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4 Tips for 2017 Apartment Hunting in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Gardens Apartments in Glen Allen, VAA new year means new adventures and opportunities. For some, this means graduating college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, and a multitude of other possibilities. For many, especially young adults, this involves finding a new place to live to help them navigate the next chapter in their young lives.

Between knowing where to search, what comparable prices are, cost of utilities, cost of furniture, and more, it can get overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for a new apartment in the new year.

1. Searching

 As the new year comes, there are millions of people searching for new apartments and seemingly a million places to start looking. Where is a good place to start? Word of mouth is not bad. Ask friends and family in the area which you are thinking of living to see if they have any tips or insight into getting a friendly deal. Connections are never a bad thing to have.

Another option is to consult apartments.com and searching online. This allows the potential lessor to enter in specific parameters of their ideal apartment. In addition to that, pictures and much more detailed information are available for viewing to help make the best detailed decision possible. Good research pays off.

2. Renting Furniture

Another tip to keep in mind is renting furniture. Sometimes, the apartment you move into will have old, outdated furniture used by countless numbers of people before you. Or, you may not have any furniture to bring along. Does not sound too appealing, does it? Consider renting some new couches, end tables, chairs, stools or stands. Not only will it help the look you are trying to create, it will also replace overused, old furniture.

Furthermore, if dealing with the ordeal of moving, you are in luck. By renting furniture, the rental company more often than not will help pitch in a hand to move all of your current belongings up to your new pad.

3. Negotiating

This is a tactic that should always be utilized. If potentially subletting, negotiate a better price. If trying to speak with the leasing company directly, have a conversation about what is included in rent. You owe it to yourself to get the best price available. Just as connections matter, so does knowing how to best leverage your resources. Obviously, this may not always work but it does not hurt to try.

4. Roommates

This factor is a huge determinant in how your whole search will go. Depending on if a potential roommate or two is involved, that can potentially halve or third costs to all involved. The question is how to best manage who to consider as a potential roommate and if it will hold up.

The best advice would be to do two things: search with the thought in mind that you will not live by yourself and do some searches by yourself. No plan ever goes to a tee when it is created. Circumstances arise and you do not want to get put in a situation where you are unprepared. However, for those who have a concrete roommate situation, be sure to follow some basic tips. Visit potential places together; make sure it is within the other’s budget; find a location that works for all; allocate utility bills and so forth.

Searching for an apartment is a tough job. There are numerous avenues of searching out there and each person has their own way of going about it. However, do not let the daunting task of searching deter you from the excitement that comes along with it.

Moving somewhere new is very exciting. New experiences, memories, challenges, and friendships are without a doubt going to come along with living in an apartment in Glen Allen, VA. Be sure to make the best of it. Happy apartment hunting!

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Happy Holidays from The Gardens At Twin Hickory Apartments in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Gardens Apartments in Glen Allen, VAIt is once again "end-of-year" blog post reflection time.  If you are reading this blog post, you care enough about us and our business to invest a minute or two reading here.  That means a lot to us.  The primary reason for this blog is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of 2016, we hope that we have made a difference in many personal and professional lives. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincere wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and within the warm confines of family and friends throughout this Holiday season and throughout 2017. Cheers!

Happy Holidays!

-from all of us here at The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments in Glen Allen, VA.

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The Argument for Remaining a Renter – Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 12, 2016

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAA home purchase is a serious investment of your time and money, so if you're at all hesitant, it may be best to wait. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you consider whether you're ready to leave your rental.

Are you enjoying the luxury amenities of your apartment community? It's far more common for apartment buildings to offer a variety of amenities and services -- from pools and gyms to package delivery and pickup -- than in previous decades. If you enjoy those amenities and would miss them living elsewhere, you might as well continue taking advantage of them.

They're not the kind of ratty apartment [that buyers are] coming out of where they're happy to be in a home. They're already in a pretty nice place now, and it's sometimes hard for them to find a home that has those features.

Are you ready to make a big investment? Purchasing a home is the biggest investment many people will make in their lifetime. If you're not ready to make such a significant decision, it may be best to remain a renter.

How long do you plan to stay in the next place you live? Investing in a home requires a few years to prove profitable. This gives you time to build equity in the home and for the property to appreciate in value.

A person in his or her 20s may be particularly apt to relocate for a variety of reasons: Career and romantic opportunities have pushed most people to relocate at least once or twice.

Will your home needs change in the next few years? Even if you're ready to settle in one place now, you should take your future needs into account. If you can see yourself starting a family within three years and wanting to live in the suburbs, the one-bedroom condo you can afford now may not be ideal.

For more information on renting apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.

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What Millennials are Looking for in Apartments in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The Gardens Apartments in Glen Allen, VAA good number of housing developers are finding out what amenities and services appeal to the millennial student population.

To satisfy both cost and quality of life requirements, most millennials have moved (or desire to move) into modernized apartment communities.

It turns out that there are several key factors surrounding this move including: communities close to campus and work, ample storage space, a fitness center, and individualized bathrooms and/or bedrooms. This is more so the case with females at 69% than males at 31%.

What it boils down to overall is that millennials are looking for luxury amenities at a reasonable price they can afford.

Millennials prefer renting apartments in Glen Allen, VA for a variety of reasons, such as cost, freedom and more space, but they appear to be most interested in the social opportunities these properties enable and encourage and the opportunity to be on their own for the first time.

Here are a few things that are important to millennials when it comes to renting.

Internet, WiFi, and Cable Access

In an increasingly technological era, millennials don’t like to be without connection. It’s one of the worst feelings ever. They place a high value on having access to high-speed internet, WiFi and cable in their apartments.

Closet Space

Many millennials have not accumulated a lot of furniture at this stage in their lives, but they still want more than enough room to keep their clothes and other belongings. Space also includes having big storage areas as well as full bathrooms and large kitchens.

Kitchen Space

As more millennials aim to keep their lifestyle high but their costs low, dine-in is becoming so old school and cooking at home is the latest trend. Wide open, modern kitchens can be a major deal breaker for the 61% of millennials who now cook their own food. A reasonably sized kitchen can also be helpful when there are two or three people living in the apartment.

Cost Effectiveness

With the cost of tuition skyrocketing, students could avoid the added headache of monthly rent. Many millennials are willing to pay a pretty penny for a decent place that includes amenities they care about.

Safety of Property

Seventy six percent of millennials report that safety is their number one priority when scouting out a new place.

Pet Friendliness

Seventy-six percent of millennials love their pets. Even if everything else is great about the apartment, they could still not choose to live there for the simple reason that their pet can stay with them. Property managers should consider this and have outside and inside space available for pets.

Outside Space

Millennials tend to place a pretty high value upon outdoor spaces for studying, chatting, or just hanging out alone or with friends. Take a little time to consider the outdoor settings with additions such as outdoor furniture and lighting to foster a sense of connection and community. If they are not living with friends, students can choose to get to know their neighbors by spending time outside, holding grilling sessions, swimming meets, or anything else deemed enjoyable. Since apartments lack the front yard/backyard atmosphere that a house has, students will find this an easy way to relax and enjoy the weather.

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The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Call: 888-621-8872
Email UsTheGardens.CommunityWebsite.HHHunt@aptleasing.info
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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