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Tip for the Week…. June 20-24, 2011

BURN BANS AND WATER RESTRICTIONS

Burn Bans and Mandatory Water Restrictions have been issued for several counties! The dry, hot weather has caused some areas to issue mandatory or voluntary water restrictions. Tips on conserving water: Avoid cutting lawns too short, repair leaks, run faucets only when using them and install water-efficient fixtures.


Tip for the Week…. June 6-10, 2011

Apartment availability is changing! What does this mean to you? Many people relocate in the summer time. They have either just graduated and are starting new jobs, or their children have just finished school, and many interns, residents, students and professionals are here during the summer starting new careers.

Typically, this means the apartments go quickly and it is not uncommon to find apartment communities with waiting lists. Don't wait too late to make your decision. Call our locally based apartment locating company today to secure your home for the future.


Tip for the Week…. May 16-20, 2011

Free Things to do With Your Children This Summer

 

·      Start your kids on a summer reading program and get a FREE book from Borders! Kids 12 and under can get a free book from Borders after they have read 8 books sometime this summer. This book offer is good from May 24, 2011 through September 6, 2011. Go to your nearest Borders to get your book journal form.

 

·      There will be FREE BOWLING FOR KIDS AT AMF this summer May 30-September 5.  Just register your kids and you’ll get weekly coupons via email for 2 free games per child per day all summer.

 

·      Children’s Museum of Houston is FREE Thurs 5-8 PM

·      John Freeman Weather Museum is FREE Thurs 12-4 PM

·      Houston Zoo has FREE admission first Tuesday of the month from 2 PM– closing

·      Discovery Green Park has FREE movie screenings, yoga, live music and many other things everyday of the week

·      Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark is FREE and open to all ages

·      Kids eat out FREE!

·      Cici’s Pizza offers Free meals for kids 3 and under

·      Dickeys BBQ Pit Kids eat FREE on Sundays

·      Ihop – Kids eat FREE 4-10pm everyday

·      Souper! Salad! Kids 3 and under eat FREE

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


Tip for the Week…. May 9-13, 2011

 

Driving More Efficiently and Keeping Your Car in Shape

   
 

Keep your engine properly tuned! Fixing a car that is noticeably out of  tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent though results can vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent!

     
 

Keep tires properly inflated!  You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.

   
  Use the recommended grade of motor oil for your car! You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1–2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1–1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.

Tip for the Week…. April 25-29, 2011

 

Prevention Guide to Promote Personal Health and Safety

   
  Elderly people (65 and older) infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are prone to heat stress
  Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. During these times spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping malls, public libraries, or heat relief shelters in your area  
  Be informed! Listen for news during extreme heat conditions for health and safety updates
  Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level
  Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open
  Make sure your pets have plenty of water, short walks, keep them cool indoors or if they are outside keep them in a shaded area

Tip for the Week…. April 18-22, 2011

 

Houston Events and Things to Do!!  A Summer Full of Excitement

 
     
 

International Festival April 30-May 1 & May 7-8 “The Silk Road-Journey Across Asia”

Cinco de Mayo Celebration - May 5 Downtown Parade, Mariachi Music and dancers at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park

Juneteenth Celebration-June 19 Month long Festival.  Miller Outdoor Theater includes parades and musical performances

July 4th Miller Outdoor Theatre–Fireworks and 16 Cannon salute

Art Houston -early July an evening art walk with more than 30 Galleries participating

Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus - late July/early August entertainment for the entire family

Houston International Jazz Festival  - early August, a weekend of jazz performances celebrating the birth of jazz 

Ballunar Lift Off late August at Space Center and Clear Lake with more than 100 balloons with sky diving and hang gliding demos

 

 

 
             

                   


Tip for the Week…. April 11-15, 2011

Spring is here!!!  Be Alert!

What a wonderful time of year to travel!

Along with travel plans, you should always take safety measures

 
 
Road Trips
Vacations
Shopping Sprees

Use good judgment as to where you stop to buy gas, shop, lodge or park.  Make sure you

park in a well lit area when traveling at night!

If you ever have any doubt when returning to your car seek out security to escort you!

Ladies, secure your purse under your arm with a strap over the shoulder instead of carrying

it by hand where it is dangling and easy to snatch. When fueling, do not leave or turn your

 back to your vehicle without locking it first.  Simple safety measures that you discuss with

your traveling partners can help that you have a pleasant journey!

 


Tip for the Week…. April 4-8, 2011

As our apartment locators will tell you only certain properties take big dogs, and some properties charge pet fees/deposits or cleaning fees.  If you have a pet, come prepared.  Bring a letter from your last landlord with your pet’s references.  Is your cat neutered or declawed? Does Fido bark a lot? Where will he/she stay when you are gone? These are just some of the questions you will be asked.  Be prepared to pay pet deposits, provide references and possibly bring your pet to an interview!

                   


 Tip for the Week…. March 28-April 1, 2011

Get outside and enjoy the weather before summer is here!!

 

Check out the fun action you can do now:

Discovery Green http://bit.ly/69GnU

The Houston Zoo   http://bit.ly/1tn6V6

Space Center Houston  http://bit.ly/AtzCj

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion   http://bit.ly/tC039

                    


Tip for the Week…. March 21-25, 2011

It’s getting warmer each week and as the temperature goes up so does your electric bill.

Try to practice these habits to keep your costs down:

  • Set your thermostat up while you are gone away and back on down when you come


Tip for the Week…. March 14-18, 2011

Crime happens everywhere even in nice apartment communities.  When you live in the 4th largest city in the country, you need to pay particular attention to a few extra details that you may not have in a smaller community.

Apartment Directions Suggests

1.  Always keep your apartment/car, doors & windows locked. (Usually crime is deterred to places/vehicles of least resistance)

Apartment Directions Suggests

2.  Do not leave money, GPS system, electronics, phone or brief cases in your car. (Some leave these locked in a trunk, but best advice is to take it with you).

Apartment Directions Suggests

3.  Exchange telephone numbers with you neighbor.  Have an extra set of eyes watching out for your belonging is always appreciated.

Apartment Directions Suggests

4.  Always be aware of your surroundings upon leaving/entering your apartment/car or office Building (the more alert you are, the less you are to be a target of crime).


Tip for the Week…. March 7-11, 2011

Apartment Renters Insurance...do I need it?  As a Houston apartment locator we see hundreds of people move into the apartment area each year.  When you find the right apartment/home and move in, you may want to buy a reasonable renter's insurance policy.  They are not expensive and well worth it, should you find yourself in a situation resulting in loss to your property.  If you have an insurance agent already, ask about the cost of a renter's policy.  If you need ideas on where to get a quote, ask your Apartment Directions agent for some names and numbers. Apartment communities carry insurance but that only covers their building and not your possessions.


Tip for the Week…. Feb 28-March 4, 2011

Busy Time of Year Coming Up!  The busiest time of year for people moving in and around Houston is summer.  School is out, people have graduated and starting new jobs, as well as many company resident and intern programs start up in the summer time.  What does this mean to you?  It means you need to plan ahead! Take our 25 years of knowledge and advice, do not wait till the last minute to start shopping for your next apartment home if you are looking to move over the summer months.  Apartment communities will hold apartments for you with a deposit.


Tip for the Week…. Feb 21-25, 2011

The Term of your Lease!   Congratulations!  You have finally decided on what apartment you want to lease and you are ready to sign the paperwork.  The apartment community will prepare and type up your lease.  Always check the starting and ending date.  Most apartment communities offer 6 month leases but others require a 7 month lease or maybe 9 month lease.  And still others will want you to sign a 12 month lease especially if they are offering some special concession for you such as some about of rebate or discounted rent.

And just so you know, many times apartment communities offer better rates for the longer terms of lease.  So always ask if there is a difference.  Last but not least, a few apartment communities do offer shorter term leases (such as 3 or 4 month leases) but you will usually be asked to pay a premium rate of rent for these short term leases.


Tip for the Week…. Feb 14-18, 2011

When you are looking to move, you obviously want to live in a safe environment.  As you look around for your next residence, you may be asking for something that you can’t find…. “security.”   You may have discovered that when you inquired about “security gates” or “security alarms” you were told the community has neither.  Be aware, the term “security” is not used anymore.  If you are interested in a property that has gates, you may refer to them as access gates.  Or if you want an apartment that has an alarm system, you may ask for that or an intrusion alarm. Apartment communities, leasing agents, as well as apartment locators do not use the word “security” anymore because of the legalities implied.  Crime happens everywhere.  What you want is to be in a place that has as many determents as possible to future vandalism or crime.  But as we all know, there is no guarantee that there is a truly “secured” place.  So don’t be alarmed if you can’t find anyone to tell you how secure you will be.  But do use the correct terminology to inquire about extra amenities that will make you feel more comfortable once you live in the prospective community.


Tip for the Week…. Feb 7-11, 2011

Be careful when you shop for an apartment over the internet through a service that is located in a city outside the city you are moving to!  That’s right.  Some internet apartment locating services are located thousands of miles away and say they can help you with your move.  Yes, they may be able to provide some information like prices and square footage and some amenities.  However, they have no idea what the neighborhood is like, what the real driving time is with traffic conditions, what the schools are like or the reputation of the management company.  So buyer/renter beware.  If you want to move to Houston, make sure your apartment locator is in Houston!


Tip for the Week…. Jan 31-Feb 4, 2011

Have you recently moved or plan on moving soon and expecting to get a deposit back?  If, after your walk through with the management company, and provided you gave the apartment community your forwarding address, they should either send you the remainder of your deposit or explanation of the deductions you are charged with 30 days.  If you do not receive either, you may want to check into the options you may have to recoup up to 3 times the deposit amount. 


Tip for the Week…. Jan 24-29, 2011

Today’s tip has to do with Protecting Yourself when you are ready to move out of your present lease.  Many people are not aware that they must give a formal notice in writing to the apartment manager.  This notice is required prior to the end of your lease.  And somewhere in your lease, there is a set number of days notice that is expected for you to provide as your notice.  Some notices can only be accepted on the first of the month and others anytime during the month as long as the number of days requested notice is adhered to per lease. Keeping this in mind is important and can save you  headache and money that you may be counting on to use differently when your lease is up.

 

 
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