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Tips For Renters Part 4

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Let’s keep up the good work and continue leaning how to be a savvy renter. Find here the next four pieces of advice for living happily in the home your rent!

  1. You might want to ask about the size and efficiency of the water heater. For a single person it isn’t likely to be important. But if you have a family and the water heater is small and ineffective, you might end up with a lot of dirty kids, heaped laundry and messy dishes on a daily basis.
  2. Find out if there is a washer and dryer, or hook ups. You will need to provide your own machines if there are only hook ups. (There are always used ones available on Craigslist.) It’s also good to confirm that the laundry facility is in the apartment. Older communities still have shared laundry facilities that are used by all of the residents.
  3. If you want to run any kind of business out of the home you rent, give careful consideration. Some leases don’t allow it. Especially if there’s any potential liability. They might evict you for breaking the lease if you operate a business on the property without permission.  At a minimum,  you might be required to take out a renter’s insurance policy with a broader scope of coverage than is standard.
  4. Remember personal safety. Ask where the fire extinguisher is, check batteries on smoke alarms, and ask if a carbon monoxide detector can be installed if there isn’t one. Check out all of the doors and window to ensure they are properly installed and can be completely secured, to deter intruders. Find the fire exits, and be especially inquisitive about them in a finished basement. Even if a basement if beautifully finished, it doesn’t offer the same ease of exit as the main part of the home. If you’re going to live in a multi-level apartment complex or a home with windows higher than you care to jump out of, buy an escape ladder. They’re specially made to hang out the window and so you can get to the ground safely if you need to evacuate through a window.

Next read guidelines #17-20. Leave us a comment with a funny story about running out of hot water in the house!

Laundry Room Smarts

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Laundry rooms are growing in size and scope. Instead of a simple space holding a washer and dryer and maybe a tub, laundry rooms may have extra storage, pull down ironing boards and space for other uses such as paying household bills or sewing and crafts.

This small but bright room is an ideal setting for laundry. The modern washer and dryer have a rod set above them that’s perfect for hanging clothes to dry or shirts after ironing. There’s plenty of space for an ironing board and an additional surface for folding clothes. The top of the appliances is also useful for folding and organizing.

Notice the flooring – a simple small tile common in many bathrooms. This is a good choice for a room with potential flooding issues. The drain in the floor ensures that any unexpected water won’t risk the floors in other rooms of the home. With the window and bright curtains, this is an inviting space for working.

If your laundry space also serves any additional purposes that may incline you to have the room feel less utilitarian and more like the rest of your home, you might want to consider a laminate floor. The look of wood in a floor with the more moisture resistant utility of laminate allows you to create a nicer looking space that still meets the room’s functional requirements.

Don’t treat your laundry room as a drab space to be hidden. Add functionality and design elements to create a space that you enjoy as much as any other room in your home.

Today’s Kitchen: Inviting & Functional

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Every element in this kitchen was carefully selected to complement the complete design. The floor’s stone-like pattern echoes the lighter tones in the granite. The cabinets with their warm cream finish and light glaze also present those gold tones that warm the room. This is an increasingly popular look for today – simple style that still pays attention to details.

The most popular appliance finish choice is still stainless. Its ease of use – particularly with the range – combines with the look of a professional kitchen and has a strong appeal for serious cooks. Some are choosing to use doors that match the cabinets for larger elements in the room such as the refrigerator/freezer. Stainless refrigerator doors also often collect fingerprints from the family.

Granite countertops are still popular. They demonstrate a versatility and beauty that still works today. But take the time to investigate the other manmade solid surface options. These often combine a beauty of design with an easily-maintained style.

A relatively recent trend replaces lower cabinets with banks of drawers. With movable dividers, these drawers can handle anything from your big soup pot to your favorite set of dishes. Everything is easily visible and accessible, and most cooks find this option much more space-efficient.

Are you ready for a new kitchen? Before you make your final decisions, take the time to explore some of the many improvements in kitchen design and options over the last few years. You may be amazed at the potential for your kitchen in terms of both style and functionality.

Sink and Faucet Color Combos: Reader Question

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Reader Question

Reader Question:

Can I put a black granite sink w/ a oil rubbed bronze faucet?
Thank You,

Carla

Answer:

Dear Carla,

Great question! You most certainly can put an oil rubbed bronze faucet with a black granite sink. These two will compliment each other very well. Things to keep in mind are colors of other metal elements in the room such as appliances, cabinet hardware and decorative accessories. You want to make sure that there is at least one other oil rubbed bronze element in the room.

For example, you might want to reconsider if all of your appliances, backsplash accents and cabinet hardware are stainless and the oil rubbed bronze faucet is the only item that doesn’t coordinate. Everything doesn’t have to “match”, but it does have to look planned.

We hope this helps!