The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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Moving isn’t fun for anyone, and it’s something many people dread. Around 11 percent of people in the United States move every year. There are a number of ways to move, including hiring a moving company to do most of the work (even some of the packing), doing some of the work yourself or utilizing family and friends to complete the move. No matter which method you choose, there’s a list of things you’ll always need to complete to move successfully. 1. Line up a New Place Your first step, if you haven’t already completed it, is lining up a new place to live. There are a lot of things you should consider as you seek out a new apartment or home: Figure out your budget. How much can you afford for rent? Use a rent calculator to figure out a range that meets your income. Consider added expenses, such as paying for parking in the city and which utilities the monthly rental fee includes. Think about how close the new place is to work and if there is public transportation nearby. Even if you think you know a neighborhood, take the time to pull up crime reports, research walking and transportation options and talk to nearby neighbors. 2. Figure out the Logistics Your next task on the checklist is choosing a day for the big move and lining up how your items will get from Point A to Point B. Follow these steps: Choose a moving day that allows…

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Spooky Szn In Austin, Texas đź‘»

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Yes, that’s right! It’s that time of year again; Fall! Or better yet– spooky szn! Now that it’s not 100 degrees outside, it’s time to break out the pumpkin scented candles and dig up that Snuggie you shamelessly bought back in ’09. But this being Austin, luckily you don’t have to stay at home all season because there are a ton of festive things to do! So, we’ve put together a list of things you can do in Austin to make this the ultimate spooky szn!! HAUNTED HOUSES Photo Cred For our homies who like to pay money to pee their pants, check out Austin’s House of Torment! With three scary attractions, this will definitely give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for! While you’re there, you can grab some food and adult bevs to help take the edge off! HALLOWEEN MOVIES Photo Cred One of the best parts of Halloween is definitely all of the movies! Whether you stay in your apartment and invite your friends over for a movie night or make it a date night at Alamo Drafthouse; it’s gonna be a good time! For all of the movie buffs out there, make sure you check out the October specialty screenings that Alamo Drafthouse offers; especially if you’re into that old school spooky vibe! COSTUME PARTIES Photo Credit With Halloween right around the corner, we hope you have fire costume picked out! Because there are a ton of bars and venues that have awesome bands playing, costume…

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Why You Should Rent an Apartment In The Fall/Winter

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Moving in the colder months?! Who even does that?! We do. Hear us out… Sure, moving in the Fall/Winter may not be as popular as a Summer move, but it definitely has it’s perks! Whether you’re looking for a new apartment, your own place, or relocating to Austin for a new job, here are 4 reasons why you should rent in the Fall or Winter. Demand is Lower  Many people choose to move in the summertime because there’s more time on their hands. School is out, the days are longer, and we’re looking for any excuse to use that PTO. When the season ends, most people settle into their routine (school, work, etc.), and the demand to rent slows way down. This is the time to strike while the iron is hot, and save some serious cash! With a lower demand, rent is generally cheaper in the Fall; and if you really want to save money, consider a 15 month lease. Longer leases are typically lower in price and if you sign at the right time, it can end the following Winter, thus saving you more money on your next move!! Win, win. Serious Specials Trendy Summer moves = slow Fall/Winter rental market = sweet, sweet deals and specials. Lucky You! Properties NEED to lease their units, but no one likes to move during the holidays, so it’s common to hear about deals intended to generate traffic like, “Two months free,” or “Don’t pay rent until January 1st!” This is…

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Apartments Located Near Iconic Austin Spots

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Austin is literally packed full of cool places and fun things to do! So, why not make living here that much better by snagging a cool apartment next to your fav iconic Austin spot?! We have the deets on some awesome apartments. Zilker Park/Barton Springs Coldwater apartments are in the middle of it all; Zilker park and Barton Springs are basically your backyard! Equipped with exposed concrete ceilings, wood-style flooring, and stainless steel appliances. This luxury community provides a negative edge pool, access to Texas Rowing Center, and when festival season is upon us; you’ll be in walking distance to ACL and Blues On The Green! South Congress If having direct access to all things Austin is your vibe, then State House On Congress apartments are for you! Offering newly renovated luxury homes with stainless steel appliances, wood-style flooring, and downtown views! You’ll literally be steps away from all of the great food, drinks, live music, and shopping on South Congress!! The Greenbelt Although, The Greenbelt stretches on for miles, Landmark At Barton Creek in particular is perfect for nature lovers who love being close to everyday conveniences! Your apartment comes with sleek black appliances, hardwood-style flooring, and a cozy wood-burning fireplace! If you need to get out of the house, enjoy the dog park, pool, and sand volleyball court! When you live in Texas, it’s important to always be near a body of water, so when your steps away from The Greenbelt you’ll never dread the summer heat again!…

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How to Pick the Right Renter’s Insurance

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According to stats compiled by the Insurance Information Institute, the average premium for renter’s insurance amounts to roughly $15 per month for a total of $188 per year. Despite this, fewer than 40 percent of renters take the initiative to insure their belongings. Part of the problem is down to renters, particularly young renters, not knowing ways to pick renter’s insurance. Sadly, some people learn the lesson only after they’ve gotten robbed or suffered property damage. To avoid this trap, read the following top tips for renter’s insurance. For most young adults and first-time renters, insurance is a necessary investment. Granted, not all people in this demographic are aware of the importance because most young adults are still coming to grips with the basic responsibilities of adult life. However, for all the time you spend working, studying, commuting and partaking in social activities, your personal belongings could be vulnerable to loss or damage at literally any time if fire or burglary occurs in your apartment building. College students: As a college student, choosing renter’s insurance could depend on your living situation. If you live in an off-campus apartment, renter’s insurance would be a wise investment. Even if you have never lost anything of value in the past, things could be different if you’ve moved to the heart of the city. A renter’s insurance policy will cover the value of your computer, laptop, gaming console, clothing, school supplies, smartphone and various other valuable items in your unit. If your unit gets…

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6 Tips To Make Your Apartment More Bearable This Summer

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Summers in Texas are HOT, which is an understatement. So hot that unless you are heading to Barton Springs or the lake, you would rather stay inside your apartment all day. So, here are some tips to make your apartment a little more bearable during the summer heat wave! 1. Non-Oven Meals Try to avoid running anything that puts off heat; such as electronics or cooking on your oven or stove. Check out these 10 easy no-cook summer meals! Photo Cred: Jennifer Causey 2. SNOW CONES!! Get a shaved ice maker…because snow cones! Snow cones make everything better. Photo Cred 3. Ceiling Fans = Lifesaver Crank the ceiling fans! Ceiling fans don’t actually cool your apartment down, but they sure make it feel like they do, and that’s all that really matters. Photo Cred: Yours Truly 4. Go Full Vamp Go full on vampire! To keep the heat out, close all your blinds to block any sunlight from coming through the windows. Photo Cred 5. Kiddie Pool, Anyone? If your apartment has a private yard, get yourself a kiddie pool. And if not, ice bath? Photo Cred 6.Arctic Tundra Temps If you’re not one of those people who turns their thermostat to -30 degrees, just to wake up feeling like you’re in the Arctic Tundra; try switching out your heavy bedding with some lighter sheets and covers. No one likes a sweaty sleeper. And if you are one of those people who turns their thermostat down to -30 degrees and…

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10 Best Hiking Spots in Austin Texas

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If you’re looking for a fresh start in the heart of Texas, Austin is one of the best places to start. Known for its eccentric vibe and fun culture, Austin has a nook or cranny for everyone to tackle their unique interests. Some Austinites embrace the music scene. Foodies find their niche among the famous street tacos and downtown eateries. Other locals, welcoming their inner nature-spirit, thrive within the hundreds of options Austin offers for gettin’ outside. For adventurers, exploring the trails scattered within Austin city limits is a stellar way to treat yourself to some light to hard-core exercise. There are so many possibilities that you’ll definitely have the chance to figure out your favorite hiking regimen. How much do you wanna exert yourself? Do you prefer an urban feel over dirt and rocks? Do you enjoy looking at trees and birds? You may not know the answers yet, but adventuring through Austin can help you decide! Ready to discover your trailblazing match? Here’s a list of the top ten spots for hiking near Austin to help you get started. For newbie hikers, we’ve even thrown in a few packing and preparation tips to set you up for a good time. And, of course, if you’re looking for a place to live near your favorite trail, we can help with that, too. 1. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve To enjoy a protected space for endangered species, take a 2.5-mile-long immersive nature hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. You’ll find…

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3 Brand New Austin Apartments Opening Summer 2018

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Austin is once again topping the list of America’s best places to live as well as producing top-notch apartments for Austin natives and the crazy amount of people who are moving here every day! Summer is the hottest time to move (literally), but what’s cooler than living in a brand-spanking-new apartment? We are here to find you the best places to live and the best deals in Austin! It may be hot, and if you’re a summer mover you don’t have to sweat the apartment finding process, here are three new apartments that are opening up just in time for you! PALO VERDE Southwest Austin is continuously growing in popularity and is becoming one of Austin’s hottest areas to live! Palo Verde brings comfort and style to the hill country without being too far from the hustle and bustle of Downtown! Stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, under-mount sinks, and walk-in closets; this property is nothing short of high quality. Enjoy your surroundings by the resort-style pool, walking and biking trails, and pet play area. Not to mention, you’ll be less than 15 minutes from Jester King Brewery!   THE HANOVER OAK HILL Located in Southwest Austin as well, Hanover Oak Hill could be the perfect new home for you and your furry friend! Equipped with a 13,000 square foot dog park and heated washing station. The community also offers a private screening room, infinity-edge pool with cabanas, and incredible hill country views! Offering one, two, and three bedrooms homes; inside…

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It’s That Time Of Year Again…Spring Cleaning!

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Photo Cred Open up your windows and let that Spring air in! We all know that Austin has some killer Springtime weather and that also means it’s the best time to get some deep cleaning done! There is no better feeling than coming home to a clean place and being able to relax. So, put a day aside to get cleanin’! Here is a list of tips that will help you get to those not-so-obvious spots: Pick a room to start in! It may be easier to go room by room instead of doing everything at once. Remember, Spring cleaning is about getting into all of those nooks and crannies you don’t usually get to when you’re just picking up the place. Cleaning can be tedious, so throw on some good tunes and get to it! Dusting Yes, dusting is no fun, but it is a must! Start high, get all of the dust and cobwebs off of the ceiling, molding, and corners. Then move to the middle, wipe down all of your shelves! Make sure you pick up all of your decorations and knick-knacks; that way you get the entire shelf and be sure to clean the decor along the way. Another big one is blinds, they collect dust like crazy, and they deserve a good cleaning now and then. Moving to the bottom, the worst part; baseboards! It makes a huge difference when your baseboards don’t have a thick film of dust on them. You may not notice…

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Wet Your Whistle: Austin Apartment Pools To Slide Into This Summer

By | Apartments with Pool, Austin, Hot Summer Days, Pools, Summer

When looking for a new apartment in Austin, it’s almost essential to make sure the community comes equipped with a pool! With the Texas heat on the rise, it only makes sense to consider that your hot new spot has an IG worthy pool to chill at! Here are some of our favorites from complexes around Austin: DOWNTOWN This property offers community amenities that are through the roof! They provide an aqua lounge, a spa, 24-hour concierge, and of course a beautiful pool and sundeck! Enjoy breathtaking views of downtown Austin while getting your tan on. The incredible amenities don’t stop there; step into a unit, and they offer 10ft. ceilings, granite countertops, corner windows, and Roman tubs! EAST AUSTIN We know we said earlier when looking for your new spot that a pool is essential, but what about three pools?! Yes, this poolscape offers you three pools, an outdoor kitchen, and a TV lounge. With a backdrop like this, we all could be Instagram models. After a day in the sun, walk into your apartment and find quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, and wood-style flooring. If this isn’t luxury, then we’re not sure what is! SOUTH CENTRAL Us Austinites love anything in the 78704! Not only is this location prime, but so is this pool! This rooftop pool is the perfect area for hanging with friends; enjoy the panoramic views of Downtown while relaxing by a fire feature or getting competitive in some outdoor games. After a…

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