Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How To Arrange A Coffee Station In A Small Apartment

When you live in a small space it is important that everything have a dedicated space. If you are a big coffee drinker or just on a budget then having an in-home coffee station for your brew is essential. Here are 6 brilliant space saving ideas for creating the perfect coffee bar in your apartment that any coffee lover would approve! 

1. Inside your kitchen cabinets.
Source: Four Generations One Roof
2. Reuse old furniture.

Source: Decoholic
3.  Put your stations on wheels. 

Source: Better Homes & Garden

4. Use a corner.
Source: Coholic
5. In an entryway (or place in your apartment that goes un-used).
Source: Amazing Interior Design
6. On the kitchen counter.

Source: Home Goods

Need more inspiration? Check out all of our coffee bar ideas on Pinterest. 

Creating a coffee station in your apartment does not have to be challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in working with clients who would like to live in a larger space, but do not want to pay more.  Let us help you find the perfect sized apartment for you and your coffee obsession!  Give us a call today! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

San Antonio Rent Is Still Less Than National Average

Housing costs can vary depending on where you live, and it consumes more than 30% of American's yearly expenditures. Apartment dweller or homeowner, we understand how important it is to budget for your housing costs in today's economy. So whether you are considering a move to the Alamo City or just starting your apartment search, it is important to understand the multi-family market and where San Antonio ranks nationally.

The Median One-Bedroom Apartment
Housing costs in San Antonio have remained affordable as well as slightly below the national median rent, compared to other large U.S. cities. Apartments in San Antonio also score high in amenities. Over 70% of apartments in San Antonio have a community pool, fitness center, and are equipped with dishwasher in their units.  

Check out how other cities matched up to San Antonio.

Finding an affordable apartment in San Antonio does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in helping renters on a budget find the perfect place to call home.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Understanding Your Rental Fees and Deposits

Finances are not going to be the most fun aspect of the apartment hunt, but they are a necessary one.  As a renter – no matter who your future landlord may be – there are costs you are going to have to pay and requirements you are expected to know.  When searching for an apartment you probably have an amount in mind that you are willing to spend on your new home. Understanding and budgeting for the most common rental fees and deposits will help you successfully navigate through the financial waters of renting.

Once you find the right apartment, you will likely be asked to apply. The APPLICATION FEE is a non-refundable fee, anywhere from $35-$100 per adult, that is used to cover the cost of checking your credit score, criminal background, and other administrative costs associated with the qualification process. Given that this fee is non-refundable, whether you are rejected or change your mind, you want to narrow down your apartment choices or work with a licensed apartment locator to save your money in wasted application fees.
Just because you application is approved does not mean you are done. The SECURITY DEPOSIT must be paid in order for you to secure or hold an apartment. The deposit can cost you up to 1 months of rent, but is fully refundable as long as you keep the apartment as nice and clean as it was when you moved in.
The PET DEPOSIT and PET FEE are one-time costs that are required if you want your furry friend to live with you, permitting your landlord allows pets. The pet deposit is an upfront cost, approximately $200, in addition to the traditional security deposit. It is refundable after your lease expires, subject to the condition of your apartment and any damages. You will also pay for your landlord to register your pet with the apartment community in the form of a pet fee. Typically this non-refundable fee costs does not cover any damages the pet may cause to the apartment, and is due before you move in with your furry roommate.
The PET RENT is not a standard cost, but is become more and more common in rental communities. Pet rent usually ranges from $50-$100, and covers your pets stay in your apartment. Pet rent is separate from a pet deposit and is additional money added to your regular rent payment.

It is important that every renter take the time to read the fine print in your lease agreement for the terms and conditions of your rental fees and deposits, which may vary depending on your state.

Renting an apartment can be just as complicated as buying a house, but working with an apartment finder can help make the challenges of securing an apartment easier on you. They can help you determine all the upfront costs associated with renting so that you are prepared and do not find yourself draining your wallet.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Tricks To Decorating A Small Living Room

Decorating a small space can be tricky and it is even more important that you utilize your limited square footage. To help you make the most of even the smallest space here are 5 tips for renters decorating a small living room.

Add Floating Shelves: Create more storage in your living room minus the bulkiness of furniture.  

Source: StyleMotivation

Do Not Forget The Corners: If you are limited on space then make sure to use every inch of space in your apartment and do not leave out corners. 

Source: Home Stratospher 

Scaled Down Furniture Works Best: Do not try to cram extra furnishings into a small room but fit the same amount of furniture just on a smaller scale.

Source: Real Simple

Make It Double Duty: Purchase those items that multiple functions in your home. 

Source: Thinkter

Get plants! Even the smallest space can feel fresher and lighter surrounded by greenery. 

Source: Zillow 

Decorating a small space does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who would like to live in a larger space, but do not want to pay more. Let us help find you the perfectly sized apartment for you and your budget.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Apartment Dwellers Are Paying More For Less

It is not uncommon to sacrifice your living space in order to spend less on rent or live in a prime location, but you might be surprised to find that the living space in your apartment might already be getting smaller.

Across the U.S. apartments are averaging smaller in size. Developers in multi-family construction are having to fit more units into their apartment communities to help balance the rise in construction and land costs. 

Downtown apartments aren’t the only ones shrinking in size. Many newer apartments hitting the market are averaging 8% less in square footage than those built over a decade ago. The average size apartment ten years ago measured 1,015 square feet. Today they are averaging 934 square feet. While apartments are slowly shriveling, rent rates continue to climb, over 7% in the past five years.

We break it all down for you:
  • Studio apartments now average 504 square feet in the U.S, having downsized nearly 18% since 2006. 
  • One-bedrooms have shrunken by 5%, averaging 752 square feet today.
  • Surprisingly two-bedroom apartments have held their space and actually increased 1% averaging 1,126 square feet today.
Finding an apartment in San Antonio with enough square footage does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in the apartment inventory in San Antonio and have access to many unadvertised special pricing. It is more important than ever that you get the most space for your rental dollars.  Let us help you maximize your rental dollars and find the perfect apartment! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bathroom Storage Solutions For Renters

Few rooms in your home are as small as the bathroom. To help you keep your apartment bathroom organized here are 4 savvy bathroom storage ideas guaranteed to help you add space while keeping the clutter at bay.

Add Multiple Storage: In order to manage all those multiple bathroom essentials try adding several storage solutions to your bathroom. Wooden crates are inexpensive and very easy to personalize.

Better Homes & Garden

Repurpose Items: No need to spend money when you can find items you already own. Try using basket to hold toiletries or an old ladder that can double as a towel rack. Keep it inexpensive and simple!

Better Homes & Garden

Add Under Cabinet Storage: Storage caddies are a great way to add storage. Add a couple two tier baskets under your cabinets and organize all those odds and ends hanging around in your bathroom.

Better Homes & Garden

Open Storage System:  Organization does not have to mean it is hidden. Extend your counter storage with additional open storage space.

Better Homes & Garden
Organizing a small apartment bathroom does not have to feel like a challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who need more space. Give us a call and let Apartments Now help find you the perfect sized apartment for you and your budget!