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How Does Renting an Apartment Work?

May 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Whether you’ve just graduated college, are moving out of your parent’s house for the first time, or have decided to take the plunge on your own, it’s time to start looking for an apartment to move into. But if you’ve never rented before... where do you even start?

Follow the steps below and you’ll be you on your way to living in your very first apartment!

Where to Look for an Apartment

When it comes to looking for an apartment there are a few things you need to figure out before you start your search.

First things first, you need to determine how much of your monthly budget can go towards rent. If you’ve never sat down and looked at the money coming into your bank account and the money going out, now is the time. Here are 4 simple steps to creating a budget that will help you figure out how much money you can afford to spend on rent.

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Can Renting an Apartment Help, Build, or Hurt My Credit?

May 14, 2021 8:40:44 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

You’re starting to look for apartments and the applications mention having to do a credit check on you. You find yourself wondering what will happen, if anything, to your credit score when they do.

What if you have no credit history? Does a credit check even do anything? Once you start renting, what does completing payments do to your credit? What happens if you miss a payment and what does that do to your credit?

Lots of questions happen when it comes to renting an apartment and whether or not it will help your credit, build your credit, or hurt your credit. We found this article by The Balance that covers all of the questions above and more!

But first, why do property managers pull your credit score in the first place?

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Decorating Your Apartment for Spring and Summer

May 13, 2021 2:06:58 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

In the midst of Spring everyone's really thinking about Summer, so why not make sure your apartment décor can span both seasons? Below you’ll find some great ideas on how to spruce up your apartment with both spring and summer décor!

Plants & Flowers

Nothing says fresh clean air and blue skies better than adding plants and flowers to your apartment, it truly brings the presence of the outdoors into your apartment. Your indoor plants bring in the beautiful green that you can see through your apartment windows (just think of your complexes’ freshly mowed lawn). The flowers add a touch of color to remind you that the new season brings with it new life.

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Is Renting an Apartment a Waste of Time?

May 12, 2021 10:53:12 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

When it comes to renting an apartment or buying a home, the most common thought is that renting is a waste of time. Why would you pay rent when you could be paying off a mortgage getting you closer to owning the home?

There are many arguments that say you should buy a house as quickly as possible, but it’s actually better if you don’t. If you fall into one of the scenarios below then you are better off renting for the time being.

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What’s Your Apartment Aesthetic?

May 6, 2021 9:16:40 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

When it comes to decorating your apartment what type of aesthetic are you aiming for? Are you more farmhouse or bohemian? Whether you know by heart which aesthetic is for you or you like a few of them and just need to decide, do you know how to decorate based on aesthetics?

Creating a Pinterest board of rooms you like is a great start, but how do you know which items to pick in the photo or where to purchase them? Sometimes pinning images can do more harm than good when you aren’t sure where to start.

We found this article below that will not only help you identify which aesthetic fits you best, but also help you decide which items to get and where to purchase!

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What’s Typically Included in Apartment Rent

May 4, 2021 10:01:22 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Are you sitting in the camp of "I've never lived in an apartment before"? There are several things you should know before renting an apartment, the first one is what’s included in your rent. Rental homes, rooms, and apartments can differ in what they include in rent.  

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Questions to Consider When Searching for an Apartment

Apr 28, 2021 12:41:57 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

This apartment searching thing can be a little tricky. There are so many options that can satisfy your different needs. But how are you supposed to know what you want before you've lived in apartments in Chico or Redding?

The process can be pretty easy to navigate once you know what questions to ask yourself.

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How to Budget Renting an Apartment

Apr 21, 2021 9:32:51 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Whether you are moving out of your parent’s place, leaving student housing, or just moving out on your own for the first time - learning how to budget before you sign the lease is key.

One of the biggest mistakes people have when it comes to renting is not thinking about how much they currently make and the expenses they have month to month. When those aren't factored in along with any trips you are planning on taking in the future you could end up choosing the wrong apartment. While the apartment may technically be in your budget, it could make doing extra activities and trips a no-go. 

That’s why it’s important to know how much you currently make and what your average monthly expenses are. If you don’t know those numbers, start keeping track with an excel spreadsheet or by keeping all your receipts!

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Tips for When You Prepare to Move Out

Apr 20, 2021 1:29:35 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

When you’re preparing to move out of your old place and into a brand new one, it may not be as simple as 1-2-3. But don’t let that overwhelm you!

You're in the right place if you’re looking for how to best prepare for your next move. Moving may seem like a lot at the moment, but once you've written your plan all out you’ll be able to sit back and relax in-between all the tasks.

To help make your life easier, we found the ultimate preparation guide when it comes to moving out! This way you can write down all the things you need to begin and hit the ground running.

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Tips for Keeping Your Apartment Clean When You Have Pets

Apr 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Keeping your apartment clean when you live alone is a simple task. All you have to do is pick up after yourself a little bit each day. While not as simple, it’s still fairly easy to keep your apartment clean with a roommate. Just make sure to talk with them before moving in together about the apartment rules (i.e. pickup after yourself) and schedule cleaning times, like weekends.

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At Hignell Rentals we have been maintaining and renting properties in the North State since 1970. We value relationships and caring communities, honoring and encouraging one another, unwavering integrity, uncommon generosity, and growth and innovation. We strive to provide our residents with a quality living environment across the North State in Redding, Red Bluff, Chico, Oroville and surrounding areas.