It’s just over there. It is a stone’s throw away. You can get there in a hop, skip, and a jump. No matter how you say it, it pays to be close to the things that you love. When it comes to a place to live, that includes grocery stores, entertainment, and —for people with children —daycare. But how do you really define how close something is? “Close” for one person may be “far” for another. Is time the most important factor, or is it proximity? Going five blocks in city traffic could take you 45 minutes. So how far is too far and how far is just right? Read the rest of this entry »
There’s nothing quite like that “wind-in-your-hair excitement” you feel when you head out on the open road for a trip through the American heartland, especially when you’re headed to a state where the “wind comes sweeping down the plains!” Ring a bell, anyone? It’s time to hit the road for Oklahoma! The sun’s not too hot and the road’s not too crowded–check out these road trip pointers for adding the great state of Oklahoma to your next itinerary and come be a fan of the state that’s shaped like a pan! (Warning: More state jokes to come.) Read the rest of this entry »
As the capital city of New Mexico and the fourth largest city in the state, Santa Fe never comes up short when it comes to planning things to do. Playing host to numerous festivals and functions, the city of Santa Fe is always alive with activity. Whatever your interest, the historic city of Santa Fe is sure to deliver. Whether you’re planning a short visit, or searching for an apartment in Santa Fe for an extended stay, this enchanting city will have you mesmerized.
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 »
Q & A: Virginia Miner, senior area manager of Destination Services for ApartmentSearch
Whether you are moving to a new area because you graduated, are taking a new job, are newly retired, or for any other reason, there is so much to learn about your new destination. In the midst of all that is involved with moving to a new area, finding the best apartment for you can often seem overwhelming. Here, Virginia Miner, senior area manager of Destination Services for ApartmentSearch, explains how to find the right apartment for you.
ApartmentSearch: For those seeking a new apartment, what is the first thing they should do? Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who has moved apartments knows what a painful process it can be. Packing up all of your life into little boxes can seem pretty impossible at the beginning. However, packing doesn’t have to be so horrible! We’ve got a few essential packing tips that will alleviate some of the stress of moving your whole life to a different place. Read the rest of this entry »
When you come visit Atlanta, there is a lot of fun to be had touring classic attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia. But when you’re coming here to live, you’re going to want to get deeper into the local culture. Tourist attractions are fun, but they won’t always give you the real Atlanta experience. When you’re ready to venture out of your new Atlanta apartment for a day of experiencing ATL on the street level, check out some of these amazing local spots.
The Buford Highway Flea Market has more than 260 booths full of local vendors selling hand-made, recently-found, or simply zany goods. Just a half-dozen miles out of downtown on highway 13, this international market is rarely over-crowded if you can make it on a weekday afternoon, and the prices range from reasonable to amazing.
Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles might sound like it is owned by some elderly couple whose soul food recipes are insanely excellent — and you’re half right. Gladys Knight (yes, that Gladys Knight) came up with some choice entrees to craft a menu around, and her son Shanga keeps her ideas alive today at this incredible Atlanta treasure. If you think of ‘soul food’ primarily as ‘that Vanessa Williams movie,’ educate yourself at this eatery. Stop by Gladys and Ron’s, and you’ll never think of chicken or waffles the same way again. Read the rest of this entry »
Finding an apartment is stressful enough but when mixed with the other extreme stresses life can throw at you, the search can seem absolutely daunting. However, the stress does not have to be as severe. Take, for example, the story below. While John is just an example of one of the people who might find themselves needing ApartmentSearch.com’s services, his situation is very real.
Many life changes may result in a stressful relocation. In fact, a divorce occurs every 13 seconds in America. That figure does not include separations and the multitude of other reasons for housing changes. Sometimes, employers require their employees to move across the country or re-locate to a new city for a few months. Often, individuals’ economic situations change – either positively or negatively – and they must make a fairly quick decision on where to live.
Here’s the story of how ApartmentSearch.com could potentially help someone going through a difficult change in life paired with a relocation.
John was devastated when his wife told him four weeks ago that she wanted a divorce. He feels lost, angry, sad, and uncertain, simultaneously. Yet, there are a ton of decisions to be made and actions to be taken. John and Susan have agreed to sell their house and each get their own apartment. John is angry that, not only was he blind-sided by the divorce, but he’ll have to leave his comfortable home of 20 years. In addition, attorney bills are piling up and it appears that the divorce settlement will not leave him with the nest egg he had hoped for.
John realizes that he needs to find a new home that he’ll be comfortable living in for at least a year – and quick. But like many individuals facing unexpected life changes, his busy job and the other items on his plate leave little time to shop for an apartment. To save the hassle of seeking out new housing, a wise move for John is surveying online apartment listing services such as ApartmentSearch.com.
John knows that he wants a place that has two bedrooms – one for him and one that can double as a guest bedroom and an office. He also knows that he wants to live in an apartment community not more than a half hour commute from his job in downtown Boston. A nature lover, it is also important for John to have a home with a view of the water – a lake, pond, or stream will do. Price is John’s major concern, as he expects his financial situation to be unsettled until after the divorce, which could take up to a year.
John also knows it will be helpful to live near family and friends, to have their support, so he looks for a place in Framingham, Mass. After two different searches on ApartmentSearch.com, John finds an apartment community that meets all of his criteria, including his budget. After a tour of the community, John feels the apartment – and the surrounding area – are just as good as they appeared online and that this will be a great place to make a new start.
Finding housing isn’t the only concern for a person in John’s shoes. An apartment with no furniture or housewares isn’t much of a home. Luckily, ApartmentSearch.com’s parent company, CORT, is the nation’s leading furniture leasing company. Just for telling the apartment community that he found his place on ApartmentSearch, he is able to claim a $200 reward – which he uses towards renting furniture.
For the next two weeks, John feverishly organizes packs and moves into his new apartment. The move actually goes smoothly, and he has so much less clutter to deal with than at his house. His furniture is even delivered the same day as his move, so he has a bed to sleep in the first night, and a couch to sit on.
John’s coffee table from CORT comes in handy too. After the movers leave, John finds the box labeled, “glasses”, and pulls out his favorite wine glass. He pops open a reserve bottle of Merlot that he has been saving for a special occasion, and pours it into the glass. Lounging on the couch, with his feet propped up on the coffee table, John smiles and raises his glass into the air, as if to cheer himself. He is finally home and it feels so right.
Even though John is only a fictional example, there are real people dealing with the same situation every day. They don’t need to add the stress of finding a new apartment on top of the stress they are already experiencing, and that is how ApartmentSearch can help. By making at least one part of a difficult process, less difficult.
This post was written by Pete Regules. Follow him on G+ for more insight on the state of the apartment industry.
Moving out of apartments can be a real hassle. One good way of reducing your stress while changing apartments, especially if you’re about to make a big move, is to hire a maid or cleaning service. You may think cleaning apartments is easy and not worth the extra expense, but there are a number of reasons to seriously consider the idea.
Maids are trained cleaners. They know the best products to use to safely and efficiently cleanse each type of surface in apartments. They also will have all of the cleaning products necessary for a variety of jobs around apartments. This means you won’t be forced to stop halfway through your scrubbing session to pick up oven cleaner or a window squeegee. Plus, that’s less for you to pack up and move to your new place. Another benefit of professional cleaners is that they are thorough. They know the best scouring techniques and since they’re used to cleaning apartments, won’t overlook easily forgotten places like behind the toilet or under the refrigerator. That means you’re more likely to get back your full security deposit.
Finding a good maid service isn’t very difficult. The best place to start is by asking your landlord if she has any preferred cleaners for her apartments. Going with your landlord’s recommendation means she will be more likely to be satisfied with the work and to refund your full deposit. You can also search online to find cleaning services with the best prices and highest recommendations from others in apartments.
Be sure to provide a copy of your apartment’s move-out instructions to the cleaning service so they know exactly what to focus on. And don’t forget that maid services can’t do everything necessary to ready apartments for move out. Many landlords require their apartments’ carpets to be cleaned by professional carpet cleaners. You’re also responsible for removing all items from your apartments and properly disposing of them. Leaving an unwanted couch in the living room or out on the curb will often result in the loss of part of your security deposit.
Breakable items are always one of the biggest challenges on a moving checklist. You want to make sure your china, crystal, and other treasured belongings arrive intact. Never fear: You can do it. It just takes some planning, time, and care. Our moving checklist can help.
Get the goods. The first step of your moving checklist should be to get the right materials. You’ll need bubble wrap, packing peanuts, craft paper or newsprint, and sturdy boxes as well as tape and a marker.
Pack housewares. Gather your dishes, glasses, and decorative items as the next step on your moving checklist. To start, put a cushioning layer of peanuts or bubble wrap in the bottom of the box. Place large or heavy items such as serving bowls in first; lighter items go on top. Wrap each item in paper or bubble wrap. Don’t pack boxes too tightly. Fill any empty spaces with peanuts.
Pack framed art and mirrors. Next on your moving checklist, use masking tape to make an X across the glass on each picture and mirror. This will help keep glass from shifting and breaking.Use bubble wrap to wrap frames, and tape securely.
Pack fragile lamps and lampshades. This step of a moving checklist can pose a challenge. First, remove lightbulbs and lampshades. Wrap lamp bases in bubble wrap and pack them in boxes if possible. Place lampshades in individual boxes with enough packing materials to prevent them from being jarred.
Label everything. As the last step on your moving checklist, take the time to clearly mark all boxes “Fragile” or “Glass.” Also write which room each belongs in. This will save time when you arrive at your new home.
Now that you have a moving checklist for your fragile items, maybe it’s time to find that new apartment you want. We can help you locate great Seattle apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, and Austin apartments. Then you just have to pack and go!