Living in an apartment, you might think you're limited in decorating. Sure, you can't paint on the walls unless you're willing to forfeit your security deposit, but that doesn't mean your place has to be drab and dreary-- quite the opposite, actually. By snatching…
[caption id="attachment_63319" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Click on the image to view the full infographic.[/caption] Big-city living isn't all it's cracked up to be. Not only will you find plenty of small-town charm if you live in a less populated town; you'll also save money. Apartment Guide found America's most affordable cities -- the top 10 cities with the least expensive median rent prices -- and we dug up a few cool facts about these hidden gems as well. 1. Florence - Muscle Shoals, AL Median rent: $395 Named after the city in Italy, the northwestern Alabama town of Florence not only boasts the cheapest rent in the nation; it’s also the home of the University of North Alabama. Music lovers are in luck; artists from all over the country come to Florence each summer for the W.C. Handy Music Festival. It originally focused on blues and jazz, but now includes rock, gospel, country and more.
[caption id="attachment_61141" align="alignright" width="600"] Click the image to view the full infographic.[/caption] Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to go green this year? Making the switch can seem intimidating -- until you realize there's nothing wrong with taking it one step at a time. When it comes to adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, every little bit helps. We've got ideas for just one project per month that you can take on in your apartment that'll help you live greener (and maybe even save a little money as well.) We're in January right now, and your small change for this month shouldn't take long at all: Just buy an insulating jacket for your water heater so it doesn't have to work as hard to get the water hot for your morning shower. Old blankets wrapped around the water heater would do the trick as well. You're already on your way to a green 2014! As the year goes on, here are more changes you can make:
[caption id="attachment_60488" align="alignleft" width="360"] Click the image to view the full infographic![/caption]Don’t send your Thanksgiving down the drain! Plumbers report that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year for housecalls. Don’t let plumbing woes distract you from your Black Friday shopping this year. Check out these do’s – and mostly don’ts -- for how to treat your apartment plumbing with care after Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Stay on friendly terms with your apartment community maintenance team by following these directions!
[caption id="attachment_60428" align="alignleft" width="360"] Click the image to view the full infographic.[/caption] They’re here again! It seems the holiday season starts just a bit earlier each year. If you’re feeling a little “bah, humbug!” about the return of the holidays, perhaps we can lift your spirits. Here at Apartment Guide, we’ve given some thought to the challenges of apartment entertaining. Take a look at our feng shui tips on how to set up a comfortable party at home in your apartment this season. We’ve also scoured our apartment listing information to find the overall best cities for apartment entertaining. According to our data, apartment dwellers in ten certain cities enjoy the most at-home advantages that make holiday entertaining a pleasure. These cities boast the most apartments with balconies, island kitchens, dishwashers, washers and dryers in-unit, microwave ovens and extra storage space. With all these amenities, hosting a holiday party is much easier and a lot more enjoyable!
[caption id="attachment_59743" align="alignleft" width="950"] Click the image to see the full infographic.[/caption] For many American families, everything that’s really important in home life takes place in the kitchen. At Apartment Guide, we know that renters want kitchens they can both enjoy spending time in and also put to work for their cooking efforts. What are the great apartment kitchen amenities people want and need most? Stainless steel appliances, dishwashers and microwaves are important, but extra amenities like a kitchen island and granite countertops can make a kitchen more useful and elegant. We’ve combed our apartment listings to find the metro areas with the most tricked-out kitchens.
As a renter, you want to be able to find the perfect available 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.
Spring cleaning may get good press, but we’ve discovered that fall is another popular time to air out your apartment storage spaces. According to a recent Apartment Guide survey, 80% of people reorganize or clean out their apartment between summer and fall. The survey also revealed that 39% of people conduct major apartment cleaning once a month, while 31% perform a big apartment clean seasonally. Organizing and putting away clothes topped the list of challenging tasks for about half the respondents. To help you with your closet freshening efforts this season, Apartment Guide is teaming up with organization expert Lisa Zaslow. As you switch out summer clothes for your colder-weather wardrobe, Lisa advises that you may be sitting on a stash of cash in the form of old outfits you no longer wear. Why not make some money as you declutter by selling items which are only taking up precious storage space in your apartment? (Hint: you can even sell clothing online!)
[caption id="attachment_58406" align="alignleft" width="950"] Click the image to view the full infographic.[/caption] At Apartment Guide, we strive to help renters find the perfect apartment to fit their needs. Find your perfect apartment now! Besides having all the amenities you prefer, we know you want to locate a place that costs less, too. As you plan your summer move, we’ve identified the top cities where you can have more -- for less! We looked at our internal data for the cities with apartment listings that have the lowest rental rates for one and two bedroom units, yet also include top amenities and offerings, such as air conditioning, a laundry facility, a dishwasher, a fitness center and a pet-friendly building policy. These metros offer apartments with the perks that make a place feel like home. Click for the top ten cities where you can get the most bang for your apartment living buck this year.