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Apartment Rental Upgrades that You Can Take With You

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Your luxury Wood Partners apartment rental will provide comfortable quarters and come with every amenity that you may need. However, as much as you make yourself at home there, it can never be completely yours because you cannot customize it. Your agreement with the property managers prevents you from making permanent changes. Fortunately, you can still make temporary upgrades that you’ll love. When your lease is up, you can take the following improvements with you. 

Add a Fireplace

Who doesn’t love the crackling glow and warmth of a fireplace, especially on a cold day? Whether your apartment already comes with this amenity is irrelevant. Ethanol fireplaces can go anywhere without the time-consuming and expensive conversion needed by a wood-burning or gas variety. Because ethanol burns cleanly, it does not need any venting. So you can put a small version on a tabletop or coffee table or hang a steel wall-mounted firebox on the wall. Consider making one a focal point in your bedroom or bath. 

Power the Shower

Turn your shower into a spa by replacing the shower heads with versions that include massage functions. Some kits even include an adjustable arm, so you can place the head higher or lower without altering the original plumbing. If you’re not handy with plumbing tools, ask the handyman of the complex to make the change for you. Don’t forget to keep the original shower fixture in a safe place so you can restore it when your lease is up. 

Add Architectural Detail

Your new apartment interior may not have the antique architectural detail that you love, so why not add your own? Antique doors, window shutters, garden gates, and medallions are readily available from salvage yards and vintage shops. Lighter details can Continue reading


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New Apartments Call for New Options: Meet Murphy


“Multiple use of space” is the mantra for apartment living. If you’re looking for ways to make your space multi-task, take a look at the Murphy (or wall) bed. These hinged beds can be folded up and stored during the day, pulled down and slept in at night. Isn’t it a tempting thought to be able to use every inch of your apartment’s square footage around the clock?

Another advantage of the Murphy bed is its comfort. Unlike a sleeper sofa or futon couch/bed, the mattress in a wall bed is kept flat, so there’s no pesky bumps, folds or bars to contend with.


William L. Murphy had a problem: he lived in a one-room apartment and he wanted to entertain. Being a problem-solving kind of guy, he took some door hinges, a door jamb from a closet and built the first wall bed. The result was so successful he applied for a patent and started the Murphy Wall Bed Company in 1900.The wall bed business took off from there and has never stopped.  Think of it, with a Murphy bed you get a bedroom PLUS one of the following:

  • Home office
  • Yoga studio
  • Playroom for kids
  • Home theater
  • Craft room
  • Teen hangout space
  • Library
  • Art studio
  • Home gym

Sold on that idea? Good, let’s look at your options. Continue reading

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How to Streamline Moving Into a New Apartment

Moving into a new apartment

When looking for apartments for rent, it can be disheartening to figure out the move-in procedure. The basic idea seems so easy: just move all your stuff in and start living. However, it’s rarely as simple as that and new apartment residents often run into serious problems that slow down the process.

We at Wood Partners see this issue haunt way too many apartment hunters. So, we’ve decided to do something about it by offering you these great apartment move-in tips. We’ll walk you through the basic process, including planning, cleaning, stocking, and setting up the apartment utilities. 

Plan Ahead

Start by calculating your move at least six to eight weeks in advance. After all, there are lots of variables you need to consider when moving into a new apartment, variables which include:

  • Hiring a Moving Service
  • Calculating Move Cost
  • Setting Up Change of Address Forms
  • Notifying Current Landlord
  • Boxing Up Items
  • Giving Away Items You Don’t Need
  • Updating Driver’s License and Car Tags (As Necessary)

While it may be somewhat stressful to Continue reading

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Tips to a Smooth Move Into Your New Apartment Rental

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Now that you have found your new apartment rental, it is time to plan your move. This is an exciting time. But you know no matter how hard you plan a move that there will always be unexpected things to deal with. As you get ready to pack up your things and get on the road, there are things you can do now and during your move to make sure it runs smoothly. Preplanning is one of the best ways to keep your cool on moving day. Here are a few tips to make your move a smooth one.

Confirm, Confirm, Confirm

Whether you are using a professional moving company or renting a truck and enlisting the help of your friends, you should confirm the move with the movers or truck rental company a week before the date. Also, you will want to reconfirm the evening before the move to make sure there are not any unexpected delays that have come up at the last moment.

You Belong in Pictures

If you are using a moving company, you will want to take photos of your valuable and fragile items before they arrive. From large screen televisions to antique furniture, you should Continue reading

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Study Shows Young People Renting New Apartments in Cities is Driving Job Growth


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A simple rule of economics is that jobs follow a talented workforce. Over the past 50 years the United States witnessed a huge migration to the suburbs. People and jobs moved out of metropolitan cores. However, a new study from the City Observatory indicates that migration has reversed. More young Americans are renting new apartments, moving to the city and finding employment. What else was revealed in the study and why are today’s youth attracted to city life? 

The Research

City Observatory collected data from 41 large U.S. metropolitan areas, defining the city center as an area within three miles of the region’s central business district. Since 2007, 21 of the 41 areas examined out-performed the suburban areas in terms of job growth. Prior to 2007, only seven urban areas outpaced their suburban counterparts. The 21 areas saw a 0.5 percent increase in jobs. At the same time, outlying areas saw a 0.1 percent annual decline.

While the job increases do not seem huge, Elizabeth Kneebone, a Brookings Institution economist noted, “Even if every urban area isn’t growing, the decentralization of jobs outside the urban core does seem to have stalled since 2007.” Researchers found Continue reading

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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