Pets, owners and apartments

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To allow, or not to allow, pets into apartment rentals – a decision all property managers must make. Most managers have endless horror stories of irresponsible pet owners. Even though those stories are created by only about 5-10% of pet owners they ruin the chances for others to find rental pla...

The best time to look for an apartment and why

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So what is the best time to look for an apartment? The best days are in the first four to five days of the month – the earlier the better, and here are the reasons why. SUPPLY AND DEMAND On the simple basis of supply and demand these first days of the month provide the best selection and largest...

Suspect bed bugs are in your apartment? Here’s what you should do.

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Bed bug problems are common in apartment communities as well as in public gathering spots like movie theatres and hotels. It’s important for tenants to understand where these insects come from, how to identify them, and what it takes to eliminate them from apartments. What are they? Bed bugs are...

Working out in your apartment

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Want to get in better shape but don’t want to pay for a gym membership? Why not work out in your apartment: you get the privacy you want, and there are lots of ways to get a great workout, no matter your level. The first thing you need is a foam workout mat. I like the Connect-A-Mat from Walmar...

Trick’n Out The Apartment For A Halloween Treat

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As a kid, don't you think the biggest treat would be an apartment building for them to go door to door to? In this post I’ll outline some helpful apartment tips to provide the ultimate treat for the little ghosts, ghouls, princesses, and pirates. WHY IT'S THE ULTIMATE TREAT? It's safer: Thi...

Apartment Design and Damage Deposit – Have Both

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One of the biggest challenges of being a renter can be making an apartment feel like home, designing it the way you want, all while getting your deposit back should you decide to move out. After all, this isn’t college, posters of bands and some old movies just won’t cut it anymore. Wall art,...

Child proofing tips for your apartment

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With a new addition to our family, I have come to the realization that each of our kids requires different child proofing techniques. Kyle, now 6 years old, was more of a TV stand guy, Avery who has just started crawling is more of an electrical outlets and kitchen explorer. For Avery we have had...

Storage hacks for apartment living

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Until I came to Canada, I never fully understood why storage was such an issue – in this part of the world. It is only after I had settled into my own apartment that I finally understood how space and extra storage is actually a big deal. I also realized that as I change my wardrobe accordingly...

Apartment Living; the value of being a good neighbour

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When we move and leave our families behind in our home countries, provinces or cities, it’s our neighbours that become our new family. It becomes a necessity to have someone we can turn to watch our children while we run to the store, lend us the missing ingredient for a started cake or feed ou...

How to properly dispose of large household items from your apartment (in Abbotsford)

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As a tenant of a multi-family building you may have wondered what you need to do if you want to dispose of large household items. Have you been thinking of making a new purchase (couch, mattress, table and chairs, etc.) and uncertain about what to do with the items you’re replacing, or how to disp...