Be an Interior Design Expert

Last night was the RENT SMART For Renters program put on by the UW-Extension office. A big THANK YOU goes out to the UW-Extension for offering this very low cost course ($3) to help educate tenants and renters on their rights under the law, and help them with budgeting. I cannot forget to thank those that helped make that class possible, including Jackie at the Extension office, Attorney Andrew Schmidt of Schmidt & Schmidt SC, and the Wausau In-House Network (WIN). Also, kudos goes to both the Wausau Daily Herald (who did a very nice article about this class in last Saturday’s paper) as well as City Pages (who had a small write up in their local news section).

I did make an appearance, basically to generate possible discussion topics for my radio show. There are always many many questions and I like featuring questions on the show. We had questions about security deposits and leases after a foreclosure, we had other topics come up that I may spend an entire show on. It was a good time and there was a lot of good information put out.

If you missed this valuable, low cost opportunity, don’t worry. The UW-Extension will be putting on a similar program on April 28th. This time the RENT SMART program will be aimed at landlords, law enforcement, and other professionals. I will post more about this as the date gets closer, or if you drop me a line here in the comment section or email me at, I will be sure to get you all of the information.

While at the UW-Extension office, I learned of a number of other programs that would be of great interest to renters and home owners alike. They include a Financial Counseling Program put on monthly sponsored by The Get $mart Wausau Coalition and they are even having a program to help you with your taxes, including helping you see if you qualify for the EIC (Earned Income Tax Credit). This is coming up Saturday, April 4th.

However, a program coming up later this week is designed to help beautify your home on a budget. It is called “Simple Ways to Decorate Your Home” and is sponsored by the UW-Extension together with the Stamp Shoppe in Schofield.

The following is directly from their brochure for this class:

“Inflated housing and furnishing costs can place budget constraints on renters or first-time home buyers as well as on established families. In many cases, most of the housing portion of the budget goes toward rent or mortgage payments and very little remains for furnishings.

Consumers can further reduce home-furnishing costs by finding creative uses for old items and by developing the skills necessary to refurbish their present furnishings.

Envision your largest most public room in your house. What activities do you or will you do in this room? What feelings do you want to produce while you are in this room? Is that the result you presently get when you enter it?

Decorating within a budget may involve a little more planning but it also involves creativity, do-it yourself skills, and most importantly spirit of adventure.

We will discuss color schemes, furniture placement, and focal points.”

Although the deadline for registration was yesterday, the 16th. Jackie told me there are still some seats open in both sessions. That’s right, you have one of two sessions to choose from depending on your busy daily schedule. The afternoon session runs this Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The evening session is from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The cost of this program is a mere $3. Call the UW-Extension office at 261-1231 for more information.

One other quick note, tomorrow is the last in a series of 3 Dr Rent radio shows that I will be missing, as I will be in Madison all day tomorrow trying to inform our elected officials how certain pieces of proposed legislation could impact renters and the rental housing industry. I will be on the air again on March 25th, but starting in April, Dr Rent will be moving from Wednesday 5-6 PM to Thursdays 5-6 PM… but more about that later.

Until then, happy st. patty’s day and HAPPY RENTING!

About drrent

Wausau, Wisconsin Landlord, past president of the Wisconsin Apartment Association, Host of the Dr Rent Radio Show on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM, Wausau, WI
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