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roommates fightingWhether you’re cohabiting with your best friend or you were matched with someone random, roommate troubles happen to everyone. That’s because no matter how close you are, sharing space, stuff, and bills with another person invariably leads to disagreements. However, you can ward them off by keeping these handy tips in mind. Here’s how to stop the top roommate squabbles before they start.

large potholeWe live in a crazy world. In one moment you say to yourself “Now I have seen it all” only to find something even more bizarre and baffling a few minutes later. It happens all around us and the growth of social media has allowed us to share and be exposed to more and more of these unusual events each and every day. The result is one part bewilderment, one part inspirational, and two parts hilarity. In celebration of the nonsense and silliness, today is Mad Hatter Day (which also marks the half-way point to April Fools’ Day).

Apartment residents are on the front lines of witnessing and experiencing these notable happenings. In fact, it is one of the great perks of apartment living that you could see or experience something new every day. The best way to describe it is that apartment living equals fun. So here to celebrate are 5 examples of the funny things you might see at your next apartment community.

 

Fire fighter helps woman

October 4th – 10th is Fire Safety Week, so we’ve assembled a list of important things to keep in mind when preventing fires, planning escape strategies, and responding quickly in the event of an apartment fire.

1. Practice Fire Prevention

One of the most important things you can do to prevent fires is to be proactive. Fortunately, there are a few simple tasks you can perform to save a lot of trouble. Smoking is the number one cause of fires, so make sure to put out your cigarettes completely, and to never smoke in bed. Another important tip is to avoid keeping any flammable liquids inside of your apartment, and to make sure that your matches and lighters are stowed out of reach of children. Lastly, make sure that you’re practicing safe electrical outlet protocol: don’t use frayed cords, overload your outlets, or keep liquids nearby.

Senior couple holding red mugsWhile there is much talk about how Millennials prefer renting apartments over home ownership, there is another important demographic group that is moving to apartments in droves: Baby Boomers.

In 2016, the Baby Boomer generation begins turning 70 years old, ushering in two decades of quick growth in the “senior” population. This group is more than 75 million strong, slightly less than the current largest demographic group – Millennials. These Boomers – who are more active than the seniors before them – are often empty nesters who seek the convenient and luxurious amenities that apartments offer.

Here are the top 4 reasons Baby Boomers love renting apartments:

  1. Walkability and easy transportation from apartments to jobs and activities they love to do. Baby Boomers are choosing to live in urban apartments so they can bike or walk to work, use public transportation and walk to restaurants and shopping, according to Angela Sweet, director of Destination Services for CORT. Making the search for the perfect apartment easier for Baby Boomers, ApartmentSearch.com offers a walkability score for each apartment complex, on a scale from one to 100.

apartment with furnitureIt seems like no matter how careful you are with your one-bedroom apartment‘s furniture, something is bound to cause a little damage. Whether it’s the process of moving, the presence of puppies, or the perils of popsicles, life happens and your furniture can get caught in the crossfire.

So how can you keep your furniture looking like new? Here are 5 do-it-yourself ideas for the renter who wants to take matters into their own crafty hands.

woman sitting on floor holding construction materialsDon’t get us wrong. A little apartment DIY can be a fun, crafty way to decorate a space on the cheap. But if you have too much fun with your upcycled cork projects, you may find yourself getting into the harder stuff. Thermostat installation? Maybe. Kitchen island demolition? Watch out. There’s a line between do-it-yourself and shouldn’t-have-done-it. If you’re fighting the DIY bug, here are some tips to help avoid falling down the rabbit hole of complicated apartment DIY.

ApartmentSearch_Tax-DayApril 15 is a wake-up call for many of us. It is a time when we re-evaluate our finances, determining where we are spending our money and how we can save more of it. Unfortunately, for those who live in a home, the “saving money” part of the equation seems elusive. Every time they feel like they are making progress on bills and savings accounts, some new expense comes along to hamper their goals. An appliance stops working. A water pipe breaks and floods the carpet or wood flooring. The sod has to be replaced after a rough winter and pressure from the HOA.

There is an endless list of unplanned-for expenses that pile up. And these are not even the regular, monthly expenses. In addition to high utility costs, homeowners are paying mortgages, property taxes, lawn and landscaping fees, and a host of other home repair and upkeep expenses. The burden of mortgages – which are still disproportionately high after the housing bubble burst – and the other expenses is what has led many homeowners to switch to apartment living.

Pantone Color of the Year 2015Every year, the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute forecasts the “Color of the Year” for the next year. Pantone is a major authority on colors and has created a standard language for the color communication from designers to producers to retailers. Since 1990, Pantone has predicted what colors will be trendy in the upcoming year. In 2014, the color was the bold yet enchanting Radiant Orchid. For 2015, Pantone leans toward a naturally impactful color: Marsala. So what is Marsala and how can you add elegant touches of it to your life?

This rich color incorporates earthy tones into a more traditional red wine hue. Small touches of Marsala are perfect for warming up a room and making a sophisticated statement. The hearty but stylish tone has a universal appeal and transfers well to design, fashion, beauty, and home décor and furnishings. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the 2015 Color of the Year into your apartment décor: