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Relocation Trends: Where’s Your Next Move? (Infographic)

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June is a popular month for change: graduations, weddings and job changes. All of this change results in relocation and the need to find a new place to call home.

Where are people relocating to? We define “sister metros” as the areas where people most often move from and where they move to.

In this relocation trends infographic, we found that the top searched sister metros included Washington, D.C. to New York City, New York City to Los Angeles, New York City to Atlanta and Dallas to Houston. The top five searched metro areas were Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.

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Apartment Guide used internal search data from May 2013 to determine the top sister cities, as well as the cities that are most searched. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to identify common reasons that trigger relocations.

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Low Cost of Living and Nationally-Ranked Schools (Infographic)

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Whether you have school-aged kids or are planning to start a family, school rankings is probably high on your priority list when relocating. But not all cities or towns with great schools come with a hefty price tag.

Additionally, these towns with a lower cost of living and nationally-ranked schools have lots of activities to offer families. For example, Nashville has a great adventure science center, Pueblo, Colo. offers lots of family-friendly outdoor activities and Indianapolis is home to several professional sports teams.

The research for this infographic is based on a U.S. News study, as well as Census data. We found the top eight cities with a low cost of living using the U.S. Census. We found the top-ranked high schools through the U.S. News study, which looked at 22,000 public high schools in 49 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

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How Much Should You Tip Your Movers: Infographic

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May is National Moving Month and the official kick off of the summer season, when most people are on the hunt for a new place.

Feeling stressed about packing, the big move and the expenses involved? Have no fear! Apartment Guide is here with fun facts from a survey about moving etiquette.

Some things to consider: You might provide some type of refreshment for the movers and tip the movers for the heavy lifting. What would you recommend?

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How to Spring Clean Your Budget

While you spring clean your home, consider getting your finances in order, too.

While you spring clean your home, consider getting your finances in order, too.

As you spring clean your household this season, take a moment to tidy up your finances and get your personal spending in order.

Read on to learn more about our Spring Clean Sweepstakes.

Whether you just want a little cushion in your savings account for a rainy day or you’re holding out for a new car or house, organizing your finances is a great way to get started. Here are some of our to-dos to spring clean your budget.

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Top 10 Cities for College Grads: Post-Graduation Moving Trends (Infographic)

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More than 70 percent of graduates are planning on moving to a new city once they say goodbye to their college campus and hello to corporate America.

Nearly half of all students are most concerned about finding an apartment in the “right” neighborhood after graduation.

Click on the infographic for more interesting insights into what post-grads want most in their next place.

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What to Do Before Moving In: Infographic

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At this point, you’ve checked off most of the items on your moving checklist, which means you’re just about ready to get your new keys. Congratulations! … But you’re not quite done yet. You still need to know what to do before moving in.

Before you load the truck, click on the infographic to check out our suggestions of things to do before getting settled into your new apartment. Accomplishing these things before you move your stuff in will make the process go smoother and you’ll be more comfortable instantly in your new home.

And remember to inform these contacts of your new address.

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Mix and Match: Modern and Vintage Decor

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Clean lines dominate in modern decor, as we learned with these modern decorating tips, and vintage decor incorporates old pieces that are repurposed.

But what happens if you combine the two? You have a mix of old and new, with sleek furniture and neutral colors representing modern decor, and rustic lights and wood pallet art representing vintage decor.

Click on the infographic above to learn how to pair items and create the perfect combination of modern and vintage in your apartment.

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How to Host a Dinner Party in Your Apartment

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Hosting a dinner party in your apartment doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little creativity and DIY flair, you’ll have a great night with close friends.

Gather a list of guests and use our tips to help throw a glamorous dinner party in your apartment.

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Must-Haves for Any Gen Y Apartment

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We all have a list of what we look for to find the “perfect” apartment. From a gated community to one with a pool, and from the neighborhood to the distance to work, we all have some idea of what we’re looking for.

Generation Y is no exception. They judge an apartment on more than what’s inside of it; they check out the social environment, entryways and community decor, as well as the amenities of the community. If you’re looking to market your community to the 80 million young adults who are entering the apartment rental market, consider the must-haves for the perfect Gen Y apartment.

Gen Y isn’t so different from other generations. Chances are, they’re looking for as much luxury as they can afford. (Who isn’t?) Location is very important, as are niche amenities like dog parks. They want to stay fit — on-site gyms and other fitness amenities are important. And most importantly, they want to be safe.

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