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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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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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Apartment Finders

Apartment Finders and Rental Locators, a personal connection for apartment hunters in Colorado.

The inventory of apartments in Colorado is getting larger by the minute.  In just the last few years we have seen thousands of new apartments come on the market.  There are new luxury apartments under construction all along the Highway 36 Denver/Boulder corridor, modern apartments in Broomfield near the Interlocken Business Park and the Flatirons Crossing Mall, new apartments in Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins, and even some shiny new apartment communities in Boulder are springing up where growth and development is limited.  With all these new apartments being added, the competition is heating up and apartment inventory is catching up to ease a historically low vacancy rate.  All in all, this is great news for renters looking to find a new apartment in Colorado.

For renters however, navigating the multitude of choices for apartments in Colorado can be a daunting task.   Hundreds of apartment rental websites online report to have the “latest” selection and rates, the most choices, the best searching capability, etc.  But for those that have spent any amount of time exploring these apartment search websites, they often find outdated pricing, old expired listings, and misinformation all too common, which can be a frustrating and time-wasting exercise in futility.  All too often renters do not get accurate information online about the latest rents, move in specials, and availability and trying to call every apartment community one by one to gather this information can take day,s if not weeks. Moreover, it is not uncommon for many on-site leasing managers to return calls the next day or sometimes not at all if they don’t have vacancy.

There is always Craig’s list right?  Ahhh to think a decade ago we were without Craig’s List.  How did we survive without it?   Isn’t it great…  now anyone can post an advertisement for anything they want, regardless if it exists or not.   Sound jaded?  Yes a bit.  And for good reason.  It is almost a weekly occasion in our busy apartment locating offices that we hear of a Craig’s List rental scam.  People impersonating Landlords, impersonating renters, impersonating properties that don’t exist…and why are there so many wealthy billionaires with very large inheritances moving to Colorado from Nigeria to rent apartments?  And it’s an amazing coincidence that they all want to send checks for three times the rental amount so you can send them back  the difference.   The creativity, the time, and the effort that these scam artists deploy is never-ending.  And just when you think you’ve found a legitimate rental it seems near impossible to get a prompt phone call back.   Does anyone pick up the phone anymore to have a conversation or meet you in person at a professional office environment?

The answer is yes.  The answer is Apartment Finders and Rental Locator services.  Apartment locators have been around for a long time.  For those of us that remember the pre-internet days, apartment locators served as an important hub of information, a centralized resource for apartment rental information that was gathered from the community and presented to renters in the form of brochures and binders full of information.  Since then, the industry has changed dramatically.  Now in the digital age apartment locators aren’t so much relied on as hub of statistical rental information (although that is still an important component that good locators are tapped into) as much as they are a personal connection in the digital world.  A human connection, someone that can listen to your needs, understand what you’re looking for, provide valuable human insight, and provide a comfort level about the decision you are about to make- the decision on where to live.  This is a huge decision, one the biggest decisions we humans face in our time on earth, and a decision that is largely underplayed by the digital world.  There is nothing comparable to the experience of someone that has been there; seen it, touched it, smelled it, driven that same commute, dropped their kids of at that same school, works out at that YMCA, volunteers at that church, lives in that community.   That is the true definition of what apartment finders and rental locators are about. It’s people helping people.  And we here at Housing Helpers think it is more important than ever in the digital age of apartment searching.

Our rental locating specialists will go out of their way to listen, learn, and care about your situation.  They will do all the research for you, updating you on availability, rental rates, move in specials, leasing application fees, pet restrictions, and much more.  Then they will sift through all of the information to narrow down the options based on your specific needs without wasting your time with dozens of listings that either don’t exist or are inaccurate.   And when the time comes to make the decision, a choice on where you decide to live, they will right there with you- a voice on the other end of the phone or in person in one of our professional offices.

If you are looking for Colorado apartments then look no further, let our Apartment Finders in Colorado do the legwork for you.  Just make one call to our office and let us show you how easy we can make it.   Call us today at 303.545.6000.

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