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Websites All Renters Should be Using

Monday, 26 March 2018

One of my favorite quotes is to work smarter, not harder! As a renter I find myself doing a lot of research on the simple problems I have everyday.  When I wanted to add art and character to my beige walls (that I am not allowed to paint) I went online to look up ideas on other ways to incorporate color and charm. Same goes for when I have a maintenance issue at my property. When my disposal stopped working randomly it was the internet who came to my rescue to teach now how to reset my disposal myself. It saved my landlord money, and it saved me from having to take off time from work to meet a vendor. Through my time researching I’ve found that there are a couple websites I always return to when I need help.  I have compiled a list of websites and blogs I routinely visit to help make my life as a renter easier! I hope they can help you as well!



 

For being up to date on events in Greensboro…..

Exploregreensboro.com is a great source for community events, musical performances, family activities and more!

 

For deciding what’s for dinner….

Supercook.com offers a service where you tell them what ingredients you already have in your pantry and fridge and Supercook offers recipes featuring those ingredients! This helps you to cut down on food costs by using up what you already have.

 

For understanding property management and renting…..

Blog.rent.com offers tips on apartment hunting, apartment living (DIYs and decorating ideas), and money advice. With such a variety of topics ranging from “Apartment Security Deposit Explained” to “The Ultimate Guide to Renting Your First Apartment” this blog will sure be of help during your time as a renter.

 

For unique rental decor ideas…..

Apartmenttherapy.com is the best spot to look for out of the box ideas. They give original apartment ideas from using bold colors to make a statement to revamping IKEA furniture to look chic without breaking the bank.



For when you break something….

Houselogic.com has great tips on many things related to home care and renting in general. But they are also a great source for maintenance help around your home. The even have an article titled “Strange Home Quirks- and How to (Finally!) Make Them Go Away” which offers help on problems you may of not even known you could fix.

 

Should You Get a Pet if You Are Renting?

Monday, 12 March 2018

Have you been thinking about getting a dog or cat? You can play with them, cuddle with them, and take cute pictures with them! But wait your first question needs to be am I allowed to have a pet where I rent? Always contact your property management company before looking at a shelter or pet store. Once you get the okay it’s time to decide for yourself if this is something you should do. Here are a couple quick pros and cons to get your thought process started!

Pros:

1.      Company- if you live alone or if your roommate is gone a lot a pet would be a source of companionship when you are home alone.

2.      Security- A pet, especially a dog, would be good security for your property. If someone were to stop by the house while you were away the dog could bark and scare them away.

Cons:

1.      Additional costs- Your property management company will ask you to pay either a pet deposit or pet rent on behalf of the pet. And of course you will have to pay for vet visits, food, toys, and housing for your new furry friend.

2.      Potential damage- The reason you’ll have to pay a deposit or additional rent is because there is a higher change for damage to the property. Especially with puppies there are bound to be accidents and chewed furniture. Training early on can help prevent some of these possibilities but it can’t stop ever accident!

 

So should you get a pet? Ultimately the decision is up to you! If your property owner allows you to have pets and you have the time and money to devote to a furry friend then it could be a great addition to your life! Just make sure you think through the pros and cons before making a decision.

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