Being a good neighbor during COVID

Being a Good Neighbor During COVID

The COVID pandemic has been rough on everybody, whether or not you or a loved one were infected with the virus. It’s been difficult adjusting to a “new normal,” and it’s particularly challenging if you have been cooped up for months with your roommates in your apartment. Here are some ideas for keeping your sanity and maintaining friendships and relationships inside and outside of your apartment community.

  1. Social distancing. That’s next to impossible when you all share common the same space but try to do your best by working from home in your bedroom. You can social distance in the common areas of your apartment complex like the hallways, elevators, mailboxes and laundry room. Wear a mask when you go outside your apartment, even if it is only for a few moments. You don’t know who has just been out there, their state of health and what type of PPE they were using.
  2. Be mindful of noise. The neighbors above, below or on either side of you are staying at home, too. Keep the noise down. You never know if a neighbor works night shift or needs to sleep during daytime hours.
  3. Be patient. Everyone is coping differently with the pandemic; some people may be terrified of contracting the virus, whereas others may have a more cavalier attitude. Tempers might be short; people might be tired or emotional. Be mindful of people you encounter out in public, as well as your roommates. 
  4. Buy only what you need. With the exception of disinfecting wipes, the supply chain has stabilized since the empty-shelf days of March and April. Unless there are extenuating circumstances in your community, there is no need to hoard supplies. Leave some for other shoppers.
  5. Volunteer. If you have older neighbors or other neighbors who are high-risk, offer to help. Can you pick up a few groceries? Take out their trash for them? Walk their dog? A little kindness goes a long way.


Lastly, take good care of yourself. If you feel sick, stay home and away from your roommates and neighbors. Practice good self-care. Immerse yourself in a good book or show on Netflix or Hulu. Meditate, journal or take up a new (or old) hobby. Talk to people. Eat a healthy diet and exercise. You know all of this stuff. Being the best you that you can be right now will help you keep peace of mind and relieve the stress of navigating this journey we’re all on together.

Tips for decorating a studio apartment

Tips for Make Your Studio Apartment Look Bigger

Whether it’s your first apartment, you’re downsizing or just prefer small spaces, you may find that a studio apartment is the perfect option for you. Studio apartments are great; they are economical and push you to make wise choices about what you really need in order to live well. Studios are a minimalist’s dream, yet you still may not relish the idea of feeling that you are living day-in and day-out in your bedroom. While studio apartments are compact, there are ways to maximize the space and make the apartment feel roomy. Here are some decorating ideas to give your studio apartment the illusion and feeling of being much bigger:

  1. Choose light, neutral colors for the walls. Light colors reflect light, thus making whatever they touch appear bigger. 
  2. Use mirrors to create an illusion of depth and to reflect the natural light. 
  3. Get creative with room dividers. You can use curtains, bookcases or shelving units to break up a room and create a living area separate from the bedroom.
  4. Create an accent wall with paint or artwork. The eye will naturally travel there, which gives the illusion of more space. Plus, it will add a pop of color.
  5. Hang curtains at ceiling heights. This will add height and a touch of coziness to your space.
  6. Break up spaces with rugs. Rugs also will keep the floor warmer an add interest, color and texture.
  7. Consider a Murphy bed. Murphy beds were very popular decades ago and are making a comeback. It’s great way to keep your bed out of sight during the day and eliminates that “hotel room” feeling.
  8. Use pegboards for hanging kitchen utensils and save valuable counter space.
  9. Make use of corners. You can use corner tables for lamps or books and corner shelves for storage.
  10. Get creative with storage. Can the space beneath your bed serve as a dresser? Can you use an ottoman for a storage container? One key to making a small space look much bigger is to keep clutter to a minimum.

Hopefully, some of these ideas will come in handy when it comes time to move into your studio apartment. You can get as creative as you want and safe trips to thrift stores and antique malls can be great sources for unique pieces that will truly reflect who you are. And of course, you can source all kinds of cool stuff online. A studio apartment can be charming and cozy and be your safe haven no matter what life throws at you these days.

Vision Communities offers studio apartment floorplans in Central Ohio. Browse our studio apartment options, available in Westerville and Clintonville and schedule a community tour with one of our property managers. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as ClintonvilleWesterville, and Worthington. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Exercising outdoors during COVID

Outside Etiquette During COVID

With working from home and staying in as much as possible the new norm, no wonder we are yearning to get outside to enjoy some fresh air. These restrictions are particularly tough if you’re an avid runner, biker or walker. As most states have opened up to some capacity, you still need to use caution —and common sense — if you decide to venture outdoors and get some exercise.

No one is going to contest that exercise is good for you. It improve cardiovascular health; helps you maintain a healthy weight and can stave off diseases like hypertension and diabetes. At this time, there has been no correlation between exercise and resistance to COVID-19, but exercise boosts the immune system, which is a strong defense against contracting illnesses in general.

Before you venture out, check with you local government’s rules about social distancing and which parks and trails are open. Even if the park you want to visit is open, services will probably be limited. Expect public restrooms to be closed, and there will be no access to water fountains or concession stands. Plan your outing accordingly.

Before you even leave your home, if you are not feeling well, stay home. It’s not worth the risk to yourself or others. If you absolutely must get out to get some fresh air and new scenery, limit it to your yard or balcony.

Wear a mask. A mask might seem like a real barrier to breathing and getting the most from your outdoor exercise session, but it’s important. Respiratory droplets from runners and bikers can actually travel impressive distances, which puts others at risk. Wear the type of mask that you can easily move down from your face in case you need to wipe your face or take a drink of water.

When you get to the park or trailhead, if the parking lot is crowded, that’s a good indication that the trail is going to be crowded. With many people working from home, or not working at all, parks and trails may be busier during “non-traditional” times of day. That’s why it’s helpful to have an alternative destination in mind, just in case.

As you head towards the trail or into the park, avoid touching banisters and any playground or stationary exercise equipment, like what is found along a circuit course. Consider those contaminated and stay away. If you are on a city street, the same goes for buttons on stop lights.

Infectious disease experts recommend participating in outdoor exercise alone, but if you are in a group, spread out. Maintain the minimum social distance of six feet. If you are passing slower walkers, announce your presence and let them know you’re going around them. An unwritten rule is to let the people going uphill have the right-of-way.

Be patient with others. Everybody is going through a tough time right now and displaying an outburst of temper does no good. If you are on the receiving end of somebody else’s wrath, ignore them and move on. Obviously, if you are seriously threatened in any way, call the police. Don’t depend on park patrol to intervene. At this time, a lot of government and local employees have been laid off or furloughed.

General rules of safety and common sense prevail during a pandemic. Avoid being out at night where you are more vulnerable to being hit by traffic or violence, and if you are out running or biking after dark, wear reflective clothing – and let somebody knew where you’re going and when you expect to return. Carry your phone with you but leave the earphones at home. You need to have all of your senses on alert. Stick to well-lighted paths; if you are on a trail, don’t venture off into remote areas.

Once you get home, disinfect your gear and wash and sanitize your hands. Drink some water; eat a snack — do whatever you typically do after an exercise session. You can congratulate yourself for being proactive about your health and safeguarding the health of others by wearing a mask and social distancing. Protecting yourself and others while exercising outdoors promotes goodwill and sets a good example for others. Remember that we’re all in pandemic survival mode together.

At Vision Communities, we are proud of our active communities and hope our residents stay safe and smart during this trying time. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment as needs arise. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Apartment living with pets

Welcoming a New Pet to Your Apartment

One of the very few, if any, positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic is that pet ownership has increased. If you are looking for a furry, feathered, finned or scaly friend to keep you company during these tough times, keep reading. A pet can bring you untold joy, entertainment, comfort and unconditional love. However, they can be quite a bit of work and are a responsibility that can span many years. If you get off to a good start with your new best friend, you will reap the benefits for years to come.

First of all, check your lease and with your property manager to make sure that pets are allowed. Many apartment complexes require a pet deposit and a small monthly pet rent fee. This money goes toward covering any damages that the apartment sustains due to your pet. Pets can be destructive. Dogs, especially puppies, like to chew on anything and everything. Cats love to claw at the carpet. Not to mention that “accidents” are unavoidable, especially when house-training a young animal.

Once you have the green light to bring home a pet, do your research and ask your property manager if there are any breed restrictions. Some apartments and even city jurisdictions prohibit breeds that they deem “aggressive” such as pit bulls, Dobermans and Rottweilers. Whether you agree with that assessment or not, you need to abide by the rules in order to avoid eviction or city fines.

Some breeds of dogs and cats are better suited to apartment living. For dogs, temperament, as opposed to size, determines how well they will do. Some smaller breeds are conditioned to roam and hunt and need a lot of space to run around and burn off energy. On the other hand, some large dogs need only one or two walks a day and are perfectly content to laze around the rest of the time. Cats are a little easier, but unless you enjoy constantly vacuuming and brushing away pet hair, a short-haired breed would be a better fit in an apartment.

Once you’ve chosen your new pet, take it to a veterinarian for a thorough check-up and to get all vaccinations required to maintain its good heath and to meet local ordinances. For example, most cities require that all pets have an annual rabies vaccination. Your veterinarian is a good resource for potty training guidance and where to take your dog for obedience and socialization. Cats, being independent creatures won’t need that, but the vet can advise you on how to coax the cat to use its litter box and how to keep it from destroying your furniture.

Introduce your pet to your apartment carefully. Let them wander around and sniff and explore. While a dog will happily trail around after you, don’t be surprised if the cat makes a beeline to the bedroom and hides beneath the bed. Don’t worry. As soon as the cat gets hungry enough, it will venture out in search of food. Give your dog and cat special bowls for food and water. They will know that it is “their” place for eating and drinking and won’t be tempted to drag food into other rooms or beg from your plate when you’re eating.

If you apartment has a dog park (all Vision communities do), your dog is going to love it! Gradually introduce your new dog to the dog park and let it get to know its canine (and human) neighbors. When walking the dog around the apartment property, keep it on a leash at all times, unless the dog park if “off leash.” For a cat, keep it indoors, which means keeping it away from the balcony or patio. A lot of cat owners set up “catios” for their cats, which is an outdoor enclosure where the cat can enjoy being outside but is prevented from escaping.

Make sure your new dog or cat has its own bed and plenty of toys and treats. Of course, don’t be surprised if they decide they like your bed (with you in it!) better than their own. Having a pet can be a very rewarding experience and with some preparation and patience, you will have a lifelong friend who will keep you company through this challenging period and in brighter days in the future.

At Vision Communities, our facilities are designed for the whole family, including pets. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment as needs arise. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 


Avoid Plumbing Issues in your apartment

Avoiding Apartment Plumbing Issues

Plumbing No-Nos

With everybody staying indoors at home more frequently now, many are dusting off their cooking skills and undertaking major cleaning and organizing projects. While maintaining social distancing and flexing the domestic muscles are laudable, they can result in major plumbing issues — if you aren’t careful. With more people staying home, maintenance requests at apartment complexes are on the rise. Keep yourself, your roommates, your family and the maintenance staff safe by following a few common-sense rules.

  1. The garbage disposal isn’t a disposal-ALL. If you are cooking and eating more at home, great! However, be careful of what you put down the garbage disposals. Do not put oil and fats, pasta and rice or fibrous vegetable scraps down the disposal. All of those can cause serious clogs in the disposal and plumbing lines. Instead, put these types of food scraps in a trash bag to take to the dumpster.

Tip: If the garbage disposal is stalling or sluggish for another reason, before you call the apartment maintenance office, try pressing the “reset” button on the bottom of the unit.

  1. Watch what you flush. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Do not dispose of feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers and wipes down the toilet as they can cause clogs, not to mention what they do to the municipal water treatment system. As well, do not dump buckets of wastewater from cleaning down the toilet as it could cause the toilet to overflow.

Tip: For small clogs, try using a plunger. You can buy one anywhere and they can clear up routine problems to avoid a maintenance call.

  1. Is it really an emergency? At some apartment complexes, maintenance has been cut back due to COVID-19 and will not respond to after-hours emergency calls that aren’t deemed a true emergency. Typically, in most apartment communities, emergencies are: loss of heat or air conditioning during extreme outdoor temperatures; toilet not working in units with one bathroom; no hot water, major water leaks and broken locks on windows or doors. Of course, check with your property manager for specifics regarding your apartment community

Tip: You will get a faster response if you contact the utility company directly about power outages after you’ve checked your breakers. 

  1. Staying safe during maintenance calls. The person who comes to respond to a maintenance call should be wearing a mask and hopefully, your property management company should have COVD-19 safety protocols in place. However, it is within your right to request that maintenance personnel wear a mask while inside your apartment. Wear a mask yourself while the work is being completed and limited conversation to the problem at hand and how it is being addressed. After the service call, disinfect all surfaces that the maintenance person, as well as their tools and supplies have touched, such as light switches and floors.

Tip: Have some paper towels on hand in the work area so maintenance personnel can use them to protect your surfaces and clean up after themselves.

Making the most of these uncertain times can have a positive effect on morale and result in healthier eating and a cleaner, more organized apartment. Just don’t let your zeal override good judgment and you can make life for yourself and your apartment community’s maintenance staff much easier.

At Vision Communities, we are dedicated to providing the best living experience in Central Ohio. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment as needs arise. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Doing laundry in apartment community facilities

Laundry Room Etiquette

If you live in an apartment without a washer/dryer hook-up, you probably have a shared laundry room in your building or somewhere else on the property. While it might not be the most convenient situation, it certainly beats having to haul your dirty stuff offsite to a laundromat, especially in the heat of the summer or during a frigid Ohio winter. If you want to maintain harmony in the community laundry room, here are some practical tips to follow:

  1. Be mindful of the hours. In many apartment communities, there are designated hours for when you can do laundry, which are usually restricted to “normal” business hours – so don’t try to sneak in at dawn or after midnight. The same goes for weekends, when the machines might be available during limited hours as to not disturb people who like to sleep in.
  2. Make sure to have exact change. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that you are short on quarters (or whatever currency is needed). Make a habit of buying a roll of quarters at least once a month when you are out shopping or running errands. Most grocery stores will sell a roll of quarters or make change at the customer service desk.
  3. Keep track of the time. How many times have you tried to use a washer or dryer and found it full of clothes and nobody comes to get it for hours on end? That is inconsiderate to other residents. Simple solution: set the timer on your phone when you put a load in either machine, so you can retrieve it promptly. The longer you leave clothes in the dryer, the more prone they are to wrinkles.
  4. Empty your pockets. Tissues, pens, chapsticks and other items that go through the washer end up with disastrous results. It’s also a nightmare to try to clean up. Do yourself and everybody else a favor and empty your pockets before you even head to the laundry area. 
  5. Remove dryer lint. If takes only a few seconds and is a common courtesy to other residents. Lint build-up hinders dryer performance and can be a fire hazard.

With COVID-19, laundry room usage may vary due to more people being at home during the day. Maintain your distance from other residents; you’d be surprised how many people like to socialize while doing laundry. Make sure you are wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing. If you can, try to gauge peak hours and avoid them.

Avoid handling other people’s laundry, no matter how tempted you are to remove somebody’s stuff from the dryer when you need to use it. If there are repeat offenders, let the property manager deal with them. Clean up after yourself.  If you drip water or spill anything, clean it up and throw your used dryer sheets in the trash; don’t leave them in the dryer for the next user to deal with.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to be good citizens when using the common laundry areas in our apartment communities. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Pool Tips for Summer 2020

Pool Etiquette During COVID-19

Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial” beginning of summer and signals the opening of pools around the country. However, this year, COVID-19 has definitely disrupted these plans. It’s a tough decision for property managers, who have to decipher regulations issues by the state, county, and in some instances, the city, which is not an easy task.  You can enjoy all of the outdoor amenities your community has to offer, but you’ll need to abide by the rules issued by your apartment management and use common sense.

  1. COVID-19 can’t be transmitted through water. This has been verified by the CDC. Chlorine and other chemicals used in the pool will kill COVID, so you’re safe while you’re in the pool. It’s what happens once you get out of the water, where you need to take precautions.
  2. Maintain social distancing. Pool deck furniture such as chaise lounges, tables and chairs need to be six feet apart. This furniture, along with other common surfaces, like railings, should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Don’t share goggles, water toys, floaties, etc., unless it’s within your immediate family.
  3. Wear a mask. Obviously, you can’t wear a mask in the water, but you can when you are socializing with people around the pool. It’s OK if you’re sunbathing and want to remove it, but once you start engaging with other pool-goers, you should put your mask back on.
  4. Cut out the horseplay. Sure, it’s fun to splash, do cannonballs, upend your buddy’s float, but use common sense. Not only does rough-housing annoy other swimmers, but it doesn’t help in the fight against spreading COVID. How? When somebody gets water in their nose or mouth, the first thing they do is get out of the pool and cough, blow their nose and wipe their eyes. Even with the benefit of chlorine, an asymptomatic person could unknowingly spread the virus as droplets can travel great distances and also linger for a long time on hard surfaces.
  5. Clean up your trash. Yes, there is always that person who leaves their trash laying around their chair. Trash blowing around the pool not only clutters the pool area but can increase the person to person spread of COVID-19.
  6. Wash your hands frequently. Even though you’re going to be in water, you still need to wash your hands before and after visiting the pool area. Carry your own hand sanitizer with you. On that note, the good news is that more local companies are making their own brands of “artisan” hand sanitizer, so the dearth is slowly being replenished. This advice is especially important if you use the restroom or shower in the pool area.

COVID-19 has put a crimp in everybody’s lifestyle but it is what it is.  Vision Communities is closely following the guidelines set by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. Our goal is to keep all residents safe while allowing them to enjoy the pool during the hot summer months. Be a good community citizen and do your part by keeping yourself and your fellow residents safe.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to be smart this summer but enjoy the experience of living in one of our apartment communities. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Working from Home in your apartment

Successfully Working From Home

You may be among the millions of U.S. workers who have been abruptly transported from the office to working from home (WFH). While this may be second nature to many, to others, it’s a brand-new concept. If you’re new to WFH, especially if you share an apartment with roommates, you need to devise a plan to be productive, keep the peace with your roomies and maintain work-life balance. The following are some tips for setting up a WFH space that will work for both you and your roommates.

  1. Set up a dedicated work area. Since all of you can’t work at the dining room or kitchen table, the best option is to create a work space in your bedroom. That way you can close the door which will signal to your roommates that you are busy and will also shield you from the noise of other people working. You’ll need a desk or table and a comfortable, ergonomically-correct chair. This is one area where you don’t want to scrimp, as you’ll be spending a lot on time in this chair. You could check with your employer to see if they have any kind of allowance or budget to assist their WFH employees.
  2. Set boundaries with your roommates. Agree in advance about work hours and when they realistically begin and end. For example, if you need to work late for a conference call or to complete a big project, ask your roommates to keep the volume down. You should also have your own office supplies, or create a system if you’re going to be sharing a printer, paper, etc. Be considerate. If you use the last of the printer paper, load up the tray or replace an empty ink cartridge.
  3. Source the right technology. Make sure that your computer can withstand the extra workload. Is it fast enough? Can it accommodate company-issued software or other products you may need to download? You might also be connected to a company VPN, which is a good idea for keeping work separate from personal and also offers a measure of security. Talk to your company’s IT department to make sure everything on your end is good to go. If you and your roommates are all online during the day, bandwidth and speed might become an issue. It would be a good idea to have a group call with your ISP if you suspect there is going to be an overload.
  4. Create a schedule. Plan your workday just the same as if you were going to the office. The only real difference is that you don’t have to commute. Get up at the same time you normally would, have your coffee, eat breakfast, check your email, the news, etc. Then, start working at the same time you would as you would in the brick-and-mortar office. Allow yourself a lunch break and close up at shop at the same time you usually would at the end of the workday. Exchange schedules with your roommates. Set some grounds rules such as when is it OK to interrupt each other. Emergencies only? Advice on how to word a sentence in a report? Computer help?
  5. Schedule breaks. For your physical heath and sanity, schedule frequent breaks throughout the day. First of all, it gives you an opportunity to stretch and rest your eyes. If you can, go outdoors. Take a short walk around the property. This is also a good time to talk with your roommates if these is anything you need to discuss that had to be put aside due to work. Avoid any emotionally-charged issues until after work. You don’t need the distraction.
  6. Leave work at work. Even if you are just moving from your bedroom to the living room. Leave work behind. One drawback of WFH is called work creep. That is when the line between work and personal time start to blur. This can lead to burnout. If it helps, make a plan. At 5 p.m., make a plan with your roommates that you’re going to watch a show on Netflix, go for a run, start dinner, etc. The same thing can apply to the end of the work week. Plan something to look forward to when Friday afternoon rolls around. A lot of companies now have virtual happy hours. You could join in that or plan something fun with your roommates like ordering pizza or trying a new craft beer.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to make our apartment communities home. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Learn plants that are great for apartments

The Best Plants for Apartment Living

Best Outdoor Plants for Apartment Living

If you think that living in an apartment means you can’t enjoy gardening, you’re wrong! Spring is here and now is the time to prepare your patio or balcony for the warmer months ahead. Container gardening is inexpensive and fun, plus, it’s not as labor-intensive as maintaining a traditional garden. You don’t have to dig, plant seeds or weed. Many plants species, including vegetables, can be successfully grown in containers. Central Ohio is in Zone 6, meaning that prime growing season is from that last frost to the first frost, roughly May 1-November 1. Some “crops,” such as lettuce and other leafy greens, are best harvested early and usually don’t grow as abundantly through the summer. Tomatoes should be planted as soon as possible but you’re going to have to wait until July or August to enjoy them. Flowers (annuals) can be planted any time and will last through the early fall. Herbs can be put out early and will last all season. As a bonus, you can bring them indoors during the winter, just make sure that they get plenty of light.

The key to choosing the best plants depends on how much light your patio or balcony gets during the day. Full sun means about six hours a day, partial is three hours, then there is full shade, but don’t despair if your apartment falls in the last category. There are plenty of shade-loving plants such as hostas. You can put plants in practically any type of container but make sure that there is adequate drainage, otherwise, the roots will get to wet and rot. If the container you want to use doesn’t have drainage holes in the bottom, that’s an easy DIY with a hammer and nails. Another benefit to having a container garden is that is will attract bees and butterflies and the occasional hummingbird. If you are interested in setting up a habitat to attract pollinators, you can check with your local university extension office or go online to learn which plants are native to this region and will thrive in containers.

Here are some popular flowerings plants and herbs that you can find at your local nursery or lawn and garden center:

  • New Guinea impatiens (low maintenance; like partial shade)
  • Lobelia (great for hanging baskets; partial shade)
  • Sweet potato vine (cascades from hanging baskets; full sun)
  • Caladium (greenery; partial to full shade)
  • Hibiscus (full sun; can winter over indoors)
  • Salvia (bees love it; full sun)
  • Hostas (greenery; full shade)
  • Marigolds (repels harmful insects; full sun)
  • Petunias (top-rated; full sun)
  • Roses (full sun)
  • Rosemary and basil (full sun)
  • Chives and cilantro (full sun)
  • Mint (full sun-partial shade)

These are some of the vegetable plants that will grow well in containers:

  • Lettuce (partial sun)
  • Spinach (partial shade)
  • Kale (full sun)
  • Chard (partial sun)
  • Tomatoes (full sun)
  • Green beans (full sun)
  • Jalapeños and chili peppers (full sun)
  • Zucchini (full sun)
  • Cucumber (full sun)
  • Radishes (full sun)
  • Sweet peppers (full sun)

You can grow practically anything you want in a container as long as you have the right sunlight, soil and container. It can help you feel productive and turn into an enjoyable hobby that requires little efforts. Flowers and plants add a pop of color to your patio or balcony, can help the environment and provide a source of fresh food. Add some comfy chairs, a table and some mood lighting (like fairy lights) and you can create an urban oasis to escape from the pressures of daily life. Relax with a good read, coffee, tea, wine or a mojito (made from your mint plants) and appreciate a little slice of nature in your own home.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to make our apartment communities home. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Apartment living with pets

Apartment Living With Dogs

Are you and your canine companion looking for an apartment? If you are, you’re in luck. These days, apartment management companies realize the importance of accommodating their prospective tenants who are pet owners and now welcome them. Most Vision Community apartment communities have on-site dog parks, as well as doggie stations throughout the property so dog walkers can clean up after their pets. Before you and your dog sign a lease, or if you already have a lease and are thinking about adopting a dog, these are some important considerations. 

  1. Time. Dogs need to go outside several times a day to go potty, and they need exercise. If you work from home, that’s great. If you work a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, you should be fine, but will need to attend to your dog as soon as you get home. If you work longer hours or travel a lot, you can either hire a dog walker or dog sitter. You don’t want to have a dog that annoys your neighbors all day because he/she is board and barks constantly. 
  2. Breeds. It’s a misnomer that only smaller breeds are best-suited for living in confined spaces; it’s based on the breed’s temperament. Large dogs like greyhounds and Great Danes like to lounge around all day, so they would work well. Some smaller breeds like terriers and border collies, are high-energy and need to run around. If they don’t have the chance to burn off their energy, they will resort to destructive boredom-busting behavior like chewing on the furniture. In many apartment communities, there are breed and size restrictions for dogs, so keep that in mind.
  3. Desensitization. When your dog moves into your apartment, whether it moved with you or came from a shelter, it needs time to adjust to its new home. Take it slowly. Start with taking your dog on short walks around the property or nearby neighborhood so it can get used to the smells and sounds. You can also let it meet your neighbors and their dogs while you’re doing this. You know your dog and can gauge when it feels comfortable, intimidated or aggressive. There are also many resources for dog training, such as your local pet supply store. You could take your dog to classes for basic training and get it used to socialization.
  4. Clean-up and accidents. When you walk your dog on the grounds, please be courteous to your neighbors and clean up the poop. Owner negligence is one of the main complaints received by apartments managers, especially from the non-dog-owning residents. Do your part. Indoor accidents are unavoidable, so you should stock up on cleaning and odor-removal products designed specifically for pets. You should probably also just realize that if you own a dog, you might not receive 100% of your security back when you move out. Many apartment complexes have an additional pet deposit that you pay when you move in, for this very purpose and some places charge monthly pet rent, usually around $25-$30, and this may be on a sliding scale, based on the type of pet and its size.

These tips can go a long way in ensuring harmonious apartment living for you, your dog, and your neighbors. With a little extra TLC, training and common courtesy towards your neighbors, your dog will be as happy living in you apartment as you are!

Vision Communities welcomes pets in our Central Ohio apartment communities. We encourage residents to bring their pets into our communities. We have dog parks and plenty of space for them to run and stretch their legs. At Vision Communities, we pride ourselves in the communities that we build. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family.