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Things to Know When Looking for Apartments

Apr 23 2019 11:42AM

Hattiesburg, MS is a great place to live for myriad reasons.  Also known as “Hub City” to both inhabitants and visitors alike, it offers an unmatched convenience paired with small-town southern charm and access to a variety of activities and attractions.  With so much to offer, it’s no wonder you’re considering looking at apartments in Hattiesburg!  In an effort to jumpstart your search, let’s take a look at a few things you need to know about life in the area!  1.Average Rent Apartments in Hattiesburg are increasing in demand as more and more people realize what a great place it is to live!  For this reason, the rental rates have climbed from an average of $864 last year to $942 as of March of this year, according to the online resource, Rent Jungle.  No need to panic, however.  This is still well below the national average of $1,430, making Hattiesburg one of the more affordable growing cities in the Midwest.    2.Common Amenities Different apartments in Hattiesburg and the surrounding area will offer different amenities to their tenants, but across the board, you can expect clean and practical units.  With the variance in weather patterns, many communities boast wood-burning fireplaces and/or access to community swimming pools and hot tubs.  You might also find on-site fitness centers, 24-hour maintenance, access to laundry facilities, as well as interior upgrades such as vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, and walk-in closets.  3.Outlook on Pets While each apartment community in Hattiesburg is sure to have its own rules regarding live-in pets, the town, in and of itself is considered a pet-friendly place to live.  If you’re bringing a furry friend with you on your move to our beautiful city, rest assured that there are plenty of apartment rentals available in the area that would be happy to host both you and your pet!  4.Safety Your safety, as a resident or guest in our city, is of the utmost importance.  For that reason, many apartments in Hattiesburg have gone the extra mile to ensure it.  From gated communities to built-in alarm systems, there’s something available to make even the jumpiest tenant feel absolutely safe and secure.   5.School Ratings The city of Hattiesburg offers access to a lot of great schools!  In

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Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Rental Apartment

Apr 23 2019 11:09AM

Venturing out on your own can be exciting and perhaps, a bit scary.  Life in a rental apartment can get expensive quickly, but don’t fret.  We’ve got some great tips and tricks to help you save money while making the transition.  Do the Heavy Lifting Yourself The actual act of moving into your new rental apartment can carry its own hefty price tag if you’re not careful.  Rather than hiring an expensive moving company to pack, transport and unload your belongings, consider gathering up a group of friends and paying them in pizza instead! Get a Roommate Another easy way to combat costs in your new rental apartment is to find a roomie!  If you’ve got the extra space and you’ve found somebody that you feel you could easily live with, it definitely makes sense to invite them to take over that spare bedroom…and half of the rent and bills! Ditch Cable Traditional cable is quickly becoming a thing of the past, being replaced, instead, by lots of other cheap and feasible alternatives.  Some of these options, such as cable network channels online and YouTube or Vimeo are even completely free!  Others, like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, all come in under ten dollars a month and offer a range of programming!  Consider the Amenities Something to consider when you’re on the hunt for your new rental apartment is to find a unit within a complex that offers amenities you will use!  A community with a built in gym, for example, could save you extra money that you would otherwise have to spend on a gym membership.  Heating & Cooling Hacks Heating and cooling your rental apartment is another thing that can drive up the cost of your monthly bills unexpectedly.  Instead of allowing your space to go through big fluctuations in temperature, plan to keep your thermostat right around 78 degrees throughout the day while you are at work.  If you like to sleep in a colder temperature, that’s fine!  It takes a lot less energy to cool your space when the sun is down.  You can also keep the curtains drawn during the day in both the summer and the winter to keep both sunlight and drafts out.  During colder winter months, consider investing in a small space heater so that you can isolate which rooms need warming instead of heating the whole apart

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Amenities That Will Make Spring in Your Apartment

Mar 31 2019 11:25PM

Spring has finally arrived!  It’s time to open up all of the windows and let the beautiful breezes of spring move out any dust and stagnancy that’s collected over the winter months!  You can almost feel yourself bursting with energy as you think about the next six months spent lavishing in the sunshine, playing outdoors, and reconnecting with nature!  If you’re gearing up for a big move, there are certainly some amenities that  you might want to look for when you’re searching for your new apartment rental that will ensure that the upcoming days of spring are spent well!  On-Site Workout Facilities Springtime means that you are that much closer to bathing suit season, and let’s face it, the vast majority of us could use a little tune-up before slipping into our swimwear.  It has, after all, been a long and dreary winter!  As you search for your new space, look for an apartment rental community that offers you access to a place to work off your winter fluff!  You’ll be thankful that you did when summer rolls around.  Pools Speaking of spending time in your swimsuit, nothing says springtime like the first dip in the pool!  Finding an apartment rental that offers access to a pool is a fantastic way to kick off the start of the sunshine season!  A pool is also another great incentive to getting in some exercise before you hit the summer parties!  Laundry Facilities Another idea that’s synonymous with springtime is spring cleaning!  That’s right, it’s time to pull open the drawers, empty the closets, and roll up your shirtsleeves.  During the long winter months, your apartment rental can easily become a storage facility for a whole bunch of things you don’t need.  As you go through the cleansing process, you’ll likely find a lot of stuff that you are glad to get rid of, as well as many items that could use a good washing!  Having on-site laundry facilities will make the process of spring cleaning exponentially easier as it pertains to your bedding, the clothing you’ve stored all winter long and anything else that could use a little freshening up.  Outdoor Spaces The last thing you’ll want to do as spring commences is to spend the entirety of its beautifu

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The Top Questions You Should Ask if You’re a First

Mar 19 2019 12:46PM

Looking for an apartment in Hattiesburg is a fun and exciting process.  With so many fun things to do and access to some amazing schools and outdoor activities, it really is a wonderful place to call home.  Being a first-time renter, however, is a big deal and it can bring up a lot of questions!  With so much on your mind, it can be easy to forget what the most important things to ask are, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.       What is the Application Process? If you find an apartment in Hattiesburg that you really like, you’ll obviously need to go through the application process in order to get considered as a potential tenant.  With more and more landlords and management companies taking their businesses online, this process has gotten exponentially easier.  Do not, however, assume that you’ll be able to find everything you need on an apartment communities website.  Many landlords still require paperwork to be filled out by hand, so make sure you know how to take the next step before you leave the property tour.  What is Included in Rent? Among the most obvious questions you will want to ask is what is included in your rent, as well as how it is to be paid on a monthly basis.  Finding a quality apartment in Hattiesburg will look differently to everybody, meaning that there’s a range of different price points to consider.  Some apartment communities will throw in a lot of incentives, including things like cable, internet, or water in your monthly rent, while other will not.  It is important that you really know the true cost of your living situation before making a commitment.  Are There Any Upcoming Renovations? Hattiesburg has grown significantly over the past few years, meaning that there has been a lot of building and new construction in the area.  Regardless of whether you’re moving here as a student, for work, or to raise a family, having a peaceful and quiet environment is probably pretty important to you.  That’s why it’s imperative to ask your potential landlord about any upcoming construction projects they may anticipate over the course of the next year.  Is the Neighborhood Safe? While Hattiesburg has a relatively low overall crime rate, it is a city, and, just like any other city, it will have some areas that are safer than others.  While you look for your perfect apar

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Life in a Rental Apartment May Come with Tax Dedu

Feb 28 2019 9:09PM

The deadline to file taxes is fast approaching, and this can leave many of us squirming in our seats!  With the rules changing drastically from year to year, it can be daunting to try to figure out whether you’ll be getting a refund or being slapped with a big bill!  If you live in a rental apartment, you might be surprised to learn that there are some deductions you probably qualify for that could help you swing those tax documents in your favor!  Read on to learn more about tax breaks for renters! Renter’s Tax Credit Although this benefit isn’t available everywhere, certain states are all about offering renters an extra break!  Your rental apartment will obviously become an exponentially cooler place if it can help you earn some Benjamins, so let’s see if you qualify!  The states that are currently offering renter’s tax credits are California, New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  It’s important to note, however, that the qualifying factors are different in each state.  Depending on the state you are in, your filing status, your income level, and other factors, you could be looking at a kickback anywhere from $50 all the way up to $3,000!  That’s a lot of cash back in your pocket, so definitely take the time to understand the full breadth of your state’s policy on renter’s tax breaks.     Subletting Tax Breaks If you live in a rental apartment that boasts some extra space (and your lease agreement allows you to sublet this portion of your home) you might be eligible for a tax credit!  You will, however, have to report one hundred percent of the income that you are making from the sublease.  Reporting it as a profit could potentially allow you to deduct other expenses, such as a portion of your rent, renter’s insurance, your utilities, and more! Home Office Deductions Working from home certainly has its fair share of perks, the least of which is not the ability to potentially incur some tax breaks because of it.  If you use any portion of your rental apartment as an office space, you might be eligible to cash in on this home office tax deduction as well!  It’s important to acknowledge, however, that in order to qualify you must have a dedicated space within the living area of your apartment that is sol

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Easy Ways to Fight the Winter Blues in Your Apartment Rental

Feb 13 2019 4:09PM

February is a tough month.  You’ve gallantly braved the past five months of cool (and recently some DOWNRIGHT COLD) weather and you know that springtime is just around the bend but it doesn’t seem like it can get here fast enough!  These woes can be significantly compounded if you’ve spent these past few months holed up in your apartment rental fighting off your impending spring fever.  This is where you run into some options!  You can either wallow in the dismal grey of February, or you can create an early kick-start to the springtime that’s just ever so slightly out of reach!  If you choose the latter, here are a few tricks to help you on your way.     Let the Sun Shine In While it may feel a little dismal out on most February days, take full advantage of any time that the sun decides to pop its heads out and send some warm, soothing rays your way!  Sweep open the curtains and let it pour into your apartment rental full force!  Letting even the slightest bit more sunshine into your life offers a quick reminder that it won’t be long before it’s available more permanently!  If Mother Nature isn’t feeling all that cooperative when it comes to easing your winter blues, consider investing a little cash in lightbulbs that mimic the glow put forth by the natural sun.    Freshen Up With Flowers Stepping out into your local garden and plucking a few perennials may not be a possibility right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find some comfort in the presence of flowers.  In many places, grocery stores will carry a relatively broad selection of blossoms year-round, but if they don’t, you can always rely on the local florist.  If that fails too, submit to going for silk options!  They may not be exactly the real thing, but they are certainly close enough to invite the feeling of spring into your apartment rental.             Liven Up Your Walls Nothing augments the gloom of winter more than the colorless hues associated with it.  If you’re suffering from a bout of pigment deprivation, spice up your space by livening up the walls of your rental apartment.  If you can paint, go for it!  It’s super cheap and relatively easy, plus it’s a great excuse to host a painting party.  Pick one wall in

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The Many Pros of Having Renter’s Insurance

Jan 31 2019 9:00AM

Despite the many amazing benefits of renter’s insurance, it’s surprising how few people sign up for it when they move into a new rental apartment.  Renter’s insurance is largely misunderstood, and not nearly enough attention is given to it that would explain why it is something you should absolutely take the time to purchase.  Read on to understand why you should get it and how it could potentially save you big bucks down the line.  It’s Ridiculously Cheap One of the primary reasons why renters don’t bother to purchase insurance for their rental apartment is because they assume it is just another large and unnecessary expense.  The truth, however, is quite the contrary.  Renter’s insurance is insanely cheap.  In fact, the average cost of a quality policy adds up to around $184 per year.  For those who aren’t that skilled in the math department, that comes out to about $15 a month!  Some policies can even run as low as $8 a month and still offer comprehensive coverage.  When you consider all of the expenses having renter’s insurance could offset, it makes it a no-brainer that paying for this service is a really good thing to think about! Fire & Wind Protection In the case of a natural disaster, there’s a good chance that damage can and will be done to your rental apartment.  It’s a common misconception that the policy your landlord is required to have will adequately fix any and all damages that you incur, but this is absolutely not the case.  Your landlord’s policy is put in place to protect his/her building only.  That means that, should your personal property (such as your car) be damaged, you will be solely responsible for paying the tab.  Damage You Cause Another big perk to carrying renter’s insurance is that it will protect you from having to pay out of pocket for any damage that you inadvertently cause.  For example, if you happen to be riding your bicycle in the parking lot outside of your rental apartment and you hit a patch of sand and take out the taillights on your neighbor’s Mercedes Benz, your renter’s insurance can help to cover this!  It does cover so much more than just the four walls you live inside. Theft Protection In the unfortunate event that somebody decides that they like the conten

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Tips to Be Fully Prepared to Move in to Your New Apartment Rental

Jan 24 2019 9:19AM

The process of finding and leasing the right apartment rental can be very exciting (if not a bit hectic).  Sometimes, all that excitement can leave you forgetting some of the most crucial elements that will make the entire process easier for you.  If this sounds familiar, don’t worry!  We’ve put it all together in one place so that you have everything you need to know to keep your overwhelm from overshadowing your joy!  Make Sure You Do a Walk-Through This is a crucial step to the rental process that often gets overlooked, particularly by first-time renters.  Even if you have viewed your new apartment rental previously, a lot can change in a short amount of time.  Chances are strong that when you were touring the property the first time, you were focusing mainly on what was right about the space, rather than what was wrong with it.  A walk-through (with the landlord or the management company present) is an opportunity for you to go through the space with a fine-tooth comb before you hand over a large check (that likely includes a security deposit) to your landlord.  Some key things you will want to look for include: Nicks, dings, & dents on kitchen appliances Faulty outlets or light switches Leaky sinks, tubs, or toilets Water damage or water stains on ceilings or walls Places where walls have been patched Scuffs, chips, or peeling of flooring Working order of your HVAC system While some of these may seem like bigger deals than others, they are all of equal importance.  Failure to point these things out might result in you paying for them at the end of your lease.  Pack Properly Packing to move can become a pain pretty quickly, particularly if you are in a hurry.  That being said, keep in mind that rushing through the process will only create more overwhelm later down the line.  Take the time to pack properly by separating your boxes room to room.  Pack similar items together and label each box clearly so that you know where it will go when you get to your new apartment rental.  Invest some money in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or anything else that will help to protect your breakable items as they are transferred from one space to the next.  Even if you’re only going a short distance, this can make a big difference.  Hire Reliable Movers It can be extremely tempting to “hire”

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Why Renter’s Insurance is a Necessity for Your Rental Apartment This Holiday Season

Dec 28 2018 2:50PM

The holidays are the time of year for family, festivities, and food, but, unfortunately, they can also come with their own set of issues.  I’m not just talking about Auntie Judy’s infamous Jell-O mold either.  The holiday season is a prime time for burglaries, slip-and-falls, kitchen disasters, and other unpleasant scenarios.  When you’re a renter, it can seem like many of these things wouldn’t be something that you need to worry about, but that’s where you’re wrong.  Your landlord is only obligated to the terms set forth in your lease.  If you haven’t read the fine print well, this might mean that an unfortunate incident such as those listed above could leave you with a heap of unexpected responsibility.  That’s why getting insurance for your rental apartment is an absolute must, not only this holiday season, but throughout the entire year.   Theft In the instance of a burglary, you can be left reeling, angry, and confused.  Add onto that the extra added stress of trying to figure out how you are going to replace the items taken from your rental apartment, and it can be the recipe for a perfect storm.  Renter’s insurance will take care of that part for you.  After you’ve met your deductible, renter’s insurance will kick in to replace the full cost of any additional items that were taken.  Not only that, but if you plan on traveling for the holiday, it can help you there too.  Oftentimes, renter’s insurance policies will replace any personal items that are taken from your vehicle as well.     Fire A beautiful expression of the holiday spirit in your rental apartment is the addition of holiday lights.  While they are certainly pleasing to the senses, incidents of house fires skyrocket during the holiday season, mostly due to poor wiring, overworked outlets, or unattended candles.  Don’t get caught ablaze this holiday season!  In the unfortunate event of a house fire, your renter’s insurance will have you covered, replacing the full value of any loss you incurred (after the deductible has been met) as a result of the incident.  Holiday Cooking One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious dishes to share with your friends and family.  That being said, the kitchen is also a notorious hub for holiday hazard

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How to Throw a Great Holiday Celebration within Your Apartment Community

Dec 20 2018 6:35PM

Living in an apartment community can offer you the opportunity to be exposed to lots of different types of people that you may not typically interact with.  If you haven’t had a chance to get to know some of your neighbors throughout the year, the holidays are a great time to bring everybody together for a celebration and begin to do so.  Take a look at some of our tricks to throwing a really successful holiday party, sit back, and enjoy the festivities.    Utilize Common Areas Most likely, your apartment community has some common space available for the use of its residents.  The holiday season is the perfect time to put that space to good use.  Schedule a meeting with your property manager or landlord and let them know what you are trying to do.  Ask them if there are any guidelines, rules, or regulations that you will need to follow in order to host a holiday function in the space (i.e., is alcohol allowed on the premises, is there a limit to how many people the space can accommodate, etc.) .  Definitely inform them that you want it to be an event that includes the entire community.  They may be willing to waive any room rental fees or deposits, and might even offer to help out some.  If your idea gets squashed, don’t get discouraged.  Think about outdoor common spaces or maybe even consider a “block” party, where an entire floor of apartments participate in the hosting, allowing other guests to roam freely throughout.    Be Considerate When Choosing a Date Chances are good that your apartment community party will not be the only holiday invite that your guests receive this year.  Between office functions, family, and friends, calendars can get inundated with plans quickly.  Send out your invitations early enough that people have time to prepare (at least two or three weeks out).  You might also consider choosing a weeknight at an earlier time, rather than a weekend when more of your neighbors are likely to be out doing their own thing.  Include All Denominations Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or something else, the chances are good that not everybody in your apartment community celebrates the same thing.  Be respectful of differences between your neighbors by bringing in elements of every type of holiday celebration.  You

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Keeping Your Apartment Rental Safe through the Holiday Season

Nov 30 2018 5:48PM

The holidays are time for friends, family, good food, and celebrations.  They are also, unfortunately, one of the worst times of the year when it comes to burglaries and theft.  Keeping your apartment rental safe throughout the season should be a top priority, and for that reason we’ve put together some simple ways that you can do just that.  Enlist Your Neighbors One of the greatest perks of life in an apartment rental is the close proximity of your neighbors.  A good relationship with your fellow apartment dwellers helps to ensure the safety and sanctity of your space.  With the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to reach out to your neighbors and get everybody on board to keep an eye out for one another.  You might enlist a protocol where neighbors will pick up packages left on each other’s doors, leaving in their place a note that they have them.  Your neighbors are also a great way to keep an eye on your space when you are out of town for your holiday celebrations.  Careful Who You Talk To Speaking of leaving town, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to let too many people know that your apartment rental is going to be vacant.  Thieves are waiting to get a hold of this information, so make sure that you keep your travel plans on the hush. Track Your Packages With so many packages coming and going during the holiday season, it can be easy to forget what you are waiting on.  That’s why it’s so important to keep track of what is being shipped to you.  If you know what date things are scheduled to arrive, you can arrange to be at your apartment rental to intercept them or arrange for somebody else to be there for you.  You might also consider requiring a signature for all deliveries, which will ensure that they get to you safely.  Sensor Lights With the winter months comes the inevitable fact that it gets darker a whole lot earlier.  This makes it much easier for seasonal thieves to get to your belongings before you get home from work.  Motion sensor lights can be purchased relatively inexpensively at any hardware store, or even online and installation is typically fairly simple as well.  Ask your landlord if he/she minds. 

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Find the Best Apartments in Hattiesburg and the Surrounding Areas!

Nov 30 2018 4:46PM

Hattiesburg is a great place to live.  It’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to call it home!  Its growth over the past few years shows no sign of stopping, with a predicted 40.7% increase in job growth over the next decade!  That means that now is the time to start looking at apartments in Hattiesburg!  If you’re ready to make your move, working with the professionals at Hattiesburg Apartments is your next step!  Read on to learn more about all of the amazing properties we are offering to our clients!   Diversity Hattiesburg Apartments is dedicated to offering our clients access to a vast array of properties in the area.  For that reason, we’ve teamed up with 17 of the best apartment rental communities around to make sure that we have something for everybody!  Whether location, budget, or amenities are among your top priorities when searching for your next home, we are certain that we can help you find it!  The one thing that stands true for all of our properties is that safety is a number one priority!  For that reason, we’ve made sure that each of our properties offers 24-hour access to emergency maintenance Floor Plans Apartments in Hattiesburg range drastically in size, but we’ve got you covered, offering various floor plans to please everybody.  Our properties range in size from 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom units, to 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom units.    Community Location One of the top priorities to consider when looking at apartments in Hattiesburg is location!  We’ve got something for everybody here too!  Whether you choose an apartment nestled into the bustling Midtown area, or something a little further off of the beaten path, Hattiesburg’s charm and old-south feel will sweep you off of your feet.  With the University of Southern Mississippi at its heart, being within close proximity to the lively campus may be a priority for some, while others will be looking for a place with quick and easy access to the major roadways of Highway 49 and Interstate 59.  Whether dining, shopping, entertaining or educating is your thing, Hattiesburg truly does have something for everybody.  Here are some of our favorite places in the area:      Popular Restaurants: Corner Market Mugshots Grill & Bar Mahogany Grill Patio 44 Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Half Shell Oyster House Shopping & Retail: Turtle Creek Mall Corner Market Eve Marie’s John White Limited Kitc

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10 Space Saving Storage Tips for Your Tiny Apartment Rental

Oct 23 2018 8:20AM

Living in an apartment rental comes with a whole laundry list of both pros and cons.  Among the cons is that ever-present dilemma of how to store all of your stuff into a space with little to no storage!  If you’re battling overstuffed closets and clutter galore, fear not!  Read on to learn about 10 easy ways that you can maximize the space in your apartment rental without breaking the bank! 1.Stow Away Your Seasonal Clothes A key component to the perfect apartment rental is a gigantic bedroom closet, but unfortunately for most of us this exists only in our dreams.  A great way to free up some more space in your closet is to utilize storage bags that can have excess air vacuumed from them to make flat, tiny, concise packages of your clothing that you can easily tuck away anywhere.  In the winter, load up a bag with your shorts and tanks.   In the summer, fill them up with your bulky sweaters and jackets.  2.Smart Seating Turn the seating areas in your apartment rental into valuable storage spaces by purchasing options with built-in storage.  If you don’t want to spend the money on buying new furniture, consider creating your own storage seating by following easy to use tutorials found on the internet and coercing a handy friend to help! 3.Capitalize on Your Coffee Table The coffee table in your apartment rental can be much more than just a space to sit and relax around with your houseguests.  Make this focal point more useful by getting a table that has built in storage.  There are many options out there, from deep, closed-in tables that are great for stowing photo albums and board games to more open alternatives with storage underneath that are perfect for holding books or knickknacks.   4.Think Outside of Your Dresser If the bedroom in your apartment rental is running short on space, a dresser can make it feel even smaller.  Instead of filling up your floor space with another bulky piece of furniture, get creative with where you can put your clothing.  Organize your closet space so that every square inch is being used intelligently, revisit the idea of storing seasonal clothing in bags, and consider opting for bins that will slide beneath your bed instead of a set of drawers.  5.Recreate Your Kitchen Kitchens are another place that might leave you desiring more from your apartment rental.  Free up some of your cabinet space by storing your

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Throw a Killer Halloween Party in Your Tiny Apartment Rental for Cheap!

Oct 23 2018 8:19AM

Just because your apartment rental might be lacking in the space department does not mean that you can’t still throw an amazing Halloween party that will have your guests talking for weeks to come!  Check out these simple tips to put together a smashing soiree that doesn’t require a huge amount of room or a boatload of cash! Limit Your Guest List A great party is not determined by how many people show up!  Sometimes less is more, so consider downsizing your party from a colossal celebration to a more modest undertaking.  After all, cramming a whole bunch of bodies into your apartment rental is not going to have your guests feeling very comfortable.  Include Your Neighbors If you’ve narrowed and narrowed and you still can’t get your guest list down to a feasible size, consider getting your neighbors involved by creating a party where they are the cohosts.  Not only will this allow your guests to wander from apartment rental to apartment rental in search of new friends, it will also help minimize any noise complaints that might otherwise be made.  Make it a Potluck If you intend on serving food at your party, don’t take it all on by yourself.  Ask each of your guests to bring a Halloween inspired dish!  You might even choose to make it a little healthy competition, offering a simple prize for the coolest creation.  This will not only save your wallet, but will keep you out of the kitchen while your guests are enjoying your apartment rental.  Consider a Signature Drink Cocktails might be a must for your party, but that doesn’t mean that you have to provide alcohol for all of your guests.  Instead, consider creating one ghoulish brew to hand out and let your guests know that they can bring their own libations if there is something else that they’d prefer.  Get Creative with Seating If your apartment rental doesn’t offer quite enough seating area to comfortably provide for all of your guests, don’t worry!  Instead of filling up your space with fold-out chairs, make more intimate seating areas throughout your apartment by using pillows, blankets and cushions for your guests to sit at.  Use Every

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Throw a Killer Halloween Party in Your Tiny Apartment Rental for Cheap!

Oct 2 2018 12:51PM

Just because your apartment rental might be lacking in the space department does not mean that you can’t still throw an amazing Halloween party that will have your guests talking for weeks to come!  Check out these simple tips to put together a smashing soiree that doesn’t require a huge amount of room or a boatload of cash! Limit Your Guest List A great party is not determined by how many people show up!  Sometimes less is more, so consider downsizing your party from a colossal celebration to a more modest undertaking.  After all, cramming a whole bunch of bodies into your apartment rental is not going to have your guests feeling very comfortable.  Include Your Neighbors If you’ve narrowed and narrowed and you still can’t get your guest list down to a feasible size, consider getting your neighbors involved by creating a party where they are the cohosts.  Not only will this allow your guests to wander from apartment rental to apartment rental in search of new friends, it will also help minimize any noise complaints that might otherwise be made.  Make it a Potluck If you intend on serving food at your party, don’t take it all on by yourself.  Ask each of your guests to bring a Halloween inspired dish!  You might even choose to make it a little healthy competition, offering a simple prize for the coolest creation.  This will not only save your wallet, but will keep you out of the kitchen while your guests are enjoying your apartment rental.  Consider a Signature Drink Cocktails might be a must for your party, but that doesn’t mean that you have to provide alcohol for all of your guests.  Instead, consider creating one ghoulish brew to hand out and let your guests know that they can bring their own libations if there is something else that they’d prefer.  Get Creative with Seating If your apartment rental doesn’t offer quite enough seating area to comfortably provide for all of your guests, don’t worry!  Instead of filling up your space with fold-out chairs, make more intimate seating areas throughout your apartment by using pillows, blankets and cushions for your guests to sit at.  U

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Working From Home in Your Apartment Rental

Oct 2 2018 12:50PM

Working from home can sound extremely enticing, but it must be said that it also comes with its own set of challenges.  When you live and work in the same space, it can be hard to separate work from play.  That doesn’t, however, mean that it’s impossible.  Follow these guidelines to ensure that working from your apartment rental brings you success, balance, and fulfillment. Designate a Workspace If you have the room in your apartment rental, it’s well worth it to designate a particular area as your workspace.  Maybe it’s a spare room, a desk in your bedroom, or one seat at your dining room table.  Regardless of how big or small it is, having one spot that represents “work time” is very important.  Keep everything that you will need handy, either in this space, or in a briefcase or moveable desk that you can bring with you to this area.  Working from the same spot every time will train your brain that when you sit down, it’s time to focus. Create a Schedule If you were working in a traditional office building, you would have some semblance of a schedule.  The same should be true when you are working from your apartment rental.  Decide what time work begins, when your breaks are, and what time work ends.  You may even choose to set timers so that you aren’t tempted to work through lunch or late into the evening hours.  Once the timer goes off, commit to stopping what you are doing and taking a break, just as you would if you were in the office.  You are sure to be more productive when you are working if you are getting necessary and well-deserved breaks throughout the day.  Take Out the TV One of the biggest thwarters of successfully working in your apartment rental is the television.  It looks innocent enough, sure, but see how easy it is to resist when you’re frustrated with a file and could use a mental break.  While there’s nothing inherently bad about television, the decision to turn it on can throw a big wrench in your productivity.  What was meant to be a 10 minute break can easily turn into a lost hour.  The best way to avoid this is to remove it as a distraction.  If you have to work in your main living space and it’s inevitable

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How to Decorate Your Rental Apartment with a Roommate

Sep 25 2018 12:08PM

Some of the greatest joys of sharing your rental apartment with a roommate are the security, camaraderie, and financial perks that come with it.  There are, however, some tougher sides to sharing your space.  Among them is the very real fact that you need to decorate it together.  If you don’t have the exact same sense of style, this could lead to unnecessary squabbling that could create a bad taste in your and your roomies mouths before your relationship even gets to the really good stuff!  Before you decide to back out of your lease (you’ve seen your roommates green shag rug), take a deep breath and remember that compromise is the key.  Follow these simple rules to guarantee that both you and your roommate are satisfied with the end result.   Purge The first thing you will need to do when cohabitating in a rental apartment is to realize that you are going to have to get rid of some things.  Take some time to go through your items and your roommates.  If you have more than one of something between the two of you, decide whose will be kept and whose will be packed away in storage or sent off to charity.  Not only will this help you keep the clutter under control, but it will also be a great way to start your relationship off on a positive note as you learn to find a middle ground between you and work through the kinks of any disagreements that might arise from it.  If you can’t agree on an item, maybe this is something that you need to purchase together.  Color Before you move into your rental apartment, decide on a palette with your roommate for any shared spaces.  If your landlord allows you to paint, this could be a really fun way to learn to work together (which is very necessary when you plan to cohabitate).  If you can’t agree, break your common areas into sections and allow each roommate to choose the color scheme for one particular space.  While you may not love what they come up with at first, chances are good that it will grow on you over time.  Besides, having a happy relationship with your roomie is far more important.   Determine Your Sense

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How Much Noise is Too Much Noise in an Apartment Rental (and How to Curb it)

Aug 21 2018 2:59PM

Whether you’ve lived in an apartment rental before, or this is your first time, it’s pretty common knowledge that shared walls can be the source of a lot of disturbances.  For that reason, it’s so important to be aware about the type of noise you are making and proactive about making any necessary changes to your behavior.  That’s not to say that you have to tip-toe around for the length of your lease, but you do need to understand the difference between “normal” noise and excessive noise.  Read through the following guidelines to get some tips on how to better gauge how much noise is too much noise in your apartment. Know What’s Expected of You Chances are very good that the lease for your apartment rental has an entire section devoted to helping the tenant understand what is considered to be acceptable and unacceptable noise levels within the community.  They may also have a handout available at the walk through which details this.  What is the reason for this?  Noise complaints are among the chief issues that landlords have to deal with in apartment settings.  Many apartment communities will implement “quiet hours”, typically somewhere between 10 PM and 7 AM on weeknights, and 10 PM to 9 AM on weekends.  The ranges of hours could vary from place to place, or may even follow the guidelines put forth by the city or town in which the community resides.  Beyond simply documenting the hours, your lease will probably discuss what sorts of noises might be likely to violate these terms.  It will also let you know how violations will be handled and how many violations will be tolerated before you are considered for eviction.  Know Your Own Tendencies Once you know the expectations put forth by your landlord, you have an opportunity to get very honest with yourself.  If you know you are more of a night owl or that you like to listen to your TV or stereo on full blast, you may want to request an apartment rental within your community that is on a lower level or in a corner of the building.  Less shared walls means a lower likelihood that you will anger your neighbors quickly as you adjust to life in your new space.   Follow Up With Fido Noise complaints don’t just occur between residents and their neighbors.  Oftentimes, a pet left to his own devices within an apartment rental can b

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How Much Space Do You Need in Your Apartment Rental?

Aug 21 2018 2:58PM

Moving into a new apartment rental is a big ordeal!  Packing, loading up a truck, bribing your family and friends with pizza and beer…there’s a whole lot of planning that goes into it.  It also typically stirs up a lot of excitement, as it should.  Imagine, however, if that excitement were to turn to stress by you discovering that all of your “stuff” didn’t fit into your new home!  Avoid having your titillation turn into tragedy by taking the following factors into consideration before signing on the dotted line.  Furniture The last thing you want to do when dealing with a big move is to realize that your furniture won’t fit through the front door of your apartment rental, let alone in the room it is meant for.  If you have any sizeable furniture pieces, such as couches, love seats, armoires, dining tables, or California king-sized beds, you will need to make sure that they fit in your space.  Measure these pieces prior to any apartment tours and write their specifications down on a piece of paper.  Bring both the paper and a measuring tape with you on any tours and you won’t have to worry on move-in day.     Roommates If you are going to have roommates, you will want to make sure that there is adequate enough space for both of you to move freely about your apartment rental.  There’s no quicker way to ramp up tension than being in close quarters with somebody and feeling like there’s no way out.  This is particularly important if you are a person who tends to like to be alone.  Make sure that the bedrooms in your apartment are big enough that you won’t feel cramped or claustrophobic when you choose to spend longer amounts of time in there.  You may want to make sure that there is enough space, as well, to fit a desk or table where you can do your work and pay your bills in peace.  Closets One of the most common complaints about life in an apartment rental is lack of closet space.  While it may initially seem like a non-factor, that could change relatively quickly as you run out of room and resort to piling your clothing up around your bedroom.  There are lots of creative ways to make the most out of small closet space, but you will want to be prepared for the possibility that you may have to research some of them.  Ikea has some great piece

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How to Have an Amazing Summer in Your Apartment Rental

Jul 23 2018 11:52AM

The sunshine and heat are here!  It’s time to get outside, soak up some rays, kick back, and relax!  Maybe it’s even time to plan a great trip!  Can’t afford a vacation this summer?  That’s okay, too!  Living in an apartment rental can be a great place to relish in summer fun!  We’ve put together some simple and effective tips and tricks that will have you thoroughly enjoying your space this summer!     Focus on Your Outdoor Spaces If you have a patio or any other outdoor space in your apartment rental, summer is the time to capitalize on it.  You will likely be spending a lot of time lounging in the summer sun, so make your outdoor space feel as inviting as your indoor space!  Hang a hammock if you have room and invest in some outdoor cushions or a furniture set.  Set a chill mood by stringing up some subtle lighting and purchasing citronella candles that you can light to create a bug barrier!  Consider buying an electric grill that will easily fit into your outdoor space and be easy to clean up after a summer BBQ.  Pay Attention to Your Wardrobe With summer finally here, who wants to stare at constant reminders of the cold, drab winter months?  Spend some of your time off organizing the closets and drawers in your apartment rental.  Pack away bulky sweaters, jackets, gloves, and hats, and anything else that you won’t be using.  Give yourself permission to splurge on some new summer items that will leave you feeling refreshed and excited at the prospect of the summer months ahead!   Lighten Your Linens Nothing is worse than trying to fall asleep in a sweltering, sticky bed!  Prepare the bedrooms in your apartment rental by switching out heavy winter sheets for some lighter options.  Replace thick, down comforters with cooler throw blankets that will have you resting easy all summer long! Create the Mood When you think of summer, your mind likely conjures up images of tropical drinks, warm sand, and your favorite bathing suit.  Even if these things are feeling far from your current reality, there are easy ways to trick your senses into believing they are close at hand.  Something as simple as switching up your winter scent by replacing it with a more tropical lotion or spray could be just the thing to do the trick!  You ma

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