If you’ve ever helped someone when they’re moving to a new apartment, you know it can be tough work! But, if you’ve ever been the friend who needs the moving help, you also know that having your amigos there can definitely make moving easier. Once you’ve settled in, show your friends how much you appreciate their moving help! Try these creative ideas to say “thank you” and strengthen your friendships—without breaking the bank. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Lunar New Year (AKA Chinese New Year) is once again upon us. It arrives at a particular point in history where tumultuous times are the center stage of news reports across the U.S. Fear not! This is the Year of the Rooster and change (whether wanted or not) is at the heart of this zodiac sign. For those seeking growth in life — whether mental, physical, or spiritual—this is a time of joy. But for those who are resistant to something different, the challenges will flourish because change is no longer coming… change is here. The decisions you make spurred by change is what will define you in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
It is rare to go a day without hearing something new about apartment living. Everything from a new apartment community opening across the street to the rising costs of rent in the major cities. But the world is rapidly evolving, and so too is the news about apartment living. New innovations are making the apartment lifestyle more desirable than ever before. A host of other changes in typical apartment life (including prices) are changing the way we think about renting. Here’s a look our predictions for apartment life in 2017 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to the New Year. As we bid farewell to 2014 and say hello to the new journeys of 2015, people begin to take stock of the world around them. Many will make resolutions to lose weight, stop a bad habit, or spend more time doing the things that they love. Unfortunately, many of these quests for self-improvement will fail. But not to worry! There is a task you can undertake in 2015 that could have profound impact on your life. And this amazing journey to create a new you is actually one of the easiest things you could ever strive for. It is time that you create a new lifestyle for yourself by finding a better apartment for your life.
Psychologists have done countless studies on the effect that your surroundings have on you personally. If you have negative thoughts attached to the place you live, it becomes very difficult to escape those feelings. Many of these could be a result of life circumstances that happened to you throughout 2014. Or, maybe you are the victim of a negative environment, such as having neighbors who perpetually argue or living in a more distressed part of your area. Whatever the case, if your current home is causing you undo distress, the best thing you can do to improve your life is to find a new place to live. Read the rest of this entry »
Finally it is here. Finals week is finished. You have packed up your dorm, and have left the campus for a wonderful holiday break. After a long stressful fall semester, nothing could be more welcome. But, while you are away, visions of a better campus life will be running through your head like sugar plums on Christmas Eve. It may have been that living in the residence hall was too noisy. Maybe one of your dorm roommates were a complete nightmare. Maybe living on campus just didn’t meet your expectations. But that is okay. If you act quickly, the New Year can bring a new start for your college experience.
There are plenty of advantages to living off-campus. One of the most notable is the fact that you now have more control over your environment. In the past, student housing was often dreaded by college students. The thought of being banished to a cinderblock bunker with lots of noise, distractions, and a lack of amenities sent cringes down the spine of students and parents alike. But today’s off-campus housing could not be any further away from that depiction. Today’s student communities are high-tech and luxurious, offering an environment more conducive to study and starting the first stages of adult life. Read the rest of this entry »
Once you find your new apartment, how are you going to meet the neighbors? Throwing a housewarming party is a fantastic way to meet new people in your apartment complex and introduce your friends to your new home. Here are a few tips to make planning your housewarming party a breeze.
Should I throw a housewarming party if everything isn’t unpacked?
Of course! There’s no need to wait until your apartment is picture-perfect, because a home is always a work in progress. None of your guests will even notice if you haven’t hung all of your pictures or finished repainting the laundry room, trust us. We suggest either having an informal get-together as soon as the movers have finished unloading or having a big shindig when your apartment is mostly unpacked. Either way, you’ll still be able to meet new people and show your friends your hip new place.
What should I serve my guests?
Normally, housewarming parties are cocktail hours with finger foods and drinks, but depending on your personal tastes you can make your party as fancy or as casual as you’d like. Whatever you decide on, we recommend checking out Pinterest for the latest and greatest recipes.
How do I create invitations?
This is where people start backing out because they think that they have to do an elaborate set of invitations, but there’s no need. E-vites are completely acceptable. If you don’t have your neighbors’ email addresses yet, don’t worry. Just slip a little note with the date and time under their door and you’re set.
Now that you know how to plan a housewarming party, it’s time to find that perfect apartment! You can use ApartmentSearch.com to find gorgeous apartments in your area. So, get searching!
It’s that time of year when plunging temperatures outside can make even the coziest apartments feel chilly. And for many of us, the threat of a high energy bill at the end of the month is even scarier than the weather. Luckily, there are some simple practices that can help keep you warm at home without having to blast the central heat constantly. But do make sure your furnace or central air filter is changed regularly. When it becomes dirty after prolonged use, your unit will have to work harder than ever to keep the heat flowing. This increases heating costs, especially on occasions when you do need to flip that switch to full blast.
Take matters into your own hands with some weather-proofing for apartments. Add rugs to areas with tiled or cement flooring, which (as you’re likely aware) become absolutely frigid over cold nights. Do a walk-through of the apartment and check for drafts coming in through leaky windows and doors. Consider taping around windows or stuffing a towel under a drafty door. Ask your apartment management if maintenance can come in to add weather stripping in your unit, or find out if you’re allowed to do it yourself.
Why heat the entire apartment when you’ll primarily be in one or two rooms to hang out and sleep? Invest in a space heater so you can leave your central or window units off and focus the heat more efficiently in one area. Similarly, electric blankets are an awesome option for staying warm in bed at night. Both options are all-around energy savers that target heat where you need it most.
One creative option in sunnier locations is to fling open the curtains and leave windows uncovered during the day. The sunlight will bathe apartments in warmth that should help keep the daytime energy use down until the darker, colder hours. In tandem with this, of course, make sure the thermostat is set to a lower power during the day.
Stay bundled up in layers of clothes or pajamas and piles of blankets, and apartments in even the coldest cities (such as Seattle apartments) can still feel warm the way a home should. Hoping to avoid the freezing climates this winter? Check out Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, or Austin apartments in these more temperate cities and many more across the land! We make it easy to find an apartment.
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.
Still looking for Fido’s new home? Search our extensive database of Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments to find an apartment that’s perfect. We can help you find great apartments in these major cities and many more nationwide.
Many people like to use the new year as a clean slate to set goals and start fresh. Resolutions include everything from eating healthier to learning something, like how to play the guitar. For some, the new year means it’s time to find a new apartment. Whether you’re moving due to a job relocation or just because your current lease is up and you’d love a change of scenery, getting a new apartment can be a great way to kick off a new year.
Know What You Want in a New Apartment
Made the decision to move? Now comes the fun part: actually finding a new apartment. To make sure you wind up signing the lease to a place you’ll love to call home, know what you want. Make a list of things you like and don’t like about your current apartment. Include amenities it’s lacking that you feel you’re missing out on, like a gym, swimming pool or even a washer and dryer. Knowing what you want in your new apartment will help you make the best decision.
Signing the Lease
Thanks to our free apartment search tools, you probably had no trouble compiling a list of potential places. But before signing the lease on the one, make sure to ask the manager how long is the lease is, when rent will be due, how much the deposit is and how much of it is refundable and what utilities are included in the rent. For more important questions to ask, take a look at our post on apartment lease questions. Should a problem arise, you’ll be glad you weren’t shy about asking questions.
Though the new year offers a fresh start, that doesn’t mean it’s stress free. Weeks leading up to it, thanks to the holidays, can pack your schedule full of parties, gift exchanges, shopping trips and family get-togethers, leaving you with little free time. If you want to be in your new apartment by the new year, stay organized by making a calendar and setting deadlines for completing tasks like scheduling movers, cleaning out your old apartment and setting up utilities in your new apartment.
Enjoying Your New Apartment
Once you’ve moved into your new apartment, take some time to relax and enjoy it — explore your new neighborhood, introduce yourself to neighbors and think about having an apartment warming party. And for tips on decor, don’t miss our series on decorating your apartment.
Apartment Warming: Warm Up Your New Apartment with a Party
Are you looking to throw an apartment warming party? Moving into a new apartment calls for a celebration! With the stress of packing up all of your stuff, hauling it to the new apartment and then having to unpack it all, you deserve some time to kick back and have a little fun. Throwing an apartment warming party is a great way to do this — plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your friends the grand tour and show off your fantastic new home.
Keep The Party Casual
One thing that’s pretty cool about throwing an apartment warming party is that it can be very casual. Your apartment doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy, and things don’t even have to be put away. Since you just moved in, you’ll probably still have boxes around and furniture in odd places. And that’s totally expected — you just moved in. Plus, it can be interesting for your friends to see your new apartment right when you move in and watch how it all comes together as you eventually get more settled. You could even ask them for advice on how to best decorate and arrange furniture in the space.
If you’ve been in your new apartment a few days and already have everything in its place, kudos to you. Your party guests will be in awe of your moving skills, and maybe you can dish out some tips they can use next time they rent an apartment.
Planning an Apartment Warming Party
You have several choices for your apartment warming party. Do you want it to be friends-only, new neighbors only or a mix of friends and neighbors? It can certainly be a nice opportunity to meet your neighbors. Once you have an idea of who’s coming over, you’ll want to think about food and refreshments. Chips and salsa, fresh fruit and veggies with dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and tiny sandwiches can all make great apartment warming party snacks. Don’t forget plates, cups, napkins and silverware.
When you invite over your guests, be sure you give them all of the info they need in order to find your apartment. If there’s a gate code, potentially confusing directions or they need to buzz in, be sure to provide your guests with that information as well as a phone number where you can be reached.
A Warming Welcome
Okay, so you may be really, really excited about your new apartment and want to channel all that excitement into the Party of the Century, but keep in mind that you don’t want to give the impression that you’re an inconsiderate and noisy apartment neighbor. You don’t want to start off by violating apartment etiquette, so keep your party contained to a level that’s enjoyable but not out of control and disturbing people around you.
An apartment warming party can be lots of fun, and it’s a nice feeling to be proud of the new apartment you’re living in and have your friends over to celebrate with you.