How To Get An Apartment In California

Emery

So it’s time to move and are looking for an apartment? Weather this is your first time moving out, your first time living in California, or you’re just looking for a new place finding an apartment and managing to get moved in can be stressful and sometimes difficult. As a former apartment leasing consultant and property management team member, here are some tips and things to know before getting into that apartment.

First things first pick a few places. Don’t get your heart set on just one specific place when you are apartment hunting. As those of us who have had an apartment before know, sometimes the one place we want really bad doesn’t always pull thru. At your local grocery store there is a section in front that has free magazines. The apartment guide is a smaller book and the Apartment magazine, these are popular and have apartments for just about every city in California. It will give you the sizes of the apartments, price ranges and any specials if offered. Go through these and pick about 3 to 5 locations that you really like. Call to get any additional information to suit your needs such as if they have a washer and dryer in the unit, if any utilities are includes in the rent, if you can have pets, and so on. Most all apartments in California have to follow the same qualifications standards which are anyone 18+ living in the home MUST be on the lease, You will need to make at least 3 times the amount of rent (in some places this can be 2.5 or even 2 times the rent). Also the apartment manager will need to run a credit check and in some places a criminal backgroundround check. When qualifying an applicant the steps that take place are the credit check, an employment verification with most places you will of have to be on your job or previous job for at least 1 year, and rental history. This rental history is becoming more popular especially at newer apartment communities. You will have to provide a year of “good” rental history. If this is your first apartment renting from your parents may or may not count so ask first.

The credit check: Many people when looking for an apartment have the big question, What if my credit is bad? How does the credit check work? Well Most apartments have an automatic system that calculates your credit history then generates a score. This is not your actual credit score, that doesn’t matter, this is more of positives vs. negatives on your credit report then the apartment communities credit program generates its own score. This will then give the agent running your credit a green light for pass, a yellow light for pass with conditions or a red light for fail. A pass is great, a pass with conditions means that you could either need to pay an increased deposit or need a co signer or both. A fail means that the apartment will not accept you. As harsh as it sounds it isn’t that bad and there are some communities that will work around a failing score.

Meet with the manager, Once you have found a few apartments that you like call and set up an appointment to come in and take a tour and meet with the manager. Have a check or a money order ready incase you want to put a hold on any specific apartment you like. Be sure to write down any questions you may have, bring those along too. You will need you photo ID in order to view any model apartments so don’t forget this. While you are there be sure to ask about any specials they have going on, and if the location of the apartment for rent is available to see. If you can look at the specific apartment you will be in, that is always good.

Your holding deposit. If you feel like you have found what you are looking for but still have not looked at all of your places yet, first ask if they can put a temporary hold on the apartment until the end of the work day. Most leasing agents need sales and if you are truly interested they will hold without a deposit until the end of the day. This allows you time to look at the other communities on your list. That way if you find something better you didn’t leave your deposit. Almost all communities will require you to leave a deposit to hold the apartment along with your application. Expect to pay at least $135 when submitting your application to lease because the holding fee’s are usually $100 and the application fee’s are between $15 and $45 depending on the community. Never be afraid to ask if the application fee’s can be waived. On the day you submit your application you will need to have a photo I. d., social security card, check stubs or letter from employer.

So you have found the place, submitted your application and now you are waiting for a response. Apartment managers usually know within 24 hours if you will qualify to live on their property or not, but give them the chance to call you and let you know. In the meantime don’t worry about it. Once you have been approved you will need to gather up your move in costs and get your gas and electric turned on because the apartments will need these account numbers on lease signing day. The day you sign your lease and pay your money is the day you will receive the keys to your new place.

Finding the right apartment is a process, and takes some time but once you have found what you are looking for you will be more than satisfied. Remember to ask lots of questions because this is where you are going to live for the next 6, 9 or 15 months.

The general problem that is a part of human nature is that we are never satisfied with what we have and always yearn for more and no one has the patience and perseverance to wait for the right time to arrive so that the proceedings are completed and you can get your desired apartment for yourself. It is worth the wait if you are hoping to move into a Parc Central Residences showflat but if that is not in your stars, then you have no other choice than to simply bide your time as California is a huge state and LA alone comprises of apartments that are at both affordable and sky high prices.

Window Treatment Ideas For Difficult Rooms

Emery

Windows vary drastically from small square cottage designs to large landscapes, making it necessary to investigate a range of window treatment ideas for every placement situation.

Not only does your window treatment have to complement its window, but treatments can be used to disguise problems such as mismatched windows grouped in pairs, windows situated too close to a wall or ceiling, or those placed in difficult locations such as stairwells or small entryways.

When considering different window treatment ideas, keep in mind that the proportions of your window might ultimately decide which design you choose, as you never want a window treatment that will impede your window.

There are not too many reliable window cleaning service in leeds so you don’t know where and whom to turn for treatment measures and there is a good chance that they might not be up to the job because most of them are quite slow on their output and choosing the design itself might take a long time, so they have no choice but to simply bide their time.

A matched pair of windows: your best bet for any type of window treatment; use identical designs on each one and treat the pair as a set. Try a long pole with three curtain panels hanging from it for something unique.

A mismatched pair of windows: the same window treatment should be used on both, but place the headings at the same heights even if one window is lower or smaller. To camouflage the extra space, simply carry the fabric down a little further.

Sliding doors: generally treated as one large window, be sure that any hanging window treatments do not obstruct the door’s ability to slide along its track. Try decorative tie-backs and sashes to keep drapes contained.

One window per wall: an ideal situation, open for experimentation with different window treatment ideas. Your only concern is not to overload the window too much; try sheer panels or skip the drapes in favor of a simple valance.

One recessed window: never affix the window treatment to the wall, as this sets the window even farther away from its framing decoration. Skip drapes to maximize the light factor and choose a small, thin panel attached to the window frame.

Window next to a wall: presents an asymmetrical design situation. Try a single voile panel with a decorative heading to draw the eye upwards. For something different, accent the off-center look by pulling the panel to one side with a tie.

Window next to the ceiling: attach any support or headings to the ceiling and hang all panels or drapes from that.

Window above furniture or fixture: if the piece is the same width of the window, floor-length drapes can still be used. Otherwise, it might be best to use sill-length curtains or skip the drapes in favor of a valance or panel.

Window in a stairwell: keep window treatments short and simple; try a decorative curtain rod with a short panel or a single curtain draped and looped over the rod. Steer clear of hanging panels and drapery as this might obstruct passage on the stairs.

An Under-Floor Heater Can Give You Warm Floors In The Winter

Emery

Being the youngest brother, my first assignment every morning in the winter was to light all the gas fired radiators in our home. That meant cold rooms, cold floors and cold hands as I hopped about trying to get it over with so I could get to the kitchen stove and light the stove top burners for some warmth. It was not fun and I would have rejoiced if there had been an alternative, any alternative. Now there are several options, but one of them has several advantages. This option is electrical under-floor heating.

A quick comparison of electrical under-floor heating with other common systems is well worth the time and effort.

The widespread use of forced air heating has many people believing that this method is the best choice for heating a home or business space. However, other options are available and one of the very best is underfloor heating powered by electricity. These underfloor systems have enough variety to fit almost any space and can be used in existing homes as well as new homes.

There are older homes which still have a radiator system and they are prime targets for the under-floor heating advance. Think how much better it would be to stop waiting for the radiators to heat the air and just step our of bed onto a warm and toasty floor with the air already warmed!

Heating the air in a home can be a continuous process, depending on how much or how little insulation there is in the building. Under floor heating doesn’t require as much steady heating because it replaces one of the cold, often uninsulated spot, the floor.

The room does require good ventilation to make the atmosphere nice otherwise there is going to be a suffocating feeling and insulation does play a major role in it. It is not something like heating oil services in New Jersey but only a significant quantity that is needed at home.

An under-floor installation is usually a series of mats which have copper wires placed in the mat. These mats can be shaped to fit almost any room and will assure there few, if any, cold spots. In fact, the mats are easy enough to install that do-it-your-self people have put them down on their own. Using insulation boards in conjunction with the mats provides a stable and low energy cost warming setup.

Some significant advantages come with an electrical under-floor heating system. For example, the system is invisible meaning that no special decorations are necessary to “hide” anything.

One of the most important good aspects of under-floor heating is a savings of 10% to 15% in electrical costs.

Dust and other undesirable particles are not scattered about the rooms as in forced air heating. A steady warm flow of air rises uniformly across the heated area keeping “breezy” areas from being created.

And electrical under-floor heating is fast. The warmth of a room increases more rapidly than with other systems. Moreover, the room temperature tends to be more stable since all areas are heated at the same time.

If you are renovating, or building anew, the investigation of electrical under-floor heating along with insulated boards is a wise thing to include in your plans. It saves money, stops dirt transfer by forced air, is quick to provide warmth, fits almost any room and does not require special decorations or have a need for vents. A worthy and warm system.

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