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Self Care in the New Year

Who is welcoming 2021 with open arms? We are right there with you!

After a long year of restrictions and canceled plans, there is no doubt that self care has fallen to the wayside for some of us. While some of you are at home every day, whether or not it’s by choice, it’s important to remember to treat yourself (and others) with kindness. It’s easy to get stuck in a mindset and lose the ability to come up with new ideas or ways to keep things interesting! Here are a few ideas to get you started taking care of yourself in the New Year.

Be present in the moment. 

Stay off of social media for even just one full day. This may not be an issue for everyone, but it is for some! Leaving the weight of what’s going on in everyone else’s lives behind for a day and focusing on you (or family) is good for the mind.

Try something new. 

Order takeout or try a new meal that you wouldn’t normally try. It’s so easy to get stuck in the same routine of the same 5 meals a week, or same 3 restaurants! It’s easy and familiar, totally understandable! Here at Villa Vineé, we are lucky to be located so closely to many wonderful locally owned eateries like Mahalo Poke Co., Lighthouse Pizza, Salween Thai, and Foodies.

Reconnect with old friends.

Life happens. Sometimes we lose touch with people we used to visit with regularly. Reach out! You might just make their day. There is something to be said about bringing a smile to someone else’s face in addition to your own!

Get rid of clutter.

You know that chair in the corner that you just knew you would use all the time but it’s now a coat rack? Yeah, that thing. We all have one! Free up that space and feel the weight off your shoulders. Go through your old clothes and donate what you haven’t worn in a year, or that shirt that you liked in the store but have yet to wear.  Just think of it as less clothing to fold or hang up! Don’t have the time or the right vehicle to get rid of furniture? Call Restore to schedule a time for them to come pick it up for you. For the smaller items and electronics, Goodwill has a location right off of 84th and West Center Street.

Lastly, get an extra hour of sleep.

Settle into bed early and catch some extra Zzz’s! More sleep=more health benefits and makes it not quite as painful when that alarm clock goes off in the morning.

From all of us at Villa Vineé, Happy New Year!

Weekend Emergencies and Online Maintenance Requests

As many of our residents know, the Villa Vinee office has temporary changed their hours as we have been trying to work through these unprecedented times. While we may not be there to answer the phone after hours, we do have an on-call maintenance technician who can assist you after hours. Whether it be a beeping smoke alarm, clogged sink, or pipe leaking, our maintenance team is happy to assist you.

To reach our on-call team after hours, call 402-393-1668 and follow the voicemail prompts to be connected to the on-call technician. Should you need to leave a voicemail, be sure to leave your name, a good phone number to reach you, and the reason for the call. They will call you back as soon as they can.

Another way to put in a maintenance request is through the online portal, Rent Cafe. Using the same portal you use to pay rent (and renew your lease 😉 ), you can submit a maintenance request anytime. *Just a note about using this feature, this does not alert any of the emergency maintenance staff. This should be used for after hours for minor maintenance issues only.* When you submit these work orders online, you can also see the status of the request. No more wondering if maintenance has replaced that burnt out fluorescent light in your kitchen. Once the work order is complete, you can also rate the maintenance staff. We always want to be know if we can improve in any areas.

Reach out and let us know if you need assistance with setting up your online account through Rent Cafe. We also have some magnets we would be more than happy to give to you with the after hours maintenance phone number for quick reference!

Renewing Has Never Been Easier

Along with many other companies, when the COVID pandemic hit us we had to reevaluate how we handled paperwork with new residents and current ones. We wanted to keep our residents as safe as possible. While we had already been working on getting our leases loaded to be available online, we had needed to push it a little faster along than we had planned. Luckily, we are now able to offer all of our residents who have registered with Rent Cafe a chance to renew online. The process is super simple! Just follow these four easy steps:

  1. When your lease comes up for renewal, let the leasing office know how long you are wanting to renew for. The closer it gets to the end of your lease date we will actually preload the renewal options into Rent Cafe so you can skip onto step number 2.
  2. Log into Rent Cafe and approve the renewal option you would like.
    • HELPFUL TIP: If there is more than one person living in the apartment, whoever is the main resident is on the lease will have to be the one who approves the option. If you are unsure of who that person is, reach out to the office and we can let you know.
  3. We will then push the lease through for all residents to sign.
  4. Once all the residents have signed, we will sign and viola! You have renewed your lease (and could theoretically be done without even leaving your bedroom.)

The great thing about being able to sign your lease online is that it will also be at your fingertips whenever you need it. We would also like to remind our residents that if you renew your lease within the first 30 days of receiving our renewal letter, you will be eligible for renewal gift.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions or concerns about signing your lease online!

It Pays to Live at Villa Vinee!

What is better than living at Villa Vinee? Getting paid to live here of course! We have an exciting opportunity for our residents for the month of October only. We currently offer our residents a $100 bonus for referring someone to live but we want to make this deal even better. We are going to add a $50 gift card for Amazon to this offer. How does this work you may ask? Let us tell you!

Step 1) Have a friend or family member looking to move? Let us know! We just need you to give us their name before they contact us.

Step 2) When your friend or family contact us, make sure they let us know that you are the one who is referring them.

Step 3) They apply! Once we receive the application and all fees, you will receive your $50 gift card for Amazon regardless if they are approved, denied, or they decide to cancel their application.

Step 4) After your referral has officially moved in, you will receive a $100 check from us in the mail to spend as you wish! If your referral decides to change their mind and not move in, you sadly don’t receive the $100 bonus.

This offer doesn’t have a limit on it so you can refer however many people you want! Just remember that it’s only for the month of October. Call us at 402-393-1668 or email us at vvleasing@roberthancockco.com for more details!

Preparing Your Apartment for Winter

It’s September and before you know it winter will be here. While many of us aren’t a fan of the snowy weather, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter preparations. Luckily, we have a few tips that could help make the winter season a little easier for our Villa community:

  • Store or cover your patio/balcony furniture – This will help keep your furniture from warping or cracking. This could also help you save a few dollars come spring time when you are ready to be outdoors again. Don’t have the space for more furniture in your apartment? Ask the Villa team about a locker or garage for extra space.
  • Check your windows for cracks along the frame and wall – Let the office know of any issues you may find and we will get our maintenance team in there to fill anything in. Also check your balcony door to make sure everything is sealed there as well.
  • Put up thermal or layer your curtains – Having  curtain can help keep the heat in the apartment. Just make sure that the back of the curtains are white or leave the window blinds up and install curtains above. Let us know if you need assistance in finding studs to secure curtains rod.
  • Rearrange furniture – Moving furniture away from exterior walls can help you feel warmer. You can move bookshelves to these walls to trap in the heat.
  • Draft guards – These can help seal underneath doors to keep heat from escaping. You can either buy them or, for our crafty residents out there, you make them yourself.
  • Boot tray – Boot trays can dramatically reduce snow, salt, grit, or mud being tracked throughout your home. They are also super easy to clean, especially when compared to having to clean the floors. Boot trays can be used any season or can just as easily be stored for the snowy season.
  • Blankets – While we all know that blankets can help keep us warm, did you know they can also get us sick? To avoid the cold/flu season, make sure to wash blankets and quilts thoroughly before using after taking them out of storage.
  • Humidifiers – As us Nebraskans know, the heat loves humidity. Having a humidifier in your home can help maintain the heat, keep away the sniffles, and reduce dry skin.
  • Keep your oven open after use – This tip is for our bakers out there! Keeping your oven open for a little while once you have turned it off, can help keep your apartment at a cozy temp and keep your heater from having to work so hard.

We hope that some of these tips will be useful to you and keep the winter season as enjoyable as possible. For those wanting to make Villa Vinee their home before the snow starts to fall, we have a few floor plans that we know you will love. Reach out to us to get details on move in specials we will be running in the coming weeks!


Farmers Market in Omaha

As the weather starts cooling down, kids are going back to school and vacations are coming to an end. We start to get back into our same old routines. Wake up, work, eat, sleep, and repeat. Weekends are now riddled with house chores and getting caught up with the family before getting back into the week day grind. With the continued awareness to COVID-19 many people find themselves staying home more frequently and avoiding (or dreading) being in public. The farmers market in Omaha can help relieve some of the stress from going to the grocery store while also helping our local vendors and farmers. Omaha currently has two locations people can visit: Old Market and Baxter Arena.

 

On Saturday’s from 8AM to 12PM (the first hour reserved for the elderly, high risk, and expectant mothers), the farmers market is held on the second level of the parking garage on Jackson and 11th street in the Old Market. At this location, entry is limited to allow vendors and customers plenty of space to social distance. Be sure to get here early, as later on in the day you can see lines forming outside of the entrance. However, the lines give you a good chance to listen to the street musicians showing off their talents. Many vendors here accept credit/debit cards. For the vendors who don’t have the ability to accept cards, customers can have their cards ran by a volunteer and receive tokens to exchange for goods.

 

If Saturday’s don’t work for you, there is no need to fret. You have another chance to visit the farmer’s market at the Baxter Arena location on Sunday’s. Many of the vendors who are at the Old Market location also come to this one. The market is open from 9AM to 1PM. They are also following COVID guidelines and limiting access to keep vendors and customers safe. This location does offer an ATM at the entrance for those needing cash to buy goods.

 

You can visit this website https://omahafarmersmarket.com/ to view which vendors will be where before arriving. Many vendors also accept orders during the week and will bring the orders to the farmers market for you to pick up. Saves a lot of people the disappointment of arriving too late and your favorite vendor being out of the one item you were looking forward to.

 

Both of these locations do ask that vendors and customers wear masks when they are there. They also ask that customers look with their eyes and wait for the vendor to pick up the items you are wanting to purchase.

May the 4th Be With You

For all of the Star Wars enthusiasts, today is your day! We’re sure many of our residents are making use of this rainy Monday to binge watch the movie franchise or just watching anything related to the series. We’re here to help  you maximize your movie experience in your apartment!

  1. Blankets and pillows are a must. We know our enthusiasts are in it for the long haul so gather all your blankets and pillows and move to the room with the biggest tv! Better yet, make yourself a fort with all the blankets. We believe we are never too old to have a fort plus there isn’t anyone around to judge, not that we would! Enclose the tv with the blankets as well to make it seem like you are at the movies. Make sure to close those blinds to make it darker in the fort.
  2. Snack, snacks, and more snacks. Popcorn, candy, cookies, pizza, soda! If it’s not good for you, you should have it. No movie watching experience is complete without the snacks and drinks.
  3. Friends! We know that we are still quarantining and need to gather in groups smaller than 10 but that doesn’t mean you can’t Facetime, Skype, or Zoom with your friends.  Movies are so much better when you share the experience. We’re sure you know someone who quote the movie just as well as you can.
  4. Customize your intermissions! Try to time your intermissions for in-between the movies. Nobody wants to pause a movie, especially during the exciting parts. Or if you must pause the movie, try to plan out the events so they aren’t during the lightsaber fight scenes.

We hope that these tips help you with your movie marathon. Practice your fort making skills to impress your friends for when we come out of this quaratine! Needing more space for your forts? We have two bedroom apartments that perfect for our fort builders! Call us at 402.393.1668 or email vvleasing@roberthancockco.com and let us help you find the perfect apartment for forts!

Balcony Do’s and Don’ts

Being quarantined with nice weather, many of Villa’s residents can be seen preparing their balconies with new furniture and decorations. While we love to see our residents relaxing outside, we do want to remind everyone what we do and don’t permit:

  • DO – Please feel free to have plants on your balcony. We just ask that you have some sort of protection under them to prevent dirt and water staining your balcony or leaking to any other balcony. Residents are responsible for any water or material falling from the balcony area or damage done to the balcony.
  • DON’T – We do not allow any signage, flags, or banners to be displayed from the balcony.
  • DO – Hang outdoor decorative lights that correlate with the appropriate season.
  • DON’T – Please don’t store your bicycle or motorcycles on the balconies. We have bike racks and garages available for those needing additional space.
  • DO – Relax on your balconies with lawn or patio furniture. Please avoid having any indoor furniture outside.
  • DON’T – Please avoid hanging clothes, storing/keeping shoes, or storing trash/recycling. We have lockers available to rent if you are needing additional space. Also don’t have any bird or animal feeders on the balconies as this can cause unwanted pest issues.

While we can’t cover every instance, please use your best judgement. When in doubt, feel free to call or email us to ask what you can and can’t have.

We also have a few two bedroom apartments opening up in June that have balconies for those who are wanting more space and sunlight in their life. We would love to give you a virtual tour or send you pictures. Call us at 402-393-1668 or email us at vvleasing@roberthancockco.com for availability!

2 Bedrooms Available Now at Villa Vinee

With schools closing down due to the virus spreading around, we know students are looking for apartments to move into quickly. While we don’t have many apartments available, we do have a two bedroom that is perfect for those looking to have a roommate.

Villa Vinee has a two bedroom that is available for immediate move in. This two bedroom is located on the second floor and comes with a balcony. For those who enjoy natural lighting, this unit would be perfect for you.

You can expect to have plenty of room for studying and lounging as this unit is 1100 square feet. With a spacious living room, you will be able to bring your coziest couch and recliners with plenty of room for a desk to finish your classes online. It also comes with a ceiling fan and track lighting to highlight how spacious your living room is. You would also have space for a dining room table to hold the homemade goodies you have whipped up in your open kitchen. This recently remodeled kitchen has a mounted microwave to free up counters, a built in cutting board and newly installed handles on all of your cabinets and drawers.

Other special notes about this unit, there is are ceiling fans in both of the bedrooms to help keep the apartment cool in the summer and regulate the heat in the winter. We also have wood floors in the kitchen and bathroom areas and carpet in the living room and bedrooms for additional comfort.

Perks with living at Villa Vinee would include access to our pool in the summer time, the newly remodeled fitness center, quarterly tenant events with chances to win prizes, and on-site parking. Call our leasing office at 402.393.1668 or email us at vvleasing@roberthancockco.com to schedule an appointment. We also offer virtual tours for those wanting to stay indoors. These units go quickly so make sure to get in before it’s gone!

Maintaining Your Appliances

With Spring quickly approaching, a lot of people are getting ready to do their yearly chore of Spring Cleaning. We have found a couple of tricks to help maintain your clean household through out your year while also keeping your appliances around for as long as possible. We also hope some of these tips will help reduce, or even eliminate, having to call a specialty service company or a housekeeper.

  1. Garbage Disposal – Did you know that even if you don’t use your garbage disposal it can still get clogged? If you don’t use it very often, make sure to run cold water down it once a week to maintain it. If you do use it on a consistent basis, make sure to avoid putting certain foods like leftovers, grease, stringy fruits and vegetables, bones, egg shells, and fruit rinds. It’s a common myth that egg shells and lemon rinds sharpen blades. The membrane in egg shells can actually clogged up your disposal while lemons can twist the blades causing them to get caught on each other. Also make sure that nothing non-food related gets put down there either.
  2. Stove/Oven – One of the hardest things to clean in the kitchen is the oven. Things can get burnt on bottom the oven causing your house to have a lingering smoke haze after you open it. To avoid smoking your family out of the house, do a self clean on the oven consistently and wiping up spills after it cools. For the stove top, consider covering the top with foil when making those super messy meals. It will make clean up a breeze! Also make sure you frequently wipe down the stove top to avoid burnt on food and possible fires if you have a gas stove.
  3. Dishwasher – Many times they don’t need much maintenance. However, with little usage the seals can dry up and crack causing your dishwasher to leak. Make sure to run the dishwasher frequently so the seals don’t dry out.
  4. Refrigerators –  Refrigerators need very little maintenance as well. Most just need the coils on the back dusted and the drip pan underneath vacuumed out.
  5. Washers/Dryers – Doing the biggest laundry load possible is always the goal but make sure you aren’t over filling the washer. Overfilling the washer can cause the belts and motor to become damaged. Also doing small loads allows the detergent to work properly getting the clothes cleaner.

Keep these tips in mind to keep your appliances around for the long haul!