You probably (hopefully!) aren’t braced for a flood, a fire, or a burglary at any moment. In fact, we all like to assume, “It won’t happen to me!” The sad truth, however, is that a disaster or accident can happen to anyone. While you can’t protect yourself from everything, you can certainly take measures to prevent those things from happening while you’re away. Read the rest of this entry »
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When you don’t own your apartment, you might feel stuck with everything as is. You can’t paint the walls, rip out the carpet, or knock down a wall for an “open concept” makeover. You aren’t, however, at the mercy of the security measures the apartment complex has in place. There are plenty of ways to increase your apartment security without making any permanent changes to your apartment or spending an arm and a leg. Find out what you can do to make your apartment safer and less attractive to potential burglars, plus the cost (if any) associated with each precaution! Read the rest of this entry »
If a burglar thinks your apartment is “easy pickings,” it could become a target…even if the fanciest thing you own is a VCR with a copy of Dirty Dancing stuck in it. Why not make things difficult for that burglar? You’d be surprised by how much you can do to protect your apartment without spending big money on armed guards and snarling dogs. Read the rest of this entry »
Safe Apartments: How and Where
When you’re going through your checklist while you find an apartment, safety might be at the top of your list. It’s tough to gauge just how safe an apartment is without having lived there. And if you want to find an apartment when you’re moving from a completely different city, it’s even more difficult to know which apartment complexes and neighborhoods are safe. Luckily, we’ve compiled some useful tips that might help you find an apartment that is safe and secure.
Pass Up the First Floor
Yep, you’ll definitely be getting your exercise with a second-floor, third-floor or higher-up unit. But keep in mind that thieves have a much easier time breaking into first-floor apartments, meaning those that aren’t on the first floor are typically more secure. If your budget allows for it, consider trying to find an apartment that is a high-rise apartment.
Safe Inside and Out
It’s a common occurrence: You’re out to find an apartment, you drive by an apartment complex that has a big fence with a gate that requires an entry code, and you assume that the place is very safe and secure. Stick around a little longer, though, you might notice that anyone can get in if they just follow behind a car that puts in the entry code.
Another consideration is lighting. When it’s dark outside, how well-lit are the parking lot, mailboxes, laundry room, walk-ups and stairways?
As for the actual apartment, you’ll want to take a look at the front door: Is it thick and sturdy and does it have a peephole? What kind of locks are on it? Is it possible to open the windows from the outside?
One of the best ways to find an apartment that is safe is to talk to people who live there. Current residents usually aren’t shy about telling prospective renters exactly what they think of the place they call home. You can also talk to the management — ask if they’d be willing to check on your apartment or get your mail should you be gone for an extended period of time. You’ll also want to make sure they change the locks when a tenant moves out. Inquire about what the policy is regarding apartment office employees having access to your apartment, too. Last but not least, talk to the local police. They should be happy to talk to you about crime rate statistics for the neighborhood and specific apartment complex you’re looking at.
Even though there’s always a possibility during your apartment renting experience that something could happen regarding your safety, we hope our tips will help you find an apartment that is safe. And if you’d like a hand in your quest for an apartment for rent, try using our easy apartment search! Not only is it free, but you earn up to $200 in renters rewards when you rent using ApartmentSearch.com.
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5 Apartment Safety Tips to Help You Sleep Easy
Apartment safety tips may seem like common sense, but don’t get careless and leave yourself open to crime. Here are five apartment safety tips to consider. (Don’t forget to look into buying renters insurance, too!)
Apartment Safety Tip #1: Lock Your Door
Believe it or not, this is one of the most important apartment safety tips. Remember, most burglars are looking for the easiest opportunity. We’ve all left a door unlocked while we get the second load of groceries out of the car. You think you’ll just be gone for a minute, and you don’t want to have to fumble with the key again. You can always set the groceries down beside your door, unlock it, and pick them up again. Also, don’t leave a hidden key in a plant, under the mat, in a fake rock, or anywhere near your door.
Apartment Safety Tip #2: Leave the Light On
Leave a light on for safety, especially when you know you’ll be coming home after dark. If you’re worried about running up the utility bill and going through bulbs, use a compact fluorescent bulb. You might also put on some music at a low volume.
Apartment Safety Tip #3: Be Careful When Answering the Door
Don’t just open your apartment door to anyone, especially when you’re not expecting them. Use that peephole.
Apartment Safety Tip #4: Get to Know Your Neighbors
We recommend finding an apartment neighbor who can be a friend. You can look out for each other. Also, if you should have an emergency, strangers in your apartment complex may ignore you out of fear, but if they know you, chances are they’ll open the door or at least try and get some help.
Apartment Safety Tip #5: Improve Your Apartment Safety with a Pet
Thieves hate pets, especially dogs. Dogs, birds and even some cats can raise a very loud ruckus if a stranger enters your apartment. Consider seeking apartments that take pets and adopt a pet from the local animal shelter. Burglars will probably not want to come in, and you’ll have a great new friend.