As the housing market improves, apartment communities are looking for new ways to attract renters – which means improvements to apartments around the country could be coming soon. According to a survey of 6,800 property managers conducted by Apartment Guide, 76 percent of those polled believe they need to give their properties a facelift if they want to keep renters. And to know where best to invest their dollars, landlords are turning to residents for advice – meaning online ratings and reviews provide important feedback not just for prospective tenants, but for property managers as well.
Everything has to come to an end sometime – and not always on your own timetable. Maybe your roommate is graduating; maybe they’re getting married; maybe they found a great new job in another city and they have to move. Any way you slice it, they’re out and you’re left high and dry, not to mention all alone in your apartment. That can make for an awkward situation, but it doesn’t have to be a bad one. Even if it seems like your soon-to-be-ex-roomie is leaving you in the lurch, this could be a good opportunity to start a new chapter in your life. Here are some questions you’ll have to ask yourself.
News flash: It’s cold outside. And if you’re smart enough to save money and energy by turning the heat down inside, you know how important your winter bedding is. There’s only one danger: your bed will be so warm and comfy that you might not want to get out of it in the morning (but then again, don’t you always want to catch a few extra Zs when that alarm goes off?) When it’s time to load up your apartment bedroom with the coziest bedding, think beyond the sheets. Here are some ideas to stay warm all night long: Down comforters are what’s up For fluffy warmth, it doesn’t get much better than down. Your most expensive down comforters – designed to be covered by a duvet, or just thrown on top of the bed as they are – will be filled with 100 percent goose down, but a more affordable alternative is a comforter filled with a mixture of down and feathers.
The verdict is in: Apartment renters love painted walls, but don’t love the hassle that goes along with them. According to the 520 people who responded to Apartment Guide's Spring Spruce-Up Survey, 42 percent of those surveyed said they do have permission from their apartment communities to paint, and the vast majority agreed a painted wall would make their apartments feel more like home.
If there’s one surefire, fail-safe, must-do secret to keeping your apartment clean, it’s this: Cut out the clutter. Unnecessary knick-knacks, piles of magazines, and clothes you don’t wear anymore only add to the general eau de slob around your place, and nobody wants that. [find-an-apartment] So what can you do to keep the clutter under control? The first step is to minimize the amount of stuff that comes into your place every day. And one of the biggest sources of clutter is the mail. Chances are, your mailbox is filled daily with unwanted catalogs, credit card applications and all sorts of other junk that might sit around your desk or coffee table for months to come. Even worse, you might lose track of something important – like a bill – with all that other stuff to wade through every day. So what’s the solution? Nip it in the bud. Opt out of junk mail so you don’t get all that unnecessary paper every day. Your apartment will be cleaner and your life will be a little simpler. Here are four websites that’ll help you do it.
Throwing yourself an apartment housewarming party seems like such a grown-up thing to do, doesn’t it? You want to show it off – you’re able to be a well-adjusted adult with your own place! Do you have it all together,…
Break out the Team USA gear – the Winter Olympics are here! Starting today in Sochi, Russia, athletes from all over the world will come together in peaceful competition to see who deserves to stand atop a podium adorned with a medal. (The Opening Ceremonies air tonight on NBC, beginning at 7:30 EST. Competition begins Friday.) Sure, these athletes have spent the better parts of their lives striving to compete in the Games – countless hours have been spent practicing, training, and perfecting their skills. We’re in awe of them, but we also want to have a little fun of our own while we watch the competition. So why not celebrate by holding a mini-Olympics in your apartment? These games involve ordinary household items and won’t damage your space or, more importantly, you. Make some fake medals, invite some friends over, and see who wins gold.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year to keep your fridge running efficiently. Let’s face it: In the summertime, your refrigerator is your best friend. There’s nothing like the first sip of a cold beverage to cool you off when…