When it comes to living in your first apartment, it’s difficult to know what kitchen items you’ll need right off the bat. Most of us know that kitchen tools like silverware, plates, and can openers are essentials but what about small appliances? Even if your 1-bedroom apartment has a small kitchen, there are a few gadgets that will make your life much easier. When it comes to kitchen appliances, here are our top recommendations: Read the rest of this entry »
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As winter weather continues to slam the northeastern region of the United States, homes with functioning heat become increasingly vital. For renters, it’s important to understand what your landlord’s obligations are when it comes to heating your apartment and what to do when staying warm this winter falls to you. So what exactly are you entitled to? Read the rest of this entry »
Have you found yourself still single as Valentine’s Day is approaching? Have no fear! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about surviving single or moping around. Let’s shoot some of Cupid’s arrows right into the heart of that myth and start your own Valentine’s traditions this year. Here are four ideas to help you feel inspired.
Celebrate Being Single
While the rest of the world seems to be pairing off, it’s good to remember that you should embrace all the reasons being single is awesome. Use Valentine’s Day as a mini-holiday for yourself and splurge on that pair of shoes or new gadget you’ve had your eye on. Or you could revel in the alone time of your 1-bedroom apartment and sleep in as late as you want! Read the rest of this entry »
What could be a better way to start off 2015 than with a spotless living space? Although plenty of those pesky New Year’s resolutions may fall by wayside, cleanliness shouldn’t be one of them. Keep your apartment spick and span throughout the year with these easy yet effective apartment cleaning hacks. Read the rest of this entry »
As September 23rd approaches, the signs of autumn are beginning to pop up everywhere: the cooler temperatures, shorter days, and infiltration of pumpkin-flavored products. Like spring, fall offers up a chance to freshen up your apartment life for the coming months. Here are a few tips to prepping your apartment for the fall season.
Spring-cleaning shouldn’t be the only time for a deep cleansing of your apartment and clearing out unwanted items. Before you snuggle up on the couch for the longer nights ahead, grab your cleaning supplies and scrub down all the nooks and crannies you ignored over the summer. You’ll be glad to have a clean apartment during the colder months spent inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Does anyone actually keep New Year’s resolutions? It’s true that we all want to, but somewhere along the way all of those good intentions are brought down by bad habits we just can’t seem to break. Habits relating to our apartments are no exception. Maybe you’ve resolved to be more organized this year, maybe you want to be healthier, or maybe you want to improve the way your apartment looks. All of these are noble goals, and ApartmentSearch.com wants to help you on your way to a better 2014.
Check out these easy ways to break 6 bad habits for better apartment life. Read on, and learn how to stop…
1. Losing Your Keys
No, you won’t remember that you put your keys are on the kitchen table or near the sink or on your bathroom counter. So install a set of hooks or put a bowl by your apartment’s door, then be religious about putting your keys there every time you walk in. You should also get a spare key made. In fact, two spare keys couldn’t hurt; give one to a responsible friend or neighbor.
2. Killing your Plants
Even the most forgetful renter can keep a plant alive. Save your apartment’s greenery by getting a self-watering planter or container, and making sure your plants are in a place where they can get enough light. And don’t forget that outdoor plants need love too. If it’s cold, cover them up with an old sheet or bring them inside. Can’t make a serious plant commitment? Get a succulent like aloe vera that requires minimal watering, or get fake plants. For our full apartment plant survival guide, check out these tips.
3. Being a Couch Potato
There’s a reason gym membership sales spike every January: the most popular New Year’s resolution is to get fit. But you probably don’t want to shell out membership fees for that fancy gym. Plus, it’s so much easier to stay in your apartment on a cold day. Instead of lounging around your apartment, head to your apartment’s gym a couple of times a week. Do some laps at the local Y. Walk around the block. Even exerting minimal effort will pay off over time. Don’t have access to a gym at your apartment? Here’s how to work out in apartments with no gym.
4. Wasting Money on Your Utility Bills
Less is always more when it comes to paying your apartment’s utility bills. To lower bills on utilities like phone, TV, Internet, gas, electricity, and water, check out our post about how to save on apartment utilities. Switching to online bill-paying will also save you the cost of postage every month, and you should learn how to pay your bills on time so you don’t incur late charges.
5. Battling a Messy Closet
Does it look like a tiny tornado blew through your apartment’s closets? Have you spent too much time in the mornings searching fruitlessly for that one pair of pants? Do you need a GPS to get to your shoes? Get your act together and get your closets organized. There’s no time like the present to get rid of clothes that are out of season or don’t fit. Donate, discard, or sell ‘em. After that, get whatever organizing implements you need to make your closets orderly. Shoe organizers, vacuum-pack bags, over-the-door organizers, new shelves, sturdy plastic tubs—don’t hold back.
6. Settling for Dull Decor
Is your apartment decor, like, so 2013? Don’t despair. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to update your apartment’s look. Change the way you think about your entryway, redesign your small apartment, try a little feng shui, or just put up a fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised what a difference a few small changes can make.
One of the most challenging things about apartment living is dealing with neighbors. Some renters get lucky and live next to friendly folks who will happily lend them a cup of sugar and say “hello” when they pass on the stairs. Others… not so much. Often renters may not interact with their fellow tenants at all during day-to-day apartment living. If this is the case, it can be especially tedious to navigate shared outdoor areas that are common to both neighbors or open to the apartment at large, like patios, balconies, playgrounds, rooftops, or even front and backyards. Here are some tips to smooth things over with the neighbors and make your apartment living in outdoor spaces more harmonious.
Say “Hello, Neighbor”
Break the silence with your fellow renters and consult them before making any major changes to an outdoor space you share. If you want to add furniture, plants, or other décor to your shared space, keep in mind that your neighbors might not share your taste, so it’s best to ask. You should also let them know if you’ll be having any guests over.
Clean Up the Space
Your mama always told you to leave a space cleaner than you found it, and an outdoor apartment living area is no exception. If you make a mess, clean it up. That applies to dog parks, cookouts, picnic areas, personal patios, and any other space you temporarily take over. Throw away your trash and return any communal furniture to its original location before you leave. Your neighbors will appreciate your consideration (and hopefully follow suit).
Keep It Down
Noise can carry easily inside an apartment complex, so if you are talking to friends or listening to music, be mindful of how sound carries. This applies doubly at night, when your neighbors may be trying to sleep.
Be Polite but Firm
Outdoor spaces are meant to be enjoyed, so don’t feel like you need to stay inside if your neighbors never make an appearance. If you find yourself in a predicament that requires you to confront your neighbors about something, don’t panic. Bring it up politely but stand your ground, and let them know that if they have a problem to talk about, they should feel free to do the same.
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A major task on a moving checklist is packing a home office. Most offices contain heavy items like bookshelves and a desk as well as delicate items like a computer and monitor. Organization and careful packing are key to a successful move. Use this moving checklist to ensure a painless home office relocation.
1. Lighten the load. This should be the first step of any moving checklist. Sort and organize papers and office supplies. Toss, donate, or recycle things you don’t need. Books are heavy, so cull ones you won’t use again. Sell them to a used bookstore or donate them to the local library.
2. Get your packing materials. Next on your moving checklist, gather the items you will need, such as packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and boxes of various sizes. You may want to buy file boxes (also called banker’s boxes) if you have a lot of files to move.
3. Get your files in order. This should be next on your moving checklist. Put important papers such as medical records and financial statements in labeled folders. Shred sensitive documents you don’t plan to save. Put file folders in portable file boxes.
4. Prepare your computer. The first step on your computer moving checklist should be to back up all your files. Burn them to DVDs or put them on a flash drive. Store the backup files with your computer manuals and discs. Then unplug the computer, and disconnect the components. Label the cords using masking tape.
5. Pack your computer. Once you’ve completed the previous step on your moving checklist, it’s time to pack everything. Use the boxes your computer, printer, and components came in if possible. If not, a moving company may have suitable boxes. Use Styrofoam inserts to hold components in place or wrap them in bubble wrap. Add packing peanuts to boxes to make everything snug. Mark the boxes “Fragile.”
6. Pack incidentals. Another step on your moving checklist is to gather up all your office supplies, pictures, lamps, and other items. Wrap glass items, lampshades, and lightbulbs well, and pack them carefully. Pack fragile lampshades in separate boxes so they don’t get crushed.
7. Prepare furniture. Next on your moving checklist, get your furniture ready to move. Remove loose shelves from bookshelves and stack. Wrap glass shelves or table tops in bubble wrap and tape. Put cushions in plastic bags. If any furniture needs to be taken apart, put all the screws and other assembly pieces in a plastic bag and tape it beneath the item.
Work your way through this moving checklist, and voila! Your office will be ready for relocation.
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Moving from one apartment to another can be an exciting time, but it’s also certainly a hassle. There are a lot of elements you need to keep track of when you’re orchestrating that perfect relocation, and keeping tabs on it all can seem like a full-time job when you’re in the thick of it all. Here are some primary issues you’ll need to stay on top of. Consider breaking these down further into a checklist so you can keep yourself organized when you’re switching apartments.
Packing Up Your Apartment: When doing this, you’ll need to take into consideration the size of your current apartment and compare it to the size of the place you’re moving into. If the place is much smaller, or if the rooms configure differently (say, if your old place has two smaller bedrooms and your new place has one large one), you’ll need to pare down what you can bring along. That can be a tough process, but a necessary one.
Cleaning: In order to get that security deposit back, you’ll need to put some elbow grease into cleaning your apartment. Ideally, you’ll want to do this after you move all of your stuff into your new place, so nothing gets in between your cleaning wrath and your apartment’s dirtiness. You’ll also want to get your new place spick-and-span.
Decorating & Restocking: If the place you’re moving to is larger, or is configured differently like we mentioned before, you’ll need to buy new furniture and decorations to make your new pad feel truly homey. Try to get items that compliment your current furniture so everything doesn’t look cobbled together. If you’re looking to start fresh, you could just donate everything but the essentials and build your new place from the ground up!
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