The number of people renting apartments is on the rise and is an attractive option for those that lack the credit or money to buy a house or for those who don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage and repair costs.
If you are a new apartment resident or are considering moving into one, here are seven tips to make apartment community living easier for you!
1.) Get To Know The Residents Around You
One of the many benefits of living in an apartment is the added security. Burglars look for easy targets where they can get in and out. Having an apartment means you have a lot of people around you, which discourages many criminals.
Saying “hi” to your neighbors and introducing yourself will help protect your property. Once you are on good terms with them, they will know who shouldn’t be hanging around your apartment when you aren’t home.
Look for resident gatherings that will help you get to know your neighbors! These events are a great way to make friends and get involved in the community.
2.) Have Apartment Friendly Pets
If you have a large dog, there are some things that you should consider. Dogs like to run around and play, which can create a lot of noise for your neighbors.
Look for an apartment community that has a park-like atmosphere for your dog to release some energy. Playing outside will keep the barking down, which the other tenants will appreciate. Don’t forget to pick up your dog’s droppings as well.
Your dog should also be okay around other people. This will reduce stress for your pet and your neighbors.
Ask yourself if your pet is apartment friendly. Answering this question before you move in will make you and your neighbor’s lives easier.
3.) Make Sure You Read Your Lease
You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by reading the lease before you sign it. Make sure you ask questions to clear up any confusion.
Some apartments allow satellite dishes while others don’t. There are also rules involving late fees, noise after a certain time, and payment methods that you should know.
4.) Don’t Be the Noisy Neighbor
No one wants to have their sleep interrupted by loud music or television. Even if you work a 9-5 job, those around you might be working third shifts and trying to sleep when you get off. Keep your music and television at a respectable level. Don’t have loud phone conversations outside of other people’s apartments. Tell people picking you up to refrain from blowing their car horn to announce their arrival. Your neighbors will thank you.
5.) Parking in an Apartment Community
If you are in a community with limited parking, find out if there are places for your friends to park when they come over. The people that pay rent to live in a community often take precedence over visitors. If parking is assigned, never park in someone else’s spot, even if it’s just for a minute. Tell your friends to respect other people’s spots as well.
6.) Smoking Etiquette
If you smoke, be aware of your neighbors. Many apartments don’t allow smoking inside. If this is the case in your community, make sure that you aren’t smoking in front of anyone else’s apartment.
Also, don’t put ash on the ground. Ashes are unsightly and can be sucked into your neighbor’s apartments by the wind when they open their door. If children live in the community, make sure you don’t smoke around them.
7.) Be Clean
Messy homes attract rodents and insects. Maintaining your space will help keep pests away. If you spill something in a hallway or common area, clean it up immediately.
Believe it or not, there is a problem in many apartments of people spitting in outside hallways. You wouldn’t want to walk through someone else’s spit, so you shouldn’t expect others to do the same.
To Summarize, be Considerate!
To be a good neighbor, treat others the way you want them to treat you. This mindset along with personal responsibility goes a long way towards building a positive apartment community that everyone can enjoy.
Here at Poplar Ridge apartments, we want everyone to enjoy apartment living. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us!