You’re the proud tenant of a charming apartment in a prime location, and you’ve taken care to furnish and decorate it flawlessly. Now, you’re ready to share it with others! If you’re ready to list your apartment on a vacation rental site, it’s vital to figure out if you’re permitted to as a renter. Learn how you can find out if listing your apartment is allowed by your landlord and with your city.
You are there, in bed, enjoying the most beautiful slumber imaginable. Your dreams have whisked you away to a tropical oasis where <a horn blows in the distance> you bask in the brilliant <the horn blows again> sunshine sipping on a <there that annoying horn is again> delicious cocktail <horn> that is…
Suddenly you awaken and realize that the annoying horn is your alarm clock, ushering you into another day.
As usual, you hit the snooze bar a few times before begrudgingly going about your morning routine. Running slightly late as always, you pull away from your apartment community wishing you had another hour (or two) of sleep. You join the deluge of other daily commuters in the daily trek across the freeways that monopolize their work weeks. You try to daydream your way back to paradise while staring at the smog emerging from the vehicle in front of you.
Years ago, the so called “Baby Boomer” generation defined the American Dream as having a house with a white picket fence. But now as this generation begins to age, retire, and downsize, the American dream has changed. It is now apartments that the Baby Boomers are moving to in droves.
Baby Boomers (those born between 1945 and 1964) love the apartment lifestyle, for many reasons. First off, many of them are retiring or are becoming empty-nesters, and they need to downsize. There is no need for them to upkeep a huge house – and they are keenly aware that this does not make financial sense either. Read the rest of this entry »
When you walk into your apartment’s kitchen, do you find dishes piled up in your sink, your cabinets filled with an explosion of Tupperware, and half of your knives M.I.A.? If yours is a small apartment, this predicament is understandable. Small apartment living is fraught with plenty of challenges when it comes to finding enough space in your apartment. Living and cooking in a small kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you’re not well-organized. You might even be discouraged from cooking altogether, since there might not be much room to slice, dice, or sauté in the first place. So what’s a small-apartment dweller to do? When it comes to small apartment living, even the messiest among us can make (pardon the pun) little changes that will make a big difference. Use these easy tricks and tools for small apartment living to turn your small kitchen into a clutter-free, cook-friendly zone.
It’s the Little Things
Don’t sweat the small stuff—hang it up instead! Oftentimes, teaspoons, mixer attachments, measuring cups, and other small cooking tools get thrown together into whatever small drawer is available in favor of making room for the big things in other drawers. Separate them and make them easy to access by using under-shelf hooks to hang up little cooking implements to eliminate mess. You can also put 3M-style hooks on the inside of kitchen cabinets to the same effect.
Dish It Out
Drying racks take up valuable counter space, so move those dishes up with a wall-mounted dish rack above the sink. They’ll drip-dry easily and out of the way. Suddenly, doing dishes by hand is much less annoying.
Put up a pegboard on a blank wall and use it to hang large cookware that won’t fit in any other cabinet. In fact, if you get creative, pegboards can be great for more than skillets. Rest your rolling pin on top of two well-spaced pegs, hang a basket up for smaller tools, or use individual pegs to hold up mugs and teacups.
Knives are really something you don’t want lying haphazardly in a drawer. Not only are they dangerous if you’re looking for a cleaver in a hurry, but all that jostling around can dull the blades. Get a magnetic knife strip and attach to your kitchen wall. Your knifes will stay safe and visible, and free up even more drawer space.
More Apartment Living Tips
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When it comes to finding a new place to live, choosing an apartment isn’t the only thing on your moving checklist. You’ll also be looking the location of that apartment, which means carefully assessing the neighborhoods of your future city and finding the one that best suits your needs. This can be hard if, say, you are making a long distance move and won’t be able to check out all of the apartments in person right away. Even if you’re just moving from across town, it’s best to have all the facts about the area before you make a decision about an apartment.
In celebration of National Moving Month, here are a few moving checklist items to streamline the picking process, so whether you are moving from far away or nearby, you can feel confident about the neighborhood you choose and the apartment in it.
Starting the Moving Checklist
To make a moving checklist when searching for a new neighborhood, you should first make a list of everything you’re looking for in a new community. Consider noise level, price point, and proximity to public transportation, community resources, shopping, activities, area schools, and parks. Make a list of what is important to you, and reference that list as you start your search.
Get the Facts Online
Check comprehensive sites like ApartmentSearch.com to get the facts about apartments in the city in which you’re searching. Narrow down your choices by price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, types of pets allowed, and the amenities various apartments offer.
Check out City Websites
Lots of cities have a website dedicated to information for and about the city’s residents, visitors, and government. Many even have social media monikers! It may take some clicking around, but you can usually find information about the community, maps, demographics, and information by neighborhood.
What’s On Your Moving Checklist?
What was on your moving checklist while looking for a new neighborhood? Share your moving checklist, moving tips, and more with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook! You can also check out the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center for extra moving help.
If the time has come for you to move out of your apartment, you’re probably busy packing and finding a new place to live. But don’t forget to take the right steps to get your security deposit back! Your moving checklist should include a solid plan to clean and repair your apartment so you can get your security deposit returned in full.
First things first: What will your landlord expect of you when it comes to cleaning and repairing your apartment? Consult your lease and figure out what is required of you in order to get your security deposit back, then construct your cleaning and moving checklist accordingly. For example, your apartment may clean your carpets and floors for you upon move-out, but might expect you to paint over any colors you’ve added to the apartment walls on your own. If you aren’t sure what is expected of you, call your landlord and confirm what you need to do to get that security deposit back.
Next, go through the apartment room by room and create a comprehensive cleaning and moving checklist. Below is a moving checklist to help you get started, but be sure to think about the special needs of your apartment as well. And remember, when it comes time for your landlord to inspect your apartment, request to be present during the inspection. That way you’ll be able to address any problems and make adjustments as needed.
- Dust all surfaces thoroughly.
- Vacuum every room.
- Clean all windows thoroughly with a streak-free cleaner.
- Mop the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Remove all wall décor and fill in any holes made by nails or screws.
- Make sure all doors and windows shut smoothly and securely.
- Clean the bathtub and shower.
- Clean and disinfect the sink and bathroom counter.
- Clean grout using bleach or vinegar.
- Clean out bathroom drawers, cabinets, and medicine cabinet.
- Remove any drawer liners.
- Clean the mirror.
- Clean out all appliances, including the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
- Sweep and vacuum behind all appliances.
- Clean the fronts and insides of cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all countertops.
- Sweep all outside areas, including the porch, garage, and doorways.
- Mow the lawn.
- Pull any weeds.
- Remove any yard décor.
- Wash the windows’ exteriors.
For More Moving Tips…
For another useful moving checklist, check out the ApartmentSearchcom Apartment Moving Center. Do you have a tip for get your security deposit back that’s not on this moving checklist? Share your own tips with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook!
Moving with children in tow can be tricky. A moving checklist can be incredibly helpful in simplifying the moving process. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there are lots of changes that come with a move for the family. New schools, new friends, new home—all will take some adjustment. In keeping with our National Moving Month theme, here is the ApartmentSearch.com moving checklist with top tips for moving with kids.
Talk About the Move
The first item on your moving checklist should be a discussion with the whole family about the move. Moving can be hard on kids, especially if the move is to a new city. Have a conversation about why your family is moving, how you feel about it, and how your children feel about it. Let them know how the moving process will work and what they can expect.
Involve the Kids
Once you’ve held a discussion, next on your moving checklist should be arranging for your children to have a role in the move. Get their input on the options for new houses or apartments, whether that means touring your potential new home or showing them pictures. Involve them in choosing décor for their rooms. When it comes time to start packing, help them sort through their things to decide what they need to bring and what to toss.
Research the Community
Do some research regarding what kinds of activities are available in the area to which you are moving. The more your children can feel included in their new neighborhood, the easier the adjustment will be. Browse their new school’s website, check out what kinds of after-school activities are available in the community, and read the local paper to get a good idea what your new community will be like. Share the information you find with your kids. Don’t feel obligated to overemphasize the positive things; honesty and candor will be much more helpful.
Plan Road Trip Entertainment
If you’re making a long-distance move, make sure that you have taken care of entertainment for the drive. This moving checklist item can be as simple as a family game of “I Spy”, or as planned as a round of road trip bingo. However you choose to entertain them, keeping kids occupied for the duration of the car trip can cut down on parent frustration and kid impatience.
Share Your Moving Checklist and Tips
What are your tips for moving with kids? What items were on your moving checklist, and how did you make the transition easier for your family? Find ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook and share your own moving checklist and moving experiences!
Did you know that May is National Moving Month? It’s true! In honor of the month that marks the beginning of moving season, ApartmentSearch.com has compiled a moving checklist that can help you find the right moving company. In total, the U.S. Census estimates that over 37 million Americans move per year. Unfortunately, many are subject to moving scams that cost them time and money and make the already complicated process of moving even more frustrating. In fact, in 2012 the Better Business Bureau received more than 555,000 moving-related inquiries. Keep reading for a moving checklist that will help you choose the right moving company so you can complete your move safely and with minimum stress.
Research Moving Companies
The first item on your moving checklist should be research. A little research at the beginning of the moving process pays off big in the long run. By checking out a moving company online, you can quickly find out whether or not the company is properly licensed and registered. Likewise, you can often find reviews of various moving companies online; reading about others’ experiences with a company can be invaluable when trying to choose.
Get an In-Home Estimate
When choosing movers, the next step on your moving checklist should be to get at least one written in-home estimate from the moving company. Movers looking to scam customers won’t often consent to an in-home estimate and are much more likely to only offer a quote over the phone.
Treat Documents Carefully
Read documents thoroughly, both those online and in person, as you fill them out and sign them. Never sign a blank document like an estimate; this is a tactic dishonest movers often use to increase the cost of previously-offered quotes and take advantage of customers. Additionally, make sure that you receive a copy of every document you sign.
More Moving Checklist Help
We hope that this moving checklist will help you kick off the moving season with ease. Stay tuned this month for more moving tips. For more information about moving, visit the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center. Want to tell us about your own moving checklist or moving tips? Find and follow ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook.
Moving is a stressful process for everyone involved… but did you know that moving can also be hard on the environment? Before you assemble your moving checklist, remember that there are plenty of things you can do during your move that will eliminate waste. Here are some things can put on your moving checklist in order to make your move a little more Earth-friendly.
1. Use Earth-Friendly Packing Materials
The first step on your “green” moving checklist should be to find some eco-friendly packing materials. This could be something as simple as obtaining your cardboard boxes from friends or asking local stores for extra boxes, rather than buying cardboard boxes. Some stores are not willing to give boxes away, but others are happy to work with you so you can take their excess cardboard boxes. Alternatively, you can rent reusable packing containers, as well as other packing materials, from environmentally-friendly moving companies.
2. Donate Food
When you clean out your pantry and refrigerator before you move, consider donating all unopened food to your local Food Pantry. You won’t have to worry about wasting food or transporting it to your new home. You can also compost any food that can’t be donated.
3. Clean Out Your Closet
Look through all the closets and storage areas in your home and decide what items need to go with you and which don’t. Those that can stay behind can either be donated or sold. In doing this, you will be using fewer packing materials and making fewer trips between your old home and your new one.
4. Use Green Cleaning Supplies
You’ll be cleaning both your old apartment and your new one, so putting green cleaning supplies on your moving checklist is a must. Plenty of major cleaning product lines have environmentally-friendly cleaners. Swap out your regular cleaners for one of them for a quick fix. You can also search online for recipes to make your own cleaning solutions for windows, floors, ovens and more, all using ingredients you already own!
5. Hire an Eco-Friendly Moving Company
If you decide that making the whole move by yourself is too overwhelming, eliminate a ton of the items on your moving checklist by hiring an eco-friendly moving company! These moving companies can provide everything from re-usable moving materials to biodiesel-powered trucks to assist you with you move.
More Moving Checklist Help
For more moving tips, as well as ways to rent furniture, find storage facilities, and a moving checklist for each stage of your move, visit the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center. You can also find ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and follow us for more great apartment advice.
Are you thinking of trying to break your lease so you can find other apartments for rent? Maybe a new job has made it necessary to move, maybe you need to move to a larger or smaller apartment, or maybe you just can’t stand your neighbors or the management at your current apartment anymore. Whatever your reason for wanting to get out of your lease, be careful how you proceed. There are several ways to break a lease, but there is, more often than not, a penalty for breaking a lease. If you’re still determined, however, there are a few things you should know. Read the rest of this entry »