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Money-Saving Moving Tips

Posted On: Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the road, moving costs can add up quickly and steeply. After paying your security deposit, first month’s rent and furnishings for your apartment, the last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on moving costs. When moving on a tight budget, the key is to plan and be resourceful. While some expenses may be unavoidable, there are still plenty of smart and easy ways to move into your new apartment in Branford or Stamford without breaking the bank.

Toss, Donate or Sell

The less there is to move, typically the less expensive (and the easier!) it is to move. Before packing up your stuff, set it out and evaluate what you use regularly and what you will need in your apartment. If you don’t need it or donating. Depending on the condition of the items, you may even be able to sell them to second-hand stores or online through social media. Not only could you be saving money, but you could also be pocketing some extra cash to decorate or furnish your apartment with! (more…)

Organize Your CTBest Kitchen

Posted On: Monday, July 15th, 2019

The kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in any apartment, which means it’s also likely to be the messiest. No matter how big or small your kitchen is, staying organized and using space effectively can be challenging. Here are a few kitchen solutions to help you organize your CTBest kitchen:

Hang Things with Hooks

Fumbling through messy draws of cooking utensils isn’t ideal, especially when cooking a meal. Instead, try mounting hooks above the stove or on the side of a cabinet for a much more organized and convenient kitchen set up. In addition to cooking utensils, you can also use hooks to hang potholders, gloves or rags for easy access. (more…)

The Morgan: Apartments for Rent in Stamford

Posted On: Monday, July 1st, 2019

If you’re looking for an apartment to rent in Stamford, consider The Morgan! Located in Downtown Stamford, The Morgan offers the best of both worlds: spacious high-rises minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown while located in the serenity of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood. With studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom options, The Morgan offers convenient and affordable downtown living that is sure to exceed all expectations.

The Morgan offers a variety of floorplan options featuring gourmet kitchens with new appliances that create the perfect setting for cooking and enjoying meals. A tile-lined entryway welcomes residents, and wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the spacious living room and bedroom areas provides residents with year-round comfort. Residents can also enjoy a quiet getaway on the apartment’s private terrace which provides picturesque views of Downtown Stamford. (more…)

Separating Space in a Studio Apartment

Posted On: Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

When considering renting a studio apartment, one of the biggest concerns is space. Studio apartments typically consist of a bathroom and one large multipurpose room that serves as the bedroom, kitchen and living room. The studio layout, while extremely open, can often seem strange after living in a traditional home, and many studio renters prefer to separate the space. While simple room dividers or partition walls can do the trick, here are a few creative ways to not only separate the space, but also maximize it:

Use Bookshelves

One of the easiest ways to separate space is to use a bookshelf. Placing bookshelves perpendicular to a wall to divide the living space is an effective way to partition off the space and also provide extra storage for the apartment. Extra storage space is essential in smaller studio apartments, so having a piece of furniture that serves two functions is ideal. The bookshelves don’t have to reach the ceiling, however taller shelves draw the eye upward and provide the illusion of height. (more…)

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…)

Outdoor Summer Activities in Branford

Posted On: Friday, May 31st, 2019

When it comes to fun outdoor activities, Branford is the place to be! In the summer, it’s easy to want to escape the summer heat and stay inside with the air conditioning. However, when you live in a town like Branford, staying inside is not an option. This charming coastal town is home to beautiful beaches, scenic hiking trails, unique geographic features and clear, open waters for residents to visit and enjoy all summer long.

Take a Thimble Islands Cruise

Looking for a relaxing way to spend the afternoon? Hop aboard the Sea Mist and join Thimble Islands Cruise for a 45-minute narrated tour of the Thimble Islands. This family-owned business has been giving boat tours for nearly 60 years and providing visitors and residents alike with breathtaking views of the Branford coast. If you get thirsty while on board, the cruise also has a bar on deck serving refreshing beverages for passengers to enjoy. (more…)

Ways to Find A Roommate

Posted On: Monday, May 27th, 2019

Sometimes the most stressful part of planning to move into a new apartment isn’t budgeting costs or figuring out moving plans, its finding someone to live with. Finding a roommate can be difficult, especially for those who may not be from the area or know anyone there. Luckily, thanks to the interconnectedness of today’s technology, there are several platforms to help make the roommate search process a whole lot easier.

Craigslist

Craigslist is the world’s largest classified section online, which makes it a great place to find just about anything, including roommates. On Craigslist, users can either enter a listing of their own, or browse other listings that are already created. The amount and type of info that is posted depends on the user. The key here is to search for postings that are thorough with details about what the poster is looking for. The more detailed information that is posted, the more high-quality and legitimate the poster likely is. (more…)

Studio Living at Hoyt Bedford

Posted On: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

While living with roommates can be fun, it can also be quite a hassle. Dividing expenses can be time consuming, communicating can be awkward, noise levels can be high and living spaces can become easily cluttered. Sometimes it’s nice to have a cozy little space to live independently and call your own. If you’re interested in simplifying your life through living alone, consider a studio apartment at Hoyt Bedford in Stamford!

Hoyt Bedford’s Terrace Studio Apartments offer both 525-square-foot and 545-square-foot floor plan options to residents. The 525-square-foot apartment showcases a true open studio layout. The entryway displays the apartments gourmet kitchen, private full bathroom and spacious main living and bedroom area. The 545-square-foot apartment opens up to a large living room with an open kitchen and dining area. For those wanting a bit more privacy, this floor plan offers a private bedroom off the living area for even more peace and quiet. (more…)

Common Expenses when Renting an Apartment

Posted On: Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Money for renting expensesRenting your first apartment is an exciting time! However, whether you’re a student moving off campus, or just moving out for the first time, there are many financial details and additional expenses to consider. Being aware of these common expenses can help prevent first time renters from being caught off-guard when renting an apartment.

Initial Cost

Before moving into an apartment, there are several initial fees that renters are required to pay. The first fee is the rental application fee which can cost between $30-$100 and includes a credit check. In addition to the application fee, most complexes also require a deposit of the first and/or last month’s rent upfront. The cost of this is dependent on the apartment’s monthly rent, your income and/or credit score. (more…)