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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!

Multigenerations: Sharing With Parents

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

Are your parents getting to the age where you worry about them living alone? Sometimes the loss of a spouse can create concerns for an elderly parent. If you are considering bringing a parent into your household, here are a few ideas to make the transition easier.

Spend time before the move talking about goals and expectations. Does your parent have an active social life and will only join you for dinner three or four times a week? Will they have their own space or will some of it such as a bathroom be shared with other family members? Knowing the situation ahead of time can help limit misunderstandings.

Be sure to let your parent or parents know how much space they will have. Measure it so that their furniture decisions will be realistic. If possible, plan for providing their own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Be sure to include a personal television so program differences are taken care of.

Do a safety check in your home. Since falls are one of the most common sources of medical problems for the elderly, look for tripping hazards. Make sure that all of your rugs have non-slip pads under them, and check all of the flooring transitions from room to room. Consider adding safety bars and non-slip pads to the designated shower or bathtub.

Provide as much storage space as possible for personal items. It’s hard enough leaving a home and giving up almost all of their possessions. These valued items may not look important to you, but they may have a strong emotional value for your parent or parents. Something like a well-seasoned cast iron pot or a set of wrenches can be hard to part with, so find space as much as possible. If necessary, encourage them to rent some storage space.

Does your mother like to make a big Sunday dinner? Is your dad good in the garden? Don’t force them into a passive role in your home. Let them help out based on their ability and inclination. The more you incorporate them into your daily life, the better the situation will work for all of you.