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Moving is always complicated, no matter what time of year. However, moving apartments during the winter presents its own struggles and issues. Dealing with cold weather during a move can cause unexpected problems, so it is important to be prepared for winter-based moving issues. Winter Moving Tips Following these steps will ensure your move is as stress free as possible, even during the winter: • Monitor weather. Winter weather can prove difficult for moving, so keep an eye on weather reports and be prepared to adjust your plans accordingly. Also, road closings or increased traffic ... Continue Reading »
One of the hardest parts about playing host is finding room for everyone to stay over comfortably. The holidays are often filled with family and friends visiting from out of town, so you want to ensure everyone can find a place to sleep and keep their suitcase. If you have a smaller apartment without an extra room, this can be challenging, but a few quick tips can maximize space for guests without making them feel like sardines. Holidays and Guests If you do not have a guest room, ... Continue Reading »
One of the best parts about renting an apartment is being a part of your complex’s community. The holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors and bring fun, joy and cheer to those around you. Fun Christmas Activities If you want to boost your holiday spirit and have fun at the same time, consider these Christmas activities to do around your apartment complex: • Christmas caroling. Caroling is the quintessential holiday activity, and for good reason. Get a few neighbors together and go caroling in your apartment complex. Not only will ... Continue Reading »
As the holidays approach, people who celebrate Christmas often put up decorations to get into the spirit and make their apartment look festive. Decorating your apartment can be fun, but it is sometimes difficult to pack in the holiday cheer into a small space. When your apartment cannot accommodate giant evergreens and extensive decorating, you can still incorporate festive decorations that will make your apartment feel Christmassy. Small spaces do not have to be boring – a point that is especially true during the holiday season. Decorating Tips for Christmas Some careful planning and strategic ... Continue Reading »
For many, Christmas trees are synonymous with the holidays. Without a Christmas tree, it hardly feels like Christmas at all. The Christmas tree’s position of high esteem has led to some epic Christmas tree creations as well as some major fails. Christmas Tree Winners and Losers Here is a look at some of the best and worst Christmas trees ever: • The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. One of the most iconic trees in U.S. history is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City. Every year, thousands ... Continue Reading »
Dallas offers a range of holiday-themed events throughout the winter season. While some of these activities cost money, such as ballets or musical performances, there are many ways to find holiday cheer for free or very cheap. One of the best ways to experience Dallas on a budget during the Christmas season is to check out the many Christmas light displays around the city. Christmas Light Displays in Big D! The holidays in Texas mean big Christmas decorations; here’s where you can find Christmas light displays in ... Continue Reading »
While maintenance issues are one of the main reasons people choose to rent instead of buy their home, it is important for apartment tenants to be aware of basic ways to keep their place up and running and prevent some basic problems. Proper maintenance of your apartment saves time and money for both tenants and landlords. Maintenance Basics Here are a few ways you can keep your apartment in good condition all year long and avoid having to call your landlord for repairs and services: • Take care of flooring. While obviously it is a ... Continue Reading »
The Apartment hunt can be overwhelming, but going in with some information about the type of place that is right for you will ensure you don’t make a decision you regret. While most people put cost at the top of the list of deciding factors, you need to account for more than just monthly rent to find the best apartment. Apartment Hunt Basics • Commute. Thinking about how the apartment location will affect your traveling to school or work every day. This is one of the most important decisions ... Continue Reading »
When looking for a new apartment, amenities are something that set different buildings apart. In the blur of two-dozen apartments with two bedrooms and one bath, you are more likely to remember an apartment for its features. Paying attention to amenities can help you make the decision on where to have your new home. Some of the most common amenities for apartments are dishwashers, laundry machines, paid utilities, and parking. As the apartment search develops, you start to hold some amenities as a priority and others as less important in your decision. For ... Continue Reading »
One of the joys of the holiday season is attending Christmas pageants and holiday plays around town. Not only do these events support local artists and groups, but they are also perfect for getting into the holiday spirit or entertaining out-of-town guests. Holiday Plays Calendar While there are countless plays throughout the winter months, here are the ones we think should be at the top of your holiday plan: • McKinney. Beginning December 8, you can catch The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Gather in downtown McKinney. The play is a hilarious story ... Continue Reading »