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A great reference guide if you are a equipment buyer.  If you are responsible for making a HVAC related purchase, do read this helpful book first.  Click here for your copy!


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This occurred in 2014.

Bad case of expanding pipes in central heating system

In old buildings you will find heating units like this, it's typical and annoying.
The renter had the system checked twice, no air was left in the system.


A Sample of How To Submit a Work Order Request Online (Maintenance Request)

Many real estate companies have scaled down their office staff and have redirected work order requests to websites.  As much as some individuals prefer to talk with someone in person, this doesn't often happen especially when private landlords and organizations are operating out of state.


7 Popular, Affordable Places to Shop for Apartment Decor, Organization Supplies

Sometimes your mind draws a blank when it comes to buying necessary items for your residence.  This is a simple list of popular places you can begin looking for needed items.
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If you are considering on doing something nice for others, why not purchase a gift card at one of the stores above?  Shop Black Friday, Cyber Monday, get tips. Click this link.


Don't Get Put Out in the Cold - Pay Rent, Keep Apartment Clean and Orderly, Follow the Rules

You never know when management might come around looking at your exterior, posting a 24 hour notice on your door to inspect, or stopping by because a neighbor has complained about something.  So if your apartment is unclean and not visually appealing and other rules are broken, you just might be putting yourself and/or family at risk of receiving a notice to vacate within 60 days (or less depending on the state you live in).

When the seasons become cooler, it can be difficult to find an available apartment.  Most people do not move during colder months.  So if you are a renter who has received a dreaded notice in the middle of the coldest month of the year, you are going to be quite angry.  It is always best to work with management and get all necessary issues addressed before a "pay or quit" or some other notice is posted on your door.

Ask yourself the following:

1.  Are you often loud with music, walking, talking, parties, etc.?
2.  Are children causing problems?
3.  Do you find that you are receiving many notices about your conduct?
4.  Are you frequently behind in rent?
5.  Do you bother to clean your apartment?  Is there an insect problem as a result?
6.  Have you contacted management about broken appliances, leaky pipes, etc.?

Sometimes renters will let a unit run down without the slightest complaint to management until they receive a notice about their conduct.  Others will ignore late rent letters while hoping to stay in their dwellings.  When small issues become major ones, problem residents will list complaints to corporate and/or community managers and threaten to sue.  But you don't have much of a case, when one is responsible for not doing things like: paying rent on time, breaking rules, failing to supervise children, etc.  Communicate with management as soon as you can before it's too late.

Nicholl McGuire



The New Neighbors - The Ups and Downs

You don't know them, but they seem to be okay.  The new neighbors.  Everyone has had their share of stories about those strangers who move into the community.  They either mind their own business, mind yours, or cause problems.  Sometimes they are simply nice people that wave or say, "Hello" and that's it.  But whoever they are, you can be nice to strangers.

One issue that tends to arise are those busybody residents who tend to be loud, a bit too friendly, and ask to borrow some things.  New neighbors might be put off with them and so there will be some tension in the air.  Little things can turn into big things quickly.  Making new people feel welcome; instead of unwelcome, will ease some of the stress for all.  A simple exchange about the community, a story about a bad neighbor, and other useful information will help people adjust.

If your neighbor is not familiar with some rules, you can always post a note, a copy of the rental policies or speak with management, but whatever you do, don't let annoying behavior turn into a major ordeal.  Remember everyone deserves to live in peace!

Nicholl McGuire not only offers tips about her experience in the property management industry, but she also runs a small virtual assistant business part-time here. 

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