Monday

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Wednesday

Paranormal Activity in an Apartment, Town Home, House...is Real

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

Wednesday

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

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.

Wednesday

8 Things I Regret Buying for My First Apartment

Nothing Like Your Own Place...


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.

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?

Tuesday

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

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

Friday

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

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?

Monday

Your Apartment Says Much About You - So Spring Into Action - Make a Great First Impression



From the odor or fragrance that one smells when you open your apartment door to what appears on the carpet, if you are concerned about making a positive impression on someone, you will think twice about letting someone come over until you are satisfied with your dwelling.

Are there clothes on the floor?  Bugs visiting your kitchen?  When was the last time you shampooed, swept, or mopped your floors?  Are your shelving units dusty, walls unsightly, and furniture uncomfortable?  Notice what is wrong with your place and fix it.  When you do, you will feel accomplished and guests will take notice and compliment you.

Friday

The Ultimate New York City Travel Guide

The great city of New York is possibly one of the most famous in the world. Nearly every movie set in a city is based here. It is the scene of a million different activities on any given date. The Big Apple is an incredible place to visit. Ifonly.com has more than a few recommendations for things to do in the city that will blow your mind and make you fall in love all over again every day you are here.

Visit the MOMA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most incredible museums in the world today. Affectionately called the Met by New Yorkers, there are over two million pieces of art here, spanning 5000 years of human history. This isn’t a visit to be taken lightly – it will take you up to a week to check out all the works at all the different galleries here.

Check Out Times Square

Times Square is another famous part of the city. It is also one of the most chaotic areas in town. The flashing lights, dense crowds, and the cacophonous sounds are all cause enough for most residents to give it a wide berth. If you want to experience it at least once, it is highly recommended that you go here, if only to take a few pictures before being swept away by the river of humanity flowing through it.

Climb the Empire State Building

Once called the tallest building in the world, this is an iconic part of any New York City visit. It is a symbol of progress, heritage, and a tribute to modern engineering. The building is also one of the most romantic in the city, so make sure you bring a date when you go all the way to the top. There is a deck on the 86th floor open to the air, and a large observatory on the 102nd.

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge

This bridge is a primary landmark in NYC. It spans the East River and is the main trunk line between the island of Manhattan and the borough of Brooklyn. The Bridge has walking paths made for cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians that is located above the main roadway of the bridge, allowing for amazing scenery during your walk. It is recommended that you walk across the bridge instead of taking a cab!

See Lady Liberty on Ellis Island

Bring me your tired, your huddled masses yearning for…the Statue of Liberty is one of the most symbolic sculptures in the whole world. For millions of refugees over the decades, it has been the first sight they have ever seen of the land of the free. Take the ferry over to Ellis Island from Battery Park and visit the observation deck in her torch. This tends to be rather crowded, so be prepared to fight for a good view! New York City is one of the best places to be in America. If you haven’t been here already, start planning your trip right now! It isn’t worth missing it in your lifetime. 

Wednesday

6 Signs it Might Be Time to Enlist the Help of Apartment Search Services in Your Area

With so many people looking for cheap apartments, one and two bedroom apartments, and other affordable dwellings, when is it a good time to hire someone else to look for you? 

1)  When you are becoming increasingly irritated with yourself and/or roommates and can't seem to agree on anything.

2)  When you find yourself ready to make a rash decision, but you know deep within you really don't like the unit you have chosen that much.

3)  When you have no clue about the area you are moving into.

4)  When you keep finding apartments that are unsuitable.

5)  When you are far too busy doing other things to devote much attention to apartment searching.

6)  When your family member or friend has backed out of moving in with you.

These and other reasons will push you into seeking additional apartment search help.  You shouldn't go at it alone and become more stressed.  It is difficult enough looking for a place to stay especially in unfamiliar territory so why not seek a local relocation service to lighten your load. 

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


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Monday

Apartments for Rent

This year you might be planning to relocate.  If so, you will need to search for an apartment.  There are those popular magazines to seek an apartment, but there are other tools and places to seek a rental.  Try the following search phrases below, happy apartment shopping!

property management companies include the state or city you plan on moving.

classified ads rentals include the state, city or both.

apartments in include the area of interest.

apartments for rent narrow your search.

Other keyword you might want to include:

town homes, town houses, desired rental rate, floor plan, how many bedrooms, add the word "near" if you want an apartment home by a freeway, park, restaurants, etc.


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Over 20 years office work experience, six years completed college coursework, background in print media and communications, recognized for exceptional attendance and received merit increase for past job performance, self-published author and part-time entrepreneur, Internet marketing and social media experience. Interned for non-profit organization, women's group and community service business. Additional experience: teaching/training others, customer service and sales. Learn more at Nicholl McGuire and Nicholl McGuire Media