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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...

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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.

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

Studio Apartments in Houston, TX can be luxurious and full of space if designed correctly! Lets take a look at some tips...

Try A Loft Space

If you have tall ceilings in your studio, building a loft is a killer way to add some additional square footage to your space. For example, create a sleeping area in the loft and used the space underneath as a small music studio.

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Create A Wall With Lots of Shelving

Another great idea for an open wall in your studio is creating a unique shelving unit. For example, create some additional storage space in the kitchen with a simple, custom wood shelving unit.

Define the Spaces With Curtains

Another easy, no-fuss way to define your space is with curtains. Floor-to-ceiling curtains can create an easy to construct wall to separate places.

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Posted by Mike Barbaro on January 4th, 2021 3:55 PM

Designing a festive theme without cluttering your apartment can be a challenge when you live in a Houston, TX apartment. These brief decorating ideas will help you transform your living space into the ultimate holiday haven!

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Start with the Tree

A gigantic tree is a must if you’re a character in a holiday movie, but huge Christmas trees really aren’t a requirement for the rest of us. In fact, small trees can make just as much of an impact as big ones. If floor space is limited in your Houston apartment, consider a smaller holiday tree option.

Light It Up

Several strings of lights, whether they’re white or multi-colored, immediately give your Houston luxury apartment a festive air without taking up much space. Drape them around windows and mirrors, on kitchen countertops and doorways, or on the wall above your bed.

Hang Up Your Stockings

Finding a place to hang your stockings can be a challenge if you don’t have a mantel or fireplace in your apartment. Buy a few heavyweight stocking holders and dangle the stockings from bookcases or shelving units, or on window sills. A coat rack also makes the perfect place to display stockings and can be used to hold coats, scarves, purses or other items during the rest of the year.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on December 1st, 2020 1:30 PM

When you become of age and have a job, the other thing that crosses your mind is to have your own space. Having a place that you call your home gives you a sense of independence and pride. When you move to a new apartment, the first thing you want to do is customize it.

 

You could start by putting in a fresh coat of paint. Although, you may need to speak to your landlord before you paint any walls. With his/her approval, you can go ahead and choose the paint that appeals to you. The most ideal paints for bathrooms, for example, range from dark and bold colors to bright and cheerful colors. Additionally, you can incorporate bath mats in your bathroom. While these mats serve multiple purposes such as absorbing excess water following a bath, they can transform your bathroom immensely. You can get bath mats that have the same color as your towels to achieve a cohesive look. 

 

To begin with customization, you could upgrade the bathroom with a high-quality shower curtain and matching draperies for the windows. These two pieces have the potential to make your bathroom look very elegant.

 

If you are wondering whether you can remodel your bathroom at a low cost, well, it can be done. While activities such as shower remodeling require a professional to do it, there are few changes you can make on your own without blowing your budget.

 

If you are looking for a rental home, here is everything you need to know about renting an apartment:

 

1.         Fees paid upfront

 

Rent is not the only financial obligation you have. There are several fees you need to be aware of such as security deposit, application charges, as well as first and last month’s rent. In some apartments, you may be required to pay a pet deposit fee. Therefore, it is paramount that you ensure that your finances are sufficient before embarking on this journey. The way to ensure that your finances are in order is to prepare a budget that stipulates all these fees.

 

 

2.         There is more to monthly expenses than just rent

 

Once you have moved into your apartment, the rent you pay monthly is not your only financial concern. There are long-term costs that you need to budget for such as gas, electricity, cable and internet, water, as well as groceries and trash fees. As a potential tenant, you are required to envision these bills and factor them in when you are looking for an apartment.

 

 

3.         Understand rental agreement terms 

 

A lease agreement is binding. In case you are renting for the very first time, you need to read and understand the lease agreement before you sign it. Among the things you are supposed to check is the landlord’s policy on late rent payment as well as behavior that can get you evicted. If there are terms that you do not agree with, you could always speak to the landlord or the property manager. Suppose you do not understand any of the terms on the lease agreement, you can always get someone to interpret it for you.

 

4.         Apartment location matters

 

When you go apartment hunting, you need to know what essential services you need as well as the proximity to your workplace. You might have the most affordable apartment but end up spending a lot more on transportation costs. Always go for those apartments that are located near places where you get your essential services and those with a short commute to your work.

 

5.         You can have a roommate

 

At times, it may be financially draining to live alone. In such instances, you move in with a roommate to ease the financial burden. While you take steps to have a roommate, you need to ensure that you both sign a lease as well as a roommate agreement. Such contracts ensure that you both remain accountable concerning paying bills.

 

6.         Pet policy

 

Some apartments have a pet policy that decides whether you get to keep your pet in that building or not. These policies have clear guidelines even as to what kind of breed you can keep. Apartments like those attract a pet deposit fee. So, the next time you want to move to a new apartment with your pet, you may request to see the guidelines laid down on this document.

 

 

7.         Essential amenities

 

You need to identify what amenities you cannot live without. Amenities range from an elevator, in-unit laundry and drier, or a gym. When you know what you need, you will be able to select an apartment that you will enjoy to reside in.

 

 

Conclusion

 

When you think about renting an apartment, you ought to be familiar with all these things to avoid getting frustrated. Of importance, you need to make a realistic budget for all your financial requirements.

Posted by Mike Barbaro on December 1st, 2020 12:16 PM

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