One of the most important things in regards to your apartment listing is the pictures. Now that most listings are online, there is really no reason for you to not take at least a couple of pictures with your cell phone and upload them onto a website. Many people looking for a new place to live use these pictures to decide if they want to see the apartment in person or not. In fact, many websites even have an option so that people can filter their results to only show listings that have pictures. If you have a nice looking apartment, why would you not want to show it off to everyone? Something that you need to be mindful about when taking pictures for your apartment is to make sure it actually reflects what the apartment looks like. When you post pictures of an apartment that are outdated or even from a completely different unit, you are technically using false advertising and not only is that not helpful in the end, but may also be considered illegal. Always be sure to only post pictures of the actual apartment that you are renting out, even if they are nearly identical. Lighting is so incredibly important in photography. Even if you don’t know anything about taking a “good” picture, natural light can really only help. If the apartment does not have a large amount of natural light, be sure to take pictures with plenty of artificial light to help make up that difference. People want to see what the place looks like and that can’t happen if it is super dark. You can always use mirrors to help reflect light around an empty space to make it look brighter while taking photos and even while showing the apartment. Another important thing to think about when you are taking pictures is whether or not they are clear. Blurry pictures are sometimes worse than no pictures at all because it can be taken as a disinterest on your part to take the time to have decent pictures taken. If your hands shake, you can always ask someone else to help you. There is nothing wrong with getting a little assistance. Posting pictures will definitely help you when you are trying to rent out your apartment. If you aren’t sure that you can do it on your own, ask someone else. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes!
When it comes to renting an apartment, there are many different questions that have to be asked. One of the most important questions, is how much you want to pay for an apartment and how much you can pay for an apartment. You obviously don’t want to pay too much and possibly be in trouble if you end up losing your job or having to take a pay cut, but you also don’t want to go for a cheap alternative either. Super cheap locations are often too small or are barely habitable, which is never good for those living there. After all, you do get what you pay for. According to most financial experts, your rent payments should make up about 30 percent of your income. This is considered a good balance of expenses between housing and other things like food, entertainment, and other costs of living. While the full 30 percent isn’t always an option due to other factors, it is at least a good point to adjust from in either direction. It also gives you a healthy perspective in regards to what price point you should be looking at. For example, if an apartment would only cost you 15 percent of your budget and there isn’t an obvious reason why the rent is so cheap, then you may want to reconsider depending on the other rent rates in the area. It is always a good idea to check around at other apartments in the area to see how much they are going for. There may be one specific area that costs more than the others around it and depending on your financial situation you may want to look there or specifically avoid it. It also gives you a good idea about how much of a deal you may be getting on your rent payments. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide how much you can pay for rent. Some landlords do require a minimum income to prove that you can afford the apartment, so be sure to pay attention to any listing that you read to see if you are eligible to even rent the property. If you are looking for a new place to live and have a budget in mind, give Talley a call and see what we have to offer. You never know, we may have exactly what you’re looking for!
Trying to find the perfect place to live is always a struggle. It is even more difficult when you are on a fixed or limited budget. You may have specific requirements that are unique which further reduce the amount of places that you can move, which causes even more trouble. When it comes down to finding a good fit, it can be more difficult than you ever imagined. Trying to balance the amount of money you need to pay in rent and utilities with the amount of space you need gets exponentially more difficult the more people you have living with you. If it is just you or yourself and one additional person, you can likely get away with a one bedroom depending on your relationship. However, if you are someone with children it can become prohibitively expensive. This is especially true if the kids are a little older and need their own rooms. Kids are expensive, especially if they don't have a job yet to help them pay for some of their own supplies. However, it is still important that everyone is able to thrive where they are living. Another factor to finding a place that suits your needs is any medical requirements that you may have. While something like a service animal isn’t normally too much of a deal breaker, having an oxygen requirement or needing an apartment that is fully wheelchair accessible can be almost impossible to find, especially at a good price. Not only would you need to find a bottom floor apartment without stairs into the location, you need to be sure that the doorways will accommodate you comfortably and the angles aren’t too sharp for you to turn through. Everything also needs to be at a good height for while you are in the chair so things like bathrooms and kitchens can be huge deal breakers. Here at Talley, we are determined to help you find your dream home. We don’t care what restrictions you have, we will do everything we can to get you a place that you love. We understand that everyone is different and will need different things, so we are prepared to help everyone find that apartment that fits like a glove. Give us a call today if you are looking for a new place to live and see just what we can do to get you into one of our rental homes!
There are few things as stressful as looking for a new place to live. There are so many reasons for someone to move, but the search always boils down to the same essential thing: where can I live and be comfortable? Some people are looking for a one bedroom for just themselves. Other people have whole families that they need to house and look for a place large enough to accommodate everyone. Others may even be looking to move in with some friends so they aren’t alone. Each of these people have the same problem, however. Everyone wants to enjoy where they live and that isn’t always an easy task. Finding the right place to live can be a time consuming and long process. While some people may be lucky and find the perfect rental immediately, it can take months or even years to find exactly what you’re looking for depending on what your requirements are. Looking for a place to set your life takes a lot of commitment and you never want to settle for something you can’t see yourself being truly happy in. At times, this is necessary depending upon your previous living situation, but in the best case scenario, you can take the time to find what truly calls to you. Many people spend years looking at houses to purchase before they finally find what they truly want and renting is no different. After all, just finding one that you like the look of isn’t enough. You need to think about location and the state of the house just to name a few important things. It can be the most beautiful house in the world, but if it’s an hour away from your work, you may need to look at another option. It can be in the perfect location but need far more work than you can put into it. All of these things need consideration before you can make your move. Talley Properties is determined to help you find the perfect place. We know how important it is that you are happy with where you live, and we want you to be happy. Finding that perfect rental is a process with a lot of work that goes into it, but with the right partners you never know what you can find. You may just never want to move again!
Now that spring is officially here, there are a couple of things that you may want to start doing if you own a rental property. With the weather warming up and people venturing outdoors again after such a long and chilly winter, there are many different things to change or update to increase curb appeal. While there may be lists that are pages long of things like this for you to work on, here are a couple to give some thought to on those really nice days when you want to be outside. Power Washing. After the winter with all of the salt and dirty snow, your rental property may need a good power wash. Many places will rent out a power washer for a day and they are relatively cheap to operate as well as rent. Obviously it is better if you have a friend who owns one, and the beauty of social media is that you can easily ask around. Check classified ads if you are interested in buying one, you never know what will pop up! Planting. Getting your hands down into the dirt in the beginning of the spring can be a great feeling and extremely rewarding. You may want to plant a couple of flowers around the lawns or maybe a tree or two for shade. You may even want to create a memorial garden of some kind, either one that is for someone specific or one that others can use if you own an apartment complex. Perhaps you have been thinking about starting a communal vegetable garden. Ask around with your residents and see if there is any interest in keeping a couple of plants and herbs alive for the community to use. Paving. This is always a big one after a rough winter if you have an apartment complex with a parking lot. Plows and snow wreak havoc on asphalt, and so you may be thinking about patching some of those pot holes left behind. While it is certainly expensive, it will be more than worth it in the long run for you and your residents as well as any guests they may have over. These are only three things that you may want to consider doing now that the weather is warming up. Stay tuned for a couple more ideas if you want to keep improving your rental property.
Having a baby can be one of the most incredible moments of your life. Although it might have been a difficult road to get there, it is something that a lot of people cite as the most important moment in their life. A new baby can definitely be a lot of work, but many people say that the real struggle begins when their baby starts to crawl and walk. Once your child becomes mobile, it can seem like they never stop and can be difficult to keep up with. This is why it is important to plan ahead if you think you are going to have children in the future. A common goal for younger couples is to have children. If you are in a relationship and have decided that kids are something that you want in your future, then you will probably be looking at a certain sized apartment or rental house. Just looking for something that has enough bedrooms isn’t always enough though. It is important to remember that children can get into a lot of trouble quickly. Thinking forward to things like dangerous stairs, slippery floors, or even older carpets and wallpaper can pose a possible concern to new parents of children that like to chew on everything and crawl around quickly. While we aren’t saying that every family who has children needs to have a single floor house with an open floor plan that was recently built, it is important to consider what is important to you in regards to your growing family. This might include certain things that you wouldn’t think of if it was just a couple of younger adults. We suggest making a list of what is most important to you before you start looking for a new place to house your growing family. Here at Talley Properties, we are dedicated to finding the perfect place for you and anyone else who might come along. The whole point of having somewhere to live is to be comfortable, so why should you settle for anything less than exactly what you want? No matter how long it takes, we will keep searching until you are happy with what we can get you into. Give us a call and let us know what your requirements are. We want you to like where you live and will search until you are. You just need to make the call.
There is an interesting discussion when it comes to apartment complexes and other large buildings (such as offices) regarding garbage pickup. Although most places understand that they need to have a place that their residents can dump their trash, many people wonder if they should provide recycling bins as well. While this is something that someone who knows the location must decide, we want to help you out when it comes to keeping things out of landfills that could be better used (or reused) in other places. One of the main reasons that most rental property owners do not want to offer a recycling option is the price. While it is a bit more expensive than just having the garbage, many places that offer both will give you a bundle sort of deal so that you can get them at a reduced rate. This is also true if you are able to have fewer recycling pickups than garbage pickups, which most places do. For example, my apartment complex picks up the garbage twice a week while the recycling is only picked up twice a month. While this can cause a bit of an issue around holidays when lots of large boxes are being tossed into the bins, it is normally more than enough and it does save the association some money. Another issue that many owners find is that people don’t seem to know (or care) about how recycling works. It is important that everyone realizes which bins are meant for garbage and which ones are meant for recycling. Most plants that recycle will either turn away trucks that are full of garbage or charge extra fines for having to separate the contents. This is expensive for the property managers and owners either way which can discourage a lot of places from continuing a recycling program. Make sure to post literature about what can and cannot be recycled and take extra action if needed. Recycling is something that can really help out the environment and apartment complexes if used correctly. If you aren’t sure how to get started, you can always go to the library or check online and do some research of your own first. Ask around and see if there is any interest in getting a recycling bin for your residents. It certainly couldn’t hurt and you will make a difference in the community and the environment!
It rarely happens that anyone moves into a new place and loves everything about it from day one. Every person has different needs and tastes that often need to be addressed when they move. Sometimes these are small, like hanging a couple of pictures or maybe placing a bookcase or two. Other times, however, there are large changes that need to be made. These can include adding a stair lift or changing out a bathroom tub or toilet to make it more accessible to someone with medical needs. No matter the size of these changes, you may need to talk to your landlord. While most landlords don’t have a problem with you hanging pictures or putting up new curtains, some don’t like new holes going into their walls. It is important to make sure that you ask what will and will not come out of a security deposit. For example, if you put up new permanent shelving you may be in trouble but simply putting a nail in the wall for a painting is okay. If you want to change out your shower head, you may want to ask if the landlord is okay with you leaving the new one when you move or if you should keep the original to put back in before you go. Each landlord is different, so never assume that the rules are the same from one to another. Some landlords are okay with you painting the walls as long as you paint them back before you leave while others don’t want to deal with different colors under the layers of white or beige. Although you may paint something on the wall, it might make it more difficult to sell to the next tenant if they don’t have the same taste in art as you. Even if you don’t think you’ll “get caught”, you should remember that it isn’t your home. If you wouldn’t want someone to do it to you, then definitely think twice before you do it yourself. Any change that you may want to make to an apartment should always go through your landlord. Although you don’t really need to ask permission every time you hang a new painting, it is a good idea to ask what is and is not okay when you move. As long as you have communication, you should be in the clear!