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Tips for Passing Your Moveout Inspection

There seems to be a lot of confusion online about what expectations are when someone is moving out of a rental home. We want to help save you money at move-out by providing these tips for passing a move-out inspection without incurring extra fees. Did we miss any tips? Let us know!

1. If you’re doing DIY cleaning, do it thoroughly (This is one time when hiring a professional might be a good idea)

Doing your move-out cleaning yourself is a great way to save money, but there are pros and cons here like with anything else. Having a professional cleaning company perform the service not only takes some of the stress of moving off of your shoulders, but also enables you to obtain a letter from the company that may come in handy if you run into a dispute with your landlord. Still, if you choose to do the job yourself, it’s even more important you are very thorough and take photos when you’re finished so you have documentation. One major tip if cleaning yourself? Remember to do the floors last, or you’ll have to do them twice.

2. Clean cupboards, around handles, appliances, etc.

I was putting some groceries away the other day when I noticed some light discoloration around the cabinet knob. It wiped away immediately, but we forget that the cupboard-pulls get dirty over time as we are cooking. We may have a little flour or seasoning on our hands when we open that cupboard for the next ingredient, so it’s a good idea to do a special cleaning around all handles and doorknobs in your apartment, and wipe down the cupboards and doors themselves at the same time. This also applies to your fixtures including taps, which you want to leave in the best possible condition. Once you’ve emptied your cupboards, remember to wipe down the shelves to ensure you’re leaving them like new.

3. Patch those holes, even just nails

Once you’ve packed away your photos and other things you’ve had hung on your walls, it’s time to remove the nails or pins and thoroughly check each wall in your suite for holes or related damage. A quick Google search will turn up many instructional videos on how to perform these easy and minor repairs. Doing so correctly will ensure your move-out bill is lower, and your landlord is happy!

4. Baseboards, corners, and crevices

Baseboards, corners, and crevices are easy spots to miss, but important to clean nonetheless. Start with the baseboards and the corners, then move on to the crevices. A vacuum wand may be required to help clear things out for tricky spots. As mentioned previously, it’s important to do this cleaning before you clean your floors, as this will kick up some dust and dirt. This is also a good time to wash the walls, ensuring the cleaner you use is paint-safe and won’t cause any issues.

5. Use the right product for the job

As we mentioned regarding washing your walls, it’s important to use the right cleaner for the right job and to ensure the cleaner is safe by testing it on a small patch before deploying it throughout the space. This is pretty straightforward: for example, ensure you use oven cleaner and not Pine-Sol to clean your oven, this will avoid damaging an appliance you could end up paying a lot for. Don’t mix your cleaners, and ensure your area is well-ventilated while using the chemicals.

6. Repaint and repair

If you’ve made your apartment your own by painting some walls, now is the time to talk to your landlord and work with them to get the unit returned to the color and condition in which you received it. Ideally, you will have spoken to your landlord before having painted the wall, but either way, you will need to speak to the landlord to get the proper type of paint to ensure an exact match. Try for “close enough” or “good enough” and you will find that you’re on the hook for that bill anyway. Most landlords will appreciate your honesty and willingness to return the unit as you received it, so this should be painless.

7. Carpet Stains

If you have stained your carpet during your time in the rental, you will be billed for its cleaning or replacement. By dealing with it yourself, either by hiring a carpet cleaner or by trying to do it yourself with rented equipment, you may be able to avoid significant fees. For instance, if the landlord or their employee determines the carpet stain isn’t worth trying to fix, you could be on the hook for a full carpet replacement. By dealing with the problem yourself, you eliminate that risk.

8. Wash your Windows

This is a simple one, but many people forget to do it. It’s important to wash your windows before you move out. Depending on your apartment, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to clean the exterior but you will be responsible for ensuring interior windows are clean. For everything in your apartment, remember this rule: if you don’t clean it, your landlord has to pay someone else to clean it, and they will have no option but to pass those costs on to you.

9. Empty the Fridge and Cupboards: Leave NOTHING in the Unit

Not a box of baking soda in the fridge, not a shaker of salt in the cupboard. As we just mentioned, anything that the landlord has to pay someone else to do – even removing a handful of small items – can incur an extra move-out charge. You must take your garbage out; you need to ensure you don’t even leave hangers in the closet. If you brought it in, it must leave with you. Making it somebody else’s problem will simply make that a problem dealt with at your expense

Gallery Crawl Pittsburgh Theater District

Gallery Crawl hours:
Friday, July 22 | 5:30 – 10 pm

Supply and Demand by artist Ian Brill, is an interstitial navigation between beauty,  the sublime, and the picturesque. It is a collection of performative, light, and sound installations. These programmatic, site-specific works are the negotiated balance between a consistent set of rules, an evolving, symbolic language, and preexisting constraints. Pittsburgh resident Ian Brill’s work focuses on the accumulation of form through process. Through the creation of interactive, performative, and multi-sensorial environments, Brill considers boundaries of becoming, versus being, and our immersive relationship with technology.

The gallery crawl is at your doorstep, away from the privacy of your home at http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Backyard Park @ the StarloftPgh

Your new next door neighbor, the summer arts park is here in your Backyard at 8th & Penn, open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-9pm! Enjoy free live performances, dance nights, local food trucks and more as you swing through the season!

For free family fun in the Cultural District, the Backyard at 8th & Penn is the place to be this summer! We’re kicking off July with the Backyard offerings below, but you can always stay up to date and find out more at TrustArts.org/Backyard.

Remember, if you need a break from the excitement, just go into your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com.

See you there, Best, Janet/Charlie

How to make your StarLoftPgh look like an art gallery.

Turning your apartment into a fabulous art gallery is one of the best ways to style your place. You can fashion your space into a show-stopper with genuine, gallery-quality pieces or by creatively framing and positioning affordable reproductions, prints, and posters. While you get the artwork, remember that galleries are often minimalist settings, so decluttering your home will be part of your efforts.

When conversation starters drape your walls, there’ll be no more awkward dinner parties with icy interactions. With the decor tips we will share in this article, every room in your apartment will deliver color and pizzaz. Switch out the gloom and dreariness for daily immersion in art.

Transforming your starloftpgh into a never-ending exhibition implies that you focus less on furniture and more on your art pieces. The process will challenge your eye for detail and your ability to put together cohesive designs. Here is some ideas, so let’s get into it.

Opt for White or Neutral-Colored Walls

The appearance of your home is mainly determined by the walls. With simple white or neutral walls, your rooms appear larger, broader and have a more minimalistic ambiance. You’ll be able to experiment with a wide range of artwork as a result of this. Compared to crowded patterns or harsh tones, the colors and designs on the walls shine out better against a plain background.

You should think about the statement that a particular shade of white sends before choosing a can of paint. A white with somewhat warm undertones is fantastic for home decor. Too bright a white makes a place appear unwelcoming as if you’re entering into a grocery store or a hospital.

The starloftspgh uses the neutral oyster bar as the wall colors, and is very clean and appealing to almost everyone.

Set Your Space Apart With Sculptural Art

Sculptural pieces elevate the space above knick-knacks. Install large, stand-alone works on a pedestal to grab attention when anyone walks into the room. If you prefer, you can display smaller sculptures in groups of three or five. Lighting also has a role to play as illumination can highlight the details of your pieces. With a wall mirror behind the sculptures, you can also add depth and dimension.

Remember to keep delicate sculptures away from areas with high foot traffic to avoid accidents.

Drape the Walls With Art

Unless you’re an art curator, artist, or gallery owner, buying art isn’t something that comes easily to everyone. However, following a few straightforward criteria can make you realize that selecting art for the house is far more natural than one may expect. Though certain principles, such as investing in neutral sofas or carpeting, may be followed, utilize your wall art to make more eclectic selections. Express yourself through colors, content, and texture that speak to you.

Infuse Classic Designs

Pick an odd number of pieces with which you can arrange uniquely and artistically. Regardless of the total number on display, odd numbers often look better than their even counterparts. For a cohesive atmosphere, follow a color scheme, e.g., black, gold, and violet prints or paintings. Envision a layout and place your pieces on the floor before you hang them up.

Lit Up the Space

You can add a whole new way of looking at your space with smart lighting. The tricks of lighting are endless, whether it’s using light to accentuate your wall hangings or frames, choosing the appropriate lights source for an antique table, or installing faint yellow lights in a fake ceiling. The starloftspgh have enough controllable lighting to make this possible for you. You can also use lights to concentrate attention on certain places. You may also use fairy lights to create a relaxing atmosphere in a room.

Where to Get Art Pieces for Your Apartment

Pittsburghers like their art, particularly in the Culural district where local artists display, and sell their artworks. Empty walls can leave you feeling quite gloomy staring at those lifeless walls, particularly in the winter months. 

You can avoid this by using your some of your budget to make smart purchases to transform your house into an art gallery. You can get great works at pocket-friendly prices from the following locations:

Artsy

If you seek fine art from New York or international galleries, then you should check out Artsy. Some curators may chide you for buying art you did not appreciate in person, but it’s 2021, and e-commerce is the norm. Artsy sells works in all styles, showcasing artists like Jean Dubuffet, Damien Hirst, and much more. Though these do not qualify as cheap art, they host live auctions, display sales from international fairs, and give emerging artists a platform. 

Society6

Society6 carries artworks from hundreds of thousands of artists all over the globe. Their inventory displays creative works from international artists and designers who supply their original works to the company. Society6 then reprints them with high-quality materials, which makes them more affordable for you.

From wall art to tapestries, you can get them delivered right to your door. The artists are fairly compensated for their works by receiving the majority of the sale proceeds. 

Art School Exhibitions

Though you may wish for a Picasso or Basquiat, those may be unrealistic at the moment. In the meantime, why not stop by a college exhibition to support new acts? College students are taught the techniques of these masters and infuse their ingenuity in creating pieces that may one day be renowned. While their works may have not yet graced the walls of a top museum or gallery, this just translates to you having a genuine original.

Local Pittsburgh Artists

Live Downtown Pittsburgh

If you’re relocating for work, opt for downtown living in an elegant apartment. Downtown is a great, central location with tons of entertainment, walkability, and access to the trolly. Enjoy the cultural, and sports events on the weekends, a bustling development with 100+ restaurants and bars! Downtown is a great place to be for those who enjoy high-energy environments and don’t mind a little noise and traffic.

Call Janet for a tour of the Penthouse @ the http://www.starloftspgh.com

Make a Puppet

First Night, Cultural District Pittsburgh

Looking for some hands-on, creative fun? Head to the Family Tent, 5:30 – 7 pm, to help the creative team behind the signature New Year’s Eve Parade presented by Giant Eagle before it steps off at 8 pm. Teaching artist Alison Babusci and others will show you how to create parade ribbon wands. Afterwards, you can join the parade and march along Penn Avenue through the Cultural District!

Come out of your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com and join the excitement!

Downtown Pittsburgh Listing Deal You Will Want to Check Out in December

For many of us, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to live in Downtown Pittsburgh, especially when you find an amazing deal. This is what RentHop likes to refer to internally as gems. Thanks to years of accumulated rental data, we have some of the most affordable and quality rental listings the Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer. Our inventory of listings has grown exponentially over the years, this of one our favorite deals for rental listings.

The phenomenon of low supply/inventory of available listings continues into the month of December though demand has started to wane due to seasonality and the introduction of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. As a result, rental concessions being offered by StarLoftsPgh.com are remaining steady at pre pandemic rates (on average one month free) with some buildings not even offering any. Thankfully, RentHop is still getting a great inventory of gems. Today we’ll focus on some of our favorite deals in downtown Pittsburgh this coming December!

Please see more information for this gem http://www.starloftspgh.com

Benefits of small rise apartment buildings.

Being on the bottom

In a smaller mid-rise, the bottom floor is really just the garden level of the building. Those buildings with a few more levels may mean the bottom consists of 1-3 stories. Regardless, living on the bottom floors provide:

  • Easy access both into and out of the building
  • A quicker trip to ground-floor amenities like common outdoor space
  • The ability to take the stairs all the time rather than dealing with the elevator

You also don’t have to worry about annoying a neighbor below you should you want to move furniture around, invite friends over or just tend to walk heavily.

Benefit of your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com

Good day, Charlie

Lights On!

After many long months, the streets of the Cultural District will again be bustling, the theaters and galleries will be full, and arts lovers from around the region and beyond will share experiences, live and in person. Lights On! A Three-Day Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District marks this special occasion with more than 50 free outdoor performances, exhibitions, and more presented by your favorite Cultural District organizations, right next to your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com!