Many renters know of ApartmentSearch.com because of how easy it makes finding the perfect apartment, but did you know that finding your next home through the site can also help a good cause? Now you can opt to make a $100 donation to Volunteers of America (VOA), a nonprofit devoted to supporting and empowering America’s most vulnerable people, in lieu of a $100 Visa gift card just by finding your new home! Read the rest of this entry »
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The next generation of apartment residents is an entrepreneurial, technologically-adept and financially-independent group. They may be too young to venture out on their own yet, but today’s children will be moving out on their own sooner than you might expect and they are excited to soon be living the lifestyle of modern apartment living.
This demographic group, dubbed Generation Z (born between 1994 and 2000), is even more independent than Generation Y and Millennials, with many more of these teens expressing a desire to start their own businesses and hire employees (even though they are still in school). These independent thinkers are likely to choose apartments, in order to have financial stability and live the independent lifestyle they enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »
As summer comes to an end, we start looking forward to the joys of fall: the cool, crisp weather, the autumn leaves, the aroma of fresh pumpkin pies, and celebrating Halloween, to name a few. Still, apartment dwellers in certain U.S. cities have the advantage of truly enjoying the beauty, fun, and festivities of fall.
Here are some of the top cities where apartment residents can enjoy fall:
While the Northeast U.S. is known for its beautiful fall scenery, Portland is especially renowned for its fall foliage – and for making it easy for apartment dwellers to view the gorgeous scenery around them this time of year. They can take a bike tour of the trees and waterways using bike-share program Zagster or hike up Bradbury Mountain. Plus, there are local apple orchards where they can pick their own apples. October’s Harvest on the Harbor, which includes food samplings and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, is not to be missed by residents from all over the city. Read the rest of this entry »
The tears began to well up in Shawna’s eyes. She tried hard to make sure Sam didn’t see. It was always like this on this particular day every year. Sam looked back and waved as he got onto the school bus to his first day of 5th grade. She pushed back the tears, smiled and waved, then started the walk back to her apartment. Summer was over and school was back in session.
She closed her apartment door and walked to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee. As she scooped the grounds into the coffee filter, she once again began to cry. She remembered his very first day of school just like it was yesterday. He had cried before they left the apartment. Now he was a “big boy” and “too cool” to be seen with his mom doting over him. She wiped away the final tears, poured a fresh cup, and walked out on the balcony to enjoy a little peace and quiet.
Things haven’t been easy since Steven went back on active duty. He had been in Afghanistan for most of Sam’s life. Luckily, they had found an apartment that was close to the base, their friends, and a top-rated school district. Their old house had been too much for her to keep up by herself and was not in a great location for the things Sam would want as he grew up. When he left for overseas, Steven had agreed that she should find an apartment best suited for them. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving is stressful in any scenario. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there seems to be an insurmountable mountain of preparation. Tasks include finding a new home, finding new schools for your children, packing, moving all your belongings, turning off utilities at your old place at the right time, and turning on the utilities at your new apartment.
However, when you are moving for job relocation, the process is even more complicated. Now, on top of everything else, you have to adjust to a new work environment and fellow employees as well as learn your way around a new city. Fortunately, this is what ApartmentSearch specializes in: helping businesses and people in transition have a smooth and easy move to their new location.
Here are our top tips for helping the business relocation go easier:
1. Living in an apartment for your first year allows you the ability to learn the neighborhood and things to do around you. There is a great risk in buying a home immediately when you are not familiar with the area. This first year should be all about adjustment and learning – not paying a mortgage. Read the rest of this entry »
Many people who move out of an existing apartment end up moving into a new one. If that’s you, congratulations on your new place! Now, how do you get all your stuff from one apartment to the other efficiently and inexpensively?
Don’t Pay for Boxes
Lots of moving stores offer boxes for cheap — but why get boxes for cheap when you could get them for free? Check the bins behind your local liquor store, deli, and self-storage units. In most municipalities, well-constructed, barely-used boxes are plentiful. Just get a roll of quality packing tape, and don’t go box-hunting if there’s been a heavy rainfall. (Soggy moving boxes are a big mistake.) Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking for an apartment without a job, then you’re probably running into some trouble. The unfortunate fact about apartment-hunting is that if you don’t have an immediately obvious, reliable source of income, your chance of being approved for an apartment is significantly lower. These rigid rental guidelines can make it difficult to find an apartment if you have an unusual source of income — such as being a freelancer or making your money online — and impossible if you have nothing you can call a ‘job’ at all. Fortunately, landlords are people too, so it is possible to find one who is willing to deal with you; you just have to be ready to make a few gestures to show good faith.
Offer a Deposit
One of the ways you can prove that you’ll get money is by showing that you have money. If you put two months’ rent down — above and beyond your security deposit — you can often convince a landlord to sign you up, knowing that you’ve got, at the minimum, a couple of months to get your income in line. Just be willing to show him where you got the money; some landlords are very leery of too much cash coming from someone with no visible job because it makes them think you might be into some kind of illegal activity. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for an apartment is difficult enough when you live in the area; there are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of options to research. Add in the complexities of living a few hundred (or thousand!) miles away, and trying to find an apartment you can live with seems like a monumental challenge. To find the right apartment in a new city, you need a solid game plan. Here are three steps to follow to get you going in the right direction:
Step 1: List Your Needs
Get a piece of paper, and write down everything you like and dislike about your current living arrangement. Then write down everything you MUST have in a new place, and everything that would be a deal breaker. Just brainstorm for now—you can always cross things off later (and you will). Give the most thought to location. Is the apartment close enough to the places you’ll want to go to the most? It doesn’t matter how amazing your digs are if you are located forty-five minutes from the place(s) you need to be every day; you’ll never get those hour-and-a-half commutes back. Read the rest of this entry »
With the official start of summer on June 21, apartment residents all over the country are looking for ways to stay cool. Fortunately for them, apartment communities offer so many different options for having fun and staying cool in the summer heat – much more than are typically available to homeowners.
Here are the top ways you can cool off this summer:
1. Most apartment communities have swimming pools. You can literally spend all day relaxing by the pool while your kids burn off some of that pent-up energy from being indoors. Children love pools! Plus, many communities offer special events such as “dive-in movies” and summer parties at the pool. This is a great way to cool off AND have a great time.
2. Another advantage that apartment residents have over homeowners is staying cool without breaking the bank. Apartment utility costs are lower than homes, even during the hottest months of the year. You can enjoy spending time in your air-conditioned apartment without worrying about the cost getting too high. Read the rest of this entry »
Next week, the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. Soccer teams from 32 countries and fans from across the world will be calling Brazil home for the next few weeks. This vast array of cultures will not just be confined to the various hotels and soccer stadiums. They will take the opportunity to get acquainted with all that Brazil has to offer.
Similarly, this summer will also see an increase in the number of expatriates visiting the United States for temporary or temporary-to-permanent work assignments. Many, having never been to America before, will be unfamiliar with the things they need to look for when are shopping for their new home. The most popular option is to select an apartment due to the cost savings and flexibility that apartment living offers. This is why it is often apartments that house the international work force of our country.
Here are our top 5 tips to help expats find the right apartment for their U.S. work assignments:
1. Consider Apartment Location
The United States is a big place. Even in smaller less populated cities, some people live in an apartment that is an hour or more away from where they work. These long commutes clog the roadways and sometimes make the journey between work and home a bit stressful. When deciding on which apartments to choose, ask how long the commute is to your office from there. The leasing agents know the traffic patterns around the community and can help you decide if the commute time meets your lifestyle needs.
2. Remember Apartment Price
When choosing an apartment, price is often a big factor in your decision. However, many of the apartments that you will visit change their prices regularly, sometimes even on a daily basis. This is not done to confuse you. The leasing teams operate a computer system that sets the price of the apartment based on a variety of factors. Make sure that, when you speak to the leasing staff at the apartment communities that you are considering, you ask them how long the quoted prices are valid for. Remember, the apartment community you saw today and are considering for tomorrow might have been seen by someone yesterday who could rent it today.
3. Account for Furniture and Appliances
Furnishing your apartment is another factor to prepare for. Fortunately, most apartments come with a stove and refrigerator included. Many will have garbage disposals and dishwashers too. Some even have shared outdoor grilling areas. In some cases, you may be able to find a corporate apartment that has the furniture included as part of the rental. Often, these are a more expensive monthly option.
Another choice is to rent the furniture yourself. CORT Furniture Rental offers a great selection of items at a variety of prices. The final option for furniture is to buy the items you need. Most cities have a variety of furniture stores available. Many also have a CORT Furniture Clearance Center that provides top quality rental returns for sale – items designed specifically for apartment living. This is a great way to save money and still get stylish furniture for your new apartment.
4. Ask About Apartment Lifestyle
Apartments are a great lifestyle choice. They offer you the ability to mingle with neighbors at a variety of activities and provide plenty of amenities to make living there more enjoyable. Many have recreational offerings like a fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, and even a playground for children. This means that you do not have to travel far to do the things you want to do. The apartment community that you consider may even have monthly hosted activities. Make sure to ask the apartment leasing agent about the things that their residents like to do both at the community and in the surrounding neighborhood.
5. Find Your Apartment Efficiently
In many of the areas that you will look for your apartment, there will be a large number of apartment options. You could spend days looking around for the place that is right for you. To simplify your search, use the vast knowledge of a company such as ApartmentSearch.com. They have listings of the apartments in the area that you are searching and can quickly help you narrow your list based on the location, price, and amenity options that you request. Additionally, you can even earn up to $200 in rewards for letting the apartment community know that you found your apartment using ApartmentSearch.com.