Lock the doors, pull the curtains tight, and turn on all the lights in your apartment! Friday the 13th is here and won’t come around again until next February. While this blog won’t be filled with scary tales pulled from the latest thriller movie, it will provide you with some frighteningly awesome facts about how cool it is to live in an apartment. Without further ado, here are 13 fast facts about apartment living as we celebrate 2016’s one and only Friday the 13th! Read the rest of this entry »
‘renters rewards’ Tag
Everyone cringes at the thought of the process you have to go through to find an apartment. The amount of information available can range from scarce to excessive, depending on the apartment in question. The woes of this process can be exacerbated by the added need to find an apartment that is handicapped-accessible. Below are some ways to find an apartment with a little less stress. Read the rest of this entry »
Last time we talked about some factors to be aware of in order to find an apartment you’ll enjoy. Things like size, amount of storage, and convenience may seem obvious. But other factors that may not be quite as apparent are equally important if you want to find an apartment where you will be both content and safe.
To find an apartment that meets these requirements, be alert for:
Noise. To find an apartment that will suits you, try to view it both in the daytime and in the evening, preferably on a Friday or Saturday. If you only look during the day, you may not discover that Bigfoot lives upstairs or that you can hear the neighbor’s Metallica like you were sitting in front of the speakers. Keep an ear cocked for street noise, barking dogs, and crying babies.
Safety factors. It’s important to find an apartment where you will feel secure. Look for smoke alarms and a handy fire extinguisher. Notice whether exterior walkways well lit. Apartment doors should be sturdy and have deadbolts, and all windows should have latches.
Neighborhood issues. Even if the building itself looks nice and well kept, notice the buildings around it. Is there a lot of trash in the yards? Are the streets well lit at night? Try to find an apartment you would feel comfortable going into and out of at any time of the day or night.
Plumbing issues. Turn on the taps to check the water pressure. An apartment with low water pressure could mean that you’ll get a morning dribble instead of a shower. Check for leaky faucets and water stains on ceilings. Damp areas can foster mold growth.
Electrical problems. Switch on all the lights to be sure they work properly. Bring a small appliance with you (a hair dryer is good) and try it in outlets in every room. Lights should not flicker or short out. You don’t want to find an apartment with dangerous electrical issues.
Appliance issues. In any place you find, an apartment should have clean, working appliances. Turn on the stove and burners to see how quickly they heat up. Check that the refrigerator, freezer, and microwave work properly.
When you find an apartment that satisfies your needs, it’s time to sign the lease and start packing. To get set for your move, use our printable moving checklist. And remember that if you find an apartment through Apartment Search, you could get up to $200 back in Renters’ Rewards.
If you’re on the prowl for Phoenix apartments, good idea! Phoenix lies in what is known as the “Valley of the Sun” because it gets more sunshine than any other U.S. metropolitan region. As winter temperatures dip and snow flies elsewhere, Phoenix settles into a warm, dry season with nighttime temps that rarely drop below 40 degrees F.
But when it comes to Phoenix apartments, weather may be the only thing they have in common. Arizona’s capital is the sixth largest city in the U.S., with a population of almost 1.5 million. Given the huge size and diversity of this metropolis, you could find yourself overwhelmed by the array of Phoenix apartments you have to choose from.
Of course, knowing the layout of the city will help you locate Phoenix apartments that are to your liking. But knowing your own style is also key. To find a place that will be ideal for you, factors you may want to consider include:
- Your favorite activities. To trim your travel time, look for Phoenix apartments near what you like to do on a regular basis. Love to ski in Flagstaff? Check out Phoenix apartments in the North Valley. Dig an urban vibe and access to cultural events? Try downtown Phoenix. Is golf your god? You’re in luck because lots of Phoenix apartments will put you in range of excellent golf courses.
- Access to public transportation. If you care about your carbon footprint, consider Phoenix apartments near the city’s new METRO light rail. It runs from central Phoenix through downtown east to Mesa and Tempe. From Phoenix apartments in those areas, you can hop the light rail to catch the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, view the latest exhibit at the Heard Museum, or cheer Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium.
- Where you work. Unless you enjoy a long commute, stick to Phoenix apartments with easy access to your workplace. When you find an apartment you’re seriously considering, drive from there to work in the morning and back during evening commute hours. And remember the sun shines most of the day year-round. You may want to factor in whether you will be driving into or away from the sun.
Ready to find an apartment? We can help. We have listings for Phoenix apartments in all of the city’s “urban villages” and in surrounding towns, too. And if you rent through us, you could get up to $200 back in Renters Rewards!
Apartments with architectural details such as high ceilings, interior arches, or leaded-glass windows can be brimming with character. But those apartments are usually found in older buildings, which are often poorly insulated. Add leaky, single-paned windows to the equation, and the price of apartments with vintage charm may be high heating bills when the weather turns chilly.
If the apartments you love are aging beauties, don’t worry. There are easy ways to prepare apartments for cold weather that can help them be snug and energy-efficient.
- Use window coverings. Sure, apartments with big windows get tons of light. But those same windows may be an escape route for expensive heat. Hang lined drapes, or add a lining or insulation to existing curtains. Or since apartments are a great place to unleash your creativity, get out your favorite quilts or blankets, sew loops to the top, and hang those.
- Caulk. Apartments with cracks around the window frames are guaranteed to lose lots of warm air. Check around your windows, and use paintable latex caulk to fill any gaps. You can also buy temporary caulk to seal the sashes to the frame. That will mean you can’t open the windows, but it’s easy to remove the caulk when the weather warms up.
- Add weather stripping. Apartments that don’t have weather stripping around the doors and windows can really benefit from this inexpensive fix. Most home improvement stores sell self-adhesive felt or foam strips that will cut down on air loss around leaky windows and doors. Or again, if you like to add some personality to your apartments, go the creative route: Fill colorful socks or stockings with beans or rice, tie or stitch the ends, and lay them along the windowsills.
- Use window film. Another quick fix for apartments with drafty windows is plastic film. You can buy window-sealing kits that come with double-sided tape and shrinkable plastic. Put the tape around the end of the window frame, then apply the sheet of film and use a hairdryer to shrink it tight. This creates the effect of double-paned glass, providing good insulation while being practically invisible.
Of course, these tips will be most useful in apartments in regions that get severe cold weather. But even apartments in generally temperate areas such as Dallas Apartments, Austin Apartments, or Seattle Apartments can be more comfortable (and affordable) if you employ these ideas. And the same strategies can be used in Phoenix apartments to keep them cooler in hot weather.
Whatever the season, when you’re ready to find an apartment that suits your taste, whether it’s ultra-modern or classic Victorian, we’re here to help. We’ll even give you up to $200 in Renters’ Rewards when you find your apartment through us.
Earlier this week we focused on designing the entryway of apartments. To lead us into the weekend, we are divulging our favorite Halloween decor tips for your entryway. If you live in an apartment community that celebrates Halloween and supports a parade of pint-sized Trick’or’treaters, its time to make some room for decorations and fun!
The classic Jack-O’lantern: Nothing says Fall like a display of pumpkins by your front door. Decorate and illuminate one of your favorite gourds by following these instructions. If you are lighting by candle, be sure to keep the pumpkin off the floor and away from costume sleeves and trains. If you are using electricity to light your bulb, scatter hay around the area to complete the look.
Candy serving ideas: You continue the pumpkin theme by creating a candy bowl out of one half of a hallowed and dried pumpkin. Another idea is to use felt pieces to create a white felt “ghost” bag with the mouth as the opening. You can find a ton of Halloween candy dish ideas for apartments at HGTV’s Halloween Ideas website.
Mood lighting: Change the “welcome light” bulb outside of your apartment to create a festive mood. Black lights create a spooky vibe and illuminate bright costumes. You can even hang some fake cob-webs around the light fixture and around the door to add to this look.
Inside your apartment: Be mindful of your front door area and clear away any clutter to make room for a stool or table for candy. Indoors, you can also incorporate mood lighting with colorful bulbs. If you have a dog or cat, be sure to keep them away from the front door. Visitors in costume may startle or overexcite a pet or a fearful child. If you are worried about apartment safety, sit outdoors for the evening and visit with people in neighboring apartments.
Have a fun and safe Halloween from ApartmentSearch.com! And as always, if you need to find an apartment, our comprehensive search tool is just a click away. We can help you find great apartments in your desired neighborhood, and we offer renters rewards. Now that’s service!
The entryway of your apartment sets the mood for your home and often gives off a lasting first impression. Make your apartment living space more cozy and memorable by incorporating these tips for organizing the entryway:
Use the entryway closet – If you are lucky enough to have a closet by the front door, this is a perfect place to make room for outerwear, shoes, and other items you may need as you leave your home. At the bare minimum, make sure to have extra hangers, a shoe rack, and a loop hanger for scarves, leashes, and extra bags. If your apartment living entry space does not include a closet, place a coat hanger by the door and a woven basket for shoes.
Have a temporary resting place for your personal belongings – Your keys, cell phone, purse, and shopping bags all need a space for when you walk in the door. Some options include hanging key hooks and a small side table near the door for discarding things when you have your hands full. Having a place for your daily items will also save you time. It is a nifty apartment living tip – When you are ready to walk out the door, you will already know where your important belongings are sitting.
Organize papers – Incoming and outgoing mail can pile up quickly in your apartment living entryway. Manage the flow of paper daily by setting up a designated space for it: Create 2 separate piles for outgoing and incoming mail. Keep both a discard bin and a flexible accordion file near the mail pile. By having a routine and a system you can easily sort the mail as it comes in.
Install a chalkboard or whiteboard – Write reminders for yourself so that you do not forget things as you leave your home. An erasable writeboard can also serve as a reliable scratch pad. How many instances have you found yourself scrambling around your apartment living room to find a pen and paper during an important phone call?
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Phoenix apartments are high in demand due to job growth paired with a good quality of life at a reasonable price. There are many housing options for every lifestyle and every age cohort in Phoenix, Arizona. We know that it can be very overwhelming to find an apartment in such a large city. Here are some tips that will help you as you embark on your tour of the apartments in Phoenix. Since it is a large city that is primarily dominated by car use, these tips can help you design your decision based on daily commutes and community safety.
1. Visit the property at night – Your desired apartment area may seem quaint and peaceful during the day, but the surroundings at night could potentially be a deal breaker. Make sure the parking area and streets are well lit. Listen for any noise from a restaurant or club, and check to see if parking is ample. If you are looking at Phoenix apartments around Arizona State University, this procedure is especially important. You do not want to end up an earshot away from a fraternity or party house if you can help it.
2. Consult the local transit authority – Narrowing your search to Phoenix apartments near public transit lines can save you on those days when your car is in the shop or when you need additional options due to scheduling conflicts. Familiarize yourself with potential routes to work or school. You can use Google Maps to find options and routes for different addressees, or take in the routes from a bird’s eye view.
3. Familiarize yourself with peak traffic areas and times around Phoenix apartments – Car congestion peaks from 3-7 in the evenings in Phoenix. Going southbound on the 101 from Scottsdale to Tempe and eastbound on the 60 in Tempe can often be slow-going routes. View traffic flows to and from your desired community using Phoenix traffic cameras.
4. Make a mock errand run – Think about the top places that you need to regularly travel to from your apartment. This list will include the work or school, the grocery store and the bank. Research local options and visit some of these Phoenix apartments via your preferred transportation system. You may want to even try to complete errands around peak traffic times to get a feel for the congestion issues around Phoenix apartments in your desired area.
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Here at the apartment living blog, we’re all about sharing helpful tips and ideas for maximizing your lifestyle as a resident. ApartmentSearch.com loves taking care of apartment dwellers with initiatives like our renters rewards for those who find a new home through our website. But our services don’t end there. We also help property managers fill vacancies in great apartment complexes nationwide. By connecting tenants with apartment managers, we facilitate the relationship and set the stage for successful lease agreements. We’re here for managers as well as tenants with our useful apartment manager services.
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We’re proud to offer valuable rewards to customers who successfully use our huge database to search apartments and find a new home. Our service is free to use, and we give back up to $200 in rewards to customers who sign a lease at one of our partner properties. Waiting for the catch? There isn’t one! Simply allow us a little time to confirm your move-in. Read on to learn about our excellent rewards program.
In most cases, renters will receive $200 in rewards, consisting of $100 in CORT Bucks and up to a $100 VISA Gift Card. CORT Bucks are perfect when you’ve recently moved apartments and need to stock up on high-quality furniture and accessories for your new home. They are redeemable at any CORT Showroom or Clearance Center nationwide, so you can save significantly on rental or retail clearance furniture. VISA Gift Cards are especially exciting, because you can use them absolutely anywhere VISA is accepted. The options are extensive! Spend these renters rewards dollars on anything that makes you happy, from clothes to groceries.
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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