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Can You Really Afford that Apartment?
4/20/2017
Can you afford the apartment you want? Well we have the tool for you! Use our helpful Rental calculator to determine if you can really afford the apartment of your dreams. When apartment shopping, it is important to ask what utilities are included with rent. Some properties include water, sewer, and trash; while others do not include anything. It is important to understand these costs, as they can quickly add up and change the amount of your monthly budget for rent. Do you have a pet or need a garage? These are just a couple of the additional charges that could affect your rent price as well so be sure to add any addition fees into your budget worksheet. Lastly calculate in, any additional expenses you have like credit card bills, car payments, student loans and you might want to budget in a food allowance so you still have money to eat! Congrats, hopefully you have completed the worksheet and found it helpful. Financial advisors suggest to stay around 1/3rd of your income for a monthly housing budget. Happy Apartment Hunting!
The 15 Best Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
4/12/2017
Owning a pet can do wonders for our physical and psychological health, but sometimes our little housemates can make quite the mess. Below are some quick tips to help keep clean up after our four legged friends… Bathe Fido and his bedding Regularly – This one should be pretty obvious. Bathing your pets regularly (for that breed) plays an important role in the health of their coat and skin. It also makes them a little more pleasant to be around. The rule in my house is clean dog, gets a clean bed. Keeping their bedding clean will help eliminate some of that pet smell. Brush pets outside – By doing this, you allow the hair to blow way and it eliminates how much hair ends up in your home. Other animals such as birds and bunnies then use the hair for their nests. So really, it’s a win/win! Cover Furniture – This one just makes your life easier. Lay a blanket on your pet’s favorite spot on the couch or bed. When it’s time to clean it, all you have to do remove it and toss in the wash. That’s a lot easier than attempting to clean an entire couch! Vacuum and Sweep regularly – Vacuuming and sweeping regularly helps keep pet hair from floating around. It also helps keep it from piling up in carpet. One of the best tricks I have ever learned was to take a squeegee or your pets hair brush and run it through the carpet. You will be amazed at how much you pull up. I find the brush technique is extremely helpful on stairs and easier than dragging the vacuum up each individual step. Toys – Does your dog or cat have as many toys as a toddler? Pets can become bored seeing the same toys daily. To help keep pet toys at bay, get a small toy box or basket to store their toys in. This allows you to hide some so you can change them out when Fido appears bored. Fido Threw Up – Whether you rent or own, dealing with a pet who has gotten sick on your carpet is not always easy. First, remove all the large pieces that you can. Blot with the spot with vinegar or club soda then coat the area with an equal mix of Baking Soda and Salt. Let this dry, then vacuum up. Fact: did you know that pureed pumpkin can actually help sooth a dog’s upset stomach? Urine Stains – Best results if treated immediately. With a rag or towel, absorb as much of the urine as possible. This process is similar to the one above. Some say to soak a rag with vinegar and salt, I say spray some vinegar directly onto the spot, then try to soak up as much as possible again. Finish with your equal parts Baking Soda and Salt, allow to dry and vacuum up. Persistent Stains – Folex = Magic! You can thank me later! I heard about Folex a couple of months ago and this stuff is magic in a bottle. Stains are gone in just minutes, it is non-toxic, non-magnetic (stain won’t reappear where you prayed this stuff later), non-flammable, and best yet… odor free! “Marking of Territory” – Vicks Vapor Rub is the answer for this one. While you may not want to smear this greasy ointment on your walls. It has been proven to stop pets from marking their territory, and covers up whatever scent they may be smelling. Control Litter – Use a bar mat. They make mats with nickel size holes throughout. Place this mat under the litter box and with Kitty stops out of the litter box, excess litter will fall into those holes. For clean up just run your vacuum over the mat. Litter Odor – There is a litter out there for every cat person. To help cut back on odor from the litter box, change litter regularly. If you have multiple cats, make sure to get a litter formulated for multiple cat homes. Purify Air – Change filters regularly, if you do not have access to change the filter you can put in a work order with your community manager. You may be responsible for purchasing filters outside of normal maintenance changes. You can also purchase an air purifier to help keep the air clean and free of dander.
8 Air Cleansing Plants
4/12/2017
Houseplant have been said to bring happiness to a home and make it seem more alive, but they can do so much more. Having plants in your home can help filter out toxins. English Ivy – Great choice for Asthma sufferers! Scientists and researchers have found that English Ivy is effective at removing mold and dog feces from the air. YES, if you have a dog they do bring feces pollutant in with them. Bamboo Stalks & Palm – Bamboo while it is believed to be lucky to have in your home it is also great at removing benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. If you feel down on your luck and want to give Bamboo a try, the Feng Shui practitioners believe that the number of stalks represent different meanings. 2= Love, 3= Happiness, 5= Conveys Good Health, 6= More Happiness, 7= Lucky Number, 8= Wealth, 9=Good Fortune, and if you are really feeling green 21= Combination (Health, Happiness, Wealth, and Fortune). Fern – Ferns are naturally humidifying plants and remove several different toxins from the air. Aloe Vera – Often known for treating sunburns, Aloe plants also remove formaldehyde from the air. If you do get burned you can break a piece of this plant off and squeeze out the insides directly onto the burn. Spider Plant – This power house of an air filter made NASA’s top 3 plants in their air study. It does grow fast but for the most part is low maintenance. Peace Lily – Peace Lily’s are hardy flowing plants. They can remove airborne chemicals from cleaning products. It is suggested to keep this plant in a room you heavily clean like kitchens and bathrooms. Orchid – While this is one of the prettiest and most exotic plants on the list, it is not as hard to care for as some believe. Most suggest 2 ice cubes a week and no direct sunlight. Orchids release Oxygen at night and are great to have in a Master Bedroom or bathroom with a window. Happy greening up your home!
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