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Go green!

Hey there all you renters, landlords, property owners and property managers. Today at Home Town Rent we will talk about plants. They are, without any doubt, beautiful and allow us to decorate the living room, kitchen or bedroom. Their scent is also very good for the house environment to be much more enjoyable. However, the most important thing about them is that they generate oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, just like trees. When plants are placed indoor they help purify the air by absorbing contaminants and gases.

In 1989, NASA conducted a study to determine the most appropriate plants to achieve this mission in an enclosed space. Here we present the top 5 plants according to Bill Wolverton, principal author of the research.

  1. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  2. Spath or Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum)
  3. The Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  4.  Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  5.  Rubber bush (Ficus robusta)

How can Pothos help at home?

This plant has the capacity to clean and maintain the air of the place where it is completely renovated. Pothos remove, for example, substances found in furniture made of wood. Another benefit that Pothos offers is that it helps eliminate odors.

How can Peace Lilies help at home?

This species is capable of absorbing electromagnetic waves that can be generated by various appliances like TV, our mobile or the microwave. In addition, the Spathiphyllum is one of the best air filters.

How can The Lady Palm help at home?

This palm can be inside and outside, however inside the house or condo, it can eliminate harmful gases in the air such as ammonia and other volatile organic compounds that are harmful to our health.

How can Mother-in-law’s tongue help at home?

The mother-in-law’s tongue has a wonderful function inside our house, condominium or duplex; while you sleep, the Sansevieria trifasciata is responsible for converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and you use its medicinal properties in tea.

How can Rubber bush help at home?

It is effective in removing formaldehyde from the air that can come from the tailpipe emissions from cars, and prevent us from burning sensation in the eyes, nose and throat; cough; nausea and skin irritation.

These plants apart from making your home look fresher and more radiant, they have an immense benefit to your health so do not hesitate to get one, and if you have a small house, an apartment or duplex, you have no excuse because these plants are small and perfect for interiors.

Go Green!

House Plants

Hey there all you renters, landlords and property owners. The season is changing once again. September is almost over, and with it goes the final hurrah of the summer season. The time for growing plants outside is coming to a close, so what better time for us to discuss how you can become more aesthetically floral and or vegetative in your rental property.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. Less sunlight and less time spent outside can be incredibly detrimental to your psychological well being if you aren’t careful. While it isn’t necessarily a cure-all, keeping live plants in an area can help mitigate levels of stress and contribute to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Check out this study done at Kansas State if you don’t believe us.

Besides the potential psychological benefits, keeping well-maintained plants will just outright make your house, apartment or condo look way better. A healthy plant says something about you. It say hey, I care enough about stuff to not let this pretty thing die.  Isn’t that a message that you want to convey about yourself?

Let’s say you’re a renter in a house, apartment, condo, duplex or other rental property, and we’ve convinced you that you should get some plants. Where do you start? Probably with something fairly low maintenance, if you’re just getting into growing things. A quick google search yields a plethora of resources for figuring out what sort of plants you should get. Remember that even though you’re inside, some things may be locationally dependent, so make sure to take that into account if when making a decision.

On the other hand, you might be a landlord or property owner looking for renters, or looking for a way to improve the quality of your renter’s experience. One way to do this might be to better accommodate for house plants, or possibly even to provide some if your property comes already furnished. Consider installing some hooks by sunny windows to allow for hanging plants, and make sure to advertise that your rental property is equipped for tenants to keep plants indoors. Not only will you attract tenants, you’ll likely attract tenants who are motivated and clean enough to maintain house plants. Bonus!


Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Send it on over: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com


Going Hard in the Garden

Spring is upon us, and at Hometown Rant, that means getting our hands dirty. With like, actual dirt. Growing things is a great way to pass the time, and improving your yard can improve the value of your property and make it more appealing to potential renters, or make you more appealing to that cutie next door. Trust us, people doing yard work look unbelievably sexy.

As a landlord or property owner, take a look at your house and the yard outside. A good place to start might be a few raised beds. They’re usually no more expensive than the wood to build them, and plans are easy to come by. You can fill these with dirt from the rest of the yard, or let renters get their own more fertile soil.

As a renter, it’s probably best to check with your landlord before taking the spade to the lawn, but as long as you come at them with a plan beyond I just wanted to dig, man, they’ll probably be reasonable. Go to your local nursery and see what they recommend for your climate and your growing situation. A good list to start could be:

green beans -  fresh or cooked.

tomatoes – Fresh salsa? Home-grown pasta sauce? What more do I need to say.

peppers - You can go as sweet or spicy as you want. Where are you on the scoville scale?

arugula – the workhorse of the salad that grows like nobody’s business.

basil – get yourself a bit of garlic and some olive oil and you’ll have the pesto that’s the best, yo!

If you live in an apartment, condo, loft, house-boat or any other dwelling without access to a patch of dirt, you could look into growing some herbs indoor. Settle down Cheech, not that kind of herbs. That’s definitely a violation of your lease. Your setup can be as fancy as this, or as simple as this. As long as they get light and water, they’ll do their thing, and if you get in any iron chef challenges, you’ll kick the taste-buds off anyone using their old, shriveled store-bought herbs.

Get your grown on and then get your home cooking on and invite the neighbors over to your house or apartment. Nothing is more baller than eating something that you actually made from start to finish, and people will think you’re some sort of magician if you can literally make something out of nothing. What are you waiting for? Get out there!

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Holla at us, we’ll holla back:  Hometownrant@hometownrent.com


How to Care for your Home or Apartment Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden is a real achievement to keep – especially if you are in a rental. This is because constant attention and care is required from your side to maintain it. But here are a few things to keep in mind that will help ensure you have a healthy vegetable garden in your home or apartment:

  • Use of stakes and cages can help give your vegetables extra support to grow tall and strong
  • Keep the weeds away as they soak up all the water and nutrients for themselves
  • The use of mulches can help a great deal with a healthy vegetable garden
  • Give plenty water to your vegetable garden regularly
  • Winter preparations are very important
  • Spotting and controlling garden pests is of utmost importance
  • Read up on other vegetable garden growing tips as there are plenty available out there

To know more, visit: http://home.howstuffworks.com/caring-for-a-vegetable-garden.htm

Sprucing Up the Place with Minimum Changes

HTR100513When it feels like you’re tired of the color scheme of your apartment, you might be tempted to paint the apartment in your favorite colors. Unfortunately, your landlord might not be such a fan of that idea so you may have some problems getting approval for such a makeover. On the other hand, you can bring a splash of color to the place with the help of the following simple methods:

DIY Flower Vases

Everyone loves flowers. They add a pop of color to the place and make things bright and cheery. However, if you keep them in a dull vase, they can tend to loose their vibrancy. Take some simple mason jars, strips of fabric and ribbons and you can give your flowers a vase that compliments their colors.

Wall Paper Table Runners

You can use strips of wallpaper to serve as a table runner and decorate your table for parties with unique patterns. The width and length of one strip of wallpaper is the perfect size if you place them on the center of the table. With no need for cutting, sewing or gluing to adjust them, you can choose from various designs and make each party unique every time.

For more tips on how to spruce up your place, check out this link: http://www.bellemaison23.com/search/label/DIY

Yard Makeover on a Fixed Budget

Having a fragrant yard in your residential rental property can certainly create a world of difference when it comes to attracting good tenants. A yard that’s pleasing to the eye can be relaxing and inviting. But sprucing it up can be rather costly. To keep the overall cost in line, you’ll need to establish a game plan that fits right into your budget.

You can save money on even the most expensive aspects, i.e. plants, materials, labor, tools, etc. of the makeover by simply focusing on ways to do things in a more budget-friendly way. For example, you don’t have to buy the yard makeover materials from the market when you can get pretty good ones within your local area or community. Your friends or neighbors can possess materials that they hardly use but are quite useful for your makeover project. Ask them to lend you some of the valuable items so that you can easily enhance the look of your front/back yard.

When it comes to planting ideas, you can get them from the people in your neighborhood instead of hiring a professional to do the job – this will help you save a lot of money! You can also host a small summer party and invite your family and friends to assist you in the makeover. Use free, cheap garden plants and seeds from various sources, e.g. the Internet.

Yard makeover on a fixed budget can be quite easy once you’ve familiarized yourself with the basics. For more ideas on yard makeovers, visit http://www.diynetwork.com/outdoors/beautiful-backyard-makeovers/pictures/index.html.