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Halloween Pet Safety in Atlanta Apartments

This Halloween cutesy pet costumes are not Rover’s biggest enemy in Atlanta apartments. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the number of calls about dogs ingesting chocolate more than doubles the week of Halloween. Chemicals in chocolate are dangerous for dogs and the smaller the dog, the higher the risk for poisoning. Signs of a chocolate overdose include: vomiting, agitation, elevated heart rate, tremors and collapse. Be mindful of your furry four-legged friends and all the candy going around. The same holds true of grapes, raisins and candy or food containing them.

the playground amenity at Bradford Ridge

Bradford Ridge Apartments – A great place for dogs in Forest Park, GA

If your dog may have eaten chocolate, raisins or grapes then contact your emergency vet immediately!

JAMCO Properties, Inc. offers pet friendly Atlanta apartments for rent at 20 communities around metro Atlanta. Instead of an ugly holiday sweater, invest in healthy treats for your pets. They will thank you.

Atlanta apartments: Bedrooms, redesigned

Autumn finally arrived at all Atlanta apartments last week and while the leaves are changing outside, you might be ready to make changes in your apartment bedroom. Don’t worry! Check out these affordable solutions for upgrading your Atlanta apartment.

Start by making the bed the focal point of your apartment’s bedroom. Whether you’re inspired by pumpkin flavored everything and falling leaves or just a newly discovered color, an updated bedspread or duvet cover is the fastest way to make a change in the bedroom. Add a few decorative pillows with a fun design. Chances are your bedroom’s largest piece of visual real estate is now covered. Pun intended.

Spacious bedroom at Ashwood Ridge Apartments

Ashwood Ridge Apartments – Riverdale, Georgia

Next renter’s can cover their walls. In some Atlanta apartments painting is a big no no. Ask your landlord or apartment community manager for permission to paint, get it in writing and be aware of any consequences. Consider painting one accent wall to create a new feeling and to save money on paint supplies. Even if you are not able to paint, your walls can be spruced up with large pieces of purchased or homemade art, floating shelves and decorative fabric or paper. Be creative.

A popular trend on Pinterest is personalizing store bought mass produced furniture. Painting old nightstands, dressers, bed frames… is a trendy way to update your bedroom without breaking the lease on your Atlanta apartment. For a professional look, be sure to sand, clean and prime any surface you paint.

The cheapest way to make changes in the bedroom is simply to rearrange the furniture. Moving things around a bit can make the whole apartment new again and it’s FREE! Take time during this process to tidy up a bit. Start a pile for donation. Drop your donations off before the end of the year and get a receipt for your charitable tax deductions.

Now you have a “new” Atlanta apartment without the hassle or cost of moving, but when you’re ready, JAMCO Properties, Inc is now leasing affordable apartments at 20 metro Atlanta locations, pets welcomed and people approved.

Entertainment on a Budget, Atlanta Apartment edition

Sticking to the budget you created for living in your amazing Atlanta apartment isn’t always fun, but you can have fun in Atlanta on a tight budget. After you itemize the cost of living at your Atlanta apartment community with rent, utility bills, groceries, car payment… you might find there is less left over for entertainment than you originally thought. Don’t worry! Here are 5 FREE(ish) things to do for residents in metro Atlanta apartments.

Tennis court at Stratford Arms Apartments

Stratford Arms Apartments in Riverdale, GA serves up plenty of entertainment and excercise

Give back to the community where you live. Your free time is valuable to many non-profit organizations around Atlanta and you’re certain to find a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests. Animal lovers and pet owners may volunteer at the Humane Society or shelter while amateur chefs can donate time to a soup kitchen. Being nice doesn’t cost extra, so why not have fun while helping out? Cost:  $0

Stay healthy in your Atlanta apartment home. Bike rides, nature hikes or walks around the neighborhood promote better health and they cost little to nothing to get started. With a window or patio garden you can even save money on fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Take advantage of your apartment community’s fitness amenities or park-like setting. Exercise and eating well also reduce stress. Cost:  A few calories

Experience the culture and diversity that is abundant all over Atlanta, inside and outside the perimeter. Adventure awaits right here in our own city so you won’t travel far. Annual public festivals take place all year long, ITP and OTP. The High Museum of Art hosts “Fulton Free Saturdays,” admission to the museum and its exhibits is free for Fulton County residents the first Saturday of each month. Brush up on local culture so you can be a better tour guide when company comes to visit your Atlanta apartment. Cost:  $0

Meet new people in your community that share similar interests. Meetup.com is loaded with groups that meet routinely to share knowledge and experiences of a common hobby or interest. If you can’t find one you like, you can create your own and invite others. Ask your leasing staff about using the community clubhouse to host your meet up.  Participating in community events hosted by your apartment complex lets you meet your neighbors and helps build a friendly community too. Cost:  Varies

Learn something new. Today, well known universities like Stanford and Harvard are offering FREE online courses on a variety of subjects from physics to Shakespeare and everything between the two. Maybe learn your way to a better paying job too. Grab your study buddy and gain some knowledge! Cost:  $0 and pizza

Entertainment can have great physical, social and financial rewards with little or no investment. Start with an affordable Atlanta apartment from JAMCO Properties, Inc; then help grow your community, your mind and your bank account!

Affordable College Park | Apartments |Entertainment |Dining

College Park, Georgia  in south Fulton and north Clayton counties is home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and the country’s largest private grade school, Woodward Academy; however, the Atlanta suburb offers residents a small town feel while being in the center of everything. Atlanta apartment renters choose apartments in College Park for their historic location and easy commute to downtown Atlanta by car or MARTA public transportation not to mention the affordable apartments for rent in College Park. The city also hosts several recreation, dining and entertainment venues that draw residents from all over metro Atlanta.

In 1929 the College Park Municipal Golf Course opened 9 holes of challenging play for the public. The publicly owned golf course serves residents of College Park apartments and metro Atlanta homeowners alike. Anyone can play and that is the #1 priority of College Park’s golf course. Three recreation centers offering everything from basketball to gymnastics also provide recreational resources to the community of College Park. Additionally, four parks mostly named for famous former College Park residents serve the city.

Restaurants in College Park range from comfortable country cooking to upscale fine dining experiences. Whether it is gastro-pub fare or award-winning bbq with sweet tea to quench your thirst and fill your belly, College Park apartment residents eat like royalty without breaking the bank. Cheap eats abound on Main Street.

Stonetree Leasing Office

Stonetree Apartments – More than a great place to live in College Park, GA

After a round of golf on the municipal course, a delicious lunch on Main Street or both, renters can enjoy entertainment at any of the festivals routinely occurring in College Park. Wolfe Creek Amphitheater caters to music lovers with several events including Funk Fest and Gospel Explosion that occur annually. Apartment renters should keep an eye out for their favorite celebrities. Talented musical artist like Ludacris and Monica as well as star athletes like Cam Newton and Josh Smith once called College Park, GA home.

Stonetree Apartments in College Park deliver spacious apartments and townhomes with affordable rent. Come home to College Park, come home to Stonetree Apartments.

Tips for Before You Move into Your Atlanta Apartment

It seems like your current rental starts to feel like home when suddenly it is time to relocate to a new Atlanta apartment. If it has been awhile since your last move, you may have forgotten how painful the transition can be. Unless you have hired professionals, you will rely on friends to help you. Buy them pizza and follow these tips to lighten the burden of moving into your next apartment rental.

First, get rid of some of your things. You have too much stuff to move. Sell items in a yard sale, donate things to charity and give stuff to friends. Minimizing the work load can begin when you start searching for your Atlanta apartment.

Then, have your remaining possessions packed before the movers arrive at your old apartment. Nothing will waste more time than having your pals or hired muscle watch you decide what goes in which box. Be ready for them to carry boxes.

Next, select the best volunteers for moving into your next Atlanta apartment rental. Mark boxes accurately to protect your friends. Do not let boxes exceed the appropriate weight for individuals to carry. Likewise, choose the right vehicles. A living room sofa will not fit in your friend’s hatchback.

Finally, consider hiring cleaners to take care of your vacated apartment unit. The place will need to be spotless to receive any or all of your security deposit back. Moving all of your things has likely taken its toll on you and your buddies, so why not let someone else take care of the old place? Start enjoying your new Atlanta apartment (and pizza) now!

Lexington Apartments, Lexington II Apartments in metro Atlanta

The Lexington Apartments in East Point, GA with 17 different floor plans.

10 Pantry Staples for Your Atlanta Apartment

10 Pantry Staples for Your Atlanta Apartment

A pantry at Laurel Pointe Apartmentsl

We’re cooking at Laurel Pointe Apartments in Forest Park, Georgia

  1. Rice & Pasta
  2. Canned Soup and Marinara Sauce
  3. Canned Vegetables
  4. Canned Tuna or Chicken
  5. Beans
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Onion and Garlic
  9. Spices
  10. The Delivery Guy’s Phone #

JAMCO Properties, Inc. serves up affordable Atlanta apartments that residents love.

New Apartment in Atlanta, Don’t Get Left in the Dark

Before you pack up everything and load the moving van, make sure your next Atlanta apartment rental is move-in ready! Have you remembered to begin utility services in your new apartment home? When it comes to water, gas and electricity don’t get left in the dark.

The bathroom in the 2 bedroom apartment of Hidden Pines at Tara

Hidden Pines at Tara in Jonesboro, GA – water included

Don’t worry if you don’t know which utility companies service your new apartment community. The property manager or leasing agent can provide you with a list of the providers in the area. Gas, water and electricity may not have any options, but you could have a selection for telephone, internet and television.

Apartment homes like the ones of Hidden Pines at Tara come with water included, but usually electricity, gas and other utilities are not part of the rent. Check your lease or ask your leasing agent what features are included in your rent.

If you are moving existing service from one location to your Atlanta apartment, the utility company should make the switchover quite easy. Beginning new service may require a credit check and/or a security deposit. Visit the utility company’s website or contact their toll-free phone number for information.

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.

Apartment Housewarming Party

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.

Spacious living room and dining area at Oak Run Apartments

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, GA – Now leasing 2 bedroom apartments

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.

Atlanta Apartments, get to know your neighbors

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!

Oak Run Apartments features bbq grills and a peaceful setting

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, GA features bbq grills and a peaceful setting

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.

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