Dec 12 2020
When you’ve had weeks to plan for an out-of-town trip or a holiday getaway, you can take the time to make arrangements for quality pet care for while you’re gone. You have plenty of time to make plans and find openings in the schedules of top kennels or pet sitters. But how do you find the right person to feed, exercise and clean up after your pet when you have a last-minute trip pending?
Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter
It’s always tough to leave your beloved pet in someone else’s care, but it can be less stressful if you find someone who is trustworthy and dependable to help with your dog or cat. That can be easier said than done, though, especially if you need to leave on short notice. Here’s where to start:
- Family or friends. These are people you’ve known for a while and can rely on. As a bonus, they may already know your pet.
- Neighbors. It’s most convenient for the people you live near to drop by your house a couple times each day to pet-sit. You may even be able to trade services and provide the same care for their pets when they are away.
- Thumbtack. This online service sets you up with professionals in your area who come with reviews and an established track record. These people bid on your job and you decide on the best fit.
- Rover. Established just for people who need reliable pet sitting services, Rover.com shows you qualified pet care providers near you and puts you in touch to work out arrangements. Insurance is provided through Rover and you take care of all instructions and payments through the site.
- Neighborhoods app. A plethora of local message boards and communication services let neighbors know about issues that impact them, but these apps like Nextdoor or Nearify, services like Craigslist or social media groups on Facebook can give you a place to ask about available pet sitters and get recommendations.
- Premium boarding. Your veterinarian or local kennel can keep your pet safe and near other people and animals during your absence. For some pets, this companionship can be much needed. Pets with special health needs may also be good candidates for boarding. While boarding
If you’re considering a pet sitter who you do not know, make sure to get references and ask about insurance. Professionals will have no problem proving their qualifications. Friendly neighbors or acquaintances will be better known to you, but it doesn’t hurt to have them stop by — if time allows — and go over your requirements.
Tips for the Pet Sitter
Whether you hire a pro with great references or have a neighbor stop by frequently, you’ll want to make sure they have all the information they need to make pet sitting go smoothly.
- Leave emergency numbers. Of course, you’ll leave your contact numbers, but you should also leave a number for a friend or family member in town. It’s also a good idea to leave your vet’s name and number in case of medical emergency.
- Write out feeding instructions. Even if you go over your preferences in person with the pet sitter, it’s helpful to write down your pet’s needs. Note anything you do NOT want your pet to eat, as well, in case a well-intentioned sitter decides to give treats.
- Provide exercise instructions. Some pets don’t need much activity or can get by while you’re away. Others, however, will need extra exercise to get through the time alone. Leave leashes, toys and other equipment in one, convenient location for the sitter.
- Funny behaviors to be aware of. If your pet has any unexpected aggressions around food or play, you must identify those to your sitter. It can also be beneficial to the sitter to explain other issues related to being petted or played with, preferred routines, etc.
- Pet rules. If you don’t let your pets on the furniture, tell your pet sitter so they don’t accidentally permit unwanted behavior. You can also detail any behaviors you are working on, like not jumping up, so your sitter can help enforce your training.
If you come home to a happy, well-fed pet and see that your instructions were followed, you’ll want to tip your pet sitter for the good service. If you weren’t paying, such as if you made an arrangement with a neighbor, say thanks with a small gift card or homemade baked goods.
A planned trip or vacation, for the holidays or any time of year, can cause you extra stress in finding the right pet sitter. That’s amplified if you have to go away on short notice. Make sure to find a trusted person to care for your pet, leave them detailed instructions and information, and thank them well when you return. And if you need the right place to live with your beloved pet, contact us for information on the best contemporary living options in the Denver area.
Nov 13 2020
At some point or another most of us have to take on a roommate. This can go fabulously and you could be friends forever! Or, it might be a little more challenging. Most of the time, your experience will fall somewhere in the middle, and if you follow a few tips you just might have an enjoyable experience. Read on for more about how you can work through some common issues that roommates have and how to create a peaceful home in your apartment with your roommate.
Communication is Key
Like any relationship, you must communicate. This means a few different things:
- Talk before you move in together about expectations regarding shared spaces and cleaning habits.
- Solve any problems immediately. You can, of course, take a cool down period if there is any bickering involved. However, a general rule of thumb is not to let any problems linger and fester. This is how they snowball.
In addition to just being civil and pleasant to one another, you need to respect boundaries.
- Knock before entering bedrooms
- Don’t eat your roommate’s food without their permission
- In general, respect privacy — bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.
- Consider toning down strong perfumes or candles as some people can be more sensitive to smells than others
Consider your Roommate’s Schedule
While you do not need to know every time they will be coming and going from the apartment, you should have a general idea if your schedules are opposite. For example, if they work an opposite schedule as you and need to sleep in the daytime, be respectful and keep the noise down. You should always be considerate of noise, no matter the time of day. If your music tastes differ, pick up a pair of headphones and rock out!
Have a Plan for Chores
It does not mean that you have to have an evenly exact 50/50 split. Maybe you hate cooking and they love it. Find a reasonable way to break up chore duty, so that you each know what to expect for the other. And, you should never make them clean up after you. Take care of your own bathroom trash, don’t leave your underwear around, and generally keep the place neat. When it comes time to the down and dirty cleaning that’s what you should evenly divide up. When in doubt, divide up the worst chores evenly so nobody is constantly taking out the trash more than the other.
Put the Money Plan in Writing
In most cases, you will probably split the rent 50/50. But, no matter how you decide to pay the rent put that in writing before you move in. If it is not outlined in the lease you should draft up your own document and have it notarized. Financial problems can ruin friendships, but they can also ruin your credit and your chances at taking out a mortgage in the future. The easiest and cleanest way to handle money is to decide on it upfront and put it in writing.
The easiest way to work out an apartment agreement with a roommate is to have the difficult conversations up front. Talk about chores, money payments, groceries, laundry, all of it. It’s not too late, though, if you waited until after you moved in. Open communication is key, which might mean you need to make your roommate feel like you are approachable about a subject that you might be angry about. Remember, this is home for both of you. Home should conjure warm, fuzzy feelings. Disagreements happen, but working through them civilly and honestly is the best approach.
Reach out and contact us today if you have any questions about how to come up with a peaceful agreement plan with your roommate!
Oct 20 2020
What kinds of pets are Apartment Friendly?
When looking into getting a pet, there are many factors to consider, especially when you live in a rented apartment or smaller house. As a general rule, the smaller the animal is, the less space it needs — which makes smaller animals ideal for smaller living spaces.
You also have to keep in mind the cleanliness of the animal, the general temperament, and the care needed if you choose to leave for vacation. Here are some of the most common apartment pets, and why they work well for small spaces.
Fish are small, pretty to look at, and easy to care for – depending on the kind of fish you get. A solo fish like a beta fish is a great starter pet for anyone looking to learn how to look after an animal without having to worry about the social difficulties you can encounter with a full tank.
They do require daily feeding and regular tank cleanings, so they cannot be left fully unattended for more than a day, but you can easily have someone come feed them once a day and clean the tank as necessary – no interaction required.
Birds are more social creatures than fish and hamsters, and require a little bit more maintenance in the “love” department, but they do give that love right back. They will spend a lot of time in their cage, but many owners choose to let them roam the apartment a little bit each day. To do that, many owners recommend getting their wings clipped so they cannot fly away – but make sure to take them to a professional to do it!
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason – they are incredibly social creatures. And while that is a wonderful, fulfilling thing, it does mean a lot more work if you do choose to leave them behind to go on vacation.
Since they typically have full reign of the apartment and no easily accessible yard, potty training a dog can be a lot of work in an apartment, and puppies like to chew on things when they are teething or have separation anxiety. Be prepared to invest in some training classes to give you and your dog the best chance at a great apartment life.
Station A is ideally set up for your 4-legged friend. Our off-leash dog park has room to run, obstacles to climb over, and plenty of watering stations. With over 2 miles of walking paths stocked with doggie stations, we’re sure your dog will love Station A just as much as you do!
Cats tend to be more independent animals than dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can be left all alone for days on end. They often require regular feeding, and if the litter box is not clean enough it can spell disaster for other soft surfaces in your home.
Depending on the size and breed of your cat, there can be other considerations to keep in mind as well. Some cat breeds, like Bengals, are high energy and require a lot of care and attention, including exercise. When their needs are not met, they can resort to destructive outlets like clawing furniture or inappropriate elimination, which can be overwhelming and hard to deal with in small living spaces.
Providing adequate play time and access to clean litter boxes is essential to successful cat ownership, and that includes while you are away for vacation. Leaving them to their own devices could lead to stress and therefore inappropriate behavior. It is always best to secure overnight care for your cat while away.
Have questions about what kinds of pets our residents like to have? Contact us!
Aug 06 2020
Summer is here, and that means it’s grilling season! Are you prepared for the many joys and occasional challenges of grilling when you live in an apartment complex? Our residents’ guide to grilling should help you master the art of apartment complex grilling.
Before getting started, you’ll need to know the grilling options available to you, the rules of your complex covering where you can and can’t grill, and the proper etiquette of grilling when you’re sharing prep and grill space with the other residents.
The Different Types of Grills
There are many types of grills and your enjoyment and results will depend in large part on choosing the right grill for how you like to cook and the flavors you’re looking for in your grilled food.
Indoor grills — These electric grills let you enjoy the delicious flavor and appetizing look of char-grilled food even when there’s a thunderstorm raging outside. The best indoor grills are easy to use and just as easy to clean. However, foods cooked on them may lack some of that grilled flavor you’re expecting.
Gas grills — These grills are generally fueled by portable propane tanks, although they can also be fueled by a permanent gas line. Simply turn a knob and you’re ready to grill. This makes them perfect for last minute grilling and those impatient grillers who hate waiting for coals to ash over. They also don’t produce any ash, so they’re quicker and easier to clean than charcoal grills. Gas grills at Station A can be used in designated grilling amenity spaces.
Charcoal grills — Fueled by charcoal briquets, these grills are familiar old favorites to those who like the challenge of creating the perfect amount of heat from heaps of burning coals. It’s easy to add soaked hickory, mesquite, apple, or cherry wood chips to the fire for an extra layer of delicious smoky flavor. Many people prefer the authentic ‘grilled’ flavors that come from burning embers. Utilize the designated grilling areas when grilling at an apartment. Most apartments, including Station A, do not allow for charcoal grill usage on patios.
Outdoor pizza ovens — What tastes better than a crispy, slightly charred crust supporting a load of your favorite toppings? Delivery pizzas simply can’t compare with a pizza fresh from the blistering heat of an outdoor pizza oven and eaten just a few steps away! Check out Station A’s outdoor kitchen including pizza oven!
Always Practice Grilling Safety!
Safety is a priority whenever you’re grilling, and it’s especially important when you’re surrounded by other people who may not be paying attention to what you’re doing.
Follow these suggestions for safe grilling:
- Always follow the apartment complex’s rules for grilling.
- Never, ever leave a hot grill unattended!
- Know how to use the equipment properly. If you’re unsure, ask someone to show you.
- Keep hot pads or oven mitts handy.
- Always remember to turn all the knobs on a gas grill off when you’re done using it. Dispose of charcoal ash safely in a designated container.
Know Proper Grilling Etiquette
Don’t hog the shared grills! Other people might have grilling plans, too. Be prepared to share grill space with your neighbors and never leave the community grills in a mess. Remove any residue, clean the grates, wipe down the prep areas, and throw away all of your trash. Leave the grilling area as fresh, clean, and inviting as you found it and everyone will have fun grilling!
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Grilling is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Appetizing smells wafting around the area are sure to spark comments and questions. You may even find yourself swapping grilling tips or recipes with your new-found friends! You might even want to organize a potluck so everyone can share their favorite grilling or picnic foods while you all get to know each other better.
Enjoy Station A’s Outdoor Amenities
At Station A, our outdoor amenities include an outdoor kitchen with a food prep area, grilling stations, pizza oven, picnic nooks, and ample places to enjoy al fresco dining. Not a resident yet? Contact us to schedule a tour of our wonderful apartments and exceptional amenities!
Jul 10 2020
Summer is here! If you love the scorching heat and blazing sun, that’s good news for you. For some of us though, walking outside after 8:00 in the morning makes us feel like we’re melting right into the asphalt. If that’s the case, you probably spend most of your time in the pool–a crisp, cool oasis in the middle of the sweltering heat of summer. The pool is a great place to hang out with friends or just relax after a long week. After scouring the internet and reading tons of reviews, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest pool accessories for every occasion.
Choose classic games for traditional summer fun
Summer is the time to gather a bunch of friends in the backyard, grill your favorite foods, and play games. These party games and sports are even more fun when you add the element of water–check out the pool variations of these classics:
No barbecue is complete without a game of cornhole. If you’ve mastered cornhole in your backyard, it might be time to add a new twist. Make it a bit more challenging with the gentle rocking motion of the waves in your pool. This corn toss set has two cup holders and includes six waterproof bean bags. Added bonus? Foam and plastic pellet filling means they won’t sink when they hit the water.
Add some air to your slam dunk with an inflatable basketball hoop for the pool. The Hoop Shark set is extra durable so it stands up to even the toughest slam dunks. So grab the included basketball, get a running start, and see how high you can get before slamming into the water.
An intense game of volleyball is the perfect way to spend a long day in the sun. Intex makes a fantastic inflatable volleyball set that works well in any pool. It’s easy to take anywhere, weighing only three pounds and inflating quickly. It’s large enough to get a big group of people in on the fun, and it comes with a repair kit, just in case.
Engage in crazy challenges with your most competitive friends
We all have those super competitive friends–you know, the ones who turn everything into a contest. They are the friends who will casually ask you if you want to run a 5K next month (it’ll be fun, they say), and for the next 30 days you’re up at the crack of dawn, living on protein shakes and raw eggs, with “Eye of the Tiger” stuck in your head for the rest of time. Those friends will completely appreciate these pool toys that are sure to inspire a bit of healthy competition….
Think your mechanical bull skills rival those of Travolta in Urban Cowboy? Even if you’re as good as you think, bringing that bull into the water might make things a little more challenging… Round up your friends and see who can stay on this inflatable bull while the rest of you create a bunch of choppy waves.
Chicken fights are probably one of the most fun water games ever. It’s a real bummer when you don’t have enough people, though. These giant chicken floats allow you to have all the fun of the fight with only two people. Push, pull, wrestle, and flip your friends off their chicken and into the water!
Spikeball (or roundnet, if you prefer) is all the rage now at barbecues, beaches, and backyards across the country. With Spikebuoy, you can challenge your buddies to a game of Spikeball in the pool. An anchor bag and leg straps attach to your net in the water, adding an awesome new element to a fantastic game.
When that’s all done, it’s finally time to relax…
It’s great to have wild, crazy fun with the friends, but sometimes you just need to step back and take some time out. These accessories will help you relax and recharge after a long work week:
Floating Pool Speaker
Music makes everything better, especially a leisurely float around the pool. This Bluetooth speaker floats along with you, playing your favorite tunes and adding a pretty glow to the water with brightly colored LED lights. The built-in microphone allows you to make hands-free phone calls while you’re relaxing the day away.
The pool is the perfect place to spend a starry summer night. After a long day at work, kicking back and relaxing in the pool is just the way to unwind. Of course, you absolutely must have your favorite drinks handy to help you loosen up. This Intex Mega Chill floating cooler is perfect for storing up to 30 cans in the main cooler and up to 15 more drinks in the cup holders and storage area.
You want to relax in your pool, but it’s a real scorcher and you can’t even hang out on your float without breaking a sweat. Trade the float in for a pool hammock. The design of the hammock keeps you partially submerged in the cool water while still allowing you to drift lazily along. The headrest and footrest provide extra comfort.
For the ultimate in summer relaxation, you need to splurge and treat yourself to a pool canopy. The spacious design, soft material, and cushy pillows are incredibly inviting. Grab a tasty snack and lay back with a good book or kick off a Netflix binge.
Whether you’re splashing around with friends or relaxing while indulging in the latest Netflix craze, the pool is the place to do it. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the wonderful amenities here at Station A.
Jun 10 2020
Cleaning your apartment might be the chore you hate the most, but it doesn’t have to be. Breaking it down between rooms and using the right products will have you finishing up in no time, and leave your apartment sparkling. Check out these tips to make cleaning your apartment a no-nonsense matter.
Plan Your Attack
Deep cleaning your apartment doesn’t have to be done in one day. If you keep the place tidy throughout the week (make your bed, do your dishes, put away laundry), you’re already one step ahead. Making a schedule can help you stick to the routine, but also breaks it down so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Start with the dirtiest rooms, usually the bathroom and kitchen. Here you’ll need to scrub and disinfect, so clean those areas on the same day.
Cleaning the living area and bedrooms should be done on another day. This routine can easily fit into your schedule, and you won’t spend hours cleaning the whole apartment and dreading it the entire week.
To give your home a deep clean, what you do first matters. Mopping the floor and then dusting is backward. All the dirt and dust will just fall onto your clean floors. Try these tips to work smarter.
- Start with the dirtiest rooms where you’ll spend the most time.
- In each room, start from left to right. This gives you a clear beginning and endpoint.
- Work from top to bottom.
- Dust before mopping or vacuuming.
- Use a vacuum, with attachments if needed, to suck up hair before cleaning the bathroom (Hair and dust that is wet will make your job ten times harder).
To clean effectively, you need the right arsenal of tools. Here’s a list of the basics.
- Microfiber cloths for dusting.
- Vacuum and mop
- Scrub brushes for those hard to clean areas.
- White cloths can be used to wipe down cabinets, outside of toilets, sinks, and baseboards. The best part is you can reuse them after laundering with some bleach to clean and disinfect.
- Cleaners — This comes down to preference, but to clean kitchens and bathrooms, you’ll need to disinfect. Using bleach and hot water can get the job done, but there is a proper way to mix a solution.
Now that you have a plan and the proper tools, it’s time to get cleaning. Start with the dirtiest room.
Begin by tidying up. Use your solution of bleach and hot water to clean your toilet, shower, and sink. A scrub brush may be needed for tough grime.
Clean faucets with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a baggie, and tie it around your shower head and bathroom faucets. Leave on for a few hours.
Finally, mop your floors, but make sure you run a vacuum through first to pick up any hair.
Clean cabinets and countertops with your bleach solution, followed by the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. Use a cleaner to keep the top of your stove in pristine condition. If you have stainless steel appliances, these cleaners will leave them streak-free.
Use your vacuum attachments to get in the grates of your refrigerator and under the stove. Finish up with mopping the kitchen floor.
Tidy up these areas — put away laundry and add new sheets to your bed. Dust with your microfiber cloth — don’t forget the ceiling fans and any window blinds! Use your vacuum attachment to clean baseboards and furniture. Finish up by vacuuming the floors.
If you’re looking to move into a clean apartment, contact us to schedule an appointment.
May 28 2020
You can still enjoy a garden when you live in a bright and sunny Station A apartment! Large windows and spacious open floor plans practically invite houseplants while your private patio or balcony is the perfect spot to add some favorite outdoor greenery.
A surprising number of plants will grow in a container. Everything from flowers to herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables are suitable for container growing. There are even ornamental Japanese maples and dwarf fruit trees that will thrive in a large enough container. Just imagine enjoying the delicious fragrance of citrus flowers wafting in from the patio as you garnish drinks with homegrown lemon or lime wedges!
The key to growing a container garden lies in choosing the right plant variety, pot or planter, and potting mix. For example, not every tomato variety is suitable for growing in the confines of a container. Indeterminate tomatoes are rampant growers that won’t stop growing both outwards and upwards until frost kills them. Determinate tomatoes are more restrained varieties that usually only grow about 3′ tall. Many are perfect for large containers and will produce plenty of juicy, ripe tomatoes rather than rampant foliage.
Choosing a large enough container is also essential for success. Make sure your containers have adequate drainage and use a soilless potting mix in order to keep your plants from drowning. Potting soil is okay for outdoor garden beds but it doesn’t drain well enough for containers. It might also carry soil-borne pathogens that can infest your plants.
Making Good Use of Your Space
A combination of railing planters, hanging baskets, windowsill planters, plant stands, and other display methods will allow you to enjoy your garden both indoors and out. Using unique planters like large seashells will add a touch of whimsy.
Planting a mixed container lets you grow a wider variety of plants in the same number of pots as if each pot held a single variety. Try planting basil around the base of your tomatoes. They’re naturals together! Since basil comes in a wide range of scents, flavors, colors, leaf shapes, and sizes you can have a very pretty and colorful garden from tomatoes and basils alone.
When planting a mixed container, make sure that all the plants have similar sun, watering, and fertilizing needs. If they don’t have similar requirements, some will probably thrive while others will fade away. They should also look good together, with a range of heights, leaf shapes and textures, and colors.
Keeping Your Plants Watered
If you have just a few pots, a watering can may be sufficient to keep them watered. However, if your pots are large or you have a lot of them, it might be worth investing in a drip-irrigation system along with an automatic timer. This setup lets you sit back and enjoy your container garden rather than constantly worrying about whether you’re under or over watering your plants. It also lets you take off on a long-anticipated vacation or camping trip without worrying about your garden while you’re away!
If you also have indoor plants, there are several ways to handle their watering needs. Do you have a neighbor or friend with a green thumb that you can ask to water your plants while you’re away? Make it easier for them to care for your plants by clustering plants with similar watering needs together and moving them out of direct sunlight.
You can also use a large, clear plastic bag to make a mini greenhouse. Lay the bag out on a waterproof floor out of direct sunlight. Line the bottom with a damp towel, set your well-watered pots on the towel, gather the top of the bag and blow air into it, and then seal it with a twist-tie or rubber band. The puffed up bag will hold the moisture the plant leaves give off, keeping the air inside the bag nice and humid. Any excess moisture will drip down onto the plants.
Set up a wick system for larger plants using cotton cord and dollar store buckets. Make wicks from the thick cotton upholstery cord sold at any craft or fabric store that sells upholstery fabric. Cut a piece long enough to reach from the bottom of the bucket, over the pot rim, and down 3″ into the soil. Fill each bucket with water and leave knowing that your plants have ‘straws’ to sip water as they need it while you’re gone.
Gardening Is Another Fabulous Amenity at Station A!
At Station A Apartments, we value our residents and work hard to provide a range of fantastic amenities for your enjoyment. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour. We would love to show you everything we have to offer!