Just because the temperature is rising outside doesn’t mean your electric bill has to! Here are some tips that we have scoured the internet for to help you save a little extra cash during these hot summer months—
- Unplugging an appliance because certain appliances use energy even if they are turned off.
- Consult with roommates or coworkers before unplugging a shared appliance.
- Close blinds, storm windows, or shades during the day.
- Most central air conditioners will also have internal fans to help circulate the air in your house while reducing your need to use the air conditioner. Turn the fan on “auto.”
- Using fans at night will help a natural breeze cool down your house; this will only work if you live in an area that drops in temperature at night.
- Turn a fan directly towards yourself or guests if the temperature is very hot.
We hope these tips keep your energy bill down while you’re trying to stay cool this summer!
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?
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.
Taking a trip? Want to move but don’t want to break your lease? We have compiled some tips to help guide you while subletting your apartment —
Get your landlord’s permission
You don’t want to get caught subletting without permission. That could end in a lawsuit or you getting evicted. Make sure to tell your landlord and sign the appropriate paperwork to avoid any mishaps.
Find a trust-worthy leaser
Nothing is worse than getting someone to rent your place and not being able to rely on a payment or they completely destroy your place. Make sure you either know the person or they put down a deposit to keep you from losing yours when your lease is up.
Questions to ask a potential subletter:
- Where are you employed and what is your monthly after-tax income?
- Why are you seeking short-term housing?
- How many people will be living the apartment? Any children? Any pets?
- Do you plan on having any social events or guests staying at the apartment?
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.
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.
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!
Cats Can be Good Roommates
Having a cat living inside the home is known to produce a number of positive health benefits for people. Cats are among the best-suited of all companion animals to living their lives entirely inside of an apartment or other small dwelling.
Health Benefits of Living Indoors
Most cats are extremely well-suited to living indoors for their entire lives. In fact, many veterinarians and breeders recommend that cats be kept inside at all times, for their own health and welfare. Unless they escape, cats that live exclusively indoors don’t get run over by cars, bitten by dogs or other cats or infested with nasty parasites.
Consider Getting Two Cats
Despite their seeming aloofness at times, most cats are extremely social and do well living together, as long as they are properly introduced to their housemates. It is especially nice to have at least two cats in an apartment or other household where the owner is gone many hours at a stretch, such as working a 9-to-5 job. This will give both animals companionship, social interaction and a playmate, even though they probably will sleep most of the time.
Keeping Your Cat Safe
One of the biggest dangers for cats living in high-rise homes is that they can fall from a balcony or open window. Owners living in high places must be sure that they have some sort of netting, fencing or other barrier around balconies and windows that open, even if they don’t normally permit their cat to have access to those areas.
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?