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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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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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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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Denver apartments in high demand as renters compete for properties

Apartments in Denver are in high-demand leaving many renters with few options. A recent article in the Denver Post details a study done by the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and the Colorado Division of Housing, stating that the apartment vacancy rate for metro Denver is at its lowest since 2000 and that rental rates increased by 4.3 over the past year to an all-time high of $1,022.

Several factors are contributing to the shortage of apartments in Denver.  One factor is the lack of new apartment inventory that has been added to the Denver rental market in the last several years, as the economy was sluggish. The inventory of apartment units was at an all time low coming out of the economic recession.   Now the that the job market is on the recovery in Denver there are a lot of new apartments being built.  But the time to develop and build new apartments and bring them to market is a transitional time that can take 18 to 24 months.   This “catch-up” time will be a transitional time where we could see a shortage of apartment inventory continue for a year or two.

Another factor causing tight vacancy is the influx of new workers taking advantage of the recovering job market within Denver.  Metropolitan Denver is a very desirable area to live due to it’s quality of living including vibrant culture, recreational abundance, reasonable cost of living, trendy dining options, and exciting nightlife.  Job seekers in their twenties and thirties are relocating to the Denver area in large numbers seeking better quality of life and fairly affordable living in comparison to major metro areas on the East coast and West coast.

Renters should be prepared to act quickly.   The apartment shortage in Denver leaves many renters taking whatever apartment they can find but  not always what they desire.  The tight rental market means units come and go it a matter of days, even hours in some cases, making it challenge for renters to spend time doing research on rental properties.    At Housing Helpers we are recommending that renters go to showings ready to put down a deposit on the place if they like it- if they hesitate chances are it will be rented before they know it.

Renters should seek whatever advantages they can to find properties, including the latest technology.  For renters, it is so important to have the latest data on available properties so as soon as they come available you don’t miss out on any opportunity.   Often when searching on line at sites like Craig’s list, the listings may not always be constantly updated.  At Housing Helpers we have a great system in place for renters that are signed up with us to receive daily updates of new properties as soon as they hit the market that match the renters criteria, price range, and neighborhood preferences.  Getting this data to the renters quickly helps them immensely in this competitive rental market.

Renters may consider alternatives to the metro Denver rental market which will give them more options to choose from.   The greater Denver area including, Broomfield, Golden, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Aurora, Westminster, Thornton, can offer more rental opportunities then the metro area and offer access to local amenities as well a reasonable commuting proximity to downtown.  They also tend to offer much more open space and access to many parks and recreational opportunities.

Housing Helpers is a full service Denver apartment finder and rental locating service that helps renters with finding an apartment rentals in Denver as well as condos and homes for rent.  If you would like more information on rentals available in Metro Denver or any of the Front Range cities, please contact us

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Professional apartment finders make finding a new rental easy

Don’t let the task of searching for a new place to live overwhelm you, when you can get assistance from apartment finders, who are professionals that can help you find that perfect place, easily.  When you decide it is time to relocate you can very easily become confused and bewildered.  Often, you might find yourself wondering where to begin looking and what exactly it is that you should be looking for. Thankfully there is help available that can remove much of the stress and hassle sometimes involved with searching for a new place to live.

There are relocation professionals who can help you, combining their expertise in the local rental market and a diverse choice of housing solutions and properties that can help you make a smooth transition. Not only can you benefit from the skill of these talented professionals, but using their service also gives you access to many available properties that are not listed anywhere else.  That saves you from hours of work searching through craigslist ads for available rentals or conducting online searches.

You can receive outstanding personal attention from their skilled experts who will use the information you provide regarding your needs and your wishes to narrow down your search for a new place to live.  Armed with that information, they will sort through thousands of available apartments, condos, and homes for rent- to recommend properties that match your specific desires. And many with also set appointments for you, and even personally show you rental properties that fit your needs.  Rather than spend hours, even days, making phone calls to prospective landlords and then waiting for responses, apartment finders can reduce your time spent and get you right to the properties that are available.

Another advantage of working with apartment finders who specialize in providing this type of help is that you can be confident you are not being deceived into some type of a scam, which might be experienced when working from an anonymous internet classified ad. Working with a reputable business can prevent some undue stress that you really don’t need at a time like this.  A reputable apartment finder will be members of their local Chamber Of Commerce, have a professional office space, and will be well respected in the community- providing a great service for members of the local community.

Most apartment finders in Colorado do not charge renters for their service.  Their fee is paid by Landlords and Property owners that utilize their service to advertise their properties for rent to prospective renters.  When the apartment finder is successful in referring a renter to a property, the owner of the property will typically pay a percentage of the first months rent in a fee back to the apartment finder service.  The property owner obtains a great renter that they can trust and the fee is not charged back to the renter and there is no increase in the rental rate for the apartment.  It is a win/win for the property owner and the renter!

If you would like to learn more about apartment finders in Colorado please feel free to contact us for more details.

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For recent grads and first time renters: Tips for finding rentals

In the past several weeks, students around Colorado and the rest of the U.S. have been celebrating their graduation from high school, college and other programs in higher education.  Many of them will be searching for apartments and homes to rent, and for a number of them it may be their first time renting.

The following are some tips for finding an apartment or home for rent, particularly if you have little to no experience with the search process.

Look like someone a landlord would want to rent to.  It can be tricky to find a decent apartment, especially in places where the demand for rentals is high.  In Denver and Boulder, for example, finding an apartment or home rental can be highly competitive, with rentals quickly snatched up.  To give yourself an edge over other prospective tenants, you have to make a good impression.  When you meet with prospective landlords or leasing agents, look responsible and well put together; dress neatly, speak in an articulate way, and have references prepared.  The situation isn’t entirely dissimilar from a job interview.

Get your finances together.  Before launching into your search, take an accounting of how much money you have, both in savings and in current income.  This will help you determine what places you can afford; don’t forget that you may also be paying for certain utilities and other housing expenses.  Just the act of leasing an apartment can require an application with a non-refundable fee, and, once you sign the lease, a security depost and a month’s worth of rent.  In some cases, you may be asked to supply a guarantor or co-signor (e.g. a parent or another trusted individual who can give a landlord assurance that they’ll back you up in case you lack sufficient funds to pay rent).  If you don’t have income yet, but are set to start a job, you can show your landlords your official job offer as proof that you’ll be steadily employed and able to pay rent.

Check your credit report.  You may not have much on your credit report, but landlords and property managers are generally understanding of the fact that someone fresh out of college or high school might not have much in the way of a credit history.  That said, do check out your credit report (which you can obtain for free) to see what’s on there and what your credit score is.  If there are mistakes on it, get them addressed immediately.  And to ensure that your credit score goes up or remains good, behave with fiscal responsibility; for instance, make any payments (for your credit card, or on a car) in a timely way.

Do your research carefully.  Visit the neighborhoods you may want to rent in, and read about different properties so that you know what to expect in terms of monthly rent, utilities, and amenities.  Always check into the reputation and background of the company or individual landlord you’re renting from, and have everything spelled out clearly on paper.  Speak with current tenants if you can, and try to find reviews online regarding a given property.  If you’re thinking of sharing an apartment with someone you don’t know, investigate their background thoroughly.

Give yourself enough time.  Don’t leave the search for an apartment to the last minute, as you may get left with only inadequate options.   The more in advance that you start your search typically the more options you will have available.  At least thirty days in advance is a good rule of thumb but some start as early as 90 days in advance.  In some predominately student rental markets like Boulder Colorado, leasing of student apartments starts nearly a year in advance.  This is called preleasing or fall preleasing.

Enlist the help of professional apartment finders.  With the help of professionals, you have a central resource that can help you easily sort through different rentals, conduct a targeted search, and quickly find one that’s suited for you.   You will also avoid a lot of the potential problems associated with contacting anonymous rental advertisements on sites such as Craigslist.

Looking to rent? How to spot rental scams.

A recent report at ABC 7’s Denver Channel highlights a common rental scam.  A woman looking through Zillow came across what seemed to be a prime property for rent in Aurora at only 800 dollars a month.  Fortunately, she made inquiries and discovered that the listing was a fake; the property in question was for sale, not for rent.

Real estate scams are common, and renters hoping to save money are frequently targeted by criminals and shady landlords.  If you’re looking for a property to rent, here are some tips to avoid getting caught up in a scam.

Trust your gut instinct.  If something sounds like it’s too good to be true, it very well might be.  Don’t let yourself get blinded by the prospect of super-cheap rent or other attractive features.

Conduct necessary research.  In the neighborhoods you’re looking at, find out the average monthly rents for different kinds of properties, and what you can typically expect in terms of utilities and the availability of certain amenities.  For instance, if apartments in a particular neighborhood go for 900 or 1000 dollars a month, an offering of 300 or 400 dollars in monthly rent ought to raise eyebrows; maybe there’s a chance the offer is legitimate and made by reputable landlords, but you’d better check.

Always do a background check.  Even if an offer seems completely legitimate, always doublecheck.  Is the landlord a private individual or a company? What’s their reputation? In one Colorado Springs rental scam, tenants found that even though their rent was super-low, the landlord had left them in a building with no heat, electricity, or water, due to previous unpaid bills owed to utility companies.

Check if the listing you see is real.  Sometimes hackers steal information and photos from a legitimate company and post it to sites like Zillow and Craigslist; other times they’ll make up information completely.  Always contact the company or landlord and confirm that a listing is valid.  Also check if the same property is being advertised in different places by completely different individuals or companies; this could be another sign of a scam.

Beware of typical scam artist behaviors.  Is your prospective landlord asking you to wire money to them as a security deposit or first month’s rent? Are they asking you to send them online applications with sensitive information (such as SSN and credit card info) over email? Have you met them before and actually seen the property in question? Even if you’ve seen the property, do you know that it’s legitimately for rent? Scam artists hope they can extract as much money and compromising information out of you before you catch onto them.

Look for properties through reputable sources.  To further guard against scams, conduct your searches through a trustworthy company with verifiable credentials and references that will help you find legitimate rental properties ideally suited for you.   Apartment finders and rental locator services are a good resource as they often act as an intermediary to help renters find legitimate rental properties and sift out potential scams.

Housing Helpers rental locators and apartment finders assists renters in locating rental properties in Colorado and Nevada including houses, condos, townhomes, and apartments.

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