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How to Negotiate a Lease Renewal!

So you really like your place but you’re worried that renewing your lease might mean that your rent will raise – or maybe you want to see if you can lower your rent since you’re a trustworthy renter. Here are some tips on how to negotiate your lease renewal!

1. Show off what a great tenant you are

Note that you haven’t burned the place down, bounced a check, disturbed the neighbors, snuck a pet in, or broken a window.

2. Try to extend your lease.

Guaranteeing that you’ll stick with them might be worth more than an increased rent.

3. Offer money up-front.

4. Come up with some requests. Would you be willing to pay the increased rent if they’d just replace those awful, drafty windows? Or the crumbling grout in your bathroom? What if they agreed to bring an exterminator twice a month instead of once? How about access to the backyard?

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Tips on How to Make Moving (Mostly) Painless

Moving into your place is extremely exciting – until you factor in packing, transporting your stuff AND unpacking. Here are some tips on how to make morning a little less painful —

1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

The worst part about moving is never knowing where any of your stuff is when you first touch down at your new place. Relieve some of your stress by packing an overnight bag that has everything you need for a day or two so you can shower and decompress after a long day of moving.

2. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing.

3. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.

Nothing is more frustrating than getting everything in your new place and then having no clue where it goes. Have your boxes labeled so that you (or your movers) can drop the boxes off in the rooms they are meant to go in. Saves you time in the long run.

4. Pack plates vertically – They’ll be less likely to break.

5. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.

This is the most vital tip! Make sure that you take a picture of you rental before you move in to show any previous damage so that you do not get charged when your lease is up.

 

Happy moving!

 

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Tips for College Students Who Are Looking To Rent!

Living off-campus can be a less expensive way to live while you’re in school. Below are some tips and NECESSITIES for a college student looking to live off-campus —

Safety of the Location –
Find out the crime statistics in the area by contacting the local police department. They’ll be able to give you information on the area and recommend whether or not they feel it’s safe for students.

Convenience –
What’s the proximity to the nearest grocery store? What about the nearest coffee shop? Consider what you’d like to be nearby and then map out if the places are located within the area. It may help you decide if the location is right for you.

Campus –
Can you get to classes, the library and other campus locations quickly and easily when you need to?

Reasonable Rent Rates in the Area Research what typical rent rates within the area are. You can research this by asking around locally, researching online at either apartment websites or rent comparison websites or by calling your local police station.

Check out what The Stratford Apartments have to offer!

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New to Apartment Hunting? Here are the TOP Questions to Ask!

New to apartment hunting? It is understandable to panic when you’re on a tour and feel like you don’t know the proper things to ask or if you have asked enough. What’s even scarier is signing the lease without knowing the ins and outs of your new place. Have no fear, here are the top questions to ask the complex you’re looking at —

What are the lease terms? 1 Year? 6 Months?

Are there income requirements? (Do you need to make 2x the rent? 3x the rent?)

Does the owner allow a cosigner? (In case you don’t meet the income requirements)

Laundry in the unit? In the building?

Have they received a lot of applications?

Who covers utilities?

How much storage space/closets does it have?

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Apartment Hunting on a Budget? Check out these tips!

Having trouble finding an apartment on one income? Check out these tips!

Tip #1: Get roommates.

The best way to be able to afford a place is to get more people in it. You’re much more likely to find an affordable apartment on a larger, combined budget than on a single income.

Tip #2: Find out which moving times are most popular for renters, and avoid them.

Although unit availability goes up during popular move times for renters, the increased demand drives rent prices up substantially too. Take into account where you’re looking to live – are there universities nearby? Does the weather change seasonally, or is it fairly standard all year round?

 

 

Tip #3: When you find a place you like, jump on it!

Most people don’t realize that rent prices can change daily. (Our Customer Service Team has seen rents fluctuate as much as $30 in a single day.) If you find a place you love and the price works for you, it could serve you well to express interest, let the leasing agent know you’re serious, and even fill out your application right on the spot! If you know you’ve found the right fit, don’t fall into the trap of accidentally increasing your overall financial burden just because you decided to think on it for a while. Take the leap!

Tip #4: Negotiate on a fixer-upper.

Consider committing to an apartment that’s under-budget, and make improvements yourself if the landlord won’t cover it. If all the place needs is a fresh coat of paint or a new faucet fixture, these are one-time fixes that will be much cheaper in the long run than renting a more expensive apartment that has all the perks.

Tip #5: Choose your amenities wisely.

In-unit laundry vs. onsite laundry. Renovated unit vs. non-renovated. Most renters prefer having in-unit laundry and living in a nicely upgraded apartment. Those units tend to get snatched up first and have a higher demand, so property owners can afford to raise rents on them. Choosing an apartment that doesn’t have these luxuries might not be as… well… luxurious, but you could get a pretty awesome reduction in your rent cost for minimal inconvenience!

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Searching for the Perfect Apartment? Start here!

All the comforts of home in a modern setting!

  • Fitness Facility
  • Spacious Closets
  • Oversized Windows
  • Eat-in Kitchens
  • Washer and Dryer Connections
  • Fireplaces*
  • Garages Available

 

 

*Only available in 1160 sq ft units.

Contact us today to help you find your new home 308-627-2343

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Facts on Renter’s Insurance – What Every Renter Should Know

In a survey, 52% of millennials said they don’t have renters insurance because they (wrongly) believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their personal property.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re covered under your property’s policy or that someone else will take care of the damages if it isn’t your fault.

KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED!

Advantages of renter’s insurance—

  • Renter’s insurance covers more than stolen property

In addition to liability protection and reimbursement for stolen property, renter’s insurance provides coverage for damage caused by fire, lightning, smoke, windstorms, hail, and vandalism. Renter’s insurance also will cover your living expenses if you have to relocate during repairs.

  • Without renter’s insurance, you face liability

Renter’s insurance can help cover your legal costs and the injured person’s medical bills, but without it, you’re on your own. Personal liability protection covers unintentional bodily injury as well as property damage.

A small fee could keep you from big penalties for not having renter’s insurance in emergency situations. Prepare for the unexpected.

Check out more facts about renter’s insurance here!

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What To Check Before Signing Your Lease

A common mistake we usually make is not to read a contract before we sign. Obtain a copy of any rules and regulations, make sure you go through everything and before you sign the lease, check to see if these are mentioned:

  • The beginning and the expiration date
  • The rental price and information about your security deposit
  • What are the reasons for which your landlord can terminate your lease contract
  • Are there any penalties for moving out of your apartment before the expiration date?
  • Are there any responsibilities on your head for repairs and such?
  • Is subletting allowed ?
  • See if you have to buy renters insurance, because it will increase you total cost
  • Is there a policy about guest visitors?

Check out more facts about renting an apartment here!

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What to Look for While Apartment Hunting!

While you are house hunting, make sure that you check on this list to make sure that you are finding a home that is worth your time and money!

  1. Check for cell reception.
  2. Check the water pressure on cold, on hot, on both, and how long it takes to get warm.
  3. Bring a socket tester and test all outlets. Also make sure there are enough outlets in each room, and enough 3-prong ones.
  4. Ask the neighbors what the worst part of the building, street, neighborhood is.
  5. Drive through the area during rush hour if commuting via car.
  6. Make sure there’s an Internet provider suitable to your preferences.
  7. Make sure the windows are double-paned/double-glazed and in good repair if the area is cold to avoid high heating bills. See if the windows open and close easily.
  8. Fill all sinks/tubs. Drain simultaneously and flush each toilet during.
  9. If surrounding places have belongings left sitting on the porches (toys, stoves, seating, decorations), it’s a good sign for little/no theft and a kid-friendly environment.
  10. Ask “What’s the average rental time for apartments in the building?” If people aren’t staying long, it’s a bad sign.

Make sure that you have a list of priorities before you begin house hunting so you know what to look for and what is important to you.

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