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Top 5 Affordable Security Solutions

Portable Safe

Portable safes are a great way to secure your valuables in your apartment.  Unlike traditional steel safes, they are portable an easy to move.   Some models have a locking cable that allows you to secure the safe to bed, or wall, etc.  Here is an example:
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Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a very cost effect way to defend yourself while walking around the city at night, or even at home.  It can be very effective when used properly.pepper spray

 

Motion Sensing Camera

Although this is the most expensive option on the list, there are several options on the market for less than 50.00.  A Motion sensing Wi-Fi camera will send you an email, if a motion is detected in your apartment, or room.  You might just catch your roommate borrowing your favorite shirt!   camera

Laptop Lock

For most students, their laptop is the most expensive and prized possession.   You may also have the final draft of your thesis that you have been working on all semester.  Many people don’t realize that the majority of laptops have a built in slot for a lock like this one.  For 12.00, this is a great piece of mind.laptop safe

 

Temporary Wireless Security System

This security system runs on batteries and can be installed in minutes by nearly anyone.   This will act like traditional house alarm system at a cost of only $20.00.  You enter a code when you arrive at home, which disarms the alarm.  Anyone who can’t enter the code will be greeted with a loud siren.  As an added benefit, some alarm systems will give you a sticker to place on your door advertising that your apartment is protected by an alarm.  These are also a great deterrent and can be bought separately for a few dollars. alarm

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5 Ways To Brighten Up Your Living Space On A Gloomy Day

  • Buy a new light bulb or fixture

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A new light bulb or a brighter light fixture can do wonders when wanting to brighten up a darker room. Lamps can also add to the functionality of a room just like this lamp from Target. If you start to notice a change in the lighting of your room, try a new lightbulb. Older light bulbs may become dull when they are close to burning out.

  • Choose décor with bright colors

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Bright colored accent pillows or throw blanket can not only add comfort to a room, but also a lighter environment.

  • Use white or light colored furniture

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If you have dark flooring and dark walls, adding white or lighter colored furniture can brighten up the living space.

  • Add mirrors

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Mirrors help reflect light throughout rooms. It can also add a decorative touch to a living space without you having a flashback to the 70’s with floor to ceiling mirrors throughout an entire house.

  • Add flowers or plants

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Adding potted plants or flowers can be a great way to bring nature indoors. This is also an inexpensive way to add color and life into your living space. Cactus and succulents do not involve much maintaining and you only have to water most of them once a week!

 

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Quick Guide: Moving Out For Summer

It’s that time of year again! Graduation day is near, and the summer is about to begin. Before taking the summer leap, it is time to move out of your rental house or apartment. Our quick guide shares tips for the moving out process:

  • Clean before and after packing

Place all your items where they should before starting the preparation process. This can help organize each packing box or bag. Prevents the last minute rush for cleaning your entire house or apartment.

  • Divide and concur

If you are currently living with roommates, divide each room to a person to avoid one person from cleaning the entire space.

  • Move out in increments

This quick tip would be fitting for tenants who live close to their permanent home or can purchase a storage unit for items that they will not be using during summer. Moving out in increments can prevent a hefty fee for a moving truck and fewer trips up and down stairwells. It is also less stressful and less time consuming.

  • Sell, donate, recycle or trash what you don’t need

If you are moving out of your space for good or you will not need the item next year, opt in for selling, donating, recycling or trashing the article. If you are not sure which one to choose here are a few things to think about:

  1. Is the item in good condition? If yes, sell or donate. If no, trash.
  2. Does the item have an expiration date? Trash, recycle or donate before the expiration date.
  3. Do you have a time limit? If you do, selling the item is not the best option. Selling an item could take hours, days, weeks or longer. It would be best to donate, recycle or trash the item.
  • Label, label, and label!

Label each box, bag, or item. This can only help your sorting process and keep everything organized for packing. It can stop your items from going home with a roommate. This can also prevent a box of glassware or dishes cracking at the bottom of your moving out pile.

  • Check it twice

Double, triple, or quadruple checking your rental apartment or house to see if you left any items behind can only benefit you. The last thing you want to do is forget that critical item at the top of your closet or under your bed.

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Finding a Roommate

Picking a roommate to live with can be a difficult and daunting task. Many friends and family will tell you horror stories about roommate experiences. Although, asking the right questions when speaking to a potential roommate can decrease the chances of having a bad roommate experience.

Here are our top 5 questions to ask when finding a roommate:

  • Do you Smoke?
    1. Asking someone if they smoke is one of the most important questions when looking to share a house or apartment together.
    2. Smoke travels through homes extremely fast and the smell of smoke can adhere to clothing, furniture and more.
  • What time do you usually go to bed and wake up?
    1. Are you an early riser who likes to go to sleep early? Imagine having a roommate who is a night owl and likes to sleep in.
    2. If you and your roommate are not on similar sleeping schedules, you could consistently be woken up.
  • Do you like your room warmer or cooler?
    1. Although the difference between 68 degrees and 73 degrees may not seem like a lot, it can drastically affect the temperature in your place.
    2. Discussing this question before entering an agreement with a roommate can prevent disagreements about the consistent temperature in your room.
  • What is your typical weekend like?
    1. You can find out a lot about a person with this question.
    2. Some of their answers may be that they work on the weekends, they spend time with their girlfriend or boyfriend, or they party all weekend.
    3. This can help you identify if they will be spending lots of time in your house or apartment on weekend or if they will be out and about.
  • How do you think we should handle buying shared supplies?
    1. Splitting purchasing duties for items such as toilet paper, towels, and condiments is important to discuss before moving in together.
    2. You don’t want to be the only person purchasing supplies that you and your roommate will be sharing this can becomes very expensive.

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