Decorate Your Balcony

Cool breezes. Nice views. Hey, let’s hang out on the balcony! But how do you make your balcony into an oasis of cool? Not to fear, interior Dave Deckorater is here.

colorful flowers in a wood planter boxHow about some plants? There’s nothing like some color to brighten up your day. Some low maintenance annuals might be just the ticket, and easy too. Traipse down to your local garden center or big box home improvement store and pick some things out. Read the label on the plants to account for full sun, partial sun or shade, depending on your needs. Don’t forget to water!

What about some seating? Get something made for the weather – all weather wicker, wrought iron or similar. You don’t want something that you have to worry about getting wet.

decorating your deck

How about a deck covering? Again, it’s got to be something compatible with outside applications. But an outdoor area rug would feel great on bare feet.

Just one thing not to do – no grills! We’ve had fires start on a balcony. Let’s learn from the experience.

Most of our properties have balconies waiting for your personal touch. Why not consider Willow Grove apartments in Pewaukee, Washington Heights apartments in Horicon or Coachlight Drive apartments in New Berlin?

Thanks for Meddling, Uncle Sam

Uncle SamNot long ago, we shared with you a bad idea from Seattle Washington that will result in more pets getting abandoned by their owners and ultimately euthanized (Bad News for Pet Owners, February 6, 2017). Not to be outdone, now Seattle has bent over backwards to help less qualified renters get chosen for an apartment over there more qualified peers.

Basically, Seattle wants landlords to be forced to accept the first tenant that come that meets the rental criteria. While that might seem benign, let’s examine the spoiled fruit of the tree of good intentions. Continue reading

Your Wish Is Our Command

walk-in shower

Upgrade your apartment living with a walk-in shower

Our friends at Property Management Insider recently reported the seven apartment upgrades that renters would most like to see. Here they are:

New Windows. Who likes a draft? Or windows that always get stuck or don’t operate properly. That’s why you’ll find at Decker Properties, either your home is new construction, or else if it’s a little older, important components like the windows have been replaced. For example, our Coachlight Drive apartments in New Berlin were built in 1965, but the windows are modern white energy efficient vinyl windows.

Energy Efficiency. Speaking of drafts, who needs those utility bills! Nearly all Decker Properties apartments feature water saving plumbing fixtures. Recently, we converted one of our Willow Grove apartments in Pewaukee with electric heat to a high efficient natural gas fired boiler.

Increased Storage. Whether it’s the extra deep garage like at the Mayfair, Rensway, Fairways or Wilson Heights Apartments, the walk-in pantry or the gigantic walk-in closets, we’ve got the space for you to plunk your junk.

Kitchen Upgrades. Can you say custom Amish cabinets? That’s what all the folks at Wilson Heights Apartments in Hartford are talking about. Or how about granite counters like at Diversey Manor?

Bathroom Upgrades. OK, I’ll see your subway tile and glass block tub surround at Diversey Manor and raise you a walk-in shower at Mayfair and Wilson Heights!

Fresh Paint. Are you kidding? This is so easy. Every unit at Decker Properties looks like it’s freshly painted before you ever move in. See our Extreme Makeover in Horicon.

Call Decker Properties at (262) 785-0840 to see how we can Live Like a King.

Evicted Part 3

eviction noticeLet’s review. Bad things happen to good people. You can’t pay your rent. But instead of doing the “man up” on this thing and talking to your landlord, or instead of moving out in the middle of the night, you’ve always had a thing for men in uniform so you’re trying to arrange a date with the local sheriff.

Or in other words, against all advice, perhaps owing to needless embarrassment, you’ve completely ignored this one. Which seems to be working out. For a while. Because the eviction process is slow.

The process starts with a 5-Day notice. This notice actually requires you to either pay your rent or move out in five days. If you don’t, you’re subject automatically to double the rent should this one wind up in court. Wouldn’t calling the landlord be better? Continue reading

Evicted Part 2 – The Midnight Move

two men carrying a houseLast time, we were talking about how bad things can happen to good people. And one of the consequences can be that making the rent becomes difficult or impossible. In this instance, the best remedy is to talk to your landlord and work out an arrangement. Maybe a deferred payment plan can be worked out. Even if all is lost and you have to move, it’s still better to talk to your landlord, because here’s what going to happen if you don’t: Continue reading

Evicted!

eviction order stampIn the event of trouble, talk to your landlord.

It was the last thing you were expecting. You go to work like any other day, but then you get laid off. Or you come home and find out your roommate moved out in the middle of the night. Or there’s a car accident and now you’ve got medical bills and car repair bills and time off of work…Ouch!

So you can’t pay your rent anymore. What should you do now? Continue reading

Decker Properties Pet Policy

dog and cat cuddling on chairLife can be ruff. Or maybe for you, it’s purrrfect. But whether your furry favorites go ruff or purr, we’ve got the solution: a pet friendly home at Decker Properties. Here’s everything you need to know:

PET ADDENDUM

DATE: __________________ LANDLORD: Decker Properties, Inc.

TENANT: ________________________________________ APARTMENT_______________

Fees: Rent Security Deposit
• 1 dog: $35 per month + $200 refundable extra security deposit $_______ $_______
• 2 dogs: $50 per month + $200 refundable extra security deposit $_______ $_______
• 1 dog, 1 cat: $50 / month + $200 refundable extra security deposit $_______ $_______
• 1 cat: $25 per month; no additional security deposit $_______ $_______
• 2 cats: $40 per month; no additional security deposit $_______ $_______

Pet’s owner agrees to the following terms and conditions. Continue reading

Bad News for Pet Owners

cat-and-dog-resting-togetherOn December 16, 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed legislation which restricts the total amounts landlords may charge for move-in fees. This legislation took effect January 15, 2017, and enacts the following:

– Pet damage deposits may not exceed 25% of the first full month’s rent, and landlords cannot charge any other fees for allowing a pet.

– Monthly pet rent is not allowed as a part of any new agreement signed January 15, 2017 or later.

So you’re probably wondering, how can this possibly be bad? Isn’t it a bonanza for pet owners? Welcome to the reality of unintended consequences. Continue reading

Inflation? What Inflation?

US homeownership rate

US homeownership rate

It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo? All the new in regards to inflation seems to be good. Yet do such reports reflect what is going on in your pocket book?

A recent Census Bureau quarterly update on residential vacancies and homeownership shows continued decline in home ownership. Continue reading

Is Home Ownership The Worst Investment Ever?

Is Home Ownership The Worst Investment Ever?Here’s a mistake you won’t want to make – rolling your hard-earned cash into a money pit. So, what are the investments to avoid? Is it penny stocks? Junk bonds? Collectible beer cans?

It’s hard to know what the biggest loser might be, but one common investment myth that keeps coming up is the idea that home ownership is the road to riches. Think about it: What are the typical attributes of a good investment? How about some cash flow, low transaction fees, liquidity and a proven track record?

The average single family house falls far short on every metric. Continue reading