Friday, March 31, 2017

Transform Your Apartment Balcony

With the right furniture, even the smallest patio or balcony can become a relaxing retreat.  Here are a few ideas sure to help transform your underused balcony into your own private escape for lounging and entertaining.

Just add plants
They come in just about all sizes and styles. Create your own wall of privacy with plants.
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Roll out a rug
A rug can play many roles from creating additional seating to adding color and style.
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Accessorize
One of the easiest updates is to add accessories to your outdoor space. Throw pillows or poufs add color to your space plus can be used for additional seating.
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Shade yourself
Half umbrellas are the perfect small space solution.
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Just because your balcony is small does not mean you cannot make the most of all your rental space. Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are experts in working with renters who need to find just the right amount of outdoor space. Contact us today , (210) 558-7377, and let our apartment locators help find you the perfect place to suit all your needs and budget.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

Need a little inspiration to help you tackle the clutter that always manages to creep in? Here are three clever storage ideas to help you save space, even in the tiniest apartment.

Put Your Belongings In Their Place
A storage bench can help contain the in your apartment. Perfect for the hallway or kitchen. Add hooks above and use up the wasted wall space.
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Look Under (not just above)
The guide to small space living is to utilize all the space under your bed. Incorporate storage solutions such as a pull out drawer, cubbies, or plastic containers.
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Do Not Have It, Create It
If your living room, kitchen, and bedroom are an all-in-one room then use handy storage pieces to help divide up the room.
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Just because you are limited on space does not mean that you cannot be organized. Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are experts in working with renters who would like the most spacious apartment for their budget. If you want to save time and money in your next apartment search then contact us (210) 802-1112. We can help you find you the perfect sized apartment for your budget.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Living Alone In Your First Apartment

Whether you just graduated from college, are just moving out of your parent’s home, or have always had a roommate here are 3 things everyone should know before leaping into a newly found independence.

Expenses Add Up Quickly - Living alone is much more expensive than you might realize. You do not have anyone to split the utility bill with and are solely responsible for the cable, electricity, and renter’s insurance all on your own.

Shop Strategically - Make sure you are equipped with the basics. You will need to furnish your entire apartment, but do not have to do it all at once. Supply yourself with the essentials like 4 cups and plates for your kitchen and a mattress and sofa set.

Hone Your Grown Up Skills - Ramen noodle packets and Ritz crackers will only take you so far. Learn to cook for yourself in small quantities. Ask a friend or take a class and learn a few easy, simple dishes you can make at home.  Also know how to grocery shop. Buy only what you need and to avoid tossing food out and wasting money.

Renting an apartment can be just as complicated and time-consuming, but working with an apartment finder can help make the challenges of securing an apartment easier for you. Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are knowledgeable of the San Antonio rental market and can help find you the perfect apartment for you and your budget. Call us today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Your Apartment Must-Have Checklist

Moving is a daunting task and every renter has a dream apartment. When you do begin looking for your ideal apartment it is important to have a realistic list of must-haves. Here are a few tips to help you prioritize your must-haves out of your next rental.


Know What Is Important
Take a look at your lifestyle and make a list of things that matter to you. Do you need to live close to work? Will you have a roommate or do you need to only rent a studio since you travel so much?  Will you be moving with your furry friend? Establish your rental budget and stick to it. Write down the criteria that will influence your apartment hunt.


Set Parameters
Make a list of amenities you cannot live without. Must you have full-size washer/dryer hookups? Is a dog park important to you? Do you need to have an on-site fitness center that is open 24 hours? Is garage parking a deal breaker for you.


Creating a must-have list is essential to finding an ideal apartment for your lifestyle and especially important to help you sort through the hundreds of apartments located in San Antonio. Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and can help guide you through the entire search process -free.

Give us a call and let us help you find your next apartment home.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Inspired Color Trends For Any Rental


If you have problems straying from your neutral-loving ways, Spring is the perfect excuse to incorporate a punch of color. Here’s a few green inspired color trends to incorporate into your apartment decor, being that it is St. Patty’s Day today.  


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Need more inspiration? Check out our Pop of Color board on Pinterest.

Decorating an apartment does not have to be a challenge and neither does finding the perfect apartment. Give our apartment finders at Apartments Now a call and let us help you find your ‘home sweet home’.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Home Ownership Is Within Reach In San Antonio

Buying a home takes confidence, financial strength, and two incomes in many cities. A recent study between RentCafe and PropertyShark looked at home prices and incomes, for both women and men, in Texas and revealed the real effect the wage gap has on Texans homebuying habits.

The joint study between RentCafe and PropertyShark acknowledged that a single woman in Texas can’t afford to buy a home. Many singles, with a dream to purchase their own home, cannot afford or qualify for a home mortgage to purchase that dream home.

San Antonio remains affordable. It is the only major city, in Texas, where a single woman can afford to buy a home on a single income, according to the joint study. Industry standards recommend spending no more than 30% of your income on mortgage payments or rent. Buying a home in cities like Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston requires ladies to spend more than the rule of thumb, therefore leaving them out of the homebuying market.

The Alamo City is still considered an affordable housing market and it provides no shortage of places to rent or buy.  Our agents are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and can help guide you through the entire process.  Give us a call and let us help you find your next home!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Declutter Your Apartment In 3 Simple Steps


It is that time of the year. Are you ready to get your apartment organized and begin your spring cleaning? Maybe you need to get ready to move out? Here are simple 3 steps to help you declutter your apartment so you can maximize your small space.

Plan It Out
Decluttering your apartment is not an easy or quick task, but it is necessary. Get started and go with the momentum.  Start with the most challenging area and stay focused.

Filter
Create a zone with 4 piles: garbage, recycling, giveaway, and keep. As you declutter your apartment build the piles and then after you complete each area put the entire zone away. At the end of the day, you might feel ready to throw in the towel but don’t give in and dump the trash on your way to the thrift store.

Add Storage
Consider adding storage for the “keep” pile. You want everything to have a home in your apartment. Try adding shelves or purchasing clothing bins to maximize the under bed storage.

Sometimes decluttering is not enough and you just need more space. Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are experts in working with renters who are looking for more space but do not want to pay more.  Give us a call and let us help find you the perfect sized apartment for your budget.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Small Space Gardening For Renters

Starting a garden can be a challenge, especially if you rent an apartment with outdoor space the size of a matchbox.  Here are 3 clever ways to squeeze a garden out of your balcony or patio, that do not require a big backyard nor a green thumb.


Hang A Pot
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Repurpose A Ladder
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Go Vertical With Your Space
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Need more ideas? Check us out on
Pinterest: Grow A Garden In A Small Space.

Renting should not prevent you from trying out your green thumb. There are many gardening tips that work even in the smallest space - indoor and outdoor. Our licensed apartment locators at Apartments Now are experts in working with renters who are garden lovers and can help you find the perfect place to call home. Give us a call today!

Friday, March 3, 2017

San Antonio Renters Catch A Break

San Antonio experienced one of the most active multi-family markets last year. With the local market still trying to absorb the 7,300 new units from last year, apartment dwellers are finally seeing a much-needed break from the rising rent rates.

According to Zumper, rent slipped by 4% in the Alamo City dropping the rent rate for a one-bedroom to $860 per month. The rental market in San Antonio remains affordable and the Alamo City remains as one of the top four Texas metros without a four-figure average.

With only 4,200 units scheduled for completion in 2017, the market is predicted to bounce back. With more and more apartment communities emerging all over the city it is even more important that you work with an expert in your next apartment search. Our licensed apartment locators are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and have access to many unadvertised specials.

Let us help guide you through the process and find you your next apartment home.