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How to Sublease Your Apartment

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?

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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.

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Tips for Apartment Living… With a Cat!

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.

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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!

Check out the entire list here!

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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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Tips for Apartment Living with a Dog

We have scoured the internet to find the best 5 tips to apartment living with a dog. If you are considering getting a dog, or are already have one and are looking for an apartment, here are some things to take into consideration!

1. Be realistic     

There are some breeds and temperaments of dogs that are not well-suited to apartment life. Dogs that are very high energy, may really struggle being confined to a small space.  Often the frustration of being cooped up and bored translates into destructive behaviors like chewing. Especially large breeds won’t fit well in tiny spaces, either. Take an honest look at your main living areas and map out space for a kennel, dog bed, food dishes and toys. 

2. Communicate with your landlord

Always talk to your landlord about existing pets when searching for an apartment or before adopting a pet.  Some landlords will have specific requirements about what size and breeds of dogs are acceptable – sometimes for legal reasons.  There will most likely be an extra pet deposit for post-move out cleaning or any damage Fido might cause.  Whatever you agree upon, read your lease thoroughly before signing.

It’s not realistic to try and sneak a dog into a no-pet apartment. Eventually, the landlord or a neighbor will discover your pup and then you’ll be in a real bind, forced to move or give up your beloved dog.

 

3. Be courteous to neighbors

Be cognitive of the fact that many people will be sharing a small space. A dog that barks constantly will not be favorably received in an apartment setting. Don’t give your dog anxiety, and avoid your neighbors from headaches.

4. Be prepared to devote time every day to your dog

A dog that lives in a small space without a fenced yard will require daily leash time, probably more than a few times a day to go potty and stretch out those four legs. Be sure to set aside time for activity every day, and recognize that leash walks will be part of your daily routine, even in the rain and snow.

 

5. Prepare for house training

House training a puppy in an apartment setting can be a little more challenging, especially if you’re in a high rise apartment complex. Puppies need to go outside very frequently in order to be trained. If you’re on the fourth floor, that’s going to translate into a lot of elevator trips or some serious stair work-outs!

 

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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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