Need to brush up on your apartment living etiquette?
Here are the do's and don'ts of apartment renting.
Do personalize it
Just because you're renting doesn't mean that you can't make your space your own. Turn your apartment into a home by adding personal touches to the decor. This could be anything from hanging art on the walls to getting creative with rugs.
Don't be a bad neighbor
Having an overly noisy or inconsiderate neighbor is bad enough, so you definitely want to be sure that you aren't someone else's bad neighbor. This doesn't mean that you have to be friends with the people living around you, but you should make sure that your apartment living doesn't interfere with theirs. Things like loud music, parties, and moving furniture around at night will disturb your neighbors and their apartment living.
Do stay in your budget
Many people live beyond their means and find that rent often eats up a big portion of their paycheck. A great way to avoid this is to make a budget and stick to it. Ideally, you don't want your rent to be more than 1/3 of your monthly wages. Renting an affordable apartment will help you to stay in your budget and out of debt.
Don't wait to report issues
Any problems with your water, heating/cooling, electricity, or pests should be immediately reported. Waiting to report these issues to your landlord could turn a small leak into a flood, an electric outlet not working into a fire, or one pest into a family of pests. Residents of our communities can use the Resident Portal to conveniently report maintenance requests online.