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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Picture this. The moving truck just left. Boxes are piled in the center of every room. You pick one to sit on, look around smiling, and think: “Finally here I am in my first apartment.” Then your smile slowly fades as you think, “…Now what?” Now that you’re moved in it’s time to start unpacking. As you put things away, make a list of all the things you'll need. We’ll help you by going through the main rooms of your apartment.
Unpack this room first because it’s where the action is. Think about it. You’ll use the kitchen in your first apartment every day because it’s where you’ll make your food. If you like to entertain, then you know that everyone always ends up near the kitchen. Start by putting away the basics like dishes, cookware, utencils, etc. Since this is your first apartment, you might not even have dishes yet or notice that you have knives and forks but no spoons. And don’t forget appliances. Take an inventory of what you need and write those things down. Make a grocery list while you’re at it of at least the staples you like to have, such as milk, bread, cheese, etc. You’ll feel better with a fully-stocked fridge.
Think of searching for your first apartment as a treasure hunt. You have a goal in mind – you want a treasured place to call home, but you don’t quite know how you’re going to get there yet. There are clues you have to pick up on the way. If you’ve been reading this blog series, you now know your budget and you’ve decided if you’re going to have a roommate. Now you’re ready to start your first apartment search. The following tips will help give you clues to the apartment that is just right for you.
Only consider places you can afford
If you allow yourself to look at apartments that are out of your price range, then you’ll be tempted to compromise. Decide on the minimum and maximum you’re willing to pay in rent and only tour the places that fall into that range. You don’t want to get stuck in a lease you can’t afford and with bills you can’t pay.