Creating a Budget For Your Rental Home

When embarking on the search for the perfect rental, it’s important to factor in your monthly budget, but yet challenging to predict the associated costs. You’d like to spend enough to live in a good location and enjoy the amenities, all the while trying to save to one day buy a home. Finding that balance between spending and saving can be tricky, so here are some tips to help you create a budget while you’re saving for the ultimate home purchase. If plausible, you should shoot for a rental home with a monthly lease that is less than 33% of your gross income. That rate generally does not include utility rates and you may want to budget for emergency costs as well. QA high

It is also important to weigh your wants vs your needs. Larger apartments are wonderful for entertaining, but smaller apartments are more cost-efficient and while you want want that extra half bath for your guests, it might knock off a nice price cut if you don’t make that a top priority when searching for your rental. Things that are worth considering are finding  rental with a reliable property management company in a safe neighborhood, within a reasonable distance to your workplace. These are necessities vs wants, and worth spending a little more on when considering your rental budget. If you’re interested in finding the right Seattle rental for your wants and needs, contact your local real estate agent today.

Ask and You Shall Receive: Rental Perks You Might Get if You Ask!

In general, the terms of your rental contract tend to be in your landlord’s hands. Most apartments do not come with extra services like a concierge, room service, or much housekeeping. While typical rentals do not come with such amenities, there are added bonuses available you might receive, if you just ask for them. What is an extra parking space worth? In most apartment buildings, spaces are limited to a per apartment space, but there are usually one or two spots tucked away in back, or an extra storage space nobody is using. If these things exist, there is definitely not enough to go around for everyone in the building, so how does one acquire these? You may have to put your name on a waiting list, or  pay an additional monthly fee, but the spot could be yours if you ask for it. rent

If you’ve found the perfect rental that has everything you’re looking for, but is clearly outlined in the fine print that your beloved dog Chappy isn’t welcome to live in the building, don’t walk away just yet. It’s worth asking if there are any exceptions to the policy, as sometimes a landlord might just own a few properties and not be familiar with all of the fine print himself. If you explain that your pet is well behaved, and provide references that backup the fact that you’re an excellent neighbor, you might just walk away with a lease; although you might be looking at a little higher rent, or a pet damage deposit. If you’re an existing tenant, and wish to get a pet, you might have a greater shot at getting accepted, as you’ve already proven to be a responsible tenant, and your landlord most likely won’t want to lose your lease. You can also ask if the property management company offers any incentives for referring a friend – does your girlfriend need a place to live? Bonus for you if you refer her to your landlord and they give you some cash in exchange for her business. At any rate, nothing is never worth asking; as and you might receive! For more information on Seattle Rentals,click here.

Organization and Feng Shui for Tight Living Quarters

If you’re living in a tiny apartment, or sharing a home with several others thus limiting your own personal space, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice organization, or the ultimate Feng Shui. The folks over at Zillow have put together an excellent list of things you can do with any room big or small that will create and maintain a good flow system. feng-shui

For starters, it’s good to designate a strong command position, somewhere in the room where you feel the strongest and most safe, most often it will be the spot directly across from the entryway. In a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, you’ll oftentimes need to arrange furniture and things around your bed. Sometimes the use of room dividers can make the space feel larger than it is. De-cluttering your space can transcend into other aspects of your life, eliminating  unnecessary stress caused by the mess. Using self-storage to store furniture that won’t fit is a good start, or storing your belongings vertically can offer a varietal for wall decorations. Keeping the entryway clear in Feng Shui is said to produce good energy, that can  flow throughout your apartment easily. And lastly, make your place your own. It can be difficult to get yourself to decorate and personalize your apartment if you know you won’t be staying there for long, but it’s important to feel comfortable in your space, no matter how long the stay. For more tips on making your space your own, visit Zillow.

 

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.