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Consider the Kids when Moving to Your New Apartment

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Your move to a new apartment can signal a positive change in your life, getting a new job, or moving to a new city. You feel excited at the opportunities this adventures offers. However, if you have any kids, they may feel the exact opposite, especially if this is the first move of their lives. They may be leaving the only home they’ve ever known and saying goodbye to lifelong friends. You can make the transition easier for them by following a few guidelines.

Begin by explaining to them why the family is moving to a new home. Encourage them to express their feelings, both positive and negative. Acknowledge and sympathize with their fears but find a way to turn these feelings into something positive. For example, if your little one is sad at leaving her friends, agree that it is indeed sad to say goodbye, but point out that she can see her playmates for special visits in the future.

Take your children on the apartment hunt with you and ask for their opinions to give them some say in the decision-making process. You can ask them what they think of the location or whether they’d prefer to have this bedroom or that bedroom as their very own. Point out some of the advantages of the complex, such as the swimming pool or play area, and how the boys and girls around them could become their new friends.

During the move, give younger kids a toy or game that they can amuse themselves with in their own room. This puts them out of the way of movers. If your children are old enough, allow them to decorate their own room by specifying where to place furniture. Give them a small budget so they can choose window coverings and accessories for their new space.

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Generation Y prefers green living in urban areas

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As public awareness of environmental responsibility rises, so does the demand for sustainable living that is affordable, energy efficient, and attractive.  For many people of the Millennial generation, someday owning a McMansion in a sprawling suburb of a city isn’t on their radar.  As the next generation of homebuyers approaches the real estate market, one thing is clear; they aren’t looking for a big back yard and a two hour commute. This technology driven group of people wants to live in a walkable community, close to employment opportunities and entertainment.

According to a recent report from an Urban Land Institute (ULI) called America in 2013, 54% of Millennials, or Generation Y, are currently renters. The results of the survey suggest that people born between 1980 and 1990 prefer to live in urban areas, and their living habits could drive infill residential development in cities. The previous generation, often called Generation X, prefer single family neighborhood’s in the suburbs, and don’t mind a commute by car. Generation Y is focused on sustainable living, and reducing their carbon footprint is at the top of a long list of priorities that revolve around green living. According to the report, 76 of the Generation Y people surveyed place high value on walkability in a community.

“The choices being made by these groups are upending long-held notions about what is considered traditional neighborhood development,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “We’ve entered an era in land use that will be defined by development that conserves land and energy, and which offers consumers plenty of options in where they live and how they get from one place to another.”

This particular preference for living in areas that provide a mixture of shopping, dining, working, and entertainment, all within walking distance, is creating an emerging demand for modern, beautiful living spaces created by developers who understand how important green living is to the public. For more information about how you can live in a Wood Partners apartment home designed for green living, pleaseContact Us.


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Clean your Credit before Searching for Apartment Rentals

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You expect your potential landlord to examine the information you write in your rental application, such as by phoning your current employer to verify that you work there. What you may not know is that they also pull up your credit cover to determine whether you have the financial responsibility and resources to pay for an apartment every month. You want to clean up this important record of your life with the following tips.

Check out your credit report. You’re entitled to one free report every year from each of the major credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. You can get this document online by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com. You want to start this process several months before you plan on renting a place because it may take time to fix what you find.

Look for any errors. Pay particular attention to amounts and payment dates. If you find mistakes, inform the issuing company and the credit bureau immediately to get it fixed.

Explain red flags. Among other things, apartment communities look for indications of financial irresponsibility or trouble with budgeting. These red flags can include foreclosures or bankruptcies, money-related lawsuits, or canceled accounts. There’s nothing you can do to fix these problems except give them time. But be prepared with good explanations when your potential landlord asks about them.

Pay off debts. Rental companies examine how much you make and how much you pay in expenses to determine whether you have enough left over to get an apartment. So, pay off as much of your charge cards and loans as you can. The lower your debt, the better a financial prospect you become.

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Choosing sustainable living in an apartment setting

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Many of the most effective ideas for sustainable living are tailored to the needs and wants of homeowners. For this reason, apartment dwellers often miss important opportunities to reduce their own negative effect on their community and the environment. With just a little bit of creativity and effort, many of best sustainable living ideas can be adapted for renters who choose to live in a smaller space.

Food waste is a serious issue for all communities, large and small. It is estimated that 40% of the food that is brought into a home is thrown in the trash. Compost bins are a popular solution to this problem, but are not a viable option for apartment dwellers. Instead, offer your coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps, and stale bread to a community garden for their compost pile or make friends with a homeowner who keeps urban chickens. In some cases, you may even be able to trade your food scraps for surplus eggs.

A balcony or sunny window that gets as few as 6 hours of sunlight per day is an ideal environment for small containers of fresh lettuce, kale, and herbs. Growing even a fraction of your fresh produce at home saves money. It also decreases food waste because you harvest only according to your immediate needs.

Every home, no matter its size, benefits from green cleaning. White vinegar kills germs on counter tops and leaves behind no harmful residue. Baking soda and vinegar chased with boiling water unclogs drains without the use of chemicals. Companies like Seventh Generation make detergents that aren’t harmful to the environment and paper products that are recycled and recyclable.

Reduce your energy use by unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use and installing compact fluorescent bulbs. CFL’s use just one third of the power of traditional light bulbs and last seven to fifteen times longer.

One of the most effective things you can do to reduce your own negative effect on the environment is to choose to rent from a company that understands and respects your desire for sustainable living.

Wood Partners is a leader in green development. All Wood Partners new multi-family developments meet Federal ENERGY STAR standards when possible. For more information about Wood Partners green apartments, please contact us.


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TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR APARTMENT

Design interior. Sofa in Modern living room.While excellent interior design can involve structural changes, new floor coverings and wallpaper, your apartment lease won’t allow you to make such extensive renovations. However, there’s still a lot you can do to make your Wood Partners space your own without making permanent modifications. Try some of these tips.

Go curvy. Counteract those straight lines with pieces that show curves or circles for variety. Try a camelback sofa in the living room, a round table in the dining area, and circular throw pillows instead of square ones. Even curved patterns in your fabric choices, such as for bedspreads, can be good choices.

Keep it bright. If you feel a room is too dark, you’re first reaction is to add more lamps. But this can take up valuable table and floor space. Instead add shiny objects instead that reflect. These typically have metallic or glass elements and include brass lamps and chrome accessories. Wall mirrors are excellent for spreading brightness, especially if they face windows to reflect sunlight.

Use wallpaper as art. You can enjoy the beauty of wallpaper without any of its installation fuss by framing examples that you then hang on the wall. Use one 3-by-5-foot sample in a simple frame that won’t detract from the pattern. It makes an excellent focal point on a blank wall. If you prefer several designs but can’t decide on one, frame an 8-by-10-inch swatch of each of your favorites, and cluster the collection in a grouping. Use similar frames so the focus is on the wallpaper rather than on the frame.

If you’re interested in finding an apartment that suits your decorating and living desires, please contact Wood Partners today.