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Halloween Party Tips for a Small Apartment Rental

Oct 30 2019 8:43PM

Halloween is just around the corner and everybody knows that there’s nothing quite as fun as a great Halloween party!  If life in a small rental apartment seems to be dashing your dreams of throwing a spooky soiree to be proud of, don’t fret!  There are many ways to make your party one to be remembered for many Halloween’s to come! Minimize Your Guest List Throwing an incredible party doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to invite a million people!  In fact, if your rental apartment is particularly small, having too many guests could make it feel a bit uncomfortable.  Instead, focus on inviting your closest friends and family members, choosing the quality of the people you have in your home over the quantity of them.  If you pick a group of fun and social friends, the party will create itself!  Utilize Every Square Inch A small rental apartment can begin to feel cramped pretty quickly, so consider using all of the space that’s available to you.  Turn your bedroom into a comfortable seating area where guests can convene, use your office in the same manner and create cozy seating areas throughout the main space of your home.  If you have a patio or any outdoor space available, make sure to fling the door open and allow the extra space to be utilized as well.  Letting some airflow into your apartment will also help to keep your guests from getting too hot or feeling claustrophobic. Consider a Potluck If the thought of providing snacks and cocktails for all of your guests feels a bit overwhelming (particularly if you have a tiny kitchen in which to prep them all), don’t feel like you need to handle the whole party alone!  Instead, invite all of your guests to bring a creative and/or spooky dish or drink that they can contribute!  This will also help to save you some money and will provide some great conversation starters as imaginative recipes begin arriving.  Decorate Sparingly Another common misconception when throwing a Halloween party is that your rental apartment has to be completely covered in decorations.  Actually, overdoing the cobwebs and bedsheet ghosts is only going to make your space feel even smaller than it actually is!  Rather than rely on a host of large and potentially intrusive decorations, o

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9 Ways to Save on Your Apartment Rental

Oct 30 2019 8:40PM

Are you struggling to make rent each month but don’t want to settle for another apartment? There are many things you can do to save some money so you can afford to pay your rent and bills more easily. Below are 9 ways you can save some money each month. With no coupon clipping required, just some minor changes to your daily routine, you can be more comfortable in your rental apartment. Get a Roommate(s) One of the easiest ways to cut down on the cost of a rental apartment is to get a roommate. If you have an apartment with more than one bedroom, open up your home to someone else. Think of any people in your life that have a similar lifestyle as you and who would respect your space and privacy. If you can think of anyone, ask them if they would be interested in moving in with you! You will be splitting the cost of rent with someone which will result in a lot of money being saved. If you have a one bedroom apartment or are using all of the rooms in your space, think about ways to make room for a roommate. You could make room in your bedroom for another bed, or you can put a futon in your office or living room. If you are interested in having a roommate, get creative with your space and think about an option that will make both of you happy. If you don’t have any space for another person, a great option is to put your apartment on Airbnb when you know you will be on vacation. This will get you some money back on your monthly rent. Do the Moving Process by Yourself A great way to save hundreds of dollars is to do the moving process by yourself. Pack your own items, load up your own furniture, and move everything into your new apartment. Moving can be stressful and can take a lot of hard work. However, when you save hundreds of dollars that you can put towards something else, you won’t regret taking the time to do the moving process yourself. Moving companies are very expensive, and can even raise their rates when helping people move to places that are far away. So, save some money, recruit some friends, and pack your things without the help of a company. Cut Out Cable Many people are cutting their cable to save upwards of $50 per month. There are many video services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video that are much less expensive and have even better viewing options! You can also split the cost of these services and share them with your roommate or a family member to save even more money. If you enjoy watching sports live, there are many networks that are now offering subscriptions to their live broadcasts on Apple TV or Amazon Fire Stick. So, ditch your cable and save some money! Watch Your Electricity Bill Something that will greatly contribute to the cost of your monthly expenses is your electricity consumption. Electric bills are notorious for being very expensive. In a state with high temperatures like Mississippi, it is very easy to get caught up enjoying the air conditioning and forgetting about the incoming electric bill. This is why you should try to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees during the daytime in the warmer months of the year. At night, try to keep your thermostat set to 75 degrees if you are comfortable sleeping at that temperature. In the two or three months where Mississippi has colder weather, keep your thermostat at around 68 to 70 degrees. You can also consider investing in a space heater so you can isolate which rooms are on the warmer side, and which rooms to leave at a colder temperature. Your electric bill doesn’t only raise when you are using your A.C. or heater. Whenever you have lights on, have things plugged in, or are using any appliances, you are adding to the amount owed

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Why You Should Consider Leasing an Apartment

Sep 25 2019 9:45AM

The American dream of buying a home in suburbia with a white picket fence is shifting.  In fact, more and more people are moving away from the antiquated version of utopia and deciding, instead, to embrace life in a rental apartment.  It has some people asking what is to blame for this shift in perception.  In many ways, choosing to rent over buying is a smart decision that’s offering both baby boomers and the upcoming generations’ access to a whole different way of life.  Flexibility The most common reason it seems that people are choosing their rental apartment over the seeming stability of home ownership, is that life in an apartment leaves a whole lot of wiggle room.  Rather than being tied down to a 30-year mortgage, many prefer the flexibility of shorter lease terms, allowing them the room to travel and move as opportunities arise.  Particularly, as more and more jobs offer remote options, this has become an increasing benefit, allowing people to live where they want.  As life changes arise, renters are free to get up and move about the cabin, so to speak.  Many landlords will even allow their tenants to sublet their units (as long as they follow the agreed upon protocol).  Compare that to having to go through the process of finding a renter (and vetting them) for your own home and you’ll see that it’s much easier this way! Cost Purchasing a home typically requires a hefty down payment.  Add to that the cost of homeowner’s insurance and property taxes and the monthly amount that is due on your home begins to slowly creep!  In a rental apartment, however, you can be certain that all that is required of you for move-in is the equivalent of a first and last months’ rent, as well as a security deposit and possibly an application fee and/or background check fee.  Your credit is also not as much of a factor (although it is still important) when looking for a rental, largely due to the fact that many landlords understand that first-time renters may not have any credit history to speak of.  Responsibility As a homeowner, you are certain to take on a lot of responsibility.  There’s nobody to call in the middle of the night if your water heater breaks or your air conditioning stops working.  You are solely responsible for anything and everything that could potentially go wrong.  This includes the extremely large costs like replacing your roof, your HVAC system and

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Finding an Apartment Rental in a College Town

Sep 25 2019 9:40AM

When you’re searching for the perfect apartment rental, there are a lot of factors you will want to take into consideration.  After all, it may just be a rental, but you’ll likely be spending quite a bit of time in your home and you want to make sure that it’s a place you can be happy with for the duration of your lease.  If you’re on the fence about living in a college town, taking a year to “test drive” the experience could offer just the clarity that you are seeking!  Here are some of the pros and cons you might encounter throughout the experience.  Cost One of the biggest benefits of finding an apartment rental in many college towns is the many affordable housing options that are available to students.  Landlords are eager to keep their units filled (particularly with the potential for a lease renewal for the duration of the student’s enrollment at the school).  These savings can continue beyond the education system and, in fact, oftentimes the affordable nature of life in a particular college town is what keeps the rental  market going strong in that area.  This, of course, does not necessarily apply to large cities such as New York and Boston where there are many educational establishments but rents remain high.       Diversity Another thing that sets college towns apart from many other places is the diverse nature of the people who live there.  Having access to a wide range of different ethnicities and backgrounds encourages many cultural attractions, such as music festivals, art fairs, museums, sporting events, and more!  Merging such a variety of cultures also often creates a platform where creativity can reach a whole new level, making this environment perfect for those that aren’t afraid to live off the beaten path, take risks and submerge themselves into new and different experiences.  Education Another more obvious benefit of choosing an apartment rental in a college town is the access that it offers to higher education opportunities.  Whether you are a first time college student, an established adult looking to satiate a passion or curiosity or someone looking to embark on a new career journey mid-life, the opportunities in a college town are rampant! Crime Rate An unfortunate downside to life in a college town is that they have been reported to have higher crime rates.  Crime in this context usually refers to petty crime such as the theft of unattended laptops and bicycles.  In fact, burglary is the most common offense

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How to Communicate with a Rental Management Team

Aug 31 2019 11:58AM

Moving into a new rental community often means making a lot of new adjustments, particularly when it comes to your interaction with your new management team.  Your landlord and/or management team are integral to having a positive experience in your new home, so it’s imperative that you learn to communicate effectively with them from the very start of your lease.  Here are some tried and true tips to help you do just that. Be Punctual It is said that first impressions are everything, and there’s a lot of truth behind that statement.  Show your landlord that you will be a valuable addition to their rental community by making a positive impression that sticks.  Answer the phone if they call you back to schedule a walk-through and be sure to show up a few minutes early for your first meeting.  You may even consider driving by the property a few times so that you know exactly how to get there and know you won’t be inadvertently late.  Be Prepared Every apartment community will have a different set of expectations and documentation that they will require to complete your application.  Make sure that when you show up to meet your landlord for the first time, you are prepared by having everything neatly organized and accessible.  Be Curious Don’t assume that the landlord or management team can read your mind.  If something is unclear or you have a question about the property, what’s included in the rent, or the community rules, make sure that you ask.  It might even be helpful to attend your walk-through with a list of questions prepared so that you don’t walk away having forgotten anything.  Be Transparent Try not to fluff up your application with untruths and exaggerations.  It is quite likely that your rental community will contact your previous landlords and, perhaps, even require personal references.  Honesty is absolutely the best policy, so start off on the right foot by being completely forthcoming about your rental history and anything else that you might be tempted to misrepresent. Be Respectful Remember that your landlord and/or management team is under no obligation to rent a unit to you.  If you show up with a bad attitude, it may give off the impression that you are difficult to work with, which is a good way to ensure that they offer the unit you are interested in to somebody who may feel like a better fit.  Be respectful by making eye contact,

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How to Cook in a Small Apartment Rental

Aug 31 2019 11:54AM

Life in an apartment rental can sometimes mean giving up perks like large open spaces and backyards in favor of other benefits such as convenient locations and awesome amenities.  If you love to cook, however, these concessions can weigh heavily on you as you potentially transition into life with a tiny kitchen.  That being said, there are a lot of easy ways that you can convert your pint-sized cook space into a kitchen that is truly chef-worthy!   Consider Convenience Nearly every kitchen (even one in a tiny apartment rental) has a definable triangle.  The triangle consists of your refrigerator, sink and stove.  When you set up your kitchen, be sure to do so in a way that compliments this already existing triangular arrangement.  Make sure, for example, that your trash can is located near the sink to make cleaning dishes and discarding of scraps easy and convenient.  Another tip is to arrange your food prep area close enough to the refrigerator so that transferring items from one place to the next is effortless.  Organize Having a kitchen that is tidy and organized will help you to up your cooking game as well (and it may also make your kitchen feel a bit bigger).  Arrange cabinets, pantries, refrigerators and freezers in a way that allows you to easily see what you have.  Doing so will help you to avoid overstocking (taking up room that you don’t necessarily have).  Additionally, keep your countertops free of clutter so that your space feels bigger. Stackable Storage Options Use stackable Tupperware for any leftovers that you plan on keeping.  If possible, label these items clearly and date them so that you know when it’s time to discard them.  This will help to keep your refrigerator organized and decluttered. Divide Bulk Items Sometimes it makes a lot of sense and saves quite a bit of money to purchase items in bulk.  If your monthly trip to Costco has left the kitchen of your apartment rental looking like an extension of the store, however, it might be time to invest a little money in pretty air-tight jars that you can display smaller amounts of dry goods in on your countertops.  Store the remainder in a pantry or a closed cabinet that is out of the way and not as easily accessible.   Clean Up Nothing

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The Best Pets to Have in Your Apartment Rental

Jul 22 2019 11:53AM

Let’s face it; life with animals is just better!  There’s nobody else that loves us as unconditionally as our pets!  That being said, if you’re living in an apartment rental, it might feel like whether or not you should get a pet is a more difficult decision.  After all, they might need to be potty-trained, they could shed, they might scratch floors or damage baseboards … the list of possible detriments is endless!  Don’t, however, be so quick to give up hope!  There are all different types of pets, some of whom thrive in apartment situations!     Rats/Mice While you may never have thought of rats or mice as ideal pets, they are actually extremely intelligent (some even more intelligent than dogs).  They are relatively quiet and can easily live in small tanks, making them ideal for life in a smaller apartment rental.  It is important to note, however, that rats and mice are nocturnal creatures, so if you are a light sleeper, their scratching around could be bothersome to you.  It’s also imperative that you don’t allow them to escape, as rodents in the walls can create HUGE problems for your entire building.  Fish Beautiful, colorful and tranquil, a fish tank is a charming addition to any apartment rental.  While it’s true that fish may not be the cuddliest creatures, they do make great apartment pets.  Fish tanks can be as large or as small as your space permits and fish don’t require a whole lot of upkeep.  Feed them twice a day and clean their tank every so often, and voila!       Reptiles Lizards, snakes and turtles of various types and sizes are also great options as apartment dwelling pets.  Again, their habitats don’t necessarily have to take up large areas in your space, and they are some of the quietest pets around!  The downside?  Reptile cages can become smelly quite quickly if not diligently maintained.       Guinea Pigs/Hamsters Guinea pigs and hamsters are notorious for their uncanny ability to remain perfectly content running around in circles for hours at a time.  This ability to keep themselves both entertained and exercised makes them great apartment pets!  They do, however, require larger cages that allow them some free space to roam around.  Rabbits Rabbits are another great pet to keep in your apartment rental.  They are soft and cuddly, relatively low-maintenance

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The 10 Best Apps You’ll Want to Have as a Renter

Jul 22 2019 11:49AM

These days it seems like technology has a hand in everything, and the rental market is no different.  Apps come out every day that are geared at making your life as a renter easier, which is great news!  With so many simple-to-use (and oftentimes free) apps at your fingertips, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice not trying a few out, but where to start?  Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of the top ten apps you absolutely must check out as a renter!     1. Zumper This app is perfect if you’re trying to figure out exactly where you’d like to call home!  It allows the renter to learn about particular neighborhoods and what makes them unique by explaining weather patterns, describing nearby parks and recreational activities, landmarks, culture, and more!  It even makes it possible to submit rental applications and fees via the app.  The best news?  It’s free! 2. Clarity Money Every renter should have a working budget, and the Clarity Money app makes it easy to do just that.  It works by tracking your spending habits and then, makes helpful suggestions of simple changes you could make that would help you to cut and save in particular areas.  3. Handy If you’re not particularly handy, you may need access to somebody who is during your time as a renter (especially as you near the end of your lease if you want to get back that security deposit).  The aptly named Handy app connects users to top-rated professionals all across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and even allows you to book their services right through the app! 4. Nextdoor If you’re new to an area, the Nextdoor app is a must-have and is a great way to build community and get to know your neighbors.  It connects you to people with addresses close to yours and allows you all to interact.  There are places to post about lost/found pets, upcoming events in the area, upcoming meetings, and more!    5. Canary This is actually more than just an app.  It’s a whole security system that makes your life as a renter exponentially safer.  Once the security cameras have been set up in your home, this handy app allows you to monitor your space from anywhere!  Installing a security system can also lower renter’s insurance rates.  6. YouTube TV Skip the hassle of dealing with t

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How to Find Your Ideal Roommate

Jun 25 2019 8:46AM

Living in an apartment rental is often made easier if you have a reliable roommate that can help you to handle some of the responsibility that comes with it.  A good roommate won’t just help with the bills, but should also assist with the chores, help to ensure that you never run out of toilet paper (and other essentials), and not eat the food with your name clearly marked on it in the refrigerator.  If that sounds too good to be true, it’s not!  There are lots of great ways to find the perfect roommate (that don’t require meeting strangers through Craigslist).  Here are just a few! Ask Your Friends & Family The easiest and safest way to find a new roommate to share in your apartment rental adventures is to ask the people that you know and trust.  Not that it’s necessarily always the best idea to live with a family member or even your best friend, but letting them know that you are actively searching for a roomie might be just the thing that leads you to your perfect partner!  Ask your friends and family to spread the word, reach out to their friends and family and keep their ears and eyes opened.  When you secure a roommate through this avenue, you’ll have a lot more insight as to their background and what type of a roommate they will be because they are being referred to you by people who have already built a rapport with them.  Ask the Experts If you’re not too sure that you fully trust the judgment of your friends and family, there’s no need to worry.  In the age of technology that we are currently in, there are a plethora of options available to you that will make the trying task of finding a new roommate much more accessible.  Logging onto a roommate pairing website, such as Roomiematch or Roomster, or signing up for apps like Easy Roommate or Diggz, could be just the thing to get you closer to finding your most ideal roommate.  These services range in cost, with many offering both short-term and longer-term subscription options to users.  Most of these services will also pre-screen potential roommates for you, making your job a whole lot easier!  Hang an Ad in the Common Area of Your Community If your apartment community will allow it (and, assuming they know t

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7 Reasons to Break Your Apartment Lease

Jun 25 2019 8:27AM

Breaking the lease in an apartment rental is rarely recommended.  Not only can it negatively impact your credibility as a renter to future landlords, but it can also come with hefty fines and the loss of your security deposit, as outlined in your lease.  That being said, there are certainly situations that could arise where breaking your lease might be the best thing to do.  If this is the case, it’s important to understand how best to handle them and what the potential impact from making the decision to break the lease could be.  Let’s take a look at a few of them! 1. Failure to Adhere to Lease Terms If you’ve signed a lease on your apartment rental and yet, it doesn’t quite feel like you are getting everything you were promised, you will most likely be able to get out of your lease agreement.  If, for example, you were promised a 2-bedroom, 2-bath space and instead you find yourself living without the pleasure of that second bathroom, there’s no reason you should be locked into the lease.  If you feel like you have been wronged, the proper thing to do is to first bring the discrepancy(s) to the attention of your landlord.  We are all human, and there’s always the chance that the oversight was an honest mistake.  If they are unwilling or unable to fix the problem, you should then take the necessary actions to get out of the lease and get your money back.  2. Unlivable Conditions Similarly, no tenant is legally bound to a lease agreement if the property being leased isn’t up to standards and deemed habitable.  Whether your apartment rental is plagued with a cockroach infestation, a mold problem, or asbestos, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to get these things fixed in order to make the property livable for you, the tenant.  Other scenarios that may cause a property to be deemed unlivable are its failure to meet housing codes, appliances and utilities that aren’t in good working order, or a safe living environment, among others.  3. You Don’t Feel Safe Speaking of safety, your home is your castle and you should never feel unsafe within its walls.  In certain situations, a landlord entering into your apartment rental without the proper notification could lead a tenant to feel unsafe and would be a breach of most lease agreements on the part of the landlord.  There are also scenarios where, if a tenant has suffered any form of dome

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Neighborly Behavior to Avoid in an Apt Community

May 25 2019 11:09AM

Making the transition from life in a single-family home to life in an apartment community can come with a lot of adjustments.  It’s not, after all, only about you and your needs anymore.  You’ve now got neighbors who will likely want to be considered when you make lifestyle decisions that could affect them.  Having a good rapport with your neighbors can really make or break your happiness in a living situation, so let’s take a look at some of the worst behaviors that you could exhibit as a new neighbor!  Avoiding these at all costs will help to ensure that your stay in your new apartment community is long and fruitful. The Noisy One There’s not a single resident in an apartment community who wants to live next to the noisy neighbor!  The noisy neighbor does everything at top volume.  When they walk, the picture frames in adjacent units lean at a tilt.  When they talk on the phone, it sounds as though they are standing in your living room.  Whatever you do, remember to be mindful of your neighbor’s ears.       The Tattletale Another nagging neighborly trait is the one who’s constantly trying to start trouble.  If you’re old enough to live on your own, you should certainly exhibit that by handling any disputes maturely and confronting your neighbor calmly rather than running to the landlord for every little thing.  The Creeper Somehow it seems like every apartment community has one unit that houses the creepy person.  No matter where you turn, it seems that this person is always right there, looking over your shoulder.  If you want to make friends in your new community definitely don’t be this guy! The Fighter If the noise coming from your apartment sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer on full volume, you’re probably an annoying neighbor.  While, naturally, arguments will happen if you’re living with another person, try to keep your domestic disputes to a bare minimum (and quiet, so the rest of your neighbors don’t have to hear you air your dirty laundry).  The Passionate Couple On the flip side of that coin is the passionate couple!  It’s great that you love your significant other!  That being said, your neighbors don’t want to feel like they have front row tickets to your lovefest on a daily basis!  Respect your apartment community by keeping your romance under wraps.  The Crazy One While chances are good that you are pr

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What to Know Before Breaking Your Apartment Lease

May 25 2019 11:06AM

All good things must come to an end, and life in your rental apartment is no exception.  Sometimes, however, life can throw us curveballs that might expedite our departure a bit earlier than originally intended.  If you’ve found yourself in this type of situation, don’t fret!  We’ve got everything you need to know about the potential impacts of breaking your lease.  Read Your Lease Carefully Most of the answers you seek to the questions that you have about prematurely vacating your rental apartment are right under your nose, contained within the fine print of your signed and notarized lease agreement.  This document will pinpoint what, if any, fines will be accrued for leaving your rental early (helping you to determine if it’s worth it cost-wise, assuming that you have a choice in the matter).  It will also likely outline scenarios that your landlord and/or property management team deem valid and reasonable excuses to vacate the premises sooner than expected (therefore potentially avoiding the aforementioned fines).  These reasons vary from state to state (and among individual landlords), but may include the following: If there are conditions within your rental that are making it uninhabitable or that indicate that the space provided by your landlord does not meet the specifications put forth in your lease agreement. If you are called to active Military duty. If you have suffered an illness or injury that renders you unable to pay your rent or otherwise support yourself. If you are a victim of domestic violence and staying in your apartment may put you in an unsafe position.  If your landlord has entered your premises without your permission or has otherwise invaded your personal privacy.  These are only a few examples landlords might use to determine your “eligibility” to break your lease early.  You can gain further clarification by understanding your lease and also becoming aware of any state laws surrounding early lease termination.  How to Handle Your Landlord If you’ve considered all of your options and determined that it is, indeed, in your best interest to break the lease on your apartment rental, there is a certain protocol you will want to follow as you initiate the process.  For one thing, try to give your landlord as much advanced notice as is poss

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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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