CashPay Is Live!

For residents who often pay their rent with cash or money orders, T. R. Lawing Realty, Inc. is happy to offer a much more convenient service where residents can pay CA$H on their account at their local Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Ace Cash Express and many other CheckFreePay locations.   In other words, residents will not purchase a money order nor will they have to leave their neighborhood to pay their rent or drive all the way Uptown to our 7th Street office location.

Brochures, however, are available at our front counter at our Uptown, 7th Street office.  Feel free to speak with any of our  Accounting Dept. staff who will be able to issue our cash/money order paying residents with their unique CashPay ID card.

We are very happy to off this new service to our residents to help them with their timely residential rental payments.

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Frugal Living Tips

Whether you have a large budget for living expenses or you’re just making ends meet, there are ways to save money and still have a great home. It’s all about adopting a frugal mindset to reduce your cost of living and maintain a happy life. Take a look at some frugal home living tips from our Charlotte property management experts.piggy_bank

Buy Better, Buy Less

If you’re renting a new home through Charlotte property management, you may need new furniture, lighting, kitchen items and accessories. The costs for all of these items can add up quickly, so it’s important to buy only the things you really need to stay within your budget. With larger items like furniture, rugs, lamps and artwork, buy quality, not quantity. Although this may cost you a little more up front, you’ll end up with items that are made better and last longer. Cheaply made items are sure to break faster and cost you more money for replacements in the long run.

Shop Around

When shopping for new furniture and accessories, shop around at local antique or vintage shops, garage and estate sales and local thrift stores. You’ll find a lot of interesting things in these places that are unique and less expensive. Often, you can find valuable household items like furniture, lighting, china, glassware, and accessories that are top quality at low prices. You’ll have to spend time sorting through things, but the result could be a priceless treasure. You can also check online sites and local papers for household items that may be for sale at bargain prices.

Control Your Spending

To stay within your budget, you need to control your spending habits. Develop a frugal mindset and control impulse spending. Think twice before you spring for that expensive night out or that great new jacket you really don’t need. Phantom spending is one of the biggest challenges to living on a budget. Start to monitor all of those “little” expenses you incur every month, even those afternoon cappuccinos, and figure out how much you’re spending on unnecessary things. Once you itemize your phantom expenses, you can control them much easier. Tip: When you’re out shopping and see something you want, ask yourself if you really need it and how it impacts your budget.

 

If you have questions about your home or property, contact the Charlotte property management experts at TR Lawing Realty.

Why Rugs and Carpets Should Be Professionally Cleaned

People often assume that cleaning their rug or carpet will be an easy job, only to find out once they have started that the task is much more of an undertaking than they expected. Our experience as Charlotte property management experts has shown us that it is usually worth it to have your rugs and carpets professionally cleaned.

Here are a few reasons why trying to clean all of your own carpets can pose an issue:

  • Some Rental Equipment is Not Properly Maintained: In order to properly clean your carpets, you may need the help of carpet cleaning equipment. Of course, the average person does not own this equipment, and it would need to be rented. There is no way for you to know the history of the items you rent, and you can sometimes end up bringing more dirt into your home than you remove!
  • The Misuse of Chemicals Can Damage Your Carpet: There are certain chemicals that should be used to clean your carpet properly, and the knowledge of what specific chemicals to use should be left to a professional. They also know the best volume with which to apply the chemicals. Oftentimes, if a stain is not coming out, people will simply add more and more chemicals, which is a poor choice that can result in carpet and rug damage.
  • Rental Equipment Can Easily Be Used Improperly: Without proper experience, carpet cleaning equipment can be confusing to use and one mistake could end up damaging your carpets.

Take it from TR Lawing, the Charlotte property management pros, that it is typically cheaper and easier to hire a professional that rent equipment and buy chemicals that you may not use properly. If you have any questions please contact us!

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Want To Liven Up Your Space? Here Are Some Great House Plants!

No matter how large or small your property is, house plants make a great addition. While watering and making sure each plant receives the necessary amount of sunlight is important and can take some adjusting if you have never taken care of house plants before, there are many benefits of having these living plants inside of your home. House plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This improves the air quality inside of your home. The plants also release water, which is excellent if your home had dry air, and it also helps purify the air as well. On top of this, in a study by the Agriculture University of Norway, sickness rates fell over 60 percent in offices with plants. With so many benefits, it makes sense to bring in a few house plants into your home. Here are some of the best for you to choose from for your home in Charlotte, NC. 

Aloe Plant

Aloe-vera-houseplant-careThis plant is extremely easy to take care of and provides multiple benefits. While it grows, the plant helps purify the air better than most other plants you can buy and removes chemicals and bacteria found in the air. Plus, you can cut off one of the branches and use it to soothe a sun burn or cuts on your body. 

 

English Ivy

englishIvyYou can hang this plant from a planter in medium sunlight or you can place it in pots around the house, just make sure to keep it trimmed as it can grow out quickly. With that being said though, NASA lists English Ivy as the best air filtering house plant available as it absorbs formaldehyde better than any other plant you can bring into your home. Plus, it is extremely easy to grow and prospers in almost any location. 

Rubber Tree

rubber-plant-1LWhen looking for a house plant to bring into your Charlotte, NC home, a rubber tree is great. It helps clean the air and is easy to grow, as it does not require much light (it thrives in dim light) and does not require much in terms of maintenance. So, if you do not have a green thumb, this is a great plant to start out with. 

Peace Lily

product-blooming-house-plants-004-big1Looking for a flower that also doesn’t require much work? The peace lily is low maintenance and does well in low lighting and cooler temperatures in your home.

Essentials Needed For Your First Home

Moving into your first home is exciting; however, all that excitement could mean you are unprepared. You’ll need to have a few essential items on hand before you move out, which is why our team of property managers in Charlotte, NC would like to offer you this list.

couple-in-first-homeCleaning Supplies and Equipment

Having the right cleaning supplies and equipment on hand before you move will allow you to ensure your new place is spic and span (and stays that way). Some things to purchase include:

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and mop bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wastebaskets for every room
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Microfiber cloths for dusting
  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Trash bags
  • Sponges
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Shower cleaner

Laundry Room

Certain items will also make doing laundry much easier:

  • Laundry hamper with wheels
  • Laundry basket
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Washing detergent
  • Bleach
  • Fabric softener or dryer sheets
  • Stain remover

Bathroom

Don’t forget these essential for your bathroom, as doing so could make life very difficult:

  • At least two towel sets that include a bath towel, hand towel and washcloth
  • Plunger
  • Shower curtain and liner with rods and rings
  • Bath mat
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items

Kitchen

Be ready to enjoy some delicious meals in your new place by making sure you have these kitchen essentials:

  • Dishes (plates, saucers, bowls)
  • Pots and pans
  • Bakeware
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen knife set
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Spice rack
  • Small appliances such as a blender, mixer, toaster, etc.
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Measuring spoons/cup
  • Colander

Miscellaneous Items

There are a few other things you could need such as:

  • Small tools
  • Wire hangers
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs

Having the right items on hand during your first move will help it go much smoother. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, so you may want to speak with a property manager in Charlotte, NC for even more suggestions.

Here’s Some Fun Rainy Day Activities To Do Around The House!

Rainy Day Tips from the Experts in Property Management Charlotte Residents Rely On

As winter gives way to spring in Charlotte, rainy days become the norm around our fair city and we all tend to spend a lot more time indoors. If you have a large family or small children who are constantly on the go, time indoors can get a little chaotic without planned activities. Take a look at some of these fun things to do around the house to keep your family busy and happy on rainy days.

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Games

Children and adults of all ages like interactive games. Board games, video games and card games are great family activities on rainy days and nights. Traditional board games like Monopoly, chess and checkers are great learning tools for strategy and patience. Interactive video games are fun for the entire family and a great way to bond with your teenagers. Younger kids, age 7 and under, love card games like Go Fish, Old Maid and Crazy Eights which are perfect recognition and learning tools.

Cooking

Rainy afternoons and evenings create the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your family. If you have kids, you can teach them how to cook or bake by getting them involved in the kitchen. Get the family together to make a big family breakfast, a favorite pizza for lunch or a wholesome casserole for dinner. Give everyone a job and get the entire family involved. With young kids, let them help you bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, a fun activity that’s sure to hold their attention.

Arts and Crafts

From building models to paint-by-number pictures, there’s a world of fun-filled arts and crafts projects to enjoy with your family. Visit your local crafts store and look for projects that are interesting and age-appropriate for your kids. You can make cute toys, lamps, or storage items for their bedroom or creative gifts for family members. Make sure you have necessary supplies and an organized space that will make family arts and crafts fun and easy.

If rainy days are on the warm side, get outside with the family and jump in a puddle or two. It’s a great way to get healthy exercise and burn up some energy before you head indoors to make hot chocolate or bake those chocolate chip cookies.

 

Contact the Pros in Property Management Charlotte Residents Rely On!

If you have any questions about that can only be answered by property management experts, contact TR Lawing today!

Minimize Bathroom Fan Use to Save Heat

Green Living Advice from the Charlotte Property Management Experts

Heating bills can get out of hand when the temperature drops here in the Charlotte area. In fact, energy experts at NC State University and also US Department of Energy, have concluded that heating and air conditioning consume almost half of the average person’s energy bill. So, it stands to reason that energy-efficient habits used in your apartment can save you lots of money on monthly utility bills over the course of your lease. There are many ways to cut your heating bill, but today we’d like to focus on a little-known energy saving tip that many residents may not be aware of. Did you know that exhaust fans, typically found in kitchens, bathrooms and sometimes in an attached garage, can help you save on your utility bills? The key is to use your fans properly. green_living

Exhaust Fans Help Keep Your Apartment Comfortable

Most people know that exhaust fans should be used to clear out humidity/moisture after showering to help prevent mold growth. In the kitchen, exhaust fans rid the room of cooking odors, airborne moisture/grease and combustion gases that could otherwise linger and build up in your apartment. Carbon monoxide gas is unhealthy and lowers indoor air quality, so using exhaust fans in the kitchen and garage is especially important. (Also test your CO detectors regularly.) Many tenants forget to use exhaust fans–some don’t even know if their fans are in working order. If you’re one of those people, now that you are aware of the benefits, make a mental note to use the fans when needed. If your fans aren’t working, please let your Charlotte property management company know.

Exhaust Fans Also Waste Hard-Earned Money

At the other extreme, some residents tend to leave the exhaust fans running continually—or longer than necessary. When you’re in a hurry, you may forget to turn the fan off after showering and before heading off to work or school, for example. This is where the big energy-saving tip comes in. If you run your exhaust fan too much, make a mental note to get in the habit of turning off the fan after a few minutes, once it’s served its purpose of clearing the air. By leaving the fan on, you’re costing yourself money every month with higher energy bills. Try this tip: turn off exhaust fans–and watch your utility bill shrink!

 

Need some advice? Ask a Charlotte property management company your question by contacting TR Lawing today!