Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Moved into a new #apartment and need to cover the windows, but not sure what kind of window treatment is right for your space? With Zillow's help, you'll be picking window coverings like a pro in no time!
The first question to ask yourself is how much privacy you need in your room? If you don't need your window coverings to provide privacy, then you can go with sheer fabrics so you can get as much natural light as possible. If your window coverings need to provide privacy, go with more opaque fabrics.
Curtains are gathered on a rod and generally remain stationary. They can be any length from cafe style, which just covers the bottom half of the window to floor to ceiling curtains that go all the way to the floor. Drapes, on the other hand, work on a system that allows you to open and close the panels by a cord that moves the slides holding the drapes along a track.
They can either just touch the floor, or puddle on the floor and the rods that hold them are usually mounted to the window frame or on the wall right above it.
Shades are another window-covering option and work well in a space where there isn't room for curtains or drapes, or where you want a clean, modern look. They either attach inside the window frame or on the molding outside the window frame.
Blinds and shutters can more completely block out light and are more adjustable. Blinds come in both horizontal and vertical varieties and are generally made out of vinyl or metal. Shutters are made of wood or vinyl and are generally more expensive.
All window treatments will require hardware so they can be attached to the wall or window. When choosing your hardware, make sure to pick something that goes well with both your curtains and your decorating style.
Craigslist is a great way to get rid of unneeded items and make a little cash, as well as to buy furniture and accessories for your apartment while not paying full retail. Apartment Therapy shows you the ropes of using Craigslist.
If you are buying items on Craigslist, check often as things can get pushed down in the list rather quickly. If you are looking for a specific item, a good rule of thumb is to look at least three times a day, (morning, midday and evening). Be sure to use the "Show Images" option in the top right-hand corner so you can see a thumbnail of what you are looking for.
What keywords you use to search for your desired item is also important. Try different combinations and synonyms for your desired item if what you want isn't coming up. Don't dismiss the free section, either. Often things can be found there that can be cleaned up and used or even turned for a profit.
If there are a lot of listings for the piece you are looking for, you may need to scour them to find the best example and the best price. A great way to track the options is by using a spreadsheet.
Keep a bookmark folder of Watched Items. Often an item won't sell and you can email the seller a month later and they will be willing to accept a much lower offer.
For more tips on contacting the seller, picking up your purchase, and even selling items on Craigslist, be sure to visit Apartment Therapy.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
When someone calls and says they are coming by in 15 minutes, don't freak out if your house is less than presentable. With About.com's tips, you can fake a clean house in no time!
Your first job should be to control odors. Take out the trash if it stinks,and spray an air freshner around the trash can. Turn on a fan or air conditioner, or open the windows to get the air moving. Another great idea is to put something to bake into the oven. Not only will it make your house smell great, you'll have something to serve your guests!
Clutter is the number one thing that makes a house look messy. So get a receptacle like a laundry basket or grocery bag and start throwing misplaced stuff into it. Don't worry about where the things belong right now. Just keep the basket or bag in a room or closet until your guests go home.
While you're at it, straighten yourself up. A change of clothes, hair brushing and addition of perfume will make you even fresher than your house. Next, focus on the living room, since that's where you'll be receiving your guest most likely.
Quickly go across the room from left to right straightening up each surface and getting rid of any missed clutter. Run the vacuum over the main walkway of the floor as well.
In the bathroom, quickly wipe down the surfaces and mirror, remove any misplaced items, change the trash and check for hand soap, a clean hand towel and toilet paper. In the entryway, your guest's "first impression" of your house, remove the clutter, and use a broom or dust buster to clean up.
In the kitchen, put dirty dishes into the dishwasher or at least stack them neatly in the sink. Then wipe down the counters. If you have any time left over, keep doing small things until they arrive, only in the rooms they'll see. You could vacuum
floors, dust the ceiling fan, or straighten books and magazines.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Is it legal to be discriminated against based on your age when renting an apartment? The short answer is yes, you can be discriminated against based on age. Read on for what exactly that means for you and what apartments have age restrictions.
With the exception of a few legal issues, the minimum age to sign a lease and move into an apartment community is eighteen in the state of Texas. So there's obviously a minimum age to rent an apartment. On the other side, there are also communities at which you must have reached a certain age to live there.
There are Senior Living Communities that only allow residents who are over 55 or 60 years of age, depending on the community. These communities are called Assisted Living Communities and have very strict guidelines for what age of people can live in their complex.
These communities are aimed at senior adults who do not need around the clock care, so they can live on their own, but they do need some limited amounts of help. Examples of help one might need are that they may not be able to drive or otherwise get to where they need, so they need transportation. Or someone might not be able to prepare their own meals and would need assistance with that. These are the types of help that assisted living communities can provide.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
It's easy to accumulate too much stuff and overwhelm your apartment with unneeded things. Apartment Therapy helps you make the purge with a list of things you probably own too many of and how to pare down.
Two or three sets of sheets for each bed is enough. Donate the extra sets along to animal shelters or cut them into smaller strips to use for rags. As for towels, consider using a hair towel, a bath towel and a hand towel for an entire week. Donate the surplus towels to the animal shelter along with your sheets. Be sure to save a couple of large towels to bring to the beach.
In the kitchen, unless you're a bartender, you probably don't need a separate type of glass for every type of drink. Consider stemless wine glasses that can be used for everything. Cull your tupperware collection and only keep a few that have their matching lids and recycle the rest. Even better, get rid of the plastic entirely and go for ceramic or glass dishes that can go from oven to table to the refrigerator or buy stretch-to-fit covers that transform any bowl or plate into a container.
Cleaning and grooming products can also accumulate. Weed out the stuff you don't use everyday to make yourself pretty and donate the rest to a homeless shelter or friends who might use it. As for cleaning products, find one all-purpose cleanser that will do all the jobs you need and toss the rest. Make-up is another place we can tend to hoard stuff. If something's been around more than a year, it's probably full of bacteria AND you'll probably never use it, so throw it away.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Professional Movers can make moving a lot easier, but there are still some guidelines you need to follow, especially if it's your first time hiring somebody to do the heavy lifting. With TLC's tips, you'll make sure you're doing it right and save money.
Talk to the company about what they will and won't move before moving day. Most companies have guidelines on what they won't move, ranging from things like household chemicals, paints and liquids that jeopardize their safety, to things that won't move because of liability risks like cash, valuables, important papers, photographs, pets, food and medicine. Make sure you're prepared to pack any items on the no-no list.
Find out whether your movers will be doing the packing or if that's up to you. If you are the one packing, use lots of cushion in the form of newspaper, bubble wrap or blankets because if items you packed break while they're being transported, movers usually aren't liable for it. Make sure you have plenty of boxes and label them all with your name, room destination, and what's inside so you can stay on top of where everything needs to go in your new home. Once packing's finished, separate the boxes that are heavy from the ones that are light to make loading easier. Also, keep doorways clear of boxes so there are no tripping hazards and don't put boxes on the heavy furniture that will be most likely loaded first.
In case something goes wrong, be sure you are covered by purchasing insurance, whether through the moving company or your own provider. If you purchase from the moving company, you will have to choose between two types: by the pound and comprehensive. By the pound is generally cheaper, but it will only reimburse you for something based on its weight, which may not cover the full replacement or repair value. Comprehensive coverage may cost more, but it covers all damages and losses.
Having drinks and snacks on hand is a kind thing to do for your movers. They are often booked back to back and don't have time for a meal or even a snack between houses. So having cold water bottles and energy bars are a great way to show you appreciate how much work they are doing and to make sure they stay at their best.
Finally, be sure you have cash to tip your movers. Moving is hard work, especially if they are going to be driving a long distance to your new home. So if they do a good job, make sure to give them some cash to show how much you appreciate their hard work!