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Tips For Transforming Your Apartment In to a Haunted House

October 24th, 2014

Apartment Halloween Decorations The witching hour is almost upon us! Living an apartment doesn’t mean you are left out of all the Halloween fun. Whether your building is allowing trick-or-treaters to come by or you’re throwing a spooky party, transforming your apartment into a haunted house is a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Big or small, there are a few ways you can accomplish the task of scaring up some fun in your humble abode. Here are some of RentSeeker.ca’s favourite ways to change your apartment into a creepy haunted house.

Set the Mood

All black everything – that’s the name of the game when it comes to getting the right environment in place for your haunted house. Buy some black fabric that you can use to drape both the windows and the walls. Of course, remember safety first: ensure that you don’t light any candles near the fabric to prevent a fire hazard. If you just want to block out the light, you can use sheets you already have on hand to cover up the windows.

Creepy Entranceway

To get a true haunted house feel, you want to get the party started as soon as your guests enter your apartment. Put a “Beware” or “Enter at Your Own Risk” sign on your door. To really up the creep factor, add a few fake blood splatters (that can wash off easily). Once guests enter, a motion-activated skeleton or spider will add to the overall scary tone. Don’t forget to add in the classic scary noises CD of creaky floorboards, screams and monsters dragging chains.

A Delicious (But Gross) Spread

Part of the fun of a haunted house is creating the food that will delight and disgust your guests with their creepy realness. We’re talking boiled eggs doubling as “eyeballs” in a jar, dead man finger cookies, worms and Jell-o slime, spider cupcakes, and more. Get creative and dare your guests to defy their brains and eat something that it seems like they really shouldn’t. Don’t forget the ice cubes with a “fly” or “cockroach” frozen inside!

Dangling Dangers

Think back to the haunted house rides that you used to go on at the fair – there would always be some mystery item dangling from the ceiling that would brush against your face as your car went along the track. It’s time to bring that idea into your apartment. The perfect place for it? In the hallway, as your guests are heading to the washroom. With nothing but nightlights or candles to light the way, they won’t see the spider webs or long strands of yarn (doubling as witch hair) that you have hanging from the ceiling.

Lighting

Adding a black light to cast an eerie glow over your apartment is a great way to add to the creepy mood while still allowing guests to enjoy some of your delicious finger foods. A red light is perfect for the bathroom, particularly if you have a “surprise” visitor hiding in your shower (think of a zombie head sticking out from behind the curtain). Ensure you do not cover any of these lights with a cloth, as they can heat up quickly.

When it comes to your apartment haunted house, the sky is the limit. As long as you do not make any permanent changes, like painting, get as creative as you’d like. To prevent any issues, speak to your landlord prior to setting up your haunted house. After that, it’s time to invite your neighbours over for a night of fright and fun!

Happy Halloween!

The RentSeeker Team

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RentSeeker Hacks: How to Clean Your Apartment with Simple Tricks

October 20th, 2014

Apartment Cleaning
If you’re like us, you’re not a huge fan of cleaning – especially those big jobs that seem to take up your entire Saturday. Thankfully, there are a number of “hacks” you can use to make your apartment cleaning so easy you’ll wonder why you ever dreaded the task so much in the first place. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite life-changing tips that will get your apartment in tip-top shape in no time.

1. Clean up grease and grime with items from your grocery list. We admit that this seems counter-intuitive, but you can really cut through stubborn grease and fingerprints, particularly those left on your kitchen cabinetry, with items that are found INSIDE those cabinets. Mix up a little vegetable oil and baking soda, slather it on an old toothbrush (seriously) and scrub away. No back-breaking labour with outstanding results.

2. Shoe polish is for more than just shoes. This one is so simple we can’t believe we hadn’t thought of it before. If you have a leather couch or chair, you can remove scuffs and discolorations with shoe polish. Test the shoe polish on the back of the couch first, or any other area hidden from view. If the colour is a match, buff away! Just allow it sufficient time to dry before you sit down again.

3. Cleaning exhaust fans with compressed air. Many of us have compressed air canisters already at home to clean out our keyboards and other electronics. But did you know that you can quickly and easily clean out exhaust fans, especially the bathroom fan, by using the same canister? Do this hack first before cleaning the rest of your bathroom, as you don’t want that dust to get all over your sparkling tub. Cleaning your exhaust fan regularly is important to help prevent fires.

4. Banish carpet stains with rubbing alcohol. Accidentally spilled some nail polish on your carpet? Don’t fear – rubbing alcohol is here. When the stain first occurs, gently dab up as much as you can with paper towel. Don’t press deeply or rub – this will cause the nail polish to sink deeper into the carpet fibres. Next, pour a little rubbing alcohol directly onto the stain and gently wipe away at it with a microfiber cloth. Since rubbing alcohol doesn’t have any colour, it’s the perfect match to remove nail polish without staining. Don’t be tempted to use actual nail polish remover, however – the acetone will remove the colour form your carpet.

5. Grimy cheese graters fixed with…potatoes? Using food to remove food seems odd, but it works. We’ve all struggled to get our cheese graters clean, inevitably noticing some dried up gunk that we simply couldn’t reach with our sponge or scrubber. The solution? Grate a raw potato. The combination of the oxalic acid and the hardness of the potato itself will get your grater shining like new in minutes.

6. Squeegee your carpet to remove hair. Add this to the list of, “Who knew?”. A squeegee, normally relegated to just your windows, does double duty as a perfect way to remove hair, especially pet hair, from your carpets. Simply rub it along and voila! Pet hair that you didn’t even know was IN your carpet is now removed.

7. Heavy metal on glass. Tin foil is your best friend when it comes to cleaning your glass cookware. If you’re starting to notice stains that no amount of scrubbing with a sponge will remove, simply ball up some tin foil and add a little dish soap. With just a small amount of good old fashioned elbow grease, your glass cookware will be flawlessly clean in minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Put these apartment cleaning hacks into action and get your apartment ready for the long winter ahead. Now all you’ll have to worry about is how to fill up all that extra time you’ll have on your hands on the weekend :-)

The RentSeeker.ca Team

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Host with the Most: Preparing Your Apartment for Overnight Guests

September 29th, 2014

Hosting an Apartment Party Sometimes the thought of playing host to overnight guests can be stressful, especially when you live in an apartment. You might think that you simply don’t have the room and can’t give your guests the comfort you want to give them. We at RentSeeker are here to tell you that you CAN be a great host, regardless of the size of your apartment. Whether you have friends coming in to town just for the weekend or you have family staying with you for the holidays (which will be here before we know it), there are ways to prepare your abode to welcome your guests.

Decide Where They’ll Sleep

If you have a two bedroom apartment, this can be much easier to figure out. If you have a one bedroom apartment, this may mean giving up your own room and bed so your guests can sleep there. However, this does not have to be a sacrifice on your part. Stow away some comfortable blankets and pillows for yourself so you can make the couch a relaxing haven for yourself. But, and this is important, don’t have the couch already made up as your bed before your guests even arrive. Keep the items tucked away until it is time for bed. Not only will this ensure that you and your guests have a place to sit, but it will also prevent your guests from feeling guilty that they’ve displaced you from your own bed. Of course, if you have only one guest they may prefer to sleep on the couch themselves. This decision really depends on who the person is – if they are an old college friend, they may wish to have the couch. If it’s your parents, giving up your bed for them is a no-brainer.

Linens and Things

Now that you’ve decided where your overnight guests will sleep in your apartment, it’s time to prepare their bed. Clean sheets, pillowcases and blanket are musts. If you have a designated guest room, you still may need to wash the sheets if they’ve been sitting unused for a while (musty odours are never nice for anyone to deal with). Don’t forget to ensure that their home-away-from-home has a working bedside lamp, an alarm clock and an easily accessible outlet for them to charge their phone or other electronics.

Bathroom Basics

Along with fresh and clean towels, you may wish to leave out some travel-sized toiletries just in case they’ve forgotten to bring shampoo. Of course, don’t forget to give your bathroom a good cleaning beforehand, particularly the tub in case your guests would like to take a bath. Change the floor mats and take out the garbage and leave out any extras they might need (such as a hair dryer) on the bathroom counter.

Food and Drink

Before your guests arrive, it’s time to stock your fridge and cupboards with snacks and beverages. Water, soda, granola bars, crackers and other simple snacks are crowd-pleasers and allow your guests to eat whenever they feel like it. The goal is to make them feel as at-home as possible, so let them know when they arrive where they can locate plates, cutlery and glasses. Encourage them to use the kitchen as they please and show them how to use the coffee maker or kettle (because who doesn’t love a nice cup of coffee or tea in the morning?)

Finally, a few simple touches around your apartment, like setting out magazines, providing a map to the city (if they plan on doing some touring around without you) and writing down your Wi-Fi password on the fridge will help your guests to settle in faster. How long they stay is up to you :-)

The RentSeeker Team

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Falling for Autumn: DIY Designs to Spruce Up Your Apartment Decor

September 22nd, 2014

Apartment DIY Decor September is a month of renewal. It not only signals back-to-school, but it also heralds in the changing of the season. While many Canadians lament the leaves beginning to fall, we at RentSeeker say that it’s time to embrace it. The colours of autumn are the perfect backdrop for flexing your creative muscle and making your apartment decor a lively tribute to the season. Before you start to haul out the Halloween decorations, give your apartment a taste of fall with some of these simple and inexpensive ideas.

You Better Be-Leaf It

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall is, inevitably, leaves. Why not put some of those colourful leaves to good use in a DIY project? Select some of your favourite leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes (not to mention colours), press them for a few days in a heavy book and set to work designing a masterpiece of your own creation. If you have a balcony, a “wind chime” comprised of leaves is a beautiful way to enjoy the foliage without having to rake it. Alternatively, take those pressed leaves and frame them. Multiple frames with a few show stopping leaves are the perfect inexpensive addition to your living room. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best ones.

Gourd-geous

If you’ve been to your local grocery store lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the plethora of gourds on display. While not everyone is a fan of their taste, they are definitely great contributions to your apartment decor. Purchase multiple gourds of varying sizes and colours and stack them up any way you see fit. They can become a centrepiece on your coffee table or be piled high in a large glass vase (with some leaves sprinkled in for good measure). There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so it’s a perfect beginner project for the DIY-averse. Gourds are a fun way to add colour to your apartment before Halloween pumpkins start to dot the landscape.

Apple-licious

You might be starting to sense a theme – fall is full of amazing food that does double-duty as decor. Apples can be hollowed out so a votive candle can be placed inside (and then set to float in a large bowl full of water). This is the perfect centrepiece for a fall party at your apartment, as the apples will not last as long and stay as fresh as gourds.

Tie One On

Find the typical gourd kind of boring? Add some ribbon or washi tape to create your own beautiful version of an autumn wonderland. Stripes of brown, white and gold pop against the background of orange and yellow. You can even break out the sparkly paint and get really creative.

Welcoming Wreaths

Finally, it’s not truly fall unless wreaths abound. Create your own with any manner of items, ranging from felt to ribbon to leaves. Simply get some cardboard to use as a backing, cut it into your desired shape, and start gluing away. Before you know it, you’ll have a cute and completely unique wreath to hang on your apartment door.

Now who’s excited for fall?

The RentSeeker Team

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Apartment Deep Cleaning Made Easy

September 15th, 2014

Apartment Cleaning
We all know about spring cleaning, but what about fall cleaning? Before the snow falls, take some time to deep clean your apartment and prepare for the winter ahead. We’re talking about the areas that you might not clean on a weekly basis, like window sills, walls and baseboards. After having your windows open throughout much of the summer months, dirt and dust will have begun to accumulate in these areas without you even realizing it. Banish the grime with RentSeeker’s handy checklist that will make your apartment deep cleaning a breeze (or at least feel like one).

Stock Up

First and foremost, prepare for battle by grabbing your trusty cleaning products and accessories. We recommend having the following on hand, particularly if you’re looking for a more natural and eco-friendly solution to your dirt problems:

- white vinegar

- baking soda

- lemons

- sponges

- rubber gloves

- mineral oil

- ammonia

- paper towel

- hydrogen peroxide

Think Outside the Box

Chances are, you probably have a cleaning routine that you stick to. While this is a good strategy for your weekly cleaning, you need to think a bit bigger when you are going for a deep clean. Move your couch and vacuum or wash the floor underneath (you’d be surprised just how much dirt and dust bunnies gather there), clean the top of your ceiling fan and remove food from your cupboards so you can wash the shelves. There are many places for grime to hide, so get creative with your cleaning list.

Select Your Solution

If you’re trying to keep things green, use a combination of water, vinegar and lemon to use in your tub and sinks. If you have dirty grout in your kitchen tiles, try a mixture of baking soda and water (scrubbed in with an old toothbrush) to really get your floor shining. Baking soda is also a very effective remover of grease, so it’s a perfect solution for cleaning your oven or stovetop. However, if you just want to get the job done and blast that grime away, good old fashioned ammonia mixed with water will do the trick. Just remember to always wear rubber gloves, no matter what solution you choose.

Window to the Soul

Your windows have more dirt on them than you realize, particularly if you’ve been keeping them open to let in the cool summer breezes. Wash both inside and outside (if you have a balcony or patio), including the window sills. Use this opportunity to check for any leaks or damage to the seal and, if you spot any, let your landlord know right away so it can be repaired before the cold winter sets in. Finally, give your window coverings the deep clean treatment by either vacuuming them or wiping them down with vinegar and water.

Sleepy Time

Finally, don’t neglect your bed. Sure, you wash your bedding often, but your mattress can harbour lots of dust and, we’re sorry to say, dust mites. You can deodorize your mattress with a combination of baking soda and lavender essential oil. Not only will it smell great, but lavender helps to relax you and send you off to la-la land faster. You may also want to wash your pillows, not just your pillowcases. Check the tags to make sure you can wash them on your own.

Before you know it, your apartment will be a sparkling paradise of cleanliness from top to bottom. Good luck and happy cleaning!

The RentSeeker Team

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Flexing Your Green Thumb as a Renter

August 26th, 2014

Eco Friendly Apartment Living Want to go green? You’re not alone. The environmental-friendly household trend is no longer a trend at all. In fact, a study from Green Living/MacLean’s shows that 42% of adults have used a natural, organic or eco-friendly household product in the past few years. Sales of green cleaners have also increased by 229% between the years of 2005-2009 alone. As awareness of our “carbon footprints” increases, so does our desire to reduce, reuse and recycle. If you’re looking for easy ways to implement green living into your everyday, we’ve rounded up some tips that will make the transition a simple and, dare we say it, fun one.

The Three R’s

We mentioned them above, and you’ve probably heard the familiar refrain for decades – reduce, reuse and recycle. Most apartment buildings have recycling containers beside the trash bins, making it easy for you to redirect waste from landfills. Start the process in your apartment by setting aside a sturdy bag that you fill with your glass, plastic and paper products. When you have to take out the garbage, make it a habit to take your recycling out at the same time. Once you get a routine down, you won’t even think twice about taking out your recycling. You can also focus on reducing your consumption by switching to online billing (greatly diminishing the amount of mail you receive) and reading your newspapers and magazines on a tablet or the web. Buy a reusable water bottle that you can take with you to work or to the gym rather than using a new plastic bottle each time. And with that, you’ve conquered the three R’s!

The Electricity Ghost

Did you know that appliances that are left plugged in, even if they are not powered on or being actively used, still eat up your electricity? Some of the biggest culprits are cell phone chargers and coffee makers, silently gobbling up energy and increasing your monthly bill at the same time. Unplug these energy hogs when you are not using them; According to Home Guides, this small act can reduce your electricity bill by almost 40%. When you are going away on vacation, unplug your bigger appliances, too – TV’s and computers in particular.

Get a Handle on Your Heat

We all want to be comfortable, but turning your thermostat down in the winter will help to keep more green in your wallet and reduce your energy consumption. Changing your thermostat by just two degrees can cut down on carbon emissions produced by your apartment. In the summer, only turn the air conditioning on when it’s a particularly hot and humid day. Otherwise, use more energy-friendly ceiling fans or create a cross breeze by opening a few windows. Don’t forget to turn your A/C off when you’re out of the apartment – there is no need to keep it cool if there is no one home to enjoy it!

Clean Clothes

While line-drying your clothes is probably not an option (unless you have a balcony), there are steps you can take to help reduce the effect that washing and drying clothing has on the environment. First, switch to an eco-friendly laundry detergent that won’t pollute the waters with phosphates galore. Second, wash your clothes in cold water. Finally, set the dryer to a cooler setting and, if possible, let some of the lighter clothes air dry. If you have a washer/dryer in your apartment, set a schedule so you are only doing your laundry once a week instead of every few days. You can also inquire with your landlord or property manager about having your building switched to high efficiency machines. It will save both of you money in the long run – and help save the environment, too.

Just a few small changes can make a world of difference to your pocketbook and the earth. Implement some of our green tips today and you’ll be well on your way to giving that green thumb of yours a good workout.

Go Green Go!

The RentSeeker Team

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Maximizing Your Apartment Search Online

August 14th, 2014

RentSeeker Apartment Search and Marketing Searching for the perfect place to call home doesn’t have to be an ordeal. You can make the most of your time by doing most of your apartment search research online by sticking to a few basic rules. Of course, you will want to start by first having a rough idea of what you are looking for. With so many apartments for rent and options available, it can feel like an almost impossible task to sift through them all to find the right one.

Advanced Search Options

If you want to narrow down your search in the fastest, most efficient way possible, utilize the “Advanced Search Options” that are available on most apartment search websites and classifieds like Kijiji.ca and RentSeeker.ca. Not only will the price be right, but you can ensure you’re not wasting your time sifting through ads from apartments that won’t accept pets and other details which make finding your next apartment a lot less work. You can make your search even more precise by inputting the postal code of the area of the city you want to live in. Of course, if you don’t have a preference for the area or if you don’t have a cat or dog in tow, using the basic search functions will give you a good overview of what is available and how much it will cost you each month. Once you’re armed with this information, you can make much more informed decisions about the apartments you then want to see in person.

Slim Pickings

If you have found an ad that is short on content – no photos, no layouts, no neighbourhood information – it’s wise to move on. You will most likely be disappointed if you see the apartment in person. Instead, focus your search efforts on sites and ads that provide lots of data. You can head into the viewing knowing a lot about what you can expect before you even get there, giving you a head start on the hunt. RentSeeker.ca’s apartment listings for example are packed full of photos, floor plans and even 3D layouts and videos of the properties and area amenities in some cases. Don’t waste your time with ads that seem to have something to hide.

Utilize the Add-Ons

Finding the ideal apartment is not always just about the building itself; the location and neighbourhood can play a big role in whether or not you’ll be happy living there. RentSeeker helps to make this task easier on you by providing Property Videos and WalkScore information in each listing. Now you can know immediately if a bus stop is close to the apartment building, what kind of restaurants and shops are nearby and how pedestrian-friendly your potential new neighbourhood is. These kind of add-ons are there to ensure you find the apartment that is right for you, both in price and community living.

So don’t let the apartment search process overwhelm you. Even if you are not sure what you are looking for, RentSeeker.ca, Kijiji and other great apartment search sites offer features that will get you started on the path to apartment bliss with just a few clicks of your mouse :-)

Happy Apartment Hunting!

The RentSeeker.ca Team

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Keeping Up With Renovations of a Rental Property

August 6th, 2014

Rental Property RenoRegardless of the age of your property, renovations and maintenance are simply a part of the routine. Whether you’re painting a suite, fixing leaky faucets or even repairing a balcony, staying on top of your maintenance schedule will keep your property looking its best and give your tenants a safe and clean place to call home. Let’s face it, though – renovations and maintenance, while necessary, can be an inconvenience for your tenants. How can you ensure that you can do the work you need while providing minimal impact to the daily lives of the people who call your property home?

Before we get started, it’s important to review the laws in your province regarding regular maintenance and suite renovations. In Ontario, it is not required by law that a landlord or property manager must renovate a suite after a tenant has been living in it for a certain number of years. However, it is required that the landlord provides their tenants with suites that are in a good state of repair and they must also ensure that they comply with health and safety regulations. This means that if a window is leaking or not sealing properly, it must be replaced even if it is considered “new” or was installed recently.

Keep the Communication Lines Open

The first step to making renovations and maintenance easier on your tenants is to communicate clearly the changes that will be occurring. Outline specifically how it will affect them – when you will be entering their suite, how long the process will take and if there is anything they need to do (such as clearing out cupboards, for example). Failing to do this will cause immediate discord between you and your tenants. Remember – you must provide your tenants with notice of entry into their suite at least 24 hours in advance. For renovations that will be taking place in the common areas of the building, post notices in heavily traffic areas (the mail room, the elevator) letting your tenants know about the work that will be done and when they can expect it to be completed.

Tenant Appreciation

If the renovations you will be undertaking will cause considerable inconvenience to your tenants, such as replacing an elevator, show your tenants that you care. Help them carry their groceries upstairs or even provide water and juice in the lobby for tenants to take with them before they walk up numerous flights of stairs. While it is an inconvenience to have an elevator out of commission, the end result of a brand new elevator cab combined with your understanding and appreciation for their patience will help to ease the discomfort. When the renovations are complete, throw a BBQ for your tenants or give them all a thank you card with some chocolates. These kind of gestures, no matter how small, make a world of difference.

Renovating your property to provide your tenants (and potential tenants) with upgraded bathroom facilities, new flooring or even new window coverings, while not required by law, is very important. Not only will you be extending the longevity of your property, but you’ll be creating happy tenants who will be pleased to recommend your suites to their friends and family. Being known as the building that works to give their tenants the best possible living environment is always a great thing.

Happy Renting :-)

The RentSeeker Team

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Moving Into Your First Apartment

July 23rd, 2014

Moving into your first Apartment We know it’s still summer and you’re probably not worrying about how everything will fall into place come September when you need to head off to college or university. But trust us when we say that looking for a place to live should be on top of your to-do list, despite the fact that it’s still July. In particular, students who are moving into their own apartment for the very first time probably have a lot of questions: What amenities should you look for? What makes a good landlord? Exactly how much money is required for a damage deposit – and is it even legal for a landlord to ask for one? There’s a lot of planning that goes into moving into an apartment for the first time. Don’t leave it to the last minute when you should instead be focusing on preparing for school. Here, we help you to navigate the biggest questions that come along with moving into an apartment for the first time when you’re a student.

Keep It Simple

Ah, the stress of finding your first apartment. While it may seem overwhelming, there is an easy way to ensure that you can tame that strange sense of dread. Take a moment to sit down and think about what you really, really want, then put those wants into writing. If you’re not even sure where to start, enlist the help of your parents or friends that have lived in an apartment before – they’ll be able to tell you what kind of things should be on your list. It’s here that we should remind you that there is a difference between wants and needs. Of course, we all want to have a personal maid that will help us clean the bathroom but we don’t need it. Again, ask for the input of others to help you keep those apartment dreams a little more realistic.

Money Maker

One of the biggest shocks to the system when you move into your first apartment as a student is that you quickly realize how fast your money can disappear if you’re not being careful. Before settling on a place to live, look at exactly how much money you’ll have coming in to your banking account each month. Student loans, scholarships, bursaries, a part-time job – any source of financial assistance should be accounted for so you can determine exactly how much you can afford. We strongly suggest living with a roommate to help cut down on costs (and to commiserate with you about that long essay you have to write for one of your classes).

Stocking Up

It’s not just the monthly costs you’ll have to look at, either. The initial expense of moving in to your first apartment can often catch you by surprise. You have to consider the cost of renting a moving truck (mobilize friends and family to help you do the loading/unloading yourself to save money), purchasing furniture and house wares, and paying either first and last month’s rent upfront or paying a damage deposit. This is a very common concern and point of contention for many first-time apartment renters as they often are not aware of exactly what the rules are in their province. The laws are different across Canada, so it’s important to check with your provincial Landlord & Tenants Board to ensure that everything is above board. If you pay last month’s rent, for example, you should not have to pay a damage deposit, too.

Make the Most of It

Once you’re in your brand new abode, you’ll have new responsibilities that perhaps you didn’t have before. You’ll need to do your own cleaning, your own cooking and your own laundry. Living in your first apartment comes with many duties, some which you might not enjoy. But it also affords you freedom and independence that will help you to grow as a person. To keep things running smoothly, particularly if you’re living with roommates, create a short and sweet chore schedule to make sure that things never get unruly, with dishes piling up and laundry all over the bathroom floor. Taking a few minutes each day (or each week, if you’re particularly averse to housework) will make a huge difference to how your apartment functions. You will be surprised at how much better you feel when your apartment is tidy. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find out that you really love a particular chore. Vacuuming is oddly satisfying.

Above all, enjoy your first apartment experience. You’ll not only be learning from your college courses, but you’ll be learning about yourself.

The RentSeeker Team

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Preparing Your Apartment for a Baby

July 17th, 2014

Preparing your Apartment for a Baby Welcoming a brand new baby in to your life? Congratulations! Along with the other things on your mind, you might be wondering exactly how you can transform your apartment into a baby-friendly environment. Have no fear, RentSeeker is here to help make the transition easy on you and your bouncing new addition. Whether you live in one bedroom, two, or three bedroom abode, there are a number of ways that you can prepare your space (and mind) for the imminent arrival of a little bundle of joy.

Picking a Room

First things first – it’s time to decide what room will be transformed into the nursery. If you live in a two or three bedroom apartment, this decision should be relatively easy. If, however, you call a one bedroom apartment home, this will require a little more finesse on your part. Setting up the crib in your bedroom will require you to move around existing furniture (and perhaps even get rid of some things). Consolidate two dressers into one, move your bed away from the center of the room to one of the walls and say adios to that extra nightstand. When you purchase a crib, consider investing in one that has wheels so it will be easier to adjust the set-up of the bedroom as needs change and you discover that baby likes to sleep closer to the door.

Let’s Get Organized

One of the first things you will realize about having a baby is that they require a lot of, well, stuff. Big stuff, little stuff, medium stuff – babies come with a lot of accessories. This means you’ll need to up your organization game if you want to make finding baby-related items a breeze. Before you even begin to purchase all of the baby-related items, go through your own things first to help set the organization tone. If you’re not particularly fond of organization to begin with, this can be a bit of an arduous process. Start with the basics – go through each section of your apartment and set things into piles: the keep pile and the trash pile (don’t even bother with the “maybe” pile – it will only encourage clutter to grow). Downsize your closet and dresser by donating clothes you don’t wear to charity.

Now that you’ve got your personal items organized, you can tackle the way your baby’s things will be set up. Consider unlikely storage sources to help you in this task, such as under your bed or under the crib. For items that you need to have on hand at a moment’s notice, such as diapers, keep several on top of the change table for use throughout the day with the rest tucked away underneath. For toys, forego the traditional toy chest which can be bulky and take up entirely too much room. Instead, purchase stackable bins that can easily slide away and hide under the bed or couch when playtime is over.

Quiet Please

Let’s face it – babies can be noisy. Living in an apartment can make this problem particularly stressful for young parents who want to be good neighbours. Taking a few small steps to help with soundproofing can make a massive difference, including hanging a quilt on a wall that is shared with the person next door (this is particularly important for the room that your baby will be sleeping in) to help with absorbing noise. You may also want to consider folding a towel or blanket and placing it at the front door to prevent too much noise from spilling out into the hallway. Remember that the emptier a room is, the more sound will echo. If the bedroom has hardwood flooring, you’ll want to put down some rugs to combat this.

Some final words of wisdom – look for items that fold and can be easily tucked away. High chairs, changing tables, bath tubs; All of these baby necessities come in foldable options that will allow you to make the most of your apartment space while still giving your little one the room to play and grow. Following these steps should make the transition to a baby-friendly apartment an easy one for you and your growing family.

Happy Apartment Living :-)

The RentSeeker.ca Team

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RentSeeker.ca offers valuable renter / tenant tools to be able to view apartments, condos, homes, and more properties for rent - including photos, floorplans and videos. RentSeeker.ca also allows users to bookmark, share and compare listings of apartments for rent, and, with our social media integration using facebook & twitter, you can post and tweet listings to discuss with family & friends.

Already found an apartment? Have tenancy related questions, make sure to check out our own Tenant Forums!

By listing your rental property with RentSeeker.ca, you gain exposure on a premier online Canadian apartment rental website where, on a daily basis, thousands of renters search for apartments for rent in Toronto and other cities throughout Canada!

RentSeeker.ca allows prospective tenants to view exterior and interior photos, videos, floorplans, and much more!

RentSeeker.ca is a proud member of:

Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association
Ontario
Landlord
Association
Member of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association London Property Management Association Hamilton and District Apartment Association Calgary Residential Rental Association Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization Edmonton Apartment Association Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario