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Rental Living Tips: What to Consider Before Signing the Lease

Mar 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Finding a great apartment is not easy, but once you do your anxious to move in right away. That's why it's natural to want to sign the lease and get into your new rental living quarters as soon as possible. But before you go signing the lease there are some important things to consider about the agreement. Signing the lease without reading it can potentially have you coming face-to-face with some unpleasant surprises. 

Don't put yourself in that situation. Take some time to study the rental documents. Rental living means you are living in a housing unit that someone else owns. You have to play by their rules. A few of the things you need to consider before signing a lease are:

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What To Look Out For When Signing Apartment Leases

Sep 24, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

It's an exciting moment when you get the call saying that your apartment application has been approved and you get to start the process of moving in.

You'll head over to the apartment complex and meet with the manager and then begin to go over the lease and other paperwork that's required for review and/or signature.

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My First Apartment Checklist: Deciding on a Roommate

Feb 26, 2019 12:00:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

 

Odds are a roommate will be part of your first apartment experience because it will help you pay for your monthly apartment living expenses. While having a roommate can be an arduous task, it can also be a really fun experience. The key is finding the right roommate.  

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Master the Art of Garage Sailing to Furnish Your Apartment

Jul 10, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Garage Sailing (attending garage sales) is an art. Just like sailing a ship, you have to have a plan, set your course, and have a keen eye to arrive home with a catch you can be proud of. Garage Sailing is not without its perils. The suburban seas can be treacherous. Learn how to navigate the dangers of these waters to furnish your apartment on a budget.

Furnishing your apartment can get expensive, especially if it's your first one and you're starting from scratch. The best way to completely furnish your apartment on a modest budget is to find hidden gems at garage sales. Look for items that suit your needs. For furniture, focus your attention on the form and sturdiness of an item, not so much on the color. If the color doesn't fit your style, don't worry, you would be surprised what a few cans of spray paint can do.

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My First Apartment: Tips for Doing Your Own Laundry

Apr 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

When you live at home you have the awesome bonus of usually having one of your parents do your laundry for you. Moving out and into your first apartment means no more parents doing laundry for you -- time to learn how to do it all on your own.

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My First Apartment Checklist: Who to Call First in an Emergency

Dec 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Moving into your first apartment can be an amazing experience. There are so many things you get to do now that you are on your own! 

Now you're in charge…of everything! Not just bills and grocery shopping, but what to do if you smell gas in your apartment or if you hear a strange noise for a prolonged period of time outside. You are the “man/woman” of the house now.

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How to Boil Water + 4 More Beginner Cooking Tips for Apartment Living

Oct 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Let's be honest, the scene in the classic 1993 film, Mrs. Doubtfire, where Robin Williams catches the kitchen (and himself) on fire and decides to buy take out to serve as his own dishes, is the majority of us most nights of the week.

There is a special art to cooking that either you grasp entirely, or fail completely to understand.

Much of this depends on how well you know how to use your apartment appliances and cooking tools. 

For those of you living in Chico or Redding apartments who scratch pans, burn rice, cut your fingers, and can't seem to figure out how to even boil water...this blog is for you. Want to pull off a simple pasta? Keep reading for beginner cooking tips!

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My First Apartment: How to Decorate on a Budget

Aug 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

I don’t know about you, but I can scroll through Pinterest for hours looking at different ways to use small spaces, repurpose old items, and find the best way to make my first apartment look like it came out of a catalog.

If you're like me, then even when you see those amazing ideas, you aren’t sure how your wallet can survive the hit. That thought alone can put a damper on your decorating plans. Don’t get discouraged though!

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My First Apartment Checklist: Budget for Apartment Living

Mar 21, 2017 3:21:00 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

Everyone cringes at the dreaded ‘B’ word: Budget. Before you even begin searching for apartments in Chico, Redding or the surrounding areas in Northern California, you need to know how much you can afford to pay for monthly expenses.

Here are the materials you’ll need: pencil with eraser, paper, calculator, paycheck stub, and at least a small dose of reality.

St the top of your paper write “MY FIRST APARTMENT BUDGET” in big letters. Good. Now it’s time to crunch some numbers.

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My First Apartment Checklist: 5 Things To Evaluate Before Moving In

Dec 27, 2016 9:19:00 AM / by Living in Chico Team

 

Having never gone through the first apartment process before, you’re probably wondering where to start. If you want your first apartment to be home sweet home, this "My First Apartment Checklist" is for you!

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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.