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Analyzing Your Finances - Part 2 of 6 - Moving Out & Beyond

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:31:00 +0000

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How You Might Get Screwed over When Renting an Apartment

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:19:00 +0000

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35 Best Hidden Storage Ideas to De-Clutter Your House

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:38:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="" width="480">More Info & Credit on 35 Best Hidden Storage Ideas Video:1. Make shelves from repurposed wood Faux Electrical Outlet Out of Sight Key Rack Cabinet Behind the Bathroom Mirror Artsy Garbage Receptacle Bathroom Cupboard Caddy Bound Book Storage Box Secure Your Valuables behind Appliance Grills The Slot Beside the Refrigerator. Storage Compartment under Padded Seating Hidden in the Tilework Invisible Storage Door Built In Storage beneath Bed Base Magnetic Makeup Storage Recessed Bathroom Storage Cabinet Bathroom Mirror with Sliding Shelves Make Book Shelving out of Your Kitchen Island Dual Function Storage Keyboard Stairway Drawer Storage One Drawer or Two Drawers? Bookshelf Doubles as Secret Doorway Faux Basement Stair Storage Store it in the Door! Below the Cupboard, Above the Floor Conceal it in the Sofa Re-imagined Floor Storage Pull-out Under the Counter Storage Repurposed Kitchen Counter Turned Coffee Table and TV Stand Bathtub with Shelves in the Framing Upcycled Coffee Table with Drawers 31. Behind the Photo Frame Bathroom Storage Headboard Storage Compartment Functional Rectangular Seating On the Rocks Air Vent Storage Music:Chill Tune by Nicolai Heidlas CC BY License 4.0 (Creative Commons)[...]

Minimalist Apartment Tour | 5 Tips to Simplify Your Home

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:59:00 +0000

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Don't Ignore Argumentative Neighbors, Loud Noises

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:45:00 +0000

With the weather cooling off and on again off again couples choosing to stay home rather than go outdoors as often, there is bound to be problems indoors.  Arguing, thumping, crashing sounds, and more go on in some apartments with emotional relationships and if you aren't too careful, you might be the nosy neighbor caught in the couple's cross-fire walking down the hallway.  So what to do about your noisy neighbors?

First, file a formal complaint with the leasing office.  Be sure you have typed or penned the letter with a copy saved for yourself.  Note the day and time each incident occurred and any other information that might be helpful to the staff.

Next, avoid confrontation with neighbors.  If you feel like you can't approach them about the noise, don't.  The last thing you need is for the pair to turn on you and cause problems.

Third, if others are complaining, encourage them to contact the office.  The more complaints, the more likely they will have to move.

Lastly, if the noise is very bad and you are concerned for someone's safety, call the police.  You never know you just might be the one who saves a life.

Ignoring turbulent couples who can't stand to live together, but can't stand being apart can be a neighbor's worst nightmare.  You don't know if they have guns or other weapons they plan on using.  You don't know if one or both is so intoxicated that someone might end up being murdered.  You can never be too careful, so be proactive and do what's right, but avoid approaching them in the heat of a battle especially when you don't know who or what is behind the door.

Nicholl McGuire maintains this blog and is grateful for the kind neighbor who over 20 plus years ago made a phone call that saved her life.

DIY 240 Volt Bed Bug Heat Apartment Package Promo

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:34:00 +0000

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:19:00 +0000

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20 Small apartment makeover idea

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:18:00 +0000

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Dreams of Moving Out of a Shared Residence? Be Prepared for What Might Be Ahead

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:02:00 +0000

So you just can't stand living with someone any longer?  Hopefully your name isn't on the lease, but if it is, you just might have to remain at the dwelling until the lease is up or live elsewhere.  Whatever you might choose, be sure you give the landlord a sixty-day notice.  Let he or she know you have no plans of remaining in the unit and do not want to renew your lease with the individual.If you should avoid handling your desire to leave in a professional manner, you run the risk of ruining your credit if you should bail out without notice.  You will also make matters worse for you if you skip out without letting your roommate(s) know and leave a partner or others with your portion of the rent.You can make your dream of moving a reality if there has been domestic violence.  File a restraining order or protection from abuse with your local police department.  Share a copy of the notice with your landlord and let him or her know you have been advised to leave the residence.  Explain to them you don't want to draw anymore negative attention to the community as a result and if he or she could begin looking for other potential renters.  The landlord might work with you depending on how bad your situation and whether or not you were a good resident.  The landlord might work with your roommate since you no longer want to be on the lease.  Whatever you do, don't return because the next time it won't be so easy to be let out of the lease.Plan to save money if you really want to move and if you can obtain additional income streams to help with the rent, utilities, and more.  For your new place, you will need a security deposit, first and possibly second month's rent depending on your credit score and other factors.  You might still need a co-signer if your credit is poor, you don't have sufficient credit history or other challenges.  Check your credit before you go apartment shopping and obtain a copy if need be.  Most property companies will perform their own background and credit checks and also private landlords, but it can be helpful to have your information readily available along with a check or money order to hold the place. Now if you plan on taking items out of the shared residence that you didn't pay for or can't prove that you own, don't be surprised if your roommate(s) might sue you in the future long after you have left.  Other things to consider:1)  Your friendship might come to a swift end because you are no longer helping.2)  Someone who you think you know well might be triggered emotionally due to your absence and may stalk you or obsess about you living with him or her again.3)  Your credit might be negatively impacted by a scorned roommate if he or she has been using your credit cards or has access to your banking information.4)  People in support of your roommate might treat you rudely depending on what he or she has said to them about you.5)  If you don't safeguard or obtain everything you care about much before you announce your move, you might not see those things ever again.  So be discreet and remove all important things out beforehand.6)  You may have to involve law enforcement if a partner/roommate is acting threatening or has become violent with you.7)  You might find yourself moving sooner rather than later based on how difficult your partner/friend is behaving.So think about who might help you get a new place if you can't do it on your own and don't even consider your scorned roommate unless you want similar problems in the future.  If you are having a tough time with a partner or others living in the dwelling, whatever you do don't leave your future location you plan to move within view.  Erase internet history and put away rental ca[...]

After the Storm - What You Need to Know About Apartment Renting

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:07:00 +0000

(image) You don't think it will happen to you, but issues arise after a storm when there is flooding, fire, and more.  The kind of challenges that you don't think of like possibly being evicted from your rental unit, but it can happen when it is inhabitable, when the landlord is looking to find housing for his or her relatives and friends, etc.  So what to do?  Well what a number of Hurricane Harvey victims are learning is that they have to make accommodations for themselves. 

Many property management companies are waving late fees, monthly rent, giving security deposits back or refunding some rent to assist residents that have to relocate.  However, this isn't the case for everyone.  Therefore, there are many legal issues as a result due to private landlords and unreasonable property management companies.  What many survivors do in situations like this involve money--lots of it--that they have saved up for months or even years.  They pay for hotels, motels, and relocations.  Others stay with relatives and/or friends until they can get on their feet again and eventually kinfolk will expect contributions toward the household.  A lot of victims apply for state and disaster aid, and search resources for additional assistance.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:28:00 +0000

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Paranormal Activity in an Apartment, Town Home, Real

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:50:00 +0000

The property manager, neighbors and even the maintenance crew might not ever tell you that the last residents moved out because they feared for their lives, they couldn't sleep, someone died in the unit, crazy things were happening in the rental, or their poor animal was warring with something that no one else could see.  But if you ever went through something like this, you know that the paranormal is real and yes they do occasionally stick around after death and refuse to leave.  You can't fight the unseen with natural techniques and if you think you can, well good luck with that.  You have to use a bit of spiritual warfare on them and if you don't know anything about that, then I suggest you look it up.

So you are shopping for a new place and let's just say you find out some disturbing things about it.  You have a choice: you can move in anyway and hope for the best, move in but have a team of people who know how to cast some demonic spirits out, or avoid the place altogether.  Whatever you decide, either way know that you will have your share of challenges.  You will need to keep worry, fear, and what someone else's negative experience in the place at bay.  The more people you tell about the history, in time what they say and their reactions just might make your skin crawl.

Odd things that I heard and other things I experienced or witnessed in some places I have moved (mind you I have moved 33 times to date during my adult years) included:

A pumping motion on my body during the night.
A presence of someone or something standing behind or next to me.
An entity that sat on my bed many times while I was trying to write a God-fearing spiritual book (yeah I know, could have been a good Spirit or an unrighteous one).
Weird unexplainable noises that made annoying sounds.
One of my children standing in fear of something the rest of the family couldn't see.
Another child stating an older lady was talking to him while he played in his room.
Two of my children talking to an imaginary boy who had a name.
My name being called and no one was there.
Walking on the floor and no one was at home.
Loud talking as if many people were in the room and then no one was there.
A feeling that many people were in a room, once again nothing you could see with the naked eye.

That's what I can remember from the top of my head.  One creepy thing I recall and I mentioned elsewhere on this blog is when I worked in the apartment industry at a multi-dwelling complex that was less than five years old at the time.  It was said that many people were injured while constructing that property.  Then I met one of the architects who was a Satanist.  Enough said.

So say a prayer before you go apartment hunting, it doesn't hurt.

Nicholl McGuire

How to Get Rid of Mice

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 05:10:00 +0000

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On Apartment Shopping - How Do You Know You Will Hate the Place in the Future?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:22:00 +0000

There are those signs that one will simply not like a seemingly appealing apartment, town home, rental house, or some other dwelling in the near future.  The property, the leasing consultant, and the interior of the unit draws you in--it makes you feel like you are at home.  However, if you aren't discerning you will overlook signs that what looks beautiful will be an ugly nightmare for you in the future.  So what to look out for?1)  Perform a sniff test.  The scented fragrances that one smells while on tour mask things like mold and mildew.2)  Observe the walls, flooring and ceiling.  As you walk notice, how the flooring feels under your feet.  Are there soft patches, bumps, and other things that just might end up being quite annoying for you in the future?  What about holes, mildew and markings on walls?  Run your hand over the wall and feel for soft spots.  Check for past or present signs of water damage on walls and ceilings too.  These things are typically covered up--that is until you move in and experience a major rain fall.  Don't forget to check for dead insects (or alive ones) in each room.  If you notice a pattern, chances are the apartment has a history of insect and/or rodent problems.  Look out for feces. 3)  Open up cabinets, doors, and other things and notice imperfections.  Once again perform a sniff test.  Sometimes broken doors, hinges, and other things are carefully placed back without being fixed.  If you don't test them, you just might find out when you move in when a cabinet door handle ends up in your hand.4)  If electricity is on, turn light switches on and off and listen for any sounds that might indicate an electrical problem.  Notice lighting flickering not just in one room but throughout the unit.  You don't want to discover that when you plug in your computer and other devices that outlets no longer work or frequently go out and fuses need to be replaced more than necessary.5)  Visit the rental on a weekend when everyone is home.  Listen for noisy neighbors and notice where they park, how close are the community areas from your windows, and other things that might be problematic for you especially if you value your peace and quiet.6)  Pay attention when residents approach the leasing consultant or visit the office.  Listen to what they say and watch their demeanor.  Are they happy being there? The more you can find out about the dwelling BEFORE papers are signed the better.  You don't want to end up hating the place simply because you didn't perform your due diligence.  Talk with residents after speaking with the leasing agent.  What is snow and garbage removal like?  Are things like the security gate working properly and is it well-lit at night?  What is it that people don't like about staying there and what is it that they do enjoy?  Stop by unannounced through the week after business hours, observe the community and the people.  By doing this, you will get a good idea whether or not the place really is what it appears to be.Nicholl McGuire is the owner and manager of this blog.When you notice unsightly things don't agree to move in until repairs have been made otherwise you just might be stuck with them for the duration of your lease term.[...]

How to Ship Moving Boxes

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:32:00 +0000

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8 Things I Regret Buying for My First Apartment

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:31:00 +0000

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Nothing Like Your Own Place...

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:20:00 +0000

You know it's time to say goodbye to roommates when...

1.  You are having a tough time collecting rent from them or vice versa.
2.  You are tired of reminding, warning and fighting about your stuff.
3.  You no longer like sharing a space.
4.  You have a strong desire to be in the nude whenever you feel like it.
5.  You resent when your roommates bring guests over including parents.
6.  You seriously can't stand to smell someone else's food, body odor, scented fragrance, etc.
7.  You have frequent visions of a future that doesn't include your roommates.

10 Things You Can Do When You Have a Limited Budget to Furnish Apt.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:24:00 +0000

So you're having trouble furnishing and decorating your place due to limited finances?  Well you are not alone.  Many people on the streets and elsewhere appear like they have their lives together, but try going home with them.  You will see their practically empty dwellings while driving around in very expensive automobiles.  So what to do when you are short on cash but really need furniture? Well you won't be encouraged to go into debt here, rather look for practical ways to obtain needed items until you are better able to accommodate your desires.

1) Share need with family, friends, local church, etc.
2) Start visiting flea markets, yard and garage sales.
3) Post an ad requesting your specific need.
4) Start up a crowd-source campaign and share with online friends include pictures of your empty space and ask for donations (or set up a party and ask loved ones and friends to come over with house-warming gifts).
5) Check out discount stores like thrift shops and budget friendly department stores.
6) Drive around neighborhood on garbage day to see any items that you can bring to life with a little paint and some nails.
7) Take a look at items you already have and recreate them into more useful pieces of furniture. For instance, if you need decor, consider what eye-catching items are not being used possibly still tucked away in a box and hang up or sit on shelf.
8) Join social networking group for inspiration.
9) Trade items that you are no longer using with someone who might be able to use them in exchange for needed furniture.
10) Sort items you don't need and sell online or offline. Use money toward your savings plan for future furniture.

Now that you have a list to consider, start working on your plan to get your items today for your apartment.

To your success with furnishing your place! 

Nicholl McGuire is the author of What Else Can I Do on the Internet?

Cheap TV Stand Ideas - Apartment Decorating on a Budget

Sun, 21 May 2017 03:35:00 +0000

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Home Design - Excerpt from What Else Can I Do on the Internet? by Nicholl McGuire

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:26:00 +0000

Home Design Whether you live in an apartment or home, there is so much on the Internet to inspire you to decorate, rearrange furniture or declutter. You might have already searched for specific items to beautify your residence or purchase new appliances online. But how about using the Internet to build your own virtual house if you live in an apartment, but plan on buying a home one day? What about checking out home designs and floor plans to improve your exterior and interior?Many television shows have episodes on their websites that assist with everything from kitchen and bath design to landscaping. So if you missed something on TV you will most likely find it uploaded on the 'Net.One of the things I like to do is check out the before and after images of home designs. I also like watching decorating and organizing tips. Some sites are interactive and you can find those by keyword searching "interactive home design tools." You can also search for "virtual room designer" include a store name and see what some of them have to offer online when it comes to home design. You can print out the layout of your desired room and then get to work making your dream happen. There are sites for children to get started with home design as well. I conduct specific searches based on what my needs are so for instance, if I want something for the kitchen or I am interested in changing a room around then I would search "living room design" "living room organizing" "how to organize living room furniture." Now when it comes to organizing everything from socks in a drawer to tools in the garage, some of the best tips come from novice organizers. I have visited video sites, popular magazine websites, and blogs to get tips. You can also find a variety of home organizing products and watch buyers use them on video sites. But if you don't want to brave the task of organizing your home, there are many professionals available for hire.I have visited sites that offer certified apartment maintenance classes. You can also research for local classes offered at some popular stores that sell home merchandise.Be inspired to do more on the Internet with this helpful guide!  Purchase your copy of What Else Can I Do on the Internet? by Nicholl McGuire[...]

Hit or Miss with a Partner - Choose Apartment Together, Not Apart

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:31:00 +0000

As much as you might think you know your partner well, it can be detrimental to your mental well-being and your relationship if you should choose the wrong apartment.  Oftentimes couples believe they are doing something so nice, so fantastic, so wonderful...for each other that their nice deed ends up being their worst nightmare.  One thing you must do if you plan on renting an apartment is talk things over with your partner before you do anything.  You can lose much money signing a lease, making a deposit, taking hold of the keys, and more if your partner takes one look and says, "No."

I have experienced this repeatedly with men who I thought would consider my thoughts before committing to a lease.  However, they got sucked into the leasing consultants charm and the special deals that they went on and signed.  You can't do much when you don't make enough money to get your own place and what's worse is when you have to move back in with parents because of someone deciding your future dwelling for you without your consent.

So before you rush off and do something you just might regret later, get your partner on board no matter how picky, strange, or indecisive, he or she will thank you later!

Nicholl McGuire is the blog owner and author What Else Can I Do on the Internet?

Budget Friendly Apartment Ideas || FIRST Apartment

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:04:00 +0000

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How to Find an Apartment in Boston | Jumpshell Relocation Tutorials

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:29:00 +0000

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