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Interview with the ApartmentPrepper

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  1. Atlas

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    Thanks, @Atlas! I'm redesigning the site and hope to launch the new version within the next week or so. Stay tuned!
     
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  3. Atlas

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    That's the best bit of advice right there.

    Good luck with the remodel @Bunker Bob I know that's not always a fun process, but it's usually worth it.
     
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    that's a good read.im Putting the space under my bed and sofa to good use.as well as shelves.store bought and home made alike....i have a end table that looks like a stack of books.top of it opens to the storage space inside of it.

    he also posted about being to prepper minded.and not taking time off from it.like taking a vacation of some kind.that's where my camping trips come in at.
     
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  5. Atlas

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    I hear that @Jerry D Young @jerry has some interesting apartment storage ideas as well. Under beds and the couch does make a lot of sense.
     
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    Jerry, thank you for the article. I've added to my archives.

    We are in a third (top) floor apartment and I can relate to the problems you note about moving both ourselves and our supplies up/down the stairs (no elevator). The building also sways in the wind and bounces in earthquakes (not rare enough here).

    I also vote for an upper floor unit due to more security from theft. The ground floor units are only a broken window away from thieves.

    We do have a fire hazard here (wood construction and gas fired heaters). I've looked at a roll-up ladder for at least one window. The lease doesn't allow for permanent ladder installation, but that may be a plus factor because the ladder could be deployed from whichever window is safer, in case of a fire.
     
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    I live in a condo with a raised 4 poster bed, specifically for storage.
    About a year ago, the wife discovered what was under the bed. She was like "What are all these cases under the bed?"


    One apartment tip....fake outlets and light switches make excellent stash spots for cash or other valuables. Just keep the faceplate and the switch, but behind it isn't wiring, just cash.
     
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    That is a good trick. I'll have to use it in the future.

    My wife is like yours, she doesn't pay much attention, then one day she sees something and says "really?!" The funny thing is she is always there when I buy it.
     
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    Our apartment management would "have a cow" if they found a non-working socket or switch (they do check in the annual inspections (PITA!). If I owned a home, I'd definitely install fake sockets because they are low and a determined thief would have to spend time, bent over, with a screwdriver, to inspect each socket.
     
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    Are all apartments as strict as yours @twp?
     
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    I'm sure that most apartments leases have an inspection clause. They do own the property.
    As far as cutting a hole in the plasterboard and installing a fake socket, we can't do it here, but perhaps other apartments might allow it, don't know.
     
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    Do they just have a look around? Or do they check everything to make sure it still works as well?
     
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    Here, at least, they check all faucets, light bulbs and appliances and general housekeeping (neatness nannies). They don't check all wall sockets, probably because they can't reach all of them. The furnace gets an annual inspection and air filter change. Definitely a "nanny" mentality. We've had two managers fired, in the last three months, because they really exceeded the bounds of their job. One of them send eviction notices to about half of the residents... The last one gave three day notice before inspection and they told many residents that they failed... Needless to say, there were serious complaints from residents on the last one.

    The complex changed owners last year and I think they wanted "their" people to be in charge, but they had nobody ready, so they hired outside managers... Mistake? I think so.

    Yes, a move would be in order...
     
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    Website redesign is pretty much complete. Need to verify a few things here and there, but let me know what you think!
     
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    Very nice. I like the new logo as well.
     
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    I actually use an old, unused cable jack outlet.
     
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    Ah ha! The cable outlet is a much better idea. They (the apartment manager/owners) don't inspect it because they don't pay for the cable connection. Thanks for the idea.!
     
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