Finding the perfect apartment for rent is already a challenging experience, but when you add choosing a lease type it becomes even more difficult. A lease is a contract you make as a tenant with your landlord that lays out the conditions and costs of the apartment rental, the services they provide, and the length of rental time. There are a few options when it comes to leasing terms, so you want to make sure you find the one right for you. In order to alleviate some of the stress of choosing the right leasing option, here’s a breakdown of the difference between long-term and month-to-month leases. Read the rest of this entry »
Rent an Apartment Using Our Handy Guide
Renting an apartment can be a daunting task for anybody. There is always that fear hidden in the back of your mind that you are going to be stuck in an apartment you don’t like for the term of the lease. Knowing that the fear is in all apartment dwellers, we have composed this rent-an-apartment checklist of items to assist you in picking out the right apartment.
Internet and Cable
Internet and cable television hook-ups or access may not be first on your mind when you are looking at a potential apartment, but they might become important after you have moved in. Take note of the location of the hook-ups and whether or not that location will work for your needs. If you don’t notice internet or cable hook-ups, ask the leasing agent the status.
Laundry facilities are another important item to check off your list when looking to rent an apartment. If your apartment doesn’t have washer and dryer or hook-ups, you will want to find out if there is a community laundry room on the property. If not, remember that you will need to use a laundromat, so their proximity to the apartment complex is a factor.
When walking around the apartment, make sure that there is enough closet space to fit your storage needs. There may also be a separate apartment storage room for your extra items; ask your leasing agent about this before you rent.
In a time when most people have just a cell phone, having good cell phone reception in your apartment is vital. If you’re trying to find an apartment, while you’re out looking at complexes, call a friend and walk around the entire apartment and check the strength of your cell phone reception. If you can’t make a phone call, you might need to rent an apartment elsewhere.
If the utilities aren’t included in the rent, your summer and winter utility bills can be a huge shock. When you rent an apartment, be aware of climate factors like direct sun exposure, strong winds and proximity to ponds or lakes that might freeze in winter. Ask about the utility bills, insulation and “green” construction. If you can, discuss utility costs with a current resident in private before renting an apartment.
Finally, you might consider checking the proximity of gas stations, grocery stores, drug stores, etc., before you rent an apartment. Although this may not weigh into your final apartment decision, it is good to know how far you have to drive when your gas light is on and you’re late for work.
We hope that this checklist will come in handy when making your rental decisions, but if you still need help, give us a call. We are more than happy to assist.
Apartments in Austin: Boom Times
Apartments in Austin are being built at a record pace, according to apartment industry research firm M/P/F YieldStar. Currently, 12,810 Austin apartments are slated to be built through the end of 2009; that is the third-largest new supply in the country.
Apartments in Austin: An Apartment Renter’s Paradise
M/P/F reports that apartment renters in Austin have the pick of the litter right now, with occupancy rates in the Texas capital city down somewhat (1.8 points) from the same time last year. That means that Austin renters and new arrivals who are seeking apartments for rent face less competition than usual in this popular city.
Apartments in Austin: Great Deals in the Future
Fortunately for Austin-area apartment seekers, an abundance of apartments in Austin equals rent discounts, apartment rewards and other renting incentives. We expect apartment managers and landlords will be busy as we enter Austin’s prime apartment leasing season.
New Apartments in Austin
At the same time, the builders of the newest complexes in Austin are seeing their apartments leased out for much higher rents than normal. These apartment complexes, which see rents starting at about $1,300 and going up to almost $13,000 a month, are located mostly in the downtown area as well as the trendy Domain area of Austin.
Finding Apartments in Austin
If you are in the process of finding an apartment in Austin and you want to know where you can find the trendy new apartments mentioned above or the apartments with the best rental deals – or just an apartment that has the amenities you desire – than come to ApartmentSearch.com and let us help you find your perfect new home.
Small Pets as Apartment Mates
Small pets are often the perfect choice for an apartment lifestyle. There are several reasons that you might want to consider a small pet versus a dog or cat. Maybe your apartment complex doesn’t allow regular pets like dogs and cats or your apartment is too small to have a larger pet. Maybe you aren’t in your apartment enough during the day to care for a regular pet.
These reasons, however, may not apply to small pets; and these pets can be just as rewarding as their larger friends.
Small Pets in your Apartment?
Before you even begin looking for a small pet to keep you company in your small apartment, you might want to stop by the leasing office and check on the rules for small pets. Your apartment lease may state that dogs and cats are or are not allowed, but more than likely, it doesn’t mention anything about a sugar glider, a guinea pig, or any other small pet.
Once you have found out your apartment’s small pet policy, you can begin your search of the some of the most fascinating animals.
Apartment Friendly Small Pets
Some of the best small pets for an apartment are the ones that are perfectly at home in a cage. Not to mention, if the pet is in a cage all day, it probably isn’t going to chew on your furniture when you aren’t at home.
Proper Apartment Etiquette Makes You a Considerate Neighbor
Every apartment complex seems to have one of them – the noisy and inconsiderate neighbor that doesn’t think their actions affect everyone around them. If that person would just practice proper apartment etiquette like the rest of the tenants; then life would be a lot more pleasant at the complex. Maybe that person has never been taught proper apartment etiquette or maybe they just forgot. Next time you see that person, you can provide them with this little refresher course.
Apartment Etiquette: Noise
Noise is probably the biggest complaint received by management offices. Please remember that you have people all around you and that 11:00 on a Tuesday night is not the best time to be testing out the power of your new subwoofer. Most apartments have “silent hours” listed in the lease or posted on the grounds. Your safest bet is to assume that quiet hours are from about 10:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m.; however you can always ask just to make sure.
Apartment Etiquette: Laundry Room
There is nothing more frustrating than going to do your laundry and finding that all the washers are full even though they have finished washing. All occupants have to do laundry. Respect your neighbors and check on your laundry often and make sure to relocate or remove your clothes immediately upon completion of the washing or drying cycles.
Apartment Etiquette: Common Areas
Just like the name implies, common areas are for everyone to use. Having cookouts and leaving the area and the grill messy or always having so many friends over to the complex pool that nobody else can even enjoy it are not ways to win over your neighbors. If you constantly treat the common areas as if they were your own, your neighbors are going to be counting down the days until you move.
Apartment Etiquette: Pets
If you are a pet owner and you live in an apartment complex, do not expect everyone to love your pet as much as you do. Keep your dog on a leash, control their barking and clean up after your pet. Many apartment complexes offer rewards to people that report bad pet owners. Not to mention, you could find yourself and Fido looking for a new place to live. Pet ownership in an apartment complex is thought of as a privilege, not a right.
*Photo by Christian Fleschhut
Protect Yourself Against Apartment Fires
Residential fires, either in your single-family dwelling or apartment, are frightening for all involved. However, there are steps that you can take to help ensure that you, your pet and your family are safe even in the incidence of a fire. Read the rest of this entry »
Tips for Having a Green Apartment
Green apartment dwellers make better neighbors. Why such a bold statement? Frankly, it’s because it’s true. When you live in a green apartment, you are helping to make the world a better place for you and all of your neighbors. So in order to assist you in becoming a better neighbor, the following are some tips on how to have a green apartment.
Green Apartment Tip Number One
One of the easiest ways to move your apartment in the green direction is to simply turn down your thermostat. By lowering your thermostat one degree in the winter and raising it one degree in the winter, you can reduce your energy costs by almost five percent.
Green Apartment Tip Number Two
Switching out your apartment supplied showerhead with a low-flow showerhead is one of the most effective ways to conserve water in your apartment. They are inexpensive and take seconds to install and are likely to reduce your water consumption by 50%. Also, make sure you are using “green appliances” that have an energy star rating.
Green Apartment Tip Number Three
Replacing your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs is a great way to turn your apartment into a green apartment. Changing out just five of your bulbs could reduce your yearly electric bill by $100 and they will help remove greenhouse gases from the air. Whoever thought that changing light bulbs could be so rewarding?
Green Apartment Tip Number Four
Recycle, recycle, recycle. This is always the quickest way to become a little greener. If you are unsure about whether or not your apartment complex has recycling, just ask your apartment manager. If they don’t, try working with the management office to start an apartment-wide recycling program.
Green Apartment Tip Number Five
Finally, make sure that your air conditioning filter is getting changed, and checked, as often as it needs to be. Energy Star, a joint program established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy, recommends checking the filter monthly and having them changed at least every three months. If you haven’t seen your maintenance man in a while, you might want to give your leasing agent a friendly reminder.
You Need to Sublet Your Apartment
There are many reasons why you might need to sublet your apartment. You could have gotten a better job, but it requires your relocation to a different city. Maybe you lost your job and you can no longer afford your apartment. Maybe you and your significant other have decided to make it official and get married, but his/her place is so much better than yours. Or maybe, just maybe you have decided to run away from it all and move to the Caribbean. Whatever your reason, your lease isn’t up and you need to move out. Read the rest of this entry »