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Apartment Living Guide

Searching for apartment rentals has never been so simple! Our easy-to-use platform allows you to search for rental properties all over the country with a wide array of choices. From urban to luxury, refined lofts to minimalist studios, we’ve got you covered. Designed with you in mind, you can personalize your apartment search by city or state, and narrow down your choices to the amenities you just can’t live without. Looking for pet-friendly homes for rent? You can customize your search for that, too!

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The Savvy Dweller's Guide




The Savvy Dweller's Guide




The Savvy Dweller's Guide




The Savvy Dweller's Guide

Apartment Tips and Tidbits

"Apartment Hunting: The Hunt"

Posted By:Sarah Barber
Crucial Questions You Need to Ask Your Prospective Landlord Raise your hand if you love moving! Hahaha, just kidding. Hunting for an apartment can be a super exciting time in your life…but it can also be one of the most stressful things other than death, marriage, or starting a new job. Yikes! Did you know landlords must legally comply with Fair Housing laws? I once went on a showing with a landlord who violated five Fair Housing laws in a sentence. I wasn’t even mad; I was impressed. One sentence! Fair Housing laws came into effect during the Civil Rights movement in 1968 and outlawed discrimination in the rental or sale of housing. The Federal Fair Housing laws state …
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"Ameliorate Your Space: How to Make Your Studio Feel Bigger"

Studios are great! They’re inexpensive, funky, and easy to maintain… but they are also S-M-A-L-L. You don’t have to feel cramped because you’re allotted only a certain amount of square feet to work with, so how do you make it feel bigger? Here are some great and foolproof ideas on how to make the most out of what you have and having fun while doing it!


1.       Arrange items by size or color.

This works great with books, an open closet (or visible clothing rack), shoes, or anything that is visible in your home. By arranging items by size or color, your home becomes more sleek and polished.


2.       Paint your walls.

If your landlord allows you to paint – go for it! Color creates the semblance of a larger space, and colors like mint green, cornflower blue, goldenrod, dusty purple, taupe, or sunflower add depth and space. Contrary to popular belief, dark colors can work in small spaces as they create shadows in the corners and trick your eye into thinking there’s more depth to the walls than there actually is.  


3.       Hang shelves closer to the ceiling.

Anything to draw the eyes up! You can easily hang floating shelves all the way up, which not only makes your space feel bigger, but now you’re using your rented real estate effectively.


4.       Use different shades of color.

Whether it is furniture or accessories, using different shades of color creates a look of harmony and congruity. Plus, it’s fun and visually appealing!


5.       Pull furniture away from the wall or angle your bed – it makes your space feel more roomy.


6.       The rules are meant to be broken.

If you have separate spaces in your studio – that’s awesome! Turn the living area into a master retreat and small study or dining area, and turn the dining area into the lounge.


7.       Mirror, mirror on the wall… or floor.

Mirrors reflect a lot of light and always makes a room feel larger than it actually is. They also give that room-within-a-room effect. Consider hanging a ton of eclectic mirrors on one wall, or get a larger statement mirror and let it rest on the floor by your sofa or bed.


8.       Get multi-functional pieces of furniture or décor.

When you are living in a small place, storage within your home isn’t always readily available. A steamer trunk or an ottoman works great to store throws, pillows, or blankets, while hat boxes work great to store smaller items. A lift-top coffee table works wonders, too!


9.       Create separate spaces with curtains or rugs.


10.   Showcase those legs!

Key pieces of furniture without a skirt, like a couch or chair, work perfect in a small space because it feels less boxy and cluttered. Similarly, if you opt for a glass desk, it doesn’t take up the visual real estate since it’s see-through.


11.   Go big or go home.

I mean, that’s what they say, right? Get one large piece of statement furniture instead of a several small pieces. Small things in a small room makes it look cluttered.


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"The 15 Minute Guide to a Clean Pad: Make Your Mama Proud"

I swear my house gets the most clean when I only have fifteen minutes to tidy up. I have a five year old, so my house typically looks like a category 5 hurricane disaster zone: Barbies and their tiny little shoes, toys, and costumes are everywhere. So, if you’re like me, your house might be a mess. Don’t be so hard on yourself – it’s been a long week! Maybe you’re having guests over or you just want to at least pretend that you are a neat housekeeper. It’s ok. Not every house looks like a page ripped out of Home Design. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met someone whose house looks like that. Fret not, savvy dwellers: Here’s the 15 Minute Guide to a Clean Pad – and it will make Mama proud.


1.       Bathroom

If you only have time to clean one room, clean the bathroom. Why? Guests spend more time in the bathroom than any other room in the house. You don’t have to break out the pumice stone or toothbrush. Clean the bathroom mirror, sink vanity, and toilet. Don’t worry about the shower unless your guests are going to be staying overnight (then clean it). If you move fast, this won’t take but a few minutes.


2.       Kitchen

Dishes by hand = cruel and unusual punishment. If you have a dishwasher, I’m not even gonna lie to you: I’m totally jealous. Load that bad boy up, run it, and wipe down your counters. Clean the top surface of your stove, and haul out the trash and recycling. Don’t focus on the nitty gritties like cleaning the interior of the oven or broiler- you can save those projects for another day. Or not. (You didn’t hear me say that.)


3.       Living Room

Pick up the sweater you flung over your couch, tidy up the magazines on your coffee table, and arrange your shoes neatly. Dust if it needs it, but just lightly. Vacuum quick – and boom! You’re done.

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