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Bath Math, Shower Power

Hey there all you tenants, landlords and ladies, property managers and owners. We’ve tackled bathrooms once before, but this week we’re taking it specific, getting down and, uh, clean in the showers and baths of all the homes, apartments, condos, duplexes and townhouses out there. Do you want to be cleansed? Hometown Rant has the guide for you.

Everybody knows that there are two types of people in this world–the bathers and the shower-ers, and though it’s really more of a gradient scale than a binary one, everybody has their type. Each has its benefits–the shower is quick, efficient and steamy whereas the bath is long, luxurious and bubbly. As you’re reading this, you’ll probably know which one you are. If you don’t, think about it for a minute. It’ll probably answer a lot of questions for you.

Landlords and property owners should already know this, but both the number and the quality of bathtubs and showers will be a big selling point on any rental property, which if made or maintained improperly can cause major damage. Tenants will appreciate and even pay extra for a good shower or bath that doesn’t leak when they use it.  Water pressure is also important, and a lack of it could be cause by a variety of things. Here’s a good wikihow for tenants or owners on troubleshooting water pressure issues.

For all the tenants reading, you’re the ones who really need to look inside yourself and figure out if you’re a bath or a shower person, since you’re the ones who’ll need to make the decision about where you want to eat, sleep and perhaps most importantly, bathe. It’s what separates us from the animals, people.

Besides your personal preferences, you’ll also have to take into account the number of people you’ll be sharing the space with, and what their likes and habits are. If you all work early and like to take long morning showers, you might want to be looking for a place with a couple bathrooms and a big enough hot water heater to accommodate you all. If you have a dog, particularly a larger one, you want to make sure that you could see yourself washing him or her in the tub or shower, and if you’ve never washed your dog, you probably should get on that.

After you get the practical details hashed out, it pretty much comes down to aesthetic preference. Do you like a tub with lots of room and some natural window light for afternoon baths, or do you like a little sauna-box of a shower with a nice wide showerhead. Head over to our listings and start finding the baths and showers you deserve! Afterwards, you’ll feel like Outkast, we promise.

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? We’ll be in the shower:  Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

 

 

Meet Thy Neighbors

It’s the first commandment of owning or renting a house or apartment, and not abiding by it can be disastrous for both renters and landlords alike. Luckily for all you awkward internetroverts out there, the Hometown Rant has you covered. It will involve leaving the safety of your computer chair, but you could probably use the Vitamin D anyways.

As a landlord, you should know who lives around the house or apartment, since it’ll affect who you rent the place to. If you know your rental property is next to a family with young kids, you probably don’t want to rent that property to the college-age party bros or the nudist art collective. If you know that the primary demographic of your apartment complex is up and coming twentysomethings, you’ll be able to filter your applicants to find a renter who’ll fit into the community

As a renter, you should be concerned with who your neighbors are because like it or not you’re going to have to interact with one another. This goes double for renters of duplexes, apartments or condos who literally share walls with other people. The only way to facilitate a healthy and enjoyable living situation is to be able to trust the people around you, and to be able to talk to them if you have an issue. If you wait until you have a problem to bring it up, you might find that they react like this.

But how do you go about meeting these strangers living all around you? The easiest way is to walk up to their door, knock on it, and introduce yourself. Maybe bring them some sort of baked good or alcoholic beverage, depending on how old they are. If that seems too awkward to you, you could try a different approach. Spend time in that yard you’ve been meaning to do some work in, and wave in a friendly manner at people walking by. Then you’ll at least be the guy or gal who waves all the time instead of the weird Boo Radley impersonator that the neighborhood kids make up stories about.

Another good way to meet people is with a dog. It’s probably not advisable to go out and get a dog simply for that purpose, but if you already have one lying around, it’s a great way to put that lazy freeloader to work. Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood or at the local park and let the pooch make the introductions. Dress him up. Let people pet him or rub her belly, and introduce the dog before yourself. Boom. Instant conversation starter and focal point of ensuing discussion (oh you have a dog too? What a coincidence! etc…) This will work for meeting all types of people, but it’s especially good for introducing yourself to that hot guy or cute gal who lives down the street.

You don’t have to be best friends with everyone on your block, but you do want to be known in the neighborhood as an all round good dude/dudette, or at least a reasonable individual who isn’t a shut-in freak-show, which is what people will probably assume if you don’t get out there and say hello. What are you waiting for? Get out there!

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Don’t be a stranger:  Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

 

Cats

The internet loves them, or at least loves pictures of them. This may be because unlike real cats, you don’t have to feed the pictures and they don’t pee in your house or apartment. In order to take pictures of cats for the internet though, you are going to need a real cat or two, and with great cats come great responsibilities for both renters and landlords.

If you’re a property owner, at some point you’ll probably have cat owners who want to rent your house, apartment or loft. You may be thinking sure, I’m a chill guy/gal, who am I to deny a poor little kitten? But before you make a decision you want to know what you’re getting into, because cat pee is forever. Until you get the floors redone. Speaking of floors, you might want to save your freshly carpeted townhouse for people who aren’t cat owners, and let the people who are take the apartment with the hardwood and tile floors. Trust us, they’d rather wipe piss of the floor than try to dab it up out of the rug.

If you have the luxury, try to meet the cat that’s going to be living in your rental property. Seeing someone’s pet is often better than any background check. If it’s clear that someone can’t even take care of a cat, how are they going to take care of your house or apartment, especially if it’s going to have a mangy cat living in it now too? They probably aren’t. Don’t rent to those people. They’ll probably ruin your property.

As a cat owner and renter, don’t be one of those people. Read up on what the American Humane Society has to say about indoor vs outdoor cats, and make a decision about how much freedom you’ll give your cat, based on the house, apartment or loft you’re renting. There are pros and cons to each. Weigh them heavily. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner and lint rollers if you don’t want to eat, sleep in, and breathe cat hair. This is especially true if your cat is always indoors. Alternatively, get this cat. You’ll also probably want to get a scratching post if you value your furniture or it comes with the house or apartment. Cats are animals, and have an innate need to tear stuff up. Make sure it’s not your landlord’s leather sofa.

The big issue for most negligent cat owners is the litterbox. The Humane Society recommends that you scoop the feces out daily. We know it’s gross, but think about it this way: would you poop in sand and leave it sitting out in your loft for more than a day? Gross. No way. Get it done before your cat decides he wants to crap somewhere new for a change.

Also be warned, if your cat starts hanging out with the feral cats that the old lady down the street keeps feeding, it might start doing drugs, or at the very least pick up some unwanted guests. Make sure Snuffers is up on her shots, and if Patch Adams gets fleas, give him a bath with flea and tick shampoo before the bugs get out in your apartment, and remember to take pictures while he’s all wet and bedraggled. Those are worth big-time internet money.

 

Benefits of Pets: Why You Should Consider Having One at Home

Pets are great for you because scientifically, they have shown to provide a lot of benefits. Let us look into why these furry little animals are so beneficial for your home.

  • Pets are a great source to uplift your mood and make it all better.
  • Pets help control blood pressure and heart rates, thus giving you a healthier overall life.
  • Dogs are a great source for exercise. You can take them for regular walks, run around and play with them.
  • They make you feel less lonely and happier as they are around all the time. You can talk to them and cuddle with them as much as you want.
  • It is a proven fact that the more time you the with your pets, the lesser stress and anxiety levels you have which often lead to depression.
  • A longer life expectancy for those who have pets and spend more time with them.
  • Your social skills improve with having pets. Kids with pets learn to appreciate living things.
  • A dog can help provide safety for you.

To read up more on the various benefits of pet keeping in your home, you can visit the following article: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-17/pets/31451613_1_pets-dog-owners-social-skills

The Benefits of Pet-Keeping in Your Home

Having pets has been known to be great for people. In fact, scientific studies have shown that having a pet can help alleviate depression and anxiety by a considerable amount. People with pets are found to be much happier on average than people without pets.  Pets can be kept in apartments or houses. Pets help to:

  • Provide companionship
  • Help meet new people or other pet owners
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Increase your daily exercise and outdoor activity especially when you take your pets for walks
  • Provide you with a whole new routine

Pets are great companions. All it takes is choosing the right pet to suit your lifestyle. You can find out more by going on: http://www.helpguide.org/life/pets.htm

Muddy Puppy Paws vs. the Carpet

HTR101313When you’re keeping a dog, chances are that there is a possibility it will trek through your living room with dirty, muddy paws. During months when seasonal showers are common, you’ll face this problem a lot more.

If you have a dark carpet, Mr. Snookums might be able to get away with his muddy paws once or twice. However, if you have a lighter carpet, then here’s what you need to do before you spank Mr. Snookums:

Don’t Panic

When the mud is fresh, do not try to clean it. This will only help to smear it around and push the mud deeper in the fibers. Instead, take a deep breath and wash your puppy’s paws while you wait for the mud to dry. Once it’s dry, vacuum the mud out of the carpet.

Puppy Door Mats

Instead of spanking Mr. Snookums, teach him to be a good dog by placing two doormats, one inside the entrance and one on the outside of the entrance. This might take some time but teach your puppy to stand on either of the mats and wait for you to clean his paws. Start training him during the dry months so that he’s used to it when you the muddy times come.

For more on how to deal with muddy puppy paws, you can check out the following article:

http://www.ehow.com/info_12141270_clean-muddy-dog-paws-before-coming.html

No Fur, Claws or Wings Allowed

HTR100913Let’s say your landlord imposed a ‘no pets’ rule and you’re not allowed to keep cats, dogs, hamsters or even birds. Instead of sitting around and moping, how about getting an aquarium full of pet fish?

Most landlords have no problems with letting you keep an aquarium as long as it doesn’t spring any leaks. An aquarium might not be as exciting as a pet dog or cat, but it’s definitely more calming. With the help of the following tips, you can work out how and where you can keep your aquarium:

Picking the Place

Make sure you choose a place near an electric outlet since you’ll need to make sure that the filter and lights can be plugged in with ease. Avoid placing them near radiators and other heating systems.

Size of the Aquarium

While many people love giant wall aquariums, try to curb your enthusiasm and think rationally. If you’re planning on just keeping one or two, getting a small aquarium won’t be a problem. However, be careful not to get over ambitious with the aquarium plans.

Easy Filtering

Make sure to pick out an aquarium filter that supports self-cleaning and is easier to maintain, requiring minimum attention from your side. This will allow you to look after your fish properly even when you’re too busy to clean out their tank.

For more information about looking after an aquarium in your apartment: http://pocketchange.become.com/2011/11/crystal-fish-tank.html

Cats in the Apartment

According to the reports issued by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’s Pet Survey, the dogs in American households are pretty much outweighed by cats. That’s because cats tend to be more adaptive to indoor life along with coping better with the busy lifestyle of their owners. Consequently, cats prove to be much better pets for most apartment dwellers.

So, what would you look for when you’re out searching for the right feline friend? To begin with, you can choose a cat that’s soft spoken and sociable, though not too territorial. The cat’s temperament should be easygoing and adaptable and shouldn’t require too much activity in order to be happy. Also, your cat should be able to put up with being alone in the apartment for several hours, especially if you’re away for work most of the time.

Remember to keep your lifestyle in mind while choosing a cat as well. Be careful of chaotic cats that can’t stand even a quite dinner party as they can transform a good evening into a rather unpleasant experience. To understand your options, you should look for cat breeds that fit well in the apartment lifestyle. You can find more on apartment cat breeds at http://pussingtonpost.com/best-cat-breeds-for-apartments/.

Dealing with your Pet Allergies

For most people, the simplest solution to dealing with their pet allergies is avoiding contact with the pets. However, this may not work for everyone, especially when the pet owners are actually huge pet lovers. Now, you may be able to avoid your pet to overcome your allergies but what are you going to do when the rest of the family members miss that cute fuzzy animal?

There are a number of ways you can deal with your pet allergies at home and some of these are described below:

v  Frequent pet baths – ask someone in the family or a friend with no allergies to wash your pet at least once a week.

v  High-efficiency filters – vent filters and HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air purifiers help reduce your pet’s airborne allergens.

v  Off-limits areas – limit your pet’s entrance to particular areas in the house, especially your bedroom. This will lead to a lower level of allergens in those areas.

v  Remove dander-attracting furnishings and carpeting – if you can, change the wall-to-wall carpeting with vinyl, linoleum, tile, or wood flooring. This will resist the harboring of pet allergens. Also, think about replacing allergen-attracting furnishings like curtains, horizontal blinds, and upholstered furniture.

v  Keep your pet out of the house – if your pet is fairly comfortable outside, then keeping it out for most of the time would be the best option – provided the weather is bearable.

These are just some of the few tips that can help you cope with your pet allergies at home. For more advice on pet allergen reduction, visit http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307037,00.html.

Correcting Your Dog’s House Pooping Habits

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Dogs tend to develop certain habits just like humans do. With kindness and consistency, you can easily train your dog to stop pooping in the house.  The following tips will get you started:

  1. Limit your dog’s movement to a single small area within the house – somewhere you can keep an eye on him. This way, you’ll be able to observe his behavior and know when he has to poop.
  2. Use cue words that encourage him to poop whenever you take him outside the house such as “go potty”.
  3. If your dog is not peeing or pooping the first time you’re out of the house, try again within twenty minutes or so.
  4. Take him outside more often as well-trained dogs need to go out at least 4 to 6 six times on a daily basis on the whole.
  5. Avoid punishing him for inappropriate behavior. This may not teach him to poop in the right place, but it can encourage him to hide his poop in places where you can’t expect to look.

You can also try consulting the vet if you’re having a little too much trouble with your dog’s poop habit as there can be a number of medical reasons behind his stinky attitude.