Time. It’s both a friend and an enemy. The passage of time can put an immense amount of stress on some and create moments of awe in others. We are obsessed with time. We undertake endless quests to carve out more time in a day for both work and life. And, for the most part, we do not really miss it until it is already gone. But there are ways you can take back some of your precious time, and apartment living can be one of those methods. Here are a few ways that apartment living can lead to more time savings. How much time you ask? Well, it can add up to quite a lot! Read the rest of this entry »
When tackling your monthly budget, it can be easy to underestimate or even forget to factor in parking and transportation costs. For many apartment dwellers, parking isn’t cheap and walking to work isn’t exactly feasible. By finding alternative modes of transportation, you can save yourself valuable time and money – not to mention the fact that you’ll also be doing a little bit of good for the environment.
Many urban cities have some kind of public transportation, whether by rail or bus. For many renters, mass transit is an appealing option because it is cheap and (mostly) reliable. That’s money that stays in your pocket rather than being used to pay for parking or to buy gas for your car.
If there are no train stations or bus stops near enough to your apartment, you might want to consider teaming up with coworkers that live close by. Sure, “carpooling” sounds a little old-timey, but it’s much more effective than each of you individually contributing to rush hour traffic. Just make sure to devise a plan with coworkers ahead of time, keep it fair, and always have a backup.
While this may not be a task that all apartment dwellers are up to, bicycling to work has many, many benefits – the most obvious being commuting and getting in your daily cardio at the same time. As long as you have your bicycle lock and key with you, parking is free and you eliminate having to wait for a bus or coworker. Riding a bicycle to work works best for renters who live in the city, not too far from where they work.
Originally a European source of transportation, carsharing services are becoming more and more popular in North America. Services like Car2Go have environment-friendly vehicles stationed at prime locations throughout the city, so that members can pick one up and drop it off at any other station when they’re done. Because you only pay when you use it, you can effectively budget for transportation at the beginning of the month.
If you’ve just gotten a job in the city, you’re probably anticipating some exciting changes. Unfortunately, relocation to a downtown job can also mean an apartment search for a new place to live. To take some of the stress out of that search, ApartmentSearch.com has put together a list of factors to consider during the process. Here are our top tips for deciding where to live when finding an apartment for a job in the city.
Decide Your Price Point
This factor will determine quite a bit of your apartment search. Apartments closer to downtown are notorious for being significantly more expensive than their suburban counterparts. Before embarking on your apartment search, decide just how much you are willing to shell out for an apartment and go from there. Then use a service like ApartmentSearch.com to narrow down your selection of apartments to those within your price range.
Calculate Your Commute
When starting the apartment search in relation to your new job, consider your daily commute to work. If you choose an apartment further away from an urban area, you may be able to take advantage of lower rent and a quieter neighborhood. The trade-off, however, may be a longer, more stressful, more expensive commute every day, whether by car or public transportation. Decide how much money and travel time you’re willing to devote to your commute and choose your apartment location accordingly. You can use a commute calculator like the one on ApartmentSearch.com to make it simple. Just input your work address when viewing an apartment listing, and you can see the distance and time of your commute by car, foot, bus or train, and bicycle.
How Walk-Friendly Is Your City?
If walking to and from work or around the city in general is important to you, include an assessment of the walkability of your new city in your apartment search. Finding out your city’s Walk Score® can be a great place to start. Check the “Neighborhood Info” tab of each apartment listing on ApartmentSearch.com to see your prospective apartment’s Walk Score®.
Do a Trial Run
When you visit your prospective apartments during your apartment search, pay careful attention to what each location has to offer. If possible, travel the route you would take to work and make note of what you like and dislike. Is there congestion on certain stretches of the highway? Are there areas near a city apartment that might be unsafe to travel through at night? Are there lots of conveniences (shops, eateries, etc.) on the walk or drive from your apartment to work? Does the bus or train tend to run on time? Seeing the route for yourself can really make a difference when it comes time to choose.