Owning your own furry friend seems like fun but a lot goes into to caring for a pet. Before you have your heart set on bringing Fido home, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
Why do you want a pet?
Don’t get a pet on a whim. This companionship could last almost 20 years, be responsible and think it through.
Do you have time for a pet?
You’re a pet owner 24/7, not just on the weekends or when it fits into your schedule. Many pets are in shelters because their owners didn’t realize how much time a pet requires. They need food, water, exercise and lots of love every day.
Can you afford it?
Pets are a constant cost. Food, toys, grooming, kitty litter, training and other expenses add up quickly. You need to be able to afford your pet and all of their needs.
Are you prepared to deal with the challenges that come with ownership?
Owning a pet can be a challenge at times. It takes time to house break and train animals, expect a few incidents.
Can you have a pet where you live?
Don’t get caught with a pet in an apartment that doesn’t allow them. Not only will you get a hefty fee, but your pet will be forced to find a new home, or go to a shelter. Being shuffled between homes can take a toll on your pet. Like children, animals need a stable home life to be healthy and happy.
Is it the right time for you to own a pet?
Having your own pet can be tempting, but it might not be the right time. If you have a busy class schedule or work long hours you might want to wait. Waiting until you’re ready will make ownership less stressful for you and your pet.
Is your place pet friendly?
Space can be an issue for many animals. Size isn’t the only problem to think about. Many small dogs need room to run around and exercise to stay calm. Your pet need to fit into your lifestyle and living arrangements.
Will you be a responsible pet owner?
Be sure to spay or neuter your pet, follow community pet laws, and be sure to get your pet ID tags. It’s also important to schedule regular vet visits and prepare a healthy diet.
Do you have anyone who could help take care of your pet while you’re away?
You always need to have a back up plan incase you are going to be away or need to leave unexpectedly. You never leave your pet alone to fend for itself.
Are you ready to commit?
Pets are a long term commitment. If your 20 now, you may still have this pet when your 35-40. Think about all of the changes you and your pet will go through over the years. Be ready to start living life around your pet. It’s a life changing commitment.
Where do I go to find the right pet?
If you’re ready to be a pet owner we recommend first taking a look at your local animal shelters. Adopting can give pets a second chance at finding a happy home. Most animals at the shelter are there because their previous owners didn’t have time for them. They’re looking for a loving home and your looking for a loving pet, it’s the perfect match. By adopting you know you’re getting a healthy pet, saving money, and best of all saving a life.
These are some real pet up for adoption around Iowa. Most animal shelters offer picture of the animals up for adoption on their website. Search your local shelters, you might find the furry friend you’ve been looking for.
Jack – Jack Russel Terrier
Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter
Jadis – Calico
Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter
Buck – Domestic Shorthair
Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines and Ankeny
Teddy – Shih Tzu
Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines and Ankeny
Get more information on pet adoption on the American Humane Society website
Have any inspiring pet adoption stories or advise for first time pet owners? Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liven up your living space after a long winter. Adding a touch of color can rejuvenate your space. Get creative and make your room your own. This season we’re taking a look at four trends hitting the decorating scene. Here’s our advise on how to master these fresh looks.
Classic Meets Chic
Don’t be afraid to break out the floral print this Spring. The vibrant patterns will breathe fresh air into any tired space.
Bright and Clean
Stuck with white walls? Add color elsewhere! Find brightly colored throw pillows, lamps, rugs, and wall decor. With the right accessories this look can be achieved in almost any space.
Go bold or go home! Brightly painted furniture is fun and easy to do. Find an old piece of furniture or buy one at a second hand store. Give that boring desk you have a new look. You might even study more.
When you hear the word “neutral” we all think of the basic cream, white, tan. Think outside the basic cream colors and try a deep green or plum. Neutral doesn’t mean boring.
No time is too soon to start searching for that dream apartment. Begin looking a semester ahead of time and leave yourself time to decide. Be on your game to find the perfect place early.
Sign early to guarantee the apartment you want.
Take the Tour
Looking at the floor plan on line just doesn’t cut it. Pick your top 3 or 4 and take a look at available units. Try to take a tour of the unit you intend to rent so you know exactly what your signing up for.
Call our office and schedule a tour.
Make a Checklist
Before you go for a tour make sure you know what you want. Create a checklist and compare your top picks. What’s most important to you: Functioning Appliances? Amenities? Pet Friendly?
We offer a variety of amenities to fit your needs.
Nobody wants to live under a lazy landlord all year. Talk with some current residents and see what they think of their place. Is the lawn tidy? Are the hallways taken care of? Find management that cares about their property.
We provide 24 hour emergency maintenance.
Read the Lease
Take time to understant what you’re getting into. Knowing your lease can make it easier for both you and your landlord. Having trouble understanding all the legal jargon? Ask questions before signing.
We will take the time to go through the lease with you.
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Another month has gone by and we’re closer to the end of the school year. For those of you with 10 month leases your move out date is coming up, we’re installing new electric key locks and have some new movies on our own KCTV channel 57. Check out all the details inside our May Newsletter!
Check out this months news letter with spring activities, renewal information and this months KCTV channel 57 movie line up.
It’s that time of year again. Time to open the windows, leave your coat at home, slip into a pair of shorts, and clean your apartment from floor to ceiling. Wait… what?! Spring cleaning! Maybe the first springtime breeze urges you to do it. Maybe you’ve just been cooped up too long. Or you’re just tired of the mess. Perhaps you avoid cleaning altogether.
Love it or hate it, spring cleaning can be very kind to your health, mind, budget, and move-out time. Get rid of those germs to avoid any spring cold. Put your mind at ease by de-cluttering. Sell or consign unwanted items and clothing. And get a jump-start on your move-out cleaning so that you’ll do a little less when that date rolls around.
Glitter Guide compiled a fantastic 5-step program to spring cleaning your apartment in just one day! Breaking it down into five easy steps and building a portable cleaning kit to carry from room to room makes spring cleaning a whole lot less intimidating. Check out the guide below:
See? Not so bad! It’ll be so worth it when you get to add fresh flowers and light a candle at the end of your day in your freshly cleaned apartment.
BrightNest also shared their 10 Best Spring Cleaning Tricks Ever. Who knew denture tablets, coffee filters, banana peels, and cinnamon could be so handy in helping you get your apartment spic’n'span?! Check out all ten tricks below:
7. What’s St. Paddy’s Day without the green beer? Squirt a few drops of green food coloring into the bottom of your pint glasses before pouring in your lager. (Lighter hued beers work best, while the food coloring will really only turn the foam green in darker beers.)