The simple fact is that we are obsessed with our pets. This Valentine’s Day, pet owners are expected to spend at least $30 on their pets and, as Americans, we spent more than $60 billion annually on our furry family members. We share photos of them on social media, we talk to them as if they were our own human children, and apartment renters go out of their way to make sure that they choose the apartment that is right for their pets. It is not a coincidence that the Westminster Dog Show takes place each year around Valentine’s Day and is held in New York City. Even Hollywood is getting in on the action with the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Pets. For many of us, apartment life has definitely gone to the dogs. Read the rest of this entry »
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You are there, in bed, enjoying the most beautiful slumber imaginable. Your dreams have whisked you away to a tropical oasis where <a horn blows in the distance> you bask in the brilliant <the horn blows again> sunshine sipping on a <there that annoying horn is again> delicious cocktail <horn> that is…
Suddenly you awaken and realize that the annoying horn is your alarm clock, ushering you into another day.
As usual, you hit the snooze bar a few times before begrudgingly going about your morning routine. Running slightly late as always, you pull away from your apartment community wishing you had another hour (or two) of sleep. You join the deluge of other daily commuters in the daily trek across the freeways that monopolize their work weeks. You try to daydream your way back to paradise while staring at the smog emerging from the vehicle in front of you.
If you are renting furniture for your home, or looking at furniture rental as an option for the future, take a look at these simple steps to keep your rented furniture looking as good as new.
Cover it up
Your dining room or kitchen table is most often the site of gatherings with family and friends, and thus susceptible to spills and scrapes. In order to keep your wood table looking its best, consider using a tablecloth or placemats when you’re enjoying a meal. If an accident happens and someone spills a glass, be sure clean up the spill immediately.
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Clutter in any apartment can make a space seem smaller, but a messy one-bedroom apartment can start to feel tiny fast. Fortunately, renters who take a more laid-back approach to tidying up can still keep things neat. Here are 5 cleaning hacks that will help even the laziest renter maintain a tidy living space.
- Don’t Tackle It All in One Day
The prospect of doing a big cleaning spree in a single day can seem overwhelming—and if you’re busy, downright impractical. Rather than carving out long periods of time on a single day, distribute your cleaning tasks throughout the week. Clean up just the bathroom before you go to bed on Monday. Sweep the kitchen and put away the dishes after dinner on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we celebrate the expansive variety of ages, cultures and backgrounds of all Americans. The apartment industry, especially, provides fair and equal housing to all persons, regardless of factors like age, race or sex. There really is an apartment for every demographic group and every life situation, including:
The new Baby Boomers don’t just sit around the apartment after their children move out. Instead, they are increasingly choosing urban apartments, where they can walk or bike to enjoy restaurants, shopping, plays and other activities.
The children of Baby Boomers, or Generation X, are very practical, self-reliant and independent. They know that it makes financial sense to rent an apartment versus home ownership – where maintenance and repair expenses are constant. Generation X is also a very social group, and apartments allow them the freedom to spend time with their friends.
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Snuggly though they may be, house cats aren’t always the ideal roommates. However, whether you are bringing home a new kitten for the first time or you are moving to an apartment with a long-time furry friend in tow, there are a few measures that you can take to keep your apartment cat-friendly. Use these 5 tips to cat-proof your apartment so you and your cuddly companion can coexist in peace.
Whatever the size of the apartment you’re applying for—from efficiency to two-bedroom apartments to lofts—you’ll probably have to undergo a credit check when you submit your application. Because landlords are trying to find out whether you would be a reliable renter, they look at your report for things like debt, consistency, predictability, and your previous rental history. But what happens when they actually go to check that report?
Welcome to 2016! A new year brings new opportunities to improve your lifestyle, including bettering your current apartment – or maybe even moving to a new one. This does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, you can dramatically improve your apartment lifestyle and save money simultaneously, by starting the year right and following a few simple apartment lifestyle hacks.
Ahhh. Christmas has finally arrived. For some of us, the holiday signals time with family, who travel from far and near to eat dinner and open presents with us. For college students, it signals the end of a busy semester, and the fact that you have finally completed their final exams. For many of us, the two weeks that include Christmas and New Year’s Day, also signal a welcome vacation, after weeks of preparing for the big holidays. Now, we can finally relax and have fun with family and friends.
Living in a one bedroom apartment or studio apartment can be a great way to save money, but there are often some tradeoffs for the reduced expenses. A common problem is the lack of a full kitchen, which can cause a lot of stress for the hungry renter. Here a few tips for how to make it work.
1. The Hot Plate
The defining aspect of any kitchen is the stove, but some small apartments may do without. An easy remedy to that situation is the purchase of a restaurant-quality hot plate. With a couple of pots, pans, and cooking utensils, the hot plate will function as a normal stove burner, allowing you to cook any of the stove-top dishes you desire. Combined with a microwave and a mini-fridge, you’ll have a scaled-down version of a kitchen with all the basic necessities. Read the rest of this entry »