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Sharing an Apartment Made Easy

Posted On: Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Sharing an apartment with roommates is a great experience. Not only does it save money, but it provides a social atmosphere that is often missed out on when living alone. However, issues with roommates can occur even in the best roommate situations. Knowing how to resolve them, or prevent them ahead of time, can make sharing an apartment easy and stress free.

Be Clear with Expectations and Set Ground Rules

Most issues that occur with roommates tend to stem from not being clear about expectations before moving in. When getting to know your roommates, try to get an understanding of what they expect from you as a roommate and vice versa. How often will you and your roommates clean? How will guests and visitors be handled? How early or late do your roommates generally go to sleep? What are your roommates’ views on pets? Asking these questions can help you and your roommates to understand each other, create compromise and establish rules ahead of time so that problems don’t arise later. (more…)

Maximizing Space in an Apartment

Posted On: Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Maximizing space is important, especially for those who live in apartments. Apartments aren’t known for having ample amounts of space or built in storage, so tenants are forced to be creative with storage and furniture arrangements. Maximizing space can sometimes be tricky, but these simple tips can help anyone transform their apartment into a spacious living space!

Under the Bed Storage

Utilizing under the bed storage is an easy way to maximize space in the bedroom, as well as freeing up much-needed closet space. Most beds typically have some sort of space underneath that can be used for storage, but bed lifts can also be easily and inexpensively bought. Use clear plastic bins or organizers to not only store away your belongings, but also make it easier to locate and access them. (more…)

Save Money this Winter with these Energy-Saving Tips

Posted On: Monday, December 5th, 2016

With winter just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get a jump-start on prepping your apartment for the cold weather ahead. We all know cold weather means higher energy bills, but you can avoid outrageous expenses just by making minor changes to your living space. Here are some tips on how to save energy during the frigid months:

  1.       Change the lighting. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy. Replacing frequently used light fixtures with energy-efficient bulbs can save you between $65 and $75 each year. Energy-efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, last longer and provided the durability that is needed in the winter months.
  2.       Change the thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, automatically adjust the temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping. If a programmable thermostat is not an option, you can manually turn the heat down whenever you leave or go to bed. By setting a recurring reminder on your phone, it will quickly become habitual. (more…)

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Posted On: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

When it coneighborsmes to getting to know neighbors, it’s natural to want to avoid the awkward conversations for as long as possible.  Much of the stress that is related to apartment living goes back to issues with neighbors, so getting to know the residents that surround you can make your life a lot easier. By simply saying hello, giving a small gift or hosting a get together in the party room (or clubhouse) of your complex can open your world up to new possibilities.

As strange as you may feel knocking on your neighbors’ doors and saying hello while bringing them a baked good, you will feel even more foolish beating on their door telling them to keep the noise down. Aside from your insecurities, an effortless greeting to a stranger never hurt anyone. There will be some residents who may give you a weird look, while the rest will be thankful for the kind smile. Having good neighbors gives you a sense of community and it also allows for open communication. When you know your neighbors, you learn their habits and attain a sense of their personalities. This information benefits you by giving you guidance on how to handle issues that arise within the complex. For example, if your upstairs neighbor works during the night, you know that your nights will be quiet, but you may hear stirring around throughout the early morning hours. (more…)

2016 Connecticut Summer Bucket List

Posted On: Monday, May 23rd, 2016

2016 Connecticut Summer Bucket List With summer here, there is no better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than by completing a summer bucket list! CTBest Apartments has the best locations near tons of activities and attractions you could put on your list to make this summer one to remember. To name a few, here are some ideas to include on your summer bucket list this year:

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Located near our Stamford apartment communities, families are welcome to come to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There are a variety of things to do from seeing animals on the farm, enjoying nature on a winding walking  trail, going to the observatory and planetarium and so much more. Be sure to visit this summer for some family fun! (more…)

Pros of Renting: Amenities

Posted On: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Pros of Renting AmenitiesWe’ve already talked about the many benefits of renting an apartment, so let’s discuss one of the best things you’ll get when you choose to live the apartment life: amenities.

Having access to many amenities that you otherwise would not have is a huge cash saver and stress reducer. Luxuries such as a pool and fitness center are convenient, and things such as included heat and hot water save you a lot of money when it comes time to pay the bills. Even purchasing the necessary appliances such as washers and dryers can put a strain on your wallet, and if they break then you’re on your own.

By including the following amenities in many of our apartments and communities, CTBest Apartments provides our residents with a top-notch living experience: (more…)

How to Make Guests Feel at Home in Your Apartment

Posted On: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

How to Make Guests Feel at Home in Your ApartmentWhether they stay for the weekend or just a few minutes, it’s important that your guests feel welcome in your apartment. From subtle touches to rolling out the red carpet, we’re sharing our top tips for being the perfect host.

-Having guests over is the perfect excuse to get some of that much-needed cleaning out of the way. If you weren’t expecting company, de-clutter what you can and shut off rooms that you don’t want them to see.

-Plan ahead of time by stocking the fridge and pantry with items your guests will enjoy. If you’re not sure what they like, or don’t want to worry about allergies, they definitely won’t mind if you ask.

-For overnight guests, be sure that they have nice, clean sheets and fresh towels to use. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but white linens convey the most sense of cleanliness, which is important to any guest.

-You should also make sure to have sleeping arrangements ready before guests arrive, so they don’t feel like they are inconveniencing you. (more…)

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Posted On: Monday, March 14th, 2016

Spring cleaning checklistSpring is often referred to as the season of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. One of the most dreaded, but necessary, activities that comes with the flower-renewing season is spring cleaning. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure your home is spring-ready so you can enjoy everything this revitalizing season has to offer.

For every room:

  1. Wash baseboards, door ceilings, windowsills, doors and walls. Yes, doors and walls need attention, too! Fill a mop bucket with warm water and a multipurpose solution, such as Mr. Clean’s Multi-surface Cleaners. They smell amazing and cut through grease while removing grime. For stains on walls and doors, Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers can remove nearly anything, from scuffs to soap scum. (more…)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Connecticut-Style

Posted On: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in ConnecticutIf you’re ready for the wearing of the green and to celebrate the luck of the Irish, then you’re in the right place. The Connecticut area is filled with tons of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from traditional Irish feasts to parades and more. Here’s a quick round up of some of the area’s best things to do throughout the state to celebrate everyone’s favorite Irish holiday.

Stamford

Stamford’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade may be over, but there’s still fun to be had when you “Paddy Hard” at Tigin Irish Pub on March 17. Open at 10 a.m. on the big day, Tigin Irish Pub will have live music, green drinks, all-day specials and plenty of Irish fun leading up to the event.

Greater New Haven

Enjoy two days of celebrations with Playwright Irish Pub on March 13 and 17. Get “a little bit of Irish in Hamden” with craft and draft beer specials, live Irish music and of course, a traditional Irish breakfast.

Then, head on over to the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off on Sunday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. This parade is touted as the largest single-day spectator event in the state, so you don’t want to miss this! Don’t forget to purchase your official parade button to support this beloved Irish tradition. (more…)

How To Host a Stress-Free Holiday Party

Posted On: Monday, December 21st, 2015

How to host a stress-free holiday partyIt doesn’t matter what you’re celebrating, everyone loves going to holiday parties. But if you’re the one hosting the celebration, things can often go from zero to stressful very quickly. But, there’s no need to worry; here’s how to host a sophisticated holiday party without maxing out your stress levels.

-          Have a plan, and don’t be afraid to delegate if you’ve just got too much on your plate. Do as much as you can ahead of time to eliminate any last-minute disasters. Definitely clean a few days ahead and cook dishes that freeze well so all you have to do the day of is thaw and reheat everything. You can also consult this handy timeline if you’re not sure when you should be getting things done.

-          When serving food for a large party, a buffet is key. Create visual appeal with dishes served at various heights. (more…)