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One of the most asked questions in our industry is what documents and other items are needed when actively renting a Houston luxury apartment. Lets take a look...

Improve Your Credit Score 


Several factors go into the approval process. But there’s arguably no more significant factor in your rental application than your credit score. Landlords use this score as a single number that can generally sum up how financially responsible you’ve been and how you’ve handled your debts up to this point. Things like missed payments, very high credit balances, or a history of not paying debts can be warning signs.

Don’t panic though! If you have a rough credit score, consider taking some time to boost it back up with a few months of on-time payments before applying for an apartment.

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At Least First Month's Rent

You’ll want to make sure you have enough money in the bank to pay for your first month of rent, which will be due before they hand you a set of keys. This varies by apartment complex.

Application Fees

This annoying cost will occur before they accept you for an apartment. One way that many property managers ensure they only receive serious applicants is by charging an application fee. To explain, this is usually between $20 and $50, and you pay when applying. That means if you’re apartment hunting with friends, you’ll each need to include your fee with the application. 

Deposit

Your deposit is a set amount of money that’s due before moving into the apartment, on top of the first month’s rent and other costs. This along with other factors vary with each apartment complex.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on December 1st, 2021 11:36 AM

The debate over Houston apartment vs Houston house living is a long-standing one. Although, with more people now renting than any point over the last 50 years, more and more people are realizing the benefits of living in an apartment.

When deciding where to live, it’s best to weigh out the pros and cons.

To help you sort through the options, let’s look at reasons why you should move into an apartment instead of a house.

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Easy Maintenance

One of the top reasons to move into a Houston, Texas apartment is the ease of maintenance. When you don’t have to worry about maintaining the property, your to-do list is non-existent.

Homeownership brings responsibility for all repairs, yard work, preventative maintenance, and the costs that go with it. Even if you have someone take care of it for you, you still have to pay a hefty fee to get the work done.

When you live in an apartment you don’t have to worry about it. Shoveling snow, replacing a broken dishwasher, or fixing a leaky roof is the responsibility of apartment staff. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call property maintenance if there’s an issue.

Increased Safety

When considering the pros and cons of an apartment vs house, safety should always be a top priority. Living in a multi-unit dwelling gives added security you can’t find in a home.

Many apartment complexes have gated communities, controlled access, security cameras, and extra fire protection.

The close proximity of neighbors is also a huge safety benefit. They’re better able to hear if something happens, notice if something seems out of the ordinary, and may have extra time to contact the authorities.

Increased safety features make apartment living perfect for those living alone, families with children, the elderly, or those who just want peace of mind.

Amazing Amenities

Amenities that come with Houston apartment living are hard to beat. With recreation and convenience right outside your doorstep, apartments offer many perks you can’t find in most single homes.

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Clubhouses to hold big parties in, playgrounds, fitness centers, automated smart homes, and swimming pools are just some of the amenities you’ll find. While you can build features like these into a house, the cost can get out of reach for most budgets.

More unique amenities on property are movie theaters, salons, hiking trails, pet spas, and underground heated parking. It’s upgraded living, all without having to pick up the bill.

Saving Money

While many people argue that apartment rent is sometimes higher than a mortgage payment, they’re not looking at the big picture.

A mortgage is not the only expense when you move into a house. There’s property tax, insurance, HOA fees, plus a sizable down payment.

Then factor in the higher utility bills. It costs more to heat and cool a large home, water the yard, and pay to maintain the house.

Moving into an apartment only requires a small deposit fee. Renter’s insurance is a fraction of homeowner’s insurance and there’s no monthly maintenance expense. Plus, your utility bill gets slashed.


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Posted by Mike Barbaro on November 2nd, 2021 3:42 PM

If you’re the type of person who has been excited for Autumn all 2021 then congratulations! Fall is here! To help you usher in the season, here are a few cozy decorating ideas to try this autumn...

  1. Bring on the blankets!


  2. Nothing says “cozy-chic” quite like a fuzzy plaid throw blanket. Grab a basket and stock it with a few for the living room or spread one across a white duvet in your bedroom to create a sweet, simple look!!


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  1. Use Autumn candles!


  2. Pumpkin spice. Apple pie. Cinnamon-vanilla. Whatever your favorite fall scent is, it’s probably available in candle form. Start scouring your go-to shops for seasonally inspired aromas that will bring autumn into your home. Opt for battery-powered candles that are safer for apartment living.

  3. Spruce up your throw pillows!


  4. Decorating for a Houston, Texas fall might be as simple as getting new pillowcases for your living room throw pillows! Look for luxury comfy fabrics like velvet to create a truly inviting couch this fall. Don’t be afraid to spring for a bold color, too, like an autumnal crimson or orange!!

  5. Adorn the door!


  6. Your Houston apartment neighbors will know how much your love fall without even coming inside if you pick the right wreath! Check out your local craft store for wreaths featuring fall foliage, then dress your doors inside and out.
Posted by Mike Barbaro on September 24th, 2021 12:28 PM

The new COVID-19 delta variant has continued to spread throughout the United States. Thankfully for Houston apartment residents, there have been quite a few recommendations and emergency measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus.

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But, what does this mean to those that live in a Houston, TX apartment?

First, before you continue, breathe and relax. Most people are going to be okay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have told us to “Stay calm.”

First off, apartments don’t have a lot of space so heading outside to shop is common. However, it’s not a bad idea on stocking up on things that you’ll need over the next few weeks. We recommend ordering what you can through local online stores for delivery and if that’s not available, through Amazon.

Second, if you’re elderly or are around elderly people then it could be best to restrict contact right now as best possible to prevent spreading or contracting the virus.

Third, let’s follow the CDC’s plan on what to do if someone in your apartment building does contract the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here’s some notes to take from the CDC:

  • Listen to CDC updates and those from local authorities
  • Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes
  • In case you get sick, make a self-assessment based on your current and normal health, age, and other demographics along with the CDC’s recommendations on whether you need to be tested, stay home, or go to the hospital

In summary, continue best practices of washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, stay away from poorly ventilated buildings and crowded public places.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on September 1st, 2021 12:49 PM

No doubt about it that Houston, TX is a huge place! With over 7 million residents, Houston's metropolitan area is the 5th largest in the nation. With that size it may be hard to pick a neighborhood that suits you and your family. Luckily, Apartment Living Locators has made that easier for you! 

Lets take a look at our favorite Houston Neighborhoods for Families...

Katy

If you’re looking for a place where your kids can learn in the best schools, Katy is the place to be. The suburb hosts the famous Katy Independent School District and some of the best local amenities. It’s near the Energy Corridor and Memorial City and hosts approximately 16,000 people.

If you live in Katy, you’ll be only miles away from your employment centers as there are several companies in the area and shops within its boundaries. This is the place where you will find master-planned communities and subdivisions. You can choose to live in Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows, Young Ranch, Pine Mill Ranch, and many more. If you love moving around on foot, you will surely enjoy this  walkable suburb.

If you’re looking to rent a house in Katy, be sure that you’ll find the best apartments here at lower prices. The city has convenient accessibility to the Energy Corridor and some major freeways, which contributes to making it one of the best Houston neighborhoods.

Katy boasts of some of the best family-friendly activities, making it a perfect place to raise kids. There are plenty of entertainment centers, shopping centers, parks, and many other amenities.

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River Oaks

If you love luxury and the sophisticated lifestyle, you can choose to live in one of the crème de la crème neighborhoods of Houston. River Oaks is well-known for its large historic mansions. Homes here are on the more expensive side meaning if you plan to buy here, expect to pay a higher price.

River Oaks carries a rich history as one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the U.S. The neighborhood is also considered one of the most spectacular displays of old money. In addition to historic mansions, the area is also experiencing new construction opportunities thanks to new residents making their mark on the neighborhood.

River Oaks is also a hotbed for great shopping and incredible entertainment. The shopping and entertainment centers include the Landmark River Oaks Theatre, River Oaks District, among others. The dining experience in the neighborhood is also at its peak offering some of the hottest restaurants in town.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands is no doubt one of the best neighborhoods in Houston for families. The Woodlands is designed for great experiences with access to some the some of the best schools in the area, top-tier community amenities, convenience to employment centers, and an overall unbeatable quality of life.

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If you love a mixture of Houston suburbs and urban life, the Woodlands offers both with lots of open green spaces, as well as plenty of shopping centers. The neighborhood is bustling with restaurants, cafes, and many corporate campuses representing city life.  The suburb life is characterized by lakes, ponds ponds, parks, bike paths, hiking trails, and numerous other features. If you love golfing, tennis, kayaking, and other outdoor activities, The Woodlands is the place to be.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on August 2nd, 2021 4:33 PM

It seems true that fitting your entire life into one very small rectangular space may be difficult but here are some ideas to make the most of your one room studio apartment in Houston...

Create the Bedroom Illusion

The best way to solve a studio apartment's lack of a bedroom is to create your own—or at least the illusion of one.

Use a curtain, shelving unit, or traditional room divider to separate your bed from the rest of the room, creating a private "bedroom-like" place to sleep in peace.

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Declutter the Kitchen

In a Houston, Texas studio apartment, your kitchen is probably going to be one of two things: a row of cabinets against one wall of the living room, or a room so small there’s hardly enough space to open the refrigerator door all the way. Here's some tips to help...

Only buy essential kitchen utensils.

Remember that you don’t really need a tofu press, and twelve different knives aren’t necessary. Don’t let your cabinets fill up with boxes of pasta and cans of vegetables that you’re never going to use.

Only buy food you’ll eat within a few weeks.

Whatever you do, do not let kitchen messes build up. Wash the dishes as you use them, throw out expired food right away and wipe down all your surfaces after cooking.

Pick Furniture based on your Lifestyle

Create a space where you can hang out with friends, watch TV, and work on your laptop. To do this, think multipurpose. Instead of buying a desk, a TV stand, and a bookshelf, install wall shelving that you can use for all three. Instead of buying a huge, bulky couch, get a couple of smaller armchairs. But before you buy anything, think of how you’re going to live in the space.

Lastly, let us help you find the best apartment in Houston for your needs! Contact us today!

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on June 29th, 2021 4:45 PM

Summer is when you spend the most time enjoying the outdoor amenities of your Houston Luxury Apartment! What better way to enjoy it than making your apartment balcony your own!

DIY Bamboo Privacy Screen

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Photo: Silver Rose Sewing

An affordable privacy screen idea by Kelsey at Silver Rose Sewing. The blogger was lucky enough to find a bunch of large bamboo poles at a local store for less than $1.50 per piece. Afterward, she connected them all using zip ties and rope. After installing her new privacy screen, she topped it off with lantern string lights.

Blocking the Sun With a Fabric Canopy

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Interior designer Mora Korytowska shared her stylish balcony on Instagram. The furniture, made of acacia wood, is from IKEA's ÄPPLARÖ collection. Fabric lanterns look pretty during the day while adding soft light at night. The solar-powered lights in the planters provide additional lighting. Because Korytowska spends lots of time on the balcony during the day, she installed a fabric canopy with a high UPF rating overhead.

Concrete Furniture

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Photo: John Kraemer & Sons

Home features and decorative accessories made of concrete are having a significant moment. A chic accent table made of concrete adds a little grit to a modestly sized balcony by John Kraemer & Sons.


Posted by Mike Barbaro on June 1st, 2021 12:23 PM

Decorating your apartment for summer can be fun and inviting! And in Houston, Texas our summers can get really hot! Let's take a look at some ways we can make our apartment cool...

1. DIY Minimalist Daybed With Storage: If you’re tired of pumping up an air mattress every time you have guests, consider this more permanent setup. This stylish daybed doubles as a cute couch. (View Instructions via Proper)

2. DIY Anthro Rug: You can actually save up to $400 on this Anthropologie rug hack! If that’s not enough to convince you to take on this project, just imagine your living room floor covered with this beautiful and vibrant accent rug. All you need is fabric paint, painter’s tape and a basic IKEA MORUM rug. (View Instructions via Brit + Co)

3. DIY Marble and Gold Coffee Table: Luxe marble and gold come together in this elegant coffee table design. Combined with its stylish hairpin legs, this DIY darling practically screams modern. (View Instructions via Sugar & Cloth)

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4. DIY Modern Bottle Opener: Give your kitchen a modern touch with this DIY bottle opener made of plexiglass. Install it on your kitchen wall for a convenient tool with an artsy flair. (View Instructions via A Beautiful Mess)

5. DIY Color-Dipped Bar Stools: If you’re obsessed with the color-dipped look, bring the trend to your kitchen with this stylish stool makeover. Using painter’s tape, mark off the legs in your chosen pattern and spray paint your heart out. (View Instructions via Brit + Co)

Posted by Mike Barbaro on May 3rd, 2021 10:56 AM

Living in your own Houston Apartment comes with responsibility for your own safety! You can help protect and prepare yourself in the event of an emergency in your apartment building by following the precautions below...

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1. Install Reliable Protection

Do your part in making sure your apartment has working smoke and co alarms installed. Alarms should be on every level for multi-story apartments, as well as outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom. Test your alarms monthly and change the batteries every six months, or upgrade to our 10-year sealed battery alarms for hassle free protection. Fire extinguishers should also be on every level of your apartment and in the kitchen. Have your kitchen fire extinguisher easily accessible in the event of a cooking fire.

2. Have An Escape Plan

If a fire were to start in your apartment building, do you know what your escape route would be? Start by counting the number of doors between your unit and the nearest fire exit. Look around your floor to make sure you know where all of the exit doors are, and establish an evacuation plan that you practice regularly. If a fire does start, don’t prop-open any exit or stairway doors. If you are located on a high floor, consider investing in an escape ladder for your window.

3. Stay Outside

Once you have safely evacuated your building, call 9-1-1 and do not go back inside. If you are worried someone is still inside, make sure to alert firefighters where you think they are. Only go back inside once firefighters tell you that it is safe to do so.

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Help protect yourself and prevent fires from starting in your apartment with the following tips:

  • Use surge protectors to keep appliances safe
  • Don’t overload circuits
  • Don’t use cords that are frayed or cracked
  • Don’t run cords under rugs or between rooms
  • Never leave a portable space heater unattended
  • Ensure children cannot reach matches or lighters
  • Don’t store flammable items inside of your apartment
  • Never leave candles burning unattended
  • If you are cooking something, don’t leave food unattended on the stove


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Posted by Mike Barbaro on April 1st, 2021 2:25 PM

In the age of "Working from Home" how can you create the most productive home office inside your Houston, TX Luxury Apartment Rental? Lets take a look at some ideas!

The Kitchen Command Center

The kitchen is where all the action happens!! If you're a good multi-tasker—or need an afternoon homework station—this is where it's at. This kitchen office utilizes dead space across near the fridge, and provides plenty of room to spread out. Chalkboard paint on the wall complements the playful, modern aesthetic.

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The Under the Stairs Cozy Office

If you're truly space-starved, you don't have the luxury of ignoring any unused square footage. Unless the area under your stairs is necessary for the structural integrity of your apartment rental, open the space for an office!!

Attics Can Be Cozy Too!

Head up to the attic for some solitude and your most productive work day!! You'll be forced to declutter the room to make your office fit. Your hard work will pay off!

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on April 1st, 2021 2:20 PM

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