Monthly Archives: August 2014

Save Memories, Save Money – Atlanta Apartments

Junk accumulates in our Atlanta apartments. It’s a simple fact. That is why when you Google “organization” every 10 item to-do list is really just 5 ways to throw things out. But sometimes the clutter around your apartment home is the stuff you care for the most. How do you keep the things attached to the memories you love?

  1. Store:  The fact is you might love it, but you don’t have a need for it every day. Collections, gifts, clothing, art… the list is endless and it’s filling up your spacious Atlanta apartments. Properly storing these items under the bed or in a large walk-in closet is perfectly fine. A good tip is to purchase matching storage from a popular retailer. This means if your investment is damaged it can be replaced without much effort and you keep the appearance of your home neat. The Container Store has lots of cheap storage solutions for residents in cozy apartments. It’s what they do. Be armed with storage options.
  2. Rotate:  Once you have some memories put away don’t forget about them. While you don’t need these items everyday you can bring them out of the closet to enjoy. Rotating your collections on display in your Atlanta apartments keeps your floor plan fresh for guests too.
  3. Corral:  Life is hectic and not everything in a home ends up where it belongs. Put containers in disaster prone areas to corral the clutter. When a container is full, return each item to its right home. Trays, baskets, decorative boxes make excellent temporary lodging for hats, gloves, keys, sunglasses and more. The stair basket sold on Amazon.com comes to mind for when you aren’t ready to climb the stairs of your Atlanta townhome rental.
  4. Stack:  Floor space is valuable real estate especially in an apartment with a modest floor plan. Having the proper way to use vertical space can safely secure the items you want to keep around for a long time.
  5. Reduce:  Only own what you love. No list about organization is complete without at least one suggestion to throw out the junk (see above). Before you make a purchase decide if you really need the item. Do you have one like it in storage? Can you reuse something you all ready purchased? Will you love it forever?
The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

Of course you can always move into a larger space if none of this will do – like the spacious floor plans at Laurel Pointe Apartments in Forest Park.

Atlanta Apartments Welcomes Labor Day

The lake and patio at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, more than a great place to live

Even with summer continuing for 3 more weeks, Atlanta apartments start packing up the season with plenty of events and celebrations scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Crowds of visitors and metro Atlanta apartments’ residents will move on the city to enjoy the three day weekend, August 30th – September 1st.

Sports fans will be in heaven as college football opens at the Georgia Dome with the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Games Friday evening and Saturday. Plus NASCAR serves up 500 high speed laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a Sunday evening race preceded by qualifying races on Saturday and lots of tailgating for Atlanta apartments.

Dragon Con tickets and downtown Atlanta accommodations may be sold out, but that means residents can take advantage of prime people watching without spending a lot of money. The Dragon Con parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and features fantasy and fun for all ages. Best of all, it’s FREE! Costumes are encouraged.

In DeKalb County Atlanta apartments welcome back The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the world. Authors and publishers from every imaginable genre will host discussion panels and seminars at venues around the downtown Decatur square. The 3 day convention is FREE but popular author events fill up fast.

Lease a home from Mountain Lake Apartments now, so you can chill and grill at home this Labor Day. JAMCO Properties, Inc. offers a floor plan for every budget at any of our 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities.

 

Money Saving Tips for Atlanta Apartments

Expenses can quickly add up for tenants leasing Atlanta apartments. Monthly rent payments can equal up to 1/3 of a renter’s income, but other costs can be controlled to make comfortable apartment living more affordable. The first step to saving money is to create a household budget. There is a range of software products for the home office that make managing your personal finances simple and some good ones are even FREE! Of course, old-fashion pen and paper will work too.

You’ve heard the saying,” You need to spend money to make money.” Well, that can be true for saving money too. Purchasing renter’s insurance for Atlanta apartments is cheap and the potential savings could be enormous, especially if you don’t have the cash to replace all your belongings in the event of a catastrophe like theft or fire. A good insurance policy will also offer you protection against possible damages you, your pet or a guest might cause to your apartment home. The website About Home has answers to many of the frequently asked questions about renter’s insurance for apartment dwellers.

The Lexington II Apartments in East Point includes gas, water and electricity in the monthly rent.

The Lexington II Apartments in East Point includes gas, water and electricity in the monthly rent.

Another way to cut expenses in Atlanta apartments is to monitor and control utility bills. Heating and cooling a spacious floor plan will undoubtedly cost extra, but there are ways to save. Wearing sweaters and using blankets instead of adjusting the thermostat are great ways to maintain a cozy apartment without raising costs in winter. Using fans and dark window coverings can help cool a bright apartment home in the summer. These solutions help save money and the environment too!  Some Atlanta apartment communities like The Lexington II Apartments in East Point include utilities in the rental price so residents are never surprised by unexpected utility bills.

Finally, some Atlanta apartments like the communities locally owned by JAMCO Properties, Inc. let residents make money while leasing affordable townhomes and apartments.  By referring family and friends as residents, apartment dwellers can earn extra income AND make their friends and family their neighbors at the same time! Ask your leasing specialist about the resident referral program at your community.

Apartment Hunting Checklists for Atlanta Apartments

Oak Run Apartments, 2 bedroom homes in metro Atlanta

Oak Run Apartments, 2 bedroom homes in metro Atlanta

After you contact the leasing offices to schedule some tours of Atlanta apartments for rent start planning your inspection of the floor plans and the apartment communities you will visit. Create a checklist of things you are looking for while you’re apartment hunting. You should personalize your apartment search checklist according to your own needs and wants, but make sure your list includes all the following items.

On your first visit to any Atlanta apartments it’s important to remember your tape measure. Jot down the measurements of all the rooms especially the living room, dining area and bedrooms to make sure your furniture will fit comfortably whether it’s a townhouse or an apartment home. Make note of where the cable and phone hook-ups are located. If the leasing specialist shows you a model apartment remember to ask if your floor plan will be exactly the same.

Meet some of your future neighbors while on your initial visit to the Atlanta apartments you will tour. Ask them questions about surrounding neighborhood. This is a great way to get sense of the community.

Remember to ask the leasing agent all your questions. Some good ones include:

  • Does the rent include utilities? Which ones?
  • Is painting allowed? If I paint, what do I need to do if I move-out?
  • In addition to rent, what are the other move-in fees like deposits, pet deposits, pet rent and administrative fees?

Because the current tenants may still reside in the actual units during your first visits to Atlanta apartments they may not be ready to view. That’s OK! Before you sign the lease you should do a thorough walk-through inspection of the apartment you’ve selected. Inspect the inside of closets and cabinets ensuring each door works properly while looking for signs of pests and mold. Record your concerns on the move-in inspection form so the leasing specialist can create work orders for any repairs that may be required.

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia serves our community with 1000 sq. ft. two bedroom garden apartments complete with well-equipped kitchens including dishwashers, spacious living / dining areas, full laundry rooms, a private patio or balcony and lots of storage! Make an appointment to tour our affordable apartments in metro Atlanta before they are all leased.

Back 2 School for Atlanta Apartments

Although you cannot tell by the Hotlanta weather, fall is just around the corner which means it’s back to school season for residents in Atlanta apartments.  Students, parents and morning commuters should know that many teachers will report for duty this week in metro Atlanta. Be ready for the traffic! Atlanta Apartments for Rent Blog offers some tips to prepare Atlanta apartment dwellers for the new school year.

Residents, be prepared before the first day of school: Clayton County Thursday, August 7th; DeKalb and Fulton County Monday, August 11th. Save money with the Georgia sales tax holiday. It runs August 1 – 2, 2014. Most clothing items and shoes under $100, some computers / computer accessories and school supplies are sales tax exempt on these days, even disposable diapers are included. The good news for Atlanta Apartments is that you don’t have to be a student or have children to save!

Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro

The spacious floor plans at Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia start at 1200 sq. ft.

It’s easy to start sleeping late and taking 3 day weekends over summer break. Before the school year begins, start setting your bedroom alarm to go off a little earlier each day. This is important for all apartment dwellers. Whether you will need to get children ready for the bus or just need to jump ahead of rush hour traffic, slowly resume a normal schedule in your Atlanta apartments. Routines can help build better eating and study habits too.

Make arrangements for after-school care now. Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, GA serves their community with a FREE enrichment program where children from the apartment community can get help with homework from volunteers. Check with your Atlanta apartments to find out if they offer a similar program or better yet, reserve your home at Maplewood Pointe Apartments now so you can be home before the school bell rings.

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