Tuesday, August 13, 2019

#GreenLiving: Back to School Shopping on a BUDGET!


#GreenLiving is a major tool for families who are choosing to create a sustainable lifestyle! With summer coming to a close, we know exactly what you may be thinking. While it's exciting (and possibly relieving) that your kids will be out of the house, they may not feel the same! Furthermore, along with going back to school comes the stress of preparation. New classes mean new school supply lists, and the new school year could leave your kids wishing for a stylist new outfit to debut. The costs of back to school shopping can ad up quickly. But don't panic. We're here to soothe your nerves and have you back to school shopping in no time: on a budget! Check out tips on how:

Shop at home.  We all have the random drawer of abandoned school supplies at our house, whether they went unused all year or they are still in great condition! Be sure to fully evaluate what you have at home before you go spend the big bucks on back to school shopping. After the school year ends, gather all the supplies your kids did or didn't use. If you find something good, store it (in a place you'll remember) for next school year. Not only limited to school supplies, checking on  what clothes your kids have in their closet will also help with saving money. In doing this, you can make sure you don't over buy or just buy something you really don't need. This will keep your money spent from going waste, it will also save you money in the future!

Shop online.  Many stores offer online deals that can be found on their social media sites. Follow your favorite stores on Twitter and Facebook to see what sales they will be promoting on a particular day! Amazon offers several promotional items throughout the year- checking out on the school supply section can get you some discounted items!

Coupons/Sales. Stores like Target, Walmart, Staples and even Office Depot offer back-to-school shopping list based on grades, schools, and districts. In those ads, stores offer coupons and sales for select items. This lets you easily find what you're looking for with the price tag that you love the most. No more buying unnecessary and over-prices supplies!

Get more BANG for your BUCK. Each year, kids are often asked to bring in cleaning supplies or tissues for their classrooms. If you have multiple children, the cost of all of these supplies can add up! Check out your local Dollar Store to stock up on these supplies for cheap. Furthermore, for things like folders and paper try to stick to the generic store-brand supplies. If your children aren't pleased with a solid colored, "boring" notebook or folder, get creative! Have your kids decorate with stickers or markers to make a "generic" notebook the coolest notebook in their class. Lastly, when shopping for snacks and lunches, go to stores like Costco, Bj's or Sam's Club to buy in bulk! All of this could help save money packing lunches throughout the school year should you have to make a trip to the store.

Always remember: This year, back to school shopping on a budget will be a breeze with these tips and tricks! Take on this school year like a pro. Not only will you and your kids be happy, but so will your wallet.

Grady's GreenLiving Tips was created in 2014 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

#GreenLivingTips: Bike Storage 101 for Apartment Living!


#GreenLiving is a major tool for families who are choosing to create a sustainable lifestyle! Lets face it. Whether you ride your bike to work or school or just for fun in the neighborhood, storing it can be tricky! Here are a list of ideas to help you when storing your bicycle for apartment living:

In your closet.  Keeping your bike out of sight and in your closet is a great idea. You can allow your clothes to hang while the bike is tucked under. If you don't have a main closet in your apartment, utilizing the laundry room space or a separate coat closet will work as well.

Garage or bike rails.  If your apartment community offers garage parking; ask your leasing center if you can store your bikes there. Some communities also have bike rails in which you can store your bikes on. Make sure you buy a lock.

Behind large furniture. Consider the storage method of having your bike in a main room, behind a large couch or television. This might be beneficial to someone who utilizes their bike for the majority of the week and needs easy access to take it on the go with them everyday. And it is also a great conversation piece for your guest to see! This method really takes advantage of making the best out of unused spaces.

A-Stand, Clips, DIY. If you and your family own multiple bikes, installing a bike stand and placing it in your bedroom would be a great idea. These stands do not require you to drill holes in your wall. Vertical bike clips are an inexpensive alternative while creating a stylish and minimalist look. And since this method requires the bikes to be elevated, it takes up minimal floor space.

Always remember: Bikes, scooters, skateboards etc are not to be left laying around in the breezeways, parking lots, playground etc. This is a major trip hazard. When not riding your bike you a required to put it away properly. When at a playground or pool house place your bike properly to the side to not impede on the pathway or bike trail.

Grady's GreenLiving Tips was created in 2014 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

10 Things To Do In Your Home Before You Go On Vacation!



#GreenLiving is a major tool for families who are choosing to create a sustainable lifestyle! It's that time of the year where we take a special trip for vacation (yesssss!) However before we pack up our sandals and sunscreen, we must make sure that our apartments are vacation ready too! Here are ten tips to help you prepare before your big trip:

1. Program your thermostat. Energy's largest source of consumption comes directly from heating and cooling. To avoid that additional cost while you're out spending time on vacation, setting your thermostat to maintain a stable temperature; no cooler than 54 degrees and no warmer than 80 degrees. You should keep your home's temperature stable in both summer or winter in order to prevent condensation, frozen pipes or any other damaging effects.

2.Unplug appliances. Unplugging those daily appliances that you use can save you a lot of money on your electric bill, but more importantly since you will be away there's no reason to have them plugged in! This means toasters, coffee pot, televisions, DVD players, and any idle electronics.

3.Take our trash/recycle.  The worst thing about coming home from a vacation is coming home to a not so smelling nice one! Before you leave, take out any trash that is in your homes (kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms). If you have a lot of bananas, apples or fresh fruit sitting on your kitchen counters, move them into the fridge or dispose of them. Dispose of anything that might cause flies or any insects that might want a bite! Make sure you empty out the trash and recycling bins before you depart.

4.Do the dishes. Dirty dishes in a house that is empty can lead to pest and mold in your sinks, not to mention a bad aroma in your house once you come back. Give everything a good wash or throw them in the dishwasher. Make sure you turn off the dishwasher once it is done!

5.Schedule to pay your rent/utilities.  Avoid wondering if you forgot that rent or utilities were paid for before you board your flight by setting up auto-pay or scheduling a reminder a week prior.

6. Mail mail and more mail! If you are expecting deliveries while on the beach, reschedule them to come when you arrive back. If the package is being sent directly to the leasing office; make sure to inform them that you will be away so they will hold it longer for you. If your apartment building offers Package Concierge; make sure you set this up so your packages will be waiting for once you get back. 

7. Secure your home Double and triple check the locks of your doors and windows. Close the blinds and draw the curtains. Make sure the leasing office knows that you will be away for a period of time. Provide them with contract information in case of an emergency so they can reach you.

8. Set up pet plans. If you do have pets, and they aren't coming on vacation with you make sure they will be cared properly in your absence. Check availability at pet day cares that accommodate during the time you need or send them to a loved one that will be able to pet-sit until you come back.

9.Plan for your plants. Just like pets, plants need love too! Make sure you take care of them while you're away too. Some plants can stay outside on your balcony to soak up some sun, but make sure there is shade for them too.While other plants require a nicely cool indoor spot. Ask a neighbor of friend to help you water your plants if you are leaving for a longer period of time. Before you take off remember to feed your plants with a nice cup of H2O.

10. Clean Up! It may seem like a lot to handle with the rush of having to get to the airport on time and with the excitement of being away from home, but nothing beats coming back home to a freshly clean home. Find some time to clean your bedroom and switch your sheets for fresh ones. Run a load of laundry so your dirty hamper can be filled with the clothes from your trip.


Always remember to have fun! It's that time to relax and let your hair down. :)


Grady's GreenLiving Tips was created in 2014 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Friday, July 5, 2019

#GreenLivingTips: How To Maintain Your Apartment Balcony


#GreenLiving is a major tool for families who are choosing to create a sustainable lifestyle! The balcony area of the apartment is one of the spaces we love to fix when the seasons change! Since balconies are exposed to elements such as dirt and trash cleaning is an essential part of keeping up with your space. However here are a few tips and tricks that can make your life easier while keeping your outdoor space looking its best!

Sweep the floors.  The floor surface of your balcony is likely to become extremely dirty, and because of this it requires some special attention. Sweeping and dusting the floors which will help remove trash, leafs, and any other debris that might land on your balcony floors. Routinely doing so will create an atmosphere for any occasion!

Keep it green.  Adding plants to your balcony has a lot of benefits. It creates a nice green space for pants to grow and thrive while being outside in the sun and rain. This is also a great chance to plant your herbs and greenery upwards. This will ensure that your outside space feels more spacious!

Add small furniture. A balcony is a lot easier to clean and tidy if it is clutter free. Out with the old and in with new! Removing anything from the floor of your balcony that takes up space or that is not being used. Adding furniture that can sit down while having room for standing and walking space is essential. Small pieces such as a bench or a lounge chair that provides comfort and mobility would be a great piece to include on your balcony.

Remember to keep your space neat, implement a regular cleaning schedule for your balcony to insure that it is always tidy and clean.


Grady's GreenLiving Tips was created in 2014 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.