Posts By Tiffany Maberry

hot-cold

Are you guilty of turning the thermostat up or down when your partner isn't looking? Don’t be ashamed, lots of us are guilty of this apartment/relationship sin. And the deception is sure to increase as winter approaches.

Much like men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it’s been said that men are always hot while the ladies tend to be cold. But how does this gender disparity bode for the living quarters when both disagree on the temperature? Adjusting the thermostat every hour is the last thing you want to do. Trust us - that heating bill will skyrocket! Some might even suggest separate beds or separate rooms - gasp! So, what can the two of you do to remain comfortable and warm (or cool) this season?

free-moving-boxes

From paying your initial security deposit to renting a moving truck, there are lots of expenses you can expect to pay out as you prepare to move into your new apartment. Have you thought about where you’ll buy your moving boxes?

Expenses to Plan for When You Move

Hold up, wait a minute. Don’t you dare spend a single red cent on pre-used boxes when you can get them for free. All you have to do is dig a little!

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8 simple pool rules

swimming pool rules for apartments

Summer is still officially one month away, but swimming pools everywhere will be opening this Memorial Day weekend. Sure, the summer is beach season, but at your apartment community pool, there’s no risk of painful jellyfish stings and hidden dangers lurking in the sand.

So to prepare you for the months ahead, here are eight pieces of advice to help you make the most of pool season before it's too late!

As cliche as it may sound, we must remind you to keep safety first. Every pool has its own set of rules that need to be followed. They should be clearly posted in the pool area. You, your children and guests should become familiar with the rules to avoid being banned for silly things like splashing, diving or excessive cannonballing. Most importantly, never leave children in the pool unattended - not even for a quick run to the bathroom. Stay in the shallow end of the pool if you have to.

Read more: Practice Proper Pool Etiquette

neighbors stealing wifi

Wireless internet service has become quite a luxury. Long gone are the days when you had to make tough choices that pit a tedious dial-up connection against using your home’s landline. Welcome to the 21st century, where checking for a good hotspot has become second nature. From quick trips to the grocery store to a weekend stay at a friend’s house, you only care about one thing: where’s the Wi-Fi? To keep others from connecting on the sly, here are some things you can do to keep your wireless network secure.

capture-revised

As the school year comes to a close, families are making tough decisions about their living situation. Financial circumstances change. Happy marriages break up. Some people are finally realizing that living large in a picture perfect McMansion does not always equate to the good life. Keeping up with the Joneses isn't all sunshine and unicorns.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years - just under 65 percent - as renting becomes a more attractive and affordable alternative. The last time it was that low was in 1995.
homeownership rates 2014
Source: Census.gov
It's clear that an increasing number of people are coming to terms with the fact that downsizing from a house to an apartment is sometimes the smarter - or even the only - option. But it ain't easy. There will be lots of new things to get used to. How will you deal with such a drastic change?

roommate decor war

Even if you've found the perfect roommate, challenges will eventually arise. One of the first battles that you and your roomie may face is how to decorate your new space. Your style is simple and contemporary while your roommate likes lots of adornments and antiques. Even with opposite styles, don’t let your roommate ruckus get out of hand. Here are some simple ways to settle the decor war!

orange bedroom decor

orange bedroom decor
Jory Trail at the Grove Apartments in Wilsonville, OR

There’s a million directions to go when deciding how to decorate your apartment. You can keep it calm and subtle, or go all out to create an atmosphere that really speaks to your personality.

The latter sounds fun, doesn't it?

Switching up the look and feel of your apartment is a great way to keep falling in love with your small space. To keep things fresh, a seasonal theme is ideal. Luckily, a bright burst of orange can work at multiple points throughout the year.

worst Christmas gift ideasWhen it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Wrong. We've been busy sharing with you a ton of gift ideas that will wow your loved ones. You can thank us later. But let's not ignore that fact that some items should never be given as gifts. Ever. Good gifts can truly cement a relationship while bad or thoughtless gifts can cause it to fizzle. Not only that, a bad gift will make you appear tactless, and the person on the receiving end won’t feel so great either. Bah humbug!

'Tis the season to give, and you must keep in mind that giving unto others is actually a very strong form of communication. What message are you sending with the gifts you've picked out this year? Hopefully none of these are on your shopping list:

Make Room for Baby: Prepare Your Small Apartment for a Little One

If there’s anything we know here at Apartment Guide it’s this: you do not need to buy a house in order to make a home. This is still true when your duo turns into a trio!

A lot of expecting moms and dads panic when they find out that a new baby is on the way. Their small apartment suddenly seems tinier than Barbie’s dream house. And it doesn't help when friends and family are constantly bombarding you with the question of the year: “So... when are you moving?!”

News flash: You can raise a happy and healthy child in a small apartment. It’ll take a bit of creativity, but it can be done!

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