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:
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
In fact, last July was the hottest month on record since 1895, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
We at Apartment Guide want to help you beat the heat and stay comfortable this summer. As temperatures climb, we’re sharing some timely tips to help you keep cool in your apartment — or to find a fun and friendly place nearby where the air is chilly!
We’re also sharing the cities where it’s a little easier to enjoy the summer weather. These top 10 cities report the most air conditioning units, community pools and ceiling fans, based on our data.
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.
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.
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.