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Protect Your Car In Your Apartment Parking Lot

Posted by Ben Olberg

July 20, 2018

According to the California Highway Patrol there were 175,351 vehicles stolen in California in 2017. That's a value of approximately $1.3 billion. That doesn't even include the thousands of car break-ins where thieves just smash and grab cellphones and other items left visible in cars. San Francisco is having a car break-in epidemic, with almost 30,000 vehicle break-ins recorded last year.

So how do you keep your ride safe from would-be thieves? Follow these simple rules to drastically reduce your risk...

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Topics: Living in an Apartment, Renter Solutions, Renters Insurance

Beware These Current Scamming Trends!

Posted by Ben Olberg

July 13, 2018

Crooks are creative. While they may lack other qualities like honesty and integrity, they certainly apply themselves when it comes to swindling people out of their hard-earned money. If you don't stay up to date on current scam trends you might just get taken advantage of. Did you know there are actually scammers going door to door dressed as utility workers and demanding payment for overdue bills? That's pretty bold, and a little scary.

What about "Smishing" have you heard of that one?

How do you avoid scams like this at your Chico apartment? Read on...

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Topics: Apartment Living, Living in an Apartment, Safety

Master the Art of "Garage Sailing" to Furnish Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

July 06, 2018

Garage Sailing (attending garage sales) is an art. Just like sailing a ship, you have to have a plan, set your course, and have a keen eye to arrive home with a catch you can be proud of. Garage Sailing is not without its perils. The suburban seas can be treacherous. Learn how to navigate the dangers of these waters to furnish your Chico apartment on a budget.

Furnishing your apartment can get expensive, especially if it's your first one and you're starting from scratch. The best way to completely furnish your apartment on a modest budget is to find hidden gems at garage sales. Look for items that suit your needs. For furniture, focus your attention on the form and sturdiness of an item, not so much on the color. If the color doesn't fit your style, don't worry, you would be surprised what a few cans of spray paint can do.

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Topics: Living in an Apartment, My First Apartment

Party Like it's 1776 This 4th of July at Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

June 30, 2018

If you are looking for a new way to celebrate America's birthday - go OLD SCHOOL! Colonial-era Americans knew how to party, so this 4th of July, party like it's 1776. But what does that mean?

We put together some ideas below to make your Independence Day celebration feel more authentic at your Chico apartment.

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Topics: 4th of July

Summer Grilling Guide for Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

June 22, 2018

There is no better time for grilling than summer. It's a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather while keeping the extra heat generated from cooking outside. Cooking inside releases heat into your apartment and makes your AC work even harder. Most Chico apartments do not allow charcoal grills, due to the smoke and smell of lighter fluid when you start them up. Don't worry though, we have you covered. Check with your apartment manager first, but most apartments allow a gas grill on your patio. 

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Topics: Living in an Apartment, Summer Activities in Chico

How to Be a Considerate Pet-Owner at Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

June 11, 2018

If you want to have a pet in your Chico apartment, there are some major considerations you need to work through. First off, not all apartments allow pets, so check with your property manager before you start looking for furry companions. There are usually size, quantity, species, and breed restrictions on what type of pets are allowed. Cats and dogs are the most common, with fish coming in a very distant third.

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Topics: Living in Chico, Living in an Apartment

12 Tips to Beat the Heat in Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

June 03, 2018

We have already hit 97 degrees this year and it's only going to get hotter when summer is in full force. For anyone who has already survived a summer in their Chico apartment, you know it's a challenge to stay cool. We have nights that don't drop below 80 degrees until after 10 PM! The easy solution is to run your air conditioner 24/7, however you will have the unfortunate side effect of an astronomical power bill. Is there a smarter way to beat the heat? Check out these [12 tips]...

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Topics: Living in an Apartment, Summer Activities in Chico, Energy Tips

How to Wash Your Car at Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

June 01, 2018

In the dry dusty Chico summers our cars start looking bad pretty quick. Living in an apartment usually means you don't have a driveway and hose available to be able to wash your own car. You can always take your car to one of the many car wash places in town, but the quality can vary and some of them get pretty expensive. Some people just really like washing their own car, whether it's because they do a better job getting all the details clean or they just enjoy working outside.

So what are your options?

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Topics: Living in Chico, Apartment Living, Living in an Apartment, Cleaning Tips

What to Do About Transients Near Your Chico Apartment Complex

Posted by Ben Olberg

May 23, 2018

It's no secret that Chico, like many cities is dealing with a homelessness problem. This is a multi-faceted issue that involves everything from mental health, to the local economy and unemployment, to substance abuse. The 2017 Homeless Point In Time Census & Survey Report estimates that around 0.88% of Butte County residents do not have a home. That's close to 2,000 people. The transient population in Chico is being hotly debated in the city council right now and views on how to help solve this problem vary greatly. Regardless of where you fall on the issue, it can be surprising to find that a transients are regularly hanging out near your Chico apartment. So what do you do?

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Topics: Living in Chico

May - June Events in Chico

Posted by Ben Olberg

May 04, 2018

May and June are two of the best months when you're living in Chico. The sun is out but it's not too hot just yet. So get out and do something! Music, food and fun are plentiful from the downtown farmers markets to free concerts. We pulled together a selection of fun events in Chico, and if you are a resident of a Living In Chico property, there are a select group of exclusive events at the bottom of this post. Check 'em out!


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Topics: Living in Chico, Summer Activities in Chico

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