10 Cool Apartment Amenities You’re Missing Out On

When you were hunting for an apartment, you probably zoned in on just a few must haves – an affordable price in a convenient location that allows pets. You’re not hard to please, right?

Depending on your specific community, there could be a whole world of cool amenities and features right outside your front door that you’re missing out on. And guess what? You’re paying for these amenities every month!

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Take my advice: don’t fall into the trap of not taking advantage of what’s available to you. I’ll admit that I’m totally guilty of this myself. I lived in a community in Duluth, GA that had not one but two swimming pools, a workout facility, tennis court, soccer field and a car wash all on-site. Did I ever partake in these convenient amenities? I used the pool and the car wash once over a four year period.

If you like the convenience of having everything you need at your fingertips, then an apartment with lots of amenities is right up your alley. Not only will you be able to have a good time without going far, but partaking in what your community offers is the best opportunity to meet your neighbors. So get out there, mix and mingle!

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10 Post-Move Mistakes Renters Make

Renting an apartment is a great way to save money, especially if your living arrangements are not permanent. Many people stress the importance of finding a good landlord, but you often don’t realize until you move in that it’s just as important to be a responsible tenant.

So once you’ve found the perfect apartment, completed your walkthrough and moved those boxes, how do you make sure that you’re getting the best renting experience? You can start by avoiding these common mistakes.

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Top Cities for College Grads

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For college seniors, the spring season means looking forward to graduation – and life beyond the college campus.

To help college graduates as they look both for work and a new place to live, Apartment Guide consulted with Indeed, the number one job site worldwide, to bring together information to match the perfect apartment with the right job.

Together, Indeed and Apartment Guide have researched the top cities with the most entry-level job openings, along with average rents for one and two bedroom apartments in these cities.

Here’s the list.

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How Long ‘Til These Planets Become the Next Rental Hot Spots?

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In the future, the hottest rentals in the coolest neighborhoods may be found a little further out than you’re accustomed to looking.

We’re imagining a time when Earth will no longer be such an exclusive place to live. It may be a while, of course, until that becomes a reality, but we like to think that the dream of interplanetary life is possible.

What would that look like? How would you choose where to live?

Each planet in our solar system just might offer its own perks and special neighborhoods. People with shared interests might come together to share new worlds.

Join us as we here at Apartment Guide boldly predict the future: apartment living off-planet!

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How to Remember to Pay the Rent on Time

How NOT to Forget to Pay Your Rent

Remember… remember… remember the rent! We offer tips to help you jog your own memory and keep up with your primary first-of-the-month responsibility!

The first of the month means it’s time, once again, to pay the rent.

While there’s a powerful incentive to remember — and some fairly painful consequences if you forget – you can set yourself up for success with a few suggestions.

When you forget…
The rent is generally due the first day of the month, for most renters – and the typical landlord holds hard and fast to that requirement. If you’re late, then extra fees and a certified or cashier’s check, which carries yet another fee, just might be in your future.

Luckily, there are ways to help yourself remember to pay the rent on time.

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Upgrading to a 2BR Apartment? Here’s Where It’ll Cost You the Most

Considering a move to a larger apartment? Wondering if you can afford a second bedroom?

We wondered the same thing and decided to look at our data to see what metro areas had the biggest percentage rent increase from one bedroom to two bedrooms.

For March 2014 in metros with at least 50 apartment listings, we looked at the lowest-price one bedroom and two bedroom apartment units to determine the average percentage increase between the two inside the same community. We included only apartment listings for which there were both one and two bedroom offerings located on the same property.

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The State of Renting: ‘Realty’ Check 2014

If your instinct is that the rent is, well, “too damn high,” check out some possible reasons why!

By Steve Harper and Elizabeth Beasley, Apartment Guide contributor

Renting — while never really out of style — is trendy again!

The National Association of Home Builders predicts that a preference for renting among young people is driving the building of many more new apartment buildings in the next couple of years. The state of the housing market, among other factors, seems to be leading more people to choose renting in the near future.

Are you ready for a reality check on the state of renting?

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6 Ways to Know if Your Apartment is ‘The One’

If you genuinely love coming home to your apartment, you might have yourself a keeper. Image: Optima Sonoran Village, Scottsdale, AZ

If you genuinely love coming home to your apartment, you might have yourself a keeper. Image: Optima Sonoran Village, Scottsdale, AZ

Before you find your true love, as they say, you have to kiss a few frogs first. And that goes for apartments, too. If you’ve ever lived in place that had a roof leak, noisy neighbors or a weird smell, you definitely feel like you’ve had your fair share of warts.

But as you move on up to bigger and better apartments, someday you’ll find it: Your true love, the one for you, the Prince Charming (or Princess Charming) of living spaces. But how do you know if this is the apartment you want to keep? To that, we say follow your heart – and our advice.

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Apartment Parking Tips: Take the Stress Out of Finding a Space

If parking in your apartment community feels like a free-for-all, we've got some tips to help you think it through!

If parking in your apartment community feels like a free-for-all, we’ve got some tips to help you think it through!

By Steve Harper and Cathy Poley, Apartment Guide contributor

Does the thought of parking in your apartment community make you wish for a chauffeured car service?

Have you ever decided not to leave your apartment because you dreaded having to find a space when you got back?

Though easy parking is an amenity some apartment dwellers take for granted, other residents face a challenge parking at or even near home. So, until you can get that anti-matter transfer device you’ve been assembling in the back room up and running, you’re stuck with the everyday nuisance of finding a spot, every day — and sometimes more than once.

Parking well is an art and a science… well, no, it’s mostly luck, but a bit of planning and forward thinking just might steady your odds. With these tips, we’ll try to stack the proverbial parking deck in your favor!

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