It’s a dilemma many people entering short-term housing situations face: How to make a space feel like home without investing too much time or money. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry about being stuck with a sparse or impersonal apartment. Furnished apartments could be the solution to your short-term lease AND decorating needs! Why do we think so? Read the rest of this entry »
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Moving for work? After an internship far away? Playing like George Clooney in Up in the Air? You’ll need somewhere to stay for the next few months, and finding good temporary housing can be quite a hassle. Hotels are always an option but if you’re looking for something a little more personal than a suitcase and generic artwork, you may want to take a peek at furnished apartments in your new area. Apartments offer not only greater space and amenities at a better price, they also offer you somewhere to really call home, at least for a little while! Read the rest of this entry »
In a perfect world, every decision would be rational. Before any decisions were made, there’d be a pro-con list and plenty of time to deliberate over a fresh peppermint mocha. Unfortunately, that world exists in the same reality as painless politics and calorie-free pizza. Bummer. If only the world were so logical and predictable! Sometimes, things just move fast. Maybe you just found out you’re being transferred for work, you nailed the internship of your dreams (across the country), or you need to take an out-of-town contract job. Whatever the case, read on to learn our top tips for finding temporary housing in a pinch! Read the rest of this entry »
Talk about nerve wracking! Applying for an apartment and reading over the lease or rental agreement can definitely bring beads of sweat to your forehead. Lease agreements are contracts that define tenant-landlord relationships and often use confusing “legalese.” Even the simplest apartment leases can use some pretty uncommon terms and phrases. Do you really know what everything means? It may be good to double check your lease know-how before signing on the dotted line. Here are some quick and easy definitions for common lease terms to help you understand what you’re signing. Read the rest of this entry »
While the convenience of a short-term, furnished rental can’t be beat, it can be tricky to transform this kind of space into a place that truly feels like home. When you’re renting both the space and the furniture that fills it, you might picture living in a hotel room. Not so fast! There are plenty of ways that you can easily (and cheaply!) add your own special touches to your apartment with just a bit of creativity. Check out these simple ways to make your furnished rental feel like home in no time! Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve just landed the coveted internship you were gunning for, or maybe you are relocating temporarily for work. Either way, one thing is certain: you need to find short-term housing. This is no easy task.
With more and more millennials opting to rent rather than buy, the development of new rental housing hasn’t been able to keep up with demand in 10 out of 11 of America’s largest cities. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau, the nation’s stock of available rental housing is lower than it’s been in more than two decades. Luckily the real estate gurus at Apartmentsearch.com have a host of useful tools that’ll make finding that rental a snap. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your short-term housing situation, including how to furnish it easily and economically. Read the rest of this entry »
Add the stress of traveling 2,000+ miles across the country to the process of packing up all your worldly possessions, and you know stressful moving apartments can be. However, knowing a few helpful tricks to cross-country moving can alleviate a lot of the worry and anxiety that comes with it. Whether you’re moving for job relocation or a fresh start, following these tips can ease the transition process.
Throw Out or Donate Stuff
Haven’t worn that shirt in a year? Donate it. Don’t like that poster from your college dorm anymore? Give it to a friend. Use this move to your advantage and clear out items that aren’t essential or sentimental. The more things you can let go of, the less you have to pack and unpack later. Cleaning off everything before packing it will also cut down your unpacking time it when you get there. Embrace the new chapter of your life and get rid of some of that old stuff! Read the rest of this entry »
When trying to find an apartment, it can often be difficult to find an apartment that meets all your needs. Many renters are looking for a nontraditional living situation. For example, renters may need an to find an apartment during the process of trying to find a house, or are at the end of a current lease and are having trouble finding a new place to live, or may only be living in a city for a few months thanks to a temporary job. How do you cope with the in-between period of apartment living? One option to explore is that of a month-to-month lease.
The possibility of obtaining a month-to-month lease often depends on the apartment complex. Unfortunately, they are not readily available at many apartments. Smaller apartments may be willing to negotiate, however, and it certainly never hurts to ask if they are willing to make concessions. For example, you may find an apartment with a leasing office that can write one-year leases with a clause allowing tenants to end the lease prematurely and move if they are presented with the closing papers on the tenant’s new residence. A month-to-month option may also be available to tack onto a current lease that is going to end soon. With sufficient notice, the apartment can extend your lease as needed. This can be helpful as you try to find an apartment to replace your current residence.
If you find an apartment that is willing to lease month-to-month, the downsides may include an additional fee tacked on to your monthly rent, or even a non-refundable deposit. However, remember that this may be preferable to committing to a full-term lease while you find an apartment or house, then having to break it when you are ready to move out.
If you cannot find an apartment that allows a month-to-month lease, some apartments offer lease terms as short as 3 or 4months, but the cost will be substantially higher than a normal lease. Additionally, you could see if you are able to find an apartment with a renter to sublet from for the amount of time you need.
Utilize tools like apartmentsearch.com and our moving checklist to plan ahead and be efficient about your search to find an apartment to lease.
Six-month and 12-month apartment leases are typical, but what if you have no way of knowing how long you’ll need to rent? Though it can sometimes be tough to find an apartment with the right options, renting an apartment with a month-to-month lease may be your best bet if you have short-term needs or plans that are up in the air.
Apartment managers want to have a high occupancy rate, and they want to be able to plan for when renters are moving in and moving out, so it’s understandable that most managers do not allow tenants to have a month-to-month lease. New tenants will have the toughest time finding this type of lease when trying to find an apartment, while renters who have been in their apartment for the term of a first lease may actually be presented with the month-to-month option by their landlord when the time comes. Even so, this offer can come at a cost: landlords can increase your monthly rent if you don’t sign a longer-term lease.
It’s different for every place, of course, but factors that may influence your chances of getting to go month-to-month include the current state of the leasing market — how in-demand is your apartment complex? Another factor may be your history as a renter there. If you’ve always been on time paying rent, this could influence their decision.
One thing to keep in mind while you are searching to find an apartment is that it doesn’t hurt to ask. Communicate your situation with your apartment manager and see if they offer a solution you can both agree with. If you’re currently going through an apartment search to find an apartment, be sure to ask about a month-to-month lease, and if the apartment doesn’t offer one, ask what the options are for subletting or even breaking a lease — it’s information that’s very important for a renter to know in order to find an apartment that’s ideal.
If you can find an apartment with a month-to-month lease, it offers tremendous flexibility, but you’ll need to find out the details to your agreement. Many apartment managers will require 30 days notice, or even 60 days notice, before you can move out.