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My First Apartment: How to Decorate on a Budget

Posted by Jenna Redman

August 02, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I can scroll through Pinterest for hours looking at different ways to use small spaces, repurpose old items, and find the best way to make my first apartment look like it came out of a catalog.

If you're like me, then even when you see those amazing ideas, you aren’t sure how your wallet can survive the hit. That thought alone can put a damper on your decorating plans. Don’t get discouraged though!

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Topics: my first apartment

My First Apartment: Tips for First Time Renters

Posted by Jenna Redman

July 14, 2017

Moving out on your own is a big step. It’s time to step into the real world and start looking for your very first apartment (Yay!).

Renting your first apartment can be an exciting experience as you search for the perfect space to express yourself. At the same time though, it can be a stressful experience because of all the decisions that need to be made. You might be thinking, "How am I going to manage moving into my first apartment, take care of bills, balance work and a social life, get my chores done, and not forget anything?"

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Topics: Rental Living, Finding an Apartment, my first apartment

The Basics for Understanding Common Leases for Chico Apartments

Posted by Jessica Miley

December 23, 2016

It's an exciting moment when you get the call saying that your apartment application has been approved and you get to start the process of moving in. You'll go to the apartment complex and meet with the manager and then begin to go over the lease and other paper that's required for review and/or signature.

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Topics: Finding an Apartment, my first apartment

My First Apartment Checklist: Budget for Chico Apartments

Posted by Paige Gilbert

July 29, 2015

3 Steps to Figuring Out the Budget for Your First Apartment

Everyone cringes at the dreaded ‘B’ word: Budget. Before you even begin searching for Chico apartments you need to know how much you can afford to pay for monthly expenses.

Here are the materials you’ll need: pencil with eraser, paper, calculator, paycheck stub, and at least a small dose of reality.

Okay, now at the top of your paper write “MY FIRST APARTMENT BUDGET” in big letters. Good. Now it’s time to crunch some numbers.

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Topics: apartment living, my first apartment

Rookie Renter Tips: How to Start a Budget While Living in Chico

Posted by Jessica Miley

May 01, 2015

Thankfully when you are living in Chico, the cost of living isn’t as astronomical as it is in the Bay Area. But when you are going to be moving on your own and leaving the nest or even moving to a different living situation, you still need to make a budget. Managing your money may seem like a difficult task but can be easy if done properly.

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Topics: apartment living, my first apartment

My First Apartment: How to Survive Using a Public Laundry Room

Posted by Jessica Miley

January 15, 2015

Laundry. We all have to do it, unless you pay for a laundry take-out service that will do your laundry for you. But since the majority of people would rather spend their money on something else, we brave the chore and move on. But what if you don’t have a washer and dryer in your apartment? Then you have to clean your clothes in a public laundry room at your complex or you use a local laundromat. Don’t worry, we are here to help you with tips to make your laundry experience easier so you can enjoy your first apartment.

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Topics: apartment living, my first apartment, Amenities

Rental Living Tips: Understanding the Role of the Apartment Manager

Posted by Paige Gilbert

June 19, 2013

When it comes to rental living the person you will deal with the most is generally the complex's apartment manager. Understanding the apartment manager's role will help you and your family have a much better rental living experience. The manager is the apartment owner's representative and is in charge of the day to day operations of the entire community.

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Topics: apartment living, Rental Living, my first apartment

Top 10 Rental Living Tips When Looking for an Apartment

Posted by Paige Gilbert

May 15, 2013

Are you looking for a new apartment? Rental living can be a very fun and rewarding experience. What is generally not so much fun though is finding a place to stay. There are so many variables and questions to consider that it all gets confusing and frustrating. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask can make searching for a new apartment fun, easy and exciting.

The following 10 tips will help you in your search for an apartment: 

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Topics: Rental Living, my first apartment

Rental Living Tips: What to Consider Before Signing the Lease

Posted by Paige Gilbert

May 08, 2013

Finding a great apartment is not easy, and once you do your anxious to move in right away. After finding your perfect place it's natural to want to sign the lease and get into your new rental living quarters as soon as possible. But before signing the lease there are some important things to consider about the agreement. If you sign the lease without reading it well you might find yourself coming face to face with some unpleasant surprises. 

Don't put yourself in that situation. Take some time to study the rental documents. Rental living means you are living in a housing unit that someone else owns. You have to play by their rules. A few of the things you need to consider before signing a lease are:

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Topics: apartment living, Rental Living, my first apartment

My First Apartment Checklist: Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating

Posted by Paige Gilbert

April 24, 2013

When you plan a party, which stage do you enjoy the most? Planning out the details can be stressful and time-consuming. Clean-up is depressing and tiring. Besides actually attending the party, most people would say they enjoy decorating for the party. The last item on your “My First Apartment Checklist” is to have fun decorating. Here are some suggestions for doing just that.

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Topics: my first apartment, Decorating your Apartment