Tour Madison High-rise Apartments: Open Houses

Visit Madison High-rise Apartments during their Open House!

Starting 10/5 at noon, Madison Property Management is opening up their University of Wisconsin Campus high rise apartments for tours! See which building you would like to live in next year, looking at various styles, locations and other amenities for off campus housing before making a decision to sign a lease. Continue reading

Check Out Tips

Check Out – Quick Tips for Moving Out

In order to have the most efficient move out with MPM, follow the tips in the below video. You’ll see advice for cleaning as well as other recommendations. These suggestions will save you time in the check out process.

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Stay Cool in the Summer and Save Money

The simplest way to save money for the rest of summer and warm early fall is to cut down on your air conditioning usage.  The downside of turning off your AC is that it will definitely get hot! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you stay cool.  The three biggest things to think about are air flow, heat sources, and your personal body temperature. Continue reading

Things to do in Madison this Summer

Madison SummerIf you are going to be in town this summer, you are definitely in luck. Madison has a lot to offer when it comes to enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.  Summer is arguably the best three months of a Wisconsin year. Without studying and Badger Athletics to occupy your time, you can spend your summer checking off the items on our:

“Summer in Madison Bucket List”

  • Law Park: Water Ski Show: Starting Memorial Day weekend all the way to Labor Day, The Mad-City Ski Team has home ski shows on Sundays in Law Park. Go for the Junior Team show at 5:30 and stay for the Main show starting at 6pm.
  • Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 6am to 2pm you can visit the Capitol Square for locally sourced and grown foods.
  • Brat Fest: Memorial Day Weekend, May 22nd – 25th join in the 3.5 million brat grill out!
  • Dane County Fair: July 15-19th #ExperienceIt at the Alliant Energy Center. Exhibits, Carnival, Food, Music and all day entertainment.
  • The Zoo: The Henry Vilas Zoo is open 9:30am-5pm daily and it’s Free!
  • Picnic Point: Bring friends, your walking shoes and a picnic! The historic area and trails right along the lake are absolutely beautiful on a sunny day.
  • Betty Lou Cruise: Lake Monona or Lake Mendota, Betty Lou has just the tour for you.
  • Terrace Entertainment: Live Music 4 days a week at the Union Terrace!
  • Rooftop Dances: Starting in June, the Monona Terrace hosts Rooftop concerts and then rooftop dances starting in August!
  • Mallards Game: The “Duck Pond” at Warner Park hosts family friendly Minor league baseball thought-out the summer.
  • Clean Lakes Festival: Most likely the last weekend in July again this year, this event allows you to enjoy many Lake activities for free or low cost in order to build awareness about lake cleanliness.
  • Bike Trails: Madison is pretty bike friendly! There are a lot of resources to help you find a new route or trail. Click the title and you can interact with the Bike Madison website.
  • Pool Day: The Goodman Community Pool is open from 1pm to at least 6pm most days this summer!
  • Sailing: One well known Madison Group to take sailing lessons from is the Madison Hoofers. Find out more by clicking the sailing title.
  • Kayak or Canoe: It’s pretty easy to just get a day rental from the union and get out on the lake!
  • Arboretum and Hiking: If you are looking for a stroll in the great outdoors, the arboretum is a great place to start!
  • Mini Golf: Vitense Golf is the place for indoor and outdoor mini golf in Madison!
  • Concerts on the Square: Wednesday nights at 7pm hear performances from the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra on the Capitol Lawn. Bring a blanket and some snacks.
  • Veterans Museum: In case it rains one day, you can always visit the Veteran’s Memorial Museum on the capitol square. Admission is free and it’s open 9am-4pm
  • Olbrich Gardens: Another great rain or shine activity is Olbrich Gardens! Their outdoor gardens are fabulous but the indoor exhibits are pretty spectacular as well.

There will be something going on every weekend in Madison this summer. Our best advice is to enjoy your surroundings and try new things with the people you love most.  #LiveMPM

Roommates, Shared Space and a Happy Face

These three ideas should define apartment living, but all too often, the dynamic between roommates can change after the honeymoon stage of a live-in friendship has worn off. Cohabitation isn’t the easiest thing to master, but we have a few suggestions to keep in mind as you navigate the ups and downs of sharing your space with others.

The most important aspect of a relationship with your roomies is communication. A lack of good, clear communication is the root of many heated debates and can cause extreme tension between cohabiters.

It might seem silly, but being upfront about your expectations is crucial before moving in with someone.  To make sure everyone remains on the same page, we recommend reviewing these expectations within the first week of living in your new home.  Setting ground rules makes it much easier to have a mutual understanding of your shared space, and exceptions to these rules can always be discussed on a case-by-case basis when unique circumstances arise.

Conflict can occur, even between the most amicable of roommates.  If a roomie does something that irks you, it’s important to address the issue right away so resentment doesn’t build over time.  Although it’s important to be open and honest, we recommend doing so with a conversation rather than a confrontation.   Whether it’s asking your roommates to check with you before throwing a party on a Tuesday night or having a conversation about which food items you are and aren’t willing to share, your roommates are much more likely to understand your point of view if you talk with them respectfully.  Along the same lines, be open to a little constructive criticism from your cohabiters and be and willing to compromise or make some changes in your behavior.Roommates

The following are little tricks you and your roommates can implement to maintain positive communication in your household:


  • Create a chore chart so each person can clearly see what needs to be done.
  • Assign permanent duties for each person. (e.g. you will always clean this and your roommate will always clean ) This system will ensure that responsibilities are clear and easy to remember.
  • Set clear expectations for when regular cleaning should occur.
  • Clean up after yourself.

makeupBathroom usage and Organization

  • Talk about schedules and come up with a routine so your roommate isn’t late to work because he or she has to wait for you to finish your 30 minute shower in the morning.
  • Make sure each person has a designated shelf/drawer/etc. so finding your own toiletries is easy.
  • Have a caddy or bin that you can easily access so you can take part of your morning routine into your bedroom as needed.
  • Be courteous of your roommates’ privacy, and understand that their hygiene routines may be different from yours.

Kitchen Use

  • Decide if you and your roomies will buy food together and share it or if you’d prefer to keep your groceries separate. Either option can work well (as long as all parties are on the same page).
  • Talk about doing dishes, sharing appliances, filling water pitchers, re-stocking ice cube trays, and other shared responsibilities.

Paying Bills

  • If you are sharing and splitting bills, make a calendar that denotes when bills are due.
  • Stick to payment deadlines.
  • Have a white board on your fridge where you can clearly write out/divide the bills so each person knows exactly how much he or she owes and why.

Shared Space– Parallel play

  • You don’t have to hide out in your own bedroom to do something that you want to do alone, and it’s important to feel comfortable near your roommates without feeling the need to partake in their every activity. A great way to hang out together while still taking some time for yourself is called parallel play. Realize that it is completely okay to be in the same room with your roommates while doing different things.  Parallel play can even be a bonding experience of sorts.

If you and your roomies utilize some of these tips this year, we’re confident that your living experience will be a great one!


Best Friends Make the Best Roommates? Not so fast…

It’s that time a year again, where students rush to get their housing for next year locked down and compete for leases in the best spots on campus. Finding a place to live is only half the battle, however, as your new home won’t be a very fun place if you aren’t compatible with the people you share it with. While you may think that living with your BFF is a great idea, differences in lifestyle and conflict resolution could turn them into your worst enemy. Here are a few tips from Madison Property Management and backing those up are MPM resident Olivia Johnson with some roommate experiences of her own. Continue reading

25 Years of Making Renting Fun! (Plus – Contest Winners!)

Madison Property Management is excited to announce the winners of our Zen Master of Apartment Efficiency Contest! Angelina, Amber, Charlotte, and Alyssa/Maja racked up the votes for their well organized and decorated apartments. They will each receive a cash prize of $500 for their efforts. Contests and giveaways are just one thing that we like to do to put fun back into leasing. Continue reading

Making Your Apartment More Livable

As a renter, you may feel like you are limited in your options to customize your temporary home. This is especially difficult for students, who are moving from place to place throughout college. Make a small apartment more livable by decking it out with cool furniture arrangements and funky personal touches. Use these tips to maximize the space in your place:
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