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Laundry day in Houston, Texas doesn't exactly get people excited to perform.

Bad news is, it is one of the chores that we can't really get rid of. Instead of avoiding laundry day, try these tips to help you manage your load and make the most of your time.

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Schedule Laundry Category Days

Instead of saving one day to do all of your laundry, break up your laundry by category and assign a day to that category. Lets say towels on Monday, bedding on Tuesday, etc.

Avoid Washing Machine Issues

Being proactive is much easier than dealing with the consequences of a washer or dryer issue. Instead of having to worry about cleaning your dryer, make it a routine to check pockets before every load. It is much easier to take an extra minute to double check than scrub out whatever may stain an entire load of laundry.

Carefully Sort Your Laundry

Pre-sorting your laundry will save you the time that is often wasted digging through your baskets to find what can be washed together. Be sure to carefully pre-sort, so you can avoid ruining any clothing. 

Service Your Dryer

Cleaning out your lint trap after each cycle will not only reduce a fire risk, but it will also help your dryer run more efficiently. 

Get Rid of Wrinkles

Instead of worrying about taking the time to steam your clothing, do so while they’re in the dryer. If you add a few ice cubes into a light load of clothing while your dryer is on the highest heat setting, the ice will melt and produce steam. 

Declutter Your Closet

While this may not be the first thing you think of when trying to make laundry day easier, decluttering your closet can make a huge difference in how much laundry you will actually need to do overall. Clothing we don't love tends to end up tossed on the floor and washed again and again without ever being worn out of the front door.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on August 3rd, 2020 1:00 PM

Ready to move into your dream Houston Luxury Apartment? Lets talk about how your budget should be managed!

Moving can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Moving from one small apartment to another a few blocks away can be done with a rental truck and a few friends. All of these variables are to be considered when budgeting your move.

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Will you be moving yourself? If so, take into consideration the following...

  • Packing supplies: boxes, tape, and bubble wrap
  • A large truck
  • Fuel for the truck
  • Insurance for your contents and the vehicle (credit card car rental insurance likely won’t cover a moving truck)
  • Travel for yourself, family, and pets
  • Food and drink to replenish during the move

Will you be using a moving company? If so, take into consideration the following...

  • Packing supplies: boxes, tape and bubble wrap
  • Packing service (may be charged by the job or hourly)
  • Loading and unloading service
  • Truck service
  • Insurance for your possessions
  • Travel for yourself, family, and pets

We know moving in Houston, TX can sometimes be stressful so it is important to be prepared. Budget is one thing that is important to plan ahead and consider the options.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on June 30th, 2020 6:06 PM

When renting an apartment it is always important to make sure there is ample storage for your needs. This is especially important when renting a Houston Apartment with lower square footage. Lets take a look at some storage hacks you can utilize!

Furniture Storage

When buying furniture for your home, always consider options with some stowage. Whether that’s a storage ottoman, a chic tiered side table or a coffee table with hidden compartments, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy both form and function.

Under the Bed Storage

Under you bed is an ideal space for storage, whether you're stashing your un worn wardrobe or looking for a place to stow extra blankets and comforters. Under-the-bed storage boxes are an inexpensive and easy solution for all bed types, and bed risers can maximize that down-low space. If you live in a studio, purchase a bed that features built-in pullout drawers and additional storage above the frame, proving to be a valuable solution. 

Under the Stairs Storage

Got more than one level in your Houston Apartment? Don't waste that under-the-stairs space! Install a slick pullout closet, where you can tuck away stuff  that never make it back upstairs. Stash your bikes and helmets under floating stairs with strategically-placed bike hooks, or ease morning mania by adding the perfect mudroom storage bench to organize shoes and schoolwork.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on June 2nd, 2020 5:37 PM

In Houston, just like the rest of the country, we have been forced to work from home these days. Let's take a look at some of the essential items we need to be productive from our Houston apartments...

A Solid Coffee Machine

Nothing like waking up to fresh coffee! Supply your Houston Apartment Kitchen with your favorite coffee brands. No more fighting for burnt coffee from the break room! Load up on your coffee of choice and power through your to-do list.

Dedicated Work Desk

Working from your bed messes with your sleeping habits. Not to mention, you just might give in to temptation and sleep through your morning deadline. Find some space in your apartment for a desk or table, preferably with plenty of natural light. Choosing a place without too many distractions is key.

Dependable Wi-Fi

The worst thing you can do when you’re on a video call is to drop out when your service does. A slow or unreliable connection can derail your focus and stifle your flow. Purchase a Wi-Fi extender for your apartment home or upgrade to a higher speed through your provider.

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Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Shut out the rest of the world with a pair of noise-canceling headphones. You’ll be able to ignore the delivery guy, door-to-door seller, and whomever else is wandering the halls in the middle of the day. Wireless headphones are also great for conference calls, giving you the freedom of movement during your meetings!

Posted by Mike Barbaro on May 5th, 2020 11:41 PM

Pets are one of the top things to increase you quality of life! It seems that everyone has a type of animal that is their favorite pet. As wonderful as they are, you need to make sure when living in a Houston apartment, that you can live with one. Let's look at some things to consider...

Always check your lease

Apartment leases have very specific rules and regulations when it comes to pets. These can include size, weight and breed restrictions, as well as restrictions on the number of pets you may have. If your lease specifically prohibits pets, you can try talking to your landlord. In addition, cleaning apartments between pets can be very expensive, and those apartments that are not “pet-friendly” are likely going to stay that way.

Bonus Tip: If you have a roommate, make sure they are on board with a new pet in the home!

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Is your Houston Apartment pet-friendly?

Even if your apartment bills itself as friendly for pets, is it really an ideal environment for a dog, cat or other pet? This consideration matters more for dogs, particularly larger breeds. Does your complex have walking trails or, even better, a dog park? Are the walls between you and your neighbors unusually thin (do you ever hear barking dogs in your neighbor's apartments?) Is your current or planned apartment a townhome with a ground level entry or are you stuck on the third floor? Imagine having to let your dog outside in the middle of winter, in a storm, on a dark and bitter night. First floor access is best.

Are you ready for a pet?

If you are traveling a great deal, have a very young child, work around the clock or with unpredictable hours, or can’t handle your life being slightly out of control, you may want to think about getting a high maintenance pet. If the above sounds like your life but you desperately want an animal companion, a cat may be a far better choice. Alternatively, you can set pet ownership as a goal down the line, when your work schedule and life circumstances allow.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on April 17th, 2020 5:58 PM

During these uncertain times we can take measures ourselves to make sure that we are living in a clean environment. Here at Apartment Living Locators we would like to share with you some of our tips to keep your Houston luxury apartment clean doing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Houston Luxury Apartment Cleaning Tips

Keeping Your Shower Head Clean

Over the course of time, mineral deposits can build up on your shower head, leading to dirty water flow. You can remove these deposits with distilled white vinegar and a plastic bag. Fill the plastic bag with vinegar, then place it over your shower head. Secure it with a rubber band, and let it soak for about an hour. Remove the bag and wipe your shower head. This is an easy and effective way to keep your shower working clean!

Cleaning Your Mattress

We all spend a lot of time on our beds, yet we only think to clean our sheets and not the mattress itself. People use the same mattress for 7-10 years or more, so it’s safe to assume that our mattresses could benefit from a good cleaning on occasion. Freshen your mattress by filling a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil.

Use Bleach and Cotton Balls to Clean Your Bathroom Floor

Tile floors in an apartment can be a nightmare to clean. When trying to clean in between these tiles, that can be even more difficult. One trick to keep these areas clean is to use bleach and cotton balls. Soak cotton balls heavily in bleach, then place them directly on the area between your tiles. Let these sit for 24 hours, then remove them and wipe clean with soapy water. 


BONUS: What Do I Need to Deep Clean My Home?

  • Disposable rags, scrub pads or towels that you don’t mind throwing away
  • Two buckets: one for the dirty/greasy water and another for fresh clean water
  • Your favorite degreaser, dish soap and disinfectant spray
  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • An abrasive scrub pad
  • A spray bottle with 1:1 vinegar and water
  • A scrub brush or an old toothbrush

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on March 23rd, 2020 9:55 PM

Your Houston apartment should be luxurious and comfortable! One of the cornerstones of being comfortable in your home is keeping it organized. To help you balance comfort and style we would like to share with you our top organization hacks...

Organizing your Houston Luxury Apartment Rental

Buy Furniture with Built-In Storage

When we do run out of space, reorganizing can be tough. A simple hack to enhancing your apartment design and gaining more storage space is to purchase furniture pieces that not only look good, but also have compartment space. Think Ottomans! They can be a new centerpiece for the living room and store remote controls, extra pillows, and blankets that take up too much space on the couch. 

Use Tiered Hangers to Save Space

If your closet is getting cramped, you can save space by using tiered pants hangers. These hangers have several layers of wire to hold multiple pairs of pants at a time, all in the same space a normal hanger would take up. For shirts, there are also tiered hangers that allow you to hook several hangers on one main hanger, stacked in a vertical fashion. Using these hangers will effectively save you horizontal space in your closet so you don’t have to compromise your style.

Store Your Shoes in Clear Containers

Going out on the town in Houston? Keep only your favorite shoes out. Storing your other shoes in clear containers will help you organize the shoes you have and help you easily see them.


Posted by Mike Barbaro on March 13th, 2020 3:34 PM

After renting your perfect luxury apartment here in Houston, how do you go about decorating it? Well sometimes you have to get creative. And other times you can use a little help. Today we share with you some of our favorite tips on how to decorate your Houston apartment! 

Rugs are easy ways to keep it cozy

Area rugs transform a Houston rental space from cold and sterile to personalized and cozy. While rugs are perfect in a wood-floored living room, they can be great additions to any room in the house, including the kitchen and hallways to bedrooms and dining rooms.

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Incorporate Wall Art

You may not be able to paint the walls, but don’t be afraid to hang art on the walls - the bigger the better. We always suggest using Command Strips to make sure you do not damage the wall surface. If you don’t have any large pieces of art, get the same effect by combining many smaller items into a gallery wall of sorts.

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Hang Curtains Over Blinds

Window treatments add instant coziness to your Houston luxury rental home. If you are stuck with plastic blinds you can hang curtains right over them.

Use Temporary Wallpaper

In the past wallpaper in a rental was a no-no. Now, removable wallpaper has opened up new home decor options for renters and homeowners alike. If you want to wallpaper a whole room, pick a smaller space like a bathroom or office.

We hope some of these tips helped you out in decorating your Houston rental apartment! As always you can contact us with any questions and more information on finding your perfect place to live in Houston Texas

Posted by Mike Barbaro on February 28th, 2020 1:33 AM

Electric Included or All Bills Paid Houston Apartments

Tired of high electric bills?  Check-Out some of these Houston apartments for rent that either include the electricity and/or even all the utilities!  

If you’d like to schedule your VIP Tour or would like more details on any of these or others, contact us now.


Lantern Village      5815 Gulfton St, Houston, TX 77081

 

       1Bed:$745-905    2Bed:$990-1,330    3/4Bed:$1,605-2,080

Village At Piney Point      2601 Lazy Hollow Dr, Houston, TX 77063

       1Bed:$799-860    2Bed:$995-1,149     Special:$399 1st mo w/12mo


The Aubrey      2310 Crescent Park Dr, Houston, TX 77077

      
 1Bed:$760    2Bed:$800-1,110    3Bed:$1,210-1,385     Special:1mo free w/12mo

 

Spring Village      11810 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77035

       Eff:$745    1Bed:$860-1,050    2Bed:$1,025    3Bed:$1,080-1,225

  

Pont Alba      4301 Bissonnet, Bellaire, TX 77401

       1Bed:$1,112    2Bed:$1,295-1,522

  

Afton Gardens      4727 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

       1Bed:$975-1,700    2Bed:$1,250-1,950

Colonial      900 N Durham, Houston, TX 77008

       1Bed:$950    2Bed:$1,050     Special:1mo free w/13mo

 

Parkview Village      10901 Telephone, Houston, TX 77075

       1Bed:$720    2Bed:$850    3/4Bed:$960-1,099

  

Serenity At Cityside      6061 Beverly Hill, Houston, TX 77057

       1Bed:$845-885    2Bed:$1,095-1,249    3Bed:$1,475     Special:$199-$399 off 1st

Three Fountains I      2313 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

     
  1Bed:$735-995    2Bed:$995-1,395    3Bed:$1,295-1,495

Memos: 1x1 $845 all bills pd

Westbriar      2530 Briar Ridge, Houston, TX 77057

      
 Eff:$841    1Bed:$851    2Bed:$1,216     Special:1/2 off 1st and 2nd mo w/12mo

Memos:1x1 $630 includes electric/water 640 sq.ft.

Royale      9701 Stella Link, Houston, TX 77025

       1Bed:$850    2Bed:$1,050-1,250    3Bed:$1,600


Plantation Place      7900 Bellaire, Houston, TX 77036

       1Bed:$813-933    2Bed:$935-1,100    3Bed:$1,322-1,472


Phoenician Garden      4723 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

       1Bed:$1,595     Special:$500 off 1st mo w/12mo


Villas At Braeburn      9600 Braes Bayou, Houston, TX 77074

       1Bed:$849    2Bed:$1,099-1,150     Special:$299 TMI w/12mo

Posted by Doug Spector on February 19th, 2020 2:23 PM
Apartments on Westheimer in Houston
Westheimer is one of Houston's longest and busiest streets in Houston, stretching east to west at about 19+ miles.  
"More than any other thoroughfare, embodies Houston's car-enamored, zoning-free ethos, a damn-near 20-mile phantasmagoria of strip malls, storage facilities, restaurants, big-box retail, office parks, apartment complexes, strip clubs, malls, supermarkets and the occasional church." --John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press said in a 2006. 
For those who want to not only be where the action is but also want to live in an apartment on Westheimer, below is a list of such complexes with current prices:


1)The Grey House4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Eff:$1,3491Bed:$1,689-2,3782Bed:$2,870-3,0003Bed:$4,064



2)The Westheimer 2001 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$1,311-2,0012Bed:$1,850-2,063


Pearl 21 Eleven 2119 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$1,186-1,9582Bed:$2,065-3,1703Bed:$3,368


Marquette At Piney Point 9100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$1,011-1,3552Bed:$1,311-1,4263Bed:$1,475-2,041

Alta City West 9233 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
Eff:$955-1,1021Bed:$1,039-1,3882Bed:$1,279-1,421

The Palms On Westheimer 6425 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Eff:$625-6501Bed:$625-7152Bed:$800-1,024Special:$199 1st mo w/7+mo

Parkway Flats 13328 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$984-1,1252Bed:$1,354-1,5163Bed:$1,695

The Preserve Piney Point 8740 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$850-9702Bed:$1,060-1,270

Solea Cinco Ranch 25500 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy, TX 77494
1Bed:$1,156-1,8862Bed:$1,839-2,256

The Diamond Hill At Westheimer 9411 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$9202Bed:$1,068Special:$399-$499 1st mo w/12mo

The Edison 11770 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Eff:$6741Bed:$793-9502Bed:$1,145-1,250

The Milo On Westheimer 13250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$935-1,1002Bed:$1,338-1,485

Artesian On Westheimer I & II 13099 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$946-1,0732Bed:$1,110-1,3823Bed:$1,557

Bella Palazzo 13098 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$1,025-1,4852Bed:$1,210-1,4103Bed:$1,616

Carrington Court 7900 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$835-9502Bed:$950-1,3503Bed:$1,499

16)The Water Mill 6505 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Eff:$7501Bed:$8252Bed:$1,080-1,180Special:$199 1st mo w/12mo


17)Avalon Square 2400 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$925-1,0402Bed:$1,280-1,3303Bed:$1,600-1,650Special:1/2 off 1st Mo w/6-18mo


18)88 Twenty 8820 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
Eff:$949-1,0681Bed:$1,079-1,4002Bed:$1,430-1,643Special:1mo free w/ 12mo


19)The Millennium High Street 4410 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 770271Bed:$1,550-2,5752Bed:$1,695-3,000

3Bed:

$2,725

If you need any details on any of these apartments on Westheimer or would like a personal VIP Tour, call or visit us!

Posted by Doug Spector on February 11th, 2020 5:11 PM

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