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Eco-Friendly Living – 5 Ways Apartment Dwellers can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Eco-Friendly Living - 5 Ways Apartment Dwellers can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Over the past several decades, we’ve become much more aware of the impact our everyday lives have on the state of the environment. Many of the things we do – from the gas we put in our cars to the amount of water and utilities we use, and even the foods we choose to eat – contribute to the Earth’s pollution. Conversely, by minimizing our energy consumption and making other simple changes, we can reduce our negative impact and help conserve our natural resources. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few tips from our eco-savvy Dallas apartment locators.

 

Recycle.

First and foremost, it should go without saying that recycling is one of the simplest and most effective ways to conserve the environment. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime. Start by educating yourself on which items can and can’t be recycled. Then, keep a separate bag next to your trash can that’s designated for recyclables. The good news is, most modern Dallas apartment buildings feature trash services that support recycling, so it’s easier than ever.

 

Install LED lighting.

Another easy (and cheap) ways to become more environmentally conscious is to switch out your traditional light bulbs with LED ones. These bulbs work just as good as conventional ones, but are longer lasting and use less energy. If you are unable to change out the bulbs in overhead lighting, considering using an LED lamp instead.

 

Use black-out curtains.

According to the US Department of Energy, 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy is lost through windows. Furthermore, about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard windows becomes heat indoors. In other words, the more natural rays you’re allowing into your apartment, the more energy you’re going to need to consume to keep the space cool and comfortable. You can avoid this by using black-out curtains and closing them when you’re not home or during peak hours of the day.

 

Ditch the dryer.

Did you know that clothes dryers use 2 to 4 times more energy than a new clothes washer, and almost twice as much electricity as a new refrigerator? While most luxury Dallas apartments have community washers and dryers that are energy efficient, you can further reduce your environmental impact by choosing to air-dry your clothes instead. 

 

Utilize your thermostat.

Most modern thermostats have programmable features that enable you to automatically schedule temperature adjustments so you can conserve energy. For instance, there’s really no need to have the central air blasting all day while you’re at work, but who wants to come home to a hot, stuffy apartment? By using the scheduling feature, you can set your thermostat to automatically kick the A/C on shortly before you return home. That way, your place will still feel comfortable when you walk in, but you won’t have wasted hours of energy in the meantime.

At the end of the day, it’s up to each one of us to do our part to protect our precious resources. By implementing the five simple strategies listed above, you can dramatically reduce the impact your lifestyle has on the environment.

Curious about your carbon footprint? You can calculate it here. Oh, and don’t forget about our Dallas luxury apartments, many of which have been specifically designed to be more eco-friendly. Contact us to learn more.

October 29, 2019 / by / in , ,
5 Damage-Free Apartment Decorating Tips

5 Damage-Free Apartment Decorating Tips

One of the best things about renting a new Dallas apartment is giving it your own personal touches. Unfortunately, renting vs. owning also means having to decorate in ways that won’t damage the property. Thankfully there are plenty of creative ways to make an apartment feel more like a home without the risk of losing your security deposit in the process. Here are a few of our personal favorites.

Command Products

You’ve probably seen the commercials for Command Products by this point. If not, these adhesive hooks and strips are designed to adhere to the wall, providing the ability to hang photos or artwork without having to use nails. Best of all, they can be removed in a snap without leaving any damage behind. No holes and no residue means no money out of your pocket come moving time. Command even makes lightweight display ledges, which stick to the wall and are great for showcasing trinkets and other small items.

Wall Decals

If you want to spice up the look and feel of your Dallas apartment without incurring any fees after the fact, consider using damage-free wall decals. There are countless design options, from patterns and flowers to quotes and more. Decals basically adhere to the surface of the wall but can be removed at any time without leaving any residue. What’s really cool is that they’re super versatile, so you can change your décor any time you’d like with no hassle. Walls Need Love offers a huge variety of decal designs and collections, as does All Posters.

Standalone Shelving

Installing shelves directly to the wall may not be an option if you’re trying not to damage your Dallas apartment, but there are plenty of other ways you can leverage shelving as part of your décor. For instance, bookshelves and bookcases are a perfect way to add both utility and charm to your rental property without risking any damage. On a budget? Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find affordable standalone shelving that you can use as-is or refinish/repurpose.

Rugs

Many Dallas apartments feature elegant tile and/or hardwood flooring. If you’re comfortable covering this up, throw rugs and area rugs can be a great way to add a splash of color or inject some personality into your new space. In fact, temporary rugs can even be used over permanent carpeting, both as a way to layer and decorate as well as to prevent stains, which will protect your investment even more. Try rugs with bright colors, bold patterns and creative textures to give your apartment a unique look and stylish appeal.

Swap and Save

Some landlords are perfectly ok with tenants swapping out certain hardware, provided they agree to replace it before moving out. For instance, you might consider changing out the handles on your cabinet doors, or installing a more stylish light fixture. If you’re thinking of going this route, however, be sure to double check with your landlord or property manager first, and remember to keep the existing hardware safely stored away so you can put everything back as it was once it’s time to move on. 

These are just a handful of ways to decorate a rental space without compromising a security deposit. Do you have any creative, damage-free decorating ideas to share? Give us the scoop in on our Facebook page! 

August 23, 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 ,
7 Organization Tips to Go From Boxes High to Living in Style!

According to recent studies, Texas ranks among the top 10 states that people are moving to and the Dallas area is seeing about a 6% growth rate year over year. As a result, more and more luxury Dallas apartments are also cropping up to meet the growing demand. If you’re in the process of planning a big move to the area, here are 7 organizational tips from Dallas Apartment Locators to make the entire process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Start with a plan. Moving can become chaotic real quickly, so avoid this possibility and keep everything on track by establishing a plan. Grab a big notebook, preferably one with pockets, and start a list of all the tasks you need to complete and by when, listing them in order of priority. You can use the pockets of the notebooks to stash important move-related documents, such as the business card of the moving company you’ve chosen or receipts that you may need.Start with a Plan

Pack wisely. The more organized you are from the get-go, the less stressful and chaotic the unpacking process will be once you’ve arrived at your new Dallas apartment. This can save both hassle and time. Start by systematically going room by room and packing those things that you don’t use every day. Try to pack like-items together and work in a logical fashion so that once you get settled into your new place, you’ll be able to easily find what you need and get things put where they belong quickly.

Label and prioritize your boxes. Remember, not everything will need to be unpacked the first day, so make things easier on yourself by clearly labeling what is in each box and prioritizing all of your boxes using an A/B/C system. This will help you quickly and easily determine which things you need to worry about right away and which ones can wait until things settle down a bit.

Purge. As you set about the packing process, chances are you’ll come across plenty of items you don’t really use or need anymore. Rather than trek these useless things along to clutter up your new place, make a point to purge at least a portion of it. For instance, as you dig through your drawers or closet, separate your clothing items into three piles: throw away, donate and keep. This will lighten your load and give you less to worry about when the unpacking process begins.

7Org-scheduleSchedule terminations/changeovers. Don’t forget to include calls to your utility providers, like the electric and cable companies, letting them know about your upcoming move and making the appropriate arrangements to have services either terminated or switched over to your new Dallas apartment. This may seem like an obvious step, but you’d be surprised at how many people overlook it and end up scrambling to get it done at the last minute. Believe us, you’ll have enough on your plate on moving day. The last thing you’ll need to worry about is whether or not the lights will work while you’re unpacking.

Plan accordingly for kids/pets. Children – whether of the two-legged or four-legged variety – can make moving an even more complicated and stressful experience. Minimize this by arranging appropriate care well in advance of your scheduled move. Have someone watch the kids while you’re packing, moving and unpacking so you can stay focused and on task. Make sure pets are kept some place safe, especially while the movers are in and out of both your old and new apartments to avoid a potential runaway situation.

Create a “survival box.” Save all the essentials that you’ll need on the first night in your new home and pack them into a special “survival box.” This will be particularly helpful if it’s too late or you’re way too tired to unpack when you first arrive at your new place. Some things to include might be non-perishable food items (like granola bars), bottled water, a flashlight, toiletries (including toilet paper), a change of clothes and some activities to keep you entertained in case the cable or internet isn’t hooked up right away.

At Dallas Apartment Finders, we’ve worked with countless individuals and families and we understand how stressful the moving process can be. With these tips, you’ll be out of your boxes and living in high style in no time!

August 4, 2016 / by / in
10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Peeps for Helping You Move Into Your New Place

There’s no doubt about it. Your friends are pretty awesome. They took time out of their busy schedules to help you move into your new Dallas apartment. Maybe they even stuck around for a while to help you unpack and make sure you got settled in. How can you ever repay them? Well, you can start by saying thank you. If you really want to show how much you appreciate your loyal comrades, consider doing one of the following as well.

Feed Them

Feed Them – You can start showing your gratitude for your friends right away by making sure they’re well fed the day of the move. Besides, it’s sort of a tradition to order pizza and maybe crack open a few brewskies to help make the task at hand a little more enjoyable. Or, wait until you move that last box across your new threshold and then celebrate over some dinner and drinks.

Pay for Their Expenses – If your pals helped by trekking car-loads of your belongings from your old place to your new one, don’t forget to pay them back for any monetary expenses they may have incurred. For instance, offer to pay for their gas or give them each a gift card for a local gas station that they can use after the fact.

Throw a Party – You’re probably already planning a housewarming party to show off your shiny new Dallas apartment, so why not use this gathering as an opportunity to also thank those who were generous and thoughtful enough to help you move? Don’t forget to invite a few of your new neighbors as well so you can start rubbing elbows and making new friends.

Cook for Them – Beyond the traditional post-move pizza and beer, you can take the concept a step further by offering to cook a hearty meal for your buddies. Have them all over for a fun dinner party in your newly decorated dining room, or host each friend individually for a more personal ‘thank you’. If you’re not up for cooking a whole meal, maybe just bake them some cookies.

Take Them Out – If a home-cooked meal or dessert isn’t your forte, don’t sweat it. There are tons of awesome Dallas restaurants and bars where you can bring your pals for a post-move thank you meal. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, either. Even if it’s just burgers and beer or tapas and cocktails – getting together to enjoy each-others company is what it’s all about.

Give Gift Cards – These are super easy and convenient, and they’ll be very much appreciated by your friends. Buy gift cards to your friends’ favorite coffee shop, restaurant, store or salon. The options are plentiful and easily personalized. When it comes to gift cards, there truly is something for everyone.

Book a massage

Book a Massage – Moving is a physical task and it’s not uncommon to experience soreness the next day. Let your buddies know how much you appreciate all the manual labor they put in by buying them all massages. On a budget? Check out Groupon – they’re always running local deals like this. Or, look into whether there are any massage schools in your neighborhood that might offer discounted services performed by students. And while you’re at it, book one for yourself as well. You deserve it!

Buy Some Booze – Beyond the drinks you supply during or directly following your big move, why not reward your pals with a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor. This is especially good for those friends who might not be able to stick around after the move or have busy schedules that make meeting up for drinks difficult. This way they can enjoy a drink (or several) on you at their convenience and in the comfort of their own Dallas apartment.

Give an IOU – Just like you needed a hand moving in, each of your friends could probably list any number of things that they wouldn’t mind getting help with. Make out an IOU for whatever task makes sense for each friend. Some ideas might include picking up their dry-cleaning, walking their dog or cooking them dinner. Or, if you’re brave enough, give them a blank coupon that they can fill in with a task of their choice.

Return the Favor – Last but not least, let your friends know that the next time one of them decides to move to a new Dallas apartment, you’ll be first on the list to step up and help them with the move just as they did for you. Oh – and when you do, be sure to give them this list so they’ll know how to repay you when the time comes.

July 31, 2016 / by / in
8 Hacks to Becoming to a Home Organization Ninja in Your New Apartment

When you first moved into your new Dallas apartment, you were probably surrounded by boxes galore and wondering how on earth you had managed to accumulate so much stuff over the years. Now that things have begun to settle down and you’re all unpacked, it’s time to start getting organized. Not sure where to begin? Here are 8 simple but pretty incredible hacks to help you channel your inner Martha Stewart and become an organization ninja (or something like that).

Start Small – Unless you were lucky enough to be born with the inherent ability to organize, taking on such a significant project can feel overwhelming. Don’t do too much too quickly. Start small, even if it’s just organizing your mail and other paperwork. Tackle each room one at a time and don’t expect to get everything done in one day. Take your time and before you know it, you’ll be crossing the finish line.

Be Logical – Start by grouping like items together and sorting your things in a way that is logical and sensible. When organizing your bedroom, for example, keep the clothing you wear more often easily accessible and store other items away until you need them. In the kitchen, store commonly used cookware where you can quickly and easily grab it. Repeat in each room using this methodology.

Everything in its Place – Once you’ve figured out where to put everything, designate an area of your home for each thing and stick to it. For instance, if towels belong in the linen closet, make sure that’s where you always put them. It may seem like a chore when you’re tired after a long day, but sticking to this system will help keep your apartment clutter-free and ensure that you’ll always know where to find whatever you need at a moment’s notice.

Don’t Be Afraid to Purge – As you’re going through and organizing all your belongings, chances are you’ll come across more than a few things you simply don’t need or use anymore. Rather than allowing these items to take up valuable storage space, consider letting a few of them go. If possible, donate nice, usable items to charity. Anything else not worth donating should be recycled or tossed.

Utilize Every Square Foot – Most Dallas apartments are pretty roomy, but those that are on the smaller side may require some creativity in the use of space. Use things like wall shelving to remove clutter from tables and furniture and hanging racks behind doors to provide the opportunity for additional storage. For example, a repurposed over-the-door shoe rack can provide a convenient place to store bathroom products without the need to use up additional space.

Establish a Command Center – This is a fancy name for the spot in your apartment where all of your critical daily essential items should remain at all times when not in use. This includes your keys, your wallet, your sunglasses and any other item you use on a daily basis. By defining and sticking to one central location for these things, you’ll never have to worry about losing them, not to mention the wasted time and aggravation that comes with having to search for them.

Set a Daily Routine – A solid daily routine is the backbone to a highly organized home. Like a central command center, establish a plan for how you will deal with things in your day-to-day life that might otherwise lead to clutter, such as sorting the mail. For example, make it a habit to go through your mail as soon as you get home from work, filing away items of importance and tossing the junk right away.

Think Before You Buy – There’s really no point in spending your time and energy organizing your Dallas apartment if you’re only going to keep bringing more stuff in. Sure, you’ll need to buy new things from time to time, but if you’re not careful, you’re going to end up right back where you started. Make wise buying decisions and remember to stick to the plan with every new item you bring into your home.

You don’t have to have your own show on the DIY Network to become an organization guru. All you have to do is have a plan to follow and then set your mind to the task. The tips above should help get your Dallas apartment and your life running like a well-oiled machine.

July 26, 2016 / by / in