We're new to Apartment Guide but we think they offer readers an important service and act as a touchstone for those on the move. To that end, here is their article:
Summer is historically one of the most expensive seasons to find a new apartment as rental rates increase dramatically from July through September, yet tends to be one of the most popular times for apartment hunting. Since its peak rental season, renters often feel they need to sacrifice the quality of the apartment to find a home in their price range. However, there are many ways to find that dream apartment by cutting costs in different and unique ways.
To help enters in finding their ideal place to live, Apartment Guide has put together a list of the top 10 metros in America to identify where rental costs are lowest yet provide top amenities, such as air conditioning, laundry facilities, a dishwasher, a fitness center and a pet-friendly building policy –allowing renters to stretch their dollars without giving up the amenities they want.
Top Metros for the Most Bang for Your Buck Apartments*
1. Tulsa, OK
2. Tucson, AZ
3. Greensboro, NC
4. Huntsville, AL
5. Birmingham, AL
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. Columbia, SC
9. Oklahoma City, OK
10. Kansas City, MO-KS
To further help renters keep costs down while hunting for their ideal place, below are expert tips from Apartment Guide as well as the infographic above to help you and your readers save.
Apartment Guide Tips – Guide to Keeping Costs Down As You Find & Move Into Your Ideal Home
- Shed the excess stuff in your apartment for profit
- Hold a garage sale to make some extra cash on stuff you no longer need. Also if you cut down the clutter, you’ll be able to lighten up the load in the moving truck and save money there as well
- Ensure you receive your security deposit back
- Your landlord can deduct the cost of fixing damages which are beyond "normal wear and tear" from your security deposit, so schedule an apartment walkthrough with your landlord to ensure you’re in the know about how much of your security deposit you’ll receive back
- Save your receipts and get money back after you move
- One of the most efficient ways to save after moving to your new place is to save your receipts. This way you may be able to get a good chunk of your money back from your next year’s tax return
- Cut down the cost of moving materials
- Boxes and other packing materials can be costly, so don’t underestimate those costs and try collecting boxes from your friends and colleagues before buying from moving companies
- Save with DIY moving techniques
- Most movers charge by time and weight, so make a list of the items you’ll absolutely need movers for such as beds and couches, and enlist your friends and family to help you move the rest
*Methodology: Apartment Guide looked at their internal data for apartment listings that have the lowest rental rates for one and two bedroom units, yet also include top amenities and offerings, such as air conditioning, a laundry facility, a dishwasher, a fitness center and a pet-friendly building policy.