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Tips for Renting Apartments in Roanoke, VA

Tips for Renting Apartments in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 24, 2017

Honeywood Apartments, Roanoke, VAThe checklist for living off-campus isn’t limited to things like how much the rent is and the close the apartment or house is to the university. In order to ensure a safe and comfortable living arrangement, all other aspects have to be considered before signing a lease.

No matter where you decide to live, it’s best to consider what’s close to the property and what transportation is available. If there are restaurants or shopping centers within walking distance, or relatively close by, it’ll be easier for you to buy what you need. However, it’s important to also consider forms of public transportation.

As far as the actual property goes, it’s critical to pay attention to the actual building and the lease. Always visit the apartment in person as opposed to simply viewing pictures and reading descriptions; this allows you to see if the place is in good enough condition to live in, and make sure you feel safe. It’s dangerous to decide on a place without knowing if you are fully comfortable with the apartment, landlord, and neighborhood. As far as the lease, read through it thoroughly and carefully. If you have any questions at all, or don’t understand something, it’s critical to ask questions to avoid being locked into a bad situation. As a safety net, it’s also a good idea to get everything in writing, from a hard-copy of the lease to paper copies of any repair requests, in order to avoid possible disputes.

In terms of roommates, it goes without saying that you should choose roommates that will be able to pay their fair share of rent; and that there is no conflict between roommates. This makes the off-campus experience better. Something that should also be thought about is the possibility of getting renter’s insurance, if it isn’t already required; this also functions as a safety net in order to make sure you are covered in case of fire, theft, or any sort of damage.

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Your First Apartment in Roanoke, VA

Your First Apartment in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Honeywood Apartments, Roanoke, VAYou recently graduated from college and have your first real job. After living with your parents a few months and saving a little money, you’re ready to strike out on your own and find your first apartment.

But with student loan debt, staying within your budget can be a challenge and navigating the rental market can be daunting.

Here are a few things you need to know before renting your first apartment:

  • You will need to know what your budget will be. Make sure you know whether the bottom-line rent payment includes — or does not include — utilities. If it does not, you will need to find out approximately how much utilities are so you’ll know whether you can afford the unit.
  • If you find you can’t afford the rent, consider finding a roommate or roommates. Make sure that the person or people you are considering as roommates will be reliable. If you are signing a lease with other people, you want to make sure you can count on them to pay their portion of the rent and utilities. Another way to find a more reasonably priced rental home is to be willing to go a bit farther from the center of the city. If you rely on public transportation, sometimes considering taking the bus to Metro or commuting fully by bus can give you more choices, including less-expensive rents and ways to get you more items on your wish list, such as a nicer kitchen.
  • Make a list of your needs in order of priority. You should have a list of mandatory items, among them, perhaps, walking distance to the Metro; a parking spot; laundry on the premises; the number of bedrooms you need; and a dishwasher. Make a list of items you don’t need but would consider a bonus to have — a pet-friendly building, a balcony, an on-site fitness center and wood floors, perhaps. Determine what you can and cannot be flexible on.
  • Be prepared for when you find the apartment you like best. You should have all the information you will need to put on an application at your fingertips. If you have never had a credit card or paid any bills in your name, you might not have a credit history. A landlord will want to have some history of bill payment, so you may need to ask a parent or a relative to act as a guarantor on the lease. Know who that person is and have them ready to submit an application with you as a co-applicant.
  • You should also be prepared to have up to two months’ rent for a security deposit and the first month’s rent. A security deposit may be less than one month’s rent, but it is better to be prepared just in case. You should also be prepared with application fees.
  • Have a copy of current pay stubs or an offer letter from your employer stating your salary and a contact who can confirm your salary.
  • Have one or two personal references available for a landlord to contact.
  • Be cautious. Rental scams abound. If you cannot personally view the home you are considering renting, make sure a friend or a family member can see it on your behalf.
  • Once you are approved to move forward on the lease, take time to review it carefully. Know what you are responsible for and what the landlord is responsible for concerning maintenance and utilities. Make sure there is an emergency number in case something breaks and needs to be fixed, such as plumbing issues.
  • Know how much notice will be given to you as a tenant for an increase in rent; the landlord to enter the property; and other like scenarios.
  • Know any fees in addition to your rent. Make sure all people who are to be on the lease are on the lease. Find out what is included in the rent and what is not. If you’re moving into a condo or a co-op, learn about any rules and regulations you need to abide by, and make sure you have a copy of them.

Once the lease is signed by all parties, make sure you know if you need to transfer utilities into your name and which utility companies to contact. If you are moving into an apartment, condo or co-op building, check to see if you need to schedule your move-in date with the building.

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Living in Apartments Off Campus in Roanoke, VA

Living in Apartments Off Campus in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 10, 2017

Honeywood Apartments, Roanoke, VACollege is often the first time a student gets to live outside the comforts of home. While living in a dorm on campus is a most comfortable and ideal choice for many, it does have some disadvantages that living in an off-campus apartment in Roanoke, VA does not. As such, living off campus can be a good choice.

However, choosing to live off campus will greatly affect your overall college experience.

To help you decide if living off-campus is for you, here are a few considerations you should make.

The Commute

One of the biggest, if not most time-consuming, factor you should consider is the commute you'll have if you live outside your campus. While living in a dorm on campus means spending a lot less time going to and from the classroom, living off campus means traveling to and from school to your apartment or housing.

The Financial Situation

On-campus housing options are usually far more expensive than off-campus choices. On-campus dorms often come with a meal plan, which is usually expensive: Students can expect to pay between $8,887 to $10,089 for dorms. Off-campus options can be way cheaper.

The Responsibility

On campus residents are monitored by housing staff, and are given housing guidelines they need to adhere to. Off campus residents, on the other hand, have it easier than on campus residents, although the risk of danger and of poor discipline due to a lighter enforcement of guidelines (if any).

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Stages of Apartment Hunting in Roanoke, VA

Stages of Apartment Hunting in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Honeywood Apartments in Roanoke, VAGetting a new apartment in Roanoke, VA can be invigorating—everything is so shiny and full of possibilities! Finding a new apartment? Not so much. If you’re renting in a hot market, near a college, and finding a place that’s both affordable and available isn’t usually easy.

The proof is in the numbers: In the third quarter of 2016, the average nationwide vacancy rate was 6.8%—down from the same time the year before. To make matters worse, rent prices are still high. A recent report by GoBankingRates found the national average for rent is hovering around $1,234 a month for a 678-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. And experts say rent prices aren’t going down any time soon.

This combo creates a sort of special supply-and-demand challenge that only renters understand. If you’re apartment hunting soon, you might as well prepare yourself now for that unique cycle of heartache and despair that’s about to play out. This post will help guide you through the five stages of grief—err, apartment hunting.

Stage 1: Denial

We’ve all done it. As soon as we pop open the laptop to start our apartment search, we expect to find a ton of awesome listings just ready and waiting. And then we don’t.

We keep the listings tab open all day on our browsers, refreshing every 20 minutes, and wait for Mr. Dream Rental to pop up, all the while growing more and more desperate.

How to cope: The solution might be simple, if startling: Get offline.

Take a drive and talk to friends. We know it’s shocking in this digital age, but not everything is posted on rental listing sites. Sometimes you’ll have to dig a little deeper. As you scour the neighborhood, write down names of apartment complexes you want to look into, and then look them up online—they should have floor plans, pricing, and even availability on their respective websites.

Still nothing? Try a Realtor or a rental broker.

As a renter, a broker can be extremely useful, especially if you’re not that familiar with the neighborhood. Their knowledge of the renting market and the neighborhoods can be very helpful in uncovering a hidden gem.

Stage 2: Anger

Once you’re knee-deep in your apartment search, you suddenly remember why you hate renting. Every single place seems to have at least one enormous downside. You get only one parking spot. Or your washer and dryer are outside on the patio (true story). Or maybe the landlord won’t take your dog.

How to cope: Don’t lose hope just yet. Take a deep breath, and try to change your approach: Remind yourself of the upsides to renting—such as free maintenance and cheaper insurance. Stop focusing on the smaller issues and instead focus on the bigger ones: Find a couple of places that meet your immediate needs and then narrow them down by the biggest factor of all: location.

If everything else is equal, then you should go with the preferred locale. You can change almost everything else. But the location is staying the same.

Stage 3: Bargaining

You’ve done all your homework, viewed a few apartments, and narrowed it down to three or four places that will meet your needs—at least for now.

And then the reality starts to sink in: This is going to be expensive. Maybe there’s a special promotion you don’t know about?

How to cope: Don’t count on any discounts. Yep, it’s time for the tough talk. You might get lucky and score a deal, but here’s what you need to remember: The national rental market is tight right now, and there are plenty of other renters out there happy to fork over the cash. If affording a particular place is going to be a squeeze, you might have to readjust your plan.

Apartment hunting is all about expectations and being realistic. If a renter is having trouble finding something that they can afford, then they may need to sacrifice in some manner.

It won’t be fun, but start trimming that wish list again. As you cut out “must-haves,” you’ll find cheaper apartments that fit the bill.

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Honeywood Apartment Homes

3101-H Honeywood Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018

Call: 833-805-7609
Email UsHoneywood.PropertySite.HHHunt@aptleasing.info
View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9:30A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: Closed