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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 ,
5 Best Places in Uptown to Grab a Drink After Work

You work your ass off all day. You deserve to kick back and enjoy a nice, refreshing cocktail once quitting time rolls around. Thankfully, there are tons of great bars and restaurants in and around the Uptown, Dallas area – many of them conveniently located within walking distance. Whether you’re planning on commiserating with your favorite co-workers, you’re meeting up with friends after a long, hard day, or you’re stopping in for a quick drink on your own, here are a few of our favorite local watering holes.

Parliament

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If you’re looking for a great place to hang with great happy hour drink specials, you’ll want to swing by Parliament. The somewhat inconspicuous locale provides for a laid back, comfortable atmosphere and the impressive list of drink options prepared by expert bartenders makes it well-worth the visit. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 5-8pm or any day that it’s raining.

Bowen House

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Have a more distinguished drink palette? Sit back and let the mixologists at Bowen House whip up some craft cocktails for you and your crew. The only thing cooler than the drinks here is the chill vibe. Hungry? They’ve got you covered. We recommend the steak tar tar for an appetizer and the vegetarian-friendly zucchini pasta. Happy hour is from 4-7 with a variety of drink and snack options.

Atwater Alley

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When it comes to hidden gems, the Atwater Alley is where it’s at. Don’t try to find a fancy sign. Just head down the alley behind Henry’s Majestic and look for the door with double A’s on it (one right side up, one upside down). Despite the modern drink options and creative bar staff, you’ll feel like you just stumbled back in time into a 1920’s speakeasy. Trust us – this one’s an experience you have to try.

Kennedy Room

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This place bills itself as a “neighborhood bar,” but in our opinion, the atmosphere is more like visiting friends than sitting at a bar – especially with their plush leather couches and antique upholstered high back chairs. It’s a truly unique place to throw a few back, shoot some pool and enjoy some delicious and surprisingly affordable drink and food specials.

Upside West Village

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We’d be remiss if we failed to include Upside West Village in our list of “best cocktail bars in Uptown.” While their menu and drink specials may be on the pricy side, it’s the magnificent views from their rooftop location that make this hot spot one worth visiting. Heaters and a fire pit will keep you warm on chilly nights and the covered canopy allows for great views of the Dallas skyline regardless of weather.

If you live or work in the Uptown area of Dallas, you owe it to yourself to give these five awesome places a try. Perfect for that after-work cocktail, meeting up with friends, a late-night date night or even hitting the town solo. Cheers!

July 11, 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 ,
What’s Going Down in Dallas (September – October 2017)

Not sure what to do in Dallas this coming September to October? 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

Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form

All throughout September and October
Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Ave.

Even the most subtle differences in approach can make one artist’s body of work so distinct fom another. Take a closer look at the contrasting styles and techniques of two of the world’s most uniquely innovative artists, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. The exhibit is ongoing at the Meadows Museum, with ticket prices ranging from $4 to $12. Admission for students is free. For more information, visit meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

2017 Blues & Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 3, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CDT)
African American Museum Dallas

If you’re a fan of blues and jazz, you’ll surely have a great time at this one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza. Listen to the beats and sounds of some of the most renowned artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including R.L. Green & Band, Buster Brown Band, Corrian & the Crew, Def to Radio, and Sandra Kaye.

 

Collision Course: Once City Music & Art Festival

September 15, 2017
The Green Elephant, 5627 Dyer St

Organized by The Electronic Dance Music Group of Dallas-Fort Worth (EDM DFW), this festival celebrates Dallas’ diverse music and arts scene and shines the spotlight on the rising superstars of the local creative community. The One City Music & Art Festival will donate $2 from every ticket sold to Vogel Alcove, a shelter providing educational and mental health assistance to Dallas’ homeless children.

90s & 2000s Party | Hip Hop + R&B + Reggae by DJ Phife

 

October 5, 2017, from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM (CDT)
Foundation Room, 2200 North Lamar Street

Enjoy a blast from the past as Dj Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa turns back the clock by a couple of decades. Party with people who cherish the music of the ‘90s and the 2000s, and have a great time at one of the coolest parties this month. For more Information, you may call 214-901-1422.

Flea Style Dallas Fall Show

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
North Hall, Dallas Market Center

Take your appreciation of creativity to a whole new level at the Flea Style Dallas Fall Show. Featuring over 200 booths showcasing the very best handmade, vintage, and unique lifestyle products, you’ll definitely find something for yourself at this event. Whether you’re looking for a brand new piece to complete your home setup or some one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, you’ll surely have a great time here, as you get your holiday shopping done way ahead of everyone else. Bestselling author Alli Koch will also be there to sign her book, How to Draw Modern Florals.

#FinCon17: Where Money & Media Meet

 

October 25 – 28, 2017 
Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N Olive Street

Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of finance and investing, and learn the most effective ways to grow your personal wealth via digital content at FinCon 2017. Expect the foremost experts on personal finance and investments to be present at this event, where you can build your network and become more adept at creating digital content for this industry. You may visit www.finconexpo.com for more information.

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Do you have a friend who is planning to relocate to the Uptown Dallas area and is currently searching for Dallas apartment options? Show your friend our Apartment Locator tool right here and we’ll help your friend (or you) find the perfect place to stay, just in time for the exciting September to October Dallas events!

August 21, 2017 / by / in ,
How to Pack for Your Upcoming Summer Trip

We know you’re excited to spend your summer enjoying the sights, happenings, and must-visit sites in, near, and around uptown Dallas. Before you even leave your apartment, though, one of the first things you need to consider is how you’ll fit all your stuff when you make the trip.

That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of simple but effective packing tips to make sure that you don’t forget anything you need (or end up lugging around some very heavy bags).

Prepare a list of what you’ll need.

Without a list to guide you, you’ll inevitably end up trying to stuff more things than you’ll actually use inside your bags. Stick to the basics — your toothbrush, your first aid kit, your charger, and so on — and take this opportunity to identify what you WON’T be bringing, so that you won’t suddenly decide to add more to your luggage at the last minute.

Plan what you’ll wear.

More often than not, unprepared travellers end up packing more clothes than they’ll actually be using. Consider the weather when you pack your clothes, and try to stick to a theme (i.e. clothes that work well when you mix and match them).

To save extra space, roll everything instead of folding and piling them on top of each other. Not only will this leave you with more room for your other stuff, but this will also keep your clothes wrinkle-free!

Use ziplock bags for categorizing and organizing.

You can place small objects (such as keys and cards) or electronics (such as wires and phone chargers) inside resealable plastic bags to protect them and keep them in one place (and make them easier to find) during your trip.

Safeguard your stuff from spills with the right packing techniques.

One of the worst things to discover in your luggage is your shampoo or lotion smeared all over your clothes and gadgets because you forgot to spill-proof everything. Take the lid off your bottles and cover the opening of the bottle with cling wrap before screwing the cap back on.

You can also take extra precautionary measures by storing your liquid containers in double-layer plastic bags.

Don’t put your money in your wallet.

Putting your cash and valuables in obvious places is just about the quickest way to get robbed. Instead, be resourceful — use an empty shampoo bottle or lotion container, for instance, to keep your money, so that thieves won’t know what to get from your bag if they ever manage to open it without you knowing.

Think about what you REALLY need to carry on your person.

This is particularly important if you’re going to take a long trip via airplane. Evaluate what you want to include in your carry-on — things that you absolutely need, but also won’t give you a hard time carrying.
Limit your carry-on stuff to your laptop or your preferred handheld entertainment device, a bottle of water, earphones, and a book.

Know exactly what you want to do before you leave.

Do your research! Create a schedule and look up the important places you’ll need to hit up while you’re on your trip. If possible, identify stores, restaurants, medical institutions, and other important landmarks.

Lastly, enjoy your vacation!

Looking for a comfortable living space to lease in the Uptown Dallas area? Use our Apartment Locator service to find the perfect place for you.

August 2, 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
Moving 101: Seven Things You Need to Do Before Leaving Your Dallas Rental

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Congrats…you’ve found the
Dallas apartment of your dreams. You’re moving up in the world, and in the process, will be leaving your old Dallas rental property behind. Preparing as much as possible in advance and knowing what to expect ahead of time can help improve your chances of getting your security deposit back and also facilitate a smooth and uneventful transition from one place to another. That being said, here are 7 things to add to your moving to-do list.

Get yourself organized. Before you find yourself buried in boxes and running out of precious time, make a point to get organized about the moving process. Create a checklist of everything you need to do in your current Dallas rental in order to get out on time and without incident, as well as what will need to be taken care of in the interim, such as packing and switching over utilities.

Go over your lease. Not all Dallas apartments are created equal. One property manager might be fine with a 30 day notice in writing, while others might require longer lead-time. Another lease might mandate that certain things are restored to how they were prior to your tenancy, such as paint color. Getting your hard-earned security deposit back depends on sticking to the legally binding document you signed, so understand ahead of time what’s expected of you and what your rights are.

Get your clean on. At the very least, you’ll need to make sure your current Dallas apartment is clean as a whistle before moving that last box out the door and handing over the keys. Allow yourself adequate time following the physical move to go back and conduct a thorough cleaning. If there are any repairs that need to be made, such as patching holes where pictures were hung, put those on your list as well.

Move everything out. Most rental properties – Dallas apartments included – require that every single piece of property you own be removed from the premises no later than the final day of your tenancy. That includes cleaning supplies, trash and anything else you may no longer need. Depending on what your lease requires, if you leave anything behind, you could be on the hook for additional rent or other ancillary fees, so don’t take any chances.

Take pictures. Once your soon-to-be-former Dallas rental is all cleaned out and ready to go for the next tenant, take a few moments to snap some photos (and make sure they can be date verified). These may come in handy should your former landlord try to claim any portion of your security deposit due to the way the place was left. Pictures of a clean unit with no damages (or pre-existing ones that can be proven) could save you in court.

Schedule and stick to a walk-through. Before you drop those keys off to your former landlord or property manager, make sure you’re both on the same page as far as the state of the Dallas rental unit you’re relinquishing. This will provide you the opportunity to demonstrate how clean and in-good-order the apartment is and also go over any questions or concerns you or the other party may have.

Provide a forwarding address. Before you get settled into your brand-spanking new Dallas apartment, the last step should be providing your previous landlord with your new address. This is critical because he or she will need it to mail you your deposit.

Itching to leave your current Dallas rental but can’t seem to find the perfect apartment for your needs? Give Dallas Apartment Locators a call. We can help find you the ideal new residence.

October 12, 2016 / by / in
Lighten Up! 7 Creative Ways to Add More Natural Light to Your Dallas Apartment

Lighten Up! 7 Creative Ways to Add More Natural Light to Your Dallas Apartment

Congratulations! You’ve found the Dallas apartment of your dreams! It’s ideally located near everything you enjoy and need. It’s got lots of awesome perks and amenities. Maybe it’s even pet friendly. The only downside is that the lighting inside is awful. Does that mean you’re doomed to live a dim existence, or will be forced to move out of your beloved home? Not necessarily. In fact, there are plenty of creative ways you can capture more light for your rental space naturally and without having to spend a lot of money.

Maximize the incoming light you have.

Obviously most Dallas apartments have at least some windows, so you can leverage this to increase the light coming into your space. Even smaller windows can be optimized to capture as much light as possible. For best results, leave as much of your windows exposed as possible. Avoid things like darkening blinds, shades or curtains and instead opt for window treatments that allow you to control the amount of light you’re letting in while also providing for your privacy.

Lighten up your walls.

Believe it or not, the very color of your interior walls can have an impact on how bright your rental space is. If the rooms of your Dallas apartment happen to feature more dark paint than light, check your lease or contact your landlord to find out if you are allowed to change them to lighter, brighter colors. Think white walls are boring? Not if you use the right accessories to help give your rooms more life and personality. Another helpful trick – particularly for smaller rooms – is to paint the walls and the ceiling with the same sheen. This can give the room a much bigger, more open and brighter feel.

Decorate with mirrors.

Hanging mirrors on your walls can really open up a room. And because of their reflective nature, these accessories are also great for capturing and dispersing more light. And this tactic doesn’t have to be reserved only for wall mirrors. To the contrary, the more shiny surfaces and objects you incorporate into your décor, the lighter and brighter your rooms will become. Be creative and think outside the box. Try glass or mirrored chandeliers, lamps, shiny door knobs, silver or mirrored photo frames – the possibilities are endless!

Cover dark floors with lighter materials.

A lot of the beautiful apartments for rent in Dallas feature sleek and modern design which, in many cases, includes dark wood, tile or other flooring material. This may look sharp to the eye, but it can also make a room appear smaller and much darker. A quick and easy solution is to use light colored throw rugs that add more color and contrast to the space. Combining this with lighter walls and mirrors can really transform the look and feel of an otherwise dark room.

Use accessories that have a metallic finish.

Along with mirrors, there are plenty of decorative options that help reflect light and brighten the space. Try incorporating accessories with metallic properties, such as wall hangings, hardware, even furniture and other textiles – anything with a shiny or reflective texture will help. These things, like mirrors, help to bounce light around the room and will give the appearance that your Dallas apartment is much brighter than it actually is.

Switch to glass doors.

Many apartments in Dallas are large enough that they feature several interior doors to separate the rooms within. A great way to open things up and create the appearance of a larger, lighter space is to switch out solid doors with those that contain glass. You can still have privacy by using frosted glass, which is opaque enough that your roommates or guests can’t see in, but transparent enough to still let in plenty of light from each side.

Get creative with your lighting.

One common mistake many renters make is simply relying on the basic types of lighting available to them. Getting creative and changing things up can really make a huge difference in how bright your rental space can become. And the good news is, you don’t have to hire an electrician or make any major changes to your Dallas apartment either. It’s really just a matter of incorporating light sources that offer different angles and other perspectives. For example, instead of only using table lamps, try incorporating a floor lamp that projects light upwards or wall sconces that can be plugged into nearby outlets.

Good lighting isn’t always a prerequisite when considering which Dallas apartments for rent would be the best fit, but it’s still pretty important. The great news is, even if the apartment you fall in love with isn’t as bright as you’d hoped, there are plenty of options to improve it – and most of which don’t require a huge investment of time or money. Just be sure to always check with your landlord prior to making any significant changes and to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

September 28, 2016 / by / in , ,