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More Storage Suggestions for Atlanta Apartments

We all have to deal with clutter, whether it’s in our Atlanta apartments, offices or cars. The more you de-clutter the lighter you will feel inside and outside your Atlanta apartment. We offer these storage suggestions to help residents rid their apartment homes of unwanted clutter.

The fastest method to de-clutter your Atlanta rental is to recycle, donate or sell household items that you no longer want. Organize your apartment by room. Start with the kitchen, a walk-in closet, the master bedroom, bathrooms or living areas.

Now try to create more space in your Atlanta apartment by rearranging furniture. Because your needs change your living areas should evolve too. Again, try removing items that are underutilized. If the layout of your apartment is limited on space, do not buy large storage items that don’t serve multiple functions. Many coffee tables and ottomans serve as both storage and furniture.

Mountain Lake Apartments model bedroom

The spacious bedroom at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain.

Next use bins to store like items and objects with irregular shapes. These can be used in many places throughout Atlanta apartments: the living room to store remote controls, the kitchen for spices or snacks, a child’s bedroom for different toys, the closet to store accessories and the bathroom to keep under the sink organized. Be sure to label your bins so you know where everything in your home is located.

Then make use of open and flat surfaces as much as possible. If you don’t have bathroom counter space in your Atlanta apartment, utilize trays to store toiletries at the top of the toilet tank. To further maximize space, opt to use storage items that take up vertical spaces if you are lacking floor space. For example, purchase a tall dresser instead of a short one to have more storage or an over-the-toilet organization center for more room in the bathroom.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, Georgia is now leasing spacious floor plans that fit any budget.

Summer Arrives for Atlanta Apartments

Summer at JAMCO Properties

Summer temperatures are revving up in Hotlanta and residents of Atlanta apartments are gearing up for outdoor food, fun and festivals. The 31st annual Summerfest returns to historic Virginia Highlands on Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th. The metro Atlanta community is invited to move outside for FREE live music, handcrafted art and tasty eats. On June 21st adults can sample local Atlanta brews in the Masquerade Music Park during Atlanta Summer Beer Fest. This is a ticketed event for ages 21+ and prices increase after June 12th.

Things just begin to heat up in June; Atlanta really starts to cook for July and August. Apartment dwellers chill at Piedmont Park Saturday, July 26th for the 4th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ice cream is America’s favorite dessert. This year’s proceeds benefit For a Day Foundation,” committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for children battling cancer.” And on August 16, 2014 residents from Mountain Lake Apartments and other Atlanta apartment communities should not miss the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Soulful music and delicious noms come together in Oakhurst, Georgia just south of downtown Decatur.

If you are looking to beat the summer heat in a new Atlanta apartment, JAMCO Properties, Inc. has 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities with a floor plan for every budget.

The lake at Mountain Lake Apartments

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Atlanta Apartment Renters: Basic Rental Requirements

Income requirements for renting Atlanta apartments will vary from community to community or from landlord to landlord. Minimum income requirements for leasing an apartment are in place to help renters be successful in their new home– with their ability not only to pay rent but also to buy groceries and to pay utilities. The JAMCO Properties, Inc. requirement, and industry standard, is a gross income of 3x’s the rental price. So, if the monthly rent is $600 for the unit you want, you will need a monthly income of $1800 ($21,600 annually before taxes).

Before you begin an apartment search it is a good idea to be aware of your income and spending habits because apartment community managers will run a credit and/or background check when you apply. Application fees are not a source of income for property managers but rather the application fee covers the costs third parties charge for running credit and background checks for the community. Again, these checks are done to help ensure a renter’s success in their new community.

Administration fees (admin fees) and security deposits are two additional costs a renter can be expected to pay before moving into an Atlanta apartment rental. Admin fees are non-refundable amounts and cover the cost of preparing and administering leases and paperwork done in the leasing office. A security deposit may be collected to make repairs for any unnecessary damages (outside of normal wear on the apartment). If the renter meets the requirements set out in the lease, all or part of a security deposit may be refunded when the tenant moves out of the apartment.

Minimum income requirements, application & admin fees and security deposits are all tools apartment communities use to help renters find the perfect fit. With a little planning, you can find more than a great place to live at one of JAMCO’s 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities. Most of our communities are now serving you with HALF OFF  application fees and NO SECURITY DEPOSIT!

Maintain a Healthy Christmas Tree in Your Atlanta Apartment

Linden Ridge Apartments in Decatur, Georgia reminds you to water your Christmas tree.

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.

Linden Ridge Apartments in Stone Mountain

The community at Linden Ridge Apartments joined the JAMCO family of locally owned metro Atlanta apartment homes in 2012 when we began a multi-million dollar renovation. Besides individual units and buildings, we will continue to see major improvements throughout the property including the parking lot being resurfaced and marked.

The physical improvements have been accompanied with new on-site property management. The leasing professionals and maintenance staff at Linden Ridge Apartments care about the condition of each apartment building, the grounds and the comfort of each resident.

Linden Ridge apartments for rent in Atlanta

Linden Ridge Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Stone Mountain, Georgia is conveniently located to Atlanta and Linden Ridge is easily accessible from MARTA public transportation. The historic area played home to some of the 1996 Olympic Games and is popular with adventure seekers as well as those that enjoy a peaceful park like setting. International dining and local cuisine along with popular shops and hidden treasures are in the area too!

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.

Eco-friendly ways to clean the air in your apartment

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.

Atlanta apartments for rent now available at Stonetree Apartments

Stonetree Apartments in East Point Georgia delivers spacious clean apartments and townhomes.

Express Style in Your Atlanta Apartment

The first step to decorating your Atlanta apartment is to figure out your decorating preferences. Enter the room you want to redecorate to get a grasp on your style. Begin with these steps to move your apartment rental in the direction you want.

Test yourself and be honest. Imagine someone you like and whose opinion you value walks into your home. When your guest walks into the space what do they say? What do you want them to say? The answers may be different and tell you what isn’t working in your Atlanta townhome or apartment.

Analyze what made you choose this space. Was it the location: peaceful park like setting or carefree lifestyle in walking distance to transit? Was it the building’s architecture: the floor plan or the unique outside? Make what brought you to your apartment work for you. Turn architectural details of the apartment building like bright windows or fireplaces into a focal point. Or bring some of the surrounding Atlanta, GA inside: color palette, fabric for textures and plants.

Mountain Lake Apartments for rent in Stone Mountain

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Stay practical with the lifestyle you live in your Atlanta apartment. If you have children or pets, having all white décor or fragile works of art is a recipe for disaster. Which room do you use the most in your apartment rental? If it is the kitchen focus your efforts there, if not move into the bedroom, living area or home office space.

Be resourceful. Hiring a decorator can be costly. If you’re on a limited budget you can decorate your affordable Atlanta apartment on your own. Scour the internet. Buy some decorating books from the bargain section at the bookstore.  You will be on your way to living well in your well decorated Atlanta apartment before you know it.

The Real World, Atlanta apartment edition!

What happens when people come together in a 2 bedroom 1 bath Atlanta apartment and stop being nice and start being real? The Real World, Atlanta! Seriously, why did MTV renovate all those huge floor plans and put in 1 bathroom? Adjusting to a single bath, shared between roommates and guests, has its challenges, but with these tips anyone can make their cozy Atlanta apartment work for everyone.

Morrow GA apartment for rent

Morrowood Townhomes Morrow, GA.

  1. Have sealed storage. Whether it is updated cabinetry or an IKEA space saver, lots of storage is easily had and keeps little hands out of trouble. If you or your guests have children a sealed container is more of a deterrent.
  2. Keep the décor neutral. A simple clean bathroom ensures you and your guests are comfortable in every room of your rental.
  3. Create a cleaning schedule. Stay on top of this and your clean apartment home will remain that way. Sticking to a schedule prevents arguments and saves headaches.
  4. Provide the necessities. Having extra toilet paper, soap and towels on hand can prevent embarrassing moments for everyone.
  5. Finally, store valuables in your bedroom. Unfortunately, when you live in shared space jewelry and other items become vulnerable.

JAMCO Properties, Inc serves the greater Atlanta area with 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments for rent and a wide range of affordable floor plans in 20 amazing communities.

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