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Let us help make the search for your next home easier. Here’s a quick run down on top questions to consider during your apartment rental search process.
 
Price - What does it cost for the apartment (studio, 1, 2, 3, or 4 bedroom) you’re looking for? What does that price include?
Neighborhood - What’s the neighborhood like? Where would you grocery shop? What restaurants, cafes, retail centers, entertainment and cultural venues are in the area?
Transportation - What would your commute to school or work look like? Is there public transportation nearby?
Lifestyle - Is the community pet friendly? What do the interior of the apartments look like? What community amenities are available? Are there any social events at the apartment community?

Create a Rental File to Stay Organized
 
You’ve found a new place to hang your hat. Hooray! Now organize all that paperwork you’ve collected in the process of renting your apartment. That way, when it comes time to renew your lease or (gasp) cash in on the renter’s insurance you purchased, information you need will be quickly on hand.
 
We recommend creating a file that houses the following documents:
1) Your lease and all accompanying documents you signed (tip: jot down important dates in the lease on a sticky note such as when rent is due and when your lease is up)
2) Renters Insurance policy
3) Move in / move out condition checklist
4) Storage rental agreement (if you have one)

When is the Best Time to Rent an Apartment?

The best time of year to rent an apartment is when you need to, of course. But if you have some flexibility - are in a month-to-month lease or are crashing with your folks, for example - planning the timing of your move into an apartment rental can pay off.

Spring and Summer: In general, May through September is the busiest moving season. Kids are out of school, college students have left for the summer, and the good weather makes hauling items across town or country easier. The result is a dynamic rental market where inventory is typically higher, giving you a wider selection of apartments to choose from. 

Fall and Winter: During the fall and winter seasons, the apartment rental market typically slows down. The disadvantage of searching for an apartment during this time is inventory tends to be lower. But the upswing is that because demand for apartments is lower, you have a greater chance at finding a deal on rent. 

It’s September! Ask our staff whether we're offering any seasonal move-in specials.

Summer is almost over!
 
Time for one last vacation before the warm weather ends? Click below for tips to keep your home safe while you enjoy your vacation.
 
1. Let the landlord or office manager know you will be out of town. They can hold any mail or packages that come for you, and more importantly watch for any suspicious activity around your home.
2. You can arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor watch your home while you are out of town. Make sure to give your landlord or office manager the name of the person you have watching your home so they do not report this person as a trespasser.     
3. Unplug electronics that are not absolutely necessary while you are away. Most electronics still use power if you leave them plugged in. Examples of things to unplug include: TVs, video game systems, lamps, computers, and small kitchen appliances.
4. Clean your home before you leave. Remove any perishable foods from the refrigerator, take out the garbage, and sweep or vacuum.  Why ruin your vacation by having to clean when you return home?
5. Lastly, if you are not taking your car on a long road trip, make sure to remove all valuables and park it in a safe place.

Comment below with any of your own suggestions or ideas on keeping your home safe this summer.
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