On Sunday, January 22, 2017

Category Archive: Helpful How-To’s

  1. On Sunday, January 22, 2017

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    On Sunday, January 22, 2017, Schwab Properties learned that a tenant hung a Nazi flag outside one of its rental properties in Oshkosh. The tenant chose to remove the flag before Schwab Properties learned of the incident and could request that the flag be taken down. We share the community’s outrage at this unprecedented display. We do not condone this tenant’s actions or share this tenant’s beliefs in any way. While tenants cannot be screened or evicted based on religious or political beliefs, Schwab Properties has not experienced anything of this nature in its 30 years or on its 375 properties. Schwab Properties prides itself on inclusion and improving the community’s quality of life for all its residents. We are reviewing our options to determine what legal action can be taken should a similar incident occur in the future.

  2. Start of Semester Toolkit

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    You’ve finally arrived to your new home for the next two semesters. You managed to fit all your stuff into your campus apartment. The roommate(s) have been met and guidelines have been set, or you’re living alone and enjoying your new personal space. So, you’re ready for the year right? Maybe not. In this blog, we will give you the tools to get things set up that you might not think of. First, let’s tackle something that you should get set up ASAP; changing your mailing address and knowing where to do laundry and get groceries!

    Changing Your Mailing Address

    Changing your mailing address is something many students don’t think of until they start missing bills, campus news or other important items. Therefore, It is beneficial to have your mailing address switched right away so that you don’t miss important information. So how exactly do you do it?

    You’ll want to start by changing your address with the United States Postal Service. You have one of two options here. Either you can go to your local post office building, one of which is located at 130 State St, Oshkosh, WI, and fill out a change of address form, or you can fill out an online change of address form available here.

    Make sure you fill out all the your name and current address and select “temporary change” if you will be going home for the summers. You’ll also need to provide your new campus address, and the dates you would like the mail to start being forwarded to your new address. You can either mail it to the USPS office, drop if off in person, or if you completed the online form, just hit “submit”.

    It is also important to change your mailing information with the campus. At UW Oshkosh, you can do this from within Titan Web. Check out this PDF for detailed instructions.

    Where to do laundry and grocery shop

    The answer may seem obvious, laundromats and grocery stores. However, if you are living in a new city, it’s nice to know where the ones closest to campus are. If your apartment has a washer and dryer, than you are fortunate and don’t need to worry about the closest laundromat. However for the rest of you, here are the closest laundromats and grocery stores.

    Your closest laundromat when living at UW Oshkosh is J T’s Wash & Mart at 751 Washington Street. Simply head north on Wisconsin St. or east on Lincoln Ave. until you arrive at the laundromat on the corner.  It’s only a block from Stewart Hall, but depending on how much laundry you have, walking may or may not be an option.

    Unfortunately when it comes to grocery stores, there isn’t anything quite as close as the laundromat. For a smaller selection of higher quality products, the closest place to buy groceries would be Ski’s Market located at 502 South Main St. For a full size grocery store, your closest option is Pick n’ Save located at 1900 Jackson St. This one is one and a half miles away and takes a good 40 minutes to walk one way, but does offer a full grocery store selection.

    You should now be all set up with your new mailing address know where to get important things done like laundry and grocery shopping. If at any point you get stuck or are unsure of something, contact your landlord for information or perform a quick Google search. And of course, enjoy your new apartment!


  3. Top Tips For Living On Campus

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    Living on campus is a rewarding experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. While sometimes it can be challenging, here are some top tips for making your life on campus as memorable as possible.

    1. Know Your Surroundings
    Once you get settled into your campus residence, it’s easy to get intimidated by the large and unfamiliar campus around you. Take a look at your campus map and go exploring. If you have a roommate, this is a great opportunity to get to know them better. Figuring out where academic buildings are, where to get food, where to workout, where to relax and where emergency services are all good things to look for. Having an understanding of your surroundings will make your college experience safer and more rewarding.

    2. Learn How To Live With Roommates
    If you are like many college students, campus life involves living with a roommate. Living with a roommate is challenging but can also form long lasting friendships. Try to get to know each other early and set up ground rules and boundaries you can both live with. Respecting each other’s differences and preferences, as well as learning to communicate with one another are two sure fire ways to make living together a positive experience.
    Read upon the do’s and don’ts of living with a roommate here.

    3. Pack Smartly
    When getting ready to head off to your new campus residence, it is tempting to try and take everything you could possibly need for the school year. Whether you’re living in a small dorm room or a larger campus apartment, try to only take what you truly need. If you’re living with a roommate, it’s important to remember they will also be bringing a bunch of stuff. If you’re bringing a car, make sure you look into parking policies and public transportation. You may find that bringing your car is too expensive and even unnecessary.
    Moving from a dorm to a campus apartment? Check out these tips to make the move go smoothly.

    4. Get Active On Campus
    One of the best things you can do to make sure you have the best campus living experience possible is to get involved. Clubs, sports and campus jobs are all great ways to get the most out of college. Finding a club that fits your interests can help you make friends, learn about new things and step out of your comfort zone. Sports are another great way to stay in shape and form new friendships. Lastly, campus jobs offer a source of income and allow you to gain experience and build professional relationships.
    Check out these great hidden gems within walking distance of campus.

    5. Remember Why You’re In College
    This seems obvious but students can sometimes find themselves forgetting why they are even at college in the first place. Remember that you’re there to learn, make friends, have new experiences and set yourself up for a better future. Living on campus gives you the benefit of being immersed in the college experience. So get out there and experience everything you can during your college career. But of course, don’t forget that you’re ultimately there to learn, as throwing the academic portion of college aside will cause problems later on.

    So there you have it, some simple yet important tips for making your on campus living experience the best it can be. Enjoy the experience, get the most you can from college and make these the best years of your life.

  4. Tips to Moving From the Dorm to an Apartment


    Living in the dorms can be an exciting time for any college student. But just like there’s a time to move out of mom’s and dad’s, there’s also a time to move out of the dorms and into an apartment. This transition is exciting and stressful all at the same time. There are many things to consider. In this blog, we have compiled a few of our top tips to making the move from the dorms to apartment life.


    Set a budget
    Before you start considering anything, you need to consider and set your budget. Know exactly what you can afford to spend every month in rent, utilities, food, and even furniture. The last thing you want to run into is underestimating your budget and signing a 12 month lease on an apartment you can’t afford to pay for. Many first-time renters live with roommates to help split the bills. This may be an option for you as well.

    Secure apartment in advance
    Once you know what you can afford to spend every month, you can start looking for an apartment. You’ll want to make sure to secure an apartment before you move out of your dorm. Especially in a college town, apartments get rented out quickly and far in advance. In some cases, still living close to campus requires signing a lease a year in advance.

    Be strategic about furniture
    You may have some furniture to bring along with you, and if you have roommates, they might have something to contribute as well. But often times first-time renters find themselves surrounded by seemingly empty rooms. Check out your local discount furniture store, or rummage sales. Ask your family members for any old pieces they’d be willing to part with. A modge podge of mis-matched furniture may not look as polished as you may like, but it’s better than sitting on the floor.

    There are many things to consider and plan when you make the move to your own apartment, but these are a few of our top tips, we hope they make for an easy move!



  5. Part 1: Senior Year Survival Guide: The Checklist

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    Senior Year Survival Guide imageCollege has been an amazing, exciting and tribulating time in your life. But as all good things come to an end, so does college. With graduation becoming more than just a distant dream, and becomes a day marching almost too close for comfort; we have compiled this Senior Year Survival Guide to help you organize and strategize your final months and help graduation seem less daunting.

    The Checklist

    Balance your time wisely
    Senior year goes by so fast. You may feel the need to cram in every single party or get together. While enjoying this time with your friends is important, you don’t want to find yourself falling behind in class work, or failing a really important exam because the party didn’t end until 3am. Find a healthy balance between socializing, reminiscing, and taking in the last of your college life, and make sure to make time to prepare for next year – because contrary to past belief, there is life after college.

    Make a budget
    Hopefully you’ve been living on a budget you’ve planned for yourself to make it through college, and so getting into the habit of sticking to a budget won’t feel like learning a new language overnight. A lot changes after college. No more financial aid, and no more student discounts. Now you’re paying back your student loans, looking for a job, or working something entry level. Finances will change quickly after graduation, and you should prepare yourself ahead of time.

    Have a goal in mind
    The scariest part about senior year is having to decide what you want to do next. The most important thing to remember is as long as you have a goal and have the will to reach it, the path you take to get there will fall into place as you go. Don’t worry so much about your game plan or road map. Have a goal in mind and know where you want to see yourself in the future. Remember, the rest will fall into place.

  6. Save BIG this Winter on Heating Bills

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    EnergyBillsJust when we are getting started to save money and spend big on holiday presents, is about the same time our energy bills increase due to the cold. That’s right, we said it: the cold. We live in Wisconsin where we throw boiling water in the air to watch it freeze as a past time.

    We knowing that majority of our energy costs go to heat per year. So we need to take extra steps to put extra back in our pockets. Therefore we have compiled for you a list of ways to help save on heating costs:

    • Keep furniture, carpeting and curtains from blocking heat registers and air return ducts

    • If radiators are located near cold outside walls, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room

    • Don’t overheat your home and overwork your furnace. Use supplemental heating equipment for hard-to-heat areas

    • When replacing your furnace, look for one that’s at least 90 percent efficient

    • Close your attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent cold drafts and keep in heat

    • Ceiling fans set at slow speed push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room without creating a chilling breeze. This spreads the heat more evenly and will make you feel more comfortable

    For additional ideas, check out our previous tip posts: Tip #1 | Tip #2

    Feel free to explore consumersenergy.com for more resources.

  7. Shrink Energy Bills: Tip #2

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    QuickTipImageNo one likes a leak. So seal yours!

    Sealing air leaks saves, on average, 10 percent or more on heating bills. That’s an average of $50-$170 per year.

    Cost: $30-$50 for materials

    Payback time: Starting six months

  8. Shrink Energy Bills: Tip #1

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    QuickTipImageDoes your home or rental have a chimney?

    If so – choke your chimney. A tightly closed damper prevents up to 8 percent of furnace-heated air from going up the chimney and out of your home.

    Cost to complete: FREE
    Payback time: IMMEDIATELY

  9. How to Find the Right House to Rent


    There isn’t a bachelor’s degree or emphases in how to find the right house to rent, but it is definitely a science! There are a few things one can do to have an advantage and find the best possible renting location for college. Here is a list of the most important things to consider when searching for a dream house to rent.

    Plan ahead – Seems simple right? Having a head start on the entire renting process will allow for the best possible location. A lot of people wait till last second to find a house to rent—that is why they don’t have a very nice place. Being aggressive is key to being able to find an awesome place. Start planning before it seems necessary and the opportunity for better houses will be there when the time comes.

    Research landlords – Be weary of bad landlords. There are a multitude of renters out there and they usually have reviews online. Make sure to research every possible landlord and find the ones with the best reviews. Keep in mind that larger companies tend to have better support systems for maintenance, customer service, etc. compared to landlords who simply have a house or two that they rent as side cash. [We happen to know a fabulous company, click here to contact!]

    Consider the parking situation – Parking is essential, do not neglect thinking about this aspect. Sometimes it can be the perfect five-room house, but there are only four parking spots. This can present a huge problem if every roommate needs constant access to his or her vehicle. Talk to your landlord to figure out possible solutions to the parking situation before signing a lease. Make sure to consider parking heavily when house searching.

    Make a checklist of necessary requirements – Sometimes it can be tough to compare houses and it can lead to subjective judgments. A way around this type of problem is to sit down with future roommates and create a checklist of what is wanted in a potential house. Things such as having more than one bathroom, having two-car garage, or making sure there is a large living room could be necessities for the list. Then, when visiting each location, it is then easier to check what each house has and allows simple factual comparisons to find the perfect home.

    Visit at least 3-4 houses – Making sure to visit more than one location is also very important to find the best possible house to rent. Rushing into a house that seems great at first won’t guarantee the best situation because there won’t be anything to compare to. Imagine only tasting beef flavored ramen noodles and deciding they were the best before experiencing other fabulous flavors like roast chicken or chili lime! The moral of the story is that to decide what is best between things, comparisons need to be made. That is why visiting multiple houses can ensure the best possible renting experience.

    Renting can take some time but it is a fun opportunity to live the college life, make great friends and create memories. Follow these steps to be ahead of the renting game and find a great place to live. Don’t get stuck in a bad renting situation!

    Have you found the perfect house to rent? Contact us to discuss what you are looking for or check out our special property search feature on our website to find your next living space: