5 Interior Designing Tips

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5 Interior Designing Tips

So, you’re all moved in to your new great place in Central Oregon, and you want it to feel like home with your personal touch. I found 5 great ways to customize your high desert pad:

1. Dig up an unused piece of gear (ie skis, snowshoes, old fishing rod, etc.) or favorite collection, and display it in the smaller unused sections of your living space. Kyle Schuneman says it makes your space look lived in and homier. You can check out his book and website at http://www.kyleschuneman.com/#/The%20Book/.

2. I am guilty of hanging artwork at the wrong height. Houzz.com suggests hanging the center of your piece 57 to 60 inches high. Even with high ceilings it’s important to keep visual displays to human height.

3. Have you ever stayed in a rental with an electrical panel as an eye sore? Forage your picture collections for a favorite landscape picture, blow it up, frame it and hang it over any flaws in your rental. You can also search through Bend area thrift shops (http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Shopping-Stores-Shops/Thrift-Consignment-Stores/), on Craigslist for large local pieces that could be used as display items.

4. Living rooms don’t always need a sofa. Sofas can be expensive, and let’s FACE IT, furnishing with nice chairs allows for people to orient themselves to the rest of the group.

5. A counter-top is essential in any living space to place drinks, reading materials, or even to write things down. Inspired by HouseBeautiful.com, space can saved by topping an ottoman with a nice, large tray and serves the dual purpose of comfort and practicality. So, clear the tray when you’re finished entertaining guests and prop your feet up when you’re ready to enjoy your movie!


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Ten Tips for Tenants

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1. Bring your paperwork.
The best way to win over a prospective landlord is to be prepared. To get a competitive edge over other applicants, bring the following when you meet the landlord: a completed rental application; written references from landlords, employers, and colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.

 

2. Review the lease.
Carefully review all of the conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may contain a provision that you find unacceptable — for example, restrictions on guests, pets, design alterations, or running a home business. For help reviewing your lease or rental agreement, see Signing a Lease or Rental Agreement FAQ.

3. Get everything in writing.
To avoid disputes or misunderstandings with your landlord, get everything in writing. Keep copies of any correspondence and follow up an oral agreement with a letter, setting out your understandings. For example, if you ask your landlord to make repairs, put your request in writing and keep a copy for yourself. If the landlord agrees orally, send a letter confirming this.

4. Protect your privacy rights.
Next to disputes over rent or security deposits, one of the most common and emotion-filled misunderstandings arises over the tension between a landlord’s right to enter a rental unit and a tenant’s right to be left alone. If you understand your privacy rights (for example, the amount of notice your landlord must provide before entering), it will be easier to protect them. For more information, see Tenants’ Rights to Privacy and Repairs FAQ.

5. Demand repairs.
Know your rights to live in a habitable rental unit — and don’t give them up. The vast majority of landlords are required to offer their tenants livable premises, including adequate weatherproofing; heat, water, and electricity; and clean, sanitary, and structurally safe premises. If your rental unit is not kept in good repair, you have a number of options, ranging from withholding a portion of the rent, to paying for repairs and deducting the cost from your rent, to calling the building inspector (who may order the landlord to make repairs), to moving out without liability for your future rent. For more information, see the article Renters’ Rights to Minor Repairs.

6. Talk to your landlord.
Keep communication open with your landlord. If there’s a problem — for example, if the landlord is slow to make repairs — talk it over to see if the issue can be resolved short of a nasty legal battle. Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes FAQ provides some advice.

7. Purchase renters’ insurance.
Your landlord’s insurance policy will not cover your losses due to theft or damage. Renters’ insurance also covers you if you’re sued by someone who claims to have been injured in your rental due to your carelessness. Renters’ insurance typically costs $350 a year for a $50,000 policy that covers loss due to theft or damage caused by other people or natural disasters; if you don’t need that much coverage, there are cheaper policies. For more information about renters’ insurance, see the article Renters: Protect Yourself From Crime.

 8. Protect your security deposit.
To protect yourself and avoid any misunderstandings, make sure your lease or rental agreement is clear on the use and refund of security deposits, including allowable deductions. When you move in, do a walk-through with the landlord to record existing damage to the premises on a move-in statement or checklist. For more information, see the article Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In.

9. Protect your safety.
Learn whether your building and neighborhood are safe, and what you can expect your landlord to do about it if they aren’t. Get copies of any state or local laws that require safety devices such as deadbolts and window locks, check out the property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal, and learn whether criminal incidents have already occurred on the property or nearby. If a crime is highly likely, your landlord may be obligated to take some steps to protect you. For more information on this subject, see the article Renters: Protect Yourself From Crime.

10. Deal with an eviction properly.

Know when to fight an eviction notice — and when to move. If you feel the landlord is clearly is the wrong (for example, you haven’t received proper notice, the premises are uninhabitable), you may want to fight the eviction. But unless you have the law and provable facts on your side, fighting an eviction notice can be short-sighted. If you lose an eviction lawsuit, you may end up hundreds (even thousands) of dollars in debt, which will damage your credit rating and your ability to easily rent from future landlords. For more information on eviction, see the Renters’ & Tenants’ Rights area of Nolo’s website.


Contact Info

Cascadia Management Inc.
805 SW Industrial Way
Suite 9
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-617-3863
Fax: 541-617-0184
Email:
Manager@mycascadia.com

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