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Winter is Coming for Atlanta Apartments

  • How many square feet is the floor plan?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Baths?
  • How much are rent and fees?
  • Is the location good for commuting?

These are all common questions that come up when renters are searching for the perfect Atlanta apartment to fit their budget. All of these are great questions to ask, but what about, “Is there a fitness center in the community?” Winter is coming! And the best apartment community amenity to fight the pounds associated with winter weight and holiday eating at Atlanta apartments.

Not all Atlanta apartments’ fitness rooms are created equal. Be sure the health center in the apartment community you choose has the essentials you require. For instance, is there cardio equipment available so residents can maintain heart healthy exercise? What about weights or resistance training for building strength? The cardio-friendly fitness center at Stonetree Apartments provides multiple treadmills and other cardio equipment AND weight machines for strength training.

The gym at Stonetree Apartments

The heart-healthy fitness center at Stonetree Apartments

Do you prefer working out in the outdoors? Stonetree Apartments offers residents a sparkling pool open in summer. These East Point apartments are in walking distance to downtown where residents will find a bi-monthly farmer’s market among other health and nutrition stores. Don’t forget to stop by Lov’n It Live restaurant, a leader in organic lifestyle for the health conscious and Atlanta apartment residents that just love tasty noms. Try the Sage “Burger.”

Walking to local neighborhood shops and restaurants is great exercise for the body and good for the environment. Taking public transportation is also a good way to help Mother Nature. Stonetree Apartments have a MARTA bus line right at their doorstep for easy commuting to Atlanta. The East Point MARTA train station is seconds away making the whole city convenient to these affordable Atlanta apartments.

Stonetree Apartments in East Point, Georgia serve up spacious Atlanta apartments 365 days a year. Come home to more than a great place to live!

4 Moving Day Tips for Atlanta Apartments

Moving to new Atlanta apartments can be fun and hard work. Designing the layout of furniture in your floor plan and choosing where household items belong is exciting, but many hours will be spent packing and moving into your next apartment home. Reduce stress by planning your move ahead of time! On moving day try to follow these helpful guidelines for moving into Atlanta apartments.

Guest bedroom or home office at Ashwood Ridge Apartments

Schedule a baby or pet sitter to make moving day less stressful.

  1. Schedule to move on a weekday. According to U-Haul, truck rentals in Atlanta are more affordable during the week. Utility companies, government offices, banks and leasing offices are open weekdays and easily accessible then. The Ashwood Ridge Apartments leasing office is open Saturdays for added convenience.
  2. Start packing two months in advance of moving into Atlanta apartments. Many of your belongings such as books, fine china, movie collections, out of season clothing and seasonal decorations can be packed early. Maybe having a pile of boxes around your current apartment for 8 weeks doesn’t sound like fun, but it will save you time and stress on moving day.
  3. Ensure the safety of children and pets by getting a sitter on moving day. Movers, whether you hire professionals or ask a group of friends, might be easily distracted by children, cats and dogs. Ashwood Ridge is a pet-friendly apartment community. Large dogs are welcome, breed restrictions apply.
  4. Remember the last thing you packed. Was it cleaning supplies? Bedding? Maybe it was your tools. It was probably important and chances are you will need it first in your new Atlanta apartment.

Ask an Ashwood Ridge Apartments leasing specialist for more moving tips and how you can save money by relocating to one of our Jonesboro, Georgia apartments, walking distance to local schools and major medical centers and just minutes to downtown Atlanta.

Multi-Tasking Furniture for Atlanta Apartments

The Lexington II Apartments in East Point delivers spacious floor plans with master suites featuring private baths and walk-in closets not to mention the chef friendly step-saver kitchens with all the major appliances and dishwashers PLUS – gas, water and electric utilities are included in each apartment’s rent, so residents are never surprised by a high power or water bill. Living well should be hassle free and staying organized at home is another way to reduce stress in Atlanta apartments even with abundant closets and storage space.

The monument sign for Lexington II Apartments

The Lexington II Apartments in East Point includes gas, water and electricity in the monthly rent.

Organizing Atlanta apartments offers apartment dwellers the chance to express personal touches and lifestyle preferences in their homes. Residents can maximize space and minimize clutter when they consider their apartment by thinking in 3-D! A small or cozy floor plan might not give a renter much floor space but hanging shelves and baskets from the walls of Atlanta apartments can really show creativity while increasing square footage!

Kitchen and dining room at Cascade Glen

Kitchen and dining storage made simple at The Lexington II Apartments in East Point, GA

Furniture that multi-tasks is invaluable in Atlanta apartments with limited closets or storage. Ottomans can be extra seating for guests and many come with storage beneath for blankets and pillows or whatever you want to keep on hand but out of sight. While the master bedroom in the 3 bedroom townhouse at The Lexington II is complete with TWO walk-in closets, beds with drawers underneath give easy access to seasonal clothing or linens in a guest bedroom or the drawers can store toys in a child’s bedroom – at Lexington II you choose from our 1, 2 & 3 bedroom floor plans.

The Camp Creek Market Place is just 4 miles from The Lexington II Apartments. Atlanta apartment renters will find many storage solutions here from large retailers like Target and Lowe’s or discount stores like T.J. Maxx and BJ’s Wholesale Club. While you’re out pick up some treats for your cat or dog at Pet Smart, The Lexington II is a pet-friendly community. Downtown East Point, Georgia is even closer with many “Mom & Pop” shops to help you find unique storage and furniture for Atlanta apartments while supporting local business!

 

Atlanta Apartments: Fall Tips for Pet Owners

Pet-friendly JAMCO Properties

Pets are more than OK, they’re family at JAMCO Properties, Inc.

The dog days of summer are finally over for Atlanta apartments and the gorgeous days of autumn lie ahead for metro Atlanta apartment dwellers and their pets. As fall moves into our community grab your pumpkin spice latte, settle onto your sun-drenched patio or balcony and check out these pet safety tips for cooler weather.

This time of year it is a good idea to begin preparing your vehicle for colder temperatures by replacing engine coolant. Both dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet taste of antifreeze which is extremely poisonous to our four-legged friends. Any spilled coolant should be thoroughly cleaned up immediately. Residents in Atlanta apartments can reduce the risk of consumption by closely monitoring pets while outdoors. Also be aware of poisons used indoors for pest control as those critters are looking for a comfortable apartment too!

Plants and mushrooms pose another threat to pets in autumn. All mushrooms are toxic to dogs. When you take Rover for a walk around Atlanta apartments be mindful that your pup doesn’t ingest any of these. Like dogs, cat are curious about new houseplants brought into their familiar indoor environment. Common holiday plants like holly, poinsettia, chrysanthemum and mistletoe may cause allergies or serious illness for pets. It’s best to keep these out of reach of small children also.

Cats and dogs welcome at Hidden Pines at Tara Apartments

Pet-friendly apartments from Hidden Pines at Tara

Fall is a festive time of year for friends and family to gather in our Atlanta apartments. Remember that decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas can also be dangerous for cats and dogs. You may be tempted to share your seasonal treats with your pet which is ok in moderation; however, review a list of toxic foods for pets with your veterinarian before you add anything to your animal’s diet.

Locally owned JAMCO Properties, Inc. manages 21 pet-friendly apartment communities in Atlanta with caring on-site leasing professionals. This fall warm up with savings in one of our cozy floor plans at Hidden Pines at Tara Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia.

 

Atlanta Apartments: Wall to Wall Awesome

Moving to a new apartment community and home can be hard work, shouldn’t decorating Atlanta apartments be affordable and easy? Adding your personal touch to a spacious floor plan can be inexpensive and fun. Simply modify these decorating tips to suit your tastes and create a living environment to accommodate your lifestyle.

Fall Leaf StampFloral prints for bedrooms and bathrooms are available for purchase at many big box retailers, but Atlanta renters can create their own unique pieces at a fraction of the cost. Using leaves found around Atlanta apartments as a stamp, spray paint unique local designs on canvas which can be purchased at Michael’s or most craft stores. If leaf and flower patterns are not for you try experimenting with household items like old keys or toys.

A fast and affordable way to create custom wall art for Atlanta apartments is to cover shoe box lids with fabric for hanging in the living or dining area. Scraps of beautiful fabric are often available at a discount online and they are perfect for this homemade craft.

Working from Atlanta apartment rentals doesn’t need to be mundane. Remember to express your style in your home office as well. Covering a cork board with fabric and adding a photo or two can brighten up the work day.

The lake at Lakeside Apartment Townhomes in College Park

Rake up the savings at Lakeside Apartment Townhomes

Spice up kitchen walls with functional art that also has a special meaning. Frame a treasured handwritten recipe to hang in the kitchen. Now you can conjure up the memory of grandma’s fresh baked cookies anytime in your own Atlanta apartment! Embellish cheap frames bought at the dollar store by gluing on ribbon, buttons, costume jewelry, beads, shells or anything else that reminds you of the times spent sharing good food with better company.

Lakeside Apartment Townhomes in College Park, Georgia are more than great places to live… they’re a community you can call home.

7 Moving Tips for Atlanta Apartments

Relocating to Atlanta apartments is both exciting and stressful. Deciding where stuff belongs and planning the layout of your apartment floor plan is fun, but a lot of time and effort goes into packing and moving to an Atlanta apartment. Begin planning early to limit stress. Try using the following guidelines on moving day.

The model bedroom at Maplewood Apartments for rent

Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia

  1. Move on a weekday when leasing offices, banks, utilities and government offices are open. According to U-Haul, truck rentals are more affordable during the week too.
  2. Start packing as early as 2 months before moving day. Out of season clothing, seasonal decorations, china, books, a movie collection… these are all things you can pack early. Having a stack of boxes around your current apartment for 8 weeks might not sound like a fun, but it will save you so much stress.
  3. Label your boxes by room and general content. If you’ve hired professional movers or if you’ve asked friends to help, this will help them know where things go in your Atlanta apartment.
  4. Place your dinner plates standing on edge in the box. Wrap each in plenty of paper and pad the bottom of your box. This will help prevent damage to your dishes. For all your boxes be sure to fill the empty space with paper or padding so that they will not collapse.
  5. Pack large items in small boxes and small items in large boxes. Heavy large items will fall through the center of a large box and small light items can be safely stacked in larger boxes. The exception is books. Heavy books should be packed in small boxes so you can lift them.
  6. On moving day, leave your pets and small children with a friend. Movers, professional or otherwise are distracted by kids and barking dogs. Plus, this insures the safety of children and pets alike.
  7. Finally, remember the last thing you packed? It’s probably the first thing you want to unpack! You were using it right up to the last-minute because you need it. Maybe it was cleaning supplies, maybe it was bedding or maybe it was a toothbrush… Chances are it was important.

Leasing consultants at Maplewood Pointe Apartments have more tips for easy moving to Atlanta apartments.

Save Memories, Save Money – Atlanta Apartments

Junk accumulates in our Atlanta apartments. It’s a simple fact. That is why when you Google “organization” every 10 item to-do list is really just 5 ways to throw things out. But sometimes the clutter around your apartment home is the stuff you care for the most. How do you keep the things attached to the memories you love?

  1. Store:  The fact is you might love it, but you don’t have a need for it every day. Collections, gifts, clothing, art… the list is endless and it’s filling up your spacious Atlanta apartments. Properly storing these items under the bed or in a large walk-in closet is perfectly fine. A good tip is to purchase matching storage from a popular retailer. This means if your investment is damaged it can be replaced without much effort and you keep the appearance of your home neat. The Container Store has lots of cheap storage solutions for residents in cozy apartments. It’s what they do. Be armed with storage options.
  2. Rotate:  Once you have some memories put away don’t forget about them. While you don’t need these items everyday you can bring them out of the closet to enjoy. Rotating your collections on display in your Atlanta apartments keeps your floor plan fresh for guests too.
  3. Corral:  Life is hectic and not everything in a home ends up where it belongs. Put containers in disaster prone areas to corral the clutter. When a container is full, return each item to its right home. Trays, baskets, decorative boxes make excellent temporary lodging for hats, gloves, keys, sunglasses and more. The stair basket sold on Amazon.com comes to mind for when you aren’t ready to climb the stairs of your Atlanta townhome rental.
  4. Stack:  Floor space is valuable real estate especially in an apartment with a modest floor plan. Having the proper way to use vertical space can safely secure the items you want to keep around for a long time.
  5. Reduce:  Only own what you love. No list about organization is complete without at least one suggestion to throw out the junk (see above). Before you make a purchase decide if you really need the item. Do you have one like it in storage? Can you reuse something you all ready purchased? Will you love it forever?
The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

Of course you can always move into a larger space if none of this will do – like the spacious floor plans at Laurel Pointe Apartments in Forest Park.

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.

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.

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