Make Your Apartments Appealing to Renters Ready to Relocate

Businesswoman With House Model And KeysSummer is on its way, which means a lot of apartment dwellers are going to be looking to relocate before school starts yet again. You can take advantage of all of these motivated movers by making your apartment units stand out in the crowd.

Harness the Power of the Internet

Most apartment dwellers looking to relocate do so through the internet. They will make the decision to move, then search for new apartments online. The most important thing you can do is optimize your online listing. You should have what renters are looking for and more importantly, be the listing that entices renters to pick your units over the rest.

Some renters might be under time constraints. And, if you have renters that are looking for a new apartment but don’t have the luxury of looking at the apartment, they will rely on the online advertisement to tell them about what your unit has to offer.

Use Visual Aids

Renters often don’t have the time or willpower to look at dozens of different apartments. Instead they will narrow down their choices online, schedule some tours and appointments, and make a decision based on the few units that they see. Some renters might not look at all – especially if they are moving a long distance.

Make it easier for renters by showing them what your apartment has to offer. Use high-quality photographs and include video tours of your units. Use colorful advertisements and tell renters what they can expect. List every amenity and perk – especially those that help you stand out from the competition.

Be Clear About Rental Prices

The last thing a renter wants is to guess what the rent is or make a list of apartments to call asking about rent. Make your rental rates and deposit information clear on the advertisement. Include everything the renter gets for that rent – such as utilities that are included or parking.

Add Reviews from Past Tenants

Reviews from tenants are one of the bestselling points you can add to an online listing. These customer testimonials attract new tenants to your apartment. Also, by including testimonials in your advertisement, you keep interested renters on the advertisement page versus going to another site to look for your reviews.

Follow Up

If a renter does contact you, follow up as fast as possible. The longer a renter has to wait in between contact, the more likely they are to contact a competitor. Renters looking to relocate that are on a short timeframe need answers and responses fast. Plus, the faster you respond, the better it looks for your reputation. An apartment manager that takes too long to respond could mean that is how you conduct business on a day-to-day basis.

Mar 2014

Top Los Angeles Beaches to Check Out

Top Los Angeles Beaches to Check Out

Malibu Beach, Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe beaches of Los Angeles are almost as famous as Hollywood and Disneyland. What a lot of visitors (and even residents) aren’t aware of is that Los Angeles is home to over a dozen different beach locations. But, there are some beaches that are more popular to the locals than others. So if you’re looking for a new beach to visit or you’re just new to Los Angeles living and need a guide to the best beaches, here are the top sands and surfs.

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Leo Carrillo is one of those beaches you won’t find overly crowded even in the middle of summer. It’s great for tide pooling, swimming and surfing. It is a lot further from Los Angeles than other beaches, but the drive is worth it if you want to escape the busy hustle of beaches closer to downtown. If you want to stay the night, bring the RV or tent and use the campgrounds located right across the street.

Will Rogers State Beach

Located on the stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, this long stretch of sand and surf is great for swimming. In fact, it looks like something out of a movie. With the lifeguard towers, spanning all throughout the beach you will feel safe swimming. It is closer to Malibu, but you won’t find it as crowded as other beaches, which makes it great if you want to get away with the kids and enjoy the sand — and not the people.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach always has something going on. It’s a very lively, active beach and is one of the nicest beaches you’ll find along the coast. If you are looking for a place to play some beach volleyball, stroll or just do some people watching, Manhattan Beach is the place to be. Because it is anurban beach setting, you are going to find it crowded, especially on a summer weekend. The water quality varies year-round, but the Los Angeles state department posts the water quality online so that you can see if it is safe for swimming.

Zuma Beach

This is one of the more northern beaches in LA and is highly popular. The sand is like silk, the water smooth and calm and you feel as though you’re at a tropical paradise. It is perfect weather for swimming or surfing and the waves aren’t too aggressive in Zuma’s area. If you want to go whale watching in the winter, Zuma is also a good spot. On a busy day, however, Zuma is one of the more difficult beaches to get in and out of. During the summer, you’ll be charged to park in the parking lot and the street parking usually fills up first thing in the morning from the surfers and early beach-goers.

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove is a hidden gem that even some locals don’t know about. You can only access the beach through a private owned parking lot. It is framed by breathtaking bluffs, sand and the water is perfect. You do have to pay to get into the parking lot and there is limited spaces, which makes this an exclusive beach.

Mar 2014

The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Your First Apartment

Couple With Boxes Moving Into New Home SmilingGetting your first apartment is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. While packing everything up that you own might seem like a daunting task, there are ways you can organize your first move away from home so that it isn’t so overwhelming.

Start the Process Early

Whether you are moving just a few blocks from home or to another city or state, you need to plan early. Hire a moving company or set up a rental for a moving truck as soon as possible. Sort through everything you own and decide what you want to move to the new place and what you can live without. Make a pile to donate or throw away. This will help save time and hassle during the move and make sure your new apartment is clutter-free.

Stock Up on Moving Supplies

There are multiple places to buy moving supplies and you don’t need to worry about buying them from the moving company — unless you want to. You can get boxes from grocery stores and liquor stores where they have them in abundance. You’ll also want to get bubble wrap, newspaper and moving tape. Some stores also sell complete moving kits, like Costco, so that you have everything you need to pack up your home and move without going to multiple places to get the items you need.

Label and Pack in an Organized Manner

As you pack, do so room by room. Keep everything orderly and make sure you label every box. You don’t have to list everything in the box, but create a quick summary so when you go to unpack you know what needs to be unpacked first.

Create an Overnight Bag

You should have an overnight bag with your necessities that you cannot pack in a box. This should include a change or two of clothes, toiletries and anymedications you need on a daily basis.

Change Your Address

Change your address with the post office, your employer, and financial institutions as soon as possible. You will want to at least give them a few weeks’ notice so that they have time to change it on their end before you actually relocate.

Have a Moving Checklist

There are plenty of moving checklists out there for first time apartment renters. Use a checklist to see what you should bring, what you should leave behind etc.

See What You Need to Supply

Most apartments come with the necessities like a refrigerator, dishwasher and stove. But you may need to bring things like a microwave or washer/dryer (if there are hook-ups in the unit).

Measure Before You Move

Check out the new apartment a few times and measure to make sure the furniture you have will fit. It is best to measure ahead of time than realize your furniture won’t fit in your new apartment on moving day.

Mar 2014

Tips for Decorating a Smaller Bathroom

Tips for Decorating a Smaller BathroomYou might not sleep or eat in the bathroom, but you would be surprised at how much time you spend in this small amount of square footage. In apartments you’re often limited as to how much you can do to personalize this small space, and when it is exceptionally small, you might feel as though you don’t have any options when it comes to decorating it either. But, there are savvy ways you can personalize even the most cramped bathroom and make it truly your own.

Go With the Simple Approach

Adding too many pieces of décor to your bathroom can overwhelm the small space and give it a cluttered look. Try to stick to the simple decorations — and only one or two focal points total. Consider a trendy bath mat or a piece of artwork to draw in the eyes. Bright colors can also help open up the space, but too many colors could give the small space a busy look. Stick to just a few shades and keep the color palette consistent throughout.

Just because you’re taking the simple approach doesn’t mean you have to be boring with it. There is always room for a statement piece that speaks to your personality — but keep in mind it is just the bathroom. You need enough counter space to get ready and you still have enough décor to impress your guests.

Store the Essentials Out of the Way

There is nothing more cluttering to a bathroom than your essentials everywhere the open eye can see them. The key to a sophistically decorated bathroom is to keep it simple and keep it neat. Put your stuff in places they aren’t readily seen or get creative about how you store them in the open. For example, tinted mason jars are great for brushes and they keep things looking neat. The more organized your bathroom is, the more roomy it will feel too.

Add Extra Mirrors

The mirror that comes with your bathroom has a function, but the additional mirrors you add can increase the space inside your bathroom. Add small, decorative mirrors to give the illusion of extra space, but keep them proportionate to the room.

Pick Your Shower Curtain Wisely

You never thought a shower curtain would determine how big or small your bathroom feels, but it’s true. Dark colored shower curtains can quickly swallow up any extra space in your bathroom giving it a cramped, small feel. Stick to bright, light, or neutral colors. These blend well and you won’t have a big wall of color showing your guests that your bathroom only goes so far.

If your manager lets you, paint your bathroom with an accent wall using a natural color. This can give the illusion of more space and depth, even if your bathroom is as big as a closet.

Mar 2014

10 Things to Do in Oxnard, California

Mandalay Beach In Oxnard, California.Oxnard is an underrated area of California. This hidden gem offers beach fun, restaurants and plenty to do, if you just give it a chance. Nestled between the ritzy Camarillo and surf-centered Ventura, Oxnard is quickly becoming an apartment hotspot.

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf in the Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard is an excellent place to take the family. You can spend an entire afternoon in the area walking the marina, checking out the seasonal family events or even taking a pedal boat around the harbor.

Mandalay Beach

Mandalay Beach is located just off the harbor and is a great place for an afternoon picnic or stroll. There are barbecue areas, volleyball nets, and covered picnic areas. Want to go skating? There is a path designed for joggers and skaters that want to get out and get moving.

Silver Strand Beach

If you’re a surfer, Silver Strand is the beach to visit. Here you’ll find favorable waves and the sand isn’t as crowded as the other beaches in the area. The surf break is friendly enough for beginner surfers too.

Visit Centennial Plaza

This one-stop has movies, restaurants and is a great place to just take a stroll and enjoy some window-shopping. Located in downtown Oxnard, you might find it difficult to get there during rush hour or on the weekends, but it is a great place for a weekday getaway.

California Welcome Center

The California Welcome Center located in Oxnard features a mission-style park, and should be the first stop on anyone’s California adventure. Here you will find all of the local info on the area, including where to eat, attractions to see, etc.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

This cultural museum is full of maritime history, art and even ships. The exhibitions are constantly changing, so if you want to see something particular, you’ll want to take a look at their schedule. Daily admission fees do apply, but if you are a member, you can go in for free.

Heritage Square

Located in downtown Oxnard, this unique and quaint scene offers fountains, delightful gardens and parks. You can see the original homes of Oxnard and even catch summer and seasonal festivities. There are always concerts being hosted in the square and there are over 25 eateries — including a wine tasting room. All of the mansions and homes have been restored, the square has been remodeled and everything has a historic charm.

There is plenty to do in Oxnard — most of it free. So before you drive on through to Santa Barbara, give Oxnard a shot and see for yourself why it is one of the fastest growing cities in Southern California.

Mar 2014