Thursday, May 28, 2015
Get a better night's sleep with Apartment Therapy's tips for a quicker trip to dream land.
Set your thermostat to 65 to 68 degrees to keep from waking up in the middle of the night hot and sweaty.
Do not eat within three hours of going to bed because it makes it difficult for your body to be able to sleep if it's digesting.
Pillows should be replaced every one to three years to prevent the skin irritants and allergens that can be trapped inside them.
Don't keep a television in your bedroom because the noise and light they give off can inhibit your sleep.
Extra weight can lead to sleep apnea, which can wake you up because you'll have trouble breathing while you sleep. By staying in shape and sticking to a healthy weight, you'll avoid that.
If you create a bedtime routine and stick to it, your body and mind will wind down more quickly.
Finally, if your mattress isn't comfortable, get a new one! The power of a good mattress on your sleep can't be overestimated.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In the aftermath of this weekend's #flooding in #Austin and the surrounding areas, many people, homeowners and renters alike, will have to file claims. However, both renter's and homeowner's insurance doesn't cover flood damage. Read on foresurance's run down of what renter's insurance does and doesn't cover.
In general renter's insurance covers replacing or repairing your personal property after something happens in your #apartment that is considered a covered event, like a fire or burglary. The average renter has about $20,000 in personal belongings in their home and is 25 percent more likely to be robbed than someone who owns a home. Renter's insurance also covers your belongings anywhere you take them in the world.
If a guest is injured in your apartment, renter's insurance can provide liability coverage for legal costs. There are different limits to this on different policies. It also covers medical payments up to a prescribed limit if a guest or visitor is injured while in your home.
Renter's insurance follows you and will cover any items you accidentally break or damage while at someone else's home. It will also cover additional living expenses if you have to stay in a hotel because of a covered event.
Most renter's insurance considers the following events "covered events" (check your own policy to be sure): fire or lightning, windstorm or hail, explosions, smoke, vandalism, theft, burglary, falling objects, weight of ice, snow or sleet, freezing and volcanic eruption. Renter's insurance doesn't cover flood damage, but if a pipe bursts in your apartment and it damages your belongings, you would be covered.
Need help finding a new #apartment? Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
When you move into your first #apartment, odds are you will be so excited you'll want to go out and fill the whole thing at once. Of course, you probably won't have the funds to do that right away, so read on for Apartment Therapy's tips on what to buy now and what to get later.
No one wants to have a bad night's sleep, so spring for a decent mattress as soon as you can. Second to that is a couch. A bed frame to put that mattress on is third in line.
On to the kitchen, you'll need cookware so you can eat. Find out how to outfit your kitchen for less than $200 or see if family or friends will pass on their old stuff because they're upgrading. You'll also need glasses and plates, which luckily can usually be had for not too much money (IKEA anyone?).
Other buy now items: window treatments (so the whole neighborhood can't see into your home), A desk and comfortable chair (if you work from home), and decent lighting.
Now on to the things you can wait a while on, the first of which is side tables. Sure, they're useful, but compared to the above items, you can definitely live without them. An old roommate of mine refused to unpack all her boxes, so I just threw a blanket over the remaining box that had been in the living room for weeks and turned it into a side table. That's the way it stayed for the entire year we lived there.
A headboard is unnecessary to a good night's sleep, and rugs, while pretty and nice underfoot, are not a must-have. Art is another "it can wait" item. Or you could lurk around your alma mater for those cheap poster sales they have every semester.
You don't have to throw the perfect dinner party anytime soon, so wait on the serving dishes and dining table and chairs. Friends will understand eating on the couch or even on the floor. Try an "indoor picnic" dinner party, it could be fun!
Finally, purchasing storage like media centers, dressers, etc can be put off. Boxes, along with suitcases, can once again come to the rescue for all these items.
Posted by Lisa Pegues at 7:08 AM
Labels: what to buy first in your first apartment, what to put off purchasing for your first apartment, what to wait to buy in your first apartment
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Austin and the surrounding area has had a very rainy Spring, but it's only helped Lake Travis and the other Highland Lakes a little bit, Community Impact reports.
The level in Lake Travis has gone up 18" since the beginning of May, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Their data shows that some parts of the Lake Travis watershed, which feeds the lake, getting as much as 5 inches of rain in the past two weeks. Parts of #Austin have gotten almost 8 inches in that same time.
Lake Travis neared 40 percent capacity May 15th, or 631 feet mean sea level (msl). While this is an increase of 7.68 feet msl over the beginning of 2015 and 5.52 feet msl over a year ago, it still leaves the lake almost 40 feet msl below the historical May average.
The last time lake levels were this high was May 2012. The hope is that with the additional thunderstorms forecast for this week, there will be greater runoff into the lakes because the soil is saturated.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Luxury apartments are coming to San Antonio's River Walk, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
Alamo Manhattan Riverwalk will be built at 111 West Jones Avenue and will have 191 units. It is set to begin construction in June and finish by April 2017. The project will be five stories with a three-story parking garage underneath.
In addition to apartments, the community will have a leasing office, club room, fitness center, pool courtyard, garden courtyard and 1,500 square feet of retail space.
This area of the River Walk is seeing a lot of residential action lately, with additions like The Mosaic, 1800 Broadway, CanPlant at the Pearl, and River House, which are all at or near full occupancy.
Just a bit further away from Alamo Manhattan, six mixed-use lots have gone up for auction and have seen a lot of action as well. Residents of San Antonio, especially young professionals new to the city, are more and more likely to want to live, work, and play downtown.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
When you get up in the morning, open the windows to let in some fresh air to lower concentrations of toxic chemicals and carbon monoxide in your home. Just don't forget to close them when you leave for work or school. A word of caution: if you suffer from seasonal allergies, don't do this or you'll find your house infested with the allergens that make you miserable.
Get into the routine of cleaning your home regularly. In addition to a nice smelling, clean home, you'll get better quality air. Dust, mop, and vacuum at least once a week to see this improvement.
Rather than purchasing synthetic air fresheners to cover up odors in your home, use natural products like baking soda, lemon slices or flesh flowers and avoid releasing chemicals into your home's air.
Keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent to keep down the growth of mold and amount of dust mites in the air. Dehumidifiers can help with this, but just checking for water leaks and having them repaired will also help tremendously.
Finally, houseplants are a great way to bring the outdoors in! Not only do they look and smell great, they remove pollutants from the air.
Need help finding an apartment with lots of light for the Spring? Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and if you are at a loss for gift ideas, check out these suggestions from About.com. There's sure to be something that will work for the special lady in your life!
A necklace with her children's initials is a thoughtful gift idea for any mom. Etsy is a great place to find a style perfect for your mom or significant other.
A new scarf isn't as personal as jewelry, but it's a convenient way to quickly and easily accessorize for a busy mom. So pick one out that you think she'll love!
A charm bracelet allows a mom to commemorate life's important events with a beautiful physical representation she can enjoy every time she glances down at her wrist.
If the mom in your life still has wee ones in diapers, a stylish diaper bag is a useful gift. Choices are much more sophisticated than a few years ago and need not look like a diaper bag at all!
A locket is a sweet way for a mom to hold pictures of her children close to her heart. A vintage locket could be an especially thoughtful choice.
A ring (or rings) with her children's birthstones is a fantastic gift for mom. You could also get a birthstone necklace or bracelet if mom isn't a big fan of rings.
Whatever you choose, make sure it comes from the heart. Think about what the mom in your life would really like and go from there!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Looking for a fun way to enjoy this amazing Spring weather out on our gorgeous Lady Bird Lake and get a killer ab workout? Try paddleboarding!
SUP ATX rents paddleboards from two locations. One is the Texas Rowing Center, located on Stephen F. Austin Drive across from Austin High School. The other is in the South Shore District on Lady Bird Lake right by the new Boardwalk!
Paddleboard rentals are seven days a week during daylight hours at the Texas Rowing Center location and Wednesday through Friday from noon to Sundown and Saturday and Sunday 8am to Sundown at the South Shore location. Rates are $15 per hour or $35 for all day weekdays and $20 per hour or $40 all day on weekends. No reservation necessary, just show up and ask for a FREE quick lesson!
If you get serious about paddleboarding, you can even buy your own! Prices start at $935 and can be purchased from SupATX or Austin Paddle Sports.