Ben Olberg

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Places to Camp Near Chico (That Are Actually Nice)

Posted by Ben Olberg

September 23, 2018

Late summer and early fall are a great time to go camping near Chico. The weather starts to cool down and the nights get crisp and perfect for gathering around a campfire. Make sure you prepare for your camping trip, and that means more than packing supplies. Do your homework and pick your campsite carefully. Campsites that are too small and cramped close together are not fun. Facilities that don't have potable water or toilets are only fun for hard-core campers that come prepared. Make sure you pick a site that fits your needs and level of outdoors experience.

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Topics: Things to Do, Fall in Chico, Summer Activities in Chico

Best Selfie Spots in Chico

Posted by Ben Olberg

September 20, 2018

Are you looking for the definitive Chico selfie spot? Are you all dressed up, with your hair just right and your "Blue Steel" look rehearsed and perfected? What background is going to help you up your selfie game and get your profile pic to the next level? We have the answers...

First things first - let's set some ground rules. Getting caught taking a selfie is embarrassing, or at least it should be. It's an expression of vanity, or at least that's the perception. If you're going to take a selfie in a popular spot, go early before it gets busy. Also, morning and/or evening light is more flattering than when the sun is directly overhead. Don't overdo the look; no pouty-lip duck faces or trying to flex too hard, it makes you look sad and desperate. Please avoid selfie sticks at all costs.

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Topics: Living in Chico, Things to Do

Where to Kayak Near Chico

Posted by Ben Olberg

August 28, 2018

Looking for places to kayak near Chico? We have a short list of the best spots to check out. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or a recreational novice, there are options for all. Check 'em out and let us know in the comments what your favorite kayak spot is!

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Topics: Things to Do

Best Gluten Free Places to Eat and Shop in Chico

Posted by Ben Olberg

August 11, 2018

Eating gluten free (abbreviated as GF) can be a challenge. Even though it's a more common dietary restriction than it used to be, most American diets are still full of bread and pasta. Luckily there are some great places in Chico that are making your gluten free life a little easier, and more fun! So, what are the best gluten free places to eat and shop in Chico? Read on...

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Topics: Living in Chico, Chico Restaurants

Get Rid of Annoying Birds at Your Chico Apartment

Posted by Ben Olberg

August 06, 2018

The chirping of birds can be a soothing sound to some, and an annoyance to others. Some species of birds such as the Scrub Jay have a pretty shrill sounding squawk that is likely to get old after a while. Woodpeckers can create a ruckus when they decide to drill into your apartment roof or siding to hide away a morning snack. If you are not a morning person, you are also less likely to be a fan of birds, who have a habit of getting up with the sun and getting noisy. So what can you do at your apartment to get rid of unwanted birds? Before you even think it, NO, do NOT get your BB gun out. You are more likely to hurt some one or damage your neighbors property when firing a BB gun in an apartment complex. There are less dangerous, humane ways to keep birds away for good. Here's how...

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Topics: Living in an Apartment

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: Living in an Apartment, Apartment Living, 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: Summer Activities in Chico, Living in an Apartment