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Looking for a great way to spend some time this fall? You are your friends needing a new hangout? Stop in and check out Beamer's 25 sometime soon!
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Do you love the seasons as much as we do? We always try to keep our landscaping fresh here at Pebble Creek, so that our residents can get the most out of every season! Sign up for a tour today.
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Do you love donkeys AND coffee? Well then, have we got the place for you! At Sweet Donkey Coffee House you will find a lovely selection of artisan coffee beverages and a bunch of donkey-inspired decor. Check them out this weekend! http://ow.ly/nY6g30fanJI
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Questions to Ask Before Renting an Apartment: If you’re looking for an apartment, there are certain questions to ask a landlord before renting the place. After all, this is where you’ll be living—you’ll want to be crystal clear on the rules, right? So before you impulsively sign that lease, make sure to stop, take a breath, and make a few simple inquiries to make sure this rental is right for you. 1. What is included in the rent, and what fees will I have to pay? Rent is just part of your living for the month—the biggest part—so you need to be sure you can comfortably cover all other costs of living in that space. Most apartments will include water and sewage as part of the rent, but heat, water, gas, electricity, trash, internet, and even pest control can be separate costs. You should also ask which of those services you will need to set up yourself. If the gas or electricity is in your name, you’ll need to have money available for the deposit most utility companies require. 2. How many people can live here, and what is your visitor policy? If you’re planning to live with roommates, make sure you comply with the occupancy standards of the apartment. Most buildings don’t allow more than two people per bedroom, including children. Also, if you plan to have frequent or long-term guests, find out what the landlord’s policies on that are. Most landlords will want to know if you have a guest staying more than a certain number of days. 3. Is my deposit refundable? Make sure you have clarity about what part of the money you give your landlord upfront is an administration fee, and what is a deposit. Some deposits are fully refundable if the apartment is returned in good condition, and some are not. If the deposit is significant, spell out in the lease what the conditions of its return are. 4. Do you accept pets, and if so, are there restricted pets? If you have animals in your life, your search might be a little more difficult, especially if your companions are exotic. Many landlords and management companies charge a pet deposit, a nonrefundable pet fee, or even a monthly pet rent. Find out in advance what your furry pals are going to cost you. 5. What’s the parking situation? Depending on your location, parking could be no big deal or an extra fee of hundreds of dollars a month. If you have a car—or two or three—find out where you can park it, whether you get a dedicated spot, and how much that spot is going to cost per month. Find out what street parking is like. In some neighborhoods, it might not be possible, or you could spend the night before street cleaning circling the block for an hour. 6. What happens if I need to break the lease? A lot can happen in a year: a surprise new job, a sick parent, an injury, a cross-country love connection. If for some reason you absolutely have to move mid-lease, what will your options be? Some landlords will require you to buy your way out, while others will just want you to find a qualified tenant to take over your lease. Policies and laws vary widely, so make sure you know before you commit. 7. What can I change, and what do I have to change back? Even though you’re renting, you’ll want to make the space your own. But before you start pinning accent wall colors, make sure your landlord is OK with your making changes. Most places will let you do anything as long as you return it to the original condition. Otherwise the cost of fixing nail holes, repainting walls, and replacing light fixtures will probably come out of your deposit. If you’re a DIY expert, though, talk through any ideas with your landlord once you’ve moved in. He or she might be interested in keeping some upgrades, or even help pay for the cost of materials or give you a break on rent for your labor. Just ask first. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek. #HowYouLive theweeklychallenger.com
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If you’re looking for an apartment, there are certain questions to ask a landlord before renting the place. After all, this is where you’ll be living—you’ll want to be crystal clear on the rules, right? So before you impulsively sign that lease, make sure to stop, take a breath, and make a few simple inquiries to make sure this rental is right for you.
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Apartment Hunting Tips from Renters: Picking out an apartment in Roanoke, VA to call home can bring out the inner commitment-phobe in anyone. Once you sign a lease, you're locked in. That means the pressure is on to find something in your price range that won't come with unpleasant surprises in the future. To help you out, renters have shared their best advice and tips. Scope out the ratings One thing to do when I'm apartment hunting is I check the ratings online to see what problems other people have had with the management or place. And If you go see a place in person, don't be afraid to ask people outside if they like living there. They'll tell you the truth. Carry a charger to test the outlets Bring a phone charger and plug it into all the main outlets, that way you can make sure they work. Some apartments have only one outlet in the bathroom and it doesn't work. It sounds like a minor inconvenience, but you may move that apartment further down on the list if you had known. Check the cell phone signal Even if you look like a crazy person, walk through every room and send a text. Not having cell service in certain parts of your house will make your life so much harder...no one likes having to get dressed and go outside to make a phone call. Check the fridge Always see if the fridge and window tracks are clean- that's a good indicator of how clean the apartment really is. And always get things in writing! It will make your life easier later on. Be willing to move in the off months You may find the best places when you look at "weird" times, like in September right after everyone in school has found their housing or in January when it's freezing and no one wants to think about moving. Get renter's insurance Get renter's insurance! Many renters don't have it because they don't know how cheap it is. It covers all computer, electronics and belongings for less than the price of a meal. Plus, you can usually roll it into your auto insurance if you have a car to make it even cheaper. You're not alone if you feel like looking for a place to live is the hardest part of renting. For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek. #HowYouLive KSL.com
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Picking out an apartment in Roanoke, VA to call home can bring out the inner commitment-phobe in anyone. Once you sign a lease, you're locked in. That means the pressure is on to find something in your price range that won't come with unpleasant surprises in the future.
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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA Part II: Are you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider. 11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually, such as a shower rod, router, nightstand, etc. 12. Buy a mattress pad. 13. Utilize your kitchen. 14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess. 15. Decorate! 16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely. 17. Always make sure you have food at your place. 18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment. 19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people. 20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine. 21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new residency. 22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds. 23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished. 24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment. 25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates. Neither dorm living nor apartment living has to be something viewed negatively. Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence. That being said, do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling. Don’t forget, last week we gave you the first 10 things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek. #HowYouLive USA Today - College
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Are you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider.
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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA: Are you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider. * Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease. * Make sure you know at least one of your roommates. * Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared. * Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave. * Get to know your neighbors. * Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items. * Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them. * Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it. * Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect. * Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer. Don’t forget, next week we’ll give you a few more things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek. #HowYouLive USA Today - College
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