Monthly Archives: July 2013

When to Pass on an Atlanta Apartment

Sometimes the search for a new home or an Atlanta apartment can become desperate, but there are still times when you should pass on a unit or apartment community. If you visit an apartment complex and see any of the conditions below, move on, regardless of the features you love.

Apparent maintenance neglect like un-kept landscaping, mildew or mold, mouse droppings, insect damage or rusty fixtures are key indicators of poor management. Check the hot water and HVAC system in the apartment to make sure they work. If items are in disrepair when the landlord wants to attract tenants, it is unlikely those items will be fixed after the lease is signed.

Sprucing up a unit with fresh paint is an easy and affordable thing for the landlord to complete. Damaged walls, peeling paint and water damage mean keep looking for the right Atlanta apartment. At JAMCO Properties, attentive property managers and on-site maintenance staff address these issues on a regular basis to keep their communities at their best!

Research the neighborhood where the apartment community is located. Check the local paper or do a web based search for crime statistics. Sometimes you might consider an area because of the affordable rent. In that case move into the community with your eyes open. Be aware of the situation. Ultimately, only you are responsible for your safety. Visit the property during different times of the day and night.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain GA
Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain is JAMCO Properties newest community currently involved renovation.

Whether it is traffic or neighbors, sounds might be completely out of your control. Nearby airports and trains provide convenient access to transportation for commuting or travel, but they may be noisy during certain times of the day or night.. Ask other residents how they feel about these things. Bins overflowing with pizza boxes and liquor bottles might be an indication of noisy neighbors that party all night. Again, the importance of visiting the property during different times of the day and night cannot be stressed enough.

Finally, make a close inspection of the doors and windows, ensure they open and close properly. And be certain your Atlanta apartment has window treatments for privacy and to help with utility costs. Follow your instincts and you will find the most comfortable Atlanta apartment for you.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. is a widely respected multi-family housing investment firm recognized as one of Atlanta’s best apartment management companies.

Beat the Heat in Your Atlanta Apartment

Hotlanta temperatures keep rising and by now June’s electric bill has made its way to your Atlanta apartment. After you recover from the initial shock over the cost of cooling your apartment home, consider these budget saving tips.

Fan cooling an Atlanta apartment

Keep cool in your Atlanta apartment rental.

Block out the heat. Keep your blinds closed tight during day time hours. Choose heavier curtains not only to shade your spacious living room from the sun but to help keep the air conditioned air from escaping through the windows of your apartment. Good thermal curtains will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while decreasing the power bill!

Use fans to circulate the air. Most JAMCO Properties apartments are equipped with ceiling fans, but a good standing fan will work too. Fans can make a room feel 5 to 7 degrees cooler and they are cost effective. Set ceiling fans to pull hot air up and away!

Finally keep it cool inside by using your appliances wisely. Televisions and computers give off heat so leave them off during the day. The dishwasher and washing machine increase humidity and make an apartment feel warmer so run them at night too. Instead of baking a dish or working over the hot stove, enjoy cold salads or entrees you can microwave. These appliances eat up their own electricity and work against your air conditioner.

Beat the heat this summer at Lexington II Apartments in East Point, Georgia minutes from downtown Atlanta and all utilities are included!

Entertain in every square foot of your Atlanta apartment

Hosting a party in your Atlanta apartment is less restricted by the size of your rental than you think. Having the right furniture and layout provides more space for entertaining in an apartment or townhome. Invite everyone with room to spare. Try these tips to get the most out of every square foot.

Armrest free seating offers guests more flexibility for sitting. Benches at the dining room table and chic modern furniture, instead of traditional couches and loveseats, provide more seats in your apartment home.

Most people will hesitate to sit on a traditional coffee or end table. Be creative by considering alternatives. Decorative and useful, storage chests or ottomans with firm tops can make excellent tables AND they invite guests to have a seat.

The private patio at Riverside Apartment Townhomes

Entertain on a private outdoor patio at Riverside Apartment Townhomes

Expand your home onto the outdoor patio or balcony of your Atlanta apartment. We enjoy warm weather most of the year, so why not? While decorating for the party, carry the theme to your outdoor “living room.” Opening up the doors will relieve the congestion even in a tiny apartment. Remember to be considerate of your neighbors.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. celebrates summer at all 20 apartment communities in metro Atlanta. Start entertaining in a new home today!

Summer No Mayo Potato Salad

Summer is the perfect time for this delicate salad. This potato salad, made with new potatoes, spring onions and an oil and vinegar dressing, is light and bright in flavor, plus there is no mayonnaise so it keeps well for a picnic or camping trip.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes Ready In: 15 minutes Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (small red-skinned potatoes) 1 Tbs shallots – minced 1/4 cup spring (or green) onion – sliced thickly 1 clove garlic – minced 1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon – finely chopped 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons Kosher salt – divided 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Directions

The pool at Ashwood Ridge

Take this dish poolside at Ashwood Ridge Apartments in Jonesboro, GA. No mayo means it’s safe in the sun!

  1. Pour 2 quarts cold water into a medium saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.
  2. Wash potatoes well and slice thickly — about 1/4-inch per slice.
  3. Add sliced potatoes to water and heat to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are tender but not mushy — 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.
  5. Drain potatoes and rinse briefly in cold water. Add to dressing and toss gently but thoroughly. Refrigerate if desired or serve at room temperature.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. serves up affordable Atlanta apartments in the metro area.

BEWARE: Apartment Rental Scams

Apartment rental scams are on the rise in the Atlanta apartment market. Scammers try to take advantage of renters because the stress and emotions involved in moving can make a prospective tenant more vulnerable. Rental scams involve a person trying to get money for an apartment that the person has no legal authority to rent or for an apartment rental that does not exist. Apartment hunters should keep their guard up and avoid common indicators of a rental scam:

  1. Never send money without meeting someone or seeing the apartment. A modest application fee may be required, but it is not normal to pay large deposits for an Atlanta apartment you haven’t inspected. Always ask to see the actual unit for rent before you lease.
  2. Beware of eager landlords. Many landlords and leasing agents want to create a warm sense of community and a renter should expect that. However, most landlords and property management firms want to run a background check plus employment verification. If the agent does NOT ask for these things, it might be a red flag for a scam.
  3. Watch out for unusually high security deposits or upfront fees. Atlanta apartment communities commonly require security deposits or administrative fees. When the fees are in excess of what the law allows or if they exceed two month’s rent, it could be a sign of a scam. JAMCO Properties, Inc. has apartments available in Atlanta with no security deposit pending approved background check and employment verification!
  4. You don’t need a lease? It’s true, a lease is not required to rent an apartment. But a lease or written month to month rental agreement is the most common situation. Only you know the best circumstance for you, but if a landlord tries to get money without considering you might want a lease, think twice.
  5. Finally, if the landlord has lots of excuses for not meeting you or showing the apartment like he’s out of the country and won’t return until after you need to pay money, it might be a rental scam. And if it isn’t a scam this is still an indication of how un-attentive the landlord will be to your needs as a resident. JAMCO properties are locally owned and maintain professional on-site management teams.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. is a long time member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and identified by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “Top 20” property management companies in Atlanta. Professional associations and recognition like these are indicators of quality apartments that are more than great places to live.

JAMCO Award Winning Property

JAMCO Properties, Inc. recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s top 20 apartment management companies.

 

How to End a Lease on Good Terms

Leasing an Atlanta apartment from JAMCO Properties, Inc. has never been easier or more affordable. While you search through our apartments for rent on Craigslist or our website, don’t forget your move-out procedure is just as important as your move-in day. Remember, when signing a lease it is important to understand what is required from both parties. Having good rental history is important when searching for an apartment home and definitely when you are ready to purchase a new home.

Inform your landlord of your intentions to move. Your lease may be ending, but it will specify how much notice the tenant is required to give the landlord prior to the lease going month to month or the apartment unit being vacated. Avoid being charged with additional fees or rent by checking your lease and giving your landlord the appropriate amount of time and written notice.

Clean the apartment rental from top to bottom. Consider painting the walls their original color and then renting a carpet cleaner from the grocery store. Often doing these two things will ensure a greater return on your security deposit, but check with your landlord first, as they may provide the services with a more reasonable deduction from your deposit. Remember, doing it yourself will only benefit you if you have permission and you do a quality job.

Atlanta apartment for rent in Jonesboro

The spacious affordable apartment homes at Ashwood Ridge.

Do a final walk-through of the apartment with your landlord or leasing specialist. You may want to video record the walk-through. Make a list of damages and their severity for both your protection and the landlord’s. Once signed, the list will prevent the landlord from claiming additional damages after you move into a new Atlanta apartment home. This list will show your responsibility too.

Leave a forwarding address with your landlord or the leasing office. Without a forwarding-address there is no way to return your security deposit. No one is going to hunt you down to give you money. Also contact the post office to update your mailing information.

Finally return your keys. The property management may charge you fees for every day you keep the keys past the due date. Ending your current lease by following its terms and following these steps will make your move into a new Atlanta apartment go smoothly.

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