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A blog post with two parts! Spring cleaning and decluttering tips for your apartment, followed by exactly what you can do with all the stuff you just cleaned and decluttered!

Decluttering Tips

Here are some simple rules you can use to help you decide what’s cluttering up your apartment and what you should keep around till next spring.

  • If you haven’t worn (that jersey, dance skirt, or ratty sweatshirt) in 6 to 8 months, it’s should probably go on the ‘donate’ or ‘garbage’ pile.
  • Duplicates. If you’ve got two of them…get ready to give one away. (No one really needs two pizza cutters do they?).
  • Digitize all your printed memorabilia, old photos and photo books. This can really help free-up valuable storage space.
  • If it’s expired (i.e., can goods or pasta), recycle the cans or simply toss the expired food in the trash.
  • If it’s broken and you haven’t repaired it, more than likely it probably won’t be fixed. Time to give it the ole’ heave ho!
  • Cameras, video games and other digital electronics you have lying around have probably all been replaced by your smartphone…time for these to go too! BONUS TIP: Electronic items should not be tossed in the regular garbage; these should be brought to your local recycling center for proper disposal.
  • Take it from the Top! This means whatever sits atop your nightstand, your dresser and your TV stand should be considered clutter. If it’s outdated, out of style, or just collecting dust, these items are on the chopping block.
  • Look under the bed. Just because its out-of-sight doesn’t mean it’s not cluttering up your apartment. Look under the bed for all those things you’ve ditched under there during the year. Old shoes, empty boxes and magazines, these items should all be cleared out.
  • That junk draw! Expired coupons, twisty ties, old wallets, take-out menus, receipts and the like, should be thrown away.
  • Last tip for decluttering? Actually putting things away! Stacking, storing and simply putting things away can help tremendously. That pile of laundry you’ve been planning to put away for weeks should probably be taken care of today.
 
Donate or Recycle: Here’s Some Places You Can Do It!

Here’s a brief list of places in your area where you can donate all the items you’ve just decluttered from your apartment.

Got Toys?

Toys of Hope, Founded in 1994, is New York's favorite charity that supports over 65,000 needy children, their families and their pets every year.

The Patron Saint of Charity

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, headquartered in Bethpage, NY will pick up clothes and furniture in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. They accept furniture and other household items that are in “usable condition” and do not require any repairs.

Donate Clothing in NYC

New York Cares has many ways you can donate, whether personally, through your company, or through their many pre-existing programs like; the Winter Wishes program, the New York Cares Coat Drive, or their Citywide Day of Service.

The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission gratefully accepts donations Monday – Saturday, 7am – 7pm at the front desk of the Bowery campus (227 Bowery, Manhattan). If you have any questions regarding a donation, you can email donategoods@bowery.org.

Goodwill of NY and NJ

Goodwill has donation centers across Long Island, in New York and New Jersey. When you donate your items to Goodwill, that merchandise is sold in their stores to help support programs that empower individuals and help them gain independence through the power of work. This is a win-win!

Donation Bins

Lastly, you’ve seen these donation bins scattered across the City and Long Island. These are convenient when you don’t have too much to donate. Simply take your gently used clothing and materials to one of these conveniently placed bins in your area. And be sure to package them up nicely before you drop them off. Don’t just toss your donations into the bin all crumpled and haphazard. Believe us, it does make a difference.

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Today we’re going to get answers to some of the most popular questions renters have in 2019.

What are typical lease terms these days?

Most luxury apartments on Long Island, Brooklyn or Queens are a minimum of a one year lease. Some luxury apartment renters are happy to extend lease agreements to two years in certain cases. But you should always look out for companies that offer month-to-month leases. Although these may seem attractive to first time renters, these type of lease agreements can be problematic as the months wear on.

What are the consequences of breaking a lease agreement?

It is understood that circumstances sometimes warrant early lease termination. Unfortunately, it is not always easy (or without penalties) to tenants who must end their lease agreement. While each case may be different it is common that security deposits and/or other fees may be incurred. So be sure, when entering into a lease agreement with rental companies, that you know all the terms and conditions. We recommend reading your lease very carefully.

 
What are the rules pertaining to one or more residents in an apartment?

Roommate policies vary from rental complex to rental complex but one thing that is very clear, whoever resides in the apartment ‘must be listed’ on the lease as a tenant. Whether it is the leasee or another occupant, both persons must be listed on the lease agreement. Check with your particular rental agency for rules regarding roommates.

 
Do renters need to purchase renters insurance to protect themselves and their possessions?

It is smart, but not always required. Prospective tenants to a particular rental complex should check with their leasing agent to see what exactly is covered in case of a natural disaster (i.e. floods or wind damage), or accidental loss of personal possessions.

Can tenants bring their furry little friends into their new apartment?

While various apartment complexes differ in rules and restrictions, typically pets are allowed but there are usually rules such as; breed, weight and the amount of pets you can bring into your apartment. Just make sure all the rules are followed because tenants could end up losing their pets once they move in if they break the rules.

What is the process regarding lease renewals?

Most luxury rental companies have a lease renewal department and renewal agents may start to reach out to tenants 90 days [or so] in advance of their particular lease expiration date. Calls, letters and emails may also be sent to remind residents of their lease renewal date. Tenant retention is good for both the tenants and the leasing company as it builds confidence in their brand and also produces a solid, stable community. People love to see familiar faces in their building year-in and year-out.

What should you do in case your apartment needs a repair?

Typically the tenant is not responsible for any repairs to appliances or structural issues. The only exception is if something is broken or damaged due to a tenants’ negligence, in this case the tenant may be charged a fee for the maintenance team to repair the damage to the structure or damage to an appliance. As always double-check with your leasing agent before you sign your lease to know exactly what you a responsible for inside and outside your apartment.

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Everyone who moves into an apartment knows there are a few things they cannot live without such as; a TV, plates, forks, coffee maker and so on. But did you know there are a few items everyone forgets to pack that are “essential” to apartment style living.

Storage Wars

New apartment buildings and complexes these days are constructed with expansive closet and storage space for the modern day renter. But it’s those older complexes and buildings that were built with less than adequate storage for today’s materialistic apartment renter. So before you move-in your new apartment, plan on having extra “under-the-bed”, “over-the-door” or “stackable storage containers” for all your stuff.

Delicate Balance

Sure washers and dryers are the best way to get your clothes clean, but when it comes to “drying” your clothes we all know there are some items that simply need to be hung-to-dry. That’s where this idea comes in handy; be sure you have a drying rack or other portable/storable item that you can use to dry delicate sweaters or specialty clothing items. This is an always needed, most likely forgotten, item to pack when moving into a new apartment.

Rub a Dub

When it comes to the bathroom one figures that the shower and tub area comes complete with space for shampoos, soaps, conditioners, gels, scrubs and so on, but this is not always the case. Although your shower and tub area may be luxurious, the inside of shower encasement may need additional storage for all your beautification needs. So, when you visit your apartment for the first time, be sure to make a mental note: will I need a shower caddy? Soap dish or dispenser? Will I need a portable wall unit for bottles and scrubs? And so on. The last thing you want to do is have all your shower accessories on the floor of your tub while you shower. Bonus Tip: Don’t forget a bath mat or rug for the floor ‘outside’ your tub.

Illumination

Sure your apartment comes with overhead lighting, but are you the type of renter who loves a well-lit room? If so, you’ll want to pack some decorative floor lamps both for decoration and for your quality of life. There is nothing worse than living in a dimly-lit-apartment whether it is where you’ll eat all your meals, where you’ll work on your hobby, or where your kids will do their homework. Floor lamps and table top lighting will help you feel more at home in your next apartment.

 

More Decorating Advice for Apartment Renters

 
Hooks, Wire, Tape and More

Remember a studio or 1 bedroom apartment may be small but they become infinitely smaller when your draws and cabinets are full to the brim with things you could be hanging on hooks, or storing in baskets or totes. So, before move-in day be sure to pack plenty of Command© hooks, storage baskets, draw dividers and stackable containers to help keep your (limited) storage areas clean, neat and tidy. A small hammer, screwdriver and wrenches are also handy items to pack.

Cleaning Supplies

We know that renting a luxury apartment on Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens from Heatherwood automatically comes with a clean, fresh, organized, fully functional unit, pristine and move-in ready! We also know there are some of us simply love to clean and re-clean again, so be sure to bring all the cleaning utensils and cleaners, buckets, sponges and brushes you’ll need to bring the unit up to your standards. 

 

7 Things To Consider When Renewing Your Lease

  Garbage Bags

Moving in to a new apartment is super exciting for you and your family. Therefore you know relatives and friends will be giving you house-warming gifts for your new place. So, be sure to pack construction grade garbage bags to dispose of packing materials, empty containers and zip ties. Bonus Tip: If you’re moving into a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, be sure you have small garbage cans for each of the bedrooms. And, if you have one or more bathrooms in your unit, be sure you have small receptacles for these rooms too!

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You’ve just landed the perfect apartment, in the best location, with affordable rent. Now the hard part; decorating your new space! Below are various resources first time apartment renters can use to help them decorate their new space like a pro!

Let TV be your Guide

Are you still binge watching Ray Donovan? If so, stop it-you’ve got an apartment to decorate! What you want to do is tune in to HGTV or the DIY network, and after just a couple of episodes you’ll be overflowing with ideas and motivation! Go ahead, steal some of the unique decorating concepts you see and work these designs into your apartment’s décor. Lastly if you just can’t ween yourself off streaming services (or you recently cut the cord), you can still watch some of the best home improvement shows out there. Some notable design shows on Netflix include; “Design on a Dime,” “Small Space, Big Style” and “Dear Genevieve” just to name a few.

 

 
Reddit

Reddit, if you don’t know, is a social news and web content aggregator. Users on Reddit submit content such as links, text posts and images which are then voted up-or-down by members of a particular community. The idea here is to join a Reddit Apartment community or decorating community for inspiration. Use your imagination when searching for communities to join – there are tons of them out there! Once you find the community that works for you, ask users for help designing or decorating your new space. Try posting a picture of your empty apartment (or semi-decorated space) and ask community members to help you design it better, decorate more efficiently or just ask for advice. This is a wonderful place on the web for anything apartment related, and the best part…it’s free!
 

 
Room Design Tools

Are you at a loss as to where to place your sofa in your new apartment? What about on which wall your bed should be placed for the best night’s sleep? Save time (and your back) by designing and moving your furniture around – before you move in! Here are just a few design tools you can use to get started; “Sweet Home 3D Online,” “The IKEA Home Planner” and “floorplanner.com.” NOTE: Make sure you sign up for the “free” version of “floorplanner.com” as not to incur any additional costs to your decorating efforts.

 

 
Inspiration is Social

Encouragement for design and decorating can be found in multiple places across the web, so to create a “definitive list” would be a huge challenge. Here are just some of the best places to get ideas for decorating your new apartment. “HOUZZ,” “Pinterest,” “DwellingGawker,” “HomeTalk,” “TheSpruce” as well as (multiple interior design experts) on “Instagram” these are all great places to start!

 

 
 
YouTube Stars Know…

Don’t lie, when you have questions about a car repair or you’re in need of an awesome life-hack where do you go? YouTube of course! And the same should go for decorating your apartment. Whether you’re decorating on a budget or just trolling around for new designs, tune in to these popular YouTube channels for answers and encouragement; “SPACEStv,” “Inspirational Interior Design Ideas” or “Decorating Small Spaces.” All of these channels have hours-and-hours of video content that can help motivate you to decorate and design your space like an expert.
 

 
Can’t Stop the App

Lastly, inspiration and design support can always be found in the palm of your hand with these fantastic home decorating apps. “Homestyler” is a must-have decorating app which can make the task of decorating your apartment a breeze. “BrightNest,” “ZillowDigs” “Havenly” and “TryOnWall” are also very helpful. Be sure to start with the free apps and after you find the one that works for you, you can upgrade to the paid version if need be.

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Apartment renters these days typically grab the first unit that is available, and often don’t consider the position–within the building or complex– their apartment will ultimately be located. Sure, it’s not always possible to get the unit you request, but here are some things to ask yourself while you’re out leasing your next apartment.

Sunrise, Sunset

Do you work at night and sleep during the day? If so, you’ll undoubtedly want to rent a unit with the bedroom facing away from the sunrise. Conversely, maybe you enjoy waking up with the sun in your face as you rise to greet each new day! Either way, while you’re out apartment hunting, ask your leasing agent, “Which way does this unit face?” Or you can ask, “Which side of the building receives the most sunlight during the summer?” You get the idea.

 
 
Noise Cancelling

After a hard day at work, is peace and quiet at the top of your list? Do you enjoy movie-nights on a regular basis? What about sleeping soundly? If all the activities you regularly take part-in require silence (or at least reduced noise), then be sure the unit you choose is facing well away from traffic or–at the very least–be sure the main roads that run along your building or complex are roads less traveled. Lastly, make sure your unit is not located by a noisy part of the complex (a children’s playground comes to mind). Doing this should save you time and aggravation after you move in; it may even extend your stay!
 

 
How Low Can You Go

There are so many types of apartment buildings and complexes all across Long Island, Brooklyn, or Queens to choose from. There are high-rise buildings, mid-rise structures, ranch style apartments and modest two-story apartment homes. So, before you head out to see that next available rental, consider your family’s needs and desires. Would living high-atop a city be too intense for you? Maybe keeping your feet on the ground more your style? There is no right-or-wrong choice when selecting your next apartment, just be sure the unit you choose fits in well with you and your family’s lifestyle. 

 

 
Just Walk Away

Sure, easy access to your apartment could be the key to you lengthening your stay. But remember, if you like easy access to your unit (via a walkway, parking lot, or stairs) so will a lot of other renters! So, again, be sure to choose your location wisely. It is very possible if the entrance to your apartment (or worse, your bedroom window) is along a very busy walkway or parking structure, this could have an effect on the overall enjoyment of your apartment. So, If possible, position yourself away from entryways, walkways, stairways and/or sidewalks.

 

 
We’re Just Hanging Out

Sure, being close to the amenities in your building or complex is really convenient, but being so close (to let’s say), the gym or community center may also come with some drawbacks. Remember, the gym is a social place where people meet and talk (sometimes for hours); will this disrupt your peace and quiet? What about residents heading back-and-forth to the community or business center? These locations tend to attract residents possibly; talking on the phone, holding meetings or commiserating with friends and neighbors? So try choosing a unit that might be a few extra steps to the amenities, but still far enough away so you may enjoy some peace and quiet while in your apartment.

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Everyone has that moment in history where they can say “I remember where I was when…” But do you know where you were the year the apartment you live in was constructed? What about the inventions that were created the year you moved into a Heatherwood Luxury Rental? Below are more ways you can be proud of your apartment complex, and another way to celebrate your place in Heatherwood history.

1962: Heatherwood House at Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson NY is built.

You may remember 1962 as the year John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3 to 1 to win the 1962 World Cup. Walmart opens its first location in Bentonville Arkansas. Actress Demi Moore is born. And the Sunbeam Corporation launches their first “Spray Mist” steam iron. Apartment renters find this new convenience a godsend for their growing families.

1974: Villas at Pine Hills in Manorville, Manorville NY is constructed.

This is the year heavyweight boxing champ, and infomercial superstar, George Forman defended his heavyweight boxing title against former title holder Muhammad Ali. The 55 MPH Speed Limit is imposed on state highways to help preserve gas and reduce usage and consumption in the United States. And Sunbeam releases the first drip coffee maker as “Mr. Coffee” is introduced to the public! Apartment dwellers across Long Island rejoice at their new found affordable luxury.

1983: Norwich Gate Luxury Apartments, East Norwich NY is created.

The video game Mario Bros. is released as a Nintendo “arcade game” in Japan. It would take two years, until the release of Super Mario Bros., to see this iconic video game earn its due. A 5.2 earthquake hits central New York (really?), Microsoft Word is also released in 1983. And Satellite Television, a new service that delivers television programming via satellites orbiting the Earth directly to the viewer's apartments is introduced. Between Super Mario Bros. and Satellite TV, apartment renters on Long Island and New York City barely had to leave their residences to enjoy movies, gaming and more!

1997: Spruce Pond Luxury Apartments, Holbrook NY is raised.

Tiger Woods, at 21 years old became the youngest golfer ever to win the Masters Golf Tournament. Baby Bottle Pops, those sweet-sugar-covered-lollipop-treats are introduced to kids and adults alike. Titanic is released in theatres to critical acclaim. And Electrolux presents the first prototype of the “robotic vacuum cleaner!” This invention was a fantastic way for Apartment renters to relax–and clean–their apartment at the same time. What a beautiful time to be alive!

2011: 568 Union, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY, the dream comes to fruition.

In addition to Heatherwood’s emergence into the NYC rental market in 2011, Singer Songwriter “Adele” releases her 2nd studio album entitled “21.” Oprah Winfrey airs her last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show ending her twenty-five year run. And “Siri” is integrated into Apple’s iPhone 4S. “Siri, what’s the best apartment complex in Brooklyn, NY?”

2017: Tower 28, Long Island City NY is erected.

Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. The Fidget Spinner is released. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts and, Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users! Lastly, Panasonic releases the Countertop Induction Oven to apartment renters everywhere! This revolutionary Countertop Induction Oven combines induction and dual-infrared heating technologies for delicious meals in minutes. This is luxury apartment living indeed.

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Live and Let Live

We all know closet space in your apartment is always at a premium, so the first thing you need to do is ditch that artificial tree & purchase a “live” one. This way when the holidays are over, all you need to do is dispose of the tree according to your sanitation companies pick up schedule and you’re done! No struggling to pack it away and having it eat up all your available closet space. Sure, you may have to vacuum an extra time or two, but saving all that space in your apartment will be worth it.

 

 

Everything within Wreath

Can’t live without your favorite holiday wreath? Well this year you won’t have to! Storage bags that fit neatly under your bed or in a drawer can be purchased at home stores everywhere. But, if you’re looking for a DIY solution…here it is! Simply take the wreath from your apartment door at the end of the holiday season, attach it to a standard clothes hanger (see cover photo). Cover with a plastic bag and you’re done. Hang it in the back of your closet for easy access next year.

 

Good Things Come In…

Now’s the time to start planning for post-season packing and the storing away of all your holiday decorations. Most of the gifts you’ll receive this year will come in boxes, bags or containers. So why not be a good up-cycler this season and save these items to use for storing away your all holiday decorations. Keep a lookout for; “liquor boxes” (these come with handy cardboard separators built right in!). Maybe you’ve received new tennis balls this year (save the container, these make an excellent place to store beads or garland—and it has its own cover!). Flat boxes (like the kind that come from amazon) are perfect for storing your Menorah. Lastly, used coffee cans make a great place to store holiday lights. These empty cans can hold a lot of items and have a cover to keep everything in place.

    An Apple a Day

With all the hoopla around plastic recycling these days this next idea might be hard to find. But if you’re the person that gets holiday fruit deliveries (like me), save these fancy see-through apple or pear holders. These items are simply perfect for storing holiday decorative balls. You can see all the decorations with ease; they are protected from breakage, and take up virtually no space at all! An alternate to this trick is to look for cardboard egg cartons. If you’ve got precious smaller items that need storage (and protection) look no further than the cardboard egg cartons you can find in supermarkets everywhere!

    Not a DIY-ER?

Lastly, if you’re not ready to start a DIY project right after the busiest time of the year, there are always storage solutions made perfectly to meet your holiday decoration and storage standards. Look for these types of storage solutions at home, and big box stores everywhere. Guess what? Here’s what you can finally purchase with those stray gift cards you get from distant relatives this season.

Have storage solutions or ways to save space in your apartment post-holiday season? Leave us a comment below. Happy Holidays from everyone here at Heatherwood Luxury Rentals.

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Read Your Lease…

Lease agreements these days are pretty standard and usually do not contain tons of jargon or legal-mumbo jumbo. So don’t fear this document! Grab a cup of coffee and familiarize yourself with your lease agreement. Important things to look for are; the “deadline to notify your apartment manager of your decision to renew,” how you “need to notify” your landlord (is it in writing or via email)? And “the lease termination date.” Make note of these important dates and mark them on your calendar.

Set a Reminder

Sometimes the biggest problem when renewing your lease is forgetting to notify your landlord of your decision. Waiting till the last minute can cause you to make a mistake and can also create tons of stress. So first things first, set a reminder on your phone, one that will remind you to discuss your renewal with a leasing agent or your landlord by a certain date. This will ensure that you won’t lose the apartment you currently live-in due to a missed deadline. Plus, renewing your lease early gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re covered for the next year or two.

Renewing Your Lease Saves You Money

It’s true! Add up your moving costs versus your renewal expenses and you’ll find (unless there is something truly objectionable about the apartment you live in) it makes fiscal sense to renew your lease and stay put! Calculate things like; renting a truck, purchasing moving supplies, bribing friends to help you move, purchasing food and drink for moving day and, be sure to factor in the security deposit and first month’s rent for your new apartment.

Know What Your Apartment Is Worth

This does not mean that you need to know what the apartment is worth in square footage, or how the building was constructed and so on (let’s not get that technical). But what it does mean is finding out what the other apartments in your immediate area are renting for. If you’re renting an apartment in NYC or the 5 boroughs learn terms like “market rent”, “rent concessions”, “net rent”, “OP” etc. Find out what the rules are regarding price increases during renewal. This will give you a seat at the table when renegotiating your renewal.

Your Stress is less!

Let’s be honest, moving is hard work! What with transferring your cable agreement, turning on the electricity in your new place, getting to the post office to forward your mail and so on. Plus the physical labor you’ll expend packing and the actual moving day itself. All of this adds up to headaches (and backaches). Be sure to factor these “personal” costs into your budget when deciding if renewing your lease is worth the price.

Relationship building

Sure you’ve made friends at your new apartment complex but more importantly we’re referring to the relationships you’ve built with the property manager, the maintenance team and the landlord. Face it, you’re a model tenant, you always pay your rent on time and you never cause any trouble in your complex–it’s about time that hard work paid off. Landlords appreciate tenants who have a solid track record, something they can reference as renewal time approaches.

…Then Read It Again!

Now that you have successfully renewed your lease terms it’s time to read your lease again! You may think by now that you’re a pro when it comes to leasing and renewing, but knowing your lease top to bottom can help you stay ahead of the curve. Re-read your lease agreement, look for any loopholes or items you do not understand. It is always better to ask questions before you sign your renewal.

 

Congratulations! You’ve successfully renewed your lease; you’re all set for the next year (or two)! You’ve saved money and more importantly you can get on with the important things in life…enjoying your family and friends.

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In today’s hectic, hurry-up-and-wait world, people are constantly searching for ways to make their lives easier & more productive. Well did you know that renting an apartment can increase your productivity, focus and help create a more comfortable and easy-going lifestyle? It’s true! Below are just 5 ways that renting an apartment can make you more productive.

Watching the Clothes Go ‘Round Time Saved: 2 to 3 hours

Ah, washing and drying your clothes…a necessary evil. Who would’ve thought by simply renting an apartment you could almost eliminate the need for lengthy travel and wasted time? Here’s what you do; while looking for your next apartment ask the leasing agent if the units are equipped with washers and dryers? If not, ask them if there is a laundry pavilion (or something similar) on the grounds of the community. A short walk across the apartment complex to a fully functional laundry pavilion sure beats packing-up and driving cross town doesn’t it? Here’s another productivity tip; when using a community laundry facility simply put your clothes in the wash and head back to your apartment and get some other housekeeping chores crossed off your list. Just be sure you set a timer on your phone so you’re back in time to move your laundry from one machine to another. This will make you a stellar apartment renter and a friend to your entire community.

Mow ‘em Down Time Saved: 2 to 3 hours

Homeowners already know…mowing, trimming and taking care of the lawn (as well as the entire exterior of a house) can be a drag and a huge time-waster! But were you aware that living in an apartment on Long Island means never having to take out the mower, trimmer or leaf blower again! These services as well as many other maintenance tasks like; water leaks, gas or heating issues, electrical glitches and the like are routinely handled by the landlord and his or her maintenance staff. Plus, there are other great services that come with renting an apartment like; a customer service staff to handle minor occurrences or to simply answer questions. And guess who won’t be shoveling snow off driveways and clearing walkways this winter?

Now that’s Entertainment Time Saved: Unlimited

Don’t have the time to arrange a party or get together with friends and neighbors? Well, did you know that living in a luxury apartment in Brooklyn or Queens’ often comes with a lifestyle manager and/or an amenity director to do these things for you!?! These amazing employees’ main job is to make sure your life—while living inside your apartment building–is as effortless and productive as possible. So, when you’re out looking for your next apartment, ask your leasing agent about the monthly events the lifestyle team is putting together. Or visit the buildings social media pages to see if there are event pictures, videos or other information available, this will help you get a sense of what it’ll be like to live in the building. Think of it…parties, instructional events, puppy outings, children’s parties, wine tastings, comedy shows and more…just a short elevator ride away! And all you had to do was move-in!

Study Hall Time Saved: 5 hours each week

You just spent your entire day at school and homework is piling up! You’ve got to hit the books and fast! But when you arrive home you find the family (including your pesky little brother) are all there causing a commotion–studying here is out of the question! This is no problem for you because you live in a luxury apartment complex on Long Island! These complexes often have community centers that come furnished with comfortable couches, tables, chairs, even Wi-Fi connections! Or if you’re more the outdoorsy type, you can always find a quiet bench or gazebo on the grounds of the complex that will provide the isolation you’ll need to get some serious studying done. But what if you live in a luxury apartment in Brooklyn or Queens? No problem! These types of luxury apartment buildings typically provide resident lounges, business centers, libraries or conference centers. Spend some time alone studying, and be back in your apartment in-time for dinner.

Working It Out Time Saved: 5 to 8 hours

Of course getting to the gym and working-out is at the top of everyone’s to-do list (ok, well, not everyone’s list). And who has the time to wake up at the crack of dawn, drive to the gym, rush back home, shower and then get to work? And after a long day at the office…it’s the same story all you want to do is head home and flop on the couch. But living in an apartment has changed all that. Today’s apartment communities on Long Island most often come equipped with state of the art fitness centers! They are usually just a few steps away from your apartment. How’s that for convenient!?! And if you rent an apartment in Brooklyn or Long Island City Queens first-class fitness centers are just a short elevator ride away. And, if you find the perfect building and apartment for rent, some have showers, saunas and indoor pools which make working out breeze.

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Your smartphone is great for tons of things. It can find you the best oatmeal cookie recipe or it can alert you when the weather outside is frightful. But one thing we bet you never thought of is just how easy your smartphone can make living in an apartment for you and your family.

Decorate your Apartment like a Pro

Is your home decorating skills non-existent? Is your fashion sense a little whack? Well, prepare yourself. (Yes, I’m gonna’ say it), “there’s an app for that!” Check out this page, it’s chock-full of easy decorating apps you can download right now! Some apps even have features that’ll help you visualize what your couch may look like along the wall, or how your potted plant looks in front of the window. Just find the one that works for you and before you know it you’ll be decorating like a pro.

Pay and Play

Luxury apartments for rent in Brooklyn, Queens and NYC have all but left those clunky clipboards and sign-up sheets in the dust. Clever smartphone apps have recently become the go-to force in renting and living in a luxury apartment complex. Paying your rent, signing up for events or reserving a seat in the weekly yoga class is now as easy as opening an app on your phone. Check with your leasing agent when you are exploring your next apartment rental to see if this option is available to you.

Pretty as a Picture

Hanging that family portrait or vintage spoon collection? Be aware, nothing can mess up the Feng Shui in your new apartment more than a crooked set of sconces. Solution: head over to your favorite app store and download a “leveler” app. save yourself a trip off the ladder and over to your toolbox (heck, your phone was in your pocket anyway).

Group-On!

There’s no need to physically meet every resident in your building or suburban rental complex anymore! Solution: connect with your neighbors and fellow residents from your phone! There are plenty of smartphone apps that can help make even the largest community feel small and cozy. Here’s an idea; use these chat/group apps like a neighborhood watch program or community bulletin board to post items for sale, meet-ups and more!

There are so many apps and information guides on-line that can help improve the quality of life in your apartment building or complex. Find one that works for you and you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your living room again (but we suggest going outside anyway).

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