living in cities with colder climates, like apartment dwellers in Columbus or Seattle, can make small changes to cut back on expensive heating costs. Here are a few ways to save on costs with little time and effort.
In colder climes, frozen pipes are a real danger during the winter. When frozen pipes burst, you could be looking at flood damage and ruined possessions. And worse, depending on your renters insurance coverage, you may not be covered for reimbursements and repairs. That’s why renters should be especially vigilant about preventing frozen pipes during the wintertime. After all, the last thing you want is to come home from a winter vacation to a sopping wet apartment.
As we move into the holiday season, it’s important to think about better ways to prep your apartment for a vacation. Leaving your apartment in the summer is fairly easy – but in the colder months, there are new weather conditions and security concerns that can have lasting effects on your apartment, if not taken into consideration before you leave town.
Whether you’re leaving your apartment in Detroit or brownstone in New York, here are some key insights to keep in mind to prep your home for a winter vacation.
As we near Thanksgiving, those of us who live in apartments have a few extra things to be grateful for. We reflect on how great life is when we are not burdened by a home mortgage – in addition to hefty monthly expenses that include utilities, home maintenance and repairs as well as yard upkeep. In addition to cost savings, there are many additional things to be grateful for when you live in an apartment versus a home.
Every winter, Colorado residents bundle up and crank up the thermostat to fend off freezing temperatures. But are you keeping your apartment as warm as you can? Neglecting your apartment in Denver, Boulder, Aspen, or in any of the other freezing cold cities in Colorado can cause severe damage down the road. Try following these steps so that your apartment won’t be damaged by winter weather.
1. Fix and Seal Your Windows
The first point of contact with the elements is often the windows in your apartment, so making sure they are in proper working order is essential. Cold air will crack the window frames and could even lead to extensive structural damage to your apartment. Fix any cracked or worn-down windows, and make sure to seal them with caulk, weather strips, or insulation film to prevent unnecessary drafts. Read the rest of this entry »
Leading up to Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11, we want to salute those who have served our country, living in apartment communities throughout the world.
Many veterans choose to live in apartments that are affordable and close to military bases – where their friends and family live and work. Active duty military members and veterans who live in apartments realize that this type of housing offers them the best opportunities and lifestyle for themselves and their families.
As the temperature continues to drop in Minnesota, maintaining a comfortable temperature indoors becomes a necessity. Residents know that it can get dangerously cold in the winter, making apartments in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and other Minnesota cities the places in which people will spend most of their time. Fortunately, a regulation called the Minnesota Cold Weather Rule makes it illegal for the city to turn off a renter’s utilities without at least seven days’ notice. This rule works well for people who pay for their utilities directly, but what about renters who don’t control their heat because the landlord takes care of it for them?
Understanding the Minnesota Cold Weather Rule
Before addressing this dilemma, it’s important to know a few basics about the Cold Weather Rule. The city must give a tenant seven days’ notice before shutting off their utilities, in order to give them time to get the appropriate sum of money together. Additionally, the rule offers decreased payment plans for those who realize they can’t afford the normal price of heat and other utilities.
Let’s say a close friend comes to you and asks for help securing a two-bedroom apartment. She is able to pay all the deposits and has no problem adhering to the terms of the lease, but she has bad credit and so the landlord probably won’t accept her as a renter. So she’s asking you to cosign the lease with her. However, you’re worried about what cosigning could do to your credit. What would you do?
Whether you are considering cosigning a lease for a friend or a family member, here are some things you should know about how cosigning might affect your credit score.
What does cosigning mean?
“Cosigning” is exactly what it sounds like: you are signing a lease alongside another person. Because a lease is a contract guaranteeing that the signees will uphold the terms of the lease, both the renter and you will be responsible for adhering to those terms. More specifically, if you are cosigning, you are guaranteeing that the renter will pay all bills due to the apartment. If they can’t, it falls on you to meet the financial terms of the lease.
Moving apartments is hard enough without the added stress of furnishing your new space. And that becomes even more complicated when you’re moving internationally! After all, you’ve got the prospect of choosing an apartment, coordinating with management for lease types and terms, and getting renters insurance. Add the fact that you’re hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away from your destination, and you’ve got the potential for a massive moving headache.
So what’s a renter headed abroad to do? When it comes to furnishing your space, furniture rental can simplify matters. Whether you’re temporarily relocating for work, changing stations as a military service member, or simply moving to a new country with your family, it’s a way to make the transition a little easier.
So how do you approach the option of international furniture rental? Here are the two things you should know before starting your search.