Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What It's Like To Live In San Antonio

With a population of over 1 million residents and growing, San Antonio is a big city with a small town feel. Moving to any city can be nerve wrecking and frightening all at the same time, on top of having to find and commit to a place to live. Luckily, in today’s world we have access to sites such as Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Settling into a city such as San Antonio is easy with all the big-city amenities and relaxed atmosphere that it has to offer.  

Beautiful Scenery
San Antonio is filled with some of the best city parks and even better is that they are available year-round. Parks are a great place to mingle and meet people, if you are new to the city, while also getting your fit on. On a beautiful day you will catch plenty of San Antonians going for a run, bike ride, or just out on a stroll with their children and dogs.

Viva Festivals
San Antonio has over 50 major events and festivals and there is something to do everyday of the week. One thing is for sure, San Antonians not only know how to party but they also know how to throw one. Fiesta, the city’s well known annual festival, is just one of the many opportunity to socialize and meet others.

Home to Military City USA
San Antonio is home to 3 joint Air Force bases including one of four military training facilities, Lackland AFB. It housing the oldest VFW post and embraces the hundreds of military graduates. San Antonio is military friendly, highly patriotic, and welcoming to all new residents.

Devoted Fans
San Antonio fans unite for their hometown team, the San Antonio Spurs. The city is filled with an abundance of loyal Spurs fans and games at the AT&T Center are a great place sport your black and silver while meeting other locals.

There's A Neighborhood For All
Even though San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country, it still has a small town feel and is really like a bunch of small towns - Alamo Heights, Windcrest, Castle Hills. The housing market is still affordable, compared to other large cities, even with the record high occupancy rates. With all the growth in the multifamily market, leveraging the knowledge of an apartment locator is key to saving time and money in your apartment hunt.

When it comes to choosing a place to live San Antonio provides no shortage of places to rent. Moving can be a very stressful time, but with the help of our apartment locators it does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city’s apartment inventory and can guide you through the entire search process. Give us a call, tweet, or message and let us help you with your move.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

3 Reasons To Move To San Antonio

If you or someone you know is seriously considering moving to the Alamo City, here are 3 reasons to consider before you make San Antonio home.

1. Best city in Texas
Forbes writer has declared San Antonio the best city in Texas. Everyone seems to love San Antonio. Living in San Antonio you will experience less traffic, fewer skyscrapers, great family orientation and very stable population.

2. Strong job market
Not all cities are created equal. San Antonio ranks in the top 10 cities for the fastest growing jobs. So whether you just graduated or you find yourself  just looking for a change your career, job hunters have a more opportunities in San Antonio.

3. It is home to the 5th hottest market in the country
San Antonio is one of the most affordable big cities in the U.S. Cost of living remains below the national average, homes continue to sell faster, and job growth continues to soar in this hip San Antonio zip code.

Are you ready to move to San Antonio? Our apartment finders know the real scoop of what's going on in the city when it comes to new and existing apartment developments. Call us today and let us put our expert housing knowledge to work for you!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Learn To Love Composting In A Small Apartment

Being eco-friendly when you rent an apartment is not as hard as you may think. As an apartment dweller there is actually a few things you can such as decrease your energy usage, recycle glass and plastic, and even compost.

Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste filling our landfills, so composting is a great alternative for those tired of food waste. If you have never created a compost pile and you're not sure where to start, here's how you can get started in just four simple steps.

1. Buy a container
Purchase a large plastic container from the gardening department. Poke holes to create a ventilation system and allow for water to drain.

Note: You can house your compost pile inside or outside of your apartment, just make sure it is a cool spot that gets plenty of sunlight. A properly managed compost pile will not attract pest and bugs or create a bad odor.

2. Prep the container
Before you can begin tossing food into you compost bin you must make sure to prepare the bin correctly. First, cut strips of old newspaper and soak them in water. Next, line the bottom of the compost container with them. Finally, pour soil over the clippings and add worms.

Note: For every one square foot add a pound of worms. Don't want to add worms, then substitute worms for aged manure.

3. Toss in the food
Now that you have the paper, soil, and worms you are ready to start tossing in your scraps of food. Remember you can compost fruits, vegetables, paper, coffee and coffee filters. After you toss in your scraps make sure to cover it with more soaked paper strips.

Note: Do not add animal waste, meat, bones, plastic, chemicals, citrus, or dairy to your compost.

4. Repeat
It's easy, just keep piling your food scraps into your compost container. It will take about about 12 week for worms to break down a bin full of compost. Once everything decomposes you can use the soil for fertilizer in your potted plants, sprinkle it across the lawn, or give it away to a friend who has a garden.

Note: Worms will last for up to a year so no need to purchase or add more unless you decide you love composting so much that you want to set up another container.

We’ve got a lot more tips on going green when living in an apartment. Check us out on Pinterest for more useful tips!

Renting should never limit your options for living a green lifestyle. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who enjoy living green with the convenience of renting. Contact Apartments Now today!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Apartment Lingo: Terms Every First-Time Renter Should Know

Just when you thought vocabulary terms were something you would only see in a classroom, it turns out there are many apartment vocabulary terms you need to know before you sign your first lease agreement. Learning these 5 essential terms will help any first-timer come across as a knowledgeable renter.  

Renter’s Insurance: It is usually not required by your landlord, but it is highly recommended. Renter’s insurance is one of the most affordable types of insurances and it can help protect your personal belongings.

Lease/Rental Agreement: One of the most important things you will do during the apartment search is sign the lease agreement. A lease agreement is a legally binding contract between you and your landlord, and not just a piece of paper with your signature on it. It sets out the rules in which you and your landlord will follow. It also should include, but is not limited to, your rent payment, deposit information, late fees, and length of agreement. Read it carefully and ask questions prior to signing on the dotted line.

Security Deposit: A fee you will pay to your landlord prior to moving into your new apartment. The security deposit covers the cost of damage to your apartment at move out, such as a stained carpet or holes in the wall. If there is no damage to the apartment when you move out and you follow the proper move-out procedures, this deposit should be refundable.

Application Fee: This fee covers the cost of your landlord to obtain a background check and it is paid at the time that you submit your rental application. If you are applying at several apartment communities these fees can add up. Work with a licensed apartment locator to help narrow down your search and save you money in wasted application fees.

Rent: It is usually paid on a month-to-month basis and it is paid directly to your landlord for the use of the apartment. Your rent payment is not your only monthly expense when you rent an apartment.

Our licensed apartment locators can help clear up any confusion with rental jargon as well as help guide you through the entire apartment search process. Give Apartments Now a call and let our apartment finders help you find the best place to call home in your budget!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Moving To A Bigger Apartment In San Antonio

If you've found yourself in a situation where your current studio apartment is just not cutting it anymore then sizing up is a vital necessity. To help you make a smart move here’s what it is going to cost you to score that bigger apartment in San Antonio, so that you can spend the most of your time and money.

In San Antonio if you’ve outgrown your studio apartment home, sizing up is going to cost you a few extra dollars. Reports reveal that if you are going to upgrade from a studio apartment to a one-bedroom you can expect monthly expenses to grow anywhere from 7% up to 43%.

On average in the Alamo City up sizing to a one-bedroom will cost renters around $160 per month, while gaining only an additional 200 square feet of space. If you are interested in going from a one-bedroom to a two-bedroom it is costing San Antonians roughly an additional $230 per month for an added 300 square feet of space.  

Before considering to trade up your old digs consider asking yourself these questions:
  • Can I afford it?
  • Are my finances in good shape?

We understand how important it is to stay on budget when searching for a bigger apartment. Utilizing a housing expert, like Apartments Now, in your search should be your first step. Our apartment finders are familiar with the apartment inventory in San Antonio, and have access to many unadvertised specials that can help save you time and money in the apartment search process. Give us a call today!