Free Move Apartment Locating Companies – Know the Truth!

We all are attracted to the word “free”, and the idea that we are getting something for nothing. There are many legitimate free offerings available to consumers in a wide variety of settings. For instance, Apartment Locators truly do offer a valuable service to all renters who are searching for an apartment, and the service is completely free to the renter, saving them countless hours driving around visiting thousands of properties, and very probably missing out on the best deals and the best apartments.

However, there are also many companies who use the word “free” to lure in customers, and then they may or may not actually deliver the product or service that they initially promised. They get past this deception by writing so many loopholes into the fine print of their advertisement that they can always excuse their lack of delivery. So caution is always in order when you are trusting any company who promises to give you something important for free.

Moving is a very stressful time for many. Often there are deadlines to be out of your current apartment by a certain time. There are items to sort and boxes to pack, and to pack carefully to avoid anything from being broken. Then there is the careful loading and the careful unloading and the unpacking and placing and sorting. You have to allow time to clean the old apartment before you turn in the keys, and you have to be sure you are stopping by the new apartment during business hours so you can obtain the keys to your new home. You have utilities to disconnect and new utilities to connect. A lot is happening at once, and there always is the concern that perhaps you have forgotten something important. You already arranged your schedule to have the day free for moving. You got all your affairs in order, and now you are just waiting for the moving company to arrive. The LAST thing that you need is a glitch over some small detail in fine print that causes your moving company to not show up and deliver that “free” move that you were counting on and planning for.

That is exactly what happened to a friend of mine very recently. She used one of those apartment locating companies in the Dallas, TX area that supposedly offered a “free” move. I wont mention names here, but it is a well known company. Anyway, she gets home from work and has all of her items packed and ready to go. It’s a Friday evening, and she has had the move scheduled with the movers for weeks. She has to be OUT of her apartment by midnight THAT night. They are suppose to come at 7:00 pm, so there is a bit of a time crunch but that’s the only time the movers had available. They finally show up, take a look at her small 1 bedroom apartment and tell her “The free move only covers 2 hours worth of free moving. It looks like you have more items than we can move in 2 hours” (fine print), and they leave!!!! My friend is panicking. She is a single lady who lives all by herself and has to be out of her apartment in just a few hours. If she lives in a small 1 bedroom and had too many items for them to move, it makes me wonder exactly who they COULD move?? Anyway, my friend calls me at 8:00 desperate and crying. I rally up our other friends and we manage to find a U Haul place that was still open and rent a truck. We all go over and move her that same evening. She got out of her apartment in time, and she got a free move all right, but it wasn’t from the company who promised her the move. She did everything she was suppose to do, wrote their name on the Leasing Application as the Locating Company who referred her to the new apartments, and THEY GOT PAID FOR THE REFERRAL, yet they did NOT deliver the move that they promised.

It turns out that many of these “free move” companies have fine print that limits how long they will give you for the move. And what happens if the move happens to go over that time. Do they just leave? Evidently. Or, if they look over your items and feel the job might take longer than the allowed time, they may not even START the move. Another thing to beware of in the fine print….not only may there be limits to the time they will allow, but they often limit the types of items and the number of items they will move. For instance, if you have a one bedroom, they sometimes have a very specific list of the only items they will move. For example: 1 couch, 1 coffee table, one dining room table, 4 dining chairs, a bed, a dresser, a nightstand, 2 lamps, a few boxes (they often will only agree to move a small number of boxes) and many times that is it!! If you have a 2 bedroom, they may increase the list by adding another bed and dresser. But what if you happen to have an item that is not on their list…..such as a desk, or a curio cabinet, or a piano, or an aquarium, or a chest of drawers or an extra table or a loveseat, or a recliner, or a few more boxes than they allow? Do not be surprised if they leave all items behind that are not on their restrictive list, and you are just stuck figuring out what to do with them yourself. If it’s enough items, or items that are large enough, you may end up having to rent a truck or UHaul anyway, or call friends who can come help you.

Another friend of mine recently told me that something similar happened to him that happened to my first friend. He was using one of those apartment locating companies that offer a “free” move. He said they were calling him every day while he was looking for the apartment, trying hard to convince him to move into one of the few places they had recommended. Each day they called to check if he picked a place yet and if he put their name on the Leasing Application of any apartments yet. Finally he did pick a place, and he did put there name there as the Locator who referred him. AFter that, an interesting thing happened. He could never get ahold of anyone at the apartment locating company again! Once they found out he picked a place and wrote them down (their check was guaranteed), they never called him after that. They wouldn’t return his calls and he couldn’t find a real live human in the company to speak with in order to schedule his free move. He ended up having to hire another moving company in the end. The “free” move locating company got paid their money and they never delivered the free move.

How are the “free move” locating companies different from all the other Apartment Locating Companies? Well, there are some definite differences that you should be aware of. First of all, let’s establish the fact that most Apartment Locating companies do not need to offer a “free move” to lure in customers. It has been shown that their superb customer service and the expertise they offer will save the average renter $500-$700…..which is much more valuable than the cost of a 2 hour move. Plus, they truly help you find the BEST and most awesome apartment home. Another clear difference is this: Not all of the apartment communities out there will work with the “free move” locating companies. In fact, many of them will not. This is because of a combination of reasons.

For one, some of these “free move” companies do not have the best reputation. Secondly, some of the apartments do not feel that they actually earned the commission that they are wanting the apartments to pay them. Some of those free move companies simply have a website where you log on and search for yourself. They only will show you information on the limited number of properties that will actually work with them and pay them. Once you pick a place, you log on again to the website and tell them which one you picked and then the computer is suppose to schedule the move. Not all of the companies are identical, but this is the procedure for some. A real human is not even actively involved in helping you with your search in many cases. Many of the apartments feel that just putting a website online alone does not merit earning a commission. Anyone can have a website. In fact, the apartments already have their own website. Although there is nothing wrong with a Locating Company having a website (in fact, all of them do), the problem arises when the locator ONLY communicates through their website and are predominantly a dot.com business.

The apartment complexes don’t want to pay a dot.com for setting up a website and then only delivering what they promises part of the time. They want to pay Apartment Locators who have a brick and mortar office, who have actual live Agents who work there and who deal one-on-one with the potential renters, assisting them to find their new rental home with customized, individual lists of apartment information. Many times these Locators even escort their clients to the properties. If the client has a unique situation, the Locator can tell them which properties are most likely to work their their particular circumstances. They know who has the best specials out there, or who has the specific amenities that the renter is seeking. The renter can actually call their Locator and speak to them and ask questions and develop a working relationship.

What is the disadvantage for YOU, the prospective renter, when not all the apartments will work with the “move free” locating companies? The problem arises in that the “move free” companies are only going to recommend to you the particular apartments that happen to work with them. This means that you may not find out about the property who is actually the one that matches exactly what you want and has the best special. They will only display information for the properties who will pay them. When you work with a traditional Apartment Locator who works with ALL the properties in the City, you can be confident that you are getting the whole picture and will honestly be told about all the properties who have the best specials. This is a distinct advantage that real brick and mortar Apartment Locators have over the so-called “free move” locators. Most traditional Apartment Locators work with All the reputable apartment and townhome communities. It doesn’t matter to them which one you pick in the end as long as you are happy, because ALL of them will pay the Locator and work with the Agent. They have no need to try to steer you to one particular property over another. Their job is to recommend who has the best deal and seems to be the best match for you.

So, go with the Locating Company that is going to give you the best long term deal and the home that you will be the most happy with. These type of Companies should have years of experience and contracts with almost ALL the apartment communities in your area of interest. For instance, in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas (DFW), there are over 3000 apartment communities. Apartment Locators in this area should have brick and mortar locations with multiple Locators onsite who are all Licensed Real Estate Agents, and familiar with DFW. Listen to these comments made by a local DFW Locator: “I give my cell phone number to each client because I want them to be able to reach me any time they need my assistance. I’ve even had them call me while they were sitting in the chair at the leasing office at one of the apartments I referred them to, to ask me a question. I truly am their advocate, an expert on their side to make finding their new apartment as quick and easy and successful as possible. I work with them all the way through their move and have even assisted many people who were relocating from other states and were not able to come here in person to DFW to see the properties first. They relied on me to be their eyes and ears and select the best property for them and arrange all the paperwork so that their new place was ready and waiting when they arrived.” Try getting THAT kind of service from a “free move” company website.

How to Find the Perfect Buenos Aires Rental Apartment – And What to Avoid

Luckily, Buenos Aires is a city full of temporary rental apartments. This is great for the tourist because you can rent an apartment for a week for the price of one night at a hotel. Also, apartments have full kitchens so you can save money by cooking your own meals. In addition, the apartments are much larger than hotel rooms, and you have more privacy then staying in a hotel.

However, finding that perfect tourist apartment in Buenos Aires can be challenging. At first you might be saying to yourself, well as long as it had a bed and it is clean what do I care? While that may be true for some people, if you are planning on staying in Buenos Aires for more than a few days you will want to avoid some of the mistakes I have made in the past when renting an apartment there.

After renting several apartment in Buenos Aires I now know what to look for and what to avoid. Below are some tips that will help you find that ideal apartment and make your stay in Buenos Aires more enjoyable.

Neighborhood – Make sure to ask exactly where the apartment is located. This might sound strange but many people renting out their apartments market their apartments as being in the desirable neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palmero when they actually are not. In fact at first glance you might think that those are only the two neighborhoods in Buenos Aires! But this is just real estate agents and apartment brokers tricky efforts to falsely expand the borders of the most desired neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Recoleta and Barrio Norte (these two neighborhoods are usually used to denote the same area, with Barrio Norte being closer to subway stops) is the best place to stay while in Buenos Aires.

Palermo is also nice with cool new restaurants and hip bars, but for me the barrio still has a way to go before it is as nice and established as Recoleta/Barrio Norte. There is too much graffiti and dog crap (watch your step while walking on Palermo sidewalks!) for me to suggest staying there over Recoleta. While some parts of Palermo can be quite charming it is just too big of a neighborhood to recommend it as a whole. Unless you know the specific location in Palermo is what you are looking for, it is best just to stick to Recoleta.

Noise – I read once that Buenos Aires is the noisiest city in the world. After a night trying to sleep in an apartment on the street side of a busy avenue you will agree. Loud buses and scooters with no mufflers will keep you up at night or annoy you during the day if you aren’t careful about your apartment choice. The most important factor is make sure the apartment is not located on the street side of a building. For more quiet you want an apartment in the back side of the building or “contrafrente” as it is sometimes listed in spanish. Secondly, it is preferable to be on a low traffic street. But, I have stayed in apartments on a busy street before but the building was so large and the apartment was so far in the back it was actually very quiet. Finally the higher up the apartment the better, so look for an apartment on a high floor. However, I stayed in an apartment once that was on the 11th floor but it was still very noisy because it was on the street side. Therefore, the most important factor in having a quiet stay in Buenos Aires is look for an apartment on the back side of the building.

Rooms – In Argentina a one bedroom apartment is called a two room apartment. So don’t be shocked when you arrive and the “two room” apartment you rented is not a two bedroom, but an apartment with a living room and a bedroom. Likewise a studio apartment is called a “one room” apartment or “monoambiente” in spanish. Just make sure you are getting the right number of rooms you want when you rent, or ask for a floor plan before you decide to put down that deposit.

Bed(s) – The eyes can be deceiving is what I learned when I rented what I thought was a perfect apartment. I even went to see the apartment before I decided to rent it. But I was fooled by the queen sized comforter covering up two single beds pushed together. Now some people might prefer this if you are two people traveling together and you want your own tiny bed, however there were queen sheets on the bed so you would have to ask for two sets of single sheets and more blankets to have two beds anyway (which in Argentina may or may not happen). So make sure your check under the covers or ask what the bed arrangement is before you book the apartment because waking up in the crack produced when the two beds push apart in the night is not a fun experience.

Refrigerator – Many Buenos Aires apartments are small and sometimes the kitchen only has space for a small “dorm-style” refrigerator with a “freezer” the size of a text book that takes three days to make ice. This might not be a big deal to some, but I prefer to have a full sized fridge to make ice for drinks, and for longer stays to keep frozen food frozen.

Internet – Many apartments in Buenos Aires offer “high speed” Internet. But what that means to some people may be different to you. I rented an apartment once that claimed to have high speed internet and when I arrived it was slower than dial up. The owner was in Spain and wouldn’t increase the speed so I had to spend many afternoons at Internet cafes just to check email. Be sure to ask what the speed of the Internet is and if you don’t know what is fast and what isn’t usually a connection of 512 Kbps will be fine if you are just checking email occasionally, but if you are planning on downloading files and working online while you are in Argentina, then I would recommend at least a 1.0 Mbps connection or faster.

English – If you don’t speak Spanish, be sure to ask if the representative that will be meeting you at the apartment speaks English. Usually this isn’t a problem, but I have had instances where I had to conduct business in Spanish and while it went OK, if you don’t speak Spanish it might not go as smoothly for you.

I hope this article is helpful in showing you what to look for and what to avoid when looking to rent a furnished tourist apartment in Buenos Aires. A good place to start your search is by simply typing in buenos aires apartments [http://buenosairesapartments4rent.com/] into Google and you will find several apartment rental agencies.

One final tip to save some money is to work directly with the owner of the apartment. Apartment agencies usually charge the owner 20-25% of the rental cost to find a renter. If you rent an apartment directly from the owner the apartment might be offered for a cheaper rate since there will be no commission fees. You can find many apartments for rent directly from the owner on Criagslist in Buenos Aires.

Luxury Apartment Living in Modern Suburban Communities

Like many of my generation, I left fast pace, aggressive city living for a kinder, gentler lifestyle in South Florida. I sought temporary living accommodations, because I was sure that my housing wants and needs would become more apparent and defined once I settled into the tropical lifestyle, assuming they didn’t change altogether. So, I set out to rent an apartment from among South Florida’s abundant supply of luxury apartment communities.

Once I had made my decision to move I was eager to find a place to live and allotted myself a week in which to accomplish the task. Before leaving for Florida, I started my groundwork and searched online using a variety of websites that cater to the needs of people relocating and seeking housing in Florida. After I arrived in Florida, I picked up a couple of free paperback guides at the local supermarket, which proved more useful than I ever would have imagined. Finding a new home was going to be a snap, I thought.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, YOU WON’T FIND IT HERE.I quickly learned that sometimes too many options can be (almost) as frustrating as too few, and came down with an acute case of “analysis paralysis” trying to sift through the dozens of possibilities I had before me. Initially, all I really knew was that I needed a place to live and that I wanted it to be somewhere on Florida’s Gold Coast, that vast region stretching from West Palm Beach south to the Florida Keys. With the Atlantic Ocean bordering the region to the east and the everglades to the west, I felt fortunate that my region of interest was fairly narrow, even if it had been longer than I would have preferred.

My next move was to buy a map of the region and select some criteria to focus my search and further limit my search area. Some considerations were more obvious than others were. For example, I knew I’d need a job and that, in my field, the prospects for finding one would dramatically increase with my proximity to the larger, denser urban areas of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. However, I also knew that, with my luck, it was more than a possibility I’d land a job in less likely West Palm Beach and probably the day after the ink dried on my apartment lease in a community in the midst of one of those more prominent cities. I decided to hedge my bet and search within the nondescript area of Southern Palm Beach County-Northern Broward County, somewhat equidistant in space and time between the polar extremes of West Palm Beach and Miami.

In an attempt to further minimize my potential commutation time, I figured it might be a good idea to find a place near the region’s two major north-south highways, I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. Seeing still too many options on my list, I knew that further limiting myself to moderately priced communities would be sure to eliminate both the high end and more affordable extremes. I soon discovered that seeking moderate pricing would also narrow the geographic scope of my search, as I would now be looking too cheap to be near the Atlantic Ocean, but expensive enough to avoid sleeping with the gators in the glades.

Although I had done my best to winnow my list, I still had too many communities to evaluate in detail within the week’s deadline I had set for myself. I also knew that the kind of evaluation I needed to do would require more than a seat-of-the-pants review of the various apartment websites and paperback guides that I had at my disposal. It was time to get out in the field and kick a little dirt and wrestle with some bricks and mortar.

YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. How hard could that be? I wondered. I had limited myself to a mere twenty-mile radius centered somewhere on Military Trail, between Boca Raton and Delray Beach, and I already possessed the complete addresses for all the communities I intended to visit. All I had to do was plan a logistically sensible itinerary, hop in my car and go take a look. As I started to plot each day’s itinerary on my map, I realized that having an address offered little insight into a destination’s location. After all, this was laid back Florida where residents come and go at a leisurely pace and show little concern about how long it takes to find their destination. Sure, South Florida has addresses, but no one abides by them, not even the mailmen. Around these parts, if you want to know where to go, you ask someone for directions, and get accustomed to hearing them in terms of mileage, number of traffic lights, or counting local landmarks like Winn-Dixies or Exxon stations.

I learned quickly that most street addresses are useless, especially those on streets that don’t extend more that a couple of miles, or those on streets that change their names occasionally along the route. Adding to the confusion is the fact that every other town seems to have a road, street, avenue, or boulevard named “Atlantic” or “Ocean,” or has street numbers and directional designations that from the perspective of passersby seem to emanate from some fictitious place. Streets that don’t calibrate evenly like, for example, NE (Northeast) 47th street, followed immediately by NE 52nd street, and then NE 89th street are bad enough. But, when they intersect, say, SW (Southwest) 11th avenue, you start to wonder if you’ve found a new wrinkle in our universe’s space-time continuum.

Many apartment communities just make matters worse by concocting their own “exclusive” street addresses specially designed to give their locations cache, even if they lack a spatial context. In reality, the addresses exist only on their own community site maps and usually relate to nothing more than a long driveway extending from public access roads to their front gates.

LOTS OF DATA, BUT NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION. Street address numbers are among the most heavily guarded secrets in Florida. Many places don’t even bother to display them or display them so poorly that even a pair of eagle eyes and x-ray vision can’t spot them modestly displayed behind palm trees, store signs, shopping center marquees and the like. Besides, in my experience, following address numbers are more likely to hinder than help. Sometimes they lull you into a false sense of security as you observe them ascending or descending toward your destination only to find them jump ahead or completely reverse direction when you pass from one town to the next.

After these revelations, I knew that nothing short of some serious old-fashioned dead reckoning was going to be required in order to find my way. That meant picking up a phone, calling leasing offices, and asking for specific driving directions to their apartment communities. In some cases, I literally had to simulate in my mind taking the actual trip by visualizing all its landmarks before ever leaving my driveway. Gone were the days when travel directions were a matter of pinpointing a major intersection near a destination on a map and then leaving the rest up to an organized grid of roads to get there.

As I approached the entrance of the first community on my list, I couldn’t help feeling the sense of accomplishment I imagined Magellan had felt after circumnavigating the globe, albeit on a much, much smaller scale. However, I realized my celebration was pre-mature as I sat in my car outside the property’s heavy metal gates trying to guess the magic words that would get me inside. I followed the instructions posted on the gates’ sophisticated telephone directory system, but was denied access just the same. I ultimately ended up sneaking in behind a resident entering with an electronic key card. I learned during subsequent visits to these so-called secured, gated communities that sneaking in was part of the normal routine, which explains why none of the representatives I met at the various leasing offices I visited ever wondered how I got in without their assistance.

GOOD LEASING FOLKS CAN EASE THE PROCESS. I’m pleased to say that most of the leasing representatives I met at the more than two- dozen communities I visited that week were highly professional and efficient in discharging their obligation to enlighten me about their apartments. The really good ones cut to the chase and sized-up their offerings quickly. Many answered questions before I had asked them and usually with a few well chosen words and the aid of brochures, fact sheets and apartment floor plans and site maps. I was particularly glad when some representatives dispensed with filling out all the pre-application paperwork until after showing me their available units. As far as I was concerned, it was a complete waste of time for both of us unless and until I decided I wanted to live there.

DON’T BE FOOLED BY SMOKE AND MIRRORS. The fun part of the process was actually making inspections of the apartments. It was also the time I felt the need to start paying close attention to what I was doing. Some apartment communities will only show you model apartments they reserve specifically for that purpose, which are designed to help prospective tenants visualize living there. Needless to say, virtually all the models I saw looked brand new, tastefully furnished, and in much better condition than the apartments actually available to rent. And, except for giving a sense of the layout of a floor plan (and some communities have many) and how furniture might be arranged, models give little insight into the finish quality of the apartments actually available to new tenants. They also offer no sense of your neighbors or any other features that relate to the ambience of your apartment, such as its views or its exposure to light, air, and noise.

PRETEND YOU LIVE THERE. I learned quickly that the easiest way to become enthusiastic about or eliminate an apartment was to examine its layout, especially paying particular attention to room configurations, connecting walls and sight lines. If, for example, while standing at the front door, I was able to see all the bedroom and bathroom doors, I knew immediately I was ready to move on to the next apartment and hopefully one that would give the appearance (if not the reality) of more privacy. If layouts flowed logically with, say, kitchens situated near dining areas but separated from other living areas, I was satisfied and moved on to examining the rooms themselves.

During my inspections, I came to appreciate that room quality was not only a matter of size, but also shape and wall space considerations. Large rooms are great, but those with imaginative polygon shapes create odd angled corners that are difficult to utilize. In the same way, wall surfaces that are too encumbered with closets, windows and doors could make even rudimentary furniture placement a frustrating exercise.

The number and placement of doors and how well they separate living spaces was another consideration. For example, some master bathrooms have toilet closets, but no doors separating the shower/bath tub from bedrooms, which won’t suffice if you’re claustrophobic or finicky about not wanting shower humidity spreading throughout your home. Kitchens without doors can be troublesome too, unless adequate care has been taken to prevent cooking odors from wafting throughout the home.

While examining rooms, I took particular note of the number and spacing of electric outlets, and telephone and cable jacks available throughout an apartment. It came as no surprise that older properties do not usually cater well to today’s space-age electrical, entertainment and telecommunications requirements.

SOME PRISONS HAVE MORE WINDOWS. Windows were by far the biggest disappointment I encountered in all apartments across the board. Generally, there aren’t enough of them, they’re small and rarely found in kitchens or bathrooms. To make matters worse, most (if not all) tended to be on one side of apartments. It amazes me that in a place like Florida with all its sunshine, clean air and pleasant climate (at least 6 months a year), more care isn’t taken by architects and builders to optimize the use of windows in residential structures. Suffice it to say that fresh air cross ventilation is hard to come by in Florida, so get used to working your air conditioner hard, because you’ll need it and every ceiling fan you can install to pump air through your home all day long, all year long. Another important factor about windows is simply the direction they face. For example, if you like it cool, you should select a northern exposure, or alternatively, if you’d rather bask in sunshine all day long, then a southern exposure will be to your liking. A preference for cool mornings or cool afternoons will translate into a preference for western and eastern exposures, respectively.

SO MUCH FOR AN OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE. Patios were my second biggest disappointment with Florida apartments, and for similar reasons as windows. In general, they’re too small and confining to provide a relaxed, comfortable living experience. Most amazingly, few patios are screened-in to provide adequate protection from all those lower forms of life that seem to outnumber humans by many orders of magnitude, especially during the summer. In addition, surprisingly few have overhanging roofs or eaves to provide that little extra protection from sunshine and rain that at times can enhance the patio living experience. On the other hand, most patios have such poor views and overlook such noisy mechanical equipment that you probably won’t want to spend any quality time out there anyway. Those of you who look forward to napping on the patio will best appreciate the importance of these seemingly nitpicky comments.

Among other factors, don’t overlook the importance of elevation to the overall quality of the apartment living experience. Most of the apartment communities I visited charge a nominal rental premium for an upper floor apartment (approximately $25 per month), probably because upper floor apartments don’t have pesky noisy neighbors overhead throwing cigarette butts off their patios. They are also less likely to be flooded from rainstorms and tend to receive fewer visits from all those critters you’ll find on your unscreened patios (ants, spiders, lizards, etc.) that Floridians have learned to coexist with. However, along with the superior views and access to light and air that upper floors provide is the excessive heat and possibility of leaks (on top floors). Upper floor units sometimes offer the amenity of a vaulted or cathedral ceiling that can enhance the light and air or feeling of spaciousness in an apartment.

DON’T BE TOO IMPRESSED WITH ALL THE SHINY GADGETS. During most of my apartment inspections, the leasing representatives did their best to talk around the aforementioned design flaws and tried to “sell” me on all the gadgets and labor saving conveniences that typically come with luxury apartments. Many apartments come equipped with washers and dryers (which I prefer to be installed in utility closets off the kitchen or outside on the patio, instead of adjacent to carpeted living areas). By the way, if washers and dryers aren’t featured in an apartment, you better get a peek at your apartment community’s on-site laundry facility. Many communities offer dishwashers, garbage disposals, oversized bathtubs, microwave ovens, refrigerators with icemakers, and one or more ceiling fans, in order to enhance the comfort of their apartments.

MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS TO STRETCH YOUR LEGS. After touring apartments that met my basic criteria, I spent some time walking the communities to get a sense of their residents, a feel for their comfort and ambience and to inspect their amenities. Also, as I strolled I took particular note of how well properties appeared to be maintained. Although most luxury apartments will be up to snuff on the day you move in, even the newest and best built will require routine maintenance and repairs from time to time. Walking around may also give you some insight into the mindset and proficiency of the management and maintenance crew. If the common areas are well maintained (e.g., clean and recently painted, parking lots well paved, landscaping well groomed, and few signs of deferred maintenance), chances are better that the same philosophy and vigilance will apply to the upkeep of your apartment.

The best single place for a maintenance inspection is the pool and its surrounding lounge area, which usually is the most popular common area within a community. Most leasing tours for prospective tenants begin with a tour of the pool area, which is usually centrally located adjacent to the property’s leasing and property management center. As a community’s showcase, these areas are usually better maintained than other less visible areas. So, if the pool area needs a renovation, you should wonder how the rest of the property looks.

SWIMMING POOLS OR CEMENT PONDS? Even if the pool area is well maintained, you may not be all that impressed with the scale and scope of those facilities. Before I started my search it was inconceivable that I would find such woefully inadequate pool facilities in a place where sun bathing and swimming take place more than 300 days per year. In general, pools are small and shallow (barely 5 feet deep in some cases), not very well maintained and surrounded with only enough lounge chairs to accommodate 5% of their tenant population. Most of the places I visited had whirlpool spas, but some are barely larger than bath tubs, are not particularly well maintained, and are as likely to be out of service as they are to be operating on any given day of the week. Even more surprising is the fact that some brand new apartment communities I visited, which typically pride themselves on being loaded with recreational amenities, are not even bothering to build these all-popular whirlpool spas into their otherwise state-of-the-art properties.

Tips On How To Find Cheap Apartments

New York apartments are currently in demand because of high housing rate that would suffice for the big apple lifestyle and experience. Many people say that it is very difficult to find apartments in New York City because most of the time they are very expensive and already occupied. So, if you are one of those people seeking for a flat in New York City, there are several things that you must know and consider in order for you to find an affordable place for you and your family.

One way of finding affordable apartments in New York is through the Internet. The Internet has become the best place to locate New York apartments for rent since the past few years. There are many benefits of browsing online apartments, and one of these is that you will be able to view the vicinity and the interiors of the apartment. Besides the aforementioned advantages, you will also be able to save more money and time because you do not need to go to New York just to find the apartment that you are looking for.

There are vast selections of apartments in New York over apartment listings. These listings offer reviews of the apartments, which you must read in order to know the specifics of the house. It is necessary to know the background of the apartment before you buy it. One wise thing that every apartment seeker should do is to compare the prices of the apartments. Through this, you will be able to estimate the rates and you could choose the most affordable one.

There are other ways to find affordable New York apartments for rent, and one of this is by looking for apartments through certain people you know. The word of mouth is still a reliable way to know and discover things. Thus, you must have determination in finding cheap apartments by asking the people you know could help you. Your determination to find a cheap apartment will be your drive to find one in the future.

Going through various apartment listings sites is the best way to find New York apartments. However, you must not limit your resources when looking for apartments. Try to look in other places which you know could contribute to your search. Try to search on the newspapers and ask your friends if they could recommend any good apartments within New York.

Find Dallas Apartments for Rent

The population in Dallas, Texas is estimated at 1.3 million. The city holds more than 1063 apartment communities. In order to meet the growing demand for apartments for rent, the developers in Dallas has developed 35 additional apartment communities. This has helped the families looking for Dallas apartments for rent. They could choose from many varieties of apartments for rent. You could get confused to select the right apartment in a convenient location. Use the web search to find the right apartment. You could find details about varieties of apartments on websites. They provide you details about rent, basic amenities, number of bedrooms and distance to essential places like shopping complexes, nightlife, restaurants, hospitals and transport. The city has more than 746 apartments.

You could find apartments at affordable rents in Dallas. Monthly rent for single bedroom apartment varies from US$345 to US$7399. Monthly rent for two-bedroom apartment is about US$379 and it can go up to US$10111. The rents may go down depending on how hard you negotiate with the help of a rental agency. Most of the Dallas apartments provide parking facility.

If you were looking for Dallas apartment with luxury amenities, the rent would go up. More than 250 communities in Dallas provide large sized garden tubs. Over 526 communities provide covered parking. One needs to look at apartment size, basic amenities, rental prices and community location. Websites provide up to date information about various vacant apartments. You can also seek the service of apartment locators to find the right apartment for rent. You would also get necessary information about neighborhood communities. You need to provide your preference and rental price details to apartment locators to help you find a suitable apartment. Most of the apartment locators are licensed and provide details about safe. Hence finding right Dallas, Texas apartment for rent becomes a child play with help of apartment locators.

Cost of living in Dallas is low when compared with other cities. It also has many neighborhood suburbs. You can enjoy nice life in Dallas. Certain areas are costly and only affluent people can afford accommodation in such locations. There are many super luxury facilities for wealthy people. Many of the this are well-maintained interiors and exteriors. They are provided with outdoor patio settings, sufficient parking space and bright lighting. Monthly rent for such as around US$3000.

Dylan Residences are most modern Dallas apartments with luxury facilities such as swimming pools, rooftop decks, spacious closets, decorated kitchens and Wi-Fi connections.

Dallas apartments in Belmont are built in close proximity to restaurants and boutiques in the Henderson corridor location. The apartments are provided with bay windows, plush interiors, clubhouse, gated community, equipped kitchens and other facilities.

The Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment Vs Renting a House

It may become confusing to choose whether to rent a house or an apartment. Of course, both has their advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, you as the renter should be able to define which of these will bear more weight to him. Besides, whether to rent a house or an apartment will greatly depend on the renter’s individual preference. It will also depend on his needs, wants, and living situation. For some people, lofts for rent would be perfect while to others a house is still the best choice. Let me list down the advantages and disadvantages of each and the benefits you can get from them.

The Pro’s and con’s of Renting a House

There are a considerable number of advantages of renting a home compared to renting an apartment. Among the primary advantages would be being able to afford a house at a reasonable price. This will give the renter better options to a lot of things. In accordance with size, number of bedrooms, and the number of bathrooms, renting a house is the obvious choice. It may be really challenging to be able to find an apartment that would have 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, but not as hard to find a house with such.

When you are the more laid back, relaxed type, it is advisable to get a house because most apartments are situated near commercial areas. Location plays a big deal when it comes to choosing a place to live in, and it plays an equal role in choosing whether to choose a house or apartment as well. Most renters prefer to choose a house because they are mostly in a secluded area. Most houses have their own backyard where kids can play and pets can roam.

Among the disadvantages of renting a house would be dealing with the amount of time the renter can actually rent the house. Most houses for rent are quite temporary, and renters may actually put in a situation wherein they have to leave because the owners are moving in their rented home. Of course, there will be a rental agreement that specifies how long a renter can rent a certain house. But it doesn’t define there if he will be able to extend renting the place. This means that when the contract is about to expire, the renter should be nervous for as to whether he will be allowed to renew the contract or be evicted. Often times, he will be given a notice that the house will not be available for renewal for whatever reason. However, this rarely happens when it comes to apartments. Apartments are designed to get rented and the renter will usually have the chance to renew the contract each and every time it expires.

Why Rent an Apartment then?

The most favorable part of renting an apartment would be having the amenities the apartment complex has. In renting a house, these things may not be available. But amenities such as swimming pools, meeting rooms, saunas, hot tubs, gym and gym equipment, and the like are very much available to most apartment complexes. Also, the maintenance of these amenities will not be the renter’s responsibilities, opposed to renting a house where this is the renter’s accountability.

Another big advantage of renting an apartment would be affordability. The price of lofts for rent is usually significantly lower than that of a house. Yes, the apartment can be quite smaller than a house, but a lot of people can only afford to rent an apartment – and save for purchasing a house in the future.

Among the most significant disadvantages of renting an apartment would be the lack of privacy. Apartments have one way or the other a shared wall and they are situated pretty close to each other. There are instances that the renter can be surprised with how much their neighbors know about them, just because they are neighbors. Therefore, living in an apartment makes privacy an issue. If you choose to rent a house, you may have your own lawn and fences. Meaning, a lot more privacy compared to renting an apartment.

The interaction with neighbors is another con of renting an apartment. Of course, being in an apartment complex, you will be forced to contend and interact with your neighbors as they are very close to you. There is always the risk of having to deal with noisy, nosy neighbors and the worst part is that you cannot do anything about it. There is a huge possibility that you will have a neighbor with noisy visitors, visiting them at night. All renters have no other choice but deal with this else they will get into trouble.

The New Concept Known As Bungalow Apartments

Construction companies are always striving to satisfy their customers with new model buildings that will turn out to be a convenient place for living. While independent houses are still the most preferred residential unit by the customers even today, the bitter truth is that not many can afford an individual dwelling place. This has paved way for duplexes, condominiums, apartments, twin houses etc. Those who prefer to live in bungalows and used to that lifestyle would not want to settle for anything less. Well, construction companies are now coming up with bungalows in apartment complexes which are just what the prospective house owners look for.

Before getting to know about the new concept ‘Bungalow Apartments’ it is imperative to know what an apartment and a bungalow are. An apartment is a residential unit, which is a part of the building that contains several such units. And bungalow has different connotations but is predominantly known to be independent buildings that are large with several rooms and ample open space.

So, exactly what is a Bungalow Apartment?

A Bungalow Apartment bridges the gap between Bungalows and Apartments by providing independence, privacy and customization facility of a bungalow, coupled with security, amenities sharing facility and collective living convenience of an apartment complex.

Typically, there would be a front foyer space with a grilled designer wicket gate for each Bungalow Apartment. This arrangement significantly stands apart from the regular main door provided in a normal apartment complex. The actual inner living space starts from beyond the wicket gates of each of these houses. Further, there shall be ample space between each apartment. Since the doorways of nearby apartments do not face each other you get a feeling of being in an independent house.

In the foyer space, a polished granite seating arrangement can be made for each home. The space beneath this seating can be effectively utilized as a shoe rack. The functionality and elegance of this space becomes evident only when you realize that in most apartments the main doors open right into the lobby.

To ensure more lighting in front foyer areas, Private Open Terrace areas are accommodated close to it. These are areas, which are open to a sky and a source of natural abundant lighting. What is more important is that, this open to sky area separates one apartment from the other and gives you a quality of privacy which is rare in multi dwelling units.

House owners can consider this well-lit foyer, where natural lights pours in abundantly, to be a luxury and worth every penny they pay because such exclusive private spaces are hardly offered by builders these days as every little space is taken up for building rooms and halls. The private open terrace, which is usually available only at the first floor, is an additional luxury for the owners of the bungalow apartment.

What makes these apartments very convenient is that it offers security for the inhabitants and also provides amenities such as games area, swimming pool, club, gym, party hall etc. Owners can even have the luxury of having power backups or a water treatment plant yet pay only a fractional cost.

While thematic apartments have been in vogue for long now, the latest concept ‘bungalow apartments’ are turning out to be the trend nowadays. What makes them popular is the fact that it gives the owners a separate foyer and they can enjoy the architectural flourishes. Therefore, in an apartment complex, it is possible to have adequate private space. These apartments are also offered fully furnished and in some cases the interior decorations are also taken care of.

Just as in an apartment complex where there might be nearly hundreds of flats, there would be numerous bungalows apartments in a complex. Yes, but the bungalows would certainly have more living space as well as private space such as foyers, balconies, sit-outs etc.

It is all about living luxuriously and considering the huge investment made in such apartments, the construction companies will have to ensure that they adhere to all the rules and regulations imposed by the government. This typically begins with the land procurement, building plan, adherence to environmental policies etc. These types of residential units are indeed a boon for all prospective house owners who can afford it. Yes, for stylish living and privacy, bungalows apartments are the best deal as it saves on cost while offering all the luxuries of a bungalow. The exquisitely designed bungalows will make you a proud owner of the property, no doubt.

Holiday Apartments to Rent

These days, holiday apartments have become the most popular choice for accommodation. How are these apartments better than hotels, and why should you look for an apartment instead of a hotel? Let’s discuss.

Holiday apartments offer homely comforts which hotels cannot provide. Plus they also have additional luxuries, like gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas, barbeque areas, and gaming rooms. Some holiday apartments to rent even have mini playgrounds where children can play and stay busy.

Holiday apartments are great for families because most apartments offer a relaxing afternoon by the pool for parents and entertaining activities for children. Most apartments are situated in areas that are close to entertainment venues like theme parks and multiplexes.

That’s not the only reason why holiday apartments are so famous. While hotel rooms consist mostly of a single room with an attached bathroom, holiday apartments to rent come in different sizes depending upon your needs. There can be one, two, or three bedroom apartments. This allows your family to have enough space, and if you are traveling as a group, you can split the cost and have a comfortable stay in your own personal space.

While you can find holiday apartments all around the world, the ones available in major cities are more expensive. So if you don’t mind traveling a few extra miles, you can get an apartment on the outskirts of the city and travel to the city for some leisure and fun.

One thing lacking from these apartments is that they don’t have a rating system like hotels do. But you will find all types of holiday apartments to suit your needs. Whatever your budget may be, you will find an apartment to fit your requirements. There are special resorts that have different types of apartments. Cheaper ones are single bedroom apartments, while there are more expensive multi bedroom suites as well. If you have enough money, you can rent a three or four bedroom apartment that has balconies that would offer you beautiful views.

And if you are looking for last minute bookings, it is best to go online and search for the right apartment. Apartments in the city are popular among all types of people. There are many young people who like to have freedom and comfort as they travel to different cities. If you are a tourist who doesn’t want a hectic lifestyle, you can stay in an apartment and experience the local style of living.

There are various cities around the world that have buildings of both new and old architectures and traditions. If you want to experience the taste of local culture and ethnicity, you should opt for an apartment instead of a hotel.

Given all these reasons, it is not difficult to see why holiday apartments on rent have become the favorite choice of most travelers, especially the ones traveling with families. They offer an economic, comfortable, and relaxed way to enjoy during holidays. If you want to go on a weekend break or for a longer stay, make sure you check out local apartments before you book a hotel.

Benefits of Serviced Apartments

Planning to go to another country for a long period of time? Well, then staying in a hotel would not be the ideal choice for you. Although a hotel can provide all the luxuries, comfort and security, a long term stay in a hotel would not be economical at all. The best alternative to a hotel can be a serviced apartment. These apartments are not only more economical, they offer amenities that can be better than some hotels. Previously, these apartments only offered basic services such as housekeeping and security. However, in order to meet the changing needs of customer, one can now find serviced apartments with amenities such as pools, saunas, parking, gyms and fitness centers.

As these apartments are more economical for a long stay, many companies are switching from hotels to serviced apartments to house their employees. Guests can also experience a more private stay with more freedom. Couples, families or people traveling in groups would find these apartments ideal for their stay. Fully furnished with daily laundry services and 24 hour security are just some of the services such apartments provide. Not only do they allow a guest to save cost on the hotel bill, but on food as well. The apartments come equipped with a kitchen where the guests can cook their food themselves. So if you are hungry in the middle of the night but too lazy to go out and eat, want to save money or want to experiment cooking the local food of the place you are visiting, it would be an ideal place for you to stay. However, not all serviced apartments come with a kitchen attached so be sure to have done your research before booking an apartment.

Advantages of Serviced apartments

· Many apartments come equipped with appliances and household utilities. An example can be the kitchen. Some even have appliances such as washing machines and home theatre systems with televisions sets and water heaters in the toilets. If you are not in the mood to wash your own clothes you can always send your clothes to the laundry service that these apartments offer.

· The biggest advantage of staying in these apartments is that they provide you with the ‘home-like’ feel so you do not need to worry about missing home during your stay away from home.

· Many hotel guests would have one common frustration- slow internet connection. Well, living in the serviced apartment allows you access to your own personal internet connection so you would never have to worry about slow or bad internet.

· Just like hotels, these apartments provide security for their guests so you would never have to worry about your belongings left in the apartment.

· Many of these apartments are located in the heart of city centers; therefore you would never have to worry about not being able to go shopping!

If you do not want an apartment which is in the midst of city centre, you can also search for apartments in a more solitude location. Basic apartments can also be a choice if you want a simple stay and are not looking on spending too much.

The Concept of Low Cost Apartment in Nepal

Whenever, we see an advertisement in daily newspaper referring to Apartments available in 13 Lakhs to 14 Lakhs, we do not try to understand more about it. People rush to the Apartment office or the site office. I myself was very surprised, when I went to the Mero City Apartment office in Hattiban. The site was packed with visitors cars, as if a wedding reception was going on. Inside the office were around 20 Sales girls. All were busy explaining their apartment features to the customers. In fact, when I asked for the brochure, the number of brochure also had finished. The hall was packed with customers and I could see some bookings were done.

The model apartments and the computer aided 3D movie were in display. People were busy viewing it.

The price range of the Apartment was amazing. The price range of the Mero City Apartment varied from Nrs 1,500,000 for 1 BHK (386.45 sq.ft) to Nrs 4,000,000 for 3 BHK (1013 sq.ft)

Similarly Eastern Apartment by Aayusha Developers a subsidiary of Oriental Builders Pvt. Ltd in Kaushaltar also was a huge attraction for Apartment buyers.

The builders have opened the booking for only 348 of the total 448 apartments. However, they were able to sell 50% of the total booking in just first 5 days. The huge response from the customers surged the developer to call all the 448 units on booking.

Due to the huge demand, the developer requested the interested buyers to fill up an application form along with a cheque of NRs 10,000. The applicant would get the apartment on first come first serve basis.

These are the basic strategies for Developers which was already been implemented by Guna Colony for their sale of their Bhaisepati Apartment. Then, they had opened booking for the Bhaisepati Apartment price starting from 13 Lacks. There was huge respondent to the Apartments in Bhaisepati which was organized in the Real Estate Expo in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu.

Most of these apartment sizes is ranging from 386.45 sq.ft to 548 sq.ft. The apartment size of 300-500 Sq. ft is very small for a family to live in and are similar to Studio Apartments abroad. These kinds of Apartments can adjust 1/2 people in a family to live in. The Rooms are very tight and no space for adding more luxury items.

The customers must not just make their decision by viewing the 3D Modeled video. The actual room and the customers view before buying the apartment might actually just not match.

Another important factor to decide before making the booking is that the customer must check the background of the Apartment Developers. Normally, we must only trust experienced Apartment Developers. These low cost apartments that are coming up in the market have been raising huge amount of funds from the market for the Proposed Apartment/Housing. The delivery and execution of these apartments is a real challenge and we must wait and see, if they can really develop these projects and their handover to their customer. So far, the construction of any of these low cost apartments has not started yet.

Some established developers claim that the price the low cost apartments are offering is suspicious. Some claim that these low cost apartments are very expensive if one calculates the rate per sq ft. Such small apartment size is not feasible for a family to live in.

The Eastern Apartment is the least expensive with price per sq. ft of Nrs 2,890 followed by The Sun City. The most expensive is the Imperial Court. However the target market for both the apartments is completely different as Imperial Court is a Luxury Condominium.

And when we compare the different apartments, all has different facilities. Some important comparison factors of the facilities for different Apartments are as following:

1. Location of the Apartment
2. Number of Lifts
3. Size of the Balcony
4. Project Land Site Area
5. Size of the swimming pool
6. Open Area
7. Distance from the city
8. Quality of finishing goods and specification
9. Developers profile & Construction company associated

The Apartment buyers must also think in mind the extra facilities the Apartment has. Normally, these apartments will have very poor infrastructures and facilities. They might actually come up with a very small swimming pool & very less open space.

And not to forget is the fact that these low cost apartments come with hidden cost. Mero city Apartment comes with cement flooring. If you want a Parke ting or tiles on the floor, you will have to add all the internal decorative items for the Apartment.

Mero City offers the following features:

* Kitchen: Tiles, Sync

* Flooring: Cemented

* Wall: Distemper

Things you have to add by yourself

1. Mostly, the modular kitchen
2. Bathroom sanitary items
3. Electricity bulbs
4. Flooring Tiles or Parke ting

This will at least cost you Nrs 400,000 to 500,000 for the completion of the Apartment. So the Total cost for the 391 sq.ft Apartment is now Nrs 2,000,000 which actually brings the price per sq.ft for the Apartment to Nrs 5115.

Similar is the case of the Eastern Apartments. The Eastern Apartment comes with no finishing in the bathrooms. The buyers will have to finish the bathroom costs & Tiles which will also cost them minimum extra NRs 400,000 to 500,000 for their flats. This will cost the buyers of Eastern Apartment an average cost per sq ft of Nrs 3,608.

This is actually expensive than some of the other Apartments with better facilities. So the customers must be aware of the concept of the low cost apartment that is coming in the market and not be fooled by the price they are offering. One should always calculate the Rate per sq. ft.