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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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Pet Friendly Rentals

Pets and Rental Properties, putting your best paw forward when looking for rentals.

Daily, if not hourly, we received calls and emails with questions about pet policies. The questions often go like this:

“The home is beautiful, but do they accept pets?

“I love the layout and the size is perfect for my family, but do they accept pets?”

As a rental property leasing company, we serve as a liaison between property owners, property management companies, apartment communities, and potential renters. We are happy to search our database for you, answer questions, and set up showings- but unfortunately, we do not set the pet policies for the properties – those are set by each individual property owner or property manager.

In light of this, this post will explore how your pet can put their best paw forward when you are looking for a rental property. While many apartment communities and property management companies are more specific in their pet policies, private owners may be more flexible and evaluate the scenario on a case-by-case basis.

That being said, respect the pet policy in place. It is ill-advised to sneak in a pet, fib about the breed or number of pets, or generally invent information to try to sway the policy in your favor.

Some things can be done to make the search and transition easier, however. First and foremost, give yourself enough time to really examine the options and find the best options of pet-friendly rentals in your preferred area. Housing Helpers generally lists new properties 30 to 60 days beforehand, so contact us a few months before your move date and let us do the searching for you.

Secondly, try to put yourself in the Landlord or owner’s shoes. More often than not, bad past experiences make landlords and owners unwilling to accept pets in the home or apartment. Perhaps the last tenants raised mice for a living or their hound dog warranted complaints from the neighbors- but whatever the case, try to understand their reasoning before attempting to impose your own.

Another good tip is to show examples that you’re a responsible pet owner. Gather documentation and proof that you have a well-trained pet, whether it’s a canine, feline, or fish. The most evidence you can provide, the better your case will be. For example; letters of reference from prior Landlords, trainings your pet has completed, or updated veterinary records will help show that you are a responsible owner.

Beyond just showing that you can care for an animal, providing this evidence can also help exemplify that you are a good resident all-around. As finding quality pet-friendly properties is not a simple task, many residents stay in the same place longer and take better care of the rental properties.  Some property owners will value this trade off for a long term renter with pets.

Lastly, offer to arrange a meeting between your pet and the rental property owner. This will show that you are serious about making a good impression with your well-behaved pet. This will also be a chance to make the case that you will take as good care of the rental home or apartment as you do your furry friend!

Whatever your situation, Housing Helpers has the know-how and experience to help you find options for that will suit both you and your pet’s needs. Give us a call or come by our office so we can help you start the search!

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To Pre-Lease or Not To Pre-Lease: Fall 2013 Housing in Boulder, CO

That is the question. For most CU Boulder students, pre-leasing seems to be the best, and sometimes only, option.

But consider this, budget-seekers and those prone to worry: Housing Helpers will always have rental properties available around Boulder, even in those wild swing months of June and July.

It is true that the early bird gets the worm (in this case, this means the most options “on the hill”), but the worm often comes with a higher price tag where pre-lease properties are concerned. If you can afford to wait, the reward may be more affordable.

This is largely due to the housing rush that occurs throughout the summer and culminates with landlords’ last-minute efforts to fill their properties with tenants before it sits vacant. At this point, the price of housing will drop.

Moreover, Housing Helpers is still getting August move-in properties in June, July, and yes, even the month of August itself. As a property listings company that operates year-round, we always have rental inventory in and around the Boulder area; the majority of which are not listed until 30 to 60 days before their available date. This means we will continue getting rental properties throughout the spring and summer that will suit your Fall 2013 housing needs!

Another reason to potentially hold off on the pre-leasing is if your roommate numbers may fluctuate. What if Dan does get accepted into the study abroad program and won’t be able to pay his portion of the rent? What if Kelly and Maggie have a disagreement and now refuse to share a living space? August is still many months away and life happens. Thus, waiting until the time is closer may actually give you an edge over those who rushed to sign the first lease they saw.

So if you are not yet sure of your roommates, your wallet is getting thin, and you won’t turn your hairs gray by waiting a bit- then enjoy your semester, the last few months of your current lease, and start looking with vigor after the stress of finals have settled- you might be  glad you did!

Find the largest selection of Boulder rentals at Housing Helpers in Boulder.

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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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