Seramonte Townhomes in HamdenRenting for the first time is a major step, and there are certain things to do and keep in my mind when going through the process. From deciding to rent to moving in, the process can seem intimidating, so here are some tips to remember to help those renting for the first time.

First, those looking to rent need to have a budget and stick to it. Making a budget can help narrow down what apartments to look at and prevent wasting time looking at ones not within the budget. One general rule to keep in mind is the rent should not exceed 30 percent of the renter’s income. Staying within a budget will help prevent a lot of stress and worrying.

Second, when looking at apartments to rent, have a list of priorities. This step will also help narrow down what apartments to look at. Having this list also helps whenever deciding which apartment to choose. Some things on the list may be priorities like being pet friendly, but others might be more of a want than a need. Knowing which things are most important can help make a decision whenever choosing between the final few apartments. Read More→

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469750496The affordability of utilities plays a large role when people are deciding if and where they should rent. Are the utility costs low enough? Who includes utilities in the cost of the monthly rent and still has a reasonable price? At CTBest Apartments, you can find both luxury apartments that include utilities and an affordable cost. How?

One reason the costs of utilities is low when renting an apartment is because of the floor plan of the apartment and building. Large homes use a lot of energy and power to heat and cool the whole house. There are a lot of rooms and space, and it simply just takes more energy to heat and cool it. Read More→

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map wall artWhen you move into a new place, it sometimes takes a while before it truly starts to feel like home. Your new apartment won’t have any of your personal touches that spark that warmth of home when you first arrive. Or, if you’ve lived in your apartment, it may begin to feel stale. Don’t worry though! Whether you need to add a little personality or are just looking for a change, we have a few quick and easy decorating hacks to make your apartment more inviting.

Map art is a fun and inspiring way to decorate your living space, especially if you love to travel! All you need is a large map of the United States. Then, hang it up on a large wall that needs decoration. The map is already a cool way to add some life to a boring room, but it gets better! Whenever you travel to different states, be sure to get a picture. When you come home, print it out, cut it out as the shape of the state and attach it to the same state on your map! This adds color, preserves memories and can even lead to great conversations. Read More→

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Events Near Your Stamford Apartment this Summer Looking for something fun to do this summer that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered! From public art displays and outdoor concerts to farmers markets, here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do and see in Stamford this summer:

The Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series: July 7- August 11. Head on over to Columbus Park on Thursdays at 5 p.m. for some of the best music you’ll find this summer for $10-15. This annual event is a local favorite and is one you definitely won’t want to miss. Here’s the lineup:
July 7: O.A.R
July 14: Hanson
July 21: Third Eye Blind
July 28: Eric Hutchinson
August 4: Easton Corbin
August 11: CeeLo Green

Wednesday Nite Live: July 6 – July 27. Formerly known as Jazz-Up July, Wednesday Nite Live has got your middle-of-the-week concert fix. For just $10, you can hear live music at Columbus Park from some incredible performers:
July 6: The Temptations
July 13: The 5th Dimension
July 20: George Benson
July 27: Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo on their “We Live for Love” Tour Read More→

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Tips for Using Rugs to Decorate Your Apartment this SummerMuch like summer, your apartment’s décor should be effortless. To refresh the look of your apartment this summer, consider changing out your rugs to give it a new look without much effort. Rugs can easily accent a room and often times serve a purpose that is more than just decoration; they can be used in the entryways to knock off dirt and in the bathroom to catch water. What are some things to keep in mind when choosing a summer rug?

First, remember to use rugs that incorporate summer colors. You want your apartment to reflect those colors we see outdoors in the summer. Bright colors like yellow and orange are perfect to lighten up a room and bring happiness to you and your guests when you see them. Also, consider using blue colors in your summer rugs. Blue is a cool, relaxing color and gives you the serene feeling of being at the beach. All of these summer colors are welcoming and play well with neutrals, making them perfect to use in your apartment this summer season.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for summer rugs is to consider the material of the rug. In the winter, we use rugs that are warm and thick because of the colder weather. Similarly, use rugs that are cool and light to offset the hotter summer days. Also, since we love to spend our summer days outdoors when possible, there is more of a chance of tracking dirt into your apartment. Find rugs that are easier to clean when those inevitable dirt stains are left on the rug.

One final tip to help you decorate for the summer is to make this project your own. Let the rugs reflect your personality. You can play around with different shapes and sizes to help create variety in rooms. However, make sure each room flows to the next to really elevate the whole space.

Use these tips to help decorate your apartment with rugs for the summer. For more information about CTBest Apartments and to find apartments in Branford, Hamden, New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut visit www.CTBestApts.com or call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665.

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Bringing Summer Colors Back to Your ApartmentOne of the challenges some people face when renting an apartment is decorating it and making it their own. However, there are easy and simple ways to decorate your apartment to bring summer colors back and make your apartment reflect your personality.

While you may be worried that you can’t make an apartment your own since you don’t own it, there are many ways to decorate it to stand out and accomplish this. Using a color like a vibrant orange stands out to all and is an immediate energizer. You can use furniture, wall decals and accent pieces with orange to do this. Another bright color that is popular to use this time of the year is yellow. Yellow is a bright and happy color that brings a smile to your face and can lift your mood. Yellow in artwork or accent pieces bring light and sunshine into your apartment.

Another color that you can use when decorating for the summer is magenta. Magenta represents a happy and carefree feel that the summer months bring us. However, don’t use too much of this color because it can overwhelm the room. In addition, nature-inspired neutral colors can bring a breath of fresh air to any room in your apartment. Incorporating natural woods into your designs is soothing and timeless. There are also many other colors such as red and blue that can be used in your apartment to make it your own and stand out to those who visit.

Consider using these tips to help bring back summer colors into your CTBest Apartment. For more information about CTBest and all of our luxury apartments in Connecticut, call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

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Advantages of Renting an ApartmentIt is that time in your life where you have to decide where you want to live. When looking at apartments, you can see how there are many advantages of apartment living. You can find a great location closer to the city and have more freedom to do what you want when you live in an apartment. Not to mention, renting an apartment gives you a worry-free life, and you can still make it your own.

One of the advantages of renting an apartment that fosters a worry-free lifestyle is low maintenance. When you rent an apartment, you don’t have to worry about lawn care and other maintenance issues and if something breaks in the apartment, the owner or landlord pays for the fixes, which means more money stays in your pocket. Another reason renting is great is because it can be cheaper than owning a home since you have no mortgage or repair costs, and there are no direct property taxes. Additionally, renting an apartment gives you more freedom and time to do what you want and relax since you don’t have all the maintenance and other things homeowners have to worry about.

There are many advantages to renting and living in an apartment because you can have a worry-free lifestyle and make your apartment truly your home. In addition, most apartments, like CTBest Apartments, are in great locations closer to the city and are conveniently located near a variety of restaurants, shopping, parks and much more. If you are looking for an apartment to make your own that gives you the best of a worry-free lifestyle, call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

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Tips for a Guest-Friendly Apartment

No matter how long your guests stay, you want them to feel like they are welcome. By adding some personal touches, the comforts of home and open arms, you’ll make any guest feel like they’re a part of the family.

  • Your guests should get the same treatment as if they’re staying in a hotel. The bed should be made (and clean) upon their arrival and fresh towels should be laid out ahead of time as well. We suggest white towels and linens to really convey a sense of cleanliness; it’s also a good idea to make these towels different than your personal collection so you can identify what’s yours and what’s for guests.
  • Supply a variety of pillows for your guests so they can sleep as comfortable as possible.
  • Go the extra step by laying out a plush robe and some slippers to really give them the VIP treatment.
  • Provide guests with everything they’ll need, as they will probably forget something. Stock up on travel-sized toiletries and disposable toothbrushes and razors. Don’t forget to have some extra toilet paper as well so they don’t have to ask you for any.
  • Ask guests what they like to eat and if they have any dietary restrictions, then stock up your pantry and fridge with some of their favorite drinks and snacks.
  • Make sure your guests stay connected by jotting down the WiFi password or ordering cute prints and framing them to showcase your style. You should also take a few minutes to write down any emergency phone numbers, instructions for electronics, public transit instructions and anything else they might need to know; you can organize these in a small folder or binder to keep things tidy.Tips for a Guest-Friendly Apartment
  • If you’re comfortable with it, give your guests a spare key so they can come and go as they please and won’t feel restricted by your schedule.
  • If you don’t have an extra closet, clear out some space in yours for your guests to use; you can also give them access to one of your drawers if they have things that need to be folded instead of hung. Be sure to have some extra hangers handy.
  • Make sure their room has open power outlets for their technology.
  • Stock the nightstand with a lamp, an alarm clock, some reading material, water and some fresh flowers.
  • Keep a luggage rack in the spare room so guests don’t have to put their suitcases on the floor.
  • Give them access to paper and pens so they can write down any info they’ll need to remember during their stay. It is also a cute idea to provide some postcards from your city and stamps so guests can send greetings from your home.

Just consider these tips and your guests will feel like they are staying in a five-star hotel. If you’re looking for an apartment that’s perfect for you and your guests, call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

 

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We’re sharing some of our tips to help you become more eco-friendly at home. Get into the spirit of Earth Day this year and become more eco-friendly. By doing some pretty simple things a little bit at a time, you can make a huge difference in our planet’s well-being. What better place to start helping the environment than right in your own home? We’re sharing some of our tips to help you become more eco-friendly at home.

  • Of course, the biggest thing you can do at home to help the environment is recycle. Place a recycling chart in your home near your recycling containers to help everyone at home become more aware of what they’re throwing away.
  • If you can, invest in furniture and bedding that uses nontoxic, organic and sustainable materials. Items made from bamboo are especially good since it is the fastest-growing plant on earth and replenishes itself faster than other trees.
  • Did you know that appliances take up energy simply by being plugged in? Be sure to unplug things when you’re not using them, even if they’re turned off.
  • To save on your heating bill, open the blinds on those cold but sunny days.
  • A fun way to generate heat is to have a party! Each person can generate the same amount of warmth as a 100-watt heater. You can also cuddle up to Fido or Fluffy as an alternative way to stay warm.
  • Before you open the refrigerator, know what you want to eat. Keeping the door open too long causes it to work harder and therefore run up that electricity bill.
  • Cleaning with vinegar is a natural way to kill bacteria, germs and mold.
  • Use glass, silicone or ceramic dishes to reduce required cooking temperature.
  • You’ll want to be sure to keep that oven door closed while you’re cooking to make sure all the heat stays in and doesn’t cause more work for the oven.
  • Shower instead of bathing to use less water.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and hang them to dry.

Of course, these aren’t the only ways to make your apartment more eco-friendly. Keeping these tips in mind not just on Earth Day but on every day of the year will lead to a healthier life for you, your family and the rest of the planet.

CTBest has luxury apartments in Branford, Norwalk, Hamden/New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut. For more information, call/text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

 

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Decoration ideas for rentersThe start of a new season means it’s probably time to hit refresh on your style. And while it’s a good idea to start trading in your mittens for flip flops, your apartment could also use a makeover to add some extra spring to your step. Here a few nonpermanent decorating ideas to make your apartment bloom this spring.

Flowers – Flowers are one of the easiest ways to add instant style to your apartment. Not only do they make your space more bright and beautiful, but they can also create some amazing scents. Pick up some fresh flowers from your local farmers market, or check out our tips for starting and caring for an indoor garden of your own.

Paint – Instead of painting the walls, why not paint some of your furniture? This is the perfect way to add a pop color without the commitment. We recommend going bold with this idea, or trying out one of the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year on your bookcase, chairs or nightstand. Read More→

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