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How to Create an Entryway in your Apartment
 
There’s nothing like a well thought out front entryway to give you a sense of arriving home. But you may be experiencing this common issue in the apartment you rent: the front door opens directly into the living room. Without a formal foyer, your apartment home might lack a defined space to land.
 
Here’s a list of clever ideas to create the feeling of an entryway even when there isn’t one.
 
Take a seat. Add a small bench with storage cubes underneath for your shoes.
 
Light it up. Add a lighting element to the area, either by stringing some lights around the doorframe or by adding a small lamp on an entryway table.
 
Create a division. Put a beautiful room divider or shelving unit between the front entryway space you’re creating and the main room the door opens into.
 
Get artsy fartsy. Add some art on the wall next to your front door. You can splurge on a colorful painting or add something as simple as framed photographs from your Instagram feed.
 
Roll out the red carpet. Add a low lying doormat or rug by the door. The softness on your feet will be a physical cue that you’re home sweet home.

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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