Friday, February 26, 2016

Tips To Make Packing Your Apartment Easy

If you are moving out of your apartment soon then you are probably finding yourself a little stressed out right about now. Check out these helpful packing tips that are sure to make your next apartment move a little more organized and a little less painful.

Color code your moving boxes

Don't get lost in the boxes! Purchase a different color of duct tape for each room in your apartment, and use it to label the boxes so that they are easily identifiable and color coded by room. It will make finding your personal items that much easier!


Leave your closet hanging
Keep it simple! Cut a hole at the bottom of a trash bag, and slip hang your closet items into your new home. Then use your color coded tape to designate what room the items belong in.
Make shrink wrap your new BFF
Use it everywhere you can! Buy several rolls of shrink or cling wrap and use it to roll up your kitchen utensils, bathroom items, bedroom drawers, and even your jewelry. Items are guaranteed to stay in place during your move. 

Need more ideas? Check out our Moving Hacks board on Pinterest. 

Moving can be a stressful time, but with proper planning it does not have to be!  Plan ahead, work with an apartment locator, and stick to your schedule and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Urban Core Push In San Antonio

Last year the San Antonio multifamily market added over 10 apartment communities totaling thousands of new units all throughout the city. Now in 2016 it is estimated to double that number, creating an additional 10,000 units approximately. As the city’s population and job growth continues to flourish so does the strengthen of the city's urban core.  As the push for the revitalization of downtown continues, don't be surprised if you find yourself seeking out the new downtown dynamic. 

There is a clear movement towards making the city's urban core more vibrant. No longer just an 8 hour workplace, downtown revitalization efforts are working towards keeping more people in the center of the city for longer periods of time. The trends of moving away from the "centro" is shifting and development efforts appear to be moving back inwards. 

When it comes to affordability, the Alamo City is a great place to live. Downtown living provides no shortage of housing and there are hundreds more apartments on the horizon. The average downtown rent rate is on par with the national rent average, which is great news for San Antonians who love to rent! 

Here are just several of the downtown revitalization efforts currently on-going that are sure to impact the urban lifestyle of the city.  The focus on downtown development continues with:
San Antonio provides no shortage of places to rent when it comes to choosing where to live. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city's apartment rental inventory and can help guide you though the entire apartment search process. Give us a call and let us help you find your next home!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How to Find an Apartment: Ask Good Questions

Locating the right apartment can feel exhausting, and if you don’t ask the right questions, it can also be costly. When hunting for apartments, forgetting to ask important questions about your future home will leave you in a less than ideal living situation down the road. Here are the top questions to help you get the most for your money when trying to find apartments.

What are the apartment lease terms?

Before you fall in love with a space, make sure you know the important terms of the apartment lease such as the monthly rent payment and the lease start and end dates. Pay close attention to the date rent is due — and the additional fees for late payments.

Once you sign the lease you are legally obligated, so make sure you understand all of the conditions and terms. Make sure you ask the following questions:

• Am I allowed to modify my apartment?
• Are there any roommate restrictions?
• Are pets allowed?
• Is there a penalty for breaking my lease?
• Am I required to purchase renters insurance?
• Is there a cost associated with parking?

How much are the apartment’s move-in fees?

Every apartment community handles fees differently, so make sure you know what moving in to your new apartment will cost you. Most landlords require an application fee or processing fee and likely a security deposit to obtain an apartment. Once approved, they will sometimes also require first and last month's rent.

Make sure you know what you will need to pay on the day you sign your lease.

What’s included in my rent and what’s not?

Obviously, the cost of the space is a deciding factor when choosing your new apartment, but it’s also important to know what your rent payment covers. Some apartment communities include trash and utilities, while others do not.
Make sure you know all monthly costs associated with renting so that you do not end up surprised.

Other questions to ask your potential landlord.

Knowing the answers to these additional questions will make it easier for you to get a clearer picture of your potential apartment community:

• Is there 24-hour emergency apartment maintenance?
• Is there security on-site?
• Do I have access to a gym?
• Are there communal space hours?

Hire a professional apartment finder.

Apartment searches are time-sensitive and can be overwhelming, but you do not have to do it alone. Working with a licensed apartment locator can help you avoid making a bad move. They are knowledgeable and armed with the right questions to help guide your search, while also helping save you time and money in the process.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Purpose Of A Pet Deposit

Finding a pet-friendly apartment can take some patience, so once you do it is important that you know what costs are associated with renting. Don't be surprised when your landlord asks you for an additional deposit just for your pet. Here's what you need to know about pet deposits and moving into a rental with your furry roommate.

Landlords who allow pets usually charge a pet deposit. It is a one-time sum of money that you put up to have your pet move in. Very similar to your security deposit, it is money down to cover any damages your pet might do to the apartment. A pet deposit is usually charged in addition to your standard security deposit, and it is not always fully refundable. Remember to read the fine print in your lease agreement for the terms and conditions of your pet deposit. 

Finding an apartment in San Antonio that is pet-friendly is not impossible. More and more apartment communities are welcoming pets and our licensed apartment locators help renters find pet-friendly apartments regularly. If you are looking for a pet-friendly apartment in San Antonio give our experts a call, and let us help you find an animal loving community.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Brighten Up Those Boring Apartment Walls

As a renter you might sometimes feel restricted in decorating your apartment walls, but making the place feel like home should be a fun and exciting experience for everyone! Here are a couple creative yet temporary ways to help brighten up those boring apartment walls without risking your deposit.

Hang Posters, Maps, Or Framed Artwork
Create a gallery wall in your apartment and bring life to those boring white walls. Find framed artwork, mirrors, maps, or posters and style the room away with these inexpensive temporary wall decor ideas!

String Up Decorative Lights
Find a cute set of decorative lights and hang them up using some temporary adhesive tape. Not only will they create a festive atmosphere, but they will also brighten up your space.

Use Decorative Masking Tape
One of the most popular ways to add color to any wall is to use masking tape. Wasabi tape is colorful and yet lightweight.  Get creative with wasabi and tape away your walls!

Stick Vinyl Decals
Vinyl decals is a relatively easy way to add some color to your walls minus the paint. Add some vinyl decal dots to any wall and instantly transform the feel and look of the room.

Add Fabric
Painting your apartment walls is simply not an option for renters, get color creative in other ways. Temporarily sticking fabric to your walls is creative and great alternative to wallpaper. It is perfect for creating an accent wall in the bedroom, without the commitment. Follow this step-by-step tutorial for more instruction.

Have any more ideas on how to beautify those boring apartment walls? We'd love to hear them in the comments below!

You do not want to jeopardize your relationship with your landlord, so make sure to use temporary decorative solutions on those boring apartment walls. For more temporary wall decorating ideas check out our Pinterest

We feel that every apartment is worth decorating! Contact our licensed apartment locators and let them help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apartment Rent Rates: Biggest Bang For Your Buck

When it comes to real estate location is key and there is no denying that apartment rent rates are on the rise, especially in some more popular areas of the city. If you have been flirting with the idea of renting an apartment in San Antonio, we will share with you the 4-1-1 on apartment rent rates so that you can get the most out of your rent dollars.

Since 2014, the Alamo City has experienced a steady annual increase in population and job growth coining San Antonio a city of the future. Since then the Alamo City has experienced more than a 5% increase in apartment rent prices, but like all real estate it boils down to location, location, location.

How much you are going to spend on rent depends on which San Antonio area neighborhood you select. In the fourth quarter of 2015, San Antonio rent averaged approximately $900 a month. Many areas of town are still influenced by the average rent rate like Far West and North Central 2; while areas to the West, Northwest, East, and Southwest have maintained apartment rent rates slightly below the city average.

As more and more people turn to renting the market in San Antonio is responding. Some of the higher rent rates can be found in the Central, Far North Central, North East and Far Northwest areas. Rent in these submarkets have begun to cross over into the three figure numbers, charging renters $1,000 or more on rent. Even though some San Antonians are spending more than one third of their income on housing (which is highly discouraged), they chose to do so to live in their desired area of town. 

Despite the rising rent, the Alamo City is still considered an affordable market and it provides no shortage of places to rent when it comes to choosing where to live. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory, and can help guide you through the entire apartment search process. Give us a call and let us help you find your next home!