Tips & Tricks

Please feel free to browse our Tips & Tricks section for some useful articles around apartment living and self help tips to solve some common household problems. You will also find general recommendations around best practices to maintain your rental home.
January 12, 2024

Troubleshooting Steps for Refrigerators

When your refrigerator is not working as intended, read on for some first steps to resolve the issue on your own. Not properly working refrigerator are always worrisome as one weeks worth of groceries can go bad in no time. But here are some simple troubleshooting steps you can try to resolve the issue without...

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April 3, 2023

Air Gaps and Dishwasher Filters

While our dishwashers make our lives easier as they work their magic on making grease and grime disappear from our dishes, we have to do our part to maintain the magic. This includes cleaning the dishwasher air gap and filter.  Both of these should be done on a regular basis, however, one of the tell tale signs...

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January 25, 2023

¿Qué es el seguor de inquilinos y por qué es importante?

A primera vista, muchas personas asumen que el seguro para inquilinos es solo para proteger su propiedad personal. ¿Pero, sabía que el seguro para inquilinos en realidad ofrece tres tipos de cobertura? 1. Cobertura de propiedad o pertenencias personales: esto incluye artículos como muebles, ropa, productos electrónicos, electrodomésticos y juego de cama, por nombrar algunos....

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October 28, 2022

City of Santa Cruz Residential Food Scrap Program Info

City of Santa Cruz Residential Curbside Food Scrap Collection Program Did you know that 40% of food in the US is wasted and the average American household throws out 25% of the food they purchase? Santa Cruz County is making it a priority to reduce this waste and is expanding the Commercial Food Scrap Collection program....

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April 12, 2022

Property Maintenance Tips: Preventing Grease Buildup in Your Kitchen Sink

We at Distinct Property Management run into maintenance requests about clogged kitchen sinks at least once a week and in 99.9% of the cases the cause was a build up of grease, which has turned into black thick goo. Grease is a normal substance found in the kitchen, and comes from cooking processes and food...

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September 8, 2021

What is renters insurance and why is it important?

At first glance, many people assume renters insurance is only to protect their personal property. But did you know that renters insurance actually provides three types of coverage? 1. Personal Property or Personal Belongings Coverage: This includes items such as furniture, clothing, electronics, appliances, and bedding to name a few.  However, there are certain personal...

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