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 4 Tips for Personalizing Your Rental Apartment in Houston, TX

Although some landlords are strict with their policies, others allow you to personalize your apartment to a certain degree, as long as you don’t make any major changes to their furniture and amenities. When you rent an apartment in Houston, TX, you need to make sure what your landlord’s rules are before you make any modifications. However, with that said, here are some tips for making your rental apartment in Houston, TX, feel a little more personal and homely! 

1. Buy practical items

Some apartments in Houston can be small, especially if you’re renting a studio apartment. In this case, you should consider buying some furniture which has dual purposes. For example, if you’re looking for more storage space and also require a coffee table, why not buy a coffee table which has built-in storage space included? Many European furniture makers, such as IKEA, sell furniture and items which have built-in storage space and smart designs which could be helpful in smaller apartments. At least in Houston, you probably don’t need to store any bulky winter coats or blankets!

2. Put mirrors up

Mirrors can help to make a small rental apartment look much bigger than it actually is, and this is a trick which is frequently used by interior designers and decorators. Having a lot of mirrors on your walls in Houston also encourages more light to enter your apartment, meaning that the sunlight streaming through your windows illuminates your apartment more easily. 

3. Keep things tidy

It’s no secret that some Houston rental apartments can be small, so its best to organize your belongings and keep your apartment from getting cluttered. If you don’t need something, then throw it away! If you don’t wear an item of clothing for more than 1 year, throw it away! When you have limited apartment space, you can’t afford to be a hoarder. Keeping things tidy also makes your apartment appear larger!

4. Use light colors

Although you may not be able to repaint a rental apartment in Houston, try your best to find one which embraces a color scheme with lighter colors! There’s a reason that so many Spanish and Italian towns are covered in white paint – it helps to reflect heat and keep you cool. Although Houston isn’t the Italian Riviera, it no doubt receives just as much heat, if not more.

Doug Spector/broker


Posted by Doug Spector on April 25th, 2018 11:41 AM

Most Houston Apartment Complexes these days are requiring that your total monthly gross income (before taxes) to be anywhere between 3 to 4 times more than the monthly rent of the apartment unit you're applying for. (With the most typically being 3.5 times). 
As an example:  If the apartment in Houston is asking for 3.5 x income and the unit you want to rent is $900 per month, then to qualify financially, your gross income (from all sources combined) must be at least $3,150 per month.

The main reason why apartments require this is simply because they want to make sure their tenants can afford to pay rent comfortably each month.  They use this formula to account for other common expenses tenants might have such as car payments, insurance,gas,food,entertainment, etc... The last thing anyone wants to see is someone get in over their head, can't pay rent and thus turns into their breaking the lease or worse, an eviction (neither of which is good for future home leasing).  

*Note*  Always remember to include all sources of income (primary job,2nd job,alimony,child support,pensions,tips,oil well royalties...etc.)

On occasion, complexes might make exceptions if you were to fall slightly short by asking for a higher deposit, paying two months rent up front or possibly getting a cosigner. Never hurts to ask if they fail to offer.

If you're not sure if you'll qualify, call a good apartment locator in Houston

In my next blog post for Qualifying For Renting A Houston Apartment, I'll discuss credit scores and previous rental history.

Stay tuned.....

Doug Spector
Broker at
Apartment Living Locators  

Posted by Doug Spector on February 20th, 2017 12:13 PM

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