Six Things to Coordinate with Your Roommate After You Sign the Lease on a New Apartment

Six Things to Coordinate with Your Roommate After You Sign the Lease on a New Apartment

So you just signed the lease on a new apartment in Ames with a couple friends – now what? Here are a few items to add to your checklist to make your move go smoothly:

1. Who Is Bringing What?

Avoid doubling up on larger items like living room furniture and large kitchen appliances by communicating with your roommate what you are planning on bringing to the new apartment. This is a great time to bring up items you would like to bring with you that will occupy common space. (Bonus: the fewer items for you to transport is always a win!)

2. Keep Track Of Still-Needed Items

Chances are there will still be a few functional items you will need to start out apartment life on the right foot. Make a list of all desired items and prioritize which you’d like to purchase first! Then, mark the item off the list when purchased.

3. Decide What Costs Will Be Split

Rent isn’t the only cost to consider splitting with your roommate. Before you move in, talk about what costs you’d be willing to share – things like paper products, cleaning supplies, and streaming services are a good start! This is also be a good time to bring up things you definitely don’t feel comfortable splitting or sharing.

4. Who Will Be The Primary Contact?

Designate one roommate to be the main point of contact for your landlord and apartment complex. This will help keep all messages in the same place so there’s a lower chance important information will get lost.

5. How Will You Divide Apartment Responsibilities?

It’s also a good idea to discuss roommate expectations before you live together. Trust us – it’s better to explain your living habits now rather than being frustrated later. Some questions to ask yourself and your roommate might be: What are your expectations for cleanliness? Are there certain chores you want to make sure get done? Who will do them? Are there things you would feel uncomfortable with that your roommate could possibly do at or bring to the apartment? Answering these questions honestly will help create a space for open communication from the start – a valuable quality in roommates.

6. Coordinate Move-In Schedules

When it gets closer to move-in day, check with your roommate to see what day they’d like to move in. Plan to give them a few hours at the apartment to get their things situated before or after you arrive so that you (and your move-in helpers) aren’t competing for space.

Now you’re ready to move into your new apartment! No matter if you have a great apartment near Iowa State Campus, or a quiet apartment along the CyRide route, Hunziker Property Management congratulates on your new space.

Finding an Apartment in Ames: What to Know

Whether you’re new to Ames, or looking for your first apartment after living in the dorms for a year or two, there are several things that you should know about searching for an apartment in Ames. It is never too early to start looking for apartments for next year, in fact, many of Hunziker Property Management’s units have already been listed for rent for the 2018-2019 school year.

With that in mind, what things should you consider when looking for a place to live in Ames next year?

What Neighborhood in Ames Do I Want to Live In?

The first thing that you should think about is where you want to live. There are many apartments in Ames, but choosing the right neighborhood will determine how happy (or unhappy) you are in your living arrangement next year. Choose wisely, because most property management companies will lock you into a 1-year lease that’s difficult to break.

Apartments Close to Iowa State Campus

One are for you to look for housing next year are apartments near the Iowa State University campus. These units, which are within walking or biking distance to your classes will save you plenty of time over the school year. It’s nice to be able to walk to class within five or ten minutes without needing to wait for a bus. Also, in the winter it is definitely a plus because of the snow and wind. For starters, look at the apartments on Hyland Ave, which is only a block from campus. We’ve also got units on Sheldon, Oakland, Lincoln Way and Mortensen, which are all near campus. Units a little further away, but are well within CyRide distance include the units off North and South Dakota and the Fountainview neighborhoods.

Apartments in Quieter Neighborhoods

If you’re looking for a quieter living experience, Hunziker Property Management has plenty of beautiful apartments in Ames for you too! One of the first areas to look at is the Somerset neighborhood, located just around the corner from several local Ames favorites including The Cafe, El Azteca, and +39. This is a quieter neighborhood, but still only an 8-minute CyRide trip to campus. Another nice and quiet neighborhood is nearby, just north of Bloomington, while another great area is near the North Grand Mall.

What Activities Do You Enjoy?

If browsing by neighborhood isn’t quite narrowing down the search for you, consider a few other things—what do you want to do outside of your apartment? Do you like to watch or play sports? Do you enjoy hiking or biking? Do you travel a lot? These are all questions you should ask yourself, and the answers may help you narrow down your apartment search. If you like hiking or camping, Ledges State Park is in Boone, and maybe an apartment in West Ames is better for you. Do you go to the rec center on campus before or after class? State Gym is only a short walk from the Hyland units. Other units are close to Highway 30, for an easy getaway from Ames. If your activities drive your living location, be sure to choose one near your hobbies.

Contact Hunziker Property Management

If you’re still unsure of what neighborhood you want to live in, feel free to contact our office and we’d be more than happy to find the right spot for you. Also, if you’re still on the fence about an apartment and not sure it’s the right one, read our blog on ways to know if you’re looking at your dream apartment.

5 Ways to Know if an Apartment is Right for You

When you’re searching for a new apartment in Ames, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. You may find a beautiful apartment that quite possibly is your dream apartment, but it happens to be in Boone, only have one bathroom and cost $2,800 per month. That’s not what you were looking for, and that apartment probably is not right for you.

Follow these easy five tips to discern whether or not the apartment you’re looking for is right for you.

Is Your Apartment in a Good Location?

Location, location, location. This statement stands true when searching for an apartment as well. Would you rather be close to your classes or closer to the store? Are you willing to pay a little bit more to be within walking distance of campus, or are you okay taking Cyride to school everyday. These are questions that you’ll need to ask yourself when searching for apartments. Many people prefer to be closer to their school or work, while others prefer to be in a quieter neighborhood like the apartments in Somerset.

How Many Rooms Do You Need?

Another thing to consider is the size of your apartment. How many roommates will you have and how many rooms do you need? Hunziker property management has apartments and houses ranging in size from one-room efficiency studios to entire houses and duplexes.

Bedrooms

When it comes to bedrooms, most people prefer to have their own room. Others, like dating couples and married people can live with one bedroom but also want to have one or two offices with storage. When it comes to bedrooms, find a website like Hunziker’s where you can filter the properties by the amount of rooms to filter out any ones that have too many or too few.

Bathrooms

This same principle goes for bathrooms. Many older houses and apartments often only have one bathroom that acts as both a personal and guest bathroom. This often can become a struggle, especially when sharing that same bathroom with roommates who are all trying to get ready at the same time every morning. Keep this in mind when you’re searching for apartments in Ames, because otherwise it may cause uncomfortable situations in the months to come.

Is It In Your Price Range?

This one is important—only search for apartments that you can afford. Before your apartment search even begins, it’s important for you and your roommate(s) to decide on a budget and price range, so that you’re not stretched too thin for the next year. This also helps you prevent from looking at (and dreaming about) homes that you can’t afford. While we’d all love to live in a 5 bedroom home with a fenced in backyard, for many of us this dream is unfortunately a few years off.

Do You Have Any Amenities

People love their pets, and even here at Hunziker Property Management, our staff is full of cat and dog lovers. Just like us, you may have the need for special amenities while looking for an apartment to live in. Whether you need a handicap accessible unit, a pet friendly apartment, or a garage to store your car, bikes or camping gear in, you’ll want to find the perfect place to live. It’s best to plan ahead for these things too, for example if you and your boyfriend are planning on getting a pet in the next year, look for a pet friendly home this year. That way, your furry friend will be able to settle into your apartment, and you won’t need to move again next year.

When Can You Move In?

The last important thing to check for when searching for apartments in Ames is when the start and end dates of your new lease are. Will you be able to get moved in before your new job or the semester starts? Do you have a job where you can’t be locked into a 12-month lease? These are all important questions to ask yourself before selecting an apartment and signing the lease. It would be a shame if you selected an apartment that you couldn’t move into until after the semester.

Great! Now that you’ve set the guidelines of the type of apartment you’re looking for in Ames, it’s time to finally start the search. You can browse Hunziker’s property listings for available units and schedule a tour at any of them today. After all is said and done with your lease signed and roommates selected, you can then start to dream about how you’re going to decorate your perfect apartment!

Tips For Apartment-Friendly Decorating

What a great feeling it is to have a place to call your own! However, it takes a lot of work to make your new apartment really feel like your home. Whatever your style, it is important that your new space suits you and is reflective of your personality. Living in an apartment means that your decorating ideas have to be temporary and it can be difficult to find the right balance between what you want and what your apartment allows. Here are some apartment decorating solutions that will keep both you and your landlord happy!

Can’t Paint The Walls?

There are many other ways to add splashes of color or patterns to your new place without painting walls. One is a wall decal, which is essentially a large wall sticker that can be anything from faux wallpaper to a quote you like. You can also use tapestries to help bring color to a wall and cover a large amount of space. If you still want to add color and are open to not touching the walls, finding colorful furniture, rugs, or curtains can help brighten the space and add whatever aesthetic you are going for.

Want to Avoid Putting Holes in the Wall?

While using nails to hang up pictures, shelves, and frames is normally allowed in most apartments, there is often a cost for replacing those holes when it comes time for you to move out. Instead of securing a shelf on the wall, find leaning or standing shelves. Without taking up a lot of space, these shelves can still hold and show off statement items, books, candles, etc. in your home. For pictures and frames, try opting out for adhesive hooks, picture tack, or washi tape, which is a colored adhesive tape that some people even use to make designs on their walls.

Get Some House Plants

One of the easiest decorations that you can add into your apartment is a variety of houseplants. They bring color and fresh oxygen into your home usually without taking up too much space. There are hundreds of different house plants that are good for a variety of spaces ranging from full-sun plants to plants that require little water. If you’re a low-maintenance type of person, you can certainly find some succulents that only need to be watered once a week, or even less. Another idea is to have a edible houseplants of herbs, such as parsley, basil or oregano.

In Ames, there are many garden centers or plant stores, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and Holub Greenhouses, while Hy-Vee and other grocery stores often have plants as well.

Don’t Have A Lot of Storage?

One of the biggest problems people face when living in an apartment is where to find room to pack away all of their belongings without cluttering their apartment. One way to utilize space is to find storage boxes that can slide underneath your bed. This is a good place for things like holiday decorations or out of season clothes that you will not need for an extended period of time. Another option is to use decorative storage boxes. These boxes are able to hold items you need without being an eyesore by matching the patterns or color schemes displayed throughout your apartment. You could also hang shoes, belts, or jewelry in a storage rack behind a door. This helps to remove a lot of items that would take up space in your closet.

 

We wish you the best of luck with decorating your new home. Having any good apartment decorating suggestions? Feel free to share them with us!

How to Find a Compatible Roommate

Finding the perfect apartment to rent is just half the battle of apartment hunting. Just as important, is finding the right person to be your roommate. Choosing who to share a living space with is a big decision. Even couples who have been dating for years are still apprehensive to room together, because they want to make certain that they can share a place and still tolerate each other by the end of the lease, and it can be even more daunting if your new roommate is someone you just met.

Here are a couple suggestions of steps you can take to ensure that you find the right roommate for you!

Room With Someone You Already Know

Whether it is a close friend or just an acquaintance, rooming with someone you are familiar with is a good starting point in the roommate search. Maybe you met someone you really clicked with during the first semester in the dorms, or maybe you’ve been in a club with someone for years. Personal interactions or referrals from mutual friends validate the reputation of the person in question and decide if you should consider them as an option. Other people decide to live with a sibling, their best friend or their sorority sister or fraternity brother. Oftentimes asking one of these close friends or family members is easier and less stressful than finding someone who you don’t know.

Use Roommate Matching Apps

If you plan on trying to move in with someone new, consider using a roommate matching site like roommates.com that let you look at different roommate listings in your area. There are also good apps like roomiematch that require you to fill out a questionnaire about what your expectations and needs are, and the app then has real people review the profiles and determine who is a good match for you.

It helps that you have things in common before moving in with someone. This will help out in the first several weeks of living together to be able to hang out and get to know each other.

Start Searching Ahead of Time

Having to room with someone you don’t like or don’t know very well out of desperation of needing a second person to pay the rent is not an ideal situation. Be proactive and give yourself ample time to search for the right person and make a decision you can be confident in.

The best time to start looking for an apartment in Ames is during winter break or right at the beginning of the second semester. By the time you start looking, you should probably already know who you want to live with. This way, you can schedule apartment tours together and make the decision together.

Be Honest About What You’re Looking For

Are you a person who enjoys waking up early in the morning to drink some coffee and read a book before you get your day started? Or are you a person who stays up till the early morning hours binge watching The Office and sleeping in the next day? Maybe you’re the type of person who needs to keep their living space nice and tidy, or you’re a person who doesn’t mind their room being messy.

Make sure you find someone who is like you in these aspects so there will not be any personality conflicts. Be upfront with your expectations and make sure your future roommate has similar personality traits so that three months into living with each other, there will not be any surprises.

 

Go For A “Test Drive”

Just like you wouldn’t buy a car having never tested it before, or move into an apartment you’ve never walked through, set aside time to meet with a potential roommate in person to see if you connect well. They may sound good on paper, but spending time with them will allow you to see if this is a relationship you can get excited about, or if you feel like it won’t work out.

Hunziker Property Management Ames

Now that you know how to find the right roommate for you, the next step will be to find a place to call home. Browse our listings to find your new apartment today!

Move-Out Week: What to Know and How to Prepare

With Ames’ notorious move-out week quickly approaching, it’s good to prepare in advance for the stressful and fast-paced actions of the week. There are many things you can do to prepare your apartment in advance, while other things are done the day-of. Follow these tips offered by Hunziker Property Management to avoid the rush and make sure that you don’t wait until the last minute to move out.

Pack Up

The first thing you must do when it comes to move-out week is to organize and sort through your things. Most of us have many things that you can pack away or store days or weeks in advance, while there are a few items that will need to remain accessible for the last couple days. Things that you can definitely pack up beforehand include things like winter clothes, decorations, books & movies, and some dishes.

It might not hurt to take inventory of all of your items before you start any packing. Make a list of all of your belongings and then rank them by things you won’t need for months to things that you need the day of moving out. You’ll probably want to keep a few dishes handy, your bed and a few electronics. This way, once they’re on a list, it will be easy to start packing things away one day at a time.

Eat All of Your Food

It is a lot easier to move and clean your apartment if you don’t need to either bring or throw out pounds of heavy food. Plan ahead for the last couple of months of your lease and begin eating all the food in your house. Try to finish everything from your freezer first, because those things are incredibly difficult to move in the heat of the summer. Also go through your cupboards and try to reduce the cans and sauces that you have, as these would just take more heavy boxes to move. If you have leftover unopened non-perishables, consider donating them to one of the several food banks in Ames, but make sure the food isn’t expired first.

Clean

Now that most of your items have either been packed (or eaten in the case of your food), it’s time to begin your deep clean of your apartment. We find it is easiest to clean one room at a time and then completely shut off that room. For example, you may clean the bedrooms first, then the living room, then the kitchen and the bathroom last, because you likely will not need the rooms in that order. We’ve got easy to follow instructions and numbers of the people at Hunziker to contact if you have questions.

Move-Out Form

At Hunziker, we have an online and easily printable move-out form. This has all the information you would need to prepare your apartment to move out, including what we’ll be looking at when doing the move-out inspection. We highly recommend following the details on this form, because if you miss something, you may be liable for any extra cleaning that our maintenance staff needs to do after you move out.

Clean the Carpet

 

Your carpets were professionally cleaned using the extraction method prior to your move-in date. You are required to leave them in the same condition, less normal wear and tear. A receipt for carpet cleaning using the extraction method, shown at the time of your move-out inspection, would meet that obligation.

Failure to have carpets “clean” by your move-out inspection date may result in delays in

occupancy for new tenants moving in. You will be liable for damages directly resulting from delays in getting the carpets cleaned.

 

Carpet cleaners recommended are:

  1. Pioneer Carpet Cleaner 515-232-8863
  2. Steamway/Craftsman 515-232-8938
  3. Pro- Cleaning Services 515-232-9035

Avoid the Rush

Nobody likes to rush and be stressed the week of moving out. Plan ahead and stay in front of all the chores and cleaning that you’ll need to do. If you follow these instructions and make a list of all the things that need to be completed before moving out, you’ll have no trouble finishing on time. And once everything is complete and you hand your keys back into Hunziker, you can relax and sigh a breath of relief and enjoy the rest of summer.

7 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

A new space can take a little bit of time to get used to. Whether this is your first apartment or simply a new space to you, here are some ways to start making it feel like home in no time!

1. Give It A Clean

Give your space a little refresh before you start arranging your belongings. Even if you’re just moving in, often times you like things to be cleaned the way you’re used to them being clean. Were the floors not cleaned with your favorite Swiffer scent or does the bathroom smell like ‘mystical garden,’ even though your favorite smell is ‘paradise flowers?’ Your new space will already be fairly clean, but take a few moments to personalize the cleanliness, so that it feels more like your place. Plus, it will also let you get to know the layout of your new home.  

2. Set Up Your Bedroom

Even if it’s just a mattress on the floor, having a place to call your own to sleep will set your mind at ease. Bonus points for washing your sheets in a familiar detergent that smells like home. Also, unpacking and organizing all your clothes and outfits will really make it easier to get ready on the first day of class or work.

3. Prioritize What Decor Is Important To You

What were your favorite parts about the last place you lived? Maybe for you home is having a comfy living room to kick back and watch TV. Maybe you like to cook, so setting up the kitchen is a priority. Or, maybe you have a certain color scheme you want to try. Whatever it is, start there and let the rest fall into place.

4. Get The Lighting Just Right

Overhead lighting is often be harsh and can throw off the mood of the room. Try setting up a few lamps to add a softer look. Fairy lights can also create a homey feel. You can also draw attention to areas with natural light to make your space feel larger. Finally, don’t forget curtains on your windows for privacy!

5. Add Something Personal

Once you have your larger items set up, start adding smaller sentimental items. Family photos, collected knick-knacks, signature scents, and cozy touches like blankets, pillows, and rugs give your new space a personal touch. Don’t wait too long! These items will serve you and your space better out on display than in a cardboard box.  

6. Make A Nice Dinner

After all that hard work, you deserve a nice meal. Pick one of your favorite dinners and stay in for the night to enjoy. Success! Your apartment now smells like one of your favorite foods and your stomach is happy. Win-win. After dinner, treat yourself to some homemade cookies.

7. Have Your Friends Over

Last but not least, invite friends over and celebrate your cozy space! A potluck is a great way to ease the burden of doing all the cooking, so that each of your friends brings a dish to share. New to the area? This is a great way to meet your neighbors. Chances are they are looking to meet people, too.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Search for an Apartment

Whether you’re searching for your first apartment after living in the dorms for a year, or you’re just looking for something new, you should plan ahead with your search to be efficient. Use the following guide to time your apartment hunt.

 

6 to 8 Months Before Move-In

Several months before you move, you’ll need to determine several things. First, you need to find out who your are roommates going to be. Do you just want one roommate or multiple.

What part of Ames do you want to live in? There are several apartments near campus, or there are others farther away, but are still close to a Cyride Stop.

What is your budget? If you need help determining a budget, you may want to review our tips for first-time renters.

 

3 to 5 Months Before Move-In

Once you and your future roommates have decided what part of town you want to live in, and have a budget range, it’s time to start scheduling tours. This gives you enough time to see many different apartments for rent in Ames, which can be tough to schedule with your different schedules. Many Ames property management companies, including Hunziker, allow you to contact the rental offices online, making it very easy to schedule a tour.

 

3 Months Before Move-In

After touring all the apartments that you and your roommates are interested in, it’s time to sign the lease. Call your property management office today for help filling out the rental application, or if you rent with Hunziker Property Management, you can apply online now.

 

30 Days Before Move-In

Now that you’ve signed your lease, it’s time for you and your roommates to decide who will live in which room. Also, it’s good to figure out who is going to bring the shared items for the kitchen and living rooms. You need a couch, but you don’t need three. It’s a good idea to sit down with your roommates and to make a list of all the things that you’re bringing, and then to start packing. Move-in day will be here before you know it.

 

One Week Before Move-In

Everything should be pretty much packed and ready to go at this point. If you’re moving out of an existing apartment, start cleaning today so that you’re not overwhelmed with moving and cleaning next week. If you have any remaining questions about your new apartment, be sure to give your property management company a call.

Spring Cleaning Your Ames Apartment

Daylight savings time came and went, and spring has arrived. Find a day or two this spring and take the time to clean your apartment. Follow our tips for a successful spring cleaning session.

Clean Windows and Walls

Windows

Combine dishwashing detergent, vinegar, and water into a spray bottle. For optimal results, use a squeegee. A lint free cloth will also work if you don’t have a squeegee. Spray the solution onto the full window. Wipe away any residue left on the windows. Fold over your cloth as you go to keep from moving dirt around the windows. Wipe down the window with a clean cloth from top to bottom. Don’t forget to clean drips from the window sill after you’re done cleaning.

Walls

Washing walls is the perfect springtime chore when you are able to open windows to assist the drying process. To begin, be sure to dust off your walls and baseboards, if necessary. You can do this with a Swiffer, broom, or dust rag. Next, grab a bucket of warm water and fill it with soap. You can use a washcloth or sponge to scrub down your walls. You can also use a magic eraser to help with removing dirt or skid marks. Be sure to crack a few windows to help walls dry faster and create airflow throughout the room.

Dust the Entire Apartment

Use a microfiber cloth and pour a little water on the cloth to make it damp. Dust all furniture in your apartment. You can also use Pledge or furniture polish when you are finished. Don’t forget to dust ceiling fans, window casings, and floor boards. Always start from the top and work toward the bottom of the room. When you are finished you can vacuum the dust that falls on the floors.

Change Bedding

If you have winter or flannel sheets on your bed, spring cleaning can be the best time to get out that summer, lighter set of sheets. Be sure to wash both your winter and summer sets of sheets!

Deep Clean Your Bathrooms

Disinfect your shower, toilet, and sink thoroughly. You don’t want to know how many germs live here!

Shower

Put white vinegar in a plastic grocery bag and tie it in place to your shower head for it to soak overnight. Remove it in the morning, and rinse by running the water.

If you have a shower curtain and liner, wash it in the washing machine with a couple of towels. Simply rehang it to dry. If your shower has a shower door, consider combining a few drops of distilled white vinegar into a cup of baking soda and apply directly to the door. It should have the consistency of paste so it will stick to the door. Let it soak for about an hour, and then scrub with a microfiber cloth. Be sure to rinse and dry with a clean microfiber towel.

Clean the tub or shower with an all-purpose or bathroom cleaner. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then scrub clean!

Toilet

Use toilet cleaner around the inside of the bowl and use a toilet brush to scrub any residue on the inside of the toilet. Use an all-purpose spray on the outside of the toilet to clean any dust or dirt.

Sink

Use an all-purpose disinfectant cleaner to spray down the vanity area including the sink, faucets, and countertops; then wipe with a clean cloth.

Organize Your Closet

First off, take all clothes out of your closet and place them in an empty space. Separate your clothes by season. Start sorting through seasons one by one and place clothes into keep, maybe, and donate piles. In order to decide on your maybe pile, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Have I worn this recently?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is it in good condition?

Once you have decided on what stays and what goes, you can organize your closet by season, by clothing type, or by how often you wear certain clothes.

Spring Cleaning Could Help with Move Out Tasks

You’ll need to clean your apartment when you move out, so why not get a head start on it by deep cleaning it this spring! Have any good cleaning tips? Feel free to share them with us!

How to Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter

We’re well into winter in Ames, Iowa, and you have received your first electric and gas bill from your first full month of using heat. With record low temperatures in Ames this past December, you may have been more inclined to increase the temperature of your apartment and were surprised by the number on your heating bill last month. To avoid expensive heating bills, follow our tips on how to reduce costs on your next month’s heating bill.

Use a space heater or electric blanket

If you have access to a space heater or electric blanket, use it while you are at home to keep yourself warm. Lowering the thermostat a couple of degrees and bundling up with a sweatshirt, space heater or electric blanket is an easy way to save some money on your next heating bill this winter in Ames.

Lower the thermostat when you are gone for long periods of time

Whether you work 9-5 or if you have classes to attend at Iowa State University during the day, lowering your thermostat when you know you’re going to be gone for a couple of hours can save you money. Running your thermostat 10-15 degrees less during the day can save you up to 10% on your winter heating bills.

Install thick curtains

If your apartment landlord allows, install thick curtains to cover your bedroom and living room windows. A thick layer of fabric can trap the heat inside during cold winter days. Dark curtains with thermal lining are made to protect a home during harsh winters.

Inspect windows and doors for air movement

Patio doors and windows are primary culprits of letting cold air into your heated apartment. Be sure to inspect around the seals of your doors and windows for any cold air that might be coming in from outside. The heat in your apartment might also be escaping through window cracks and crevices.

Fix drafty windows

Cover windows with window film

Window-sealing kits that include double-sided tape and shrinkable plastic are available at most local hardware stores such as Lowes, Home Depot, and Menards. Follow these step-by-step instructions to install window film on your windows properly and keep the cold out!

Apply weather stripping

A V-strip or tension seal is suitable for the sides of a double-hung or sliding window or on the top and sides of a door. A V-strip weather strip is easy to install as it uses an adhesive. Apply easily around a door or window sash. Windows can open and shut even with the V-seal in place.

Cover cracks with caulk

Windows with cracks around window frames can be expected to allow cold air in and warm air to escape. Caulk is an inexpensive method to cover those cracks and keep your apartment warm while saving you money on your heating bills.

Maintenance at Hunziker Property Management in Ames

Visit our maintenance information page to view our guidelines during the winter months which cover your furnace, windows in the winter, and other miscellaneous maintenance guidelines. Hunziker’s prides itself on its excellent maintenance staff for being quick to respond and efficient in fixing the problem. If you are experiencing issues at your apartment today, just submit an online request and our maintenance staff will be with you shortly!