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5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

June 15, 2020 at 12:46 pm · ·Comments Off on 5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

Are you moving to a new apartment in Keego Harbor? Well, congrats! Keego Harbor is a beautiful area of Michigan with a wealth of recreational activities, incredible beaches, thriving businesses, and convenient access to major roads and freeways.

With that being said, if you are moving to Keego Harbor in the summer, then get ready to deal with some serious heat. Currently, temperatures are already in the 90s, with no signs of a cold front. Thus, to beat the heat, you should start planning your apartment move, if you haven’t already.

The reality is summer is peak season for moving, and many people use movers to speed the process up in the sweltering heat. If you are looking at hiring movers, then be mindful of the day (avoid weekends and peak days of the month) as well as the times available (midday moving is a no-no). Of course, getting exactly what you want during peak season can be pricey, so price compare to ensure you are getting the best rates.

Once you’ve figured out the movers, consider the following five tips to make your move to your new Keego Harbor apartment this summer a little easier.

#1. Prepare Before the Movers Come

To ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible, be fully packed in an organized fashion. This means getting rid of or donating items you don’t need, first and foremost. Once you have reduced the clutter, try selecting boxes of the same size for easy loading and unloading. Labeling all boxes clearly and double-checking that you have everything are also important. So, make sure you take inventory.

Additionally, it is beneficial to go over your new apartment’s layout or access points with your movers. For instance, if you have chosen an upper-level unit and the apartment complex doesn’t have elevators, it is helpful to tell the moving company upfront. This allows them time to secure the right people for the job and to provide you with the right moving equipment.

Moreover, you should also consider separating out items that are vulnerable to heat. In fact, if possible, try transporting these items yourself so that they can be unpacked sooner. Typically, things that are vulnerable to heat include food, medications, electronics, batteries, artwork, and household products/décor that will melt on a hot day.

Also, consider packing an overnight bag or two to put in your car. Having a packed suitcase with the essentials for you, your family, and your pets will make settling in a whole lot easier.

Finally, don’t forget to have your utilities turned on beforehand, including the air-conditioner.

#2. The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Another way to beat the heat is to schedule your move for earlier in the morning. In general, there are fewer people out, and it is cooler outside. With less traffic and cooler temps, you can quickly get to your new location and not suffer from heatstroke during the move itself.

Besides heat stroke, keep an eye out for heat rash or exhaustion.  By limiting your time outside, staying hydrated, wearing the right clothing, and applying SPF, everyone can stay safe during the move. Along those same lines, don’t be that person who only looks out for themselves, make sure your movers are staying hydrated as well.

Being able to secure a prime time slot is not something you can do the night before. Remember, summer is peak moving season. Thus, the sooner you reach out to a licensed moving company, the more likely you will be able to lockdown a morning time slot.

Nevertheless, if you need to move on short notice or a specific day with no morning availability, then consider a late afternoon or early evening move. This will help to resolve scheduling conflicts and keep everyone out of the high noon sun.

#3. Help You Help Yourself

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to lift a finger during your move. However, even with the best help and movers, you may still find yourself carrying a few boxes. Thus, to make moving easier on yourself, purchase or bring your own dollies. Dollies are great for moving multiple boxes at a time. Moreover, dollies do most of the grunt work when moving the more substantial items, so it is virtually impossible to overdo it. If you don’t own any dollies or have no clue where to buy one, have no fear, most moving companies allow you to rent them.

Another work smarter, not harder, moving tip is to take pictures of your electronics. By snapping a few shots of the wiring or hookup situation before you pack, you can save yourself time. This way you will relieve needing to spend hours wondering which cord goes where to make the TV work.

Also, pre-move photos come in handy. If any damage is done to your belongings, especially any of your more expensive items, you have the evidence that it was in good condition prior to the move. Most licensed movers are cautious with people’s stuff, but accidents do happen. Pre-move condition evidence will ensure you can file a claim with either your renters’ insurance company or the movers.

#4. Take Care

Generally, moving takes a couple of hours with or without help. Once you factor in the time spent driving, actually unloading, and more, you could easily find yourself spending most of the morning moving.

Hours moving in intense heat is almost a surefire way to become dehydrated. Thus, it helps to have ample water on hand. Moreover, if you have time the night before, pack some healthy snacks for you and the crew. Fresh fruits, bagels, and water can show you are appreciative, plus keep everyone from getting “hangry.”

In addition to fueling your body for a move, it never hurts to get adequate rest before move-in day. If you have already packed, there is absolutely no reason you should be up at 3AM when you’ve scheduled movers for 8AM. Get some shut-eye, so you are refreshed and ready to make things happen.

You should also take the time to stretch and wear the right clothing (think gym wear as moving is indeed a workout) if you plan to be doing a lot of the lifting or unpacking.

#5. Don’t Be Superman or Superwoman

All this planning and being on a tight schedule can make you feel like you need to get it all done in one day. That kind of thinking is usually how things get broken or left behind. Therefore, consider taking your time, especially if you didn’t hire movers.

Even if you did hire them, that doesn’t mean your entire apartment needs to be together by the time the truck drives away. Instead, unpack what you can and save the rest for another day. Remember, if you have an overnight bag for yourself and your cat, there shouldn’t be anything you need immediately.

Lastly, speaking of furry friends or kids, consider getting a sitter and take a load off; you don’t have to worry about everything all time.

Final Thoughts

Moving during the summer is no walk in the park, but if you take the time to prepare properly, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary drama. Even if you are a procrastinator at heart, at very least book the movers as soon as possible. Remember, Keego Harbor has beaches, hiking trails, biking paths, waterfront restaurants, and more. Wouldn’t you rather move into your apartment with ease and head out to the beach for an afternoon paddle board game instead? Well, you can do that if you take these five tips to heart.

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How to Deal With Noisy Apartment Neighbors

June 8, 2020 at 12:04 pm · ·Comments Off on How to Deal With Noisy Apartment Neighbors

How to Deal With Noisy Apartment Neighbors

Apartment living is affordable and often fun. You make friends, you are a part of a community you actually see, and there’s usually a pool. That being said, what happens when your neighbor starts being less of a friend and more of a nuisance? Well, there are several avenues to explore when you find yourself next to or below a noisy neighbor. Note—these are avenues that do not involve poking the ceiling with a broom or banging against a wall at 3am. The truth is we’re all a little too old for games; therefore, we should try to address unavoidable everyday conflicts in a kind, strategic, and safe manner.  Furthermore, you may still have to live next to this person(s), so healthy and effective conflict resolution just makes sense. Thus, without further ado, here a few ways to proactively deal with noisy apartment neighbors.

You’ve Won The Battle, But Have You Started A War?

First and foremost, going to war with your neighbors never ends well, nor is it advised. Thus, it would be best if you exhausted the proper channels before getting in a heated discussion with your noisy neighbor. In other words, know when to pick your battles. If you have chosen an apartment complex with several floors or thin walls, then overhearing your neighbor break-up with his girlfriend for the fifth time this week may be par for the course.

The reality is you are a part of a community, and a certain amount of noise and or sobbing is to be expected. Moreover, if you live in a family-friendly apartment complex, you should absolutely expect to hear the pitter-patter of little feet and the latest TikTok creation from time to time. However, if your neighbors are causing a disturbance almost every other day or throwing loud parties every Wednesday, then it may be time to pick this battle. You are entitled to peace and quiet, especially during late-night hours. Remember, if the noise is constituted as excessive, ready player one.

Speak Kindly, But With Intention

Often, before choosing to take more formal action, it may help to speak with your neighbors. Clearly, the best way to do this is with a cool head and not during the excessively noisy party. Instead, find a convenient time for both you and your neighbor to speak.

Speaking to your neighbor about the constant disturbance is a fair way to get your point across and avoid drama. Therefore, in addition to sitting down and having a chat, it may help you to write down what you want to say. By doing so, you can stay on track. You came over to address the noisy fights, the loud music, and your sleepless nights—don’t get distracted.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to go off script, then be upfront without being accusatory. Ask your neighbor if they noticed their music was especially loud on a weeknight? Or if they knew their son or daughter was playing the drums at three in the morning? Of course, if your calm discussion starts to go sideways or someone starts to lose their temper, then it is best to walk away. A screaming match typically doesn’t solve the problem—just ask your neighbor’s on and off again girlfriend.

Loud Pen Pals – Leaving A Letter

An alternative to the in-person chat is leaving a letter or note. Speaking in-person is usually the best course of action, but if you know your neighbor has a temper or is passive-aggressive, a letter may be best. However, the same rules apply. Keep it short, to the point, and non-accusatory. They say you attract more bees with honey and remember you live next to the hive. By staying on topic, you can adequately inform your neighbor of the issue and hopefully get everything resolved.

Once your letter has been received, all you can do is wait. Do not write a new note every other day. If, in spite of your message, your neighbor continues to be loud and disregard your concerns, then it may be time to consider the next step. Hopefully, you and your neighbor can come to a compromise that works for both of you (Surprise! That’s what a compromise is). For example, if your neighbor’s child needs to practice for band camp, maybe you can agree on a specific time for band practice that does not interfere with your use and quiet enjoyment of your apartment.

Filing A Formal Complaint

If a compromise cannot be reached, then you may want to consider filing a formal noise complaint. Filing a formal complaint should be the last option, but if you have done everything in your power to resolve the issue with your neighbor to no avail, then it’s time to have the management company or landlord step in. When filing a noise complaint with your apartment complex, make sure you’ve gone over your lease before submitting your complaint to be clear on your rights and available options. Going over your rental agreement should also point you in the right direction in regards to who exactly you need to speak with to resolve this issue.  Overall, a variety of resolutions may occur, including a warning, a fine, or possibly an eviction if your neighbor does not comply.

If you decided to file a report with the police, that is your choice. That being said, you should keep in mind that submitting a police report will likely provoke your neighbor. So be on guard and do not engage after filing a grievance. Here, your neighbor faces similar consequences (a warning, fine, eviction, etc.), however getting the police involved may result in a ticket, which may have criminal/civil repercussions.

Request A Change

Last but not least, if feasible, you may want to consider relocating to another unit or floor. You more than likely will need to be nearing the end of your lease, but if you feel like moving, you should speak to management. Requesting an apartment change is serious business and should not be taken lightly. Moreover, your request may cause your landlord to take other actions against your neighbor.

Remember, most apartment renters are reasonable, hard-working people who want to enjoy their living space, just like you. Moving, even if it’s to another unit within the building or apartment community, is still a tedious task that often isn’t cheap. Therefore, you should absolutely take some time to mull over a unit change request. Fighting with your neighbor is never fun, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel—so exhaust all your more amenable options first.

Final Thoughts

In the end, noisy neighbors are a side effect of apartment living, whether you like it or not.

Consequently, you may want to look at ways to drown out your neighbor before heading down the more difficult path. For starters, try out a ceiling cloud or acoustic fixtures. These nifty creations are designed to keep out/reduce noise. Another noise-canceling option is to rearrange your apartment furniture. Adding shelves, bookcases, and other denser pieces of furniture can help to absorb some of your neighbor’s noisiness. Also, consider putting some space between yours and your neighbor’s bathroom so you can self-care in peace. By adding over-the-toilet cabinets or storage, you can create more of a sound barrier between your apartment and your neighbors. Other solutions include sealing doors, shutting windows when possible, hanging wall art or tapestries, using a sound machine at night, and possibly investing in noise-canceling headphones or earplugs.

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