In the right building, apartment living is luxury living. It’s full of maintenance-free perks such as not having to worry about fixing your furnace or pay for a new fridge when it’s needed. To make the most out of your new lifestyle in your new apartment, we spoke to some tenants who have rented with us as well as other apartments, to offer you apartmentliving tips.
START WITH A THOROUGH INSPECTION
For most apartments, on the first day of your lease, you’ll have an opportunity to make note of flaws, structural problems, water damage, etc. You’ll want to ensure all the outlets work correctly and that there’s no mold in the shower. Test everything from the stove in the kitchen to the fan in the bathroom. Most luxury apartments such as the Livery take care of any flaws and repairs in advance, even better… when it’s a new building, like The Livery, maintenance problems like these aren’t a concern, and probably won’t be for several years.
TRY TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
Be the person that you would like to live next to. It’s good advice whether you’re in a house or an apartment… but especially in apartments where you share a wall with your neighbour. Being a good neighbour is more than just smiling in the hallway. It’s not interfering with anyone else; keeping your tv or music at a reasonable level, don’t throw rowdy parties, and do your part to keep the common areas clean. Be the neighbour that you want to have.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
One of the reasons tenants are choosing the Livery is because it’s just a few minutes away from Yoga Town, Mahogany Salon and Spa, Quitters Coffee, a variety of stores and services. Plus there’s a lot of activities like the tennis courts or the golf and country club nearby.
LET THE LIGHT IN
You may not have the best view, but who cares?!?! Open the curtains to maximize your natural light. Sunlight always makes your home look better and it’s a wonderful mood booster. Speaking of which, don’t skimp when it comes to your curtains. It’s not just about privacy, they can really pull a room together.
CONSIDER EXTRA STORAGE
Keeping a small storage unit can save you a lot of stress from clutter building up. Just a spot where you can store your bike in the winter, some books or CD and DVD collection, a couple of pieces of furniture, etc.
MAKE PROXIMITY A PRIORITY
Your daily commute is important and worth keeping in mind when you’re choosing an apartment complex that’s right for you. But you also want to be close to the amenities you require often. Do you like to walk to get your coffee in the morning? Do you prefer your grocery store to only be a couple of blocks away? If these are important to you, don’t settle. The surrounding community is one of the biggest reasons why people are choosing to move into the Livery
READ THE REVIEWS
Just about every major apartment complex has online reviews. You can find out what the property manager is like or how long repairs and maintenance take. There’s also usually information on the quality of the units, if there are any problems with bugs, or crime, etc. You can learn a lot from a bit of online research.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT TRANSPORTATION OR PARKING
Some buildings have designated parking spaces, others are a free-for-all, some don’t have nearly enough. Just like some are directly on bus routes and others are too far away. These details are often forgotten, but can really make or break your experience. It can be a good idea to investigate parking in the evenings when most people are at home, to see how many spots are filled up.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Just because you’re renting, doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel like home. Talk to your landlord or review your lease about personalizing your space. Some landlords are on the fence about painting but many will allow you to hang pictures and shelves. There’s also a ton of apartment friendly decor available such as temporary wall decals and art.
If your space is limited such as a small closet, or not enough kitchen storage, then you’ll need to get creative. Thankfully there are plenty of shelving racks, specialty containers and more designed specifically for apartments.
KEEP UP WITH CLEANING
Your chore list in an apartment is usually a lot shorter than a house or condo, but there is still some work to be done. When you’re renting, you’re responsible for keeping the inside of your apartment clean. From the dishes to the floor, the toilet or tub, if you want to live the good life, make cleaning a regular habit.
REPORT MAINTENANCE ISSUES EARLY
One of the perks about moving into the Livery is that it’s a brand new building without maintenance issues. But eventually, repairs might start to pop up. If they do, report it to the property manager right away, especially problems with your water, electricity or heating and cooling, cause those will only get worse with time. It’s not only beneficial for your landlord but for you too; a small leak on day one can turn into a huge flood on day three, causing extensive damage to your apartment and belongings.
GET TO KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY
You’re probably not going to feel at home until you’ve done some exploring in your neighbourhood. When you move into the Livery, there’s going to be plenty to see and do. The Canadian Tire Centre is nearby, which is where the Sens play. We also get dozens of great concerts there throughout the year. The dog park down the street is popular, we also have several nature/hiking trails in the area that you’ll enjoy. A lot for the kids too including splash pads, basketball and beach volleyball courts, lots of sports fields. The variety of shops and restaurants will also keep you busy.