Happy Rhode Island Independence Day! Okay, so maybe it’s not as well known as the good ol’ U.S. Independence Day, but that’s because it’s so darn special. A little backstory: Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen U.S. colonies to gain independence, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, a full two months before any other other colony. Talk about ahead of the game. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re giving you a few tips on how to celebrate like a true Rhode Island native. Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every apartment has some good and some bad to it. You might have hardwood floors on the one hand, but on the other there’s that oddly shaped closet you can’t seem to fit anything into. Or maybe you’ve got a nice patio, but the kitchen counter is barely big enough for a crockpot. Accepting these tradeoffs comes with the territory, and you learn to live with them. However, there always comes a time when you need to consider a new option. Is it that time for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
Picture this: you’ve found the perfect apartment at a reasonable rate. You think to yourself, “I’ve done it!” Then, as soon as you move all your stuff in, everything breaks and the trash truck wakes you up every morning at 4 a.m. and your neighbor dings your car over and over again and your shower has no water pressure and it takes an hour just to wash your hair and you can’t believe you signed this lease only a week ago, why is this happening?! Now take a deep breath. That doesn’t have to be you. That’s why we’re here! We’ve made a list of a few things that you may forget to ask when it comes to finding the perfect apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations! You have just completed and signed your new apartment lease. After a few high fives in the community office, your leasing professional passes you a folder filled with coupons and information about your move in. Also contained within is a very important piece of paperwork that could prevent headaches down the road. We are, of course, referring to your Move-In Inspection Form.
At first glance, you may think that everything in your new apartment looks pristine. They have put in new carpet before your arrival, along with a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But there may be items that, by the time your lease ends, may have compounded into something you want to ensure you are not billed for in the end. Here are some of the items that you may want to take a second look at before you sign off on your completed Move-In Inspection Form: Read the rest of this entry »
There are plenty of perks to renting an apartment: community pools, workout centers, free maintenance, etc. Although your landlord will be quick to highlight many of the positive perks and requirements for renters, there may be a few things he or she might leave out. To get the most out of your rental, make sure you pay special attention to the following tips. Read the rest of this entry »
When you’re moving out of an apartment, it’s essential to know what constitutes “normal wear and tear” to most apartment owners. If you want to get your security deposit back, you’ll need to make sure your apartment is as close to as it used to be as you can possibly manage. Sure, small scratches are okay here and there, but how far does that leeway extend? Here are some tips on how to make sure your apartment is ready for move-out.
1. Clean Your Carpets
2016 is right around the corner, ringing in a wealth of new opportunities for everyone in America and abroad. As the job market continues to grow, so will the companies driving the new economy. This also means wages will continue to grow, and more people will be relocating to cities throughout the U.S. for job opportunities.
Job relocation, along with the fact that more Millennials are moving out of the homes they have shared with their parents as well as the emergence of the new Generation Z workforce, means that apartment demand will be at an all-time high. Now is the time to start getting ready for the new year, your new job and your new apartment.
Are you moving to a new city and have no idea where to live? Are you at a loss trying to find a new neighborhood and apartment? If you’re looking for a place to live from a distance, it can be difficult to get a feel for the area or what apartments really look like. Fortunately, ApartmentSearch.com can help simplify the process.
Not only does ApartmentSearch.com provide information on apartments in a variety of price ranges, but you can map your commute, research crime statistics, cost of living, school ratings and things to do. This will help you get a better feel for the neighborhoods in your new city before you sign a lease.
Once you’ve found your new apartment, let CORT furnish it! By renting furniture, you can get quality pieces to furnish every room of your home at a fraction of the cost. CORT will set up all of your furniture for you, saving you the time and hassle of lugging heavy sofas, beds and tables to a new city. Plus, if you sign your lease by using ApartmentSearch.com, you will be rewarded with $100 VISA gift card and $100 in CORT Bucks, which are valid at any CORT showroom nationwide to buy or rent furniture for your new place!
For more information, please visit ApartmentSearch.com or visit the ApartmentSearch.com blog for design and lifestyle tips.
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We’ve all heard relocation horror stories and, sometimes, we’re even subject to moving maladies of our own. Nevertheless, there’s nothing more satisfying than a successful move. To avoid the moving madness all together, consider a few (or all) of these free apps, and let your smart phone become your moving day command center. The next time you’re making a moving checklist, don’t forget about these helpful tools – you’ll never have to be stressed about a big move again!
Be prepared for the big day with the free Evernote app available for both Android and iPhone. Use Evernote to take inventory, jot dot quick notes, and even save articles that your find on the web for deferred reading. You can use the app to make actual checklists and because it’s passcode protected, Evernote can be used for safely storing information like an apartment access code or Wi-Fi password. Read the rest of this entry »
Ex-pats relocating to the U.S. have a myriad of choices ahead of them as they transition from their home country to America. In some cases, the city they are moving to was determined by their employer. Even so, ex-pats will have new options to explore, including the type of neighborhood they would like to live in and determining what lifestyle is best for themselves and their families. Read the rest of this entry »