Monthly Archives: June 2013
Residents often discuss the convenient flexible lifestyle of renting Atlanta apartments, but some advantages pay off in big savings! Renting a townhome or apartment can have certain financial benefits.
First, rent is consistent. A renter may expect the landlord to adjust the rent when a lease is renewed, but residents will pay the same monthly rent on their apartment rental. Unexpected emergencies and routine maintenance like lawn care and pest control are the sole responsibility of the owner. When you are buying a home and the roof starts to leak, you are responsible for costly repairs. Don’t expect the mortgage company or bank to help out!
Next is the matter of apartment amenities! All JAMCO apartments in Atlanta offer exclusive amenities that help residents keep more money in their pockets. Modern apartment rentals may include access to a fitness center and a swimming pool that will allow you to cancel your gym membership. Many of the properties owned by JAMCO also offer FREE Wi-Fi in their complimentary business centers, clubhouses and/or poolside!
Finally, there are the long term savings on apartments for rent. As we learned in 2008, the housing market changes. What if you must move to change jobs, to grow your family or some other reason? The market may not be in your favor when these major life events happen. Also, receiving a decent interest rate on a home mortgage requires a certain credit rating. Less than near perfect credit can increase your interest rate and add tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a home. You can save more over time if you rent an apartment until you improve your credit.
The long hot Atlanta summer has arrived this year and apartment dwellers are less likely to open the windows for fresh air in their Atlanta apartments. The A/C included provides a comfortable environment, but the air in an apartment rental can get stuffy. Now there are green ways to maintain fresh air in your home while your windows allow in bright natural light and nothing else.
House plants are known to help purify the air of an apartment home. The scientists at NASA researched the best plants to keep for better air quality. They found 3 indoor plants that provide healthy air in space or in your Atlanta apartment. Money plants eliminate toxic chemicals from the atmosphere and in homes. Plants like mother-in-law’s tongue and palms turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. Each of these plants is easily kept in a townhome or apartment by simply providing sun and water.
Doctors have differing opinions on the best flooring to control dust in the air. Some claim that hardwood floors throughout an apartment make dust removal easier. Still others say wall to wall carpeting traps dust and prevents it from being in the air. There are a number of stylish rugs engineered to reduce dust and increase air quality that will cover either hard floors or carpet in an apartment for rent. Most are made from recycled products. Show you’re decorating savvy and breathe easy at the same time.
Finally, you can purchase an air cleaning machine with an Energy Star rating. Small units can be tucked into any corner of an Atlanta apartment home. JAMCO Properties, Inc. specializes in providing clean spacious apartment and townhome rentals in the Atlanta area.
Not long after you move into your new Atlanta apartment you will be ready to host a housewarming party. Don’t wait too long so the apartment will still feel like a new place. There are a few things you can do to ensure your party is fun for not only your guests, but also for you.
First, remember to invite your neighbors. Getting to know the other residents helps build the apartment community. Also the invitation, whether delivered in person or in writing, tells your neighbors why you have so many guests right after you move in. If the other apartment residents do not attend, be respectful and keep your party to reasonable hours. Follow the rules set up by the on-site management team.
Next, be sure to keep it simple. Save time and money by keeping the affair casual. Provide some light snacks. If you want to keep people from being in and out of your fridge all night, fill one half of your kitchen sink with ice and place cold beverages in there. Instead of trying to have everyone’s favorite, pre-mix a couple different drinks. Just stir and pour over ice as people want them. This keeps the party cheap and cuts down on cleaning your apartment the next day.
Then make sure guests have see all your rooms. A housewarming is the one party when all of your guests should be checking out the spacious bedroom and walk-in closet of your apartment rental. You and everyone else will feel more comfortable if the place is clean and you have hidden all your old embarrassing childhood photos.
Finally, prepare a soundtrack in advance. Great music sets the tone for the entire party. Make a mix that will not over take the conversation. Choose beats that turn your apartment into a dance club if you want, but don’t forget your neighbors! Burn copies of the music for each guest to take home. It will be a great souvenir from your amazing Atlanta apartment.
JAMCO Properties, Inc. invites you to make your next housewarming party at one of our 20 affordable metro Atlanta apartment communities.
Stories of terrible roommates abound whether the parties began as BFF’s or met through a Craigslist apartment listing. Chances are, you have a bad roommate story, but don’t let that stop you from saving even more on your affordable Atlanta apartment. Co-existence can be made enjoyable with simple communication.
Interview. Before you co-sign the lease on an apartment rental, conduct a thorough interview with the candidates for roommate. Ask a lot of questions. People share tons of information on the internet these days. Look them up on Facebook or Google their names. Doing your research now may save you a nightmare later.
Plan. Spell out the apartment rules from the start by talking about rent, bills, other common expenses, guests and household chores. Make sure you agree on how to keep your clean Atlanta apartment tidy. Cleanliness compatibility can affect your entire roommate relationship.
Discuss. Maintain an open dialogue about your living arrangement by being respectful and open-minded. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t let issues fester either. Apartment lifestyle is about community which begins in your own apartment home.
Listen. Be honest but not too loud and listen. Whether it is a spacious Atlanta townhome or small Midtown apartment, it’s only natural for a roommate to do something that gets on your nerves and vice versa. If you have a bad roommate story, the other guy does too. Peacefully discuss your feelings about the trash being taken out rather than arguing. Treat your roommate the way you want to be treated.
Finally, don’t forget to do the dishes! If your roommate forgets once let it slide instead of leaving a strongly worded note. Just don’t let it become a habit. Be sure to wash your own, also.
Visit any one of JAMCO’s Atlanta apartment communities when it’s time to select your next apartment rental
You’ve found a pet friendly Atlanta apartment rental and you are settled. Take a moment to learn how you can be a good neighbor and pet owner. Simply ask yourself, “What do I expect from a good apartment community neighbor?” Quiet, right? While pets are OK, there are few things owners should consider:
- Training. Best done when your dog is young, but you can train an older dog. Once you have moved into your new apartment home take the time to teach Fido to impress. He’ll love the attention.
- Local Laws. Learn and follow the areas leash and curb laws. This keeps your four legged friend safe and keeps the apartment complex clean for everyone to enjoy. Most Atlanta apartments have designated dog walk areas or maybe there is a nearby dog park where you and your pet can make new friends.
- Barking. Bored and nervous pets can make a lot of noise that other apartment residents may not appreciate. Long walks, lots of toys and plenty of attention give your pet great exercise and keep him happy. And they might prevent a lot of noise.
- Cats. Keep kitty inside your Atlanta apartment. She may have returned each time before, but an accident can happen especially in spacious apartment communities with plenty of parking.
- Spay or neuter. Spaying or neutering helps control the pet population and increases the life and health of cats and dogs. Additionally, altering a pet can prevent some unwanted behaviors in an apartment.
JAMCO Properties, Inc. welcomes cats and dogs at all of its greater Atlanta apartments and townhomes for rent. Speak with a friendly leasing specialist for details on our pet policy.
Meeting your neighbors in the apartment community is not as simple as it once was. Residents in Atlanta apartments have changed with the times. But getting to know your neighbors is not only fun, it is smart. People are busy, so here are few ideas for turning your Atlanta apartment complex into a real community.
Nothing brings people together like free drinks and snacks. Throw a party and invite all your neighbors. Even if only a few people attend, going door to door with an invitation puts a name to your face. Maybe the apartments feature a barbeque grill amenity you can use or supply your guests with plenty of home baked goods and other goodies neighbors might share.
Man’s best friend can help you meet new people too. Pet friendly Atlanta apartments bring animal lovers together. Walking your dog at the same times as your neighbors helps you socialize with other renters that have the same interest as you! And if Fido ever escapes, your neighbors will know where to return him.
Garage or yard sales are not just for single family homes. Organize a multi-family yard sale in your Atlanta apartment community or nearby. Make room in your spacious closet, a little cash and new friends all at the same time. Large multi-family sales bring a larger crowd so you can show those outside your apartment home what makes your community special. Before you know it, you’ll have new residents to meet!
The final tip for meeting and getting to know your neighbors may seem obvious. Be in the habit of saying hello. A friendly smile goes a long way in meeting others in the Atlanta apartments around you.
JAMCO Properties, Inc. maintains 20 pet friendly Atlanta apartment and townhome communities throughout metro Atlanta. Our on-site management teams organize events where residents can get to know each other and their apartment community.