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Get Spooked This Halloween at Local Events

Posted On: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Creeperum Haunted House

Fall is in the air, and Halloween is getting closer with every passing day. There are a variety of reasons why we love this time of year, including festivals, events we go to dressed up as our favorite characters for, giving ourselves an excuse to get scared by people, and facing some of our worst fears. To help you find the best places to celebrate and enjoy the season, here are a few fun things to do near our apartment communities:

Haunted Isle

If you dare, come along to the Haunted Isle in East Haven for a night of screams and fun. Legend says the things that nightmares are made of lurk somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks. Take the path down by the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists, turns and mysterious happenings. Regular admission is $12 per person, and express admission is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Tours will take place every Friday and Saturday in the month of October between 7 and 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s website.  (more…)

Surprise Guests? How to Quickly Make Your Apartment Look Cleaner in 5 Minutes

Posted On: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Surprise Guests? How to Quickly Make Your Apartment Look Cleaner in 5 MinutesIt is a normal Saturday afternoon, and you are relaxing in your apartment enjoying the day. The apartment could maybe use some cleaning, but you decide you will do it Sunday and continue to relax today. Then, the phone rings. Your parents have decided to make a surprise visit and let you know they are five minutes away. To make it look like you have your life together perfectly, you know you must make your apartment look clean unless you never want them to live this down. How do you do this in five minutes?! Don’t worry! Here are a few tips beyond just stashing clutter in baskets and closets to quickly make your apartment look cleaner in five minutes:

Repurpose Empty Spaces: Instead of trying to find the spot those pencils and other office supplies go, put them in an empty mug or small container nearby. It looks creative and cleans up the mess.

Clean Floors: Clean floors help your guests not feel dirty walking around with socks or barefoot. If you have hardwoods and carpet, only vacuum. Using only a vacuum cuts the time it takes to sweep and vacuum, and a vacuum can be used on multiple floor surfaces.

Touch Up the Bathroom: Be sure to clean up any toothpaste from the sink, make sure there is toilet paper and put a little bleach in the toilet bowl. Quick touch ups in the bathroom go a long way.

Wipe Down Surfaces: Grab a microfiber cloth and wet it, and wipe down surfaces throughout the house. This can get gunk off counters in the kitchen and dust off other surfaces.

Fluff the Apartment: Mainly focus on the living room. Fluff your pillows and fold up blankets to create an inviting atmosphere.

Keeping to these basics and working swiftly are how you can quickly make your apartment look cleaner and inviting to your parents and other surprise guests. You can use these tips to clean your Connecticut apartment any time you are running low on time. For more information on apartments in Branford, Hamden/New Haven, Norwalk or Stamford, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

Apartment Style 101: Bringing Color Back for Summer

Posted On: Friday, May 27th, 2016

How to incorporate summer colors into your apartmentWith the summer season in full swing, people are starting to bring out summer decorations and ideas to give their apartments a fresh color and look. There is a good chance you want to do the same, but you might not know where to start. The best way to begin decorating for the summer is by bringing back those fresh, summer colors.
Here are a few colors and ideas to bring color back for the summer in your apartment or home:
Orange: A vibrant orange is an instant energizer in any room. A wall decal is a great way to incorporate it into your space and get a punch from this exciting color.
Yellow: Yellow is a bright and happy color that brings a smile to your face and simply can lift your mood. You can use yellow in artwork or accent pieces such as a pillow to let light and sunshine into your room. Using yellow with a soft color like gray or white can make it pop even more. (more…)

Apartment Organization Made Easy

Posted On: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Apartment Organization Made EasyEven if you’ve already done your spring cleaning this year, there’s always room for more, and now is the perfect time to do some much-needed organizing. Here are some of our organizing tips for taking your apartment to the next level in organized style.

You’ll want to start by de-cluttering each room of your apartment. If you haven’t used that kitchen gadget or worn that shirt in a full calendar year, it can probably go; after all, there’s no sense in organizing it somewhere if you’re not going to use it anyway. You can either sell your unwanted items to secondhand stores or donate them to a local shelter or Goodwill.  While you’re at it, you can begin to sort things in various piles based on how you want to organize them. Find some important papers in a drawer full of office supplies? Put them aside for filing or shredding later.

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get organized. The task may seem daunting at first, but tackling the project room-by-room will definitely make it easier and less stressful. (more…)

How to Be More Eco-Friendly at Home

Posted On: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

How to Be More Eco-Friendly at HomeWith Earth Day coming up, you should be aware now more than ever about how your daily activity affects the environment. That’s why we’re sharing some of the best (and simple) ways to help you be more eco-friendly in the place you spend a majority of your time; your home.

-Recycling is one of the biggest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s a handy recycling chart that you can place near the receptacles in your home.

-You probably use your computer every day, but are you turning it off when you’re done with it? Even when computers are in sleep mode they suck up energy, so be sure to turn yours off completely off after each use to get the most out of it in the years to come.

-Invest in rechargeable batteries and learn how to properly dispose of old batteries.

-Don’t throw out your coffee grounds as they can be used to do some pretty great things. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Spring into Fun Door Wreaths

Posted On: Monday, April 11th, 2016

favorite spring wreath ideasSpring has sprung and while you’ve probably already hit refresh on your wardrobe and your apartment’s décor, why not go a step further and showcase your craftiness with a fun wreath to brighten your door (and maybe somebody’s day)?

Here are some of our favorite spring wreath ideas:

  • Of course, no spring wreath is complete without flowers. Our favorite picks for this time of year are tulips, hydrangeas, daisies or whatever variety reminds you of spring. To keep things fresh, silk flowers are definitely the way to go; you can always make the wreath feel more natural by using grapevines or twigs as a base. We also love the look of flowers on a foam base cut into you or your family’s monogram. (more…)

Why Renting Is Great For Your Budget

Posted On: Monday, March 28th, 2016

Why Renting Is Great For Your BudgetHome ownership is a rite of passage that many people associate with adulthood and maturity. With the fluctuation that this economy is prone to, jumping on to the home ownership bandwagon may not be the best financial decision when you’re on a budget.

Here are some of the benefits of renting an apartment instead of buying:

No property taxes

This is one of the most expected perks of renting. You won’t have to pay real estate taxes, which are complex and typically based on your home’s market value. New homes are getting even bigger, which will likely increase the financial burden of property taxes.

No large down payment

Many landlords require renters to pay a deposit before securing an apartment, but the down payment required to purchase a home is at a much higher cost. Let’s say that you pay a five percent deposit on a home with a market value of $150,000. Your move-in cost would be $7,500, which is much higher than the average security deposit. By choosing to rent, you can avoid the high costs due at move-in. CTBestApts offers a traditional security deposit and the optional deposit route that allows residents to keep their money while setting up their deposit. Learn more here. (more…)

How to Start and Care for an Indoor Garden

Posted On: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

How to Start and Care for an Indoor GardenWinter is coming to a close and the days of seeing flowers bloom are well on their way! Don’t let apartment-style living stop you from partaking in the joys of the spring season. Instead, opt for an indoor garden. According to a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, house plants purify indoor air by absorbing potentially dangerous gases found in natural air. Additionally, your apartment will be more aesthetically pleasing and will have added comfort for you and your guests to enjoy.

Here’s how you can get started with your indoor garden for herbs, flowers, fruits or vegetables:

Make the space for it. NASA suggests having at least one plant per 100 square feet in your home in order to reap air cleansing benefits, but that is by no means a rule. If you are starting an indoor garden for decorative purposes, you can use as little or as much space as you’d like. For instance, a tomato garden can be done on a window sill. (more…)

Wow Your Valentine with a Romantic At-Home Date

Posted On: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

At Home Date Ideas for Valentines DayValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and securing restaurant reservations far in advance of this holiday saves the stress of waiting in endless lines at your favorite eateries, but conjuring up unique date ideas can sometimes get tricky. What if there was a way to avoid leaving your house and still keep the spark of love and creativity alive in your relationship? Treating yourself and your significant other to a fancy dinner and a movie is a classic rite of passage, but the culture of simplicity is transforming the coveted night out into a night in.

Here are our top five stay-at-home date ideas for this Valentine’s Day that will allow you to maintain the comfort and familiarity of your home, save money and create priceless memories with your loved one:

  1. Recreate a restaurant atmosphere. Bring out the candles, your favorite drinks, a full-course menu, flowers and everything else you desire from a five-star restaurant, but in your own home! For bonus points, make this a black-tie event and create an intimate, picture perfect moment. (more…)

Temporary Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Apartment

Posted On: Monday, February 8th, 2016

Temporary Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Apartment

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! You can set the mood for your special someone by lighting candles and wearing your best outfit, but you can’t have the total package without decking out your home to match the atmosphere. Decorating apartments is often a difficult task because of restrictions put in place about how you may or may not be able to customize the area, but you can still bring the joy of the season of love into your apartment without compromising your lease.

Here are some temporary do-it-yourself décor ideas:

Valentine’s Mirror

This one is simple and anyone is sure to love it, both young and old. It’s a different take on the traditional picture exchange gift, but rather than printing out a picture and placing it in a frame, use a framed mirror to create this piece and watch the faces of your loved ones light up as they look at themselves and appreciate the unique keepsake. You can even include a positive message on the mirror as a loving gesture.

Valentine’s Wreath

You don’t typically see wreaths until November and December, but that’s no reason to neglect commemorating this holiday of love. You can make this a rustic piece or stick to more traditional Valentine’s Day colors complete with bows and arrows. When you’re done, hang it outside of your door and spread the love to neighbors, family, friends and significant others. (more…)