If dishes are piling up in the sink and you’re having to step over piles of clothes that aren’t yours, it might be time to have an intervention with your messy roommate. We know these situations can sometimes get uncomfortable, which is why we’ve rounded up the best tips for dealing with your roommate so you can remain on good terms and cut through the clutter at the same time.
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What do you love about living in your apartment? Many of us love where we live because of its great location near our jobs, schools, family and friends. Many of us love our apartment because it is our home, where we enjoy our free time and create memories with our family and friends. Many of us love our apartment because of the community in which we live, from the great neighbors to the large pool to the friendly leasing staff.
While there are many obvious benefits of living in apartments, some of the greatest side perks are less well known. Read the rest of this entry »
The fitness center, pool and recreation area are some of the great attractions from which to choose when trying to find an apartment. However, once move-in time arrives, we tend to forget about these great amenities. With summer just around the corner, this is a fabulous time to take advantage of these facilities, possibly save money and get to know your neighbors.
Many apartments provide an in-house fitness center, and taking advantage of the free workout machines as opposed to paying for a gym membership may help save you a few dollars. The apartment gym is also a great way to get in shape for summer; exercise rooms typically include air-conditioning and some of the same equipment you would find at a public health club.
With outdoor temperatures on the rise, a beautiful apartment swimming pool provides a desirable charm and can be one of the main attractions when searching for a new apartment. Apartment living in the summer does not have to keep you holed-up indoors, because lying by the pool, spending a lazy, relaxing afternoon or cooling off with a quick dip, might be the perfect anecdote to your busy lifestyle. The swimming pool is also a great place for entertaining families with children or hosting a barbecue with friends.
One of the best things about apartment living – and one that residents sometimes overlook – is the community recreation area. The small, confined space of an apartment can make it difficult to entertain a large group of guests. Many apartments typically provide a nice area, indoors and/or outdoors, where you can host larger events such as a bridal and baby shower, birthday party or a fun social gathering.
Whether it is lying by the pool and soaking up the rays, a social event or a vigorous workout, most apartments offer numerous opportunities to enjoy the summer with friends, family and children. Remember to check with your property manager for rules and regulations when using these facilities.
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When it comes to choosing furniture for apartment living, a lot of folks will take whatever they can get. Hand-me-down furniture, vintage store finds and Craigslist bargains are pretty common in apartments, especially those inhabited by students or other twenty-somethings. Furniture can be expensive, and essential functionality is often the highest priority over any aesthetic concern. But at a certain point, you may want to consider switching out Mom’s old reject sofa for something that suits your personal tastes a bit better. You may want the chairs around the kitchen table to actually match the table (and each other).
Particularly if you’ve found an apartment you’re very happy with and are planning to stay longer than a year, it might be time to consider a redesign and furniture overhaul in your space. After all, this is your home, and it should reflect your personality and style. It should be comfortable, cozy and welcoming to you after a long day. If you’ve never put much effort into decorating or furnishing apartments before, you can’t imagine the feeling of satisfaction that comes with loving the look and feel of your home. And luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to achieve!
Design inspiration is all around. When you feel enthusiastic about transforming your apartment living experience with fresh interior decorating, it’s fun to hunt the internet and magazines for home decor ideas. You can see smart ways to arrange furniture in each room, and narrow down what you do and don’t like in terms of style. Make it your own by borrowing ideas from various sources and finding cost-efficient ways to make it your reality.
We do some of the work for you by tracking down the most useful blogs about maximizing apartment living in a small space. Simply follow us on Twitter @apartmentsearch, and become our ApartmentSearch Facebook fan to see interesting articles, ideas and more information. There are plenty of resources for keeping up with furniture news, trends and home living solutions, including our CORT furniture blog.
When it comes time for a big move between apartments, there are enough things to worry about on top of having to ease the transition for your four-legged roommates. The prospect of moving with pets may seem daunting and stressful for both you and your furry friend, but it doesn’t have to be. Making time to plan for your apartment cats or dogs is worth the effort. These simple steps will make moving day and the first week in your new home much more comfortable for your pet, and for you.
First, consider what type of animal you have and its specific personality and needs. You’ll want to pack and plan in a way that accommodates them throughout the process of moving apartments. For example, cats are sensitive about new environments, and may be uncomfortable with some aspects of travel. Acclimate your kitty to her carrier for about a week before the move, by leaving it out for her to familiarize with. Include a soft blanket and favorite toy in the carrier on the day of the move. Some cats don’t like watching the world go by out the car window, so cover the carrier with another blanket if needed.
Things are a little easier with dogs, who are generally used to leaving apartments with their owners and riding in the car. When your favorite canine sees you packing and preparing to leave, he may feel some anxiety and wonder if he’s coming with you. Reassure your pup by maintaining his normal routine right up through the final day in your current home.
Pack a special bag for your pet to get him or her through the trip to the new apartment, including plenty of food, water, treats, familiar toys and towels for any accidents. If you’ll be travelling out of state, have your pet’s health records on hand. On long drives, cats can generally go 8-10 hours without requiring a litter box.
When you arrive at the new apartment, walk through and check for any open windows and other hazards before releasing your pet to explore the new environment. Keeping familiar objects around them will help make them more comfortable in any apartments. Our best advice is to stay calm yourself, which your perceptive pet will notice and appreciate.
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We’re back with some more ideas, big and small, to help jump-start your apartment decorating plans this season. Like we mentioned last week, fall is the perfect season for reevaluating your apartment’s decor scheme. You’ll want the space to feel as cozy and homey as possible entering into the colder months, when more time is spent indoors. Some of these tips are simple and budget-friendly, so you won’t need to spend much time or money updating a temporary home. On the other hand, for those motivated apartment-dwellers who plan to stay in their current apartments for longer than one year, we have some more involved ideas. Larger improvements such as adding new furniture are frequently worth the investment of energy and funds to create a truly comfortable, classy home environment.
In small spaces, one important thing to keep in mind is that when designating areas to serve specific living purposes, base decisions on your personal priorities. For example, you may not necessarily need a dining room for hosting guests, so don’t feel pressure to make space for one just because it’s traditional. You may or may not need a workspace and a desk, so base this apartment decorating judgement on your own preferences and lifestyle priorities. This is a great time to rethink current furniture arrangements and consider re-purposing certain rooms or areas that are being underused.
A more simple way to make your apartment decorating feel more luxe is to invest in new or additional bed linens. It’s a myth that many layers of blankets, sheets and pillows in a small bedroom can overwhelm. In fact, it adds to the coziness and warmth of the room (and your bed). Fine linens layered in varying but complementary fabrics or textures can make the bedroom seem airier and give it depth. After all, bedrooms are frequently the largest spaces in an apartment, so try to maximize the potential.
Mounting floating shelves where you have free wall space is sleek way to add storage without clutter. They work great in bathrooms for stacks of towels, bath products or candles, or in the living room for displaying knick knacks, paintings and more. This project results in a contemporary look and feel that can make a major difference in any apartment decorating scheme.
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One of the most fun aspects of life in apartments is coming up with creative solutions to some of the challenges that sharing walls presents. This week, we’ll share some tips for how to host a balcony BBQ with roommates, neighbors, friends or on your own! Just because you don’t exactly have a backyard doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself and guests to the joys of BBQ on a brisk night. Experience the fresh outdoors while preparing a warm and fulfilling meal before the weather gets too harsh. It’s not too late to invest in an apartment grill that will suit the size constraints of your balcony space.
Before you get started, definitely make sure your property management does not forbid this kind of activity. Different properties will have their own sets of rules, so consult yours before proceeding. At some apartments, a balcony BBQ is not allowed for safety reasons, as it may put neighbors at risk of fire if you are careless with the operation of your apartment grill. If you do get permission to proceed with the event, remember to keep safety first. An apartment grill can get just as hot as full-sized models, and you’ll need to stay attentive to contain the flames.
When you shop to find an apartment grill, it is recommended to look at gas grills. The flames from gas grills are easier to contain than those from a charcoal grill. Therefore, they make sense for use in small spaces like balconies of apartments. There will be less smoke and faster cooking due to the higher temperatures they produce. These models come in many sizes to accommodate the area of your balcony BBQ. While you’re shopping, pick up a grilling storage bin so you’ll have a neat place to stow and organize supplies during and after use.
During the cookout, locate your grill away from the balcony door, so there is ease of access to and from the balcony for guests. Keep a small table nearby so you have a place to set utensils, sauces, plates and cooked meat. You’re ready to prepare a tasty and fun meal!
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We will send your VISA Gift Card as soon as we receive our referral fee from your property management, so all you have to do is let them know we helped you find an apartment. This is the most crucial part of the process, so remember to notate on your application that you were referred by ApartmentSearch.com. Also be sure to print out the ApartmentSearch.com Guest Card from our website, so you may provide it to your new apartment complex when you turn in the application.
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Last week, we covered the benefits of creating your own moving checklist, and reviewed a few initial tasks you can start up to a month in advance of your big move. The month-prior mark is a great time to start gathering supplies you’ll need and thinking about the logistics of the move. For example, begin collecting cardboard boxes from the local grocery store and stocking up on tape and markers. You’ll need the markers to label boxes, which helps keep your possessions organized.
About two weeks prior to moving day, begin packing items that are not frequently used but still important. These would include official records and documents, and you’ll want to keep them organized in one secure place. Around this time you should also look into disconnecting and reconnecting utilities such as electricity and internet connection. Schedule the service changes in advance for your moving day, or at least be aware of the process so you can make the right phone calls on the days leading up to your move.
One week before the move, consult your moving checklist and determine which items you plan to bring along in your car and which items will ride with the movers in their truck. Depending on the distance between your old and new apartments, consider getting a car tune-up as well. Separate packed boxes and suitcases depending on which vehicle they’ll be loaded into. One of the most important things to take care of on your moving checklist this week is a major cleaning of your current apartment. To help ensure you receive your full deposit back from your current property managers, clean up so there is no excess dirt or grime in the unit. This includes some tough spots like kitchen stove tops and bathtubs, so designate enough time on your moving checklist to handle this project.
The day before your move, make sure you have payment readily available for the movers, as they will not unload without it. Pack all toiletries, linens, clothing and non-perishable food items, excepting what you will need for the next morning only. Get a good nights sleep, because moving into a new apartment takes plenty of energy and alertness. On moving day, strip the beds and pack up any final possessions. Call up the movers (or any friends helping with the move) to confirm times and both your current and future addresses. Do a final walk-through of your unit, checking every cupboard, drawer and closet for any forgotten items.
Congratulations, you have officially crossed off every item on your moving checklist, and are on your way into the exciting prospect of a new home! If you have hired movers, be sure they take an inventory of all items loaded. Not quite there yet? If you still need to find an apartment, consult our huge database of apartments nationwide, in popular cities and beyond. We feature a highly searchable database of Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments to make your search for apartments that much simpler.
It’s a common sentiment that moving is one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. Even if you’re just relocating to another apartment down the street, a moving checklist can be a huge help in organizing your thoughts. It can ensure sure you don’t forget to do one of the many tasks you’ll need to take care of, including a lot of little things that are easy to overlook during this overwhelming time. Perhaps you’re still looking to find an apartment, or have already signed a lease but have about a month to go before moving in. It may seem like there’s little you can do in advance to prepare for the big move, but in fact there are several nifty tasks you can add to your moving checklist to get the process rolling smoothly early on.
For starters, visit your local post office or go online to USPS.com and fill out an official change-of-address form up to a month in advance. You can actually schedule the future date on which your mail will start directing to the new address. Also make sure friends and family, your bank, magazine subscriptions, past employer (for W2 forms) and other mail services are aware of the upcoming change, so you are sure to not miss anything important. You can also begin to look around your current home and start getting rid of unwanted items by selling, donating, recycling or tossing them. It helps to have this crossed off your moving checklist well before the hectic day arrives, so you don’t end up packing and moving anything unnecessarily.
You might also start making a list of the larger items that you may need help (from professional users or truck-owning friends) moving, such as your bed, kitchen table, sofa and other furniture or appliances. If you are planning to hire movers to help out, this is also a good time to research different companies and compare estimates. Once you decide, go ahead and book them for the apartment moving day as soon as it is finalized with your new complex management. Planning to rent a truck or borrow a friend’s? Solidify those plans as well to avoid a last-minute scramble.
Next week, we’ll move on to cover the next tasks you’ll tackle on the moving checklist. When you prepare in advance and handle every consideration, moving to a new apartment doesn’t have to be as stressful or messy as it seems! For those of you still in the phase of finding apartments for rent, give our useful search tools a try. We list thousands of properties nationwide, with plenty to choose from in cool cities including Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments.