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3 Clauses to Check In An Apartment Lease

You should always know what you are getting into before signing an apartment lease. While most leases you will encounter are generic, standard fill-in-the-blank forms, once you sign, you are locked into a binding contract. Initially, you may look at your new apartment as a dream come true. However, if you are wrong, it could become a year long nightmare.

We all can understand the notion of “Rental Search Fatigue,” when you have searched so long or under a stressful time constant. The pressure can cloud your judgment, cause you to rush, and push you to overlook details. It is always a good idea to pause, take a breath, and then carefully example the details of your new apartment lease before you sign. Here are some things you want to look for in an apartment lease when you have a clear judgment.

1. Early Lease Termination Clause – You want to know if you have the power to terminate the lease early and the amount of the early termination fee. If an early termination clause does not exist, you could be responsible for the remainder of the lease or at least up to when the landlord finds a new tenant.

2. Security Deposit – Examine the lease closing to discover if an early termination will cause you to forfeit the security deposit. Some leases state that your security deposit will be treated as “liquidated damages” for re-rental expenses. This could mean relinquishing the deposit even if you find someone to take over your lease.

3. Late Fees – It is important to know how much late fees are, and how they accrue. Some landlords charge a flat late fee, while others charge a daily late fee, or some combination of both. Yet, there are some who will charge no late fees. Nonetheless, most leases will state late fees are recognized as “rent”. As a result, it is possible to be evicted just because you failed to pay the late fees.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk the things to look for in an apartment lease, or need more information, please Contact Housing Helpers

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Housing Helpers has the largest source of Pet Friendly Rentals in Boulder Colorado.  Whether you are looking for Pet Friendly Apartments in Boulder Colorado or Pet Friendly Homes and Condos for Rent in Boulder Colorado, give us a call first we have Boulder’s Best Pet Friendly Rentals!

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If you are a pet owner, you might have a tough time finding Pet Friendly Rentals that allow you to bring your furry family members with you. Finding rentals will always be harder when you have pets in the home, but this does not mean that you have to give up on finding a nice place or keeping your four-legged friends, either. Instead, give these tips a try.

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1. Work with Housing Helpers

First of all, it can be tough to find rentals on your own in any situation, but this can be particularly true if you have pets. By using a service like Housing Helpers, you can get assistance in finding  pet friendly rentals that suit your needs in other ways, such as a rental that is in a safe place, that is conveniently located near your job and that provides the amenities that are most important to you.

2. Save Up a Little Extra

Yes, moving is already expensive enough as it is, but it can be even more expensive when you have pets. Not only do you have to worry about any costs to prepare your pet for the move, but you also have to think about the cost of a pet deposit, pet rent and more.

3. Be Prepared to Show Proof

You may have to provide proof of certain things when it comes to your pet, such as a copy of its vaccination record. Make sure that you are willing to provide these things so that you don’t run into any snags when you do finally find a rental.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take to make rental hunting easier when you have pets. Follow these tips and have a little patience, and you should be able to find a great pet friendly rental home for you and Fido.

If you are looking for Pet Friendly Apartments in Boulder Colorado or Pet Friendly Rentals in Boulder Colorado there is no better place to start than Housing Helpers!  Call our leasing office at 303-545-6000 or stop by 6 days a week and our pet friendly Boulder leasing agents will help you!

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4 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

Apartments don’t always feel like home. Many people start out living in an apartment until they get a little older, get married, and move into their own home. They feel like it is a temporary place and it gets treated that way. However, it is really important to make your apartment into a home so that you will be happy to come home every day.

Here are some ways to make your apartment feel more like home.

  • Hang up some pictures or wall art that you love. Pictures and wall art can really spruce up bland walls. They also give you a chance to show off your style and make your apartment feel more like your home.
  • Buy furniture that suits you. Many people start out with very little. They take any hand out that they can get, especially when you are moving out for the first time. However, buy at least one item that will make you feel comfortable. Maybe you need a bed or a comfy couch that you love.
  • Decorate with plants (even if they are fake). Flowers on countertops can really add some character to an apartment, making it feel more lived in.
  • Light candles that you enjoy. Many times when you move into an apartment, it will smell like cleaning products. To add some ambiance and some you into the place, light your favorite candle.

Even if you have lived in your apartment for a while (even months), it is really important to make it feel like home. You can do this but adding some personal touches. You can hang up some pictures or even wall art that suits you. Decorate with some plants and flowers. Light up your favorite candle and relax in your new home.

Are you searching for a new apartment?   Housing Helpers offers a free apartment locator service to help renters locate their perfect apartment.  Call our office at 303-545-6000 to get started.

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The 3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rental

Renting a space to live in can be a difficult task to negotiate: especially in the Boulder area, you’ll need to quickly find a place that meets all your needs and be ready to fill out your application that same day!  Otherwise the property will likely get rented and you will lose out on it.

Whether you have a day or a month to decide, though, you’ll want to be sure that you’re making the best decision in your rental space.  So use this handy checklist of three essential questions that you may not have thought to ask to help you find your dream rental:

1. Who is taking care of you?  Be sure to know how problems and questions will be resolved at your new place. Is the owner local, and able to help if needed right away, or long-distance, and thus, not a quick resource? Is the owner an individual, or a property management company?

An individual may be more flexible on rules and regulations that you may want to bend, but a property management company will likely have standards in place to assist you in the event of any incident at your rental. Know if you’ll have an on-site super for urgent issues, or if you’ll have to handle any adjustments yourself.  And most importantly, know your comfort level in each of these cases, so you can accurately decide which situations will work for you.

2. What amenities are included?  Know all the details before you sign. What extras are included in the rent, and what will you have to cover on your own? Depending on the rental property’s arrangement, your monthly costs could go significantly up. In addition, know what features the building has on hand to make your life easier (or not). When you know the extra effort and cost you’ll also have to shoulder each month, you can more clearly weigh your choices.

Here are some of the basic “extras” for you to consider, find out if they are they included in rent, or in your rental space:

  • Leasing /Admin Fees
  • Application Fees
  • Security Deposits
  • Utilities
  • Heat & Hot Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Central A/C
  • Laundry, Washer/Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Trash & Recycling
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Large-package Collection
  • Parking
  • Transportation (if in a commuter area)

3. Does it meet your non-negotiable needs?  In the end, you need to be happy here, so know what’s most important to you, and try to find an apartment with at least the top few items on your list (finding everything you’ve ever wanted may be difficult unless your budget is unlimited -but finding a great place that meets many needs shouldn’t be impossible for you).

Does the place allow pets–and is there a fee? Is there lots of natural light? Does it have a second bedroom, or a large kitchen suitable for frequent cooking? Is there ample storage space? There are many such questions to ask when looking for an apartment, so know the order to ask them in for yourself, and see how many of your top desires are checked off. You’ll be easily able to compare multiple locations this way.

Finding a rental place can be both exhausting and exciting, but with this checklist of questions to ask when looking for a rental, you’ll be able to narrow down on the place for you quicker and easier-and you’ll be able to enjoy your new home knowing you’ve made the best decision!   For help finding your perfect rental contact Housing Helpers at 303-545-6000 or check out our rental listings at www.housinghelpers.com

 

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5 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

 

Whether you are still working on saving money to buy a home in the future, or you just like renting, you might want to know how to turn a home that you are renting into one that feels like one that you own. Certain changes or upgrades are impossible, but you can do quite a lot to your rental to add personalization.

Wall Decorations

Putting decorations on the wall is one thing that you should definitely take advantage of, mainly because it is unused space that you can use to display collectible items, artwork, calendars, and more. Walking into a room that is full of pictures of things that you love is a great way to make it feel like your own.

Lots of Pillows

Creating a comfortable bed is essential to achieving a homelike feeling. Whenever you go to a hotel or you look at model homes, the master bed is generally full of pillows. Although most of the pillows are for decoration, you can make your room feel like a master bedroom in your own home with lots of pillows.

Mounted TV

Mounting a TV on the wall in a rental is something that you might be afraid to do, but it is completely viable when you are able to find a stud in the wall that is in a good location. Since you can tilt and turn TVs that are mounted, it can give you a feeling of control, which is what homeowners have.

Painting

Although you will want to speak with your landlord, you might be able to paint part of the home. If they allow you to paint everything, you may not want to because it can take a lot of work to paint it all back. Alternatively, painting one wall is likely a possibility and can give you the feeling that you want to have.

Plants

Just because you may not have free reign of the landscape does not mean you cannot have plants. Houseplants are certainly an option, but you can also get potted plants for the outdoors.

If you want to make your rental feel like a home that you own, you should use some of these tips.

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Apartment living, 3 tips to boost community spirit

It’s easy to forget that the word apartment is based on the word apart, especially when it can seem like so much of daily apartment living is shared rather than separated!  But who’s to say these occasional overlapping in the lives of multi-family dwellers can’t be purely positive experiences?

Here are a few tips and ideas for increasing the camaraderie involved in apartment living , while at the same time maintaining and even boosting the residents’ all-important privacy

1. Use your intuition.

Pride yourself on being able to tell when might be a good time—or a not-so-good time—to engage your neighbor in conversation. Is it time to pick up the kids, or time to get to work? If your neighbor is laden with bags of recycling, or is walking hurriedly toward the car, chances are he or she will be distracted and not be able to fully enjoy that funny story you’ve been wanting to share.

Intuition can be a great tool in determining when your neighbor might want to chat—or when, rather, he or she might instead need to scat!

2.  Share some greenery.

If there is a common area in your apartment building that isn’t being fully utilized, you might want to invest in a large plant to brighten up the room.  If there’s a neighbor you’re especially close to, the two of you might decide to share the expense, and you could also check to see whether management might want to pitch in.

A beautiful plant would be a popular topic of conversation among those gardeners in the building, and even the folks without a green thumb will still find it pretty!  Pick an appropriate variety for the room’s light-level, and don’t forget to water, but not over-water, the new resident!

3. Start a “free table.”

Of course you’d want to check with management first, but many apartment buildings that offer a common room or area have had great success setting up a free table.  Residents can contribute any clean item in good, working condition for other residents to take if needed—and of course the takers contribute something of their own to the table, in turn.

With a free table, you and your neighbors can get rid of quality surplus items, help one another, and establish a wonderful sense of bonding and camaraderie!

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Four Things To Consider Before Renting an Apartment

Renting an apartment is a big step to adulthood. You probably can’t wait to move out and be on your own. However, you should take your time and think carefully before you sign the lease.

Here are some things to consider before you sign the dotted line.

  • How much can you really afford? The monthly rent is not the only cost associated with renting an apartment. You will have to figure out if electric, water, and anything else is included in the rent or if it is extra. If it is extra, the landlord should be able to tell you approximately how much you should expect to pay each month for it.

 

  • How much money is needed the day you move in? Most landlords require a security deposit which may include both first and last month’s rent. You may or may not get this back, depending on how good the apartment looks when you are done.

 

  • Do you want a furnished apartment or would you prefer to bring your own? This is a personal preference. A furnished apartment costs more but it costs money to buy your own furniture. You can buy furniture cheap at yard sales and thrift stores depending on the time of year.

 

  • Do you want to live by yourself or would you prefer to split costs and live with a roommate? This also depends on you. Some people prefer to live by themselves while others prefer to live in a bigger apartment even if means sharing it with someone else. Make sure that you can get along with your roommate.

 

Being prepared before renting an apartment is the best way to make sure the process goes smoothly.  Make sure that you know what all of your expenses are going to be, before you sign a lease. Also, you need to know exactly how much money you need to bring along for a security deposit and application fees. .Hopefully you will take good care of the apartment and you will get all of it back. You also need to consider whether or not you want a furnished apartment or you want to buy your own furniture. You also need to decide if you want to live on your own or with a roommate.

Good luck in your search for the perfect apartment and call Housing Helpers Boulder apartment finders to get help from one of our friendly rental specialists at 303-545-6000.

 

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3 Tips to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

Although you might love the convenience of renting, one thing that you might not love about most rentals is the fact that they often don’t feel very homey. Most landlords use very neutral colors when painting, remodeling and decorating their rental units, which is obviously understandable. However, this isn’t all that appealing, but there are ways that you can make your new rental as comfortable and homey as possible without breaking your lease. These are a few things that you can try.

  1. Use Rugs

First of all, if you’re looking for a great way to spruce up cold and boring tiles or plain carpet, consider throwing down throw rugs. They’re great for adding an instant splash of color and making your rental feel more like home, and you can take them with you when you leave. Plus, your rugs can help cover up and protect the flooring beneath, which can help you ensure that you get your deposit back.

  1. Cover the Walls — the Right Way

If the walls in your rental are plain white or otherwise neutral and boring, you could be thinking about painting. However, many leases prohibit renters from painting. Others require that you go back and re-paint at the end of your tenancy, which can be expensive and annoying.

Instead, consider alternatives for paint so that you don’t have to worry about a lease violation or a hassle. Large mirrors, paintings and photographs are all great options. You can also get creative and hang fabric on your walls for a burst of color.

  1. Bring in Greenery

There is something about house plants that can really make a house feel like a home. Consider bringing in a few nice house plants, and place some potted plants on your patio or on your balcony. Then, along with perking up your home, you can also make up for not having a garden.

Whether renting your first apartment or moving up to a luxury modern apartment the center of downtown, our rental locating experts here at Housing Helpers are ready to assist you in finding the perfect rental home, apartment, condo, or house.  Give us a call today at 303-545-6000.

 

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Three Questions To Ask Before Getting Your First Apartment

Renting your first apartment is a big deal. It is exciting to finally move out on your own, away from your parents. However, it is also a big responsibility. You have to make sure that you are ready to live on your own.

Here are some things to think about when you are starting to look at apartments.

How much can you afford? Not only do you have to worry about the monthly rental fee, you have to think about electricity, water, sewer, and more. Sometimes that is included but it does not have to be. Then, you have to think about groceries, your car, and other expenses. Can you afford to move out?

Do you have a steady job? Have you had the same job for several months? Do you plan on staying there? Are you really happy working there?

Do you like where you live? Many rentals require you to sign a lease for at least a year. Are you content to live in the same area for the next year or even more?

Renting your first apartment can be exciting and scary at the same time. However, you need to be sure that you can afford one. Don’t overspend on an apartment because you forgot about all of your other expenses.

You have to remember that you may have to pay for electricity, water, and other things. Those expenses are not always included in your rent. Also, don’t forget about your car payments, groceries, and other expenses.

Then, make sure that you are happy with the apartment because you will probably have to sign a yearly lease.

Rentals buy time in seller’s market

Sometimes it makes sense to purchase a home rather than rent. When you own a home, you get a sizable tax break and you have a good chance of your property gaining value and offering you a return on your investment over time.

However, right now in Colorado, it may be a good time to consider rentals. Housing prices in Colorado have skyrocketed in the last six months. This is great news for homeowners who were trying to wait out the downturn of the early 2000s. Property values are now as high as they have been in a decade.

Unfortunately this may not be welcome news for people looking to enter the housing market in Colorado for the first time. When home values raise this quickly, it takes time to know if the demand for housing will continue at this rate, stabilizing or even raising housing prices, or if prices will settle back down by winter, when home prices tend to decrease a little naturally.

Rental prices follow the housing market, so they are high now as well, but it might be prudent to spend a year in a rental as you watch the housing market to see if these higher prices are here to stay, or if there will be bargains to be found in the next six to twelve months.

Living in a rental gives you the time you need to analyze the housing market and purchase at the perfect time

Only time will tell whether the high prices now are a small bubble of inflated prices that will burst, or a new trend that will continue to rise. Colorado will always be a great place to own property, but timing is everything when you enter a housing market with this much demand. Living in a rental gives you the time you need to analyze the housing market and purchase at the perfect time

 

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