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Tips for Apartment Living… With a Cat!

Cats Can be Good Roommates

Having a cat living inside the home is known to produce a number of positive health benefits for people. Cats are among the best-suited of all companion animals to living their lives entirely inside of an apartment or other small dwelling.

Health Benefits of Living Indoors

Most cats are extremely well-suited to living indoors for their entire lives. In fact, many veterinarians and breeders recommend that cats be kept inside at all times, for their own health and welfare. Unless they escape, cats that live exclusively indoors don’t get run over by cars, bitten by dogs or other cats or infested with nasty parasites.

Consider Getting Two Cats

Despite their seeming aloofness at times, most cats are extremely social and do well living together, as long as they are properly introduced to their housemates. It is especially nice to have at least two cats in an apartment or other household where the owner is gone many hours at a stretch, such as working a 9-to-5 job. This will give both animals companionship, social interaction and a playmate, even though they probably will sleep most of the time.

Keeping Your Cat Safe

One of the biggest dangers for cats living in high-rise homes is that they can fall from a balcony or open window. Owners living in high places must be sure that they have some sort of netting, fencing or other barrier around balconies and windows that open, even if they don’t normally permit their cat to have access to those areas.

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Apartment Hunting on a Budget? Check out these tips!

Having trouble finding an apartment on one income? Check out these tips!

Tip #1: Get roommates.

The best way to be able to afford a place is to get more people in it. You’re much more likely to find an affordable apartment on a larger, combined budget than on a single income.

Tip #2: Find out which moving times are most popular for renters, and avoid them.

Although unit availability goes up during popular move times for renters, the increased demand drives rent prices up substantially too. Take into account where you’re looking to live – are there universities nearby? Does the weather change seasonally, or is it fairly standard all year round?

 

 

Tip #3: When you find a place you like, jump on it!

Most people don’t realize that rent prices can change daily. (Our Customer Service Team has seen rents fluctuate as much as $30 in a single day.) If you find a place you love and the price works for you, it could serve you well to express interest, let the leasing agent know you’re serious, and even fill out your application right on the spot! If you know you’ve found the right fit, don’t fall into the trap of accidentally increasing your overall financial burden just because you decided to think on it for a while. Take the leap!

Tip #4: Negotiate on a fixer-upper.

Consider committing to an apartment that’s under-budget, and make improvements yourself if the landlord won’t cover it. If all the place needs is a fresh coat of paint or a new faucet fixture, these are one-time fixes that will be much cheaper in the long run than renting a more expensive apartment that has all the perks.

Tip #5: Choose your amenities wisely.

In-unit laundry vs. onsite laundry. Renovated unit vs. non-renovated. Most renters prefer having in-unit laundry and living in a nicely upgraded apartment. Those units tend to get snatched up first and have a higher demand, so property owners can afford to raise rents on them. Choosing an apartment that doesn’t have these luxuries might not be as… well… luxurious, but you could get a pretty awesome reduction in your rent cost for minimal inconvenience!

Check out the entire list here!

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Home Sweet Apartment

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Tips for Apartment Living with a Dog

We have scoured the internet to find the best 5 tips to apartment living with a dog. If you are considering getting a dog, or are already have one and are looking for an apartment, here are some things to take into consideration!

1. Be realistic     

There are some breeds and temperaments of dogs that are not well-suited to apartment life. Dogs that are very high energy, may really struggle being confined to a small space.  Often the frustration of being cooped up and bored translates into destructive behaviors like chewing. Especially large breeds won’t fit well in tiny spaces, either. Take an honest look at your main living areas and map out space for a kennel, dog bed, food dishes and toys. 

2. Communicate with your landlord

Always talk to your landlord about existing pets when searching for an apartment or before adopting a pet.  Some landlords will have specific requirements about what size and breeds of dogs are acceptable – sometimes for legal reasons.  There will most likely be an extra pet deposit for post-move out cleaning or any damage Fido might cause.  Whatever you agree upon, read your lease thoroughly before signing.

It’s not realistic to try and sneak a dog into a no-pet apartment. Eventually, the landlord or a neighbor will discover your pup and then you’ll be in a real bind, forced to move or give up your beloved dog.

 

3. Be courteous to neighbors

Be cognitive of the fact that many people will be sharing a small space. A dog that barks constantly will not be favorably received in an apartment setting. Don’t give your dog anxiety, and avoid your neighbors from headaches.

4. Be prepared to devote time every day to your dog

A dog that lives in a small space without a fenced yard will require daily leash time, probably more than a few times a day to go potty and stretch out those four legs. Be sure to set aside time for activity every day, and recognize that leash walks will be part of your daily routine, even in the rain and snow.

 

5. Prepare for house training

House training a puppy in an apartment setting can be a little more challenging, especially if you’re in a high rise apartment complex. Puppies need to go outside very frequently in order to be trained. If you’re on the fourth floor, that’s going to translate into a lot of elevator trips or some serious stair work-outs!

 

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Free Kearney Area Children’s Museum Event!

Gather tomorrow, Thursday 4pm-8pm at Kearney Area Children’s Museum for a night of fun, free admission, and great activities for kids! This event is being sponsored by Trius Federal Credit Union.

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Facts on Renter’s Insurance – What Every Renter Should Know

In a survey, 52% of millennials said they don’t have renters insurance because they (wrongly) believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their personal property.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re covered under your property’s policy or that someone else will take care of the damages if it isn’t your fault.

KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED!

Advantages of renter’s insurance—

  • Renter’s insurance covers more than stolen property

In addition to liability protection and reimbursement for stolen property, renter’s insurance provides coverage for damage caused by fire, lightning, smoke, windstorms, hail, and vandalism. Renter’s insurance also will cover your living expenses if you have to relocate during repairs.

  • Without renter’s insurance, you face liability

Renter’s insurance can help cover your legal costs and the injured person’s medical bills, but without it, you’re on your own. Personal liability protection covers unintentional bodily injury as well as property damage.

A small fee could keep you from big penalties for not having renter’s insurance in emergency situations. Prepare for the unexpected.

Check out more facts about renter’s insurance here!

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Tips to Make The Most Out of Living Alone

Whether you just moved out of your parents’ house, fresh out of a relationship – or even your college dorm room, living alone can be a little scary. Here are 5 tips to not only keep you safe but also help you enjoy your solitude —

  1. Grocery Shop for One:

Shopping and cooking for one may be new to you. Ditch the ramen and google some recipes for one or invest in a pinterest. You don’t want to waste money on groceries that will go bad because you can’t get to them in time.

2. Make It Your Own

This is the first time that you are really able to make a place your own, GO CRAZY! Spend an entire day at IKEA putting together your dream apartment. You want to make your house feel like home, not a motel room.

3. Keep It Tidy

You may not have anyone there to yell at you to clean up, but that doesn’t mean you should live in filth. Keeping a clean home helps you have a clear mind.

4. Look for Extra Security

One lock may not be enough, invest in a deadbolt or even a taser. It is important that you feel safe in your own home whether it’s coming or going or even just living! But that doesn’t mean that you should live in fear. Be confident and comfortable in your own space.

5. Remember, You’re Not Alone

Invest time getting to know your neighbors, having your friends over and GOING OUT! Don’t keep yourself cooped up without any interaction or you’ll go crazy! Show your place off, but remember not to bring a date over until you know its serious to keep yourself safe.

 

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Celebrate National Pizza Day!

Today is the day to support local pizza and celebrate National Pizza Day! 

Quit counting carbs and pick up the phone or dine in and take in every slice while supporting Kearney’s local businesses —

  • The Flippin’ Sweet
  • Valentino’s
  • Old Chicago
  • Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza

 

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Chocolate Camp Kearney Area Children’s Museum

Children will enter the delicious world of chocolate in this camp. They will create simple recipes with chocolate, use chocolate in fun science experiments, taste test various chocolates and more!
This camp is for ages 4-10
Cost is $20 Members, $25 Non Members
Children will need to bring a sack lunch. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Children with food allergies are welcome to bring their own snacks.

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Dinosaur Zoo at Merryman Performing Arts Center

The Dinosaur Zoo will be performing on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 1pm (student matinee) and at 7pm public show.

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia.  You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.

For more information click here!

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