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A New Apartment and a New Roommate: Five Tips for Keeping the Peace

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Having a roommate can be a challenge, especially if you do not get off on the right foot in the beginning. Whether you are rooming with someone for the first time or you have shared apartments before, each roommate experience is going to be unique and have its own challenges. This is true whether you are rooming with your best friend or you are sharing an apartment with a complete stranger. At Wood Partners, we want your apartment living experience to be enjoyable, so here’s five tips to improve your chances of having a good roommate experience.

Respect Each Other’s Space and Boundaries

Whether you have to share a room with your new roommate or you are simply sharing an apartment, most people want some privacy. Even if you have previously had roommates, it is a good idea to quickly establish boundaries. If a door is open, is that automatically an invitation to come in, or does it still require knocking? Can you borrow each other’s clothing without asking? If your roommate leaves books, papers, or clothing in the living room, can the items be moved?

It may also be important to establish quiet times in your apartment, particularly if one or both of you works odd hours. Maybe visitors need to leave by midnight or you agree to use headphones when listening to music between ten at night and eight in the morning. Realize that just because something does not bother you, does not mean it will not bother your roommate.

Split the Workload

It is also important that everyone contributes to the running of the household. If you decide to purchase food together, you will need Continue reading


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22 Terrific Decorating Ideas for Small Apartment Rentals (Part I)

Decorating ideas for small apartments

You’ve finally found a new apartment that you like. Congratulations! However, it’s smaller than you’d like it to be. But don’t despair—you can still make it homey. In this first part, we’ll explore eleven of these invigorating ideas.

A Paint Alternative

You don’t have to be surrounded by a boring white palette all the time if your new landlord doesn’t permit painting the walls. Painting your furniture—like a nightstand, end table or bed frame—can equally add that “wow factor” to a room.

Create a Gallery Display

To exhibit your assortment of collectables try utilizing floating shelves. Using plain shelves will allow you to rotate your items because these shelves will match with almost everything; this enables you to leave the shelves where they are and not put holes all over walls of your apartment. Staggering the shelves gives you a distinct look as well.

Say “Welcome” to Open Storage

If your kitchen doesn’t have enough storage space, a metal industrial shelving unit will work wonders. You’ll feel like one of those Master Chefs with the trendy metal touches on the shelving unit. You could also purchase some wicker baskets to place on the shelves and keep your snacks, herbal tea, fresh fruits or spices.

Give Your Windows Style

Those mini blinds that are standard for some apartments aren’t very practical and give your place an office-type feel. Do you really want your dwelling to feel like an office? Pretty drapes or curtains won’t just brighten a room, they’ll supply you with privacy; best of all, curtains and drapes will insulate your apartment from the sun in the summer and cold during the winter. Putting up curtains or drapes won’t take long—it’s something you can easily do in one day. Continue reading

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Three Things to Consider When Looking at Apartment Rentals

8th+Hope Living Room

Whether you’re relocating for a new job, or because your current lease is up, it’s not easy to decide where to move to. If you’re looking for an apartment rental, there are many things to consider, especially if you plan to live in the apartment for a long period. The top five things to be aware of are the size of the apartment, ease of access, residency, neighborhood and the lease details. If you find a place that rates satisfactorily in these areas, you have found a good fit for you.

Apartment Size & Amenities

You must take a serious look at your lifestyle to determine the amount of space that you will require to live comfortably. It may be important for you to have more than one bedroom and multiple bathrooms. Perhaps a single bedroom and a larger kitchen and living room are your cup of tea. Narrow your search to only those apartments with the number of bedrooms to eliminate those that would never work for you. Secondary to the size of the apartment are the amenities such as a balcony, patio, common areas for residents or features that you would like to have, but could live without.

Ease Of Access

Many apartments in larger cities are in high-rise buildings. That means either having to climb several flights of stairs or taking an elevator up and down. If you have any mobility issues, it’s especially important that there is easy access both in and out of the building. In addition to building access, it’s imperative that there is adequate access to common areas. Finally, the apartment building should be located within a comfortable distance for you to travel for work, dining, shopping and entertainment.

The makeup of the residents

The average age of the residents in an apartment building can vary widely. In some areas, you’ll find that there are more families with young children, while in others you’ll see mostly adults. Ask about the age and general makeup of the current residents to determine whether it’s a good fit for you. If you are a quiet professional, it may not bode well for you to move into an apartment building full of children.

Type of neighborhood

Commercial districts offer many opportunities for apartment rentals, but it may not work for every type of person. These areas tend to be very busy during the day with vehicles and people shopping and doing business. Very often these are also the places that are closest to the night life activities that cities offer. Those that prefer a quieter, more residential feel may not find these areas as appealing and should opt for a quieter area. Take the time to walk the neighborhood during the day and evening so you can get a feel for it and to familiarize yourself with the sights and sounds.

Lease Length and Cost

Of course, it’s also important to evaluate the details of the lease agreement for any apartment. In most cases, your lease period will be twelve months, however, it could be longer or shorter. Be very aware of this and understand that you are responsible for the rent payments for that full period of time. You also may be responsible for utilities such as gas, electric, cable and internet. The monthly lease payment and the additional bills should fit comfortably into your monthly budget without upsetting your financial situation. A good rule of thumb to follow is for your housing costs to not exceed 28% of your income.

If you’re ready to relocate and you’re looking for a new apartment, Wood Partners would like to invite you to come and live with us. With beautiful locations across the country, we have apartments to suit every taste and lifestyle. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of our unique properties.

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How to Be a Good Neighbor after You Move into a Wood Partners Apartment

How to be a good neighbor

Living in a luxurious apartment in a building managed by Wood Partners offers many advantages over owning a home, including not having to spend money on maintenance. Despite the carefree lifestyle apartment living affords, living among new neighbors comes with its share of challenges. This is especially true when you have lived in a private home for several years. The best way to ensure that the adjustment goes smoothly is to follow a few common sense etiquette rules.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

One of the distinct advantages of living in a Wood Partners property is that we rent only luxurious apartments. This means that the neighbors in your building likely come from a similar socioeconomic background and have interests that are similar to yours.

When you first move in, make sure you are friendly to everyone you meet. Smile when greeting others and make it a point to learn their names. While you don’t have to make friends with every other tenant, building a level of friendliness and trust makes a better living experience for all.

Remember That Noise Travels

If you live on the second floor or above, keep in mind that your floor is someone else’s ceiling. One simple way Continue reading