Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pack Your Apartment Right!

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One good way to save money is to avoid paying movers. Depending on the scale of your apartment, movers could cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. While you almost certainly won't be able to avoid renting a moving truck, you can pack your things and load and unload yourself. The following are a variety of recommendations on the correct way to pack when you are relocating to a new apartment.
How to Pack Household furniture:
Take apart furniture if possible and cover up
Wrap table legs individually
Set down cushioning between your pieces of furniture and the floor of the moving truck
Place tables together with legs assembled top down on flooring with legs up
Stack seating seat to seat
Packing Dishes:
Make use of special "dishpak" packing containers
Wrap dinner plates, saucers, and bowls separately using quite a few sheets of paper each
Begin from the corner, covering diagonally, frequently tucking in edges
After covering individually, encapsulate 4-6 pieces in a bundle with a dual layer of newspapers
Place cushioning material in bottom of carton
Place flat, larger items such as platters, plates on bottom
Set bundled items in a carton in a line on edge.
Encircle each bundle with crushed newspaper, being mindful to leave no bare spots.
Mugs and glassware must be covered in a double covering of newspaper and inserted upside down on rims in a line on an upper layer inside the container with all the handles facing the same direction.
Packing Clothing:
Shoes may remain in shoe boxes and placed into sizeable packages.
Or, wrap each shoe one at a time, and then in pairs.
Shoes should be cushioned to prevent harm occurring to high heals or ornaments.
Don't store heavy items on shoes.
Clothing can remain on coat hangers and transported in clothes cartons.
Light and portable clothing such as hose, lingerie and sweaters may remain inside dresser drawers.
Table lamps:
Remove the bulb.
Wrap the bottom, harp and light bulb separately in newsprint, and place alongside one another in a box, filling up spaces with crushed newspaper.
Do not ever cover the shade in newspaper.
Carefully cover each shade in 3-4 sheets of fresh tissue papers, a pillow case or large lightweight hand towel.
Pictures and Glass:
Make use of a standard picture package or cover both sides of the picture with cardboard.
Place packaging paper along the side panels and ends of the picture to prevent it from moving inside the container.
Insert no more than 3 or 4 pictures in one container.
Have the box right side up at all times.
What NOT to Pack:
Warmth from sunlight can raise temperatures inside a closed moving van to more than 150 degrees. Even in the middle of winter, heat accumulates inside. A lot of common products, including aerosol hairspray or cleaning products, can set off an explosion or fire that can destroy your belongings when packed inside a van.
For your personal safety, make sure that no member of your family packs these items in a container to be moved in the back of the moving truck. Replacing a can of hairspray is easier than replacing all of your belongings.
We would like you to have a satisfying move. With regard to the safety of your belongings, evaluate the list below and get rid of all dangerous products before packing:
Cleaning solutions
Shaving lotion
Spray starch
Spray paint
Oil-based paints
Muriatic acid
Auto batteries
Propane in tanks*
Tar residue cleaner
Oxygen in tanks
Paint thinners
Lighter fluid
Lacquer remover
Mineral spirits
Chlorine granules or powder
Any other type of combustible

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Apartment Locating: How it Works

How frequently have you been in need of a good apartment and thought “Wow!” There are simply thousands of rental listings on the web, in rent catalogs, on services similar to Craigslist and even in your paper. It's no surprise that it’s tricky to know where to begin! To make things more difficult, imagine if you and your family are relocating to a new place and you don’t even know the local area?

A lot of rental searches are conducted blind. ‘Blind’ indicating you may not be 100% certain of your options, what precisely you qualify for, occasionally even just what you truly prefer.  After all, is it really easier to reside close to your job or your recreation?? There’s lots to consider any time you committ to a lease!

Apartment finders unquestionably are experienced in the search for a different apartment, and fully understand what basic steps help you to find the best lease as swiftly as possible not cutting out any of the crucial questions, verifications and paperwork that make certain that you get in the home you expect. Only a few people really realize the true worth an apartment locator can add, particularly bearing in mind the assistance is free to the client. Here’s precisely how apartment locating gets results:

1) Contact the property locating company. There are a number of considerations that may help you decide which service to use. Internet sites including Yelp and CitySearch have ratings and user testimonials, referrals from your acquaintances, family members and colleagues, the level of quality of their webpage and place of work.  Additionally the longevity of the apartment locator can enable you to determine who the right apartment locator is for you. Here are some things you might ask of a would-be apartment locating company:

-How much time have you worked in this area?
-What region of the city do you concentrate on?
-Would you prefer to send me properties or escort me to the rentals?
-Can you transport my family to the properties (if you are arriving from out of town)?
-Have you previously worked with my personal situation before?

2) Visit your apartment locator at their office. Your apartment locator will be able to determine your basic desires from a phone dialouge or data submitted on a form, but each set of circumstances is undoubtedly different. The goal of the apartment hunter, the part that saves precious time, cash and headaches, is to filter out as many non-qualifying apartment rentals as they can BEFORE you tour apartments. Consequently they will have a lot of important questions and frequently will be fine-tuning their rental research as they go. Any time you can be there with them while they search, they are able to achieve this a lot quicker and easier.  It's their goal to measure up the rentals for you and your for the rentals. Here is where the biggest part of the job comes in. I am still stunned that far more people don’t use locators simply because they undertake all this for you, for absolutely free. Once you and your apartment locator have narrowed down your rental selections to those that fulfill your practical needs like neighborhood, beds / baths, rent payments, pets, etc … NOW the apartment hunter is able to:

-Contact property staff to assess actual unit availability of not just the floor plan, but the area within the community, the floor number, the view, move-in date, whether or not a garage area, storage unit or allocated parking spot comes with the apartment and many other details.
-Confirm the criteria for qualification for the apartment community: credit rating, rental background, public record, pay, and so on to be certain that you aren't throwing away your time or application expenses.
-Check the apartment community  rules regarding any unique conditions like animals, visitors, parking, bike storage space, etc. that may be relevant to your current situation.
- Figure out if there are any relevant specials which might reduce your rent, deposit or administration charges, or what, if any utility bills are included in the rent payments, and whether there are extra fees you may not be taking into account, like a parking fee or pet fee.

If any of the apartments do not suit your present circumstances, your locator will be able to counsel you on whether to clear them out of your shortlist or make an exception. Making the effort to visit apartments that don’t suit your needs, don’t have available units when you have to have them or rentals you don’t qualify for, can easily cost you loads of energy and dough! A decent apartment hunter can easily save you from a lot of of the most frequent leasing mistakes and oversights.

3) Take you to the appropriate apartments and rental properties. When you and your locator have established your finalized list, its time to tour the apartment communities! Your locator will usually escort you to the apartment selections so they can ensure that all your questions get addressed and that you have the opportunity to ask them! They can help you with the necessary paperwork if you decide to apply. This is definitely handy if you are relocating from another city. Whatever the case its still better not to have to use your own gas money driving around the city!

“Wow!”  Really; this is their profession and they are extremely good at it! This no-cost service is a real gem in lots of scenarios. No matter if you are just really busy, you are moving to a different city or you merely don’t know where to begin, try an apartment hunter. Many people think their service is the number one value in renting!