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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 5 Stages of searching for Boulder Apartments

Boulder is often at the top of the list of Colorado cities that consistently rank among the best places to live in the United States. With world-class hiking, skiing and schools at its doorstep, it’s obvious why people are eager to move to Boulder. 

However, the buzz around Boulder has put a crunch on the real estate market. Thousands of people are flocking to the Boulder area to capitalize on the outdoor sports, growing tech market, and good vibes. And as the population rises, so do rent costs.

The Colorado Rental Price Monitor estimated that rent prices in Colorado increased 6 percent between 2014 and 2015, and they continue to climb. 

The five stages of Boulder apartment hunting are all too real for anyone who has come to Boulder seeking an affordable rental downtown:

1. Optimism

You’re moving to Boulder, Colorado! You imagine yourself living next to the Flatirons, biking to work or school in the mile-high sunshine. There will be nights spent strolling  Pearl Street. You’ll run along Boulder Creek Path and drive up to the mountains every weekend to get the most out of your ski pass. 

2. Shock

Then you start searching for Boulder apartments, and there’s major sticker shock. That downtown house you were imagining is going to run you over $1,000 a month – just for a single bedroom. 

3. Disbelief

You start to search farther and wider for more listings, certain there is something you’ve missed. But, as it turns out, the average apartment rent in downtown Boulder and the surrounding neighborhoods is over $1,300 a month. 

4. Grief

Finally, you understand that your dream apartment on Folsom is out of reach at the price range you estimated. Those visions of a bungalow on Pearl Street within walking distance to the bars fade. They are replaced with images of roommates, extra shifts, or taking the bus to and from campus. 

5. Acceptance

Although you may not end up in your dream place this year, there is always next year. In the meantime, you can increase your rent budget and pay to live in a great location, find other people to live with, or expand your search to include different areas or housing types.

The best thing you can do when searching for Boulder apartments is to find a trustworthy rental partner like Housing Helpers who can help you navigate Boulder’s housing market. Housing Helpers can give you tips about the best time to start your search, neighborhoods that are within your budget and even connect you with other people seeking roommates. 

For now, the Boulder rental market shows no signs of slowing. This means Boulder renters will need to become even more competitive in their searches for housing in 2016 and beyond.

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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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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.

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Three Things Parents Should Consider When Searching Apartments For Rent

Finding a great apartment to rent that you and your family will love can be a daunting task. Affordability may well be the first consideration, however, it is certainly not the only thing to think about. When looking at apartments, you have to look beyond price and consider some other factors that will have a dramatic effect on your family’s quality of life.

Adequate Interior Space

No matter how close your family is, living in a crowded apartment puts a strain on your relationships. Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, it’s vital that you all have enough personal space and privacy.   Of course, you also want enough room to gather the family so that you can spend valuable time together. In addition, consider the amount of storage space for items such as, clothing, toys and household goods.

Apartment Amenities

While many adults long for a gourmet kitchen and garden tub, what’s important to children is much different. Apartment complexes that have fenced in courtyards and play areas should be at the top of your list. Be sure to spend time inspecting the equipment and yard to be sure that it is well-maintained and safe for use.

A swimming pool is also a great amenity for kids, as long as it is secure so that children cannot enter on their own. Finally, ask about on-site laundry facilities. Your kids are going to get dirty and make messes and this little amenity will make your life, and theirs much more pleasant.

Apartment Location Is Key

Every family has their own list of things that they want, or need, to be close to. Living a short distance from your job or children’s school may well be on the top of your list of necessities. Easy access to local parks, playgrounds, and family-friendly entertainment options might also make it to your list of things to consider. For some, an apartment that is close to grocery stores and other retail establishments fits the bill. Make your own list and search for places that suit your needs the best.

If you’re looking for an apartment that you and your family will be proud to call home, please contact Housing Helpers free apartment finder service. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding an apartment for rent that’s close to everything you need, including shopping, schools and entertainment.

Call us at 303.545.6000 or boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com

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3 Reasons To Consider An Apartment For Your Next Lease

Deciding where to live involves numerous personal factors as well as unique preferences. With the amount of living options available, you should conduct some research to figure out what you really searching for. Apartments are a perfect option for both people living alone and even groups in need of up to four bedrooms. Here are 3 reasons that you should consider apartments for your next lease.

Apartment maintenance, the easiest option on the rental market.

Apartments are extremely simple to maintain, largely because there is no yard. Which means you’ll never have to worry about yard work or really anything past your front door. A majority of apartment complexes offer an in-house maintenance services that takes care of most maintenance needs, even easy things like changing lightbulbs. They also perform maintenance on appliances, HVAC units, as well as handling bug infestations. Talk about convenient living!


Apartment amenities are more than just icing on the cake.

Apartment complexes have been accumulating more unique amenities to attract and retain residents. They do this by simply adding extra ease and comfort to their residents’ daily lives. Fully equipped gyms mean that you have the availability to work out in the comfort of your apartment complex! This makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle significantly easier for any resident. Pools, office centers and other amenities are also popular apartment amenities supplied for the residents’ convenience!


Apartments offer a strong community atmosphere for residents.

Using fun activities and community events, many apartment complexes are creating a unique culture amongst residents. This truly brings out the social side of living in apartments, giving residents the opportunity to meet and mingle with their neighbors. Creating a wonderful community through developing lifelong friendships for residents. This inevitable leads to a safer environment where people know and look out for each other!


Apartments are a terrific leasing option for both single dwellers as well as groups. Contact Housing Helpers for more information on why apartment living could be perfect for you.  303.545.6000.

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Apartment Kitchen Improvement Tips, Apartment Finder Boulder Colorado

Four ways to spruce up your apartment kitchen

Apartment living has its advantages.  You love the location, the community, and the rent of your apartment. However, the kitchen could use a little work.  However most apartment communities wont allow renters to make significant changes to the apartment interiors.

You’re feeling frustrated because you know that you can’t make permanent changes to this less-than-desirable space. Cheer up because here are some modifications you can do and still reverse when you move out of your apartment.

  • Change the cabinet hardware. The knobs and handles on your kitchen cabinets and drawers are typically just screwed in. So if you don’t like the style, unscrew the hardware and replace them with more suitable options from the home center store. But keep the old stuff so you can put them back on when you leave the apartment.


  • Expand with shelves. Are the kitchen cabinets dark or outdated? For a more modern look, remove a few of the doors to reveal the shelves and expand the visual space. Add inexpensive mirrored tile behind some of the shelves to reflect light. Put most of your plates behind closed doors. Reserve the revealed shelving for a few well-chosen kitchen accessories.


  • Keep beauty underfoot. Because kitchens are usually a high traffic area, they can look worn and dirty quickly. If cleaning the floor doesn’t fix it, lay down some brightly colored kitchen rugs with interesting patterns. Be sure they have non-slip back and are machine-washable.


  • Go bold. Many windowless apartment kitchens have a blank wall that may be the first thing you see when you enter the space. Turn this into a focal point by adding a large, colorful, and bold graphic. The pic can be framed or wrap it around a large board, which you can then hang from a hook on the wall.

Don’t let your apartment kitchen get you down.  On a budget and with a little creativity it can be your favorite room in your home.  And if you still haven’t found an apartment that you love, well Housing Helpers can help you with that.   Our Apartment Finder service is a great way to search for your next apartment in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, Denver, and throughout Colorado.   Our apartment finder service is free for renters and we have hundreds of rental properties to choose from.

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