How to Best Utilize the Outdoor Space at Your Apartment Rental

Jul 2 2018 1:18PM

Just because you live in an apartment rental doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of the outdoors this summer!  No matter how large or small your outdoor space may be, there are lots of creative ways that you can make any space feel like an outdoor oasis.  Read on to discover a boatload of easy tricks that will have everybody longing for an outdoor space just like yours! Think Outside the Grill Depending on where you live, having a charcoal or gas grill at your apartment rental may be a big no-no.  This does not, however, necessarily mean that you can’t join in on one of summer’s favorite pastimes.  With a variety of affordable, portable electric grills available at many common retailers you can host an amazing BBQ anytime!  Portable electric grills are easy to use, easy to clean, and don’t pose the same fire hazards as their traditional counterparts.   Multi-Functional Furniture If the outdoor space at your apartment rental doesn’t leave for loads of wiggle room, consider investing in outdoor furniture that serves a few different purposes.  Outdoor tables with storage and stackable, stowaway seating are great alternatives to a traditional outdoor patio set.  Tables make a great place to store outdoor, summer games, pool toys (if you choose to take your party to the community pool), and outdoor place settings.  Stowaway seating can be pulled out just in time for your guests to arrive and be neatly tucked away shortly after they leave.      Tantalize Your Senses Make the outdoor space at your apartment rental feel like a serene spa by incorporating elements that will calm your nerves and relax your guests.  Potted flowers add a cheery pop of color, and citronella candles are an inviting and soothing way to keep bugs at bay.  Add in some tranquil sounds by hanging chimes, or a small, size-appropriate water feature.  If you can, hang a humming bird feeder to invite nature to join in on your summer fun.  Bring in Some Texture There are so many affordable ways to bring color and texture into the outdoor space design of your apartment rental.  Find outdoor rugs, cushions and pillows that create a feeling of ease, relaxation and comfort.  This will leave your guests feeling invited and calm and mellow the mood of the whole

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Premier Apartments in Hattiesburg: The Lakes at Turtle Creek

Jun 20 2018 2:59PM

If you’re looking for affordable luxury apartments in Hattiesburg, look no further than The Lakes at Turtle Creek.  Stunning both outside and in, these beautiful apartments have managed to effortlessly blend small town charm with big city convenience, offerings residents a truly unique living experience.  Nestled in the Oak Grove area, this beautiful community offers a variety of spacious floor plans, award winning amenities, and close proximity to some of the finest experiences that Hattiesburg has to offer.  Read on to discover why you should consider calling The Lakes at Turtle Creek your next home.   Community Overview This beautiful community boasts some of the finest apartments in Hattiesburg.  Many extra measures have been taken to ensure that residents experience a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment.  The entire community is gated and offers incredible amenities for the enjoyment of its residents.  Floor plans range from one to three bedroom homes, all extremely spacious and filled with desirable upgrades.  With so much to do and enjoy on-site, there may be no reason to leave!  Community Amenities While many of the apartments in Hattiesburg offer their residents reasonable amenities, The Lakes at Turtle Creek has gone above and beyond when it comes to the wow factor.  Great care has been taken to ensure that residents can make the most of apartment living in Hattiesburg.  Take a look at some of the amazing amenities.  You’ll see first-hand why so many people are falling in love with this community! Property Amenities:  24-hour fitness center, billiards room, business center, car care center, community access gates, exterior storage, garages available, professionally landscaped grounds, on-site management, outdoor living area with wood burning fireplace, playground, reserved parking spots, resort style swimming pool and hot tub, theatre room, trash removal service, and volleyball court.  Please also note that our property is handicap friendly and accessible and offers units with the same. Interior Apartment Features:  6-panel doors, 9 foot ceilings, built-ins throughout, ceiling fans, central air and heat, both ceramic tile floors or wood flooring, crown moulding, dishwashers, frost free refrigerators, full size washers and dryers, garbage disposals, garden tubs, granite countertops, ice makers, patios, decks, stand up showers, and walk-in closets. *Please note that all features may not be available within each unit.  Many of the noted features are only offered in certain floor plans.    Community Location One of the top priorities to consider when looking at apartments in Hattiesburg is location!  The Lakes at Turtle Creek is conveniently located in the Oak Grove area of West Hattiesburg and is

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Top 6 Things You’ll Need to Learn to Survive on Your Own in Your First Rental Apartment

May 18 2018 10:42AM

Moving into your first rental apartment can be extremely exciting, but it can also be a bit daunting if you aren’t fully prepared.  The harsh realization that you don’t have Mom and Dad to look after you will eventually hit like a ton of bricks if you haven’t given some serious thought to how life is about to change.  The best thing that you can do to prepare for life sans parents is exactly that…prepare.  If you’re not sure what you need to prepare for, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Just keep reading. Cooking Unless you intend to spend the rest of your life living off of cans of Chef Boyardee and packs of Ramen noodles, at some point you are going to have to learn how to cook.  Think of your first rental apartment as a beautiful opportunity to tap into your culinary skills (in an environment where nobody will make fun of you if you burn your eggs or undercook the spaghetti the first few times).  Make the prospect of learning to cook fun by joining a cooking class or asking Mom and Dad for recipes to some of your favorite home-cooked meals that will help your new place feel more homie.  Pinterest may also become your new best friend as you learn that cooking isn’t as hard as you may have once thought.  Cleaning If you’re independently wealthy and have the means to hire a cleaning service, more power to you.  For everybody else, learning the proper way to clean your rental apartment is going to be imperative to a smooth transition without a whole bunch of overwhelm.  Let a day or two pass of not cleaning up after yourself and all of sudden, you are going to start to understand why Mom always rode you to put your dishes in the dishwasher.  Facing a serious mess can throw you into overdrive.  Avoid this by creating a cleaning schedule that you can follow after you move in.  Dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning bathrooms should be done at least once a week, while things like wiping down your kitchen counters will need to be done daily to deter pests and keep your space tidy. Budgeting Yes, unfortunately you are going to need to understand how to have a budget.  Gone are the days of Mom and Dad paying your bills, buying your groceries, and reminding you to turn off the lights!  With a rental apartment

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How to Throw a Great Summer Party in Your Tiny Apartment Rental

May 18 2018 10:36AM

Summer often evokes images of backyard BBQ’s, cool cocktails with friends, and relaxing with family, but those things may feel a bit out of reach if you are living in a particularly tiny apartment rental.  Luckily, no space is too small to host a great summer party!  Take advantage of these simple ideas to help your summer bash turn into something that will be remembered for a long time to come.   Clean & Declutter The first rule to any party in a tiny space is to make sure it is clean, clear, and decluttered to make as much room as possible for your guests.  Spend some time getting your apartment rental prepared for your posse by removing all the excess “stuff” that has accumulated during the course of your lease.  You may even consider temporarily rearranging furniture for the big day.  Take bulkier pieces that will only be in the way and move them into rooms that won’t be used.  You can also push pieces up against walls to create a more fluid and open space for your guests to move around.  Cook Prior To minimize the necessity of having to move about your apartment rental, have all of your cooking done prior to your guest’s arrival.  This will also help to keep your space cooler not having the oven on.  Have an area already prepped and designated to lay out food and drink and set it up buffet style so that when your guests arrive there is an obvious flow to the room.         Use Disposable Dishware Minimize both mess and stress by using disposable flatware and cutlery.  Have waste baskets conveniently located so that guests may dispose of their trash easily.  This will help to keep your apartment rental clean, as well as keep you from having to worry about the wreckage that may be leftover at the end of your soiree.  Make it a Potluck Oftentimes, the most daunting part of hosting a gathering in a tiny apartment rental is trying to find the space and time to cook for all of your guests.  Instead of taking it all on by yourself, consider shifting your shindig to a potluck style party.  Ask each of your guests to commit to a dish ahead of time so that you can purchase anything you feel might be lacking.  Ask them to bring their own alcoholic beverages and offer to provide only sodas

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How to “Break Up” With Roommate and Remain Friends

Apr 20 2018 2:07PM

                                    Living in a rental apartment can certainly come with its fair share of compromises.  Among them, may be living your life with a roommate who does not share your same views on any number of different issues.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve moved in with your favorite cousin, a total stranger, or your best friend since junior high school, things change when you are confined to a small space with another individual and your relationship can certainly be put to the test.  If your experience has proven that you and your roommate just aren’t the right fit, there are several things you can do to make the process of “breaking up” with them go much smoother.  Be Considerate Deciding that the living arrangements in your rental apartment are less than ideal can be a slippery slope, particularly because your unsuspecting roommate’s feelings are most certainly on the line.  The best thing that you can do is to be both aware and considerate of this and plan accordingly.  First off, don’t blindside your roommate by announcing your intention to move out in a fit of anger or hysteria, nor should you break the news in front of a large crowd of mutual friends.  Show your roommate that you respect them by setting aside some quiet time to have the difficult conversation.  Go out for a nice dinner or prepare a meal at home together so that the night has a pleasant feel to it.  Begin the conversation by addressing the concerns that you have with your roommate in a non-accusatory manner.  Be direct and honest, but let them know that you still really like them as a person; it’s just that your living habits are clearly not compatible.  Lease Etiquette If the realization that you’re sharing your rental apartment with your polar opposite dawns early on in the lease, you may experience a nagging urge to run away fast.  That, however, is absolutely the worst thing that you could do.  Remember that you agreed to pay your portion of the bills for the duration of your lease term and it is your responsibility to see that promise through.  Have an open conversation with your roommate to determine some easy changes you could make now to help ease the living situation, or, if you are really feeling desperate, talk to your landlord about the poss

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What Do Landlords Look for When Screening Rental Applicants

Apr 10 2018 2:37AM

Mom and Dad have finally decided that you’re getting the old heave-ho and now, it’s time to start searching for a rental apartment.  That’s great news, but there are definitely some things you need to know before you begin actively looking for your new digs.  Your new landlord does this all the time, and chances are good that he/she has some strict credentials they will consider before handing off the keys to their investment to just anybody.  Understanding what makes an applicant stand out (in a positive way) is a necessary step to making sure that your first impression is a lasting one that lands you in the good graces of your landlord and guarantees that you will be signing on the dotted line in no time. Reliability Your landlord wants to know that they are leasing their rental apartment to somebody that they can depend on to take good care of it.  Showcase your ability to meet these expectations by showing up for your apartment tour on time and prepared.  Dress professionally and don’t invite an entourage of your friends that will be “hanging out frequently” and therefore may have a vested interest in where you end up.   Have your application completed, as well as any other items (copies of your license, application fee, or list of references, et cetera) that are required to accompany it. Honesty Being as your landlord will essentially be “lending” his rental apartment to you, he/she is definitely going to want to be able to trust you.  Full disclosure about your pets and/or any additional roommates that are expected to stay in the space is imperative from the start of your tenant/landlord relationship.  Remember that failure to divulge this information is likely to be considered a breach of your lease agreement and could therefore lead to termination of your contract if discovered.    Credit Report Any rental apartment worth living in is most likely going to require you to submit to a credit report.  If your credit isn’t perfect, don’t spiral into a panic just yet.  The red flags that your landlord is looking for are patterns of late or missed payments and any large, outstanding debts that might be present.  You can head this off at the pass by pulling your own credit report prior to beginning your search.  Call up creditors and resolve unpaid balances, and don’t forget to request written documentation confirming that the

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How to be a Great Neighbor in a Rental Apartment

Mar 30 2018 1:40PM

If you’ve ever lived in a rental apartment (or spent any significant amount of time in one), you have probably had an experience with an unpleasant neighbor.  Whether their noisy tendencies, unfriendly attitudes, or lack of hygiene is the driving force behind your disconnection, it is never a fun task to try to co-exist with neighbors that you just can’t get along with.  Do your part in keeping things copasetic by being the neighbor you wish you had.  Oftentimes just leading by example could be enough to make at least one of your nearby residents think twice about the effect their actions are having on others.  Be Friendly Nobody wants their rental apartment situated close to the grumpy guy!  Start your neighborly relationships off on the right foot by being approachable.  Greet and acknowledge your fellow residents when you pass them on the steps or run into them at the management office.  Let them know about the broken washing machine in the community laundry room or the root you keep tripping over on the neighborhood walking path.  Just making simple, friendly gestures and conversation can greatly affect life in your new complex.  Who knows?  You may even make a new friend! Be Considerate Just because you work the late shift and have some extra energy coursing through your veins at one in the morning does not mean that your neighbors feel the same way.  Be considerate of their schedules by keeping the noise levels in your rental apartment adherent to the guidelines outlined in your rental agreement.  Try to minimize your decibel level even further when you are entering or exiting common areas and hallways.     Be Clean How clean you keep your rental apartment actually does have a direct effect on your neighbors, believe it or not.  Failure to keep your unit clean can cause to intrusive odors and in extreme cases, even bug infestations.  Being that you are sharing walls with other residents, these problems can quickly carry into other units if not fixed immediately.  Be Proactive Pay attention to any leaks or mold spots that you might notice during the lease of your rental apartment.  Notice if lights, elevators, or appliances within common areas are not in proper working order.  Report these observations immediately to your management company so that they can work quickly to remedy them.  S

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How to Handle a Difficult Neighbor in Your Rental

Mar 30 2018 1:36PM

Life in an apartment is not always sunshine and butterflies, particularly if you are unfortunate enough to live next to an unruly resident.  If your rental unit happens to butt up against a less-than-desirable neighbor, your perfect home can turn into a perfect nightmare quickly.  Whether you are dealing with excessive noise, offensive odors, unsightly junk piles, or pesky pets, there are is generally a proper way to handle the perceived problem in a mature and effective manner.  Read Your Lease Most likely, your landlord has already taken into consideration that neighborly disputes do happen.  In this case, he/she has probably outlined the proper steps for handling complaints within your rental unit lease.  Reviewing your lease is generally the first step in understanding what is considered unruly and unacceptable neighborly behavior, as well as the protocol your landlord expects you to follow should you feel the need to take your objection to the next level.  In the event that this process is not clearly defined, read on to learn more about common dispute handling procedures.   Address Your Neighbor Directly Although this may not always be the most popular route to travel (especially if your rental unit is in close proximity to the offensive neighbor’s), it is typically the quickest and most effective way to snuff out a problem.  If you are able to approach your neighbor in a goal-oriented way, as opposed to being accusatory, you may be surprised to find that they are more than willing to accommodate you in trying to find a solution to your disagreement.  Discuss the situation in a calm, rational manner and try to remain open to their perspective.  In some cases, your neighbor may truly have been unaware that their actions were objectionable in the first place, and the simple act of bringing their attention to it could be enough to remedy the behavior.  This does not, however, always work, which brings us to the next step.  Speak With Your Landlord If your attempt to diffuse the situation with your neighbor fails, it may be time to contact the landlord of your rental unit.  Explain to him/her the nature of your complaint, as well as any steps you have taken to deal with the problem on your own, and ask them to intercede on your behalf.  Your landlord has much more leverage than you do, considering they have a signed agreement requiring the other tenant to follow the same set of rules that you have agreed to.  Hopefully

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Top Things to Do Near Your Rental Apartment in t

Feb 28 2018 3:55PM

When you are searching for a rental apartment in Hattiesburg, location is an important consideration.  With so many exciting things to do, your proximity to your favorite activities could determine your overall satisfaction with the rental that you choose.  So, before you commit to a lease, take a look at some of our favorite things to do in and around the Hattiesburg area and decide what’s most important to you. If You Have Children If you’re raising children in the Hattiesburg area, you may want to find a rental apartment that is in close range to child-friendly activities.  Places like the Hattiesburg Zoo or the Kamper Park and Zoo will appeal to kids of all ages.  For more active children, consider nearness to the Kids Rule Family Fun Center, bowling alleys, movie theaters, or any of the various parks (some of these are mentioned under the outdoors section below).  If You’re Looking for Social Activities For the social butterfly, there is an unending amount of activity in the Hattiesburg area.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to find a rental apartment right in the heart of downtown either.  Hattiesburg is peppered with great spots to encourage social interaction, enhance nightlife, and offer entertainment.  If you are a beer fanatic, check out the Southern Prohibition Brewery.  If live entertainment is your thing, discover the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater, or listen to some music at Live at Five in the Town Square Park.  From dining to drinking to dancing, the Hattiesburg area has ample apartments with access to activities that will entertain any type of social enthusiast.   If You Love the Outdoors The outdoor aficionado will also find lots of activities to keep them busy in the Hattiesburg area.  From hiking or biking at Longleaf Trace or Paul B. Johnson State Park to exploring the Medicine Wheel Garden or the All-American Rose Garden, you are sure to find a rental apartment in close proximity to some fun outdoor adventures.  Don’t forget to check out the local golf courses or head towards the bordering towns to experience Desoto National Forest or Black Creek Canoe Rental.    If You’re More Extreme If going to extremes is the thing that revs you up, you will definitely want to partake in some of the Hattiesburg areas more thrilling adventures.  Downtown Hattiesburg offers some amazing rental apartments, as well as some awe

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Common Complaints about Apartment Rentals (and How

Feb 19 2018 4:36AM

Life in an apartment rental can come with a whole different set of aggravations.  With so many people living in one area and landlords of varying personalities, you’re never quite sure what you might be up against until you’ve signed the lease and moved in.  This does not, however, have to deter you.  Knowing some of the most common complaints about apartment living can help you to think ahead and prepare for whatever you might come up against.  Noisy Neighbors It’s true, for certain, that you cannot pick your neighbors when living in an apartment rental.  That being said, hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.  Most apartments have relatively thin walls, so having a noisy neighbor can become a nuisance rather quickly.  Start by making changes within your own space to help control the volume.  Try to keep your bed away from shared wall space to minimize noise at night.  Investing in a white noise machine or ear plugs are also relatively inexpensive ways to help offset the unwanted sound.  If all else fails, try having a polite conversation with the rowdy resident.  Inability to Put Your Mark on the Space Each apartment rental will come with its own set of rules based on the requirements of the landlord or leasing office.  This may mean that painting the walls or hanging pictures with nails is a no-no.  Rather than giving up, think outside of the box.  Use damage-free hangers to put up pictures and add a pop of color with throw rugs, pillows, and other accessories.  Terrible Kitchens Let’s face it, it’s rare to hear somebody say that they adore the kitchen in their apartment rental.  Even an updated kitchen is likely to be on the small side which can be frustrating.  An easy fix to a less-than-desirable kitchen is contact paper.  This removable adhesive comes in many different colors and can be used in various ways.  Adhere lighter contact paper to dark cabinets to make your kitchen appear bigger.  Apply stainless steel paper to old, dingy appliances.  You can also add a backsplash with removable, adhesive tiles.  It may look so good your landlord even asks you to keep it that way! Lighting One of the top complaints about life in an apartment rental is poor lighting and ugly fixtures.  Luckily, this is another easy fix.  For a small price, you can find fixtures that suit your style and add a brighter glow throughout your unit.  Switching fixtures out is fairly easy and they can be switched back out at the end of your lease.  Capitalizing off natural lig

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Tips for Staying Warm in Your Apartment Rental Thi

Jan 29 2018 11:06AM

To say it’s been an unexpectedly cold winter is a bit of an understatement.  With snowstorms ravaging the United States from every angle, it’s important to make sure that you are staying warm.  Life in an apartment rental isn’t always conducive to inclement weather, but there are many tips and tricks to keep your space cozy and inviting, even during the heart of the winter months.     HVAC Paying attention to the HVAC unit in your apartment rental is often overlooked, but believe it or not, there is a reason your landlord suggests that you do this.  Regular replacement of your HVAC filter not only helps your heat to run more efficiently, but it also helps to save you money on your monthly bills.  In addition to changing your filter, closing vents and doors in rooms that are not being used will help to direct heat to the more utilized spaces within your apartment.     Windows The majority of the heat within your apartment rental will escape through your windows, particularly if you are in an older building that has not been modernized.  Buy a tube of caulking at your local hardware store and reseal the parameter of each of your windows to keep the chill outside.  This is a simple and inexpensive fix, and don’t worry if you’ve never done it before.  The internet is littered with tutorials to walk you through the process.   If the panes of glass in your windows are particularly thin, you might also consider purchasing window insulation film.  This clear, plastic coating can adhere to most windows easily and help to prevent drafts. Doors The other big culprits moving cold, drafty air throughout your apartment rental are your doors.  Check to ensure that entrance doors are finished with the proper weather stripping to seal out the cold.  For gaps beneath doors, purchase door sweeps or repurpose blankets or towels by rolling them up and plugging them beneath the door.  This helps to prevent drafts to spread from the colder rooms on the parameter of your apartment into the interior rooms.  Space Heaters When it comes to heating up your apartment rental, space heaters can be an extremely effective way to do so.  Be sure, however, to neve

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Commonly Overlooked Costs for an Apartment Rental

Jan 15 2018 9:51AM

If you are looking for an apartment rental, chances are good that price is a contributing factor which will help to determine the property that you choose as your new home.  Seeing the sticker price on any particular unit, however, does not necessarily determine the actual amount that your new space might set you back.  For many renters, particularly first-timers, it is easy to overlook key expenditures that may factor in to your new cost of living.  To help you avoid making this potentially costly mistake, let’s take a look at some of them now.   Utilities You’ve found an apartment rental that claims your utilities are included, which is great, right?  While it’s absolutely positive that your landlord wants to pay some of your bills, be smart by understanding that this can also be used as a confusing tactic to entice you to come to look at the space.  “Utilities” may only mean electric and water, while the actual word encompasses a much wider range of necessities.  Electric, water, sewer, trash, cable, and internet are all considered utilities, so make sure that you get clear on which ones are included so that you can budget for those that are not.    Renter’s Insurance A whole article could be written on the importance of having renter’s insurance for your apartment rental, and yet many tenants are completely ignorant of its existence, let alone its benefits.  Renter’s insurance not only protects the contents of your property, but also damage done to the property that may not be covered by the landlord.  Additionally, it covers damages to your neighbor’s properties in the event of a flood or other disaster that may affect them.  Renter’s insurance also provides you liability protection should an injury occur on your property, and most policies offer a benefit guaranteeing that you will have a place to sleep should your space become uninhabitable.  With the majority of policies costing around or under $15 a month, this is an expense that is well worth it.  Moving Fees You might be prepared to shell out cash for some pizza to enlist a few friends to help you move, however, there are other associated moving fees that you may have neglected to acknowledge.  The move to your new apartment rental will require plenty of boxes, pa

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6 Reasons You Should Invest in Renter’s Insurance

Jan 1 2018 12:05AM

With so much to do when making the move into an apartment rental, it is likely that the last thing on your mind is whether or not you should purchase renter’s insurance.  This, however, can become a costly oversight later down the line.  Although some landlords do require their tenants to purchase renter’s insurance, the majority do not.  In fact, only around 30% of renters have it.  Oftentimes a tenant may not feel that their stuff is worth the investment, but read on to get a better understanding of how important, useful, and beneficial renter’s insurance can actually be.  1. Your Stuff is Worth More Than You Think You may not think that your personal items are worth much, but think again.  Walk around your apartment rental and inventory each room item by item and you are sure to discover that you have much more than you think.  Many renters only consider big ticket items, such as furniture, appliances, or electronics.  In reality, renter’s insurance will help you to replace everything from dishes to clothing to food inside your refrigerator.   Vice president of specialty property lines for Allstate Insurance, Keith Rutman, estimates that the average renter in a 2-bedroom apartment has approximately $30,000 worth of stuff which insurance would help to replace.  That’s right, $30,000.  2. Liability For many people who live in an apartment rental, it is automatically assumed that because they are not the property owner, they hold no liability for accidents that may occur on the property, but think again.  If somebody is injured due to negligence on your part, YOU are the person solely responsible for taking care of the bill.  Renter’s insurance includes liability coverage that will pay out for property damage or bodily injury due to your negligence (if your dog bites a neighbor or a houseguest slips and falls in your restroom, etc.).  3. Your Landlord Won’t Cover All Property Damage Another popular misconception is that any damages that happen to your apartment rental during the time of your lease are the responsibility of the landlord.  The fact is, that the majority of landlords hold policy’s that only cover the building itself, not the content or the belongings of the tenant.  This holds true even for appliances that have come as a part of the lease agreement.  For example, if there is a washer an

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How to Cultivate the Holiday Spirit

Dec 28 2017 12:16PM

When you think of the holidays, you are likely inundated with thoughts of family, friends, carols, holiday lights, decorations, and hopefully accompanying feelings of joy, community, gratitude, and love.  Life in an apartment rental may not always stoke these feelings, being that you have so many neighbors who you may or may not know.  There’s no better time to change that than now!  Revive the holiday spirit in your apartment complex by testing out a few of the following fun and festive ideas.          Send Holiday Cards The easiest way to coax some holiday spirit out of your neighbors in an apartment rental is to send them a holiday greeting card.  This tiny act lets them know a little bit about you and may encourage them to be a bit brighter the next time they encounter you in the hallway.  Don’t worry if you’ve never met them before.  This could be the perfect time to spark up a conversation.   Host a Holiday Party Throwing a great holiday bash is a simple and fun way to liven up the mood in your apartment rental complex.  Send invitations out to everybody in your building (or at least on your floor) and consider creating a theme that will encourage creativity and comradery among your guests.  Here are a few ideas you might want to think about: Potluck:  Making your holiday event a potluck will help you to keep your personal costs down, as well as allowing you to get to know what types of things your neighbors like.  Encourage all of your guests to bring their own alcoholic beverages as well, clarifying that non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.  Ugly Sweater:  No theme has ever been quite as fun (or funny) as the ugly sweater holiday party.  Have a box located near the front door where guests can cast their anonymous votes for the ugliest sweater.  At the end of the night, offer an ornament (or other small prize) to the winner. Cookie Exchange Party:  Encourage all of your guests to bake up their favorite holiday treats.  Provide small, paper boxes that each guest can fill up with goodies and take home with them.  Suggest a Door Decorating Contest One way to get to know your neighbors better, while at the same time encouraging the holiday spirit, is to knock on the door of

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Hosting Overnight Holiday Guests in Your Apartment

Nov 29 2017 4:43PM

With the holidays upon us, many of us are facing the prospect of inevitable out of town guests.  Although it can be lots of fun to have your friends and family in for the season, to many of those living in an apartment rental, the thought of hosting an overnight guest is low on the bucket list.  As the host, you face the questions of how to make them feel at home, give them the privacy and space they need, and still feel comfortable in your own home.  Here’s a short guide to help you get started. Help Your Guest Feel at Home The first part of hosting any guest in an apartment rental is coming up with a plan before they arrive.  Having your guest walk into a bunch of decisions can be overwhelming and off-putting to them, so make sure you ask any pertinent questions ahead of time so that you are a step ahead of the game. ·         Be aware of their schedule.  If you know that you tend to be an early riser and your house guest sleeps in until noon, it may not be appropriate to have them sleeping in the common space of your house.  Knowing both of your tendencies is imperative to a cohesive sleepover situation. ·         Offer your room.  If you’ve determined that your schedules may be disruptive of one another, consider offering your guest your room for the duration of their stay.  You might even offer your entire apartment and go crash at a friend or relative’s for the time they are in town. ·         Have a comfortable alternative.  If you opt to have your guest stay somewhere else in your apartment, make sure they have a decent night’s sleep in store.  It doesn’t have to be an entire guest room per se, but offer a comfortable futon or a supportive, quality blow up mattress. Give Them the Space/Privacy They Need Think about how you feel when you are staying at another person’s home.  The worst thing about sharing your apartment rental with an overnight guest is the possibility of them feeling like they are intruding into your space (or vice versa).  Avoid this potential conflict by following some basic protocol. ·         De-clutter and rearrange.  If they will be staying in a common area of your apartment, consider moving some furniture around to create a space that offers them a little bit of privacy.  Create a visual boun

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How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors in Apartment Rentals

Nov 8 2017 12:19AM

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment rental, you already know that putting up with the annoying habits of your neighbors is part of the process.  Whether it be the dog that barks all day while the owner is at work, booming bass as you are trying to fall asleep, the loud talker, the party throwers, the arguing couple, the door slammer, or the stomper, everybody who has lived in an apartment has one horror story or another.  But, what do you do when these small annoyances turn into large sources of aggravation?  Don’t move just yet…here are some helpful tips to ease you through the process.   Going Up The worst noise in an apartment rental typically occurs on the lower floors.  Not only do you have your neighbors on either side, but also that unusually obnoxious neighbor above you who you are fairly certain wears lead boots.  Think about searching for an apartment on the top floor of your building.  Although cost may increase due to better views, the price may be worth your peace and quiet.  Do Your Research Before you make the commitment to signing the lease on your apartment rental, ask questions…lots of them!  You can ask about the thickness of the walls and if any efforts have been made to further soundproof the apartments, but don’t just take your realtors word for it.  Ask other neighbors that you might see in the leasing office or walking to their cars.  An aggravated tenant is much more likely to dish out some real talk.  If you want to take it even one step further, spend some time hanging out in a common area on the property (make sure this isn’t considered trespassing) outside of the unit you are considering renting.  Listen for any indication that you might encounter some noisy neighbors.   Talk to Your Neighbors Sometimes there’s just no way to be sure of what you are getting into until you sign the lease on your apartment rental and move in.  If you’re just settling into your new digs and chaos is unleashing, you may be quickly coming to the end of your rope.  Rather than continue to endure it silently and spend your weekends griping to your friends about it, be proactive and consider having a calm conversation with your neighbor.  Although it might sound daunting, it is very possible that they aren’t even aware that they are being noisy and how it

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Step-By-Step Guide to Leasing Your Rental Property

Oct 29 2017 8:24AM

With renting becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, many people are turning their homes into income-generating rental property.  If this is something you have been considering, it’s important to get clear on the ins and outs of becoming a landlord before you take the deep dive.  We’ve all heard the horror stories of terrible tenants so save yourself the potential trouble and do it right the first time by following these simple steps. Know When Renting Your Property the Right Decision Perhaps you are considering turning a second home into a rental property, or maybe you are looking to rent out your primary residence or even just a bedroom within it.  There are a few reasons why any of these would be a great decision.  Perchance the market has taken a turn or you owe more on your property than it is worth, leaving you unable to sell.  Maybe you have a second property that is being largely unused, or you have been transferred temporarily out of town. In any case, rather than leaving your property sitting vacant, it can be a great idea to get a tenant.  A good tenant will not only help to cover the expenses associated with the property but also deter looters, help with the upkeep, and hopefully contribute to your monthly cash flow.       Know Your Responsibilities as a Landlord The idea of additional income is the most common reason you might convert your property into a rental property, but being a landlord takes a lot of responsibility.  Your new role will include repairs and maintenance to the property, showing the property, collecting rents, screening, accepting, and potentially evicting tenants, ensuring that the tenant is following the terms of the lease and the HOA, if applicable.  Make sure that you are up to the task before you take the next steps. Prepare the Property Now that you’ve established your own preparedness, it’s time to get your property up to speed.  Take a look around you at existing comps (similar rental properties in the area).  Notice what amenities are being offered to potential renters.  Based on what you find, you can assess your own property and decide what repairs and upgrades need to be made.  The tough part about this is remembering not to go overboard.  You will need to take into consideration whether or not the money you sink into the property will be offset by the rental income you will be able to recoup. You may want to hire a professional cleaning company to

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5 Reasons to Renew Your Rental Apartment

Oct 24 2017 2:05PM

The cool thing about being a renter is the vast array of options available to you when it comes to your home.  For some renters, the lack of commitment to anything longer than a 12-month lease can be extremely intriguing, but for others, the thought of picking up and moving can feel like a daunting task. However, with rental apartment prices on the rise throughout the country, more and more tenants are being faced with the big decision of whether or not to renew their rental agreements.  The reasons not to renew seem glaringly obvious, but let’s take a look at a few of the perks of remaining where you are. Location is Everything With the constantly increasing demand for a rental apartment in a good neighborhood and with prices on the rise, your location may be enough of a reason to stay put where you are.  Even when facing a rental increase, take into consideration the neighborhood characteristics which made this location so intriguing to you in the first place.  You may want to consider your proximity to work, nightlife, grocery stores, etc.  Moving even just a few miles away could offset your travel costs enough that it might make more sense to face the rent increase and stay put.  Not to mention, if you’ve fallen in love with your location, you may find that the next place just isn’t going to be comparable, no matter what the cost. Amenities If your rental apartment offers amenities that you find yourself using frequently, this could be another factor to determine whether or not you should stay put.  If you start each morning at the community gym and spend your weekends lounging by the community pool, these may not be comforts you are willing to give up, particularly if they are built into the cost of your monthly rent.  Take a look at some surrounding apartment complexes and see what they offer.  If moving to a new complex means trading your in-unit stackable washer/dryer for a community laundry room, is it worth it?     You Love Your Landlord & Neighbors Let’s be honest, finding a good landlord and neighbors is not always an easy task when you are living in a rental apartment.  Anybody who has rented is likely to have a story about the neighbor throwing parties on a Tuesday or the landlord who refused to fix the air conditioning in the dead of summer.  If you’ve found a landlord who does his/her job and takes good care of your rental apartment, or neighbors who are more likely to stop by with an apple pie tha

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How to Change Apartments in the Same Community

Sep 14 2017 7:36PM

Anyone who has ever gone through the process of finding and leasing apartments for rent knows that it can be an arduous process. From moving to negotiating to paperwork, changing your address requires a lot of effort. Due to this we have started noticing a new trend within many apartment communities in Hattiesburg. Tenants have discovered that changing apartments in the same community offers many benefits to a traditional move. Moving downstairs or across the hall is more convenient and cheaper than moving down the street or across town. Whether tenants have new household or financial needs, staying in the same community can get tenants the perfect apartment without the hassle. If you are thinking of changing apartments for rent, but want to stay in your current community read below for tips and considerations to make the move a success. How to Change Apartments Within the Same Community In order to move from one apartment to another in your current community, without hiccups, it’s important for tenants to educate themselves on current leasing policies and availabilities. Let the Landlord Know You Would Like to Transfer Units First things first, if you have decided that you want to rent an apartment in the same community you need to talk to the Landlord or Property Manager. Not only does this now provide you with a dedicated resource for obtaining necessary information, it officially kick starts the process. Learn the Current Procedures and Policies Once you let the landlord/property manager know about your desired transfer it’s time to figure out what is required so you can properly plan your budget. Important questions to ask include: ·      Will you need sign a new apartment lease, or can you amend your current one? ·      Will you need to reapply for tenant screening? ·      Will you have to put down a new security deposit, or can you transfer the one from your current lease? ·      Will you have to put down a new pet deposit, or can you transfer the one from your current lease? ·  &nbs

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Condos vs. Apartments For Rent: Know the Difference

Aug 23 2017 3:33PM

It may seem like a dumb question, but do you know the difference between condos and apartments for rent?  Most think they do since each property type is quite similar physically, but there are actually quite a few differences between condos and apartments for rent. See below to get a better handle on which option is right for you. The Difference Between Condos and Apartments For Rent Ownership The largest difference between these two types of rental units comes down to ownership. Condos In a condo property, whether 4 units or 200, an individual owns each unit. Most owners have either purchased the property for investment purposes to rent out, or have once lived in the unit and are now renting it out. For a renter, the condo owner is your landlord and is responsible for all leasing, maintenance, repairs and tenant issues. Apartments An entire apartment community, whether 4 units or 200, is owned by a single entity. This is most often an individual or corporation who rents out apartment units within that community to tenants. For large apartment complexes, owners hire property management companies to handle all leasing, maintenance, repairs and tenant issues. For a renter, the property management company is your landlord and whom you go to for all related issues. Maintenance Another major difference between condos and apartments for rent is who takes care of the property and any tenant issues. Condos For any issues inside the condo unit requiring maintenance, renters will need to contact the property owner directly. Some owners are handy and will fix the issues themselves, others hire outside vendors to take care of problems.  For external issues having to do with the property structure (i.e. roof) and common areas, renters will still need to contact the owner but they will not be the ones handling the maintenance. Since owners at a condo property share costs for upkeep of the common areas (entrance, stairwell, elevators, parking lots, pools, landscaping, etc.) the property is operated under a homeowners association, referred to as an “HOA”. The HOA will be responsible for handling any issues a tenant has with external property areas. Apartments Since apartments for rent are taken care of by property management, renters will contact a property manager for any in-unit and out-of-unit maintenance or issues. Most apartment complexes have on-site main

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