Avoid huge mistakes and bad surprises before leasing your very first apartment. Ask the property manager these critical renters' questions. The feedback you get will help you decide if a community is a good fit for you, and the answers will also affect your quality…
You just moved into your new apartment; time to unpack boxes, arrange your furniture and put everything in its proper place. It’s usually about this time that you decide to setup your Wi-Fi, after all, unpacking is a lot more…
Babies and puppies have more in common than you might think. Both are curious, can get into trouble very quickly, and need a safe environment to play and grow. When you baby-proof and puppy-proof your apartment, you’ll need to think…
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.
Cigarette smoking is still a very common habit in the U.S. According to the latest findings from the American Lung Association nearly 50 million adults over age 18 are smokers.
So what does this have to do with you?
Whether it’s summertime, the holidays or spring break, it’s likely that you’ll welcome visitors into your apartment. Whether they’re staying for a day or a week, you may run into a very uncomfortable issue: how do you ask them not to smoke in your apartment?You should not feel intimidated in your own home. Your house, your rules! If they can't deal with not being able to smoke inside, they can find somewhere else to crash.
If being blunt isn't your style, here's something to consider. Even if you've never lit up yourself, you would still be in harm’s way says the Centers for Disease Control. More than 40,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke each year.
So, what can you do?
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
It’s no fun being locked out of your apartment, but it’s bound to happen sooner or later. You walk up to your front door and the key that unlocks your world is nowhere to be found. And where exactly is…
Winter may be halfway over, but much of the U.S. is still experiencing some of the most extreme weather on record. Need we remind you? Messy mixtures of snow and ice paired with below freezing temperatures have made it necessary to crank up the heat at home. Staying warm and toasty during the frigid winter months is no doubt a basic human necessity. But as renters get resourceful with their techniques, the risk of disaster lurks.According to the National Fire Protection Association, how we heat our living spaces is largely to blame for the many fires that take place each year. In 2012 there were reportedly 97,000 apartment structure fires resulting in 380 deaths. If there's any silver lining to highlight, it's that, possibly due to increased awareness or prevention methods, the number of fire-related apartment deaths has fallen by over 62 percent since 1980. Heating your small space is a must, but the right safety precautions have to be in place to avoid a potential life-threatening catastrophe. Below, we outline some of the main causes of apartment fires and how you can prevent one from setting your humble abode ablaze.