Curtains add an extra layer of protection between your cozy apartment and the outside air.
The telltale orange leaves and nip in the air means it’s that time again: Fall’s cool breezes will soon give way to icy, wintry gusts. Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to prepare your home for the cold months – these easy DIY projects will keep you toasty warm until spring.
1. Tend to your windows.
Everyone wants big, pretty windows to brighten up their home, but windows tend to leak if they’re old, letting cold drafts seep inside. If you’ve got gaps, check with your landlord to see if you can caulk them or have the apartment community’s maintenance team do it for you.
You can further improve your efficiency with window coverings, including drapes, blinds and curtains. Be sure to close them at night so there’s a barrier between your warm inside air and the coldest outside air. And don’t forget weather stripping – if you can feel a draft coming from your windows, it needs to be plugged. You can buy inexpensive weather stripping at any home improvement store, or you can make your own draft stopper.
As a renter, you want to be able to find the perfect apartment for your needs – that means the right price, location, and amenities. But that’s easier to find in some places than others.
According to the National Association of Realtors, in the apartment rental market – aka multifamily housing — vacancy rates are likely to stay about the same in the near future, with new construction rising to meet increased demand for rental spaces. The top cities that are considered “renter’s markets” have the highest vacancy rates, leaving many options open to renters.
According to research conducted by the CDC, more than one third of Americans now use only their cell phones at home.
But before you make the leap to get rid of your landline all together, there are a few points to think about. Consider the following ideas before you ditch your apartment landline and use only your cell phone to reach out!