Paper cuts. The hiccups. Noisy neighbors. They’re all unpleasant nuisances and sadly, they’re sometimes unavoidable. If you need to turn the volume down on disruptive neighbors but want to avoid an all-out feud, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few realistic ways for getting your noisy neighbors to quiet down! Read the rest of this entry »
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Apartment Warming: Warm Up Your New Apartment with a Party
Are you looking to throw an apartment warming party? Moving into a new apartment calls for a celebration! With the stress of packing up all of your stuff, hauling it to the new apartment and then having to unpack it all, you deserve some time to kick back and have a little fun. Throwing an apartment warming party is a great way to do this — plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your friends the grand tour and show off your fantastic new home.
Keep The Party Casual
One thing that’s pretty cool about throwing an apartment warming party is that it can be very casual. Your apartment doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy, and things don’t even have to be put away. Since you just moved in, you’ll probably still have boxes around and furniture in odd places. And that’s totally expected — you just moved in. Plus, it can be interesting for your friends to see your new apartment right when you move in and watch how it all comes together as you eventually get more settled. You could even ask them for advice on how to best decorate and arrange furniture in the space.
If you’ve been in your new apartment a few days and already have everything in its place, kudos to you. Your party guests will be in awe of your moving skills, and maybe you can dish out some tips they can use next time they rent an apartment.
Planning an Apartment Warming Party
You have several choices for your apartment warming party. Do you want it to be friends-only, new neighbors only or a mix of friends and neighbors? It can certainly be a nice opportunity to meet your neighbors. Once you have an idea of who’s coming over, you’ll want to think about food and refreshments. Chips and salsa, fresh fruit and veggies with dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and tiny sandwiches can all make great apartment warming party snacks. Don’t forget plates, cups, napkins and silverware.
When you invite over your guests, be sure you give them all of the info they need in order to find your apartment. If there’s a gate code, potentially confusing directions or they need to buzz in, be sure to provide your guests with that information as well as a phone number where you can be reached.
A Warming Welcome
Okay, so you may be really, really excited about your new apartment and want to channel all that excitement into the Party of the Century, but keep in mind that you don’t want to give the impression that you’re an inconsiderate and noisy apartment neighbor. You don’t want to start off by violating apartment etiquette, so keep your party contained to a level that’s enjoyable but not out of control and disturbing people around you.
An apartment warming party can be lots of fun, and it’s a nice feeling to be proud of the new apartment you’re living in and have your friends over to celebrate with you.
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.
*Photo by Christian Fleschhut