Language is a funny thing. As you look across the country, you can find a variety of ways to say the same exact thing. For instance, the sparkling, sugary drink we all love so much is called “pop” in the Midwest, “soda” in the Northeast, and simply “Coke” in the South. What you call a “sub,” I might call a “grinder.” And, while kids on a playground in your town might be catching “doodlebugs,” they’re catching “roly-polys” (or “pill bugs”) in my neck of the woods.
The same thing often happens when you search for an apartment. Some words are more effective than others at communicating what you are looking for. And the language you use may not be the same that apartments use to attract new renters. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever moved somewhere, excited to start fresh and eager to explore, only to realize that you need to go…furniture shopping? Bleh. While you may have heard of furnished apartments for corporate travelers and last-minute movers, you may not know that they’re a super smart choice for off-campus housing, too. Dare we say, an A+ option? Check out our five reasons! Read the rest of this entry »
Apartment hunting is usually a pretty straightforward process. You find a place you like, submit an application, then give the landlord your John Hancock. Sometimes, though, you want to break the mold…or you really, really need short term housing. Whether you’re doing a friend a favor, mixing things up for the summer, or just fell in love with an otherwise unavailable unit, it may be time to break with tradition and consider taking over a lease. There are two way to do this: a sublease or an assignment of the lease. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s finally time to ditch the roommates (or parents) and get your own place! But how do you weigh your options? Most people that can afford to live alone go for a studio apartment or a one-bedroom, but what’s the difference? Here are some tips and facts about both to help you make the right decision for your needs. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving across town in a pain. Moving across the state is a headache. Moving across the country is a nightmare. But imagine what the individuals who are moving here from another country must go through. Every year, thousands of people leave the roots they have always known and move to the U.S. for personal and professional reasons. For those coming for business, the urgency to take care of all the particulars to make their move swift and easy is paramount. The process may seem overwhelming, but there are ways to make it pleasant. It normally starts with a destination services provider. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s just over there. It is a stone’s throw away. You can get there in a hop, skip, and a jump. No matter how you say it, it pays to be close to the things that you love. When it comes to a place to live, that includes grocery stores, entertainment, and —for people with children —daycare. But how do you really define how close something is? “Close” for one person may be “far” for another. Is time the most important factor, or is it proximity? Going five blocks in city traffic could take you 45 minutes. So how far is too far and how far is just right? Read the rest of this entry »
The vibrant Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas
There are a million and one “best places” lists out there. The best places to find a job, best places to get a cup of coffee, top cities to save money, and so on. We’ve read them all, but the most important list we watch is where people want to move to get a great apartment. While all the lists have their own unique spins, ours is a little different.
We have analyzed all of the lists and also taken a close look at jobs that upcoming college grads are seeking. All of this, combined with the cost of living, ways to have fun, and the availability of affordable apartments, have led us to bring you our list of the top 5 places you should consider moving to this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Face it: your parents, while so generous for letting you stay, aren’t exactly your ideal roommates. And your other options range from “friends who would be terrible to live with” and “random people on Craigslist that scare you a little.” When it’s finally time to cut the cord and live on your own though, you may wonder, “Can I afford to live on my own?” Check out these tips to find out how you can better prepare for solo apartment living and plan for the costs that you may have overlooked! Read the rest of this entry »
The search for a new apartment can feel overwhelming. Time is often against you, and you may even begin your search from another state or country. You start by finding apartment options that fit within your desired area and price range. (Tools like ApartmentSearch are great to help you save time on this first part.) But usually, once you have the list narrowed down to a handful of options, you will want to visit the apartments in person. After a long day touring apartments, they often all begin to look the same.
However, there are some important differences you should look out for. Not all apartments are the same and sometimes the challenges can be hard to spot. This list will help you discover the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Read the rest of this entry »
For some apartment renters, it is a day of much anxiety. You arrive back to your apartment to the note that your lease will soon expire and you must decide whether to stay or go. Many renters are seeing rate increases included as part of the new rental agreement. This may leave you asking: Is it time to move on or should I renew my lease? Here are some things to consider… Read the rest of this entry »