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
Spring Cleaning Your Apartment: It’s That Time of Year Again
Spring is the time of year when everything is turning green, the flowers are blooming and the space under your couch is full of dust bunnies – time to spring clean your apartment.
To Toss or Not To Toss
The first step in spring cleaning your apartment is to go through all of your belongings, almost as if you are planning on moving. Decide what to keep, what to sell at a yard sale or what to donate to charity. Clothes are the easiest to go through. The general rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it for at least two seasons, than it is time to get rid of it. As far as everything else, if it isn’t replaceable (at least in your mind) and you haven’t used it for at least a couple of years, you might want to put it in the “get rid of box”.
To Clean or Not to Clean
Not that you have gone through your apartment and have relocated all the extra clutter to its new home, it is time to actually start cleaning. The easiest way to keep you organized and on task is to make a list of all the rooms in your home and then list all the chores that need to be done in each room. You might find that you don’t actually have as much to do as you thought.
It’s Not Just About Cleaning
Spring cleaning also means checking on the condition of various items found around your apartment. For instance, when was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke detectors? How about the caulk around your tub? Wandering why bugs keep getting in? Maybe your screens are in poor condition. Go around and take a look at all of these different elements in your apartment and if you find anything that needs repairing or replacing, give your apartment manager a call.
Spring Clean Your Apartment and Enjoy the Spring
Now that all the cleaning is done and your life feels much more in order, reap the rewards of a clean apartment by stepping outside and enjoying the nice weather. Who knows, you might even meet a new neighbor or two!
You Need to Sublet Your Apartment
There are many reasons why you might need to sublet your apartment. You could have gotten a better job, but it requires your relocation to a different city. Maybe you lost your job and you can no longer afford your apartment. Maybe you and your significant other have decided to make it official and get married, but his/her place is so much better than yours. Or maybe, just maybe you have decided to run away from it all and move to the Caribbean. Whatever your reason, your lease isn’t up and you need to move out. Read the rest of this entry »