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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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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!

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Fall pre-leasing rentals in Boulder, welcome to the 2013 prelease season.

Dear parents, new and returning scholars, and all people leased into your current housing until the summer:

Welcome to Pre-Lease Season! This message comes as a heads-up, a forewarning, and a helpful note all in one to those who want to avoid the last minute rush for housing in August.

For us here at Housing Helpers, the pre-lease season is about to be in full swing- and we are ready to help you (or your son, daughter, and their five friends) find the best possible place to serve as a haven for the upcoming academic year.

A “pre-lease” or “pre-leasing”  means exactly as it sounds: to lease “pre” the move-in date. For example, we have many properties available now for a July or August move-in. As a property listings company, this is a once-a-year opportunity to get ahold of properties that are in demand for a date more than 6 months in the future!

A common misunderstanding is that you must be a student to be eligible for pre-lease housing options. Or perhaps a grosser misunderstanding is that no one other than students would want to look at pre-leases for surely they are typical student housing. Both of these notions are utterly untrue. With the array of homes, condos, and apartments already available for August, we can assure you that there are many gems to choose from for pre-lease housing. Additionally, not all pre-leases are geared towards “the student life”; on the contrary, many properties support a young professional or family’s needs.

Many people have summer-to-summer lease terms and will be joining in the rush for housing when August rolls around. To beat the crowds, Housing Helpers advises anyone needing a new rental in the fall to start the search now with our pre-lease options.

We have a wide range of homes perfect for sharing, condos with kitchens perfect for cooking, and apartments perfect for socializing. You can stay updated on our properties via our website, Twitter or Facebook page, or on Google+. We want to keep you in the know so that we can help you find your best possible housing option!

The most effective way to see your options and set up viewings is to come by our office and speak with one of our amazing rental specialists. They will be able to consider all of your search criteria, even down to the details, and show you what properties best suit your preferences.

And a note to those who are looking and not finding exactly what you seek: Don’t fret! This is still the early stages of pre-leasing and many properties will not open pre-leases until later in the spring or even early summer. Keep your chin up, your eyes open, and keep in touch with us here at Housing Helpers so we can assist you in the search.

While we are still building our database of pre-lease housing, we are adding more options with each passing day. We already have a good base of properties to peruse, and expect many more by mid-February, so come by and see us soon!

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Bear Creek Elementary School, an educated move.

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The Flatirons in Boulder Colorado

Here at Housing Helpers, we receive a lot of questions. We get questions about backyard size, pet-friendliness, and whether or not the walls are “actually that color.” But when it comes to new families transplanting to Boulder to buyor rent, one question rises above the rest: schools. Boulder Valley School District is known nationwide for its environmentally sustainable initiatives and academic achievements. It addition, the district was chosen as one of the honored recipients of the USDA’s HealthierUS School Award, based on their adherence to high nutritional and physical fitness offerings. Who wouldn’t want to live so close to this concentration of good things?

One of the most frequently sought after schools in the area is Bear Creek Elementary School, near Table Mesa and Stephens Road in South Boulder. Not only is it situated in a picturesque location at the Flatirons’ base, but this beautiful scenery provides an excellent backdrop to their well-known Car-Free Commute program, part of the federally-funded “Safe Routes to School Program.” This program began just two years ago and already boasts 70% of students who now use alternate transportation, such as biking or walking, to and from school.

In addition, it received the distinguished 10 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools and was named a “National Blue Ribbon School” for superior academic performance. This is a good school that just keeps getting better. In the past few years, they have exceeded academic goals and improved student life by offering a number of extracurricular activities and finding ways to further intertwine science, music, and mathematics- a program supported by a partnership with several faculty and departments at the University of Colorado.

In light of this, it is no surprise that the area surrounding this school is among the most common requests of new families looking for a rental property to call home. Thankfully, Housing Helpers does have several rental and real estate options to choose from in South Boulder. Whether you’re in the market for short-term furnished housing, spacious Boulder rental homes ,or Boulder apartments, or buying a house-our excellent relocation specialists and incredible real estate agentswould love to help you find that place.

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Mapleton Hill Boulder Colorado | Housing Helpers Neighborhood Spotlight

In light of the upcoming Historic Homes for the Holidays tour on December 8th and 9th, this post will highlight one of Boulder’s best and brightest neighborhoods- Mapleton Hill. Beyond their headlining role in Historic Boulder’s upcoming tour, this area has a lot to offer renters and owners alike.

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The Mapleton Hill area is located between Alpine and Pearl to the north and south, Broadway to the east, and 4th Street to the west. The historical district of Mapleton Hill was established in 1882 and christened with the name thanks to the 200 cottonwood and silver maple trees planted throughout the 1800s to attract residents to the neighborhood.

According to WalkScore.com, the area scores an 83, making it the 3rd highest ranked neighborhood for walkability in the Boulder area. A score this high means that most errands can be easily completed on foot. This pedestrian-friendly area offers grocery shopping, nightlife, boutiques, cultural events, as well as enough open space to enjoy a picnic or toss a Frisbee with your dog.

Mapleton Hill’s residential architecture gives it its sparkle and charm. Beyond the Victorian homes aged with beauty, you can also find townhomes in San Francisco style, Colonial revival styles and much more- many of these backed by a strong sense of eco-consciousness among the residents. The 2,730 member community is a diverse blend of long-term residents, new homeowners and renters, and young families -largely attracted by the acclaimed International Baccalaureate Program at Whittier Elementary.

Thanks to its proximity to the Pearl Street Mall amenities and accessible open spaces, it is labeled as Boulder’s most prestigious neighborhood. All in all, this relaxed neighborhood pulsates with life and is truly the heart of Boulder. In fact, Housing Helpers currently has a great rental property in this area. We at Housing Helpers encourage you to go out and explore this neighborhood and let us know what your favorite spots are!

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