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Tips for Apartment Hunting from Renters

Tips for Apartment Hunting from Renters

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 30, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, VAPicking out an apartment in Roanoke, VA to call home can bring out the inner commitment-phobe in anyone. Once you sign a lease, you're locked in. That means the pressure is on to find something in your price range that won't come with unpleasant surprises in the future.

To help you out, renters have shared their best advice and tips.

Scope out the ratings

One thing to do when I'm apartment hunting is I check the ratings online to see what problems other people have had with the management or place. And If you go see a place in person, don't be afraid to ask people outside if they like living there. They'll tell you the truth.

Carry a charger to test the outlets

Bring a phone charger and plug it into all the main outlets, that way you can make sure they work. Some apartments have only one outlet in the bathroom and it doesn't work. It sounds like a minor inconvenience, but you may move that apartment further down on the list if you had known.

Check the cell phone signal

Even if you look like a crazy person, walk through every room and send a text. Not having cell service in certain parts of your house will make your life so much harder...no one likes having to get dressed and go outside to make a phone call.

Check the fridge

Always see if the fridge and window tracks are clean- that's a good indicator of how clean the apartment really is. And always get things in writing! It will make your life easier later on.

Be willing to move in the off months

You may find the best places when you look at "weird" times, like in September right after everyone in school has found their housing or in January when it's freezing and no one wants to think about moving.

Get renter's insurance

Get renter's insurance! Many renters don't have it because they don't know how cheap it is. It covers all computer, electronics and belongings for less than the price of a meal. Plus, you can usually roll it into your auto insurance if you have a car to make it even cheaper.

You're not alone if you feel like looking for a place to live is the hardest part of renting. For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood.

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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment Part II

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment Part II

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honeywood Apartments, Roanoke, VAAre you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider.

11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually, such as a shower rod, router, nightstand, etc.

12. Buy a mattress pad.

13. Utilize your kitchen.

14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.

15. Decorate!

16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely.

17. Always make sure you have food at your place.

18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment.

19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.

20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine.

21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new residency.

22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds.

23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.

24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.

25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.

Neither dorm living nor apartment living has to be something viewed negatively. Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence.

That being said, do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling.

Don’t forget, last week we gave you the first 10 things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood Apartments.

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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, VAAre you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider.

  1. Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
  2. Make sure you know at least one of your roommates.
  3. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
  4. Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
  5. Get to know your neighbors.
  6. Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
  7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
  8. Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
  9. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect.
  10. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.

Don’t forget, next week we’ll give you a few more things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.

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Mistakes College Grads Make When Finding An Apartment

Mistakes College Grads Make When Finding An Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 09, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, VAFinding your first apartment after college is a big undertaking — it can be hard to know where to start when you’re staring at a stack of listings and the money from your new job is burning a hole in your pocket. And you’re new to all this, so you’re bound to make some mistakes along the way.

Take a look at some of these common slip-ups so you can do your best to avoid them as you search for a new place to live.

1. Starting Your Search Too Early

Generally, the best time to start looking for an apartment is no more than three weeks before your move-in date. But once it’s time to start your search, you want to make you aren’t …

2. … Underestimating How Much Everything Costs

Getting your first apartment can be a big financial adjustment.

You can use the time before graduation to research how much apartments are in the areas you’re considering and what costs you might pay for additional amenities.

3. Not Planning for Expenses Beyond Rent

Most people think about the monthly rent check (or charge, if your landlord lets you pay rent by credit card), but that’s not the only expense you’ll face living on your own. Think about other necessities like laundry detergent, toilet paper and groceries. And remember, there are ways to save on your daily expenses — like making this delicious 16-cent breakfast.

4. Leaving Student Loan Payments Out of Your Budget

Monthly payments for student loans are often overlooked … because student loans come with a six-month grace period before you have to start making payments.

5. Forgetting About Credit

Most landlords look at a version of your credit report as part of the application process. Things like credit cards or loans are impacting your credit.

Depending on how far into the world of credit you’ve ventured, your credit file may be pretty thin. Not sure?

6. Not Gathering What You’ll Need

Graduates usually rush to find an apartment without contemplating on the requirements for renting an apartment. They don’t have any offer letters ready, pay stubs or bank statements.

7. Not Talking With Your Guarantors About Their Essential Paperwork

Once you’ve gathered all your paperwork, it’s important to also remind any guarantors of what they’ll need, as springing it all on them at the last minute is guaranteed to cause delays and frustrations.

8. Not Brushing Up on Terminology

Recent graduates don’t typically know the difference in rental versus condo versus co-op building. They tend to just shop for what looks awesome and do not take into consideration the process involved with putting together a board package and the cost.

9. Choosing the Wrong Roommates

Compare schedules and lifestyles to see if living with a particular person is really a good idea.

You should already be thinking about things like each person’s tolerance for mess and budget, but now that you have your first full-time jobs, you’ll have to make sure the lifestyles can coexist peacefully.

10. Not Getting Roommate Agreements in Writing

Even if you’re living with your best friend, it’s important to write out responsibilities and agreements you’ve made about the living situation. You’ll also want to outline how bills will be paid and who is responsible for what. Hopefully you’ll never need to reference this for any reason, but you’ll be glad to have it all in writing if things go bad.

11. Not Considering Apartments With Fees

We know, all those fees are the worst. But some of these upfront costs, while painful at the time you see the money coming out of your account, may mean paying less over time.

Many of the no-fee apartments just add fees to your monthly rent. And, if that’s the case, although you will pay less upfront, over time it will even out, as you will be paying more per month.

12. Forgetting to Meet Potential Neighbors

In college, your neighbors were probably other college students, but that probably won’t be the case now. Don’t let that stop you from getting to know your neighbors and finding ones you can trust.

13. Not Factoring in the Landlord

It’s sometimes better to pay a premium to be with a better landlord than to pay less and be with a bad landlord that doesn’t fix anything and is hard to reach.

14. Skimming Over the Lease

In a time when we all just click “next” anytime we install an update on one of our devices, it’s easy to flip to the end of the agreement and sign on the dotted line. But it’s essential you know what you’re agreeing to and negotiate things that you’re not quite on board with.

15. Not Knowing Your Tenant Rights

Tenants (and even applicants) have federal laws protecting them. And, in many cases, there are state laws that help protect you too, so you’ll want to do your research and find out what legal rights you have ahead of time.

16. Passing on Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may seem like one more expense, but just like car insurance, having it may ultimately save you money in the event of a problem. You can read about the little-known ways renters insurance could save you money here.

17. Only Looking at the Bottom Line

Graduates are very price-sensitive, so they will usually go with the cheaper apartment as their rule of thumb. However … they don’t realize that sometimes a cheap deal is not the best deal for them.

18. Holding Out for Perfection

Apartment hunting can be a lot like a relationship — you start out with a list of ideal qualities, but the odds of finding someone (or some place) that meets all these may not be realistic.

Regardless of your budget, there is no perfect apartment. Renting is all about tradeoffs.

19. Forgetting About What Comes Next

When looking for an apartment, people have a tendency to not think about a rental as more than a one-year commitment. But, unless you have reason to move, you probably won’t want to go through the hassle. So, that’s why it’s a good idea to think about how that unit will fit your life in the next few years.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.

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Dorm or Apartment Living: What is the Difference? - Roanoke, VA

Dorm or Apartment Living: What is the Difference? - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 02, 2017

Honeywood apartments, Roanoke, VAYou have decided that you do not want to live in the dorms anymore. You are sick of dealing with RA’s, stale, repetitive dining hall food, and the general inconvenience and hassle of not being able to be truly independent.

Have you thought of the ways life will be different when living in an apartment compared to living in the dorms? Between location, the amenities, rent and deciding who to room with, the differences abound. Here are four big differences in living in a dorm compared to living in an apartment.

1. Location

Here are a couple questions you will want to ask yourself when determining the ideal location for your dream apartment.

Do you want to be around the hustle and bustle of campus town, i.e. bars, restaurants, and shops; or do you prefer the quiet and quaint setting of an apartment a mile or two away from it all? If you want some peace and quiet to yourself during the week and on weekends, the second option would be better.

Would you prefer to be as close as possible to class and minimize travel time, or away from the cluster of people and students resulting in a lengthier travel time to class? This is why it is a major difference. Dorms are usually positioned closer to the heart of campus.

2. Rent

Money, especially for college students, is a resource that needs to be maximized to its fullest extent especially for living expenses.

A $650 a month apartment with all utilities included might not necessarily be the same as a $550 a month apartment with no utilities. In addition, tuition per year needs to be well-defined to see what average living costs would come out to. This is where some reflection and projection is needed in terms of utility usage.

Would you be able to plan out your monthly allotment for non-included utilities to make sure it does not exceed a similar apartment with all utilities included? If you are a cautious person and would rather play it safe and not be on a stringent usage, search for apartments with all or most utilities included to maximize enjoyment of your apartment and to minimize stress.

3. Amenities

This is a factor when apartment hunting compared to living in the dorms that is sometimes overlooked. If you are looking for a more modernized apartment, you might be looking for an attached pool, in-unit washer and dryer, in-complex gym or rec center, modernized appliances, reserved parking, an enclosed outdoor or indoor social area, etc.

4. Roommates

The age-old question of who you want to live with can play a big role in determining whether or not to hunt for an apartment and is a big influence on all of the other factors mentioned previously. Do you enjoy the camaraderie and company of a friend or two to live with to help make a new apartment experience more enjoyable? Do you consider yourself your own best friend and prefer to keep it simple and worry about yourself?

An important note to remember is that if you decide to live in an apartment, you have more freedom in deciding where to live and who to live with. With the dorms, that freedom may not be available.

One major task nearly every college student faces is whether to live in a dorm or apartment. An apartment offers more freedoms in terms of college experience but dorms offer a more reliable, easier route. Whichever the choice, be sure to take the time to research the most well thought out decision.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA, contact Honeywood Apartments.

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Honeywood Apartment Homes

3101-H Honeywood Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018

Call: 855-719-4045
Email UsHoneywood007@myLTSMail.com
View Map

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

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