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Five Professional Tips for Better Packing

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Moving is stressful; that’s a given! One way to avoid unnecessary stress is by properly packing your belongings and preparing them for the move to your new apartment. So, how do you protect everything from getting destroyed in the moving process, including your sanity? Brittany Waddell, of Allied Van Lines, shared five of her top tips to make sure your next move is well organized and easy to manage. Quality packing materials are important Skimping on the bubble wrap, moving blankets, and packing tape could definitely result in damaged belongings. Make sure you take the time to secure all your belongings, and when in doubt, buy extra! There’s no shame in double-wrapping those precious items. In fact, it gives them a better chance of surviving a move considering the number of bumps and sudden stops there are on the road (and we all know Houston has a lot). Plus, if you buy too many boxes from U-haul, you can return the ones you don’t use! Pack electronics with all cords and cables in the same box Pro tip: Take a photo before unplugging everything so you know which port or outlet each cord or cable goes into. Pack it all in one respective box, then use the photo you took to put everything back in the right connection portals–voila! Bypass spending hours hunting down instruction manuals or looking for tutorials on the internet–you know who you are! Make your labeling system super simple Use different colored markers or stickers to…

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Taking Apartment Pups From Bored to Brilliant

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Living with a dog can be similar to having a roommate, except you’re actually the parent and fully in charge of their physical and mental health. Real talk: after a long day at work, this can be way harder than it sounds and those apartment pups need more than a daily game of fetch to tire them out. Fun fact – Dogs actually get more out of physical activity when their brains are exercised as well. You heard it here first, folks! Mental stimulation prevents boredom, increases happiness, and lessens stress and aggression. A dog who is not receiving adequate mental stimulation may resort to entertaining themselves, which comes off as excessive barking or destructive behavior. Definitely not ideal when it comes to that next door neighbor or pet deposit. Here are a few easy ways to combat those behaviors and keep your dog mentally stimulated while you’re gone:    1. Slow Feeders, puzzles, and scent games When feeding your pup, rather than simply placing their bowl down, consider purchasing a food dispensing toy or slow feeder. Your dog will have to “forage” for his or her food, plus these can also improve the digestion process for those pups who eat particularly quickly. While these designs are simple, they provide enough of an obstacle for dogs to feel rewarded. You can also try treat dispensing puzzles, which come in various sizes and can be adjusted to change the difficulty level for your dog. Talk about mental stimulation with a reward!…

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Making your studio feel more spacious – Tips from a pro

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According to recent data, “studio” was the second most popular term used in apartment searches on Google last year, and we definitely get it! Renting a studio apartment boasts some great benefits: less furniture needed to fill the space, more opportunity to live in your fav neighborhood while staying in budget, a reason to apply that Marie Kondo method, your bed is also your couch and dining room table – the list goes on and on.  So, what if you want to make that studio-piece of apartment heaven feel a little bit bigger? We asked Houston-based certified interior decorator and party stylist, Chári Herndon for her best tips and tricks to make your studio feel more spacious, and she delivered! Chári gave some amazing tips but if you’re in an hurry, just skim the bits in bold so you can get the message and get to decorating! Top five tips, as told by the pro herself: “Utilize vertical space as much as possible. Incorporate a bookshelf or mounted wall shelves to take up less space.” “Larger heavier furniture will make a small room look cramped and take up way too much space. Instead, add pieces with exposed legs. When you can see the floor in a space, it tricks the eye and gives the space a more open look.” “Don’t be afraid to use pops of color. Adding a bit of color will liven up the room. Adding a colorful area rug, throw pillows, or artwork can bring so much…

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4 Brand New Properties Hitting Houston This Summer

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Houston’s housing market is booming! Properties are going up left and right, making more than 20k new apartment units available in the last year alone. Things aren’t slowing down and we’ve got details on four Houston neighborhoods gaining some hot (think: Houston summers-hot) commodities to their already-spiffy property portfolios. As if the amenities and neighborhood perks aren’t enticing enough, these new kids on the block are also ALL running move-in specials; we’re talkin’ 1-2 months of free rent here, people! The Drewery Place in Midtown Inspired by the streets of Melbourne, Midtown’s first-ever high-rise is the talk of the town, and for good reason! Conceptualized and brought to life by Caydon Property Group as the initial component of an exciting mixed-use urban development, The Drewery Place boasts a handful of high-end amenities: yoga studio and outdoor yoga lawn, pool and swim-up bar with unobstructed views of the city, and Smart home technology, including an Alexa gifted to every tenant. Located in the heart of Midtown and walkable to dozens of local restaurants, retail and parks, monthly rates for units here start at $1,735 for studios and go up from there. Starting rates for 1 bed/1 bath are $1,790; 2 bed/2 baths start at $3,530, and 2 bed/ 2 baths/ den start at $4,215. This property is currently pre-leasing for their July opening and is offering move-in specials that won’t be around for long! Want to learn more? Click here to get…

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The ‘Renting with a Roomie’ Rundown

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Renting with a roomie definitely boasts some big-time financial, social and group Netflix binge sesh benefits. But, what should you know before becoming contractually bound to another human for an extended period of time? Get out your notepads, folks; school’s in session… Running a search for roomies Honestly, we got you (for free)! Only one of you needs to slide into our DMs on Instagram or Facebook, or call/text (713-482-1323) us on the household’s behalf and our agents are good to go. Most of the Houston properties that work with us have rates for 2 bed/ 2 baths starting at $1400 and going up from there. When it comes to the apartment triangle (location, finishes and price), you typically can’t get the best of all three. So come to an agreement on which two are most important to both/all of you. Your Smart City agent will side text you to gather deets, find ALL the specials and provide a hyper-personalized list, and then help get you and your roomie(s) touring ASAP. Photo Cred Applying + getting approved Renters are typically required to show that their monthly income is at least three times the rent. Luckily for roomies, that sum is split amongst incomes of all the names on the lease! If you’re hooked on a gorgeous unit that is tied to a special or concession (aka a DEAL, aka our forte), just confirm whether you’ll be approved on what the rate typically is (market rent), or if you’ll be approved…

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Houston Apartments With Exposed Brick Wall That Pinterest Would Love

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Who doesn’t love a good exposed brick wall as backdrop for your carefully planned yet totally natural looking selfies? It’s hip, it’s cozy, it packs tons of character and can inspire all sorts of decor styles! They are a welcomed change from bland white walls that can either make you feel chic and modern, or funky with a rustic loft styling vibe. Coupled that brick wall goodness with high ceilings for a truly iconic Houston look, So get your favorite Instagram filters ready. Invite all your friends over. Add that person you’ve been gawking over for weeks on Snapchat. You’re going to want to throw a house party, get together for Game of Thrones last season, or even host your cousin’s coworker’s personal trainer’s sister’s birthday just to show these apartments off. Galleria Tate At Tanglewood – starts at $1,163 The accent brick arches at this property are subtle, yet badass. We can appreciate a dash of rustic and industrial vibe incorporated with a modern look. That’s not the only bit of luxury here, though. This complex has a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga/spin room. Plus they decided to be extra AF and added a golf simulator to the mix. You’ll be Galleria livin’ without the Galleria chaos here. Chateux DiJon – starts at $720 Sticking with the same ‘hood, the next property could not be more ideally located. Only a few blocks separate it from all the shopping in the Galleria and the property has extremely convenient access to…

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Best Happy Hours In Houston

Best Happy Hours in Houston

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If you want to be part of a lively bar scene that has a happy hour for every taste, Houston is where you belong. Houston is home to happening dive bars, upscale restaurants with variety of cuisines and everything in between. Many bars within the Bayou City have happy hours you won’t want to miss, and they’re all close to sought-after apartments. Best Houston Happy Hours for Cocktails Some of the best happy hours in Houston feature specials on mouth-watering cocktails. Houston-area restaurants, pubs and bars host happy hours that show off their specialty drinks every day of the workweek, and some of them even have happy hours on the weekend. If you’re thirsty and located in or around Houston, you won’t have to travel too far to enjoy discounted cocktails during a nearby happy hour. 1. Nobu Since Nobu opened its doors in the Houston Galleria on Westheimer Road, the eatery has remained a local hotspot that continues to grow in popularity. While it’s easy to run up your tab to well over $100 during the restaurant’s regular hours, dining at Nobu is much more affordable if you visit the establishment’s bar lounge between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during its happy hour. During happy hour you can order specialty drinks from the eatery’s Tanoshi menu. The Tanoshi menu includes deals on hot and cold appetizers as well as beer and wine specials. As you look through the menu, the restaurant’s cocktails will stand out immediately thanks to their…

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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No one likes moving, but sometimes an opportunity that you just can’t pass up presents itself, and the only way you can take advantage of it is to move. The Houston area is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Texas, which means more people are moving there every day. In case Houston is on your list of cities to consider, we’ve put together the ultimate “Moving to Houston” checklist to help make your move a little less stressful. Step One: Find an Apartment You want to have somewhere to live when you get to Houston so that you don’t have to spend days or weeks in a hotel while you search for a new house or apartment. Start by figuring out your living expenses — establish a baseline using your city’s median rental rates. In Houston, the median rental rate as of October of 2018 is $1,082 per month, but that cost can vary dramatically depending on your needs. For instance, a studio apartment will cost you around $784 a month while a three-bedroom home will cost an average of $1,434 a month. Make sure you aren’t budgeting more than 30 percent of your income for housing costs. If you’re moving to the city for a new job, try to negotiate a relocation package with your new boss. Once you’ve found a potential rental, take some time to research the neighborhood — things like walkability, public transportation, shopping, restaurants and nightlife can all help you determine…

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Best Places To Work In 2018: Smart City Apartment Locating

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Smart City Apartment Locating Is A 2018 Best Place to Work, According to Our Employees on Glassdoor Smart City Apartment Locating is pleased to announce we are among the winners of the annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2018. Unlike other awards, there was no self-nomination process, instead it’s entirely based on feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluates all company reviews shared by employees over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work among companies with less than 1,000 employees according to those based in the U.S. A huge thank you goes out to all our employees who took the time to share their perspectives on what it’s like to work here. We appreciate all the valuable feedback as it only helps us to improve. Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and that made us feel incredibly honored to be recognized: “Wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!!”-Employee “Smart City has changed my life, I never thought I could be a super driven woman with a career I care so much about until I found a company that values the same things that I do. Smart City is a values-based company, there is hardly anything that would drive me away from this team of people. Smart City puts a huge emphasis on…

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Renovated Apartments In Houston That Are Stylish AF

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Keep this on the DL, but renovated units give you the best bang for your buck. You get that new new look for a lower price than the actual new kid on the block is charging. Properties that have been renovated have old bones but splurged on a much needed face-lift and we love them for that. In our humble opinion, here are some of the most stylish renovated properties in Houston: Midtown This property’s renovations are GORG. We’re loving the new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen as well as the wood-style flooring. Each unit is equipped with its own private balcony where you can relax and watch your fellow Houstonians pass on by. It’s perfectly located in the Midtown neighborhood near more bars and restaurants than you could dream of. Beer Market Co. just opened down the street so stroll on over and grab a beer every Sunday while you catch your favorite football team throw the pigskin. Pricing starts at $1339 for one bedrooms and $1759 for two bedrooms if you’ve got a roomie in mind! Briarforest Killin’ it with that custom cabinetry and brushed nickel hardware, this property went from drab to fab with their recent renovations. Units now feature granite countertops, crown molding in the living/dining areas, and large walk-in closets in the bedrooms. Prime location near George Bush Park and our favorite place to spend an entire day and paycheck, Target. Rain or shine there are activities nearby to help kill…

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