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My First Apartment Checklist: Plan for the Things You’ll Need

Jul 28, 2021 8:59:41 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Picture this: The moving truck just left. Boxes are piled in the center of every room. You pick one to sit on, look around smiling, and think: “Finally here in my first apartment.” Then your smile slowly fades as you think, “…Now what?”

Now that you’re moved in it’s time to start unpacking. As you put things away, make a list of all the things you don't have but know you'll need. We’ll help you by going through the main rooms of your apartment.

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My First Apartment Checklist: Clues to Finding Your Perfect Apartment

Jul 14, 2021 2:58:28 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Think of searching for your first apartment as a treasure hunt. You have a goal in mind – you want a treasured place to call home, but you don’t quite know how you’re going to get there yet. There are clues you have to pick up on the way. The following tips will help give you clues to the apartment in Chico, Redding, or surrounding areas that is just right for you.

Only consider places you can afford

If you allow yourself to look at apartments in Chico or Redding that are out of your price range, then you’ll be tempted to compromise. 

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Renting An Apartment With Roommates: What You Need To Know

Jun 29, 2021 9:43:09 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

When it comes to renting with roommates it’s always good to establish boundaries before you officially move in together.

Whether you know your new roommate(s) or they’re random roommate(s), having an agreement written up and signed will be a life saver. If you find yourself thinking, “oh we don’t need one, it’ll be fine!” ignore yourself and create one anyways. A million things can come up and it’s better to have a set agreement than to figure out how to kick their significant other out when they’ve been there an entire month.

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My First Apartment: Tips for First Time Renters

Jun 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Moving out on your own is a big step. It’s now time to step into the real world and start looking for your very first apartment (Yay!).

Renting your first apartment can be an exciting experience as you search for the perfect space to express yourself. At the same time though, it can be a stressful experience because of all the decisions that need to be made. You might be thinking, "How am I going to manage moving into my first apartment, take care of bills, balance work and a social life, get my chores done, and not forget anything?"

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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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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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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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How To Soundproof Your Apartment Without Damaging It

Feb 18, 2021 12:20:07 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

There are so many perks to apartment living, but sharing a wall with your neighbors usually doesn't make the list (unless you are best friends with them).

It's a silent understanding that you won't always find peace and quiet within your apartment, but you will find it at certain times of the day. Yet with everyone working from home nowadays those moments of peace and quiet can be found few and far between. While thinking of how to solve this noise level, you've probably began searching how to soundproof your apartment, but we can almost guarantee they aren't all damage proof. 

Renting an apartment requires you to think extra hard about any changes you want to make throughout the place as you'll have to undo it when you move out. If they can't easily be removed or evidence is left behind you'll get charge for the amount it costs to get the apartment back to it's former look. Essentially you're waving goodbye to the security deposit you were hoping to get back one day. 

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Tips On Furnishing Your Apartment

Feb 9, 2021 10:35:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Furnishing your apartment can be a bit overwhelming, especially when it’s your first apartment!

It can be easy to let the idea of furnishing and decorating your apartment stress you out, but don't let it. We all want to get it right straight out of the gate, but good furniture and décor can take time and thought. But don't forget to make the process fun and enjoyable! You are slowly transitioning your little home into something that expresses how you live and love life.

To help you figure out the best way to furnish and decorate your apartment we found several articles that will help you get a plan and then decide which pieces to start with!

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Can You Rent With Bad Credit?

Jan 27, 2021 8:53:31 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

We see this question a lot in our Contact Us forms,

“Can I rent from you with bad credit?”

Ideally, when you're on the lookout for a new place to call home do all you can to raise your credit score, bettering your chance at getting a rental. Yet sometimes circumstances don’t line up and you require a new place before you can improve your credit. When that happens, what can you do?

We found a great resource on Business Insider that outlines the nine things you can try when you are looking to rent an apartment, but have bad credit. You’ll also find (at the end) what credit score you need to have to be eligible to rent from Hignell Rentals as well as a way to rent from us if you don’t meet the credit requirement!

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Hignell Rentals is Your Home for Northern California Rentals.

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.