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Display Name: sarah_awesome
Member Since: 4/28/14

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I lived in Houston, TX, and I find the best things happen between 6-10 pm. There is a website, 365 things to do in Houston, where you can see what's going on for the weekend and upcoming stuff. It's pretty cool!

Get Out & Explore! 24 Hours in Your City Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/19/14 04:00 PM

I've lived in 4 different apartment complexes and all of them have in the lease what you'll be charged for at the end of your lease, unless you break it early, then they take 2 months rent and use that toward any repairs.

At my last apartment, broke the lease early to move to a new state & they were renovating the apartments to a new decor. I got sent a list of what needed to be cleaned with the charges if they were not. My husband & I talked to the manager because the things they charge for upon move out was being replaced, so no extra charge.

My advice: just because the leasing agents wants to hurry you through signing, make sure you read & understand everything. Definitely take pictures upon move in & move out. If you watch court shows, that's the thing judges preach on.

How To Definitely Get Your Deposit Back: 10 Things To Do Before You Move Out Renters Solutions
7/19/14 03:55 PM

I personally love Pyrex dishes & old drink ware. There is always a use for Pyrex. I also have a set of Libbey goblets that were given to me by my in-laws. They are this beautiful purple color, and while in value they are not expensive, it's very rare to find the purple ones, especially in a full set. They are so pretty & I can't wait until the holidays to set them out!

Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/19/14 01:30 PM

I love Home Goods! I went browsing one day and found a Furminator tool for my dog for $15 instead of $40. Awesome! And I've gotten great kitchen towels, vases, and decorations, and probably only spent $100.

Five Small Decor Changes That Will Boost Your Mood HomeGoods Happy Home Decor Resolutions
7/17/14 01:30 PM

Oh yes, a lot better! I have the common nuisances of people not picking up dog waste and I can hear people stomping up the stairs, but I live in a downstairs corner unit with one neighbor on my side & one above. It's super comfy, the layout feels like a house, and the management is really nice. My husband & I couldn't have got a better place!

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them) Renters Solutions
7/15/14 09:16 PM

I agree! I had one neighbor who would leave his dog crap outside his door in a trashcan. Mind you, i lived in South Florida where it's hot all year long & smelled horrible. Right before I moved his dog got diarrhea and got it all over the carpet, & he had to get carpet cleaners to his apt. Karma? Maybe.

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them) Renters Solutions
7/15/14 01:56 PM

I love everything about this! Great style!

Hilary's Hilltop Home House Tour
7/14/14 07:32 PM

Great style & I'm also digging that Katy Perry pillow!

Ross's Greenwich Village Home House Tour
7/13/14 11:49 PM

I've been renting for 5 years, but I have had some problems in my day.
1. Moved to an apartment that was newly built. You'd think it would be windows didn't open, it leaked on the windowsills because it wasn't caulked properly, almost started a fire when I turned on the heater because one of the workers stuffed tissue in the motor of the unit, roaches everywhere due to nasty neighbors, and very noisy neighbors.
2. Moved out & went to a complex down the street. Better property management, but before they were there, old mgmt didn't do background checks & a bunch of criminals moved in...luckily I never had any problems. Oh, and there was that one family that was a mom & her 4 kids living in a 2 br apartment...with a pitbull mix that they wouldn't take care of. He pissed on our barbecue pit all the time. He eventually got euthanized by the city I lived in because he bit a kid.
3. And my personal nightmare: my last apartment. Didn't get to see which unit I was living in & was coming from out of state. The complex offered doorside trash pick-up, but half of the time the guys wouldn't get all of your trash; what was left got infested with bugs & critters. Muscovy ducks everywhere & they were f**cking mean. Would find used condoms by the pool. Next door neighbor was inconsiderate by constantly slamming the door & leaving a dog poop can outside to fester in the heat. And finally...everything in the apartment was broken, unclean, and moldy. I would say in the time I lived there, maintenance had to complete 2 months work to fix everything.

I'm definitely a big fan of checking out different websites & reviews of prospected apartments. One thing is people will tell you the honest truth about stuff.

I've been at my new apartment for a little over a month & so far things are good. I voiced my concerns to the property manager before moving in & things were ready for move-in. Only problems: parking kinda sucks, dumpsters are in the very back of the apartment which is a bit inconvenient, and some of the tenant are do not pick up their dog crap. I'm confident that if that's the only problems i'll have, i'm doing pretty good

5 Things to Run Away From as a Renter Renters Solutions
7/5/14 02:32 AM

I'm excited to do that this summer! I just moved from Fort Lauderdale to Houston, so I'm gonna take advantage of exploring my new city.

How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City: 8 Fun, Affordable Ideas Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/7/14 02:55 PM

I always mix mine up. I worked as a dishwasher at restaurant in high school & if we sorted into spoons, forks, & knives, the owner would make us rewash them (health codes).

One Small Step to Make it Easier to Unload Utensils from the Dishwasher Tiny Tips from The Kitchn
6/7/14 02:50 PM

In the very first picture, what kind of tree is that? I like it!

Bad House Day? 5 Awesome Pick-Me-Ups Under $15
5/15/14 01:40 PM

I paid $300 for my couch. Microfiber piece of junk! We had to constantly fluff the pillows, which were sewn to the couch, constantly cleaning it, and my dog's hair just would not come off. We got rid of it last weekend because dog ticks made it their home. I have my eye on a Cindy Crawford sofa from Rooms to Go, so hopefully it'll hold up a lot better.

Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on a Sofa?
5/13/14 02:36 PM

That looks really good!

Before & After: IKEA Hemnes Nightstand Gets an Inventive Upgrade
5/12/14 03:23 PM

I like these kitchens, but I personally wouldn't do this. I'm 5'10" so all of the bending over would start hurting my back and to me the walls just look so naked without the upper cabinets.

Renovation Inspiration: 10 Beautiful Kitchens with No Upper Cabinets
5/1/14 06:31 PM

I loved this! I've saved 2 pans that I was about to throw away! Thanks!

How To Clean Tough Burnt Stains Off Stainless Cookware
4/28/14 05:34 PM

I had the same problem: I moved into an apartment that it seemed like the oven has never been cleaned. I tried the baking soda & water first and it did nothing. Then used Oxyclean & water with a little result. I finally just had to give in and use Easy Off. It got my oven nice & clean, but at the expense of me getting a headache from the fumes & coughing for 2 days. I will NEVER let my oven get to that point, even if it is in a rental.

Cleaning the Oven That's Never Been Cleaned (And Mostly Succeeding) Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013
4/28/14 04:42 PM

I agree with the other users...I love the Correll dishes. I'm big on having white dishes so I can see any food residue on there, and to me it just makes me feel cleaner to have white dishes. This is a quirk passed down the family tree. LOL!

On Buying a New Set of Dishes: What Do You Recommend? Reader Intelligence Request
4/28/14 02:55 PM