Moving can be a stressful task, especially if you are not a routine mover. First you will need to ask yourself if it is really worth the move. A cardinal rule is that moving costs a lot of money but sometimes it is something that just has to be done. You might get lucky enough to find an amazing deal or you might find yourself with empty pockets after the move is over. Either way you want to plan ahead and make sure you are prepared for and if you’re not, just stay put.box face

Here are 7 useful tips that every renter should plan for before they decide to move:

1. Plan Ahead

If you are in the market for a new home, then you will definitely want to prepare yourself to start getting ready to move at least 30-40 days prior. Be sure to give the proper notice required by your current contract to your property manager to avoid costly fees.

2. Can you Afford to Move? Be Sure to Budget for Extra Costs

Moving sounds like a great idea until the costs start adding up. Sit down and calculate what your moving costs will be before you make that leap. We all know that things come up and stuff happens; you just want to be prepared to spend a little bit more.

3. Are You Going to be Happy in Your New Place?

Have you sat down and really compared the pros and cons of your new living situation to that of your current one? The last thing you want to do is move somewhere that you are not going to be happy at. This is not a decision about what you are going to eat for dinner; this is going to be your new home!

4. Do You Have a Moving Plan?

How will you move? Do you have family, friends, maybe even co-workers that could help you? If you are planning on hiring movers, www.movingguru.com is a great head start on figuring out how much you need to budget into your cost of moving for movers.

5. Find Free Moving Boxes and Pack Beforehand

Save some money by finding free boxes and start packing right away. Waiting last minute to start packing can be a major disaster. If you are paying hourly for movers, this can be a huge money saver. If you are having friends help, this can be a huge friend saver. Also, packing beforehand is the perfect time to get rid of what you do not need by donating or selling it online. Tip: Most package stores have free boxes for anyone to grab.

6. Calculate How Long it Will Take You to Move

If you are not someone that can fit everything in one to two car loads, you are going to need help moving. Be sure to have all of your moving arrangements lined up well in advance. If you are not hiring a professional moving company, it is imperative to make sure your friends are free for your big move.

7. Make a List and Check it Twice

If you are a list maker, that is perfect! If not, moving can be the best time to become one! Be sure to plan out your moving itinerary and try to stick with it. It will make everyone involved in the move less stressed and a smoother transition for you. PS—be sure to put in your change of address with the USPS.

Check with your local pizza delivery providers; some will even give you a free pizza coupon on your moving day. This would be a great treat for everyone to sit down and relax after a long day of helping you move.

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Sep
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Not every roommate situation will turn out like the sitcom, “Friends”. Deciding to rent an apartment with a roommate rather than on your own can be tricky. It can also turn into a great situation for you and your future pal. It is important to understand and initiate roommate etiquette prior to making that leap of faith with a new roommate.friends

You are starting this new journey together, so begin your experience with an “in-it-to-win-it” attitude. You will not know if you are picking the right roommate until you have actually lived with that person; however, you can prepare yourself and set up rules and boundaries from the very beginning to help prevent a possible feud.

Steps for avoiding roommate conflict:

  • Make sure you find an apartment space that works! You want to make sure that you still have your own privacy, and you are able to express yourself in your new home.
  • Be upfront about your must-have’s and your will-not’s. Everyone has annoying habits so sitting down with your roommate to communicate each other’s expectations is imperative to a healthy friendship.
  • Be considerate of each other’s personal property. One of the biggest perks of living with a new roommate is that you can share each other’s stuff–the key word is sharing. Don’t borrow something without asking and be sure your roommate is on the same page with borrowing your belongings.
  • Money matters! You don’t want to chase after your roommate every month for their half of the bills. Make sure your prospective roommate can afford their portion of the bills.
  • Finally and most importantly, be respectful. Follow the Golden Rule and treat your roommate how you want to be treated. Find someone that has that same outlook as you.

What is your advice for keeping peace with a roommate?

Your parents and grandparents most likely found their first home the old-fashioned way: They called the owner or real estate agent, made an appointment to see the property and then closed the deal in person. Today, the whole process can be done remotely, if desired. From meeting the real estate agent or landlord to touring the property and signing the documents, technology is streamlining these steps and enabling buyers, sellers and agents to do things remotely and on the go.tech-image

Bridging the Space/Time Gap

Real estate agents can show clients properties using video conferencing capabilities and online tours. Facetime, Skype and Google Plus Hangouts bring agents, landlords, buyers and tenants together without having to bother with travel or geography.

Tablets like the iPad Air make it easy to use real-time video technology to show homes and apartments. Agents and landlords can go room to room “together” or walk around the front and back yards, holding up their tablets with the video on so clients can see size, details, landscaping and other important factors in sales and leasing. Buyers who don’t have their partners with them can do the same, remotely showing them every aspect of the places they are considering.

Going Digital = Less Paperwork

Mobile technology has cut a lot of the wait time out of real estate transactions and eliminated much of the paperwork. Agents no longer have to go back to the office to finish paperwork; they can simply manage these deals on the go. Two products we like:

  • DocuSign enables agents, buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants to sign documents from anywhere from any device. They are no longer tied to a file folder of paper documents.
  • NuOffer enables real estate agents and buyers to quickly and easily draft offers and counter offers on the spot, with direct access to the Multiple Listing Service so all the property information is easily accessible. Another benefit of digital document management is the electronic audit trail, which virtually eliminates lost paper.

No More Circling Apartments with Red Pens

Social media is the new way to learn about apartments you may be interested in. Platforms like RentSocial, CrashPad and StreetEasy enable you to see how listings, read reviews, join discussion boards and even find a roommate.

No more searching the Sunday classifieds or driving through neighborhoods you want to live in looking for apartment communities. Go online and use services like Zumper to find available listings in the zip code you specify. See street views, floor plans, amenities, monthly rental charges and other information before you contact the property manager. Compare apartments in different locations quickly and easily.

Get the Gadgets

Realtors have a variety of tech gadgets to make it easier to show properties and make deals. The EyeSee 360’s GoPano Micro attaches to an iPhone to shoot panoramic videos for listings, virtual tours or Skype showings. The Lytro Illum is a light-field camera that enables users to take pictures in motion, then focus them afterward. The Xerox Mobile Scanner lets users scan on the go without having to plug in to anything.

Let’s face it – apartment living isn’t just about the apartment home you are renting; it is about the perks that come with it! However, choosing the perfect apartment community that fits your lifestyle is not always a walk in the park. Before you begin your apartment hunt, create a list of what you are expecting out of your ideal apartment community.pool

There are several amenities to consider when finding your perfect place; some are obvious and in plain view, while others are require some thought and are usually based on past rental experiences.

Here are the top 5 most requested amenities from a typical renter:

  • Private Balconies
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Gated

However, that’s not all that should be considered. Here are the most overlooked amenities that ultimately matter the most:

Attentive Management

Having to rely on others to handle what you do not want to comes with the territory of renting. An attentive management team is very important when considering your new living arrangement. When you have issues, you want to make sure they are handled in a timely manner. Be sure to check www.apartmentratings.com or www.yelp.com prior to your move to give you the most insight beforehand.

Dog Runs or Pet Parks

With the required leash laws of most cities, as well as a pet policy at most apartment communities, having a dog run or pet park is essential when helping your pet exercise and burn off any excess energy.

Pay Online & Submitting Service Requests Online

Paying online and being able to submit service requests online is probably one of the most convenient features an apartment community can offer you. You can do both from the accessibility of your cell phone while sitting on your comfy couch at home.

Covered or Garage Parking

Mother Nature is unstoppable, so protecting your vehicle from the elements is important. This also guarantees you a parking spot close to your apartment home at a crowded community.

Business Center

Our personal computers can crash at the worst time. Having a business center allows you to finish your project or search information without being delayed.

What apartment amenity means the most to you? Be sure to check out the apartment communities Aspen Square has available in your area. Aspens Square Management communities are known for having the amenities that matter!

 

Are you marking off the days on your calendar until Football Season? Good chances you are since football is one of America’s favorite pastimes! From the NCAA to the NFL, football is a BIG DEAL! The question is, how are you going to host your Sunday Night Football get together in your apartment home? We have a few tips & tricks just for you!

Pre-gaming and finger foods are kind of like spaghetti and meatballs; you can’t have one without the other. To fulfill your guests’ football night appetite, a crock pot is a must have! For mouthwatering recipes, can you say Pinterest?! Delicious dips, beef tips, and ribs are just a small number of things that you can put together quickly with your crock pot. It also will make your apartment home smell like bliss!

Once you’ve got your food out of the way, next is your seating arrangement. Entertaining can be a little difficult in apartments sometimes. Prepare ahead of time by clearing the room and creating a seating arrangement for your entire guest list. Short on seating? Folding chairs or bean bags are an easy fix! You don’t want your guests to have to sit on an uncomfortable bar stool all night, plus folding chairs are easy to store.

Lastly, the most important thing to consider when planning for your get together is noise level. When it comes to football, there’s a lot of screaming, yelling, and cheering (maybe even crying). You have to make sure your guests keep this to a minimum and be considerate of your neighbors who may not be football fans. Consider creating a new way to cheer on your boys by using hand gestures or facial expressions.

NOW… Who’s ready for some football!?party

There is no denying it is summer time—especially if you live in the South! If you are like most, you are searching for ways to cool off your apartment home without racking up a high electricity bill. Luckily, it is possible to keep your apartment cool without it costing you a lot of money, plus it is good for the environment!

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1. Turn off all electronics and appliances. Basically, this means anything that is origins of heat that you do not desperately need to use should be unplugged. This will not only help with cooling off your apartment, it will save on your electric bill.

2. Open your windows for fresh air and use fans to create circulation. Fans can actually make a room feel up to 7 degrees cooler and use much less electricity than your air conditioning system.

3. If you absolutely want to run your air conditioning, be sure to cover your windows. Insulated curtains do the best job of keeping your apartment cool.

4. Be sure to have your AC filter changed frequently and close off unused rooms. This will maximize your air conditioning’s efficiency.

5. Drink lots of water. This not only helps you from becoming dehydrated in the summer heat, it helps your body feel cooler. Try drinking at least 8 ounces a day and adding lemon or mint leaves to make it more refreshing.

If nothing else, you can use this website to countdown the days until Christmas time!

What tips and tricks do you use to beat off the summer heat???

Show off your style in your new apartment home without breaking the bank or any of your community manager’s rules!  Apartment home renting can be an excellent choice for avoiding property taxes and home repairs, plus it offers great flexibility with location. However, it can also be a little challenging when trying to show off your style in your new place without risking your security deposit.

Here are a few tricks to make your apartment a home while staying within a budget and not upsetting your apartment manager:

Creative Curtains:

Looking for something to tie back your curtains with?  Have you ever thought about using bracelets?  Put your rarely used accessories to use as curtain tiebacks and placing them around your curtain panels!   curtains

Removable Wallpaper:

What?! This stuff actually exists and is perfect for renters!  This website has a plethora of different options to choose from such as floral, graphics, chalk board, etc. http://www.chasingpaper.com.

Put Some Paint On It:

Did you parents give you a dresser that they have had since 1960?  No problem!  Save money with a fresh coat of paint on it and call it brand new!  A dresser created by you is the perfect way to show off your style! This also helps add some of your own personal color touches to your apartment home without having to paint the walls.

Good lighting:

Place a few lamps around your apartment home and transform your room into a canvas to show off your décor. Get creative and budget friendly by purchasing a vintage lamp from a garage sale and adding a fresh shade. This is the perfect piece to convert your apartment into your own sanctuary.

The Bigger, The Better:

Enlarge your space by adding a mirror or two.  Group several mirrors together or add a floor length mirror to make your space feel taller.  Mirrors can be one of the best tools to make your spaces look
much larger than they actually are.

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Share your ideas on how to show off your style in your new apartment home on a budget!

 

Our staff at Chapins Landing was not only honored but extremely pleased after receiving the Best of Pensacola Apartment Rental Agency award

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Each year, the Pensacola Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make the Pensacola area a great place to live, work and play.

Our entire office staff works extremely hard with all of the Social Media, local marketing outreach, and resident retention. Outreach programs such as our Preferred Employer Program, student housing efforts and those that serve in our military have made a high impact within the community along with giving us the competitive edge with our local competition. Even with our greatest battle of still being in a renovation stage, the staff has gone over and beyond with customer service to new and existing residents. Tokens of appreciation such as a cheerful move in gift, resident birthday card and our new 3 step renewal program gifts, has separated us from any other apartment community in the area. We all know we cannot always please everyone, but the small gestures such as gift cards, flowers, a small gift makes, or simply just listening to the residents concern makes a world of difference and can make an unhappy resident extremely happy! Another highlight our community features that our residents love is our monthly newsletter. We try to make each month unique with resident events, a food truck feature, a local business highlight which assists us with our local marketing, upcoming events in the area, contests, and charitable events such as a food drive or back to school donation to boost community morale.

In addition to all the internal office efforts, our start-up foreman Scott Fuller and his entire crew have been working vigorously with all of the interior and exterior renovations. The city Chamber and mayor has also recognized our efforts to make a difference within the community and the city of Pensacola. Not only is the multi-million dollar project helping bring an increase of revenue and job placements to the city, it is also assisting in bringing an uplifting morale to the local area.

Congratulations to the team at Chapins Landing for going above and beyond! This award was well deserved!

 

A large part of the American dream has entailed life, liberty and the pursuit of home ownership—a goal of boomers from coast to coast. But not their kids, the thriving millennials, who prefer the buzz of city life to the suburbs and renting to owning. Millennials prefer tenant city living for a variety of reasons, including the ability to get around without owning a car and cost factors due to the economic impacts caused by the recession, according to a 2014 Nielsen survey.Couple moving in house

Top Cities for Millennials

Nielsen’s survey results show growth in U.S. cities outpacing other areas for the first time since the 1920s, thanks in part to young people who want to live somewhere with a socially conscious, creative vibe. The top 10 cities for millennials include Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth in Texas, and San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in California. When young professionals start looking to upgrade from those college dorms, apartment rentals are often the next step.

Dorm Living Versus Renting an Apartment

There are perks to renting an apartment that you didn’t have in your dorm, and also new challenges to be aware of. Apartments are roomier than dorms, so you’ll need furnishings and accessories to fill your new space, and it’s advisable to safeguard your new digs with a protection plan that covers anything from theft to water damage.

Homeowner associations are more vested in protecting the property values and appearance of the property and do so through formal bylaws and rules for residents. This can be a good thing—keeping the building, surrounding land and common use areas clean, attractive, and in good repair through association fees and management. Renters enjoy a quality living environment without the labors of homeownership such as mowing lawns or making repairs.

Many apartments, especially in the top 10 cities for millennials, are part of mixed-use developments that provide lifestyle communities as opposed dorm style living. Units may be located above thriving retail spaces providing grocers, restaurants, and other shopping and service venues. Or they may be situated nearby open spaces alternating with retail and community use areas, all within walking or cycling distance.

Be Aware of Fees and Restrictions

Renting will come with additional expenses for monthly maintenance, special assessments, and possibly property taxes. These fees should be clearly explained in the lease, as well as a full explanation of conditions for paying taxes and any tenant restrictions and availability of common areas of the unit and property.

Look for explanations of monthly maintenance fees assessed and collected for maintenance, repairs, and improvements. Be sure not to skim over important details. Cautiously read the fine print about special assessments, fees, or other costs. There may be a stipulation in the lease that tenants will pay any fines for violating covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs). If so, you should get a copy of the CCRs so you know what these entail. If there is no mention of property taxes in the lease, ask about them before signing.

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Congratulations on getting your first place! Moving into your first apartment home is a big step into the real world. Most first time renters are so overjoyed about finally getting their very own place that they immediately just think about the big necessities (couch, bed, table, etc.), forgetting about the small things that mean the most. Having these key essentials will also help you save money because you will already have everything you need, PLUS no last minute dashes to the grocery store! This is your beginning to a fresh start so enjoy your new apartment home without sweating the small stuff. You will need all of these essentials, trust us! want-must have

Essentials For Your First Apartment Home:

Tools— You get ready to hang up the beautiful new décor you bought for your home, and you suddenly realize you do not have a hammer! Why pay someone to hang a picture when you can do it yourself? Tool boxes at Target with all of the basics cost only about $25.00. Click here for the perfect tool set!

Batteries—The worst thing is coming home after a long day, hoping to veg-out to your favorite pre-recorded TV shows only to find a dead remote. No one wants to sit through those commercials! Keeping extra batteries on hand will save you time and frustration.

Flashlight—Speaking of batteries, power outages do happen. You will be happy that you have both batteries and a flashlight when those unfortunate power outages do occur. Plus you can practice your shadow puppet skills.

Plunger—It’s not one of the most glamorous purchases you will ever make, but you will be happy you did when you need it the most. What is more embarrassing then asking your new neighbor to borrow a plunger? Nothing!

First Aid Kit—Accidents do happen; you never know when you are going to get hurt. You can purchase them already made with all of the basics to fix those boo-boo’s instantly.

Power Strips—Apartments generally never have enough power outlets. More than likely you will need one or two power strips, especially for your entertainment area.

Magnets—Most people never think of this, but magnets are great for pinning important reminders or telephone numbers to your refrigerator. You will be happy you bought that package of magnets during a late-night maintenance emergency and you realize you forgot to save the emergency maintenance number in your cell phone.

Can Opener—Nothing is more irritating than wanting to make a nice dinner for yourself and realizing you do not have a can opener. That can opener will save you a lot of nights of having to eat ramen noodles because you could not get that can open.

What are some of the most important must-haves that you have forgotten when moving into a new place? With so many things to remember, it is no wonder why we forget these important essentials.