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Apartment Hunting Checklists for Atlanta Apartments

Oak Run Apartments, 2 bedroom homes in metro Atlanta

Oak Run Apartments, 2 bedroom homes in metro Atlanta

After you contact the leasing offices to schedule some tours of Atlanta apartments for rent start planning your inspection of the floor plans and the apartment communities you will visit. Create a checklist of things you are looking for while you’re apartment hunting. You should personalize your apartment search checklist according to your own needs and wants, but make sure your list includes all the following items.

On your first visit to any Atlanta apartments it’s important to remember your tape measure. Jot down the measurements of all the rooms especially the living room, dining area and bedrooms to make sure your furniture will fit comfortably whether it’s a townhouse or an apartment home. Make note of where the cable and phone hook-ups are located. If the leasing specialist shows you a model apartment remember to ask if your floor plan will be exactly the same.

Meet some of your future neighbors while on your initial visit to the Atlanta apartments you will tour. Ask them questions about surrounding neighborhood. This is a great way to get sense of the community.

Remember to ask the leasing agent all your questions. Some good ones include:

  • Does the rent include utilities? Which ones?
  • Is painting allowed? If I paint, what do I need to do if I move-out?
  • In addition to rent, what are the other move-in fees like deposits, pet deposits, pet rent and administrative fees?

Because the current tenants may still reside in the actual units during your first visits to Atlanta apartments they may not be ready to view. That’s OK! Before you sign the lease you should do a thorough walk-through inspection of the apartment you’ve selected. Inspect the inside of closets and cabinets ensuring each door works properly while looking for signs of pests and mold. Record your concerns on the move-in inspection form so the leasing specialist can create work orders for any repairs that may be required.

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia serves our community with 1000 sq. ft. two bedroom garden apartments complete with well-equipped kitchens including dishwashers, spacious living / dining areas, full laundry rooms, a private patio or balcony and lots of storage! Make an appointment to tour our affordable apartments in metro Atlanta before they are all leased.

Back 2 School for Atlanta Apartments

Although you cannot tell by the Hotlanta weather, fall is just around the corner which means it’s back to school season for residents in Atlanta apartments.  Students, parents and morning commuters should know that many teachers will report for duty this week in metro Atlanta. Be ready for the traffic! Atlanta Apartments for Rent Blog offers some tips to prepare Atlanta apartment dwellers for the new school year.

Residents, be prepared before the first day of school: Clayton County Thursday, August 7th; DeKalb and Fulton County Monday, August 11th. Save money with the Georgia sales tax holiday. It runs August 1 – 2, 2014. Most clothing items and shoes under $100, some computers / computer accessories and school supplies are sales tax exempt on these days, even disposable diapers are included. The good news for Atlanta Apartments is that you don’t have to be a student or have children to save!

Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro

The spacious floor plans at Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia start at 1200 sq. ft.

It’s easy to start sleeping late and taking 3 day weekends over summer break. Before the school year begins, start setting your bedroom alarm to go off a little earlier each day. This is important for all apartment dwellers. Whether you will need to get children ready for the bus or just need to jump ahead of rush hour traffic, slowly resume a normal schedule in your Atlanta apartments. Routines can help build better eating and study habits too.

Make arrangements for after-school care now. Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, GA serves their community with a FREE enrichment program where children from the apartment community can get help with homework from volunteers. Check with your Atlanta apartments to find out if they offer a similar program or better yet, reserve your home at Maplewood Pointe Apartments now so you can be home before the school bell rings.

Plan Your Move to Atlanta Apartments Early

Moving can be a nightmare, but much can be done by apartment dwellers to ease the transition from one community of Atlanta apartments to another. With the right amount of planning and preparation Atlanta residents can relocate without feeling overwhelmed. Before you pack the first box, check out these moving tips from Atlanta Apartments for Rent Blog.

Begin two months before the day of your move. Take inventory of all your stuff so you know what size moving truck to rent or so you get the most accurate estimate from the moving company. Shop around for local Atlanta movers or rental trucks to save more money before moving into affordable Atlanta apartments.

Some items you won’t need in your new Atlanta apartment. Use, recycle, donate or toss the things you don’t want to move to the next apartment community six weeks ahead of the big day. Clean out closets, drawers plus the fridge and pantry. This is also a good time to complete a change of address with the post office.

Make arrangements for moving day such as reserving a rental truck or scheduling movers a month prior to moving day. Plan how you will relocate pets and/or plants to the Atlanta apartment community you’ve chosen. Collect and secure important documents such as identification and legal documents that you might need during the move.

Schedule utilities to be switched at both apartment locations at least two weeks before you move. If you haven’t already, start packing now.

The day before you move can be very hectic. Confirm your moving arrangements with the truck rental company or professional movers. Update your address at the bank and with all your creditors. Pack your last boxes. These are the things you will likely need first at  apartments in Atlanta so set them aside to be loaded last or moved by car.

When moving day finally arrives you’ll be all set. Take your time unpacking, make frequent breaks to explore your new Atlanta neighborhood.

The model living room at The Village at Wesley Chapel

A Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments leasing specialist is wait to assist you with your next move.

 

Apartment Hunting for Pets

Finding pet friendly Atlanta apartments can be exhausting. How you search for apartment homes in Atlanta where your pets are welcome is important. Many great resources for locating pet accommodations in metro Atlanta exist online. National organizations such as the ASPCA have created a list of internet apartment search tools to help renters find Atlanta apartment communities where animals are welcome. Matching your pet with the perfect Atlanta property is the key to the happy lifestyle you and your pet deserve.

Local animal shelters are often helpful places to locate pet friendly apartments in Georgia as well as other areas where dogs are welcome, neighborhood parks for instance. Clayton County is home to several local and state parks excellent for recreation and dog walking in addition to apartment communities where pets are allowed. The Human Society offers referrals for Atlanta apartments that welcome pets too.

The Woods at Southlake Apartments in Jonesboro, GA

The Woods at Southlake, a peaceful park like setting perfect for pets

Start your search early! While these apartment hunting tools are available for Atlanta renters, finding an Atlanta apartment that accepts pets can take more time especially if you own an exotic pet or breed. Check with breed specific rescues to find out if they recommend any Atlanta apartments for rent. Be honest with the leasing staff about your pet needs to prevent you from facing lease violations and fines or worse – having to choose between your pet and your apartment home.

At JAMCO Properties, Inc. and Atlanta Apartments for Rent blog our pets are more than OK, they’re caring parts of our family. Like all of our communities The Woods at Southlake Apartments in Jonesboro, GA welcomes your four legged family members. Large dogs are allowed, but all breeds must be approved by the friendly on-site management team. Visit our home on the web for our complete pet policy.

Locally Grown Fresh Food for Atlanta Apartments

Local farm fresh produce is available for metro Atlanta apartment dwellers from early April through mid December; however, summertime delivers the most delicious treats for residents to use in treasured family recipes or to eat right off the shelf. Atlanta Apartments for Rent highlights 3 local community markets serving Georgia’s finest selections.

The East Point Farmers Market celebrates its mission “to create unique experience in the Downtown District” for residents in East Point apartments and all who shop there. Open the 1st Wednesday each month 4 p.m. to dusk and the 3rd Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from early April through mid December, the community market believes buying local and “eating better is the Point.” For added value the market kiosk will double S.N.A.P. benefits up to $50. Bring your EBT card to the main booth for redemption prior to shopping the independent vendors.

The homes at Morrowood

Morrowood Townhomes for rent in convenient Clayton County

The city of Stone Mountain launched a weekly farmers market at the municipal parking lot on Main Street in Stone Mountain Village where apartment dwellers can gather from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through September 9th. Locally grown produce, dairy and meat are available for purchase at the popular gathering place. Neighbors come together for better eating and the better good of the community. Stone Mountain Village is in walking distance of Willow Lake Apartments, so residents can get exercise while making healthier food choices.

Our Atlanta Market at 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, Georgia is a division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is a major distribution center for fresh produce in the southeast. The welcome center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and there is a restaurant on-site. Homegrown Georgia peaches and peanuts and juicy ripe watermelons are popular staples at the state operated farmers market. There is plenty for residents of Atlanta apartments and others to taste and see.

Morrowood Townhomes is just 5.5 miles or a short 10 minute drive to the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park and convenient to downtown Atlanta by interstate 75.

Summer Sizzles for Atlanta Apartments

The summer season is sizzling with excitement for residents in Atlanta apartments. As the temperatures heat up many Atlanta apartment dwellers look inside their communities for affordable entertainment options.

In addition to the weekly summer events held every Friday at The Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town Center, on Thursday July 10th the city of Riverdale will host “The After-Work Blues & Barbeque Jam” featuring free multi-cultural music from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with guest performers like The Breeze Kings and JB the Soul Man. The residents from Riverdale apartments start the weekend early with this free concert series. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Now through July 13th the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA hosts a butterfly encounter for visitors and residents in Roswell apartments. Plan a day long trip to enjoy the gardens, hiking trails and to experience this special butterfly exhibit before its gone.

The lake and patio at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, more than a great place to live

More music will be playing live for visitors and Atlanta apartment dwellers at Atlanta’s  Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Briarcliff Rd on Friday, July 11th. Starting at 7 p.m. Jazz on the Lawn presents acclaimed musician Diane Durrett. If it rains the event will be moved to Callanwolde’s beautiful indoor courtyard.

Apartment dwellers at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain experience serene lakeside lifestyle while living in the heart of DeKalb County with easy access to MARTA and all that Atlanta offers this summer.

More Storage Suggestions for Atlanta Apartments

We all have to deal with clutter, whether it’s in our Atlanta apartments, offices or cars. The more you de-clutter the lighter you will feel inside and outside your Atlanta apartment. We offer these storage suggestions to help residents rid their apartment homes of unwanted clutter.

The fastest method to de-clutter your Atlanta rental is to recycle, donate or sell household items that you no longer want. Organize your apartment by room. Start with the kitchen, a walk-in closet, the master bedroom, bathrooms or living areas.

Now try to create more space in your Atlanta apartment by rearranging furniture. Because your needs change your living areas should evolve too. Again, try removing items that are underutilized. If the layout of your apartment is limited on space, do not buy large storage items that don’t serve multiple functions. Many coffee tables and ottomans serve as both storage and furniture.

Mountain Lake Apartments model bedroom

The spacious bedroom at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain.

Next use bins to store like items and objects with irregular shapes. These can be used in many places throughout Atlanta apartments: the living room to store remote controls, the kitchen for spices or snacks, a child’s bedroom for different toys, the closet to store accessories and the bathroom to keep under the sink organized. Be sure to label your bins so you know where everything in your home is located.

Then make use of open and flat surfaces as much as possible. If you don’t have bathroom counter space in your Atlanta apartment, utilize trays to store toiletries at the top of the toilet tank. To further maximize space, opt to use storage items that take up vertical spaces if you are lacking floor space. For example, purchase a tall dresser instead of a short one to have more storage or an over-the-toilet organization center for more room in the bathroom.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, Georgia is now leasing spacious floor plans that fit any budget.

Atlanta Apartments For Rent: 4th of July Celebrations

Atlanta Fireworks Centennial Olympic Park

Fourth of July celebrations vary across the United States and Atlanta’s apartment dwellers can choose from the best events in north Georgia. There are many cheap or free things to do in Atlanta this 4th of July weekend from traditional fireworks displays and the classic Peachtree Road Race to exciting new happenings like the Georgia Aquarium’s “Red White & Brew” beer festival. Atlanta Apartments for Rent blog offers this guide to happenings in the metro Atlanta area.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution hosts the annual Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K! Registration for the race is now closed and runners have been chosen via lottery, but Atlanta residents can cheer on their favorite athlete or team. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and follows a route from Lenox Square Mall to Piedmont Park. Spectators are encouraged to ride MARTA. Bands will provide live music at several locations along the route with plenty of vendors offering food, beverages and souvenirs. A map and wave start times can be found here.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom visitors 21 and over can attend the Red White & Brew beer festival and fireworks display while raising money for education. The price of entry includes unlimited beer sampling, live music from The Geeks and a full BBQ dinner buffet. As the evening closes, attendees will gather at the aquarium’s parking deck for the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th fireworks display.

Friday, July 4, 2014 Coca Cola sponsors the celebration and fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park. The party begins at 2 p.m. and ends with a spectacular fireworks show just after dark, around 9:30 p.m. Many of the scheduled activities including the fireworks display are free for residents of Atlanta apartments. Or apartment residents can attend the southeast’s absolute biggest fireworks demonstration which takes place after dark at Lenox Square Mall. On Saturday, July 5th East Point, GA hosts its Independence Day celebration all day and ends with another free fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. This event is convenient to MARTA and The Lexington Apartments.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Summer at The Lexington Apartments

The Lexington Apartments in East Point, Georgia

 

Making an Atlanta Apartment Feel Like Home

Atlanta apartments can feel like more that great places to live, they can be a renters sanctuary – home sweet home. Renters should always check with their lease and the landlord before making any changes in their unit. JAMCO residents have the freedom to decorate the interiors of their apartments however they like; however, in order to receive a refund on their security deposit or to avoid additional charges, the apartment must be returned to its original condition.

Living room at Stonetree Apartments

Stonetree Apartments in East Point, GA delivers many unique floor plans to call home.

Start by painting the walls a color you love. Remember, a darker color will be more difficult to cover up when you move. Affordable temporary wall coverings are available if you are not allowed to paint. Use the walls of your Atlanta apartment to display photographs, art and collections. Choose furniture and art you love and invest in them now. Why wait until you own a home to live comfortably? You can take these treasures with you when you move out of your Atlanta apartment.

Next, unpack all your stuff. The quickest way to make an Atlanta apartment feel like home is to surround yourself with your things. Have you been lugging that one box from apartment to apartment never to be unpacked? Consider whether those items are essential and if they are not: donate, recycle or throw them out. Once the last box is empty, renters will quickly feel at home.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. serves up metro Atlanta apartments with unique floor plans that our residents love to call home.

Summer Arrives for Atlanta Apartments

Summer at JAMCO Properties

Summer temperatures are revving up in Hotlanta and residents of Atlanta apartments are gearing up for outdoor food, fun and festivals. The 31st annual Summerfest returns to historic Virginia Highlands on Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th. The metro Atlanta community is invited to move outside for FREE live music, handcrafted art and tasty eats. On June 21st adults can sample local Atlanta brews in the Masquerade Music Park during Atlanta Summer Beer Fest. This is a ticketed event for ages 21+ and prices increase after June 12th.

Things just begin to heat up in June; Atlanta really starts to cook for July and August. Apartment dwellers chill at Piedmont Park Saturday, July 26th for the 4th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ice cream is America’s favorite dessert. This year’s proceeds benefit For a Day Foundation,” committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for children battling cancer.” And on August 16, 2014 residents from Mountain Lake Apartments and other Atlanta apartment communities should not miss the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Soulful music and delicious noms come together in Oakhurst, Georgia just south of downtown Decatur.

If you are looking to beat the summer heat in a new Atlanta apartment, JAMCO Properties, Inc. has 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities with a floor plan for every budget.

The lake at Mountain Lake Apartments

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

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