In colder climes, frozen pipes are a real danger during the winter. When frozen pipes burst, you could be looking at flood damage and ruined possessions. And worse, depending on your renters insurance coverage, you may not be covered for reimbursements and repairs. That’s why renters should be especially vigilant about preventing frozen pipes during the wintertime. After all, the last thing you want is to come home from a winter vacation to a sopping wet apartment.
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Great home staging for an apartment can be the difference between a quick turnaround and a sluggish sale. When a prospective tenant walks in, they should instantly feel at home in the space, and an effective home staging job can make that happen. However, there are some common blunders that you can make when setting up an apartment. Take note of these top 5 mistakes, and you’ll be on your way to a successful partnership.
Every apartment that a prospective resident is looking for is one-of-a-kind, just as each apartment shopper is unique and has distinctive needs. However, at a certain point in the apartment-searching process, all apartments start to look the same. Perusing local print ads, you start to see the same features and benefits described about nearly community in your region. These include colorful terms such as “state-of-the-art”, “resort-style” and “luxurious”. But what everyone really wants is a “unique” place to call their own – that perfectly fits their needs, desires and lifestyle.
In the search to find that right residence, not all apartment communities are created equal. Some, in fact, offer unique perks that may not exist elsewhere in the local landscape. It is these perks that turn an ordinary apartment community into an extraordinary place for you to call home. Here are some of the most fun and exclusive apartment amenities we have seen:
When entertaining family and friends for a dinner party in a cozy 2-bedroom apartment, the perfect fall menu is a must. As the weather turns chilly, you’ll want to warm your guests with fall favorites. So pull out a few scented candles, decorate with a little fall flair, and use the recipe ideas below to craft the ideal dinner party menu.
What’s in Season?
Cooking with autumn vegetables is one of the best parts about planning a fall dinner menu. Of course, thanks to the marvels of the modern grocery store you can put most anything on your list, but there’s something about cooking with in-season fall produce that makes a menu more apropos for a seasonal meal.
We live in a crazy world. In one moment you say to yourself “Now I have seen it all” only to find something even more bizarre and baffling a few minutes later. It happens all around us and the growth of social media has allowed us to share and be exposed to more and more of these unusual events each and every day. The result is one part bewilderment, one part inspirational, and two parts hilarity. In celebration of the nonsense and silliness, today is Mad Hatter Day (which also marks the half-way point to April Fools’ Day).
Apartment residents are on the front lines of witnessing and experiencing these notable happenings. In fact, it is one of the great perks of apartment living that you could see or experience something new every day. The best way to describe it is that apartment living equals fun. So here to celebrate are 5 examples of the funny things you might see at your next apartment community.
Everyone who is seeking a new apartment is looking for something special. For some, the desire for a better quality of life is driving them to seek an apartment upgrade. For others, life circumstances have created the need to upsize or downsize their living space. Some seek a better location, while others want better amenities. Some are even seeking a more affordable place to live.
In honor of the return of football season – as well as the annual Fantasy Football ritual – we would like to offer our top draft picks for the most desired apartment amenities:
Top Draft Pick – Location
There is an apartment out there for anyone. That also means that there is an apartment anywhere that is needed. Some people choose downtown living with great walkability. Some prefer an apartment in the suburbs, so that they can have more peace and live away from the hustle and bustle. But the one top location pick is an apartment closer to work. Americans waste an average of 520 hours a year (over 21 days of their life) on their daily commute between home and work. Having an apartment closer to the office gives you back the majority of this valuable time. Most of us are already working more hours than ever before. The time has come to allow us to get back as much free time as possible.
Round Two & Three –Size Matters
Is bigger better? Not always. For families that are growing or shrinking in size, apartment space is a focal point of their needs. Singles seeking a new apartment also focus heavily on the size of their future apartment. For some situations, bigger is better. These include expanding families, the need for a home office, and even more space for pets. But smaller can be a premium selection too. A smaller apartment allows for a life less filled with clutter. It also allows renters to save money on utilities. Every person has different needs. So for today’s apartment shopper, size matters.
Rounds Four through Nine – High Tech
Technology has driven a new revolution in the apartment market. From smart phones that open your front door, to Bluetooth technology interconnecting all of your appliances, technological advances in the apartment industry are ahead of single-family homes in many markets. At the hub is the much-talked-about “Internet of Things”, which turns an otherwise regular apartment into a “smart apartment”. Also, the ability to have a better cellular signal and faster internet connections are focal points for apartment shoppers. Even apartment community offices are becoming more high-tech with SMS messaging to residents and shoppers, as well as a variety of amenities. One popular amenity is package arrival notifications so residents know when their items from Amazon (or other sources) arrive to the community office or mailroom. Another great tech feature is interactive virtual fitness centers that allow you to work out with people from around the world. Whatever your tech desire, the chances are your next apartment community has just what you are looking for.
Final Round Selections – Lifestyle
Today’s apartment communities are much more than just a series of stacked boxes where people live. They are centers of culture and each one offers a unique lifestyle. And this is one of the most underappreciated factors of apartment life. You can live close to your friends and close to your family. You also have plenty of options for social entertainment that is included as part of your rent. Many people even find new friends, new loves and new adventures because of the opportunities provided to them thanks to living the apartment lifestyle.
No matter what you are seeking for your apartment, the team at ApartmentSearch is here to help you score a big win. Finding everything you want in your next apartment is as easy as a visit to www.apartmentsearch.com. The system is easy to use and is free. Plus, ApartmentSearch is the only national apartment locating service that pays you a reward when you let your apartment community know that you found them using ApartmentSearch. That means you score big with a terrific new apartment and bunch of rewards to help you get ready for game day.
You’d be surprised how small of a space you can cram a shower, toilet and sink into. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can create more storage than you think in your fun-sized bathroom.
For items that you take to the sink every day – toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, makeup, comb, or whatever it may be – find a cheap, decorative basket to easily stash your essentials wherever they may fit. Read the rest of this entry »
We all need a break now and then. There is no one among us who can work 14 hours a day, seven days a week and not feel the effects from it. Our lack of sleep affects our health, our mood, and our thinking. Sometimes we are so tired, it is difficult to think straight at work or drive safely to work. We may become irritable with our family and friends. Of course, you may be thinking, working this hard is a necessity of life. And you are right. Many people must work two or three jobs to pay the bills. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve been battling the August heat, it may be hard to believe that summer’s almost over. But before you gear up for sweater season and get ready for the taste of pumpkin flavored – well everything – squeeze one last drop of fun out of your summer by throwing the perfect party for friends or family. With 4 classic summer parties to choose from, it won’t be hard to host the event everyone will still be talking about when the leaves start to fall.
Now that summer temperatures have hit their peak, a classic pool party can be the cure for whatever ails you. Whether you’re looking for something low key and spontaneous or a more elaborate affair comes to mind, if you live in an apartment community with a pool, party planning is easy. Your pool should almost always be ready for action, but make sure to check with apartment management to go over any pool rules and to ensure cleanliness before the day of your get together.
Couldn’t make it to a theatre to see summer’s hottest blockbusters? No worries—just host a watch party of your favorite movies at home! It doesn’t matter if you live in a studio or one bedroom apartment either; no space is too small to turn into a makeshift movie palace. Be sure to dim the lights, provide plenty of snacks, and comfortable seating. Once the mood is set, even the smallest screen can look like the silver screen.
Cookout, Picnic, or BBQ
For good food and great conversation, an old fashioned cookout may be just the party for you. To reduce the stress of planning and cooking, turn your picnic into a potluck! Potlucks save you time and money while adding greater variety into the food you serve. And just because it’s called a cookout doesn’t mean it has to be outside. If you prefer to dine indoors or your party gets rained out, consider a balcony BBQ. It’s easy to turn outdoor space into a grill masters wonderland when you know what to do.
If you’re looking to hangout with friends but want something more exciting than the norm, host a theme night! From a bring-your-own board game night to an off-kilter costume party, murder mystery dinner, and more, any theme is sure to bring out the best in your guests. Create a contest to see who comes to the party best matching the theme and crown the winner accordingly. Let the winner plan the next theme night so you can keep the party going all summer – or at least for what’s left of it!
Are You A Host With The Most?
College towns are some of the most sought-after markets for people searching for an apartment. This is not limited to just students. In fact, in most college towns, the majority of people living there don’t have direct ties to the local university. There is something for everyone. These towns quickly become centers for cultural diversity, entrepreneurship, and of course, sports. These towns offer a wide range of lifestyle options for apartment seekers. Whether you are a student looking to set out on your own, a retiree looking for post-career refuge, or anywhere in-between, these college towns have just what you are looking for.
Lansing / East Lansing, Michigan
Home of Michigan State University, this college town shows its pride year-round. Home to many large businesses, Lansing has always been on the forefront of technology for its residents. In summer, locals love to spend time at the Red Cedar River. Nighttime recreation is often linked to great cultural venues such as the Beal Botanical Garden, the Abrams Planetarium, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and the Breslin Center. Of course, the favorite thing for locals to do is to catch a game with 75,000 others at Spartan Stadium, to cheer on their Yellow and Blue.
Phoenix / Tempe, Arizona
To say life in Phoenix is hot is an understatement, with an average temperature of 87 degrees. But that does not slow down life in the Arizona sun. Many large companies, including two Fortune 500 brands, have made Phoenix their base of operations. Whether hiking up to Camelback Mountain, visiting the Phoenix Art Museum, or strolling around the Arizona Zoo, there are plenty of activities for apartment renters. Of course, there are numerous sports options too, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals and tailgating for games at Sun Devil Stadium.
Houston / College Station, Texas
Home to one of the strongest local economies in the US, College Station Texas has everything a college student or anyone else could want at their fingertips. This town is a leader in tech research for the aerospace industry and has the growing job market to support it. Of course, it is only 90 short minutes from Houston, which has a plethora of amazing lifestyle offerings. Sure, many people may drive 90 miles to catch an Astros or Texans game, but the locals know the best times are to be had watching the Texas A&M Aggies rock their SEC opponents.
Not often thought of as a college town, Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which boasts the largest student population in America. When not watching their beloved Golden Knights tackle the competition, locals can enjoy hundreds of other popular activities. Orlando is close to the beach, and boasts the most attended soccer team in the MLS – The Orlando City Lions. Local businesses include a large volume of tech and simulation firms, as well as a large grouping of medical research companies and hospitals. Many national and international businesses have their regional headquarters in Central Florida. It is not just a tourist destination. The locals also can’t resist taking a day off work to visit the theme parks.
If you want to experience the joy of living in a college town, the team at ApartmentSearch can make finding your next apartment easy. Whether you choose t live close to work, close to campus, or a short drive away, www.apartmentsearch.com has the tools you need to pick the neighborhood that is right for you. In addition, ApartmentSearch is the only national apartment locating service that gives you money for using is. Just make sure that you tell your apartment that you found them using ApartmentSearch, and you can earn up to $200 in rewards. That goes a long way towards making your next tailgate event an epic one.