Should I Move? How to Decide if You Should Re-Sign Your Lease

If the lease on your current apartment is about to expire, you may be itching to pack up and try another Charlotte neighborhood on for size. Or maybe you are considering putting down roots in your current home. More likely than that, you are having trouble deciding which is best! Before you book the moving truck or resign your lease, ask yourself these questions to determine whether a move is right for you.

Can I Afford to Move?

Even with a refunded security deposit, moving is expensive. There are trucks to rent, items to pack, and new deposits to pay. Depending on which neighborhood you plan to move into, rents can be significantly higher for equal or less space. Before delving into the offerings of Charlotte property management companies, ask whether you have the necessary funds to move.

What’s Available?

Charlotte is a big city and Charlotte property management companies offer everything from studio apartments to full homes. Still, depending on your wants and the current market, your perfect home may require some searching. If you’re considering a move when your lease ends, start searching early to find the perfect home in the right location.

How Responsive is My Charlotte Property Management Company?

One of the perks of renting is that you never have to fix a leaky sink or replace a broken shower. Whether it’s a burst pipe on a Saturday morning or an HVAC repair on a Tuesday night, avoiding the aggravation of calling, scheduling, and paying for repairs makes renting sensible. If your Charlotte property management company isn’t fulfilling its obligation in providing fast repairs and necessary upgrades though, it may be time to move.

What About My Location?

The mantra of real estate is location, location, location and when your lease is up, the location of your current rental may be a reason enough to move. Ask yourself where you spend the majority of your time at work and at play and how a move would impact your life. Avoiding a trip across 485 for work or a grind through uptown to meet friends for dinner can sometimes make the difference when deciding whether to move.

So what’s your plan when this year’s lease expires? Are you ready to explore another Charlotte neighborhood or rather stay in your current home? Ask yourself and a Charlotte property management company like TR Lawing these four questions to determine whether this is the year to move.

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How to Organize Your Kitchen and Keep it That Way

No matter how big or small your home is, the kitchen is the place where everybody congregates.  It’s where meals are made, conversations are had, and laughter happens.  It also becomes one of the hardest places to keep organized, since it’s doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the household’s socialization!

Our top property managers in Charlotte NC have come up with some easy ways to help you get your kitchen organized (and keep it that way).  Read on to learn more!

  • Do Some Housekeeping.  Leave the toilet and bedroom alone!  This time is for you and your kitchen.  Take everything out of the cabinets and pantry, and start throwing away items that are expired, look strange, or won’t ever be used.  The sale on pumpkin pie filling may have sounded like a great idea at the time… but if you won’t use it, throw it out!  Do the same with the fridge and freezer until you’re left with items you will actually use.
  • Sort it Out.  Everything has a place.  Now it’s up to you to decide what that means and what goes where.  Think about what you use most often, and how close you need it to be when you’re cooking and work in an outward radius.  The more logical your kitchen organization is, the more likely you’ll be to stick to its plan.  When guests come over, where do they reach first when they want a glass?  Which drawer draws them in when they want a utensil?  Each of these accidental habits will give you clues as to the most logical placement of your items.
  • Think Vertically.  It’s easy to forget how much space you have when you are not paying attention to the walls.  There are several feet of great real estate ready for your organizational tools to be tacked on.  Head over to IKEA if you need some interesting space-saving ideas.
  • Contain Your Excitement.  The Container Store will complete your storage needs.  Look for items that are aesthetically pleasing, so they will look organized even if you leave them out.  Stainless steel containers hold just about anything beautifully, and decorative magnets serve double-duty where spices and herbs are concerned.

Are you looking for property managers in Charlotte NC who can help keep your property running happily and efficiently?  Our team is experienced and happy to help!  Contact TR Lawing today to learn what we can do for you.

Five Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

Living in a rental property can be a challenge when you want to personalize your space and make it feel like your own. Restrictions may prevent you from making major changes, but there are simple ways to remodel without breaking the rules of your Charlotte property management company’s rules. Here are five creative and inexpensive things you can do to make your rental feel like home.

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Paint the Walls

To appeal to most renters, rental spaces are usually painted a light, neutral color like white, beige or gray. Painting your walls a crisper shade of the same color or a different light, neutral color can create a big change. If you want a darker color, choose one or two accent walls instead of the entire space. If you’re not allowed to paint, use art, photos or removable wallpaper to personalize your space.

Window Treatments

Most rentals come with standard blinds or shades that create uniformity, but you can add other window treatments over them. Draperies, fabric panels or valances in beautiful colors, patterns or textures that compliment your furniture and décor will add a rich, finished appeal that feels like home. When you move out, you can easily patch the holes and take your draperies and hardware with you.

Lighting

Replace old, boring light fixtures with updated fixtures that reflect your style. If you don’t want to deal with wiring, simply replacing the shades can make a huge difference in the look. To create a warm, comfortable space, add floor lamps, table lamps and desk lamps to overhead lighting.

A Couple of Congratulations

It’s a great time to be at T. R. Lawing Realty !

Just a couple of weeks ago, a couple of babies joined the family of one of our folks.

And, in just a couple more weeks, a couple more babies will join the family of another staff member.

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And, if that wasn’t enough ….

In the near future, a couple of our co-workers will be getting married.

One is getting married in a couple of days.

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And the other is getting married in a couple of weeks.

Congratulations a couple of times to a couple of our friends!