When you look outside you may not be thinking “it’s almost spring”! You’re probably more like us, snuggled up in your apartment trying to keep warm in these cold winter months. The fact is that spring is just around the corner and with spring comes Spring Cleaning!
Once the sun starts to shine the dust starts to become a bit more noticeable. Those streaks from rain and snow on your windows becomes more clear (or rather not so clear) and that oven you used all winter to bake holiday treats could use a good cleaning.
We know cleaning isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time so we have made it easy for you with our new Apartment Living 101 video: How to Keep your Apartment Clean with these 7 easy tips!
Vacuum with Baby Powder Just toss some baby powder on your carpet and vacuum those areas. The baby powder is great to help absorb the smells that may linger in the carpet. Plus it keeps you on track of what areas you’ve already vacuumed
Clean with an old toothbrush If you have an old toothbrush lying around, use that to clean in those small, hard to clean areas
Use an envelope cutter to clean vacuum If you have hair on the bottom roller of your vacuum, try using an envelope cutter to slice through and free those caught up hairs
Oven liners This is actually a great idea to minimize the time spent cleaning in the future. Be sure to only use approved oven liners at the bottom of your oven. The one we’re using here can withstand up to 500 degree fahrenheit! Using these will make cleaning your oven 10 times easier.
Melamine Sponge These things are like magic! All you need to do is add water, then you can use these to clean scuff marks, dirt, markers, and just about anything from walls, vinyl floors, and more. Plus, you can get a 20 pack of these sponges for $10! I’ll leave a link down below
Home-made glass cleaner For this, you’ll make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar and shake the bottle up. I’ve also added some blue food coloring so I can quickly identify that this is meant for my windows
7. Newspapers For No-Streak Window Cleaning
Instead of using towels, try using some old newspapers. These help clean your windows and give you that no-streak window clean
The YWCA “focuses on the most relevant issues in our community. We strive to eliminate homelessness, end racism and discrimination, and provide life skills education and job training for women and women with children who are struggling with housing and getting a living-wage income.”
Comprised of a mighty team of 19 volunteers, YWCA was able to realize a much-needed renovation of their facility. The Weidner Cares volunteers worked all day to revamp as many areas of the facility as possible, including cleaning, painting, and remodeling just about every room.
In the temporary shelter area, the bathroom was completely remodeled and the team also replaced the kitchen countertop. Each room got a fresh coat of paint representing a bright, new start and a big welcome. Furniture was cleaned and rearranged, new curtains were hung, and inspirational artwork was put up throughout the facility to cheer on the women and children YWCA assists each day.
In the downstairs family and living room, YWCA residents were using old bookshelves to section off smaller play areas for younger children. The Weidner Cares team jumped in to enhance the space and built a semi-permanent pony wall to block off a portion of the room and added a large chalkboard to create a sturdy playpen for the kids and parents to enjoy.
Outside, the team repaired and reinforced an existing fence, painted and cleaned the outdoor furniture, and replaced parts of their security system. Doggie stations were also created for those residents with pets.
The Eastern Washington Weidner Cares team was thrilled to make a difference for this deserving organization and wish to thank the YWCA for the dedicated and important work they do in their community. Bravo, YWCA!
Let’s face it – everyone has a few secrets. But when it comes to adhering to your lease agreement, it’s in your best interests to be upfront with your landlord or leasing manager.
Lease agreements are designed to protect you, your neighbors, the property and its investors. When you’re renting from a management company like Weidner Apartment Homes, who specializes in keeping residents happy and has done so for more than 25 years, chances are – they have seen your secret before:
“I’m just going to sneak my furry friend into my apartment home. No one will know.”
Ah, the furry friends. They can obliterate reasoning and common sense with just one look. Are we sure there’s not a human in there? The jury is still out on that one, however, for our pet-friendly apartments, there are pet policies in place to – you guessed it – protect you, your neighbors, the property and its investors. Detailed insurance policies are in place at each property that management companies are legally obliged to honor and therefore, must pass down to the resident within their lease agreement. It’s normal to think that this ball of fur with four legs who “wouldn’t hurt a fly” is a non-issue, but please understand that the pet policy is there for your protection and check with your leasing manager to see if your pet fits into the existing agreement. Besides, you and your pet are in need of a living environment where you can relax and keeping secrets is stressful!
“I’m going to save so much money by having a roommate.” Or, “It’s only for a few weeks/months/years.”
The thing about communities is that they are made up of individuals who rely on one another for the common good of that community. In the case of apartment communities, neighbors know their neighbors and extra roommates will eventually be discovered. Weidner has a roommate policy which again, is designed to protect all those residents within the community. While saving money or “helping someone out for a few weeks” are both understandable and even honorable goals, it can put the community at risk. Check with your leasing manager to see what options are available to you.
Neighbor Issues. “I’ll just handle this loud neighbor myself. I don’t want to cause problems with the property manager.”
Landlords and management companies can’t remedy an issue if they don’t know about it. So, do you want to know how to deal with loud neighbors? Don’t! If your neighbor is violating a noise ordinance or behaving in a way to purposefully cause fear and/or intimidation, let the property manager know immediately. While it’s important to acknowledge that people have different styles and tastes when co-existing in an apartment community, residents should never feel that their happiness or safety is at stake because of the unfortunate behavior of one or a few neighbors. Taking the issue on yourself could prove to be far more stressful than the original complaint – so let the landlord or leasing office take care of it for you in the most diplomatic way possible.
“I have mold or water damage. I’d better keep quiet, or they’ll kick me out.”
When it comes to apartment repair, never hesitate to submit a maintenance request through our resident portal! Whether you think the mold or water damage in your apartment home is your fault or not, you should report it to your landlord or leasing manager because if you don’t – it will get worse with time. Something as simple as a small leak in a bathtub or faucet could grow into a huge issue in the ceiling of the apartment below. Unreported maintenance issues can cost far more than the original issue in both costs and time. Property managers and owners anticipate that from time to time, there will be maintenance issues, which is why they have maintenance professionals on hand. Willful damage to property and natural wear and tear on a building are two separate things, but either way, if the problem grows, it will eventually be discovered. In the case of apartment mold, for instance, its natural inclination is to spread with ruthless speed. The more it spreads, the more costly and time-consuming it becomes. Property managers and owners want to protect their investment – and it’s in their best interests to keep you, the resident, happy.
“I have to move out, but I’m not going to tell my landlord until move-out day. Moving is already stressful enough.”
Move-ins and move-outs are commonplace in property management. They are budgeted for and anticipated. Also, there’s a long list of things that must take place to prepare the apartment home to be inhabited by the next resident. Often, residents don’t want to deal with the extra stress of giving exact dates of a move-out, or they’re worried that there’s damage in the apartment which they could be charged for. Regardless of what the issue is, the leasing manager is there to help and is specifically trained to assist in transitions like these. Moving is stressful – that’s why it makes more sense to let the experts assist you by giving them due notice as stated in the rental agreement.
Keeping secrets from your landlord and/or leasing manager is stressful. We encourage you to talk to us. We’re here to help!
Welcome back to the Weidner’s Best City List series!
Ranking #9 on the Weidner list and #62 on the U.S. News Best Places to Live, Tucson is situated in Arizona’s serene Sonoran Desert and offers residents a small-town feel with all the conveniences of big city living.
Artists and residents alike adore this city for its scenic backdrop and dramatic mountain ranges that surround this sprawling city. Much of the architecture dates back to the 19th century with restored mansions in the El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses that dominate the Barrio Historico district.
The International Festivals & Events Association recently announced that Tucson is among nine worldwide cities recognized as 2017 recipients of its IFEA World Festival & Event City award. “The award was created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide.” Tucson is also the host of the annual Gem & Mineral Show.
Hovering at just over a half-million residents, Tucson offers a wide variety of entertainment, shopping, dining and outdoor excursions.
Things to Do, See, and Taste
Outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty of adventures to choose from in Tucson. Sabina Canyon, Catalina State Park, and the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway are all rich in picturesque landscape and are a great way to appreciate the unique beauty of the desert. The Arizona Desert-Sonora Museum boasts a museum experience like no other with 85% of the experience being outdoors. Among their 97 acres, 47 are developed and curated, along with 2 miles of walking paths, 16 individual gardens, 1,200 native plant species and 56,000 individual plants.
Old Tucson is a favored hot spot as one of Arizona’s top Wild West attractions with live action stunt shows, musicals, vintage train rides and special events and is also the location backdrop for several western movies. More than 400 films and commercial productions have been filmed in Old Tucson.
The chef in the family will appreciate Tucson’s panache for Southwest foods. The Tucson Tamale Company, Café Poca Cosa, and El Charro Café are among the local favorite eateries, as are Flying V Bar & Grill and Vivace Restaurant.
You won’t have to travel far from any of our apartments in Tucson to indulge in some retail therapy. Catering to styles all its own, the city offers an eclectic blend of thrift shops, boutique shops and upscale shopping malls including La Encantada Mall, Tucson Mall, and Tucson Premium Outlets.
Education and Employment
Home to the University of Arizona, Pima College and the Southwest University of Visual Arts. Three of Tucson’s schools were named among the top in the nation: “Basis Tucson North and Basis Oro Valley were ranked the third- and sixth-best schools in the country, respectively, while University High School was ranked No. 24. The list, published annually by U.S. News & World Report, evaluates data on more than 21,500 public high schools to identify which are best at preparing students for college and careers.”
University of Arizona, Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the State of Arizona, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are among the top 5 employers in the city.
Weidner Communities in Tucson, AZ
Weidner offers several types of apartments in Tucson, ranging from Downtown Tucson living, pet-friendly apartments to luxury apartments in Tucson. Whether you are a professional seeking a quality one-bedroom near the office, a student who needs an apartment close to campus, or a family who needs a little space to grow, Weidner is pleased to say “welcome home!”
Ahh, Super Bowl Sunday! It’s here! The Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota with kickoff set for 6:30pm EST. Airing on NBC for all the world to see, this event is only overshadowed by…perhaps nothing?
Really, even for non-football fans, this event is not easily ignored. From themed sales to snacks, to fashion trends, it’s #SuperBowlLII fever all the way. Even the Super Blue Blood Moon can’t eclipse the Super Bowl, and that hasn’t happened since 1866!
Weidner is excited to join in on the celebration from every community, but especially at the three communities located close to the stadium! Talk about a game day! 222 Hennepin Apartments, 7West Apartments, Vue Apartments will all be joining in on the Super Bowl spirit. At 7West, the parking lot will be open for Super Bowl parking. Some local pubs and businesses in the area are celebrating with extended hours-some to 4am! For those residents lucky enough to be within shouting distance of the game, we hope you’ll share your pictures at #LifeatWeidner. We’ll start with the first one of two Weidner associates getting ready for the big game.
Unless you’re lucky enough to have seats at the game, going for upwards of $9,000 this year, chances are you’re probably watching the game from the comfort of your living room. If you’re like us you’re probably inviting your friends and family over to watch the big game, enjoy some good food and have fun! Be sure to prepare for your Super Bowl get together with enough snacks and drinks to last all day, plenty of seating for all and noise control. With this in mind, we bring you our next Apartment Living 101 video, How to Soundproof Your Apartment for The Super Bowl.
While your next door neighbors may be very understanding that you are having a few guests over, they may not want to hear a play-by-play of the game from your apartment. Noise control is no problem with the 7 tips and tricks outlined in our newest video. Try one if not all of the below, your neighbors will thank you!
The first thing you can do is add some furniture like a couch, bookshelf, or buffet table. Big furniture like these can help absorb some of the sound. And for extra sound dampening, you can insert a thick piece of foam between the furniture and the wall.
The next thing you’ll want to cover is your bare walls. Try covering them with a rug or a canvas print.
If you don’t have the sound foams, you can try making your own sound dampening canvas with some cheap towels from your local thrift shop.
Another area where sound can escape is through the windows. Most especially if your apartment has single-pane windows. If you have thick, heavy drapes, those would be perfect. If not, try hanging a rug, or a blanket as a temporary fix.
And just like the windows, the doors are another area where sound can escape. This is where you find out just how valuable those blankets can really be. Try hanging those up.
If your front door has a gap on the bottom, you can get a door sweep. This not only helps in reducing the sound coming out, but it can help reducing the amount of heat or cool going out the door. Another alternative to the door sweep is to have a door draft stopper. You can use a long sock, fill it with rice, and tie it up, then place it along the door. Or you can make your own DIY Door draft stopper.
And last but not least, if your apartment has hardwood floors, simply getting a thick rug can really help absorb any sound.
Here’s to a safe and sound-proofed Super Bowl LII! Enjoy and don’t forget to share your photos with us at #LifeatWeidner!
In honor of Black History Month, several cities are celebrating with special events including art exhibits, festivals, film screenings, and poetry readings. Celebrate Black History Month by checking out these educational, fun, and impactful events happening in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Seattle:
Phoenix hosts The Black Horizons Festival, “a month-long celebration of arts and culture and a focus on filmmakers and creatives in Arizona and those connected to the state. An ongoing celebration of arts and culture from an African Diaspora perspective, the festival will take place at multiple locations in Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa, with Harkins Theatres (at Arizona Mills) as the host venue for the film screenings and workshops.”
Film Screenings begin on Saturday, February 10th and are scheduled at various locations throughout Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale and include such films as “1804: The Hidden History of Haiti” and “Black Love Matters: Celebrating #Black Love Day.” Check the detailed schedule, as some schedules are still being published.
Salt Lake City Events:
The University of Utah is hosting “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” an event that explores the “last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.”
The Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce is kicking off Black History Month with a live event, “Evening in Harlem” which includes a live band, dancing, and a casino. The UAACC’s mission is “being the key resource for African American and other minority as well as veterans and women-owned small businesses throughout the State of Utah and nationwide.”
Black Fashionista! The History of Black Women Fashion Designers event will be held at the Renton History Museum on February 8th.
The Museum of History and Industry will host the event, “Mary Henry and Jacqueline E.A. Lawson: Uncovering the History of Seattle’s Black Community.” This lecture event explores Seattle’s black community and “Seattle’s Central District as it was in the mid-20th Century, as well as the significant African American leaders who have shaped our region.”
Which Black History Month events will you be attending? Share the events happening in your community for Black History Month at #LifeatWeidner!
Weidner Apartment Homes is excited to announce a new blog series where we explore some of the best cities to live in the USA! This week, we’re highlighting the beautiful state capital of California: Sacramento.
#10 on Weidner’s Best City List: Sacramento, CA
Let’s start off with what makes Sacramento such a great place to call home. Ranking #10 on the Weidner Apartment Homes list and #66 in the U.S. News Best Places to Live, Sacramento is brimming with a history that dates all the way back to the California Gold Rush. The 35th largest city in the United States, the city is named after the Sacramento River, which frames its western border and boasts the largest tree canopy in the U.S.!
Things to Do, See, and Taste in Sacramento
Sacramento residents and tourists alike have plenty of options for entertainment, shopping, and dining. To get a feel for the history of Sacramento, you’ll want to visit the California State Railroad Museum, located in Old Sacramento and home to The Polar Express. You’ll also want to check out the Sacramento History Museum where you’ll learn more about the Gold Rush days. If you really want a dose of history in action, try Sutter’s Fort where you can see a reenactment of the Pioneer life.
If you’re in the mood for non-historic sources of entertainment, Sacramento does not disappoint. For a unique movie theater experience, head to the West Wind Drive-In for a digital outdoor movie in the comfort of your own vehicle! If you’re a lover of the theater, you’ll love the Sacramento Theatre Company. With two stages that each feature stunning productions year-round, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste!
If you love to shop, you’ll find plenty of places to go in Sacramento. Browse the antiques in Antique Plaza, or head over to Old Sacramento and hit up the Pavilion for some wonderful boutique shopping! Wander through the mall at Arden Fair or Town & Country Village. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, just outside the city, you’ll discover the Folsom Premium Outlets.
The city is gaining a reputation as a foodie destination as well. For good-old fashioned Italian, try Biba Restaurant and Lucca Restaurant. For pizza lovers, try Pizza Rock or Giovanni’s Old World New York Pizza. Rio Café, Cafeteria 15L, and The Kitchen are also foodie favorites in Sacramento.
When it’s time for some R&R in nature, Sacramento boasts 226 parks covering 3,600 acres of land. That’s a lot of exploring! To narrow down those results, try McKinley Park, William Land Park, and American River Parkway, just to name a few. Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate Sacramento’s close proximity to Lake Tahoe, a skiing and boating paradise, and only a 2-hour drive up I-80.
Education and Employment in Sacramento
Sacramento is home to Sacramento State University, American River College, and Sacramento City College. UC Davis is also nearby at 16 miles outside the city. Major employers include Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Intel, and Raley’s Grocery chain.
Capitol Tower Apartment Homes in Sacramento, CA
At this point, we know you’re excitedly looking for apartments for rent in Sacramento, eager to make this amazing city your home. We’ve made the process of finding the best apartment easy: look no further than our very own Capitol Towers Apartment Homes! We take great pride in offering our Sacramento residents quality apartment homes at Capitol Towers. Capitol Towers luxury apartments offer pet-friendly studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments ranging from 509 to 1,519 square feet with upscale amenities designed for comfort, convenience, and style.
Located near the 305 and 5 freeways, residents can enjoy easy access to all that Sacramento has to offer. The Sacramento Executive Airport, Raley Field, The Californian Museum, and Cesar Chavez Plaza Park are within minutes of this extraordinary community.
Whether you are a single professional who craves the excitement of a large California city, or a family looking for a place to grow and thrive, Sacramento has it all. We’re here to welcome you home at The Capitol Towers Apartment Homes: the best in Sacramento apartments!
Be on the lookout for more of Weidner’s 10 Best Cities features blogs in the next few weeks!
Pantone has chosen Ultra Violet as their Pantone color of the year and now this bold color is trending everywhere. Why not take the new year to spruce up your apartment home with some fun décor accents that says you’re not afraid to play with color? Here are 4 decorating tips for using bold colors:
How much or how little? First, decide what kind of mood you’re going for. Darker colors like ultra violet traditionally embody a sense of mystery, while lighter colors tend to dance with the light for more of a playful vibe. But don’t afraid to step outside the box! By picking complementary or contrasting shades, you can use ultra violet in a way that easily brightens a room. Pantone has a convenient list of eight different color palettes that feature ultra violet to help you with your apartment decorating.
Study your space. The larger the placement of bold colors like blacks, purples, and reds, the smaller the space will look. If you want to play big, try a focal point piece like an ultra violet accent chair, but utilize lighter colors including whites, creams, and lilac for everything surrounding the focal point. Again, consider the mood of the room. Ultra violet can give any space a more serious tone that can easily be offset with light-colored distressed woods or lamps with white shades. If you’re decorating a bedroom, and you’re going for the romantic mysterious look, consider having bedding in shades of ultra violet with curtains to match.
The easiest way to play big without remorse is to use décor accents. Pillows, vases, throw rugs, matted picture and photo frames, and curtains or valances, all make friendly additions to your home without the risk of regret. Buying a couch in ultra violet is a committed relationship. Pillows are just friends that can come and go.
Don’t forget the bathroom and the kitchen. These two rooms are often overlooked when playing with big, bold colors, but don’t be afraid to extend your decorating to these great spaces! You can try mixing and matching linens in bold colors and then decide if you want to go bigger.
Check out these ideas on Pinterest for more apartment decorating tips with the Pantone color of the Year!
If you are like us then you love to eat and cook! Cooking can be a great way to bond with your family, relieve stress or provide a great meal to special guests. Cooking becomes more of a challenge in an apartment home due to limited space. All of those kitchen gadgets and ingredients take up counter and cupboard space that you may not want to give up! With that in mind we are here to help save you some space!
If you tuned into our last Apartment Living 101 video, you may have seen the magnetic spice rack we showed as one of our space saving techniques. This is a great solution to a cupboard or counter full of spices and it makes it easier to see exactly what you have on hand before starting that next meal.
Depending on how many spices you have, this project would only cost you about a dollar per spice! Links to all you will need for the project are provided on our YouTube channel.
Here’s everything you’ll need:
Nail polish remover
Metal Sheet (optional)
Double stick mounting strips (optional)
First, we’ll write the names of the spices on each tin. If you’re using a white permanent marker, you can use nail polish remover to easily remove any mistakes if you need a do-over.
Next, we’ll glue magnets to the bottom of the tin. If you’re dealing with heavier spices, you may want to use 2 magnets.
Then we’ll take a small strip of electrical tape, and place it on shared side of the tin. This helps make sure the tins don’t accidentally open if they’re a little loose. The tins from this site tend to be just a little too loose for mounting vertically.
Once the tins are done, fill them up with the spices.
If you’re going to mount the spices on your refrigerator, you’re done!
If you want to mount these on the wall or cabinet doors, continue watching.
Here, we’ll mount the metal sheet on the wall using some double stick mounting strips. Because this is a fairly large sheet, I’m wanting to make sure this won’t fall with all the spices mounted on there.
Once you’re done, mount the metal sheet up, and firmly press on each area where the tape is for about 30 seconds.
And that’s it! Now you can mount your spices up, and arrange them however you feel works best! Whether that be by category, or in my case, alphabetically.
Where did you end up mounting your spices? Comment below, visit our Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel or take a picture and use the hashtag A-P-T-Living 1-0-1. If you have any questions, leave them down below, and we’ll answer them for you.
Recently, 65 volunteers from the Weidner Apartment Homes corporate office gathered to help out the New Bethlehem Day Center in Kirkland, WA.
The New Bethlehem Day Center’s mission is to be a “driving force to meet the urgent, unmet need for a year-round day center for families who are experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.” On their website, they further identify that mission by stating their beliefs that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment and that every person has the right to a safe, affordable place to call home – just to name a few.
With nearly 600 homeless students enrolled in the Lake Washington and Bellevue school districts alone, New Bethlehem offers a place to go after school to do homework, eat, and play before emergency shelters open for the night. The Center provides these homeless families on the Eastside with a place to go during the day, a laundry facility, showers and restrooms, hot meals and snacks, and assistance with locating the social services they so desperately need.
The Weidner Cares Corporate Team spent one full day revamping their building, inside and out, including planting flowers and adding beauty bark, tearing down an unwanted shed, and preparing the backyard area for the installation of a new playground. They also hauled away truckloads of unneeded furniture, toys and items for donation.
The largest task of the day was to paint the upstairs area of the facility, which had not been updated since the late 1960’s. The area consists of 5 large classrooms and will now be utilized as a childcare and learning facility. To add some fun ambiance for the kids, The Weidner Cares team painted a special mural in the hallway. New carpet and new blinds were also installed, making for an inviting space where the kids can learn and play.
“I am moved to tears to consider who this will benefit, how this work will benefit the children and families in the New Bethlehem Day Center and Salt House community, enabling us to have an even wider reach of impacting the urgent need of homeless on the Eastside. Thank you for all for this incredible work,” said Stephanie Cuthbertson, an associate of the Center.
Weidner Apartment Homes would like to thank the New Bethlehem Day Center for the opportunity to contribute our time and talents. It’s an inspiration to see everyone coming together as a team to see just how much can be accomplished in a single day. Bravo, Weidner Cares Corporate Team, and bravo, New Bethlehem Day Center for the work you do!