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.
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.
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!
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...
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!
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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
Afton Gardens 4727 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027
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
1)The Grey House4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027Eff:$1,3491Bed:$1,689-2,3782Bed:$2,870-3,0003Bed:$4,064
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The Greater Third Ward is southeast of downtown, bound by Interstate 145 and State Highway 288. A rich historic past coexists with modern institutions, such as Texas Southern University, in this top neighborhood for millennials. This area is known for its rich African-American history and famous residents have included singer Beyoncé, Phylicia Rashad of “The Cosby Show” and her younger sister, actress Debbie Allen. The neighborhood earned top billing for its high percentage of renters, low rent costs and strong population growth of 17.31%.
Historic, yet attractive to young residents: That’s the winning combination that makes the Washington Avenue/Memorial neighborhood another top spot for millennials. A young population calls this place home: 40% of residents are age 20 to 34, and the unemployment rate of 2.99% is one of the lowest in the city. Population growth stands at 18.85%, the fourth highest in the city.
Located in west-central Houston, by Highway 59 and Allen Parkway, this neighborhood is described as having a “distinctive Bohemian atmosphere.” The area is close to entertainment options and the price to live here is a reasonable $1,052 a month on average.
Located in the heart of the city, Midtown calls itself “Houston’s pedestrian-oriented urban community.” This neighborhood is close to Houston’s universities and several METRORail stations, making this a great option for young residents on a budget. The neighborhood is also working to increase amenities with renovations at Midtown, Baldwin and Glover parks.
What better place for a young person than in the heart of the city? In downtown, open spaces such as Discovery Green and Market Square Park are complemented by spaces that bring business, entertainment and sports to the area — from the George R. Brown Convention Center to Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center stadiums. In other parts of downtown, revitalization is underway and empty office buildings are becoming lofts. All factors have contributed to a three-year population influx of 10.5%.
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1. Check your credit score for free at creditkarma.com or any other place you might use. Many Houston Apartments are now factoring credit scores in their formula in qualifying potential tenants. While not necessarily a "make or break" deal, it definitely helps to have a good score and hurts with low scores.
2. If you have a previous broken lease, the longer it's been, the better. The most common time frame complexes use as the marker to pass is around 3+ years.
Still some places are very strict and won't consider renting no matter how long it's been.
If you have a broken lease, you will increase your chances greatly if you contact the old complex to see what you can do to get this taken off your record. Usually, it's just a matter of paying-off what you owe them and many times they're willing to take less once they hear you're wanting to make a deal.
Once you agree on that amount owed, pay it all if you can but if not make a monthly "payment plan" and get it in writing, signed by the manager and on their company letterhead. Then bring that agreement with you when applying at a new apartment...though it's not a guarantee for approval, it will definitely help tremendously.
If you still have problems finding an apartment that will work with your rental history, you might:
* try getting a cosigner
* try putting the lease in the name of a roommate or whoever else might be living there with you (keep in mind that person must be able to qualify income-wise on their own)
* offer to pay double deposit and/or pay 2 months rent up front or more
* inform the manager of any good rental history you might have had since your broken lease...this will go a long way
* go in person (dress professionally),speak directly to the manager and put on your best charm/manners in your attempt to convince him/her why you'll be a great tenant!
* show-off your good paying and stable job...possibly have a very flattering letter from your employer bragging on you
3. Worse than broken leases are evictions. While many complexes won't rent to someoneone who has a previous eviction, there are several that might work with that. Once again, the older it is, the better and try some of the same tips from above regarding broken leases.
4. Usually, worse than evictions is a criminal record. Misdemeaners aren't always "Deal Breakers" but Felonies make it extremely difficult to rent an apartment but still not impossible. Once again, the older the criminal record is, the better and the type of crime can make a difference too.
Whatever your situation might be from those listed above, it's always a very good idea not to go at it alone. Instead, put an expert in your corner by seeking assistance and guidance thru a reputable and licensed Houston Apartment Locator. They can help deal with the apartments on your behalf and usually at no charge!
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