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...

Property Management designations and where to get them

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When I started in Property Management seven years ago I realized I needed more education and certifications that are recognizable to Property Management Companies. I was lucky that my immediate supervisor had had the same questions and through her research had discovered Real Estate Institute of Ca...

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...

Car-less in Calgary, it’s possible and surprisingly easy

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You might think of Calgary as a city where you need a car to get around and it’s the only option for transportation. I’m here to tell you about a word that used to be dirty in Calgary but lately has picked up a lot of steam, that word is cycling. Mainstreet buildings near the core (Inglewood,...

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...

Mainstreet team member, Tyler in Thailand – Travelogue (Part 2)

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Chiang Mai – Serenity in the North One of the things I love about Thailand is how easy it is to get around and how incredibly inexpensive it is at the same time. Whether it’s getting around by plane, train, boat, or bus, you can buy transit on almost any street corner for cheap. After spendi...