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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Moving can be a nightmare, but much can be done by apartment dwellers to ease the transition from one community of Atlanta apartments to another. With the right amount of planning and preparation Atlanta residents can relocate without feeling overwhelmed. Before you pack the first box, check out these moving tips from Atlanta Apartments for Rent Blog.
Begin two months before the day of your move. Take inventory of all your stuff so you know what size moving truck to rent or so you get the most accurate estimate from the moving company. Shop around for local Atlanta movers or rental trucks to save more money before moving into affordable Atlanta apartments.
Some items you won’t need in your new Atlanta apartment. Use, recycle, donate or toss the things you don’t want to move to the next apartment community six weeks ahead of the big day. Clean out closets, drawers plus the fridge and pantry. This is also a good time to complete a change of address with the post office.
Make arrangements for moving day such as reserving a rental truck or scheduling movers a month prior to moving day. Plan how you will relocate pets and/or plants to the Atlanta apartment community you’ve chosen. Collect and secure important documents such as identification and legal documents that you might need during the move.
Schedule utilities to be switched at both apartment locations at least two weeks before you move. If you haven’t already, start packing now.
The day before you move can be very hectic. Confirm your moving arrangements with the truck rental company or professional movers. Update your address at the bank and with all your creditors. Pack your last boxes. These are the things you will likely need first at apartments in Atlanta so set them aside to be loaded last or moved by car.
When moving day finally arrives you’ll be all set. Take your time unpacking, make frequent breaks to explore your new Atlanta neighborhood.
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.
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.
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Fourth of July celebrations vary across the United States and Atlanta’s apartment dwellers can choose from the best events in north Georgia. There are many cheap or free things to do in Atlanta this 4th of July weekend from traditional fireworks displays and the classic Peachtree Road Race to exciting new happenings like the Georgia Aquarium’s “Red White & Brew” beer festival. Atlanta Apartments for Rent blog offers this guide to happenings in the metro Atlanta area.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution hosts the annual Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K! Registration for the race is now closed and runners have been chosen via lottery, but Atlanta residents can cheer on their favorite athlete or team. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and follows a route from Lenox Square Mall to Piedmont Park. Spectators are encouraged to ride MARTA. Bands will provide live music at several locations along the route with plenty of vendors offering food, beverages and souvenirs. A map and wave start times can be found here.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom visitors 21 and over can attend the Red White & Brew beer festival and fireworks display while raising money for education. The price of entry includes unlimited beer sampling, live music from The Geeks and a full BBQ dinner buffet. As the evening closes, attendees will gather at the aquarium’s parking deck for the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th fireworks display.
Friday, July 4, 2014 Coca Cola sponsors the celebration and fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park. The party begins at 2 p.m. and ends with a spectacular fireworks show just after dark, around 9:30 p.m. Many of the scheduled activities including the fireworks display are free for residents of Atlanta apartments. Or apartment residents can attend the southeast’s absolute biggest fireworks demonstration which takes place after dark at Lenox Square Mall. On Saturday, July 5th East Point, GA hosts its Independence Day celebration all day and ends with another free fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. This event is convenient to MARTA and The Lexington Apartments.
JAMCO Properties, Inc. wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
1. When the weather outside is frightful, make sure to stay weather-aware and listen to the latest alerts concerning winter weather. Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather.
2. Don’t be a Grinch when it comes to purchasing and compiling the appropriate emergency supplies. Pack a ready kit for your Atlanta apartment and vehicle. Include adequate clothing and blankets in your kit to keep you warm.
3. If you plan to go dashing through the snow, drive your sleigh safely. Keep an extra ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding an ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. Fully winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid driving when roads are icy. Stay cozy in your Atlanta apartments!
4. Keep warm on frosty days by weather-proofing your apartment home. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near your apartment’s exterior walls. Allow faucets to drip during cold weather to prevent freezing.
5. Regardless of the chill, never use a stove or oven to heat your Atlanta rental. Prepare safe alternative sources of heat. Never bring portable generators, camp stoves or grills into Atlanta townhouses and apartments; they should be kept outside and at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents.
6. And finally…no matter how much someone double dog dares you, never stick your tongue to a flagpole when it’s cold out.