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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

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What Do You Know About Apartment Rental Insurance?

Renter's Insurance

Insurance is one of those things you hope you never need to use, but don’t want to be caught without. You have insurance coverage for your car and your health, but what about your apartment? Living in a multifamily complex can have its surprises. Apartment rental insurance can be that little umbrella that saves you from a sudden rainstorm. Wood Partners would like to answer a few questions you may have:

What is renter’s insurance and why do I need it?

Renter’s insurance protects you, the renter, and your personal property. Renters often have a false sense of security believing that if anything happens, the property management covers any and all damages. But this is not the case. Most apartment leases have some type of indemnity clause: in the case of fire, flood, or other disaster where the tenant is found not at fault, the apartment complex will cover the damages to the apartment’s property, not the renter’s personal property. Also, see this article in U.S. News and World Report about common myths of renters insurance.

What does renter’s insurance cover?

Your renter’s insurance policy will state specifically what it covers. These named perils include (but are not limited to) smoke, fire, lightening, accidental discharge of water, vandalism, and theft. Your policy will Continue reading

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7 Tricks for Better Apartment Living with Wood Partners

Alta Scottsdale KitchenMany people associate living in an apartment with their student days.  Remember when you shared an apartment with a roommate or two?  Each one of you had your own stuff in your room and the living room was probably a mishmash of everyone’s different tastes.  However, apartment living doesn’t have to be like this,especially if you get a luxury apartment with Wood Partners.  An apartment can be as well-decorated, spacious and even more convenient than a house.  You just have to adjust your frame of mind and start thinking in terms of apartment living.  Here are 10 great tricks to help you do so:

  1. Space.  Even luxury  apartments are spacious, they are still going to be a little smaller than houses.  So they need to be decorated in a way that emphasizes space.  Go for smaller pieces of furniture that are nonetheless comfortable and don’t load your home with knick-knacks that might easily fall off their perches.  For more tips, check out Forbes’ article on organizing smaller homes to create space.
  2. Light.  Another great way to emphasize the space in your apartment is to make sure that you let in a lot of light.  You can’t change your window-size but you can buy translucent curtains or adjustable window shades.  Bamboo blinds which can be rolled up halfway create a lazy, tropical atmosphere in your apartment.  If your apartment is located on a higher floor, make sure you take advantage of your view whenever possible as this can be quite inspiring and mentally rejuvenating.
  3. Getting to know your neighbors.  In an article for Huffington Post, Stanley Ely write about how it’s possible to get to know your neighbors, even if you live in an urban area.  A lot of people are afraid that if they make an effort to get to know their neighbors, they’ll have to stop to socialize with them or talk to them all the time.  This doesn’t have to be true.  You can invite your neighbors over for dinner or coffee when you move in and then talk to them occasionally when you see them.  It’s always nice to know who lives next to  you, for safety reasons and also to create a sense of community.
  4. Organization.  When you’re living in an apartment, organization is important, perhaps more so than in a house.  You’re not going to have an attic or a garage to put your extra things.  So it’s a good idea to keep pruning your belongings every three months or so.  If you have the time, you can even do this every month.  Go through your books, clothes and other things to see if there’s anything you feel like you’re not going to use.  Also remember to throw out old magazines, newspapers etc.
  5. Luxury touches.  Everyone wants to be as comfortable as possible at home.  So you need to think about what will make you feel that way.  Would  you like a sauna installed in your bathroom?  Do you want to make that spare room into a personal gym?  Or would you like to set up a home office or library there?  These aren’t things that are, strictly speaking, necessary for your home but if you tend to use them a lot, it will make you happy to have them within your apartment.
  6. Rooms with many uses.  Another great way to make the best use of the space you have is to use the same room for more than one thing.  Custom Home gives some great examples of breakfast rooms that can be used for various functions besides eating, such as reading or doing homework.  Your library can also become a home office.   Even your bedroom can serve as a study during the day.  This saves space without making you feel cramped.
  7. Exploring your community.  When you move into a new neighborhood, you need to feel comfortable in your apartment as well as your area.  So it’s good to get out and explore the cafes, restaurants and shopping available around you.  Everyone likes to have a favorite spot or two where they can become regulars.  So hopefully you’ll find a Mexican restaurant you love or a coffee shop where they will get to know your order before you place it.

Contact us for more great tips for apartment living.

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Apartment Friendly Pets

Apartment friendly pets

After all the research and all the searching, you’ve finally found a home with Wood Partners and have moved into your new apartment. The furniture and decorations are all put in their places, the kitchen and bathroom are organized, and it almost feels like home…


You sit down to eat your first home cooked meal, and it dawns on you what’s missing. A pet! A wonderful creature who you can look forward to coming home to. The best roommate because they never eat your food, leave dirty dishes in the sink, or stay up too late playing music too loud. But which critter from the animal kingdom is the best match for you and your new apartment?

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your new apartment complex is indeed pet friendly. Read your lease or ask the leasing office for any required fees and restrictions. Next Continue reading

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Finding Apartments for Rent for a Carefree Urban Retirement

The Ivy Residences at Health Village - Orlando, FL

The Ivy Residences at Health Village – Orlando, FL

Empty-nesters and retirees today want the flexibility and freedom that comes with renting. Whether married or single, finding apartments for rent for a carefree retirement is an exciting new chapter in your life. Many baby boomers owned homes in the suburbs, but are gravitating to hip, urban areas for the young energy. According to an article by Financial Post, there are many cases when renting in retirement could be the right move. While seniors in the past often retired to age-restricted communities for people 55 years of age and older, many baby boomers prefer a diverse apartment community.

  • Financial savings

With the stock market booming in recent years, it makes sense to let your money work for you while you kick back in an apartment community where property managers take care of your maintenance issues. Being a homeowner comes with a lot of financial responsibilities. Some of the most expensive big-ticket items you need to replace or repair as a home owner include the roof, appliances and air-conditioning.

  • A debt-free lifestyle

According to an article by The Motley Fool, many baby boomers’ homes have become Continue reading