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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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Photo: https://www.instagram.com/morakorytowska/

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...

Houston Rental Apartments Fire Safety

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.

Apartment Fire Prevention

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

Renting a luxury apartment unit in Houston can be a rewarding experience but it is always good to keep in mind that there are mistakes to avoid when renting. Lets take a look at some of those mistakes to avoid....

Mistake #1

Not reading the lease carefully. 

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Like any financial transaction, the details can be a killer. In this case, your lease will include much important information, or details that will affect your overall cost. The lease will specify if you have to pay your own electricity, gas and water bills. There could be a charge for parking. Important rules regarding pets, including if they are allowed or not, will be included. And above all,  take careful note of the lease’s start and end date.

Mistake #2

Renting the apartment without seeing the unit.

While plenty of people rent apartments without seeing them, you should try to check out the property in person. Apartment photos can often be difficult to gauge the entire apartment on, which may leave you disappointed when you enter the apartment. A first-hand check also will enable you to know some basic (but important) things, like if the unit smells clean. Most importantly, it helps you avoid common online scams where photos are stolen from the landlord’s website. The scammer then uses these images to pose as a rental agent to collect a down payment and first month’s rent from you. It’s much more difficult to pull off such a scam if you see a unit in person.

Mistake #3

Failing to inform your landlord of maintenance issues.

As a renter, it’s your responsibility to immediately report things that need fixed in your unit. Even small problems with appliances, plumbing and other areas could lead to bigger damage you would be responsible for if situations are left unattended.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on March 3rd, 2021 12:23 PM

Bathrooms are not the first room we think of when it comes to relaxation but this does not mean we can't make them comfortable! Today we take a look at some tips on decorating your Houston apartment bathroom....

Space

You could have all the best intentions and ideas in the world, but if your bathroom doesn’t have space for that multi-tiered storage shelf, then you’re going to have to change your plans. Instead, before you start decorating, evaluate your space and think about how much you can realistically add to the room. 

Storage

Bathroom storage is essential, as bathroom items can quickly become cluttered and messy. It’s always a good idea to go through your bathroom drawers regularly so that you can clear out the products you aren’t using anymore, such as old makeup, empty shampoo bottles, old toothpaste tubes and the like. 

The key to a clean bathroom is to not have a messy counter. If there are toothbrushes, medicine bottles or soap dispensaries everywhere, it will feel like your bathroom is never clean. Store all your odds and ends in organized drawers or shelves so that you never have a messy bathroom again!

Lighting

If you feel like your bathroom is too dark, then keep that in mind when you pick out the colors and decor so that you can add as much light as possible. For example, if you've got a small, windowless, dark bathroom, then maybe look for decor that is brighter and more minimal instead of dark decor.

Colors

Pick colors that will make your bathroom feel fresh, clean and decluttered, such as white and turquoise, white and blue, light grey and coral or baby blue and tan.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on February 4th, 2021 2:23 PM

Here at Apartment Living Locators we are ready to answer questions, assist with move-in details and help orient new residents!

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Select properties provide apartment information, floor plans, photos and tours online. Many Houston Luxury Apartment units have fireplaces, ceiling fans, built-in microwaves, washer/dryer connections, on-site recreational facilities and covered parking.

State-of-the-art gyms, movie theatres, sparkling pools, multi-purpose party rooms, executive business centers are some of the other additional features. Some facilities allow pets. Most require a security deposit and a credit card report; leases range from six months to one year. Month-to-month leases are available but usually command higher prices.

Houston Apartment complexes have different plans for utilities, cable and internet service, and additional deposits and activation services may be necessary. Landlords must install smoke detectors, locks on every door and latches on each window. Discuss any special housing requirements you may have with the leasing agent and be sure that the terms are written into the lease. In Texas, all real estate agreements must be in writing.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on February 4th, 2021 2:15 PM

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