4 Ways to Make Your Place Look Like a Luxury Apartment

Luxury Apartment

With the percentage of people renting in the U.S continuously increasing, apartment living is gaining in popularity. Increased housing costs, desire for freedom, and living on a budget are all contributors to the rising number of renters in America.

However, having a luxury apartment is often not in the cards for renters on a budget, but creating a luxurious feel can be simple and affordable. We’re going to take you through 4 ways that you can turn your “regular” apartment into a luxury apartment, even if you’re on a budget.

1. Accessories and Decor

Buying a couple of key accessories and decor items can transform an apartment. The main point here is that you only need a couple of things to create the feel of a luxury apartment. This means you don’t need to spend a lot in order to get the style you’re looking for.

A single large piece of artwork will make your place look expensive and sophisticated. You can also accessorize with mirrors, gold colored items (as people associate gold with wealth), a coffee table, and more.

The key is to keep the decor minimal by choosing just a few items that maximize your desired ambiance.

2. Paint Can Change a Room

If you are able to paint in your apartment, you should definitely take that opportunity. As with accessories, changing or adding just one thing can completely transform the feel of your apartment.

Bold colors like black and red can instantly create a luxury apartment feel without changing anything else. This will save you money as you’ll only need to change one thing, and you can often DIY without hiring a painter.

Combining this new paint with a couple of matching color accessories will definitely increase your apartment’s elegance.

3. The Importance of Rugs

While nice rugs can be somewhat expensive, they will often be well worth it. A great rug that matches the color scheme and design of your apartment will tie together the room, giving off a seamless and luxurious feel.

Rugs are also something you can take from apartment to apartment; it will be a one time purchase that will make every apartment you live in look expensive and chic.

4. A Luxury Apartment Is Well-Organized With a Great Layout

A theme that keeps cropping up in these tips is that you don’t need that much stuff in order to make your apartment look expensive.

This idea translates into how you organize your apartment: too many accessories can look cluttered and cheap, and a disorganized space gives off an inexpensive vibe.

Besides cleaning and tidying, maximizing your space is key. Try to organize your furniture so there is as much open space as possible. Use shelving, bowls, and containers to organize your decor and personal items.

Bottom Line

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a luxurious apartment. Hopefully, these tips help you create an apartment space you are proud of. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment down below!

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Egg Casserole Recipe

egg casserole recipe

Thanks everyone for coming to our first ever Brunch & Bingo this past Sunday! We had such a great time, despite the heat, hanging out with our residents and enjoying some great food and games! (See pictures on our facebook page!)

We had a lot of you tell us how much you enjoyed the egg casserole and asked for the recipe. So, Sherry was kind enough to share her coveted recipe with us! We only ask that if you make it, please share some with us in the office! 😉

Ingredients

6 eggs
2 cups of milk
1 tsp of salt
1 C. of shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices of bread – torn into pieces
1 lb of cooked sausage

Directions

Whisk together the eggs and the milk then add the salt, shredded cheddar cheese, torn bread pieces, and cooked sausage. Pour into glass 13×9 pan- cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 min or until golden brown on top.

The recipe can be altered to your taste:
other ingredient suggestions: ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, broccoli, spinach.

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Studio Apartment Living: How to Add Privacy in a Studio

Studio Apartment Living

Congratulations on moving into your new studio apartment! Maybe you decided to downsize. Or, you’re moving out for the very first time. Either way, this is a big milestone and studio apartment living is a great, affordable option.

Studio apartments also give you more financial independence as you free up your pocket strings with this living choice. But, as you open the door to your studio apartment, you notice the lack of privacy. How are you supposed to have a living room, bedroom, and kitchen… all in the same room?

The good news is, we have some solutions for you! Read on to learn how you can make your studio apartment more private.

1. It’s All About Your Furniture Arrangement

Have a large bookcase? What about an armoire? Large pieces of furniture such as these can serve more than one function. For one, they can do what they were made to do. A bookshelf can hold books. An armoire can house your clothes.

However, they can also act as makeshift walls. For example, according to SF Gate, a table that holds your TV can be positioned in front of your bed. This way, the TV and table hide your bedroom. So, when friends come over to watch a movie, your bedroom is partially out of sight.

The same thing works with an armoire or bookcase.

Accessorize Your Furniture Divider

Of course, bookcases don’t have to only hold books. Why not go for a more personal touch, and line it with potted plants instead? In fact, potted plants have two benefits. One, you get more privacy. And two, according to Psychology Today, there’s a host of positive benefits associated with plants, including less stress, greater concentration, and better well-being.

2. Consider Room Dividers

Room dividers can be anything from curtains to folding screens. You can easily position a folding screen a couple feet from your kitchen table. This goes well if you have smaller furniture items in front of it. That way, it gives a smoother transition between rooms.

3. Add Some Style to Studio Apartment Living

Room dividers don’t have to be boring. Make them stylish by putting up a beaded curtain. Or, tie-dying the fabric divider. You can even secure some slabs of wood between rooms. This would be a great addition to an industrial styled studio room.

4. It Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Go to garage sales, and search through eBay for inexpensive room dividers. You can also refurbish furniture your neighbors are replacing.

The Room Dividers Can Be Anything

Throw a fresh coat of paint on some old window shutters. And hang them between rooms in your studio apartment for a vintage look. Also, a couple old doors secured together can make an affordable and stylish divider option.

Final Thoughts

No matter what room divider you decide to use, you’re maximizing your studio apartment living. For more apartment living tips, subscribe to our blog!

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40 Things to Do in Fort Wayne this Summer

40 things to do summer fort wayne

Today is the official 1st day of Summer and if you’re looking for a way to enjoy it, you’re in luck! We’ve put together this list of 40 things do in Fort Wayne this Summer.

  1. Celebrate 4 days of Greek food and entertainment at Greekfest June 22-25 at Headwaters Park.
  2. Head down to the river for the Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races. Children’s activities and local food trucks will also be on hand on June 24 at Headwaters Park West.
  3. Enjoy a host of FREE hands-on activities including pickleball, zumba, yoga, biking, rollerblading, live music, food and more during Fort Wayne’s first Open Streets event on July 9th.
  4. Enjoy some food and drinks one of Fort Wayne’s outdoor hotspots, The Deck, located on the St. Mary’s River downtown.
  5. Discover beautiful pieces of art from area artists at the Covington Art Fair in Covington Plaza June 24-25.
  6. Celebrate street performers at Buskerfest on June 24th in downtown. Buskerfest is FREE and features living statues, live music, chalk artists, aerialists, fire dancers, artists, magicians, jugglers, mimes, and more.
  7. Head out to the ball game to cheer on the Tin Caps.
  8. One of Fort Wayne’s favorite Summer festivals, 3 Rivers Festival, returns July 7-15. Enjoy live music, junk food alley, the bed race, raft race, rides, a parade and so much more!
  9. Grab your eatin’ pants and head to Food Fest at Headwaters Park on July 29th to sample food from some of the area’s best food trucks. There will also be live music and a kids korner.
  10. Hit the trails! Fort Wayne has over 60 miles of trails that are perfect for walking, biking, and jogging.
  11. Sweetwater’s GearFest is 2 days of free hands-on gear demonstrations, workshops, music and the latest in music gear. Runs Jun 23-24.
  12. Take in a movie at the Huntington Drive-In or Auburn-Garrett Drive-In, just a short drive from Fort Wayne.
  13. Visit the animals at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
  14. Free concerts by local bands every Friday night at Jefferson Pointe during their Friday Nites Live events.
  15. Browse and buy art from local artists at the outdoor Art on Broadway event on June 24.
  16. Grab your furry friend and enjoy a pack walk at the Parkview YMCA on June 24.
  17. Join Urban Body Yoga and The Golden on the rooftop of the Ash Skyline Plaza Sunday, June 25th for Barre and Brunch.
  18. Cool off at one of the 10 splash pads around Fort Wayne
  19. Rock the Plaza every Saturday night at the Allen County Public Library with some of the areas great local bands.
  20. Hit the streets for a 3.4+mile run/walk through downtown streets with Night Moves on June 23rd.
  21. Learn how to Salsa at the Embassy Theatre’s Summer Nights: Salsa Dancing on August 2nd.
  22. Catch a free outdoor showing of The Muppet Movie at Sweets so Geek on June 23rd.
  23. Trubble Brewing turns one and is celebrating with their 1st Beer-iversary. Enjoy music, beer, food, artists, and vendors.
  24. Celebrate America with Patriotic Pops by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on July 1 at Parkview Field.
  25.  Do downward dog and other yoga moves at Cause for Paws, a community yoga event on July 17th at Parkview Field benefiting the Allen County SPCA.
  26. Experience the fun and wild obstacle run at the Insane Inflatable 5k on July 22nd.
  27. Watch a free movie during the Parks and Rec Movie Series every Wednesday evening at the Foellinger Theatre.
  28. Show your pride at Fort Wayne Pride while enjoying music, drinks, a vendor market, a kidspace and more.
  29. Check out the great chalk art at the Chalk Walk July 8-9 outside of the Museum of Art.
  30. Le Tour de Fort Roots Tour welcomes riders with a bicycle pub crawl to support local veterans on August 26.
  31. Rock out to the Barenaked Ladies July 23rd at the Foellinger Theatre.
  32. Grab lunch and enjoy music every Thursday afternoon at Lunch on the Plaza at Freimann Square.
  33. Grab some fresh produce from local farmers at the YLNI Barr Street Farmer’s Market every Saturday.
  34. Celebrate the 4th of July with a free firework show off the Indiana Michigan Power building.
  35. Dance the night away will DJs will spin Top 40, hip hop, EDM, and RNB music at Electric Summer 2017 on July 29 at Headwaters Park.
  36. Say cheers to the bees at Bees & Brew. A fun-filled evening filled with honey beer & wine, beeswax crafts, and bee tours at the Southwest Conservation Club on July 14.
  37. Grab your glow sticks and head downtown for the BAALS music Festival featuring national and local acts on July 28 & 29.
  38. Get a taste of Fort Wayne art, culture, food, drinks, and music at the Taste of the Arts August 25-26
  39. Rent a bike from Fort Wayne Bike Share and explore the many shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions in downtown Fort Wayne.
  40. Take a spin on carnival rides, eat fair food, watch peddle truck races, listen to live music, and more at the 28th annual Allen County Fair July 25-30.
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How to Buy the Best Furniture for Your Aparment

apartment furniture

Whether people are looking for a studio apartment or a two-bedroom one, they usually encounter the same problem: What type of furniture do I buy? Finding the best apartment furniture can be a bit of a struggle. The limited space can sometimes restrict people from bringing or purchasing larger, more lavish items.

However, you can still live a life of luxury even if you aren’t staying in a 10-bedroom mansion. In fact, the money you save by renting an apartment could help pay for the beautiful furniture that you’ve always wanted.

Read on to learn how you can furnish your apartment in the best way possible.

Getting Your Apartment’s Measurements

Before purchasing any type of furniture, it’s important to know exactly how much space is available in your apartment. For example, the size of a studio apartment here at Poplar Ridge is 288 square feet. These measurements dictate the size and style of the furniture that you can buy.

You don’t want to overwhelm or over-stuff your home with pieces of furniture that are too big. Getting the most accurate and precise measurements will ensure that the furniture you buy truly fits within your apartment.

Contact your apartment leasing office ahead of time to get these measurements. With that information, you can make sure you have the perfect furniture ready ahead of your move-in date.

Apartment Furniture: The Essentials

Some pieces of apartment furniture are simply more important than others. It’s easy to get distracted by flashy decorations or expensive artwork, but you need to focus on the essentials. Furnish your apartment in phases.

Start with the first phase: bedroom furniture. A sturdy bed frame, a comfortable mattress, and a solid dresser are must-buys.

Once you purchase those, then move on to the living room and the kitchen.

Which type of bed, dresser, or sofa should you get? That all depends on the kind of style you want your apartment to be.

When to Splurge and When to Save

You will want to spend more money on certain pieces of furniture than you will others. When it comes to furnishing your apartment, always prioritize comfort over coolness.

What do we mean by that? Spend more money to buy quality furniture especially for your bed and sofa than on your dresser or kitchen table. You and your guests being able to sleep and sit comfortably matter more than whether or not the wood of your dresser matches the wood of your bed frame.

For example, a queen size mattress can cost anywhere from $100 to around $4,000. That’s a pretty wide price range. Do your research to see which mattress meets your needs most and buy it.

Also, look for pieces of furniture that can serve more than one purpose. For example, a lift coffee table or storage ottoman can be a very smart purchase. Not only will it be a piece of furniture in your living room, but it will also provide you with extra storage space.

Finding the Best Deals

There’s no real, definitive secret to finding the best deals on apartment furniture. The best advice anyone can give is just to be on the lookout. Major retailers usually put high-quality, expensive items on sale during holiday weekends. Look through the ads in your newspaper or on these companies’ websites or Facebook pages to see what these new, low prices are.

You can also always find more affordable prices when you consider used furniture. Most of these pieces are still in great condition even though they’re technically not “new.”

Looking at apartments in Fort Wayne? If so, we can help! Download an application today and contact us with any questions or concerns we can address.

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The Best Plants to Create a Lively Apartment

apartment plants

 

How to Grow Apartment Plants

Apartment plants can help clean your air, liven up dull spaces in your home, and lift your spirits. But, many people worry about keeping plants. Keeping another living thing alive is stressful. The truth is that by picking low-maintenance plants, you can add greenery to your apartment without feeling like you are tied to its fate.

There are plenty of hardy, easy-to-keep plants that are ideal in apartment settings. We’ve compiled a list of the five best plants for apartment living.

Peace Lily

The peace lily doesn’t share the delicate disposition of some of its other lily cousins. Their hardy constitution, low light needs, and low water needs make them incredibly easy to keep. They thrive under a natural or artificial light, only need to be watered once a week or so, and are generally nearly impossible to kill, which makes them ideal apartment plants.

Succulents

Succulents are a diverse plant type, with lots of fun shapes and types. The common factor, though? They are crazy easy to take care of and thrive indoors. They are so low maintenance that most seasoned gardeners will tell you that you almost have to ignore them a bit for them to survive.

Most succulents want a bright window, but you can find low-light alternatives as well. Their water needs are crazy low since they’ve evolved to store their own water for long periods of time.

Lavender

Lavender isn’t a plant you often think of when it comes to indoor houseplants, and it’s true that Lavender does best outdoors. That said, if you have a nice sunny window (preferably south-facing) and a small table to place near it, you can have a lovely pot of lavender to act as a natural air-freshener and pop of color.

Lavender doesn’t like a lot of water, making it ideal if you tend to forget you have plants living with you.

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is an interesting little guy. It grows equally well in soil, in stones, or hydroponically. It needs indirect, low light, making it great for spaces without bright windows. As for water needs, the roots do need to be covered in water, especially if the plant is being grown in stones and water. Absorption is slow, though, so your bamboo will only need to be watered about once a week.

Lemon

Surprise! You can absolutely grow lemons indoors. Full lemon trees can be hard to cultivate indoors, because of their humidity and water needs, though it can be done.

Planting a few lemon seeds in a pot can give you lovely-smelling sprouts that are slow-growing and keep well in a small pot.

Indoor plants improve air quality and add color to a small space. They help cultivate a healthy, fresh, and inviting atmosphere in any apartment, and help bring the outdoors into your living spaces.

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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet into an Apartment Lifestyle

Apartment Lifestyle

Thinking of adopting a pet? You’ve heard the news that there are roughly 6.5 million furry friends waiting to find their forever homes in American pet shelters and ho can resist those adorable puppy dog eyes or a sweet kitten’s purr? But, before you bring your companion home, there are some things to consider, especially if you’re living in an apartment.

 

Consider Your Apartment Lifestyle

First things first: what kind of a home can you provide? Is your apartment pet-friendly? If you’re renting a townhouse with stairs, it doesn’t make sense to bring home an older animal that can’t climb. Thinking about adopting a Great Dane but you live in a studio apartment? Think again. Living together with your new four-legged roommate needs to be comfortable for both of you. Give yourselves space.

OK It With Your Landlord

You might think it’s just you and Spike moving in together, but there’s a third party in this equation. Some apartments have restrictions on dog breeds or a number of pets allowed in one home. Pit Bulls, Chow Chows, and sometimes even German Shepherds are all commonly blacklisted breeds, mostly due to insurance concerns.

Pass the Smell Test

An apartment lifestyle usually means smaller living space. When you bring pets into that, be aware they bring odors into the house too. Dogs can have oily fur or fluff that traps every smell. With cats, it’s all about the litter box.

There are a few things you can do to combat these odor problems and none of it involves candles or sprays.

  • Grooming Is Key – If you’ve got a pup that stinks up the place, you need to keep on top of their grooming needs. Bathe your buddy once a week if need be. Don’t discount going to the groomers for a nice shave to keep their fur neat and tidy. For extra furry friends, brushing their fluff is a great bonding activity.
  • Keeping Kitty’s Litter Clean – Besides cleaning the litter box every day as you should, here are a few quick tips to integrate a kitty potty into your apartment lifestyle. If your cat likes to kick up a lot of litter, consider an enclosed box. For a nice touch, hide the cat’s litter under a side table. Add curtains to completely obscure it and give them some privacy.

Kibble Quibbles

For those living the apartment lifestyle, it’s a given that space is at a premium. Get rid of those bulky feed bags and keep your pet’s food in sleek, streamlined containers. Coral all of the toys in one place, too. Keep clutter at a minimum, even with pets around.

Moving In With Your New Best Friend

Make your move into a beautiful apartment safe and fun for your new pal. At Poplar Ridge Apartments, we know that our fur babies mean everything and we welcome you and your small pet!

If you’ve got any tips about living the apartment lifestyle with your adopted pet, we want to hear it! Leave us a comment below and let’s chat.

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Maximizing Your Space for Apartment Living

apartment living

Are you downsizing to an apartment? Not sure how you’ll fit all of your belongings in a smaller space? Have no fear. Moving into an apartment doesn’t mean giving up all your treasures. Read on to learn how you can maximize your space for apartment living.

Find furniture that serves more than one purpose

Your new space isn’t going to allow you all the room you’re used to. And chances are, you won’t have the storage space necessary to store everything. Purchasing dual-purpose pieces will give you the extra storage you’ll need.

Some pieces that are functional and can be used as additional storage:

  • Ottomans – These are simple pieces that can also be functional. They can serve as extra seating or a coffee table. The best part about these pieces is they generally have storage built inside of them so you can store things like books or blankets.
  • Tables – Slender tables that fit nicely against a wall can function as a variety of things. You can use them as a desk as well as a dining table.
  • Futons – Futons are great because they are known for their dual-purpose abilities. You can use a futon as a couch by day, and a bed at night.

Add shelving to your space

Adding shelving works to make your space looking larger than it is. The eye automatically draws up, which makes your space seem less small. Shelves are also a great way to get all of your items off the floor and into storage. Floating shelves are ideal for odds and ends, books, and smaller decorative items. Adding storage boxes or baskets keeps your things hidden and are excellent decorative pieces.

Avoid using a bookshelf as these are rather bulky and enclose the openness of your space.

Store unused items below or up high

Out of sight, out of mind, right? When you’re apartment living, you have to utilize all spaces, even the ones you would never think to use. The space under your bed isn’t just a home for dust bunnies. Use slender storage containers to store seasonal clothing or shoes.

Have space above your kitchen cabinets or closet? Use these areas to store decorations or other items you don’t use regularly.

Keep lighting up top

One of the biggest space wasters is a floor lamp. Even table lamps can require way too much space. Since you’re in an apartment, you won’t be able to install your lighting yourself. But you can improvise.

Hanging lights are perfect for installing to reduce wasted floor space. Plus, they don’t require a lot of hardware that may damage your walls.

Apartment living can be fun and functional

When you’re migrating to apartment living, it can be hard to make your space your own. While you can’t remodel your living space, you can make your space seem larger with some quick fixes.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a drag. You can make your space entirely your own!

If you’re downsizing in the Fort Wayne area, you should check out Poplar Ridge Apartments. Reach out to the staff to check apartment availability and rates.

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Summer Fun Resident Activities

summer fun Apartment resident activities

Poplar Ridge Apartments residents, mark your calendars and plan to join us for all of the fun activities we have planned for our residents and their guests. We have planned a Summer full of fun activities, food, and prizes including cash prizes up to $100 and a drawing for a TV.

May

May 25th: Spring Fling Pizza, Thursday,  5-7pm

June:

June 2nd, Donut Day, Friday, 6am until gone (in the office)

June 24th,Picnic & Game Day” Saturday
MSQ Picnic: Subs, Chips, Fruit, Dessert & Drinks
2pm Cornhole Tournament
(pre-register your team, 1 member of team must be a resident)
Cash prizes: $100.00 1st Place, $50.00 2nd Place
3pm Mystery Bingo

July:

July 23rd 11am, Brunch & Bingo, Sunday

July 17-22nd Ice Cream Treats all week at the office

July 20th Fort Wayne TinCaps Game vs. Clinton LumberKings
Join us for “Poplar Ridge Night” at Parkview Field
Tickets can be purchased for only $5.00 each from the Poplar Ridge office

August:

August 18th 7-9pm Trivia & Karaoke FUN NIGHT, Friday
Drawing for a TV giveaway (contest for Residents only, but guests invited to sing)

September:

September 13th 5-7pm, Fall Grab N’ Go Hot Dogs, Wednesday
Stop by and grab a fresh grilled Hot Dog and the fixin’s

For each event that you attend you can register your name for the TV prize drawing. The more you attend the more chances you have to win! Drawing will be at the August 18th ‘FUN NIGHT’.

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How to Prepare For Getting Your First Apartment

getting your first apartmentWhat a dizzying thought that is to move into your first apartment! Ah, the freedom! Getting your first apartment is a huge milestone, so you have the right to be excited. However, it also means serious business. You’re stepping into an uncharted territory, so we’re here to help with these five tips.

1. Don’t overestimate your income

Before you say “I can afford that”, sit down and go through your budget. The rule of thumb is that your rent shouldn’t go over a third of your income. But it’s far from being the only expense you pay for living in the apartment: there are others that pile up quickly.

One of them is renter’s insurance. Getting coverage is necessary, and you’ll be happy you have it if something happens – fire, flood, burglary, and so on.

Other expenses include utilities (sometimes they’re not included in the rent), parking spot (if applicable), mini-reparations, and of course, food and necessities.

Put all these in your budget calculation to find out how much you can really afford for rent.

2. Getting your first apartment needs money

This may seem obvious, but many first-timers don’t realize just how much money they need in the bank for their application to be approved. You’ll need to have around twice the amount of the rent in your account: one month’s rent plus a security deposit (usually equals to one month’s rent).

It’s also wise to leave a few hundred more to solidify your application, or to pay your real estate agent, the actual moving, and a background credit check.

3. Read the contract before signing

We know there are many pages, but read them all. Signing the lease means that you agree to all terms, and going back on your words won’t be easy – and can be expensive. So read all the fine and big prints.

One of the things you need to check is the term or the duration of the contract. You won’t want to agree to a year term if you only plan to stay 8 months. Other clauses to check include utility expenses, quiet hours policy, included appliances, building maintenance, and so on. You have to be clear about everything before signing.

Don’t forget to ask for a copy a signed contract, so you have a proof of agreement.

4. Inspect every single detail

Toilets that clog or leaking taps will make your life nightmarish. When visiting apartments, check every little thing. Inspect the walls for holes, the floors for dents, light switches that need to be changed, in short: be critical. There’s no perfect apartment, but it’s important to notice things that need improvement or reparation.

You can either ask your leasing agents to fix them or at least make it known at the beginning, so you don’t get the blame for broken things before your arrival.

5. Don’t overspend on furniture

We understand you want your apartment to look nice. But it’s not an excuse to buy everything new or all at the same time. In the beginning, you can buy what’s necessary: a bed, a dining table, and a couch. Then, you can ask your families and friends for hand-me-down furniture or appliances.

Don’t be ashamed to want to save! Scouring flea markets or the internet for second-handed things are a great way, too. There’s no rush in making your apartment look great; you’ll do it over time. Don’t let the excitement of getting your first apartment cloud your judgment. Start with setting your budget and take everything step by step.

Do you have another tip to share? Leave a comment below!

If you’re ready to visit some apartments, contact us, and we’ll help you find your first.

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