Renting an apartment has its ups and downs. It can either make life easier and more practical or very limiting. Whatever it may be, you don’t have to keep it that way. A new year means a fresh start. With your long list of resolutions about health, finances, and the likes, why not add your renter’s resolutions on the list?
From paying on time to maintaining a good relationship with your landlord, here are 7 resolutions you ought to keep to make this year of renting a breeze:
Be more respectful
If you have any misunderstandings with your landlord, start this year peacefully by making up with them or showing them more respect to build a more stable and better relationship with them. Be more understanding of them. Is your heater faulty? Wait till you sense a good timing before you raise your concerns to them. Greet and smile at them more.
Keep your space well organized
Isn’t the start of the year the most perfect the to do a deep-cleaning and decluttering of your space? This year, make it a resolution (and commit to it) to keep your home tidy and well-organized. No more pile of dirty clothes stacked on the corner of your bedroom or countless unnecessary knickknacks on your console table. Make it a habit to keep your apartment clutter-free.
Pay your rent on time
Start the year right—pay your dues on time and make this a priority every month. No more blaming your late payments to faulty reminders. This year, set aside your fixed expenses every paycheck and pay them as soon as you can. If you want your payments to be hassle-free, automate it. No more excuses.
Respect the property
Yes, you’re renting the apartment and it’s in a way, yours. However, you are renting someone else’s space and so, you must respect and take good care of it; keep it in good condition. Being a good tenant has its perks: you may get your hands back on your security deposit or better yet, get a good reference from your landlord. Those are good enough reasons to respect the space you’re renting.
Respect your neighbors
When you’re having people over, bear in mind that you have neighbors and that you, more likely than not, have thin walls. So keep the noise down and don’t host parties every day and late at night. Your neighbors may have children who are light sleepers, a huge presentation to deliver the day after, an exam they’re studying for, or sleeping problems. Be a considerate neighbor and keep the noise and disturbances at a minimum or better yet, none at all. They may do the same for you.
Decorate your space
Who said renters don’t have the freedom to style and decor their space? You spend a lot of time in your apartment, it’s only apt to design it according to your preference. Of course, you’ll have to consult with your landlord for this as you may not have 100% control of the space, however, you can negotiate and come to agreements. Besides, there are countless of ways you can upgrade your home without causing permanent damages or dents.
Befriend a neighbor
Channel the extrovert in you and knock on your neighbor’s door to introduce yourself. If you’re feeling a little shy, give your neighbor a knock for a reason (i.e. you’re in desperate need to borrow some sugar, can’t reach to change your light bulb, etc.). Being a good neighbor has some great perks like having someone to accept a package or water your plants.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors and befriend them. Give them a knock to welcome them to the complex. Being a nice to your neighbor means looking out for each other. Having someone to look after your unit or pick up your mails or packages when you’re not around can be of great help.
Keeping the above points in mind can help you live more comfortably and establish a great relationship with your landlord and neighbors.
About the author: When she’s not looking over Pinterest searching for Home decoration and design ideas, Chie regularly writes for PAAL Kit Homes. It is a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home.January 29, 2018