Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Guide to Hosting A Barbecue At Your Apartment

Nothing says “welcome summer” like a barbecue. Don’t let the fact that you are renting an apartment keep you from embracing some summertime fun with friends. Whether your apartment community is equipped with a community pool and grills or you have a patio at your apartment that you can grill on, here are some tips to help you celebrate a safe and fun barbecue at your place!

Review the grill out rules and become familiar with your property regulations. If you are utilizing an apartment community grill, common area, or patio then make sure you know the do's and don't. Most apartment communities only permit the use of electric grills, so before you go breaking any grilling regulations get familiar with policies and avoid a hefty fine.

Let friends contribute and ask them to bring what they want you to grill. This way you only have to work on the side dishes to complement their choices. Here are several barbecue side dish ideas from foodie expert Martha Stewart.

Mark the holiday and bring appreciation and pride to the barbecue by decorating red, white, and blue! Here are a couple fun menu items you can plan around and incorporate the stars and stripes theme to your gathering.

PARTY! Preparing what you can ahead of time will ensure that you have everything your guest need on hand so that you can enjoy the celebration with them! 

With the Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching there is no better time to dust off the grill, fill up the cooler, and pull out the sunscreen! May is after all National Barbecue Month.

Want to find an apartment in San Antonio with better outdoor cooking options? Our apartment finders are experts in the multi-housing industry and can guide you through the dozen of available apartments. Contact us today to get started!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Create More Privacy At Home

Today, more than half of households have reported spending more time at home than ever before making the need for privacy a priority for many renters. In a recent survey by the Demand Institute, 65% of those surveyed said that having privacy from neighbors was important. Here's a couple tricks to help you maintain privacy while continuing life as an apartment dweller.

Strategically arrange your apartment.
Try to arrange the furniture in your apartment so that your "private space" faces away from any windows. Remember that people can see into your space when you have the lights on at night so try to keep them off or invest in a privacy screen.

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Cover up windows.
Do not hesitate to put up curtains to shut out any prying eyes or sound.  Another option is to add a planter or window box.  Both will add a sense of privacy and security to your apartment.

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Shield your outdoor view.
If you love enjoy having an outdoor living space but don't like sharing it, make sure you add an umbrella, screen, or shrub to create more privacy around you. If you want to drown out your neighbors or any road nose then putting a small water fountain on your balcony or patio will help.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Tips For Dealing With A Noisy Neighbor

From loud music to non-stop yelling or barking, if you’ve found yourself dealing with a noisy neighbor then it is important that you resolve the problem while also keeping the peace. Here’s a couple helpful tips to help you resolve the loud or obnoxious neighbor in the friendliest manner possible.

Soundproof your apartment
Sometimes taking the precautions in your own apartment can help drown out your noisy neighbor. Try using a fan, white noise machine, air purifier, foam panels, or block out the noise with a door silencing kit. 

Approach your landlord
If a quiet apartment is a priority then make sure to explain this to your landlord or apartment finder before you sign your lease. Ask important questions such as the pet policy and floor covering rules. Be a good detective and make sure to establish your expectations before you move in. 

Read your lease
Most of the time there is a clause about the appropriate noise level in your lease. Before you do something that you might later regret, read your lease and know your rights. Try to talk it out with your noisy neighbor before going to your landlord with your complaint. 

Buy a good pair of ear plugs
Sometimes that is all you need!

Have you ever had a positive noisy neighbor experience? What tactic worked for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

Noise, it’s something we’ve all been faced with before but not every noisy neighbor is the same. Let our apartment finders help guide you through your next search process. They are experts in the apartment market and can help you find your dream apartment with just the perfect amount of noise.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Common Rental Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

When it comes to renting an apartment there are many factors to consider in your decision, both personal and financial. Despite the fact that renting entails less responsibility than home ownership, there are still a lot of nitty gritty details when it comes to the renting process. Whether you are a seasoned renter, or it is your first time, make yourself aware of these potential pitfalls so that they do not happen to you too.

1. Skipping over the lease
It is important that once you actually find a place that you love you do not glaze over the details of your lease. Sure a lease can be a bit tedious and the legal jargon is not fun, but neither is finding yourself in an uncomfortable legal situation. Study your lease for your move in date, when rent is due, and the vacating procedures when you move out. Make sure to address any issues with your lease before you sign it. It is afterall a legally binding document.

2. Passing on renter’s insurance
You might think that you can live without this added expense until the unimaginable happens. How will you pay to replace all of your personal belonging in the event of a fire? Most renters are not aware that policies are relatively affordable, and you can protect yourselves for $30 a month or less. Renter’s insurance is a must-have for anybody planning to rent.

3. Renting sight unseen
Before you commit to a place make sure it is a good fit for you. However convenient it might seem to rent an apartment without an in person visit, do not do it! Pictures posted online may look nice, but there are many things not detectable through a computer such as odor. If you are renting with roommates do not go preview the apartment by yourself. In a hot rental market the apartment could be gone before everybody has made up their minds. If you must rent sight sight unseen, then an apartment locator is a huge asset. They can help you navigate the process from afar and confirm that what you are seeing is the real deal.

4. Waiting for the right time
Rent prices can vary dramatically from day-to-day, and once quoted a rent rate you need to understand that it will expire. Just like airline tickets, rents are also constantly going up and down daily. Apartments use pricing software that adjust rent rates according to various factors such as occupancy, competitors’ rates,and market conditions to calculate the best possible rate. If you are interested in leasing an apartment, do not wait to lock in your rent rate before it is gone!  

5. Not working with an expert
One way to ease the anxiety that comes with apartment hunting is to utilize a licensed apartment locator. A common misconception about using an apartment locators is that they charge a fee for their service. The truth is that a reputable apartment locator will never charge a fee, and will always work to get the renter the best deal for their budget.  An apartment finder can make the challenges of finding an apartment easier on you, and is a useful housing resource that all to often goes overlooked.

Have you ever made a mistake when renting an apartment that you later regretted? Tell us what NOT to do below!

A version of this article previously appeared on Angie's List.

Friday, May 6, 2016

San Antonio’s Apartment Market Goes Posh

San Antonio is a strong apartment market and continues to grow in size every day. More and more people are moving to San Antonio, it is no wonder that the city has made space for over 4,000 new units in the past year. San Antonio is the place to be if you are looking for a great job and affordable lifestyle, and recently has taken a big bite into the luxury multi-family market.

So what deems an apartment as luxury? First-class amenities such as rooftop cabanas and gardens, Starbucks cafes, infinity pools, and pet parks with outdoor washing stations of course! During 2015, every new apartment complex developed was classified as a luxury development. The Alamo City delivered 17 apartment complexes during 2015, and all 17 were Class A high-end rentals. San Antonio is just getting better with time and it is apparent when we look back to 2012 where only 3 of the 4 developments were luxury. This is a new level of luxury for San Antonians!

As renters continue to find themselves struggling to keep up with the rising rent prices, the luxury trend continues to climb nationwide. San Antonio shares the highest percentage of high-end rentals alongside cities like Kansas City and Jacksonville, according to our friends at RentCafe. Texas alone had 103 luxury rental properties delivered, leaving only six as non-luxury. With the influx of new luxury developments and the rising rent prices, we anticipate that the older Class B and C units will soon priorities upgrades and renovations to try to keep up with the joneses.

The demand for apartments across all classes has never been higher. If you are looking for a luxury apartment then give our apartment finders a call. They are experts in working the luxury apartment market and can help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

The kitchen is the heart of the home! So when your apartment rental comes with a small kitchen and limited storage space, you try to create a better kitchen through hacks and organization. Here's some helpful tips that we love that are sure to make your space more efficient!

Tackle your pantry.
Make use of every inch in your pantry by getting rid of those odd size boxes that your pre-packaged food comes in. Use clear saver containers for everything in it. Not only can you now see how much you have, but it's guaranteed to stay fresh longer.

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Maximize your existing cabinets.
Get creative and find places you can add storage. Hanging a basket to the inside of your cabinets can help store those odds and ends that you just don't have the space for!

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Optimize wall space. 
Don't forget to use those walls! Hang up a shelf or go for peg board. Here's a great opportunity to add some character to your kitchen and spice it up with color.

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Don't forget the fridge.
The fridge often goes over looked, but there is a great opportunity to get some added storage space out of it. Make sure to use every inch of your fridge inside and out!

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Just because you are limited on kitchen space does not mean your kitchen cannot be organized. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who would like the most spacious apartment kitchen for their budget. Let us help you find the perfect sized apartment for your budget!