Curtains add an extra layer of protection between your cozy apartment and the outside air.
The telltale orange leaves and nip in the air means it’s that time again: Fall’s cool breezes will soon give way to icy, wintry gusts. Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to prepare your home for the cold months – these easy DIY projects will keep you toasty warm until spring.
1. Tend to your windows.
Everyone wants big, pretty windows to brighten up their home, but windows tend to leak if they’re old, letting cold drafts seep inside. If you’ve got gaps, check with your landlord to see if you can caulk them or have the apartment community’s maintenance team do it for you.
You can further improve your efficiency with window coverings, including drapes, blinds and curtains. Be sure to close them at night so there’s a barrier between your warm inside air and the coldest outside air. And don’t forget weather stripping – if you can feel a draft coming from your windows, it needs to be plugged. You can buy inexpensive weather stripping at any home improvement store, or you can make your own draft stopper.
It’s the age-old question: rent or buy? But what if space weren’t a factor in that equation?
It’s an ongoing, popular question: should I stay in an apartment or buy a single-family house or condominium?
For many renters struggling with the rent or buy debate, the answer often comes down to square footage.
You may think you have to buy a house to get more space, but the rental industry is starting to focus on building larger apartments that rival the square footage of free-standing homes. It’s a trend that aims to accommodate those who enjoy the conveniences of renting, but want more space for a growing family, a budding home business… or just more room to spread out and relax.
As a renter, you want to be able to find the perfect apartment for your needs – that means the right price, location, and amenities. But that’s easier to find in some places than others.
According to the National Association of Realtors, in the apartment rental market – aka multifamily housing — vacancy rates are likely to stay about the same in the near future, with new construction rising to meet increased demand for rental spaces. The top cities that are considered “renter’s markets” have the highest vacancy rates, leaving many options open to renters.
Today’s students are much more budget-conscious, and they’re particularly sensitive to the costs of student housing.
Students still want the right location and great amenities, but they are looking very carefully at all their options before they commit to a lease.
Recession reality check
Students just entering college in Fall 2013 were high school freshmen during the height of the recent recession. According to rental industry publication Multifamily Executive, these students watched their families struggle with financial hardships like joblessness and upside-down mortgages. As a result, they are entering college intent on minimizing debt and stretching their rental dollars.
How much do you have to invest to make your move a success?
Moving involves a number of steps, and getting a firm grip on the details can really help. You can likely lower the cost of a move, for instance, when you seek out reliable information. After all, a little intel goes a long way.