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Tips for Moving to Your Apartment In Dallas, TX

Moving to a new city is exciting, but it can also cause some anxiety if you are not familiar with the area. Here are some tips if you are planning to move to one of our apartments in Dallas, TX

 

Traffic

There’s no denying that Dallas is a large and very densely populated city, and the traffic is a great reflection of that fact. When relocating to Dallas, many people underestimate the difference in traffic patterns from their previous city - don’t let that be you! 

 

If you choose to drive, as most Texans do, always account for a little extra driving time. Dallas roads have been constructed to carry a high-volume of cars, so traffic-jams are frequent. Plan accordingly by checking your map apps before heading out to see how long it will take you to get to your destination. If you prefer to use public transportation instead, take advantage of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which provides rail and bus services. 

 

Restaurant and bar scene

If you’re wondering if Dallas can keep up with your love for food and entertainment, spoiler alert, it can. Restaurant life is HUGE in Dallas, and there is something for everyone! We encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone when trying to find your new favorite eateries in the city. In Dallas, there is no shortage of food festivals either, so take advantage of what your new city has to offer!

 

Dallas is also well-known for bars & nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a bar and grill, cocktail bar, speakeasy, nightclub, or anything in between - the sky's the limit when it comes to Dallas nightlife.

 

Arts and culture

Dallas’ arts and culture scene is known to rival even the likes of New York City with its impressive display of the arts. Museums and music halls, galleries and concert venues - Dallas certainly does not lack in arts and culture displays! The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Echo Hall and Music Lounge, and Reveler’s Hall are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a list of artistic venues worth visiting in Dallas!

 

Weather and climate

If you’re moving to Dallas, especially if it’s from somewhere typically unfamiliar with hot temps, be sure to educate yourself quickly! The summertime heat in Dallas is no joke. You and your pets will want to stay hydrated and try to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon. Enjoy some exercise with your pup early in the morning or once the sun starts to go down. Pups get hot too, so make sure their feet are protected when walking on paved paths and concrete. Even though it’s hot in Dallas, the heat brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy pool days or an air-conditioned stroll through a museum.

 

Acquire a love for Tex-Mex

If you are new to Texas, get ready to love Tex-Mex. In Dallas, we love our twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, and it is everywhere! If you’re learning to love Tex-Mex, find a staple dish to get acquainted with Tex-Mex. If you’re not entirely sure where to start, we’d recommend the enchiladas con carne. Play around with customizing your Tex-Mex favorites, and run with it. We promise you won’t be disappointed. 

 

Visit the State Fair of Texas

Whether you’re a lover of State Fair food and culture, or you’ve never been, the State Fair of Texas is an experience that EVERY Dallas resident should have. Deep-fried bacon cheeseburgers and fried flan cakes are just the beginning of the delicacies that the State Fair of Texas has to offer! Don’t forget to say “howdy” to Big Tex while you're there and grab a Fletcher’s corny dog for the road. 

 

Good luck on your move to your apartment in Dallas! For more recommendations on Dallas life, and for finding your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

How To Personalize Your Space in Your Luxury Apartment in North Dallas

Knowing how to make your space your own is one of the best ways to truly love your space in your luxury apartment in North Dallas. Even if it feels perfect, take a look at how you can improve the personalization of your space to reach maximum comfort and serenity in your home.

Know your colors

Before you can find the right supplies for your space, you need to know what colors you want to see more (and less!) of in your home. If you’re not sure, Pinterest can be your new best friend! Once you decide what color schemes you want to follow in your home, then you can move on to the fun stuff! Like…

 

Curtains

If you are looking to add in some more color to your space, curtains can be a saving grace. Bright, bold curtains could be exactly what your space is missing to add in that pop of color you seek! If more color is not what you are looking for, try finding a neutral color in your space (white, beige, grey) and capitalize on it! Make sure to know how much light you want to let in before deciding on your material type!

 

Pillows

Accent pillows, as fun as they are, can be tricky! You want to incorporate enough color and design to brighten or bring together your space! Though, you don’t want to be “the pillow lady” with so many pillows that you can’t sit down. Be sure to know where to draw the line! Similar to curtains, accent pillows can add in that pop of color you feel you are missing. Alternatively, they can be a way to tone down your space if you feel it has too much going on. 

 

Smart storage

Whether you're someone who likes everything on display, or you like to keep things minimal, this is for you! Knowing how to keep things stored in your space is the key to personalizing it to perfection! Remember: shelving, storage tables, bins, and ottomans are ideal when it comes to keeping your space functional, while preventing clutter. 

 

Area rugs

Finding the perfect rug for your space is like having a perfect hair day, but every day! Again, this is one of those times that Pinterest can be your best friend! Decide what size, shape, and color of rug will fit perfectly in your space, and give it that “you” touch!

 

That’s all for now on our tips and tricks to personalize your space! Which one are you going to try out first? Don’t forget, if you want to shop our luxury apartments in Austin and other RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Best Places to Swim Near Your Luxury Apartment in Midtown Houston

Beat the heat this summer at these awesome swimming locations around your Luxury Apartment in Midtown Houston! Whether you choose to hang at the pool, beach, or lake, we’ve got you covered in this list!

 

Lake Longhorn

Lake Longhorn has areas for fishing, swimming, boating, and the option to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards for the day. Entry is $15 per person, and to rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe for the day is $15. Spend the day with friends and family, full of activities for everyone to enjoy on this 30 acre plot! Only 1 hour from downtown Houston.

 

Lake Livingston

At $5 per person aged 13 and up, Lake Livingston is an affordable swimming location with enough space and activities for everyone to find something to do! Kayaks and paddleboards are available to rent for $18 per hour. There is a ladder entry into the swimming area, as well as a small beach area located near the boat ramps. 

 

Wolf Creek Park

For $5 per person, this kid-friendly park is the perfect place to bring the family! The swimming area is large and roped off to ensure that the water is never too deep to be deemed safe. Kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes are also available for rent to those who wish to do more than swim. Open Monday - Thursday, Wolf Creek is a great location to spend the day cooling off in this summer heat!

 

Emancipation Swimming Pool

Fully equipped with a full size pool, kids pool, and water slides, the Emancipation Swimming Pool is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy for the day. Feel free to spend the day here, as there are tables and concessions available to enjoy lunch by the pool!

 

Moody Park Swimming Pool

Located at the Moody Park Community Center in Houston, this public swimming pool is open Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-8pm. Moody Park features adult and kid swimming areas, so there is an area for those with and without kids. Best of all, it's right near your luxury apartment in Midtown Houston!

 

Let us know if you have any other recommendations for local swimming spots for our Houston residents! If you found this post useful or interesting, we encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues! If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Summer Grilling Tips at Your Luxury Apartment in North Austin

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the grill (if you haven’t already). Take a look at these 5 tips for how to maximize your grilling experience this summer at your luxury apartment in North Austin, both for safety and flavor!

 

Always Start With a Clean Grill

Whether you clean your grill as soon as you’re done, or you clean it before starting your next meal, as long as the grill is getting cleaned, you’re good. Without cleaning the grill thoroughly between meals, leftover flavor, residue, and seasoning will be left on the grill and can tamper with your meat, veggies, or any other grilled food. 

 

Keep a Spray Bottle Nearby

Juices, seasonings, and marinade can drip down into the fire and cause some flames to come above the grate and onto your food. While it’s not always an unsafe flame that can pop up, it can potentially char your food past the point of perfection, and into the territory of just plain burnt. Use a spray bottle of water to fight those rogue flames and keep your food from burning. 

 

Buy a Meat Thermometer

Just like no one likes their meat to be undercooked, you don’t want to overcook it either. Getting a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure your food is at its safest and tastiest this summer. Be sure to follow the guidelines for each type of meat you cook- they're all different! Be sure to wipe down and clean your meat thermometer after each use. This helps to prevent the spread of salmonella and cross contamination. 

 

Rest the Meat

As tempting as it can be, don’t dive into your plate as soon as the food comes off the grill! Letting your meat rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking allows for everything to set and soak in. This helps to maximize the flavor of both the meat and the marinade. Additionally, it allows the meat to cool off and not overwhelm your senses. That way all that you and your guests will be focused on is the masterpiece you have created. 

 

Keep Em Separated

Separate your meats! Both for reasons of flavor and safety, keep your different types of meat separated from each other. This includes when marinating, on the grill, and after being taken off. For safety, this ensures that there will be no cross contamination directly onto your meat. This also reduces any risk of salmonella or food poisoning. For flavor reasons, it ensures that different meats and marinades will not be mixing together. This will definitely ensure you are keeping your flavor experience at its peak.

 

We hope you are looking forward to a summer full of grilling at your luxury apartment in North Austin using these simple tips!

If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

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Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants in Austin

For the environmentally-conscious and plain-old foodies alike, farm-to-table restaurants are one of the best ways to get a bite that makes your heart sing. Luckily, Austin is home to some incredible farm-to-table eateries at a variety of price points! Here are a few of our top picks that are close to our communities of luxury apartments in Austin!

Emmer & Rye

It may be on the pricier side, but Emmer & Rye is a must-visit in Austin, if you ask us. Make a reservation for your next special occasion and prepare to enjoy a completely unique menu full of unexpected flavor combinations, unforgettable small plates, and incredible service that you’re certain to rave about. Their combination of traditional table and dim sum-style service will impress you with variety and ensure you never have to wait long between incredible bites. This restaurant is located on Rainey Street, so it’s an easy choice for those living in Downtown or East Austin luxury apartments.

Hillside Farmacy

Not far from some of our East Austin luxury apartments, Hillside Farmacy is a quaint farm-to-table restaurant with incredible brunch and excellent lunch and dinner options too. In addition to New American classics, you’ll find fresh oysters, delicious desserts, and a great cocktail menu with a few unique options. Make a dinner reservation or arrive early to their walk-in only brunch to make sure you get a spot without having to wait!

Geraldine’s

Not far from Emmer & Rye, Geraldine’s is another Austin classic serving up delicious farm-to-table eats. Come here with a friend (or a few) for New American fare, craft cocktails, shareable plates, and incredible service paired with great ambiance. Like Emmer & Rye, Geraldine’s is on the pricier side, so it’s a great pick for special occasions and date nights. It’s also the perfect spot to catch a gorgeous view of Lady Bird Lake and Downtown Austin.

Dai Due

Carnivores will love the selection at Dai Due, an East Austin restaurant and butcher shop on Manor Rd. Locally-sourced meats are their speciality, so vegans and vegetarians will only find a few items on the menu that are suitable, but everything found at Dai Due is delicious. When in doubt, order a meat board and a cheese board for the table and mix and match bites to your heart’s content. Then on your way out, grab some delicious baked goods to eat for breakfast the next day (if you can wait that long)!

Odd Duck

Odd Duck is a must-visit for residents of our luxury apartments in South Austin. Located on South Lamar, Odd Duck offers yet another incredible farm-to-table menu paired with great service that is ideal for special occasions or date nights. Consider making a reservation during their happy hour (5-6pm Sunday through Thursday) to grab some palomas while you peruse the menu of locally sourced New American fare.

That’s it for our favorite farm-to-table restaurants near our Austin luxury apartment communities! Don’t forget, if you want to shop our luxury apartments in Austin and other RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint as an Apartment Dweller

Did you know that the average American generates 4.4 pounds of waste per day, or that the average American home uses 867-kilowatt hours per month? Regardless of how many people share your apartment or what your personal energy needs are, there are little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and be mindful about your impact on the earth. You could even reduce your utility costs in the process! Today we’re going over some tips that can help you do just that.

Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs and Appliances

Every time you buy new light bulbs, appliances, or other electronics, take a moment to see if there’s an energy-efficient option available. For example, LED and fluorescent light bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. You can also find labels on many products that make a special note if they were manufactured using renewable energy.

When it comes to appliances, look for an Energy Star label as a quick way of discerning more energy-efficient appliances from less energy-efficient ones. It’s also worth noting that newer freezers, stoves, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers are considerably more energy-efficient than older models, so just by virtue of living in an RPM Living apartment, you’re wasting less energy than if you lived in an older or less recently updated unit.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

Eating locally and organically can reduce your carbon footprint as can reducing the meat and dairy you eat and focusing more on plant-based options. It takes a lot of resources to transport food, fertilize produce, and raise animals. Clearing space for large farms can also contribute to deforestation. If possible, try buying organic produce from smaller, local farms and reducing your use of beef and dairy products.

Use Public Transportation Or Carpool

Whenever possible, hop on the bus or train to get where you’re going. Public transportation has the benefit of reducing the number of cars on the road since it can transport more passengers at a time.

When you can’t take public transportation, carpooling is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Instead of meeting your friend somewhere, consider picking them up on your way there. Or, when the weather is good, opt to bike to your favorite local restaurant instead of driving.

During times of social distancing, simply reducing the number of trips you take (something you may already be doing anyway) can make a big difference. But be mindful of how the positive benefit of fewer car trips on your end may be offset by greater reliance on delivery services like food and grocery delivery, which can result in car emissions and extra packaging waste. When ordering items online, you may have options to reduce the amount of packaging used and/or consolidate items into a single shipment, which is easier on the environment.

Reduce Your Water Usage

Besides shaving off a few minutes from your shower time and turning off the water between steps when you brush your teeth and wash your face, there are a few things you can do to reduce your water usage. Wash your car less often. Have only climate-appropriate plants at home to avoid the need for extra watering. Maximize the efficiency of your dishwasher and washing machine by not running them when they are partially empty.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

We’ve already touched on a few areas where you can reduce the waste you create by eliminating extra packaging or reducing your water use. But the classic three R’s are the golden rule of early environmental pedagogy for a reason. Whenever you safely can, reuse products as many times as possible before tossing them and if you’re able, always recycle instead! Many of our RPM Living communities make it easy with a community recycling program.

That concludes our tips for reducing your carbon footprint! We strive to make it as easy as possible for our residents to make energy-efficient choices that are good for our community and the planet! If you found this post useful or interesting, we encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues! If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

How & When To Clean Common Household Appliances

Modern, energy-efficient appliances are a must-have for renters, but in order to enjoy consistent functionality for all your appliances, regular cleaning is also a must. Residents are often unsure how often they should clean their apartment’s major appliances or what method works best. That’s why we put together this blog post on how to clean the top home appliances at our luxury apartments AND how often you should do it. Let’s jump right into it!

Washing Machine

Regular cleaning helps clear out residue and keep your washer running smoothly. To clean a washing machine, run an empty load once per month with hot water and about a cup of distilled white vinegar to sanitize the basin and wipe out any lingering germs.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher should be cleaned once a month to rinse away food residue and ensure your dishes are optimally cleaned every single cycle. To clean the dishwasher in your apartment, run an empty load with a cup of white vinegar placed in the top rack of the washer (inside a dishwasher-safe vessel). Use hot water. Leave the dishwasher open to fully air dry.

Microwave

There’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to how often you should clean your microwave; just be sure to do it whenever it’s dirty in order to avoid stains and stuck-on food that just gets worse over time. When cleaned regularly, using plain old dish soap, water, and a sponge will typically suffice. For stuck-on particles, microwave a cup of white vinegar or water in a microwave-safe dish for 5-10 minutes, then clean as normal.

Refrigerator

The refrigerators at our apartments should be cleaned once every few months or whenever dirty. To begin, remove everything from the refrigerator, including drawers and shelves. Clean everything with soapy water or diluted vinegar. Don’t use surface cleaners with non-food-safe chemicals. Make sure to clean the gasket around the fridge door (the part that makes the door seal) with soapy water. If even with regular cleanings, you experience problems with a smelly fridge, baking soda can be kept in the fridge to help eliminate fridge odors.

Stove & Oven

If you cook at home, your stovetop is likely the item on this list that should be cleaned the most often. Clean your stove and oven whenever dirty, especially because leaving them dirty can create smoke or even fire AND make stains and stuck-on food harder to clean later. If the stovetop is cleaned regularly, warm water, dish soap, and a sponge should do the trick. To clean your oven, place an oven-safe pan filled with water on a rack in the middle of the stove and heat to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Wait 15 minutes, then turn off the oven. When cool to the touch, mix remaining water with dish soap and use a sponge to clean out the oven.

That’s it for our tips on cleaning your household appliances! As always, if you’re looking to live in a community that makes it easy to care for your apartment, you can always shop RPM communities across the US by checking out our Communities page!

Best Seafood Restaurants in Houston

It’s no secret that Houston is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Texas! With the gulf just minutes away, fresh fish, shellfish, and crustaceans are coming into the city every day, leading to an abundance of surf & turf restaurants, sushi bars, oyster bars, and Cajun-inspired eateries. Luckily for residents of our luxury apartments in Houston, there are plenty of options to choose from no matter what neighborhood you call home. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Captain Tom’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

Captain Tom’s is a bit of a drive if you don’t live in northwest Houston, but it’s well worth the trip! Captain Tom’s is well known for its diner-like, unfussy atmosphere (in the shape of a boat) coupled with some of the best seafood in town. Locals rave about the gumbo, oysters (fried or on the half-shell), fried shrimp, micheladas, low prices, and great service. It’s a popular spot so you may have to wait for a seat but if that doesn’t bother you, you’re bound to love it.

Goode Company Seafood

Located near our luxury apartments in River Oaks, Houston and not far from the Museum District, Goode Company Seafood is best loved for its crawfish and oysters. It also offers a relaxed atmosphere that is less bustling than what you’ll find at Captain Toms, so it’s a good option for a casual date night. When you go, be sure to try the campechana and consider getting the gumbo and mesquite smoked oysters as well.

Roka Akor

Among the pricier options in town, Roka Akor is nevertheless well worth a visit. It’s located near our luxury apartments in River Oaks and near the Galleria. This Japanese steakhouse is one of the best places in town to get sushi as well as seafood classics like crab legs and shrimp tempura. You’ll also find delicious Wagyu beef entrees, unique desserts, and an extensive whiskey menu (as well as other spirits, beers, and cocktails). Perfect for a special occasion or date night.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Also located near our River Oaks apartments, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is another great spot for elegant dining and a wide selection of seafood dishes. It may be a chain, but Eddie V’s delivers unique dishes (alongside all the classics) enhanced by excellent service and live jazz music. While you’re there, try the lobster tacos, fresh oysters, crab fried rice, and bananas foster for dessert.

1751 Sea and Bar

For those who live near Rice Military/Washington Ave, 1751 Sea and Bar is a great place to enjoy seafood and gin drinks. When you visit, try the scallop chawanmushi, oysters from the raw bar, and pork belly with kimchi. If you’re looking for the perfect martini, this is also one of the best places in Houston to find it.

That’s it for our top seafood restaurants in Houston! Don’t forget, if you want to shop our luxury apartments in Houston and other RPM communities across the US, don’t forget to check out our Communities page.

Tips For Living With Roommates

We like to make living with roommates as comfortable as we can at RPM Living communities by providing convenient payment platforms, attentive resident service, and well-maintained amenities inside your apartment and out. Still, living with others isn’t always easy, and if you have roommates, it’s important to be thoughtful, respectful, and communicative in order to create a home that everyone enjoys living in. These five tips can help you develop excellent roommate relationships and a pleasant living environment.

Set Ground Rules and Stick To Them

Every group of roommates should have some kind of roommate agreement, whether it’s written down or just discussed in person. There are lots of logistics when it comes to sharing a home and failing to set expectations, boundaries, and responsibilities is bound to result in some discomfort. Take some time when you first move in with someone to discuss how you’ll handle things like cleaning the apartment, cooking meals, running the dishwasher, inviting people over, stocking the fridge/pantry, and so on. Once you’ve set these ground rules, stick to them. If you find any of them no longer suits you, have an explicit conversation with your roommates to discuss potential changes before you abandon any rules you had initially agreed upon.

Respect Others’ Privacy

You may be living in the same apartment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain privacy! Make sure you don’t enter your roommates’ bedrooms or bathrooms unless invited. Be mindful of your roommates’ needs to sleep and spend time alone and make sure you’re not compromising their ability to do so. Even if you’re best friends with your roommates, we all need a little privacy in our lives; in fact, bear in mind that your roommate(s) may need more privacy than you do, especially if they identify as an introvert.

Always Clean Up After Yourself

You should be explicit about how you and your roommates will handle cleaning, but in general, it’s always kinder to clean up after yourself. Put your dirty dishes in the dishwasher and never hoard them in your room or leave them in a place that your roommates will need to use like the living room or sink. Throw away trash promptly instead of leaving it around. Never leave clothes lying around outside of your bedroom, especially dirty ones. Your private bedroom can be as messy as you like (within reason), but shared spaces should always be kept in a state that all can enjoy.

Practice Good Communication

There will inevitably be times when you and your roommate(s) clash, make mistakes, or fail to live up to your responsibilities to each other. As long as you have the ability to communicate effectively with each other, these situations don’t have to create major conflict. Make sure to be honest and respectful to each other while holding each other accountable. Share your feelings and ask nicely for behavior to change. If you’re the one at fault, be open to constructive criticism and apologize, then promise to do better and make good on that promise. Remember, you all want the same thing when it comes down to it: a good place to live. Create an environment where you and your roommates can continuously get better at meeting that goal.

Live and Let Live

You and your roommates all want to live life to the fullest and you all have an equal right to do so. So chase your bliss, but make sure doing so never impedes upon your roommate’s ability to do so as well. Don’t blast music loud enough for your whole apartment to hear, don’t monopolize access to in-home amenities like the TV or kitchen, and avoid interrupting your roommates when they’re hard at work or taking time to recharge.

That’s it for our roommate tips! If you found this post useful or interesting, we encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues! If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

How To Pet Proof Your Apartment

We love pets at RPM Living, so much so that unlike many property management companies, we impose no breed restrictions at our communities! Still, one of the downsides to owning a pet is the toll they can take on your apartment. Even well-behaved pets sometimes leave behind damage or make your living space a little less comfortable for you and your family or your roommates. Luckily, there are some very simple steps you can take to help pet-proof your apartment, preventing damage and minimizing discomfort. Here are our top pet-proofing tips for dog and cat owners living in apartments.

Pet-Proofing Tips for Cat Owners:

One of our top pet-proofing tips for cats is to have plenty of scratch-friendly items. In fact, get multiple types if you’re unsure what kind your cat will prefer. Scratching posts, cat trees, scratch lounges, and other scratch products use rope or corrugated cardboard to provide a spot where your cat can engage in their scratching instinct without harming your furniture, curtains, or other areas. Remember, scratching helps keep your cat’s claws healthy, so the goal is not to prevent scratching entirely, just to make sure they are scratching in approved locations.

You should also ensure that you have multiple litter boxes (and clean them regularly). Most vets recommend having one litter box per cat plus one extra. This helps ensure that your cat has a comfortable place to do their business. Many cases of cats urinating outside of a litter box are due to insufficient litter box availability or cleanliness—cats can be pickier about this than you might think, and can even develop stress-related urinary tract issues if not provided with just the right litter box arrangement.

For cats that fight, spray, or scratch where they aren’t supposed to, consider a feliway diffuser. This harmless diffuser releases a pheromone into the air that cats release when they are feeling at ease. For some, adding feliway diffusers helps reduce stress-related behaviors and aggression between cats.

Pet Proofing Tips for Dog Owners:

For dog owners, we highly recommend getting a safety gate. A gate can be a great way to introduce a new dog to one part of your apartment at a time without having to keep them behind a closed door. It also provides an option for separating visiting pets and/or people from your own pets and gives your pets a safe place to retreat to if they’re feeling anxious.

Getting a puppy? Definitely use puppy mats to help train them to use the bathroom in designated areas while they’re still on their way to being fully house trained.

General Pet Proofing Tips:

For both cats and dogs, ensuring your animal is fixed (if they are old enough) can help address undesirable behaviors and ensure all animals in your apartment are living together harmoniously.

When it comes to protecting your furniture, consider water-resistant furniture protectors like mattress covers, Scotchguard spray, or naturally resistant materials like faux leather.

It’s also important to have toys that captivate your pet’s attention. This will help keep them from directing their playful attention toward your furniture, clothing, and other belongings. Note that automated toys can be great for pets with boundless energy, but nothing beats setting aside time to play with your pet yourself.

For pets that like to chew on cables and cords, try a chew deterrent spray or electric cord protectors. These help prevent harmful electric shocks and damaged appliances.

Additionally, always ensure toxic items (including plants) are out of reach. Bear in mind that dogs and cats both have a habit of getting into unexpected places, especially if looking for food. You may even want to look into baby-proofing cabinet locks and similar items.

Finally, definitely go ahead and invest in a pet-specific cleaner spray that neutralizes odors. Even for well-behaved pets, having this spray on hand can help address pet-related messes quickly enough that they don’t leave behind lasting damage to furniture or fabrics.

That’s it for our pet-proofing tips! As always, if you’re looking to live in a community that takes pest control seriously, you can always shop RPM communities across the US by checking out our Communities page!