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Atlanta Apartments: Fall Tips for Pet Owners

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Pets are more than OK, they’re family at JAMCO Properties, Inc.

The dog days of summer are finally over for Atlanta apartments and the gorgeous days of autumn lie ahead for metro Atlanta apartment dwellers and their pets. As fall moves into our community grab your pumpkin spice latte, settle onto your sun-drenched patio or balcony and check out these pet safety tips for cooler weather.

This time of year it is a good idea to begin preparing your vehicle for colder temperatures by replacing engine coolant. Both dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet taste of antifreeze which is extremely poisonous to our four-legged friends. Any spilled coolant should be thoroughly cleaned up immediately. Residents in Atlanta apartments can reduce the risk of consumption by closely monitoring pets while outdoors. Also be aware of poisons used indoors for pest control as those critters are looking for a comfortable apartment too!

Plants and mushrooms pose another threat to pets in autumn. All mushrooms are toxic to dogs. When you take Rover for a walk around Atlanta apartments be mindful that your pup doesn’t ingest any of these. Like dogs, cat are curious about new houseplants brought into their familiar indoor environment. Common holiday plants like holly, poinsettia, chrysanthemum and mistletoe may cause allergies or serious illness for pets. It’s best to keep these out of reach of small children also.

Cats and dogs welcome at Hidden Pines at Tara Apartments

Pet-friendly apartments from Hidden Pines at Tara

Fall is a festive time of year for friends and family to gather in our Atlanta apartments. Remember that decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas can also be dangerous for cats and dogs. You may be tempted to share your seasonal treats with your pet which is ok in moderation; however, review a list of toxic foods for pets with your veterinarian before you add anything to your animal’s diet.

Locally owned JAMCO Properties, Inc. manages 21 pet-friendly apartment communities in Atlanta with caring on-site leasing professionals. This fall warm up with savings in one of our cozy floor plans at Hidden Pines at Tara Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia.

 

Atlanta Apartments: Wall to Wall Awesome

Moving to a new apartment community and home can be hard work, shouldn’t decorating Atlanta apartments be affordable and easy? Adding your personal touch to a spacious floor plan can be inexpensive and fun. Simply modify these decorating tips to suit your tastes and create a living environment to accommodate your lifestyle.

Fall Leaf StampFloral prints for bedrooms and bathrooms are available for purchase at many big box retailers, but Atlanta renters can create their own unique pieces at a fraction of the cost. Using leaves found around Atlanta apartments as a stamp, spray paint unique local designs on canvas which can be purchased at Michael’s or most craft stores. If leaf and flower patterns are not for you try experimenting with household items like old keys or toys.

A fast and affordable way to create custom wall art for Atlanta apartments is to cover shoe box lids with fabric for hanging in the living or dining area. Scraps of beautiful fabric are often available at a discount online and they are perfect for this homemade craft.

Working from Atlanta apartment rentals doesn’t need to be mundane. Remember to express your style in your home office as well. Covering a cork board with fabric and adding a photo or two can brighten up the work day.

The lake at Lakeside Apartment Townhomes in College Park

Rake up the savings at Lakeside Apartment Townhomes

Spice up kitchen walls with functional art that also has a special meaning. Frame a treasured handwritten recipe to hang in the kitchen. Now you can conjure up the memory of grandma’s fresh baked cookies anytime in your own Atlanta apartment! Embellish cheap frames bought at the dollar store by gluing on ribbon, buttons, costume jewelry, beads, shells or anything else that reminds you of the times spent sharing good food with better company.

Lakeside Apartment Townhomes in College Park, Georgia are more than great places to live… they’re a community you can call home.

7 Moving Tips for Atlanta Apartments

Relocating to Atlanta apartments is both exciting and stressful. Deciding where stuff belongs and planning the layout of your apartment floor plan is fun, but a lot of time and effort goes into packing and moving to an Atlanta apartment. Begin planning early to limit stress. Try using the following guidelines on moving day.

The model bedroom at Maplewood Apartments for rent

Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia

  1. Move on a weekday when leasing offices, banks, utilities and government offices are open. According to U-Haul, truck rentals are more affordable during the week too.
  2. Start packing as early as 2 months before moving day. Out of season clothing, seasonal decorations, china, books, a movie collection… these are all things you can pack early. Having a stack of boxes around your current apartment for 8 weeks might not sound like a fun, but it will save you so much stress.
  3. Label your boxes by room and general content. If you’ve hired professional movers or if you’ve asked friends to help, this will help them know where things go in your Atlanta apartment.
  4. Place your dinner plates standing on edge in the box. Wrap each in plenty of paper and pad the bottom of your box. This will help prevent damage to your dishes. For all your boxes be sure to fill the empty space with paper or padding so that they will not collapse.
  5. Pack large items in small boxes and small items in large boxes. Heavy large items will fall through the center of a large box and small light items can be safely stacked in larger boxes. The exception is books. Heavy books should be packed in small boxes so you can lift them.
  6. On moving day, leave your pets and small children with a friend. Movers, professional or otherwise are distracted by kids and barking dogs. Plus, this insures the safety of children and pets alike.
  7. Finally, remember the last thing you packed? It’s probably the first thing you want to unpack! You were using it right up to the last-minute because you need it. Maybe it was cleaning supplies, maybe it was bedding or maybe it was a toothbrush… Chances are it was important.

Leasing consultants at Maplewood Pointe Apartments have more tips for easy moving to Atlanta apartments.

Apartment Hunting for Pets

Finding pet friendly Atlanta apartments can be exhausting. How you search for apartment homes in Atlanta where your pets are welcome is important. Many great resources for locating pet accommodations in metro Atlanta exist online. National organizations such as the ASPCA have created a list of internet apartment search tools to help renters find Atlanta apartment communities where animals are welcome. Matching your pet with the perfect Atlanta property is the key to the happy lifestyle you and your pet deserve.

Local animal shelters are often helpful places to locate pet friendly apartments in Georgia as well as other areas where dogs are welcome, neighborhood parks for instance. Clayton County is home to several local and state parks excellent for recreation and dog walking in addition to apartment communities where pets are allowed. The Human Society offers referrals for Atlanta apartments that welcome pets too.

The Woods at Southlake Apartments in Jonesboro, GA

The Woods at Southlake, a peaceful park like setting perfect for pets

Start your search early! While these apartment hunting tools are available for Atlanta renters, finding an Atlanta apartment that accepts pets can take more time especially if you own an exotic pet or breed. Check with breed specific rescues to find out if they recommend any Atlanta apartments for rent. Be honest with the leasing staff about your pet needs to prevent you from facing lease violations and fines or worse – having to choose between your pet and your apartment home.

At JAMCO Properties, Inc. and Atlanta Apartments for Rent blog our pets are more than OK, they’re caring parts of our family. Like all of our communities The Woods at Southlake Apartments in Jonesboro, GA welcomes your four legged family members. Large dogs are allowed, but all breeds must be approved by the friendly on-site management team. Visit our home on the web for our complete pet policy.

Free Entertainment All Summer in Riverdale, Georgia

The monument sign at Stratford Arms Apartments in Riverdale, GA

Celebrate summer all year long at Stratford Arms Apartments

Atlanta apartments are warming up in May with the arrival of yet another Hotlanta summer. Stratford Arms apartment residents and Riverdale apartment dwellers can beat the heat at the city’s amphitheater which kick starts the weekend on Thursday evenings with its After Work Cool Down Music Series. The community comes together to enjoy food and performances by local artists from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each Thursday. Beginning Friday, June 6th Riverdale residents will experience  “100 days of summertastic fun” on Fun Friday a free community event to celebrate summer with free arts & crafts at the amphitheater from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Then on Friday, June 13th the city of Riverdale Cultural Affairs & Leisure Services hosts Friday Night Flicks at the amphitheater. A family friendly movie will start at dark or around 9 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to watch. More information including any changes due to inclement weather is available on the cultural affairs website.

 

 

Atlanta Apartments: Cross-country Moves

Relocating cross-country offers its own set of challenges. Once you’ve searched the listings for Atlanta apartments and selected the right apartment community and floor plan it is time to start planning your move. Beginning well in advance of the big day is the #1 moving tip offered by professional leasing specialists.

First, renters need to choose how they want to move. Can you transport all your belongings to Atlanta in your own vehicle? Probably not but you have a couple options: rent a moving truck for DIY moving or hire a professional moving company. Either way, making this decision early can save you money by earning discounts.

Willow Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain Village, minutes to downtown Atlanta

Willow Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain Village, minutes to downtown Atlanta

Next, make an inventory list of everything you are moving to your new Atlanta apartment. Whether you hire professionals or do it yourself, knowing what you have and in which box it is stored will help you find everything when you unpack in Atlanta. This is a good time to sell or donate items you don’t want to move!

Another good idea is to insure the stuff you are moving especially if you have hired professional movers. This is a recommendation for all movers regardless of distance, but cross-country moves mean more time and longer distances over which your possessions can be lost or damaged.

Once you arrive at your final destination, your Atlanta apartment, plan on taking your time to unpack. If possible, take a few days off work to settle into the new layout. When unpacking becomes tedious, step outside to explore your new surroundings. Metro Atlanta has lots to offer its residents!

Candle Safety in Atlanta Apartments

candles in Atlanta Apartments

On average, 32 candle related fires are reported each day.

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Atlanta Apartments: The Day Before You Move

Make moving into Atlanta apartments less stressful. To help, start the night before the big move. Contact packers, movers, leasing staff and everyone involved the day before you move into your new apartment.  Exchange contact information with each party including child or pet sitters and make sure to charge your cell phone overnight. Get a good night’s sleep.

Woods at Southlake - Now Leasing

The Woods at Southlake Apartments – Now Leasing

Prior to moving, have the transportation route mapped out for all your helpers. Print your Atlanta apartment’s floor plan and draw a diagram of your furniture over it to assist your movers. Label all your boxes with the room where they belong and remember to label the rooms too.

Move-in day, wake up early! Be prepared by keeping a few things on hand, items like: snacks and beverages for movers, a first aid kit, daily medication, toilet paper and a little cash. Take responsibility for moving important documents and costly items yourself. Check with your new Atlanta apartment community for the best unloading location before the truck arrives!

Keep a positive attitude and be patient. Moving is not fun for anyone, but soon you will be on your way to enjoying apartments in Atlanta.

30 Unexpected Halloween Costumes You Can DIY

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Paper towel mummy from marthastewart.com

Alanna Okun at BuzzFeed  put together a list of the best homemade Halloween costumes from all over the internet. Now you can stop searching and start living! These affordable outfits are perfect for kids, adults, groups and pets.

Spacious apartments in Decatur Georgia: the dining room

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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!

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