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Awesome Decorating Tips for Your First Apartment

Rental Tidbits - Posted On 05/31/2017 11:12 AM, Last Updated 05/31/2017 11:24 AM

Moving into your first apartment gives an awesome feeling!!! Finally you will be having your own space (no roommates) where you can have things just as you like. At the same time, it can be an overwhelming experience too. Where to start? What to look for? Where to look for? These are some common questions everyone has when they want to decorate their first apartment. Here are few handy ways to make your first apartment feel like a home.

Decorating Tips for Your First Apartment

Think about a budget and allocate proper time and energy

You will probably start with a limited budget, especially when you have invested most of the funds in acquiring the property. That is totally ok! Always be honest about how much you really want to spend on the items that you need as well as spend your energy on allocating appropriate amount to each of the items.

Stick to the basics

If you are starting from scratch one thing you need to know is that it is different for everyone! If you are moving in with your family or a friend or a relative, all will have different needs. Spend your money on the things that you really need once you move in. Initially do not waste your money on the things that you can do on your own or manage to do without for few weeks or months.

Get a paint job!

This is applicable if the house is already not painted. Painting the walls is an easy and cheap way to immediately change the fell of your space and make it look livelier.

Pay attention to the flooring

You will not believe how much adding a rug or two can actually shape your rooms. You can easily find a great area rug for cheap and the best part is that you can change them if you get bored with the style or pattern. An area rug definitely pulls any room together.

Do not ignore the windows

Nobody likes to see a naked window. Always ensure that your home looks presentable to people who live in it (including yourself). Make sure that it remains private at the same time (beware of people looking in from the windows!). Choose the curtains which will match with the rooms furniture and the stuff in it.

Choose the right furniture (& not too much of it)

Yes, you heard that right! Choosing the right kind and type of furniture is very important. Do not stuff the rooms with too much of it. As this is your first home, you will want to put some extra bucks and buy costly furniture that looks elegant and fashionable. However, it is advisable to start with the essentials and then invest in bigger items.

Plug in a few lights!

You need to lighten up those areas which look dull. Nobody would like to see a dim corner. Put up a nice and beautiful lamp and see the magic. It will brighten up the room and your room.

Time to show your artistic side

No, we are not telling you to build art work. Looking at the same big blank wall is no fun. How about putting a piece of art and turn up the rooms mood? Selecting a few pieces of art from a nearby art gallery can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your new home without breaking your budget.

Lets go green

Have you thought about putting up plants? No? Think about it! Plants are cheap, easy to put up and will make those empty corners look dynamic. If you are not that informed about what kind of plants to buy, talk to a local gardener or a friend who has some idea about what will look good in your new house.

Take what you love!

Despite of whatever we have mentioned so far, there might be one piece that you absolutely love. If you really can not stop thinking about it, go for it! Do not think about spending a little extra, it is your first home after all.

Lets party!

The first thing which you need to do before inviting people for a party would be to clean your home in and out. Adding to that, inviting the people you love to be with will definitely make your first apartment feel like home!

www.rentalcluster.com Author Sharon 


Home Technology Fads Through the Years

Living Life to the Fullest - Posted On 05/25/2017 03:57 PM, Last Updated 05/25/2017 03:59 PM

Zombie Proof your Apartment

Rental Tidbits - Posted On 01/19/2017 09:39 AM, Last Updated 01/19/2017 09:44 AM
Once the Zombie Apocalypse hits, you will want to make sure that your apartment is as zombie-proof as possible. You likely will not have access to modern luxuries like electricity, phone or other amenities. So, you will have to make do with a lot of DIY knowledge. Follow these tips to ensure safety from zombies in your home.


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Settle in for a Hygge kind of Evening

Living Life to the Fullest - Posted On 12/27/2016 02:07 PM, Last Updated 12/27/2016 03:08 PM



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It is the middle of January. You just finished a long week at work and decided to take it easy tonight. You text your best friend, head home, change into your favorite pair of pajamas and put on your fuzziest socks. Before you dive into that Netflix queue, though, there are a few more things on your checklist. Excitedly, you line up all of your favorite candles, getting a preview of each ones scent as you light it. You break out the decorative ceramic teapot you bought last winter and brew your favorite tea. You turn off the lights and plug in some twinklers that are strung along the walls. Just at this moment, your friend rings the doorbell with freshly baked cookies. Fully prepared now, you head into the cozy paradise you have created and enjoy a perfect winter evening.

Hopefully, you experienced feelings of happiness and comfort just imagining this scenario. That feeling  being warm, cozy, and appreciative of the things and people around you is encompassed by the Danish word hygge.  

Pronounced hoo-gah, hygge does not actually have a translation in English, but many agree that its closest equivalent is coziness. Coming from the Norwegian term hugga, which means to comfort, hygge made a quick ascent in British and American culture over the past year, even earning a spot on the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016.

According to Denmarks official tourism site, The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family is hygge too. There is nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. It is not surprising that this notion has become a mega trend, especially because earlier this year, the World Happiness Report found Danes to be the happiest people on the planet.  

Some argue that hygge is actually a conspiracy to sell books, cashmere sweaters and hot chocolate, or that Danes are able to appreciate the small things like this due to so many other aspects of their lives (education, social security, health care, family leave, paid vacation, the list goes on) being superior to a large majority of the world. To that, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, a Danish think tank, says that Danes are conscious of the decoupling between wealth and wellbeing and the fact that after basic needs are met, more money does not lead to more happiness.

There are, however many wonderful things about hygge, the best of which being the fact that is actually achievable by just about anyone. Rich or poor, big home or small, large families, couples, and individuals alike can experience hygge. It is not about money or class, but it is about finding pleasure in what you do have, treasuring the people in your life, and enjoying the little things. Brewing a fragrant pot of coffee and putting on socks takes an extra few moments, but creates a feeling that would not be there otherwise. Deciding to turn on a dim lamp rather than a bright ceiling light may seem trivial, but will change the entire atmosphere of your home on a winter night.

By Ally Greer


Do You Have Integrity?

Living Life to the Fullest - Posted On 12/19/2016 11:33 AM, Last Updated 12/19/2016 01:04 PM

Do Have Integrity?

July 26th, 2011 Joel Wade

There are people whom you have known or met who have a powerful quality to them; they know themselves, they seem comfortable in their own skin. They may be shy or outgoing, but in either case they do not appear to be flustered or thrown off balance in a fundamental way very easily, and even when they are, they regain their equilibrium quickly and continue. They are the same person across many situations.

The quality that you are seeing in such people is integrity.
 

Integrity is one of those words that can be mysterious and vague. The implication is that when somebody has integrity, you just know it, and they just have it like some one can have good looks or talent. But there is nothing mysterious about integrity. Living with integrity is way of being in the world that you can practice and master, a set of skills that you can work on and improve; and in doing so, you can have a tremendous positive impact not only on your own life, but on the lives of those around you even on the culture in which you live.
 

But first we need to define what integrity means and how you can practice it, and then we can look at what living with integrity can do.

THE PRACTICE OF INTEGRITY

To live with integrity is to literally integrate what you think, know, believe with what you say; and to integrate what you say with what you do. It is a state of consistently weaving and reweaving your understanding of yourself as you grow and learn and experience more of yourself and the world around you.
 

Integrity also presumes a basic level of honesty, a willingness to look at yourself, to question what you think you know, and to continually look for evidence that what you believe to be true is actually true. This can often take courage. Not everything you find within yourself and others is pleasant, nor is everything that you believe at any given time is true.
 

But as with all virtues, living with integrity is not something that you have, it is something that you do. One does not come into the world with integrity ready made. Living with integrity requires rationality: the non- contradictory integration of experience. It is fulfilled through living congruently with your understanding and principles. As such, your integrity is always a work in progress.
 

Because of this, the concept of moral redemption is a prerequisite for actually living with integrity. It is fine to hold an ideal of how you should behave, but we do not come into the world with perfect knowledge and unwavering moral clarity. 

Living with integrity in the real world would be impossible without the possibility of doing something morally wrong, learning from it, taking action to correct it, and, through integrating your experience and adjusting your behavior accordingly as you grow and become a better person.
 

You may find that you hurt somebody you care about in order to try to impress somebody else; you may realize that you had been undermining somebody else is success because you were feeling envy toward them; or you may come to realize that you had a betted others in some fraud because you had so much invested in them already personally, emotionally, monetarily that you suspended your own awareness of their and/or your own wrong doing.
 

The pain and shame of confronting such actions, and if possible making up for the harm that you caused, is part of the process of integration. Avoiding these feelings can keep you from learning from what you did wrong and from growing as a person.


You don't have to be in a position of great power to

have a positive impact on our culture.

The decision to live with integrity the devotion to pursue rationality through the non-contradictory integration of experience and to live your life according to your understanding and principles can be a very liberating experience. A commitment to living with integrity involves adopting a few general principles that can serve as guideposts to moral decision-making. You decide to value what is true; to strive to understand yourself and the world; to understand others, which requires empathy; to know what you value; to know what you believe. You decide to pay attention to feedback pain, satisfaction, joy, disappointment, and genuine admiration that suggest that you have something to learn and integrate; and you decide to pay attention to these on an ongoing basis.
 

When you feel ashamed or disappointed, your decision to live with integrity draws you to look at what you are doing that has set you off track.
 

Sometimes this happens later than you would like. Then you need the courage to face the shame and regret that can make integrating such lessons so very demanding. These can be the most difficult moments in a life of integrity but in hindsight they can be the moments you can feel the greatest pride over or, in failing to do so, the greatest loss.

This is the personal, individual experience and action of living with integrity. But we do not live in a vacuum, isolated from others. The impact that we have upon each other is significant, and in this, the role of a person living with a high degree of integrity is substantial.

THE IMPACT OF A PERSONAL EXAMPLE

It is not simply wishful thinking that a man with integrity can have a significant impact on the integrity of others. We know from some very interesting research what a profound effect we can have on each others behavior, for good or ill. But what is not as well known is how much more powerful the influence is for good, from the living example of a person living with integrity.
 

Your personal relationships, and even those people who are three degrees of separation away from your personal relationships friends of friends of friends are your sphere of influence, and you are theirs. What you say and do makes a real impact on those around you and even on those a moderate distance away.
 

 Good and bad behaviors pass from friend to friend; we influence each others health and happiness just by our social interactions.
 

refuse to continue themselves!
 

Think about that again for a moment: When people who are urged by an authority to do harm see other people refuse to do so, only 10% continue to comply.

 

CHANGING SOCIETY BY LIVING RIGHT

In practice, what this means is that people are watching. What you do in your daily life can have a very positive or negative effect on the people around you. Far from suggesting that you are at the mercy of social forces, this makes a strong case for asserting your own leadership and personal virtue.
 

When you return that extra change from a miscalculated bill, when you do not go along with others in your group who are willing to fudge data, or appease a bully, or gossip, or intentionally hurt somebody, other people are influenced, and that is very likely to make a real impact.
 

When you choose to behave with honor and integrity particularly when other people are not doing so somebody will notice, and will then be very likely to make a different and better decision as a result.
 When you behave with good manners, expressing gratitude, saying please, and treating everyone you see with respect and goodwill, that makes others feel better, and it also makes it easier for those others to pass that attitude along. 
 

And when you clearly and confidently express your support for liberty, responsibility, and the positive virtues of individualism particularly if you do so with dignity and respect there are people who will notice, and your example will have an effect.
 

You do not have to be in a position of great power to have a positive impact on our culture. It is in our day-to-day lives that most of us make our greatest impact. When you decide to disregard the negative status quo when you live actively and congruently with who you are and what you value, you have a much greater influence than those who allow themselves to be drawn away from their moral center.


Good and bad behaviors pass from friend to friend.

But this takes practice. Learning and mastering living with integrity is no different in principle from learning and mastering a musical instrument. You get good at whatever you practice. If you practice going along with the status quo regardless of your own values and understanding, you will get good at following others and at abdicating your own moral clarity. If you practice integrating your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge with your words and actions, actively living with integrity, you will get good at becoming more profoundly who you are, and you will have the power of moral clarity and a more unified purpose within yourself.
 

You and I decide what kind of cultural world we live in. Do you want to make things better? Live with courage and integrity in your everyday life be strong, kind, effective, just, honorable, and polite; stand up boldly and unequivocally for individual liberty and limited government and set the example for others to follow. If you pay attention, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much power your own integrity actually holds.

 Read the full Blog Here

http://atlassociety.org/objectivism/atlas-university/personal-application-blog/4813-the-social-power-of-integrity


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