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.

Atlanta Apartments Welcomes Labor Day

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

Even with summer continuing for 3 more weeks, Atlanta apartments start packing up the season with plenty of events and celebrations scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Crowds of visitors and metro Atlanta apartments’ residents will move on the city to enjoy the three day weekend, August 30th – September 1st.

Sports fans will be in heaven as college football opens at the Georgia Dome with the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Games Friday evening and Saturday. Plus NASCAR serves up 500 high speed laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a Sunday evening race preceded by qualifying races on Saturday and lots of tailgating for Atlanta apartments.

Dragon Con tickets and downtown Atlanta accommodations may be sold out, but that means residents can take advantage of prime people watching without spending a lot of money. The Dragon Con parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and features fantasy and fun for all ages. Best of all, it’s FREE! Costumes are encouraged.

In DeKalb County Atlanta apartments welcome back The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the world. Authors and publishers from every imaginable genre will host discussion panels and seminars at venues around the downtown Decatur square. The 3 day convention is FREE but popular author events fill up fast.

Lease a home from Mountain Lake Apartments now, so you can chill and grill at home this Labor Day. JAMCO Properties, Inc. offers a floor plan for every budget at any of our 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities.

 

Money Saving Tips for Atlanta Apartments

Expenses can quickly add up for tenants leasing Atlanta apartments. Monthly rent payments can equal up to 1/3 of a renter’s income, but other costs can be controlled to make comfortable apartment living more affordable. The first step to saving money is to create a household budget. There is a range of software products for the home office that make managing your personal finances simple and some good ones are even FREE! Of course, old-fashion pen and paper will work too.

You’ve heard the saying,” You need to spend money to make money.” Well, that can be true for saving money too. Purchasing renter’s insurance for Atlanta apartments is cheap and the potential savings could be enormous, especially if you don’t have the cash to replace all your belongings in the event of a catastrophe like theft or fire. A good insurance policy will also offer you protection against possible damages you, your pet or a guest might cause to your apartment home. The website About Home has answers to many of the frequently asked questions about renter’s insurance for apartment dwellers.

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

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

Another way to cut expenses in Atlanta apartments is to monitor and control utility bills. Heating and cooling a spacious floor plan will undoubtedly cost extra, but there are ways to save. Wearing sweaters and using blankets instead of adjusting the thermostat are great ways to maintain a cozy apartment without raising costs in winter. Using fans and dark window coverings can help cool a bright apartment home in the summer. These solutions help save money and the environment too!  Some Atlanta apartment communities like The Lexington II Apartments in East Point include utilities in the rental price so residents are never surprised by unexpected utility bills.

Finally, some Atlanta apartments like the communities locally owned by JAMCO Properties, Inc. let residents make money while leasing affordable townhomes and apartments.  By referring family and friends as residents, apartment dwellers can earn extra income AND make their friends and family their neighbors at the same time! Ask your leasing specialist about the resident referral program at your community.

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.

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