Spooktacular Halloween Hoopla – Bridger Property Management

Happy Halloween

Yes, it’s that time of year again. We are about to enter into the biggest holiday season of the year. The beginning of the excitement always starts with Halloween. Don’t make the grave mistake of letting this time pass without having some fun. This can be a great time for you to get into the spirit of things and go crazy with ideas.

1. Carve Out Some Ghoulfriend Time

smiling pumpkinsA Halloween past time has always been pumpkin carving. This is an artistic activity that can be fun for all ages. This time of year does not have to be all about the spooky and creepy. Think outside of the box when looking at designing your pumpkin. You can use paint, lace, carving tools, etc. The sky is the limit with your creation.

Take this opportunity to encourage your child’s creativity, decision making, and problem solving skills by including them in the choice of the size, shape, color, etc. for the pumpkin that they would like to transform into their own personal creation. Set the imagination of the child free, and you may be surprised at the masterpiece you have for your front porch, window sill, or even your table.

Not everyone has children, but this does not mean that you cannot get into the Halloween spirit. For those of us who either do not have children, or our children are all grown up, you can still enjoy this holiday adventure in creativity. Take this opportunity to carve out some spooktacular Halloween fun with friends. Invite some friends over for a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party, costumes optional. You can have snacks, good conversation, maybe some boorific drinks, and great fun developing personalized pumpkins.

2. Exorcise the Old

halloween decorationsDecorating your apartment rental is always a great way to get into the spirit of the holidays. Halloween is no different. One great idea is to use string lights to spell something fun on your wall, door, or other area of your home. You could also place festive items around your home and your front porch area. Making a custom wreath of Halloween décor is another creative way to connect with your inner skelefun. You could even take those amazing pumpkins you made with your ghoulfriends to put on display for everyone who visits you to enjoy.

3. Eat, Drink, & Have a Ghoulish Time

Have a big screen premier on a small scale level. Send out some invitations, and decorate your apartment in the spirit of the holiday. You can choose to make it a costume party or a special themed party, create some kooky treats, and set up a screening area. Plan ahead a few movies that you would like to show at your gathering. You can even mix it up between scary movies and comedic Halloween movies. Whatever you decide, just make sure to have a ghoulish time with your friends.

4. Trunk or Treat

Why sit at home by yourself on Halloween? Instead, you can have a fangtastic time getting the community involved. Set up fun resident activities like a Trunk or Treat area, “block” costume party, or even have a Halloween bake off with neighbors. Then you all can enjoy goblin up all of the treats together.

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Bozeman Apartment Rental Tips – Getting Along With Neighbors

neighbor cats

Whenever you reside in a community with other individuals, there is always a chance of disagreement over one thing or another. Maybe they listen to loud music, their dog barks constantly, or they park in your designated spot. Whatever the reason is, a huge confrontation does not have to occur. Instead of living with this resentment or frustration toward your neighbor(s), let’s learn how you can keep the peace for a happier home.

Tips for  handling disagreements:

1. Take Time

It can be very hard to reign yourself in when you have become frustrated or angry with the actions of another individual. The first thought is to handle the issue right then, but researchers say this is the worst thing you could do if you would like a positive outcome. How many times have you been angry in your life, reacted, and then later thought that maybe things would have ended differently had you had the chance to think before you acted? This is common, and happens to everyone. If something is bothering you regarding a neighbor’s behavior, don’t immediately go knocking on their door. This will most likely end with a verbal confrontation without resolution. Instead, take a couple of hours to step back from the situation, collect your thoughts, and assess the situation. This way you can approach the individual in a calm manner, allowing for a more open dialogue.

2. Resolution?

While you are taking that time to calm down before approaching the individual, you should also be considering what resolution you would like to have happen. For example, if the neighbor in question is having all night gatherings with loud music or other noise coming from their home, what would you like to see happen? Do you want the noise to end by 10PM on weekdays and 12PM on weekends? Make sure you are being reasonable in your request, and be able to calmly express why you would like to see this resolution in place.

This video is intended in jest, as a little comedy in dealing with neighbors. It is not meant to be taken seriously or as advice.

3. One-On-One

A huge issue that seems to happen frequently is gossip. I know we don’t like to think of ourselves as the stereotypical gossiper, but you would be surprised how often we “accidentally” bring up situations that involve others whom are not present while we are talking. When it comes to something that is emotionally charged, we have to be careful about gossiping as this could further increase the complications with the other individual. Keep issues with neighbors between you and that neighbor (and possibly the leasing office if needed). Attempting to handle a situation one-on-one without involving other neighbors will bring better results, improve resident relations, and increase the likelihood that you will be able to come to a positive resolution with the individual.

4. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

One of the biggest issues in any relationship arises because of a lack of communication. Verbal communication is always best, so this is the preferred communication style whenever possible. When you are ready to confront the neighbor, remember to stay calm. Your approach will definitely dictate the direction of the conversation.

If you do not feel you can calmly address the situation with the individual, you could try writing a neighborly note discussing what your concerns are. Make sure in your writing you are not accusatory, abrasive, aggressive, or vulgar.

Please keep in mind that there are some individuals who have a heightened response to any criticism. Although it is very hard, remaining calm and being the “adult” in the situation is crucial. If this is the type of situation you find yourself in, involving the leasing office or police may be required. Never put yourself in a dangerous situation in an effort to confront a neighbor about an issue.

5. Keep it to a Minimum

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Fall Apartment Preparations for Bozeman Living

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Spring has sprung, and summer is passing quickly. Going into local stores around town I am sure you have noticed the fall preparations beginning. Yes, I know it seems that we just got through winter, but fall is fast approaching us. Getting your apartment ready for fall can be fun, and it does not have to be expensive. Take a look at some of these ideas to spruce up your festive side and prepare for fall fun.

autumn foliage1. You Shall Not Pass…

The first thing that people see when they enter your home is the entry way. This is the gateway into your home, and you have to ask yourself, “What do I want the first impression of my home to be to others?” Every entryway (even those that are almost non-existent) can be spruced up to be welcoming, fun, classy, and say something about who you are.

a) If you have a small entry area, you could place a small end table with a work of art hanging over it to add style to your space.

b) If you are like most people in Bozeman, as it gets cooler, the bigger clothing items (i.e. jackets, coats, snow gear, etc.) begin to trickle out. Don’t fret. You can take various wall hooks and design a creative, unique area for guests to hang their items as they enter your home.

c) If you like to recycle items to give them new life, try re-purposing a garden trellis to establish a new artistic coat rack for your space. Simply give the garden trellis a face lift with fresh paint, attach some eye hooks, and voilà. You have an awesome multi-functional wall organizer.

2. Fall Fakeover

Every season you are pushed to change everything in your life to “keep up” with the ever changing trends and decorating ideas. Who has the time or money for that? However, there are many things you can do to give that fake makeover (fakeover) look to your space without breaking the bank to get those warm touches of fall.

  • a) Get fitted covers for your couch and loveseat. You don’t have to buy a whole new living room set. You can simply pick up a couple of covers in the warm colors of fall, and fit them to your furnishings in your living room.
  • b) Change out your throw pillows. Simply picking up a couple of seasonal throw pillows can completely change the look of a room.
  • c) Change out throw blankets in the room with some warmer, more fall like, colors.
  • d) Make some creative decorations like a fall wreath to hang as a focal point in the room and/or spiced candles with pine cone accents.
  • e) Add a large mirror, or a collection of mirrors to a wall, to open up the room, reflect more light, or just add a touch of art.
  • f) Add some fall foliage to your space to bring about the warm mood.

3. Knock the Dust Off

Chances are good that when the warm weather came, you put that thick blanket away. As everyone who has lived in Bozeman for any amount of time knows, the weather here can change any second. I believe the saying is, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait 5 minutes and it will change.” Now is the time to start preparing for that unexpected cool night, and get those blankets washed and ready.

4. Ring Around the Rosie

closet with many bootsJust like with your bedding, your clothing should be rotated as well. Yes, the warm weather is still here (for the time being), but it is good to start going through your fall items to see what you need to purchase and what you would like to get rid of. Also by going through your fall clothes, shifting things in your closets and drawers, and beginning to have everything ready for the seasonal changes, you are ahead of the game. If you wait until you need that coat, but can’t find it or it has a hole in it, then you will cause yourself undue stress and frustration.

5. Is There A Draft In Here?

Living in an apartment in Bozeman, you have access to a competent and skilled maintenance team. Check under your sinks for any leaks, feel around windows and doors for drafts, and ensure that all appliances are working properly. Contact your leasing office if you find any issues so they can address the problems before the colder weather rolls into town. Having these concerns handled now instead of when you have icicles coming from your ceiling will make for a much happier and comfortable transition as Mother Nature shares her weather adventures with us.

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Apartment Battles: Resident-1 Bathroom-0

clean duckie

One of the biggest hurdles of residing in an apartment is space constraints. Making the most of your space can be challenging, but completely doable. There are so many options you may not even know are out there for you to try in your home to achieve the illusion of space without compromising the comfort and beauty you want. Although this could be a chapter book of ideas for the whole home, we are going to focus on the bathroom for today. Stay tuned for more ideas for rooms throughout your apartment 😉
apartment bathroom

  1. Some apartment homes allow you to paint your walls (as long as you return them to the original color when you vacate). This could be a great opportunity for you to erase that cold or enclosed feeling you get with stark white walls. However, you will want to avoid dark or heavy colors for the walls. You can save those for the accent pieces to decorate your bathroom with. The dark or heavy colors have a tendency to make the space feel more enclosed or smaller. By choosing lighter (not necessarily brighter) colors, the room will have a soft warm cozy feeling without feeling bounded.


  1. If you have a regular shower curtain in your bathroom or are currently the proud owner of frosted glass doors, try changing these out for clear glass doors. This will add the look of the shower area as part of the bathroom instead of adding another illusive barrier to space. If you are unable to install glass doors, you can also try using a tie back to decoratively hold the curtain to one side.


  1. Try to open up floor space. Yes, this sounds like a no brainer, but often times we close a bathroom in by cluttering the floor area that we have to work with. If you have a linen closet, try keeping your laundry basket in the closet instead of the bathroom. You can also store other items like cleaning materials in the closet as well. Another option for saving floor space is to store your trash receptacle under the bathroom sink instead of allowing it to take up floor space.


  1. Establish a focal point of your room. Don’t try to force too much into a small space. Choose maybe a couple of accent colors, and stick with that. Being too eclectic with your space can cause the feeling of being closed in as there is so much going on in such a small space. This also decreases the ability to have an even flow in the room.


  1. Add a floating shelf high in the shower, above the linen closet (if it is in the bathroom), or over the door area. This will allow for creative organizing without intruding on the already limited space of the room.


  1. Try using an over-the-door towel rack. One of the unfortunate things about drying racks for the bathroom is that they take up useful wall space and can make your bathroom look cluttered. By placing the rack over the door, you are taking that “eye sore” from immediate view thus opening up the room.


  1. Use an over-the-toilet storage option. Many stores and on line vendors offer these special shelving/storage option for the bathroom. These are great for opening up areas, adding functional yet appealing storage options, and can really add that certain something to your space. They come in several varieties, easily assembled (usually), and can be inexpensive.

These are just a few ideas you could try to enhance the illusion of space and the feeling of your bathroom. But be creative and enjoy your undertaking of a small home improvement task. We would caution that if you decide to paint or otherwise change the physical structure of the room, please check with your leasing office first. This will ensure a smooth transition and no issues with lease requirements.

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