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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!

For more information about apartment living, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Housing Helpers 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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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 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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