Being a good tenant means a more positive experience for all—and a good reference for you!
With a few simple tips, you can turn your renting experience into a great experience with a positive outcome. Be a courteous tenant and have a good relationship with your landlord by following these rules.
Pay Rent on Time
It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you want to stay on your landlord’s good side, pay your rent on time. Many tenants believe there is some sort of grace period and they can consistently pay their rent a few days late. You may be able to do that without any sort of late fee, but you are still paying your rent late—which means frustration for your landlord and possibly a bad reference for you when you leave. Make it easier on yourself and your landlord—pay your rent before it’s due.
Read Your Lease
Renters are commonly too lazy to actually read their lease, leaving them without a knowledge of the property or the rental agreement. This is a binding legal contract between you and your landlord before you sign it—read it! Know the rules of the rental space. Are you allow to have pets? How long is your lease? Can you make decorative changes or remodel things? Be sure you are informed about the place you live.
Be a Good Neighbor
Part of being a good tenant is being a respectful and courteous neighbor. Getting on the bad side of a neighbor could lead to some struggle with your landlord. Don’t make your landlord mediate arguments between you and your neighbor, sort out any disagreements respectfully, as adults. Make yourself a good addition to the development, your landlord will want to keep you around longer.
Communication is key for any successful relationship, this includes tenants and landlords. If you have a question about something, ask before you do it. Better to communicate beforehand and avoid potential problems. When there is a problem, be clear about what caused it. Even if you or your child or your dog caused it. The source will likely come out anyway, so be clear and upfront about it. Communicate any problems and damages that arise quickly and clearly.
Respect Your Living Space
Keep your home in good condition. Leaving your living space the same or even better than it was when you found it will surely put you on your landlord’s good side. Though this is not your house or your apartment, be respectful. Be clean, replace and repair damaged items. No matter how nice you are to your landlord, if you leave your rental space in distress, you will not get a good reference.
Landlords are busy people and are often overseeing multiple areas and multiple people. Be clear and communicative about any problems that arise, and then be patient. Understand that they may tend to higher priority things first. They may need to fix your neighbor’s heater before they address your squeaky door.
Morning exercises enhance your metabolism, giving your body the chance to burn more calories after your workout. Even doing everyday things will burn more calories when you work out in the morning. It will also give you more energy! Movement gives you energy and when you start out your day with a little moving around your body and mind are rejuvenated and energized for the coming day. When you work out in the AM, there is nothing to get in the way or give you a late start. The consistency of working out first thing in the morning will set your day off right. This practice of starting off your day with a little workout will also help you develop self-discipline.
To start off your day with a simple exercise routine, try some of these workouts. Each of these requires very little space and no equipment. You can even do these in your bedroom before hopping into the shower.
If you’re looking to tone your legs, this is the exercise for you. Start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands in front of you with palms facing the floor at about belly button height. In a running motion, drive your knees up hitting the palms of your hands. You will be hopping off the ground slightly, this is good! It will help you to engage your abdominal muscles as well.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Start with a light jog in place, just lifting your feet a few inches off the ground. Once you’re warmed up, alternate between intense running in place and lightly jogging. This will help you to boost your heart rate but still have some recovery time. To finish up, bring your heart rate down with a light jog.
Tone those calves with some standing calf raises. In standing position with your feet about hip-width apart, slowly transfer your weight to the balls of your feet as you go onto your tiptoes. Stand tall with your abdominal muscles contracted. Slowly lower back down and repeat the process.
After you work your calves, it’s time to focus on your quads. For an effective wall sit, bend at your hips and knees to form right angles up against a wall. Keep your feet shoulder width apart. Sit for 30 seconds to a minute. For a little extra burn, try squeezing an exercise ball between your knees.
The plank is a great exercise to engage major muscles in your body and strengthen your core. Start on the floor on your hands and knees. Step back your feet, one at a time, to create a straight line from the top of your head to your feet. Tighten your abs and hold. Try to avoid sagging your hips or having them too high in the air. The goal should be to have your body in a straight line.