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Negotiation Tips to Get the Best Deal on Your Dallas Apartment

Negotiation Tips to Get the Best Deal on Your Dallas Apartment

 

Paying rent is a necessary evil, sort of like death and taxes. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay full price. Believe it or not, negotiating rent is pretty commonplace. And while not every landlord is willing to compromise on price, many are more than happy to agree on a lower amount – especially if it means getting a good tenant to sign a long-term lease.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new Dallas apartment or your lease is about to come up for renewal, here are a few expert tips to help you get more bang for your buck.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

A landlord probably isn’t going to put the offer of negotiation on the table, so if you’re interested in haggling a bit, you’re going to have to be the one who brings it up. As mentioned, there’s no guarantee that your landlord or property manager will go for it, but it can’t hurt to try. Start by asking whether they’d be open to discussing rent prices and if you could arrange a meeting to do so. (If you’re working with an apartment locator, ask them whether there’s any wiggle room on price.)

Do your homework.

Don’t just pull some random number out of thin air. If your landlord is willing to negotiate, be sure to come to the table armed with up-to-date and accurate data. It’ll be a lot easier to get a yes if you can demonstrate that the rate you’re requesting is still a competitive one. Research different properties in the area that are similar in terms of location, square footage, layout, number of bedrooms, amenities, etc. and be prepared to pony up some proof to back up your request.

Choose the right time.

Your landlord isn’t going to negotiate a new rate the day you show up to sign the lease. Likewise, planning too far ahead (like 6 months into a 2-year lease) won’t give you much leverage to work with. Make sure you time your request appropriately. Not only will this give you adequate time to meet and reach an agreement with your landlord, but if you decide not to take the deal he or she is offering, you’ll have plenty of time to find another place.

Sell yourself.

Trust us – it’s not always easy to find good tenants. If you’re one of the few, you can use that as a bargaining chip in your negotiations. For instance, if you’re an existing tenant about to renew a lease, use this opportunity to remind the landlord or property manager about how reliable you’ve been, what a thoughtful neighbor you are, how you always pay your rent on time, etc. If you’re a brand new tenant, highlight these qualities and then back them up with several trustworthy references.

Be ready to compromise.

Keep in mind that your first offer may not be one the landlord is willing to accept, so be ready for a counter-offer and be willing to compromise. You might even keep this in the back of your mind while determining your initial offer. For instance, if you’d be happy with $100 rent reduction, come to the table asking for $200. That way if the landlord counters with $100, you’ll still be comfortable with the result.

Negotiating rent is a great way to save yourself some money over time. Keep in mind, as well, that your negotiations don’t have to be strictly limited to cash. If the landlord isn’t willing to budge on price, he or she might be happy to strike a deal in other ways, such as free storage, waived fees, apartment upgrades or additional amenities. The options are many, and remember, it doesn’t hurt to try. Who knows – you might just end up with an arrangement you both can be happy with.

In the market for an apartment in or around the DFW area? Give us a shout! We can match you with the perfect place for your needs and budget.

July 26, 2019 / by / in
Studio Living: 10 Tips for Maximizing a Small Space

Studio Living_ 10 Tips for Maximizing a Small Space

When it comes to Dallas apartments, there are plenty of options, many of which include beautiful, luxury studio apartments. While these units can certainly be economical and practical for some, one of the main challenges they pose is the obvious lack of space. The good news is, there are plenty of creative ways you can maximize even the smallest of living spaces to make them look and feel roomier. Here are a few expert tips below.

Get rid of clutter.

One of the fastest and simplest ways to save space in a smaller apartment is to get rid of any items you don’t really need. Logically speaking, the fewer items you have hanging around, the more room you’ll make available. Make it a habit to declutter every few months.

Organize what’s left.

Once you’ve successfully purged the unnecessary, the next way to maximize your smaller living space is to organize your remaining stuff. Invest in things like bookshelves and storage baskets that don’t take up too much room, but give you more options on where to keep your items in a neat and orderly way.

Don’t overdo it with decor.

Minimalist design goes perfectly with studio apartments because it features clean lines and cuts clutter. Over-decorating will shrink your already-limited amount of space, so opt for modern pieces whenever possible.

Build up, not out.

As you are organizing, try to think in terms of upwards instead outwards. You’ve got plenty of space between your floor and your ceilings, but not much room from your walls out, so look for furniture and storage pieces that are tall.

Look for dual-purpose pieces.

If you’re strapped for space, using furniture that can double as storage is a wise idea. For instance, there are bed frames that feature built-in drawers and ottomans or coffee tables that open up. The more multi-purpose pieces you can incorporate into your design, the better.

Choose neutral palettes.

Dark colors are lovely, but they have a tendency to create a smaller, cozier feel – which is the last thing you want when you’re already in a small space. Opt instead for lighter or neutral tones, like ivory, taupe or beige. This type of palette can brighten the room and make it look and feel much less cramped.

Use semi-open furniture.

Big, bulky and solid furniture can block natural light and make your studio apartment feel even smaller. Brighten things up and create more expansiveness with pieces like open bookshelves and exposed-leg chairs and couches.

Maximize floor space.

You can also quite literally maximize the amount of space you have to move around in your apartment by arranging your furniture so that it’s placed against the wall. If this setup feels too open, place a few throw rugs on the floor to pull everything together.

Use mirrors to widen the room.

Reflective surfaces give the illusion of a much wider space, so use this trick to your advantage by hanging mirrors on your walls.

Take advantage of natural light.

Natural lighting has the ability to make a room feel more open and airy, so make the most out of what Mother Nature has to offer. If privacy is an issue, opt for lightweight curtains that still allow sunlight into your studio without leaving you completely exposed.

 

Studio apartments can be ideal, but they do require a bit of creativity when it comes to making the most out of limited living space. The ten tips above should help you maximize the area you have to work with and make your smaller apartment even more appealing.

 

In the market for a studio apartment in or around the DFW area? Give us a shout! We can match you with the perfect place for your needs and budget.

July 19, 2019 / by / in ,
What’s Going Down in Dallas (November – December 2017)

Not sure what to do in Dallas this coming November to December? Plan your activities as early as now and take part in the fun and exciting events that are coming up in the next two months.

Things To Do In Dallas

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST

November 5-6, 2017

Cinemark 17 with IMAX, 11819 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, TX 75234

With the success of previous cinema events that featured Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, acclaimed animated features distributor GKIDS and Fathom Events have partnered up to bring one of the most beloved series of Japanese animated movies to Dallas. Catch the Studio Ghibli Fest and see firsthand why the studio has become a household name.

 

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS – DALLAS/MCKINNEY

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Daily between Nov 17 and Nov 19

Myers Park & Event Center

Catch over 100 unique vendors at Vintage Market Days, a vintage-themed market where customers can find all sorts of authentic vintage items at great prices. If you’re a collector of antique furniture, architectural artifacts, one-of-a-kind decorative items for homes and offices, and other vintage-style items, this event is where you’ll want to be.

 

LIVE REINDEER PARK AND FESTIVAL
Nov 24 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
NorthPark Center

Join Santa Claus and his hardworking reindeer for a unique festival honoring the most famous reindeer of all — Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer! The event will feature a storytelling session, a live reindeer corral, photo opportunities with holiday characters, games, crafts, and treats for the young and the young at heart. Dallas Summer Musicals will also deliver a special performance at this event.

 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CHOCOLATE AND SIPS TOUR – PARK CITIES/SWISS AVENUE AREA

5:30 pm – 11:44 pm Every Sat between Dec 2 and Dec 30

Dallas by Chocolate, 4925 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Enjoy the sight of holiday lights all over by riding in Dallas by Chocolate’s private motorcoach. Taste the best offerings from the finest dessert venues in the locale, and soothe your spirits with spectacular holiday displays across different locations in Dallas. Sip hot chocolate as you sit down, listen to holiday music, and bask in the spirit of the holiday season. Participation includes transportation via private heated motorcoach, dessert samples, beverages and tour guide. As this is a dessert tour, make sure you’ve eaten supper before joining!

 

THE FRISCO BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

Dec 9 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reedy High School, 3003 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034

Come and watch The Nutcracker come alive with The Frisco Ballet’s special performance in time for the yuletide season on Saturday, December 9th at Reedy High School in Frisco. Performance times are at 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Ticket prices start at $16 per person. You may purchase your tickets at Sheena’s Dance Academy, located at 7975 Stonebrook Pkwy. in Frisco or online at www.thefriscoballet.org/nutcracker.

 

LONE STAR CIRCUS’® CIRQUE JOYEUX

Dec 28 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Dallas Children’s Theater

Enjoy an amazing circus spectacle as you witness thrilling daredevils, electrifying jugglers, mesmerizing acrobats, hilarious clowns, and endearing four-legged performers. Welcome 2018 with a bang, as Dallas’ very own Lone Star Circus showcases some of the world’s most skilled circus performers. Bring your whole family and enjoy this colorful event!

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As you can see there are a TON of things to do in Dallas.  So ask yourself, do you have a friend who is planning to relocate to the Uptown Dallas area and is currently searching for Dallas apartment options? Show them our Apartment Locator tool right here — we’ll help your friend find the perfect place to stay, just in time for the exciting November to December Dallas events!

November 1, 2017 / by / in ,
The Dallas Apartment Guide: What to Look for Before You Lease

Whether it’s your first foray into living alone or your latest attempt to find a leased apartment that feels just like home, there’s always a sense of excitement that comes with choosing a Dallas apartment to rent. However, as with any kind of decision that involves signing legally binding agreements and spending money, you need to be absolutely sure of what you’re getting yourself into before you sign that dotted line.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself before you sign that lease:

1) Can I afford it?

This is obviously the first question that will pop up in your head, and rightly so. And we’re not just talking about upfront costs here — you also need to consider if leasing that apartment is a sustainable arrangement for you for the duration of your planned stay. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if you have a stable job, for example, so you have to consider your sources of income and calculate if you can really afford to pay the rent consistently.

2) Is the apartment located in an easily accessible area?

Not everyone can enjoy the luxury of having a car, but everyone certainly needs to get around the city. When you’re looking for an apartment to lease, make sure that you manage to figure out how long it will take you to get to your place of employment, especially if you don’t have a vehicle of your own.

3) Are all the amenities in the building/in my preferred apartment in good, working condition?

One of the worst things that can happen to you when you sign a lease without thoroughly checking your apartment is to suddenly realize that you’d have to spend a fortune on repairs and restoration.Make sure to inspect everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, inside your soon-to-be-leased apartment. Check if the water’s working, if there are holes in the wall or ceiling, if all the electrical sockets are working, if any windows are broken, and so on. Don’t be afraid to be thorough — after all, you ARE signing up for something long-term, and once you affix your signature on your contract, that apartment becomes your responsibility.

4) Do I completely understand the rules and regulations of this place?

As negative as it may sound, always consider the worst-case scenario. What if an emergency happens, and you need to call for professional assistance? Is someone there available who can help you out, or are you basically on your own when things go awry? Make sure that there are handymen or repairmen whom you can call in case something suddenly breaks in your apartment. It also falls upon your shoulders to familiarize yourself with the ups, downs, ins, and outs of your lease contract. If there’s anything there that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask!

5) Is the general atmosphere happy and positive?

You may think that this is not so important, but you would be terribly mistaken. You wouldn’t want to live in a place with no decent lighting — imagine waking up each day and not catching any sunshine! — or one that’s full of noisy neighbors. It doesn’t hurt to consider if your satisfaction in finding an apartment to lease will translate into happiness when you’re actually living in it.

In search of the perfect living space for you to lease in the Uptown Dallas area? Discover all of the best options you can find and make an informed choice. Our Apartment Locator service can help you find just the apartment you’ve been looking for.

October 6, 2017 / by / in ,
How to Make Your New Dallas Apartment Feel Like Home

Few things in the world can beat the euphoria of moving into a new apartment. After all the packing and transporting, there’s a certain comfort that comes with you just being able to sit down and enjoy the fact that you’ve successfully relocated to Dallas.

Of course, it’ll only take you about 10 minutes before you start itching for home.

Don’t worry, though! It doesn’t require much effort to transform your new (albeit temporary) living space into a place you could truly call home. We’ve even prepared a handy guide, just for you!

Before anything else: Talk to your landlord first!

You certainly wouldn’t want to be making any changes to your Dallas apartment that would end up violating your contract and incur severe penalties. Before you even so much as plan to move a table or hang a picture, clarify what you can and can’t do.

Once you’re done with that, you can begin setting design goals for your apartment.

Some helpful tips before you begin

  • Define your budget for decorating your apartment, so that you can plan what to buy and avoid overspending.
  • Figure out if you would have the time to do all the renovations in the first place — you don’t want to accidentally end up with a stockroom of unused decorations instead of a comfy apartment!
  • Identify which areas of your apartment you DON’T want to change. Which places in your living space are fine, just the way they are?
  • Remember: When you leave, you’re going to have to take all of that stuff down! Don’t do anything complicated or change anything in a major way that you’d have to take down eventually.

Some suggestions for making your new apartment feel like home

  • Get something to make the place smell good. A lot of people forget this simple but important element. Your eyes aren’t the only things that need to be appeased here – your living space won’t feel like home if it doesn’t smell like it! Considering how easy it is to pick up an air freshener, this should be one of the first things you’ll get done.
  • Start with the most important part of your apartment (to you). It could be your living room area, or your kitchen area, or even your bed. Begin your redecorating with the place where you’ll be staying most often, so that you’ll feel the effects of your efforts quickly.
  • Placement matters. Plan where your utensils and furniture will go, so that everything will feel like they’re right where they’re supposed to be, just like home.
  • Get the right lighting. Set the mood with the right choice of lighting for your rental apartment. Choose something that’s cool to your eyes, but will still provide just the right illumination for your needs.
  • Change the curtains and carpets to designs that are more familiar and appealing. Since these are probably the easiest things to replace in your apartment that would have the most visual impact, it’s a good idea to pick out carpets and curtains to match your preferences.

These are just a handful of suggestions regarding what you can do to feel at home in your rental apartment, while minimizing the possibility of damaging the place or making your eventual departure complicated and messy. Ultimately, go with whatever will make you happy and satisfied. Just as long as it falls within the boundaries of your contract, of course.

In search of the perfect living space for you to lease in the Uptown Dallas area? Discover all of the best options available to you and make the right choice. Use our Apartment Locator service to find exactly the place that you had in mind.

September 20, 2017 / by / in ,
The Dallas Apartment Guide: Keeping Your Living Space Looking Great

 

In today’s Dallas Apartment Guide, we’ll be talking about how you can spice up the look of your current living space.

Truth be told, it doesn’t matter if you’re living in one of the many Uptown Dallas apartments available for lease, or if you’re residing in an entirely different state. How your living space looks still matters, as it has a direct effect on your level of comfort and quality of life.

However, you might find yourself challenged or limited by the fact that you don’t own the place you’re living in. Don’t fret, though, as there are ways to breathe life into your Dallas apartment without breaking any of your leasing terms OR spending a ton of money.

1.Invest in modular pieces.

Keeping in mind that you’re not living in a permanent space, you need to plan your decorations with mobility and ease of packing or replacement in mind.

Therefore, you should invest in versatile furniture pieces (such as tables that turn into storage containers or beds that fold into themselves and become couches) and decorative “tile tattoos” (removable stickers that can hide imperfections on your walls and tiles). You have plenty of options for temporary wallpaper stickers, too!

2. A bit of furniture rearranging goes a long way.

Sometimes, it’s all in the way you put your furniture together. Consider reorganizing your furniture to optimize space and give your living quarters a whole new look.

3. Upgraded lighting is a bright idea.

We’re not saying that you should go crazy and upgrade all your lighting fixtures at once — that’s a bit impractical. Instead, opt to switch out a couple of lamps, or use LED lights to enjoy well-lit rooms via energy-efficient light sources.

4. Add a dash of green to your apartment.

Have some plants in a window box to liven up the place. Having plants by your windowsill is a great way to improve your productivity, too!

5. Paint can be your best friend.

If you want a simple way to brighten up the colors in your apartment or simply give your eyes something new and relaxing to enjoy, a new coat of paint on your walls and furniture will go a long way. Of course, you’ll need to get permission from your landlords first before you go to town with that paintbrush, but believe us, some will even welcome the idea of you adding a touch of life to your leased apartment.

If you can’t repaint your walls, you can at least paint your furniture and make them look brand new. Pick a color that pops, but goes well with your interiors.

6. Hang up a painting or display your collection.

A well-placed oil painting will work wonders on even the most drab of walls. Pick your favorite painting and a nice frame to go with it, and hang it up a wall that needs some livening up. If you collect statues, figurines, or any other display items, find a space for them, like a bookshelf or a tabletop, and arrange them so that you can see all of them in their limited-edition glory.

Bonus tip: Get yourself a rug to hide any imperfections on your floor. It’s a cheap and simple solution that adds a touch of sophistication to your living space as well.

Know a friend in need of a place to stay in the Uptown Dallas area? Point your pal in the direction of our Apartment Locator tool, and let us help your friend find a living space that’s just right.

July 27, 2017 / by / in