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It's already November! Time does sure fly! It made us curious on when the best time to search for a new apartment would be during the year in Houston?

Spring/Summer

Latest analysis found that renters looking to move in late spring and early summer can pay a premium for their next home. In 37 of the country’s 50 largest metro areas, the median asking rent for apartments listed on HotPads reaches its highest point for the year in May, June or July.

Nationally, the median asking rent for all rentals listed on Hot Pads is $1,540 a month. In June, the median asking rent for apartments listed on Hot Pads is 4.1 percent higher than average, which equates to spending $63 more on rent every month. Rentals listed in May have the highest premium nationally, at $88 per month.

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Winter

Those who are willing to wait it out for a deal are most likely to find lower prices in the winter. Natiomwide, January is the least expensive time to rent a new house or apartment. Compared to other months, the asking rent for a typical home or apartment is 3.3 percent lower in January, equivalent to a $51 discount every month.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on November 6th, 2020 6:44 PM

It can be scary moving in to a new Houston Apartment but no need to worry! Today we have you covered on how to survive the first night in your new pad!

Pack a First Night Bag

You should pack all the small items you'll need on your first night in your new Houston luxury apartment in a travel bag. For example, you'll want to pack pajamas for the nighttime. Also, pack your toiletries, a roll of toilet paper, medication, your cell phone and a charger, etc. Don't forget to place your tablet or computer in the bag as well along with some DVDs for late-night movie watching.

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Pack an "Open First" Box

Your “open first” box should include what you need to get through the evening and next morning. Start with your bedding so you have something to sleep on. Don’t forget your shower items!

Place a variety of just-in-case items inside like a mini tool kit, extra light bulbs, matches, and batteries. Additionally, if you want your favorite cup of coffee in the morning, store your grounds and coffee in the box as well.

If you are hiring a moving company or plan on renting a truck, place your first night bag and boxes in your car. This way you'll have easy access to them and won't be left searching around your new place.

First Night Box For Your Pet

If you have a pet, you'll want to pack it a first night box as well. If you have a cat, store its kitty litter, tray, bowls, toys and some food in this box. Label it clearly so you can find it easily. It is also a smart idea to pack a cardboard scratcher of some kind so your furry friend doesn't ruin your furniture or the baseboards in your new pad.

For dogs, pack food, bowls, bones and other toys. Additionally, if your pet has a bed or blankets that it loves, be sure to place it inside the container as well. Lastly, don't forget to pack any medication that your pet might need during the night.


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Posted by Mike Barbaro on November 6th, 2020 6:39 PM

Renting your an off-campus apartment in Houston is very exciting, but it can also be a huge source of stress if you are unprepared. Lets look at some tips on choosing the right rental in Houston, TX...

Plan Your Budget

When searching for student housing, consider your living costs to see whether the rent will fit into your budget. This way, you won’t make the mistake of signing a lease on an apartment you can’t afford. The general rule of thumb is that your monthly income should be three times your monthly rent, although your situation may be different depending on if you receive aid from your parents or other sources. If affordable student housing is your goal, planning your budget in advance is an effective way to determine if off-campus living is right for you. Planning your budget before your student housing search can help you decide where you can cut costs and how many roommates you will need.

Start Your Search Early

It can be difficult to find off-campus apartments if you’re not proactive in your search. It is recommended to start your search for student housing 8-12 months in advance for areas with a highly competitive rental market. For areas that are not as competitive, 2-6 months is recommended. Begin your student housing search as early as possible to avoid competing with other students seeking off-campus living arrangements.

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Distance is Key

Proximity to campus can greatly affect the cost of rent. The closer to campus a property is, the higher the rent is likely going to be. If you have access to a vehicle, the best option for affordable student housing is looking for properties in neighboring towns. Living just 10-15 minute from campus can save you up to hundreds a month.


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Posted by Mike Barbaro on October 1st, 2020 1:23 PM

Security should always be a priority whether you rent or own.

The only way you can make your home more secure is by investing in security.

There are plenty of ways to improve your home so that it’ll be difficult for burglars to break-in.

Lets look at some security tips...


Secure door locks

You might think that a burglar won’t have the audacity to go to your front door and try and open it to get into your home. However, you will be surprised.

Even if you believe yourself to be in a safe neighborhood, it’s still better to be safe and always lock all of your doors, especially your front door. 

If you have a door with a mail slot, make sure that nobody can reach through the mail slot to open the doorknob from the inside. You should apply all these precautionary measures to your front door and any door in your home. 

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Conceal exterior wires

Sometimes, it’s not enough to post signs to deter a more persistent burglar with experience dealing with signs like those. If they’re aware that you have a home security system, they might look for any wires outside of your home and cut them.

If the perpetrator has cut the cables, it will make your home vulnerable. That’s because you don’t have access to electricity and external communication.

Thus, you don’t want to make it easier for burglars to find wires that can make your home vulnerable.

Electrical conduits are the best way you can conceal exterior wiring so that it’s difficult to find them and cut them. 


Secure your valuables

When you’re too comfortable in your home, you tend to leave everything out in the open. Although you have good reason to believe that you’re safe in your home, you still need to be vigilant and remember to secure your valuables. 

Before any criminal would try and break into a home, they usually check the place first to figure out various things. One of which would be where the valuables are.

Thus, if you don’t secure your valuables, you might be giving away valuable information to criminals. This will also entice them to break into your home. 

If you have a safe at home, keep your crucial documents there as well as expensive valuables that you would hate to lose. It would help if you also kept your tools locked away so that they can’t use your tools against you. 


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Posted by Mike Barbaro on October 1st, 2020 1:18 PM

A garage can be a premium in many cases when looking for an apartment. Luckily, you are in the right place to find one! We have an extensive list of apartments in Houston, TX that have garages and we are going to highlight some today!

Arrabella Townhomes

Houston apartments with garages

The Arrabella Townhomes off Katy Freeway in Northwest Houston off premium garage space among modern stone facades.

Domain Memorial

Houston luxury apartments that include a garage

Not far from the Arrabella Townhouses are the Domain Memorial Apartments. Be sure and check out their luxury pool!

Avanti Cityside

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This unique red and tan facade welcomes guests that are in need of garage apartments in Houston!

If you have any questions regarding these apartments be sure and contact us today!

Posted by Mike Barbaro on September 1st, 2020 11:32 AM

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

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