Spring Cleaning Guide for Your Ames Apartment

Spring Cleaning Guide for Your Ames Apartment

With only a few more weeks of winter and the temperatures finally climbing above freezing again, it’s time to clean out your apartment and living space to make it feel fresh again. Over the winter most of us tend to neglect many of our cleaning duties, but over the months, dust, dirt and debris build up, so that by the time March arrives a deep spring cleaning is necessary.


While oftentimes the tasks seem so overwhelming before you begin, if you start in one area and focus on cleaning on thing at a time, your apartment will be looking clean in no time. Here are a few tips from Hunziker Property Management to begin your spring cleaning:

Open your windows

Once the weather is heated up, even reaching only 50 degrees, opening the windows will feel amazing. You’re used to the temperatures and wind chills being at or under 0 degrees, so a breezy 50 degree wind giving fresh air in your Ames apartment will seem incredible. You’d be surprised how musty and stale the air in your home gets after the windows are closed for several months. Plus, at those temperatures, you won’t need to keep the windows open for long—ten to fifteen minutes should do the trick.

Put your winter clothes into storage

For the last several months, you’ve probably been wearing as many sweaters, beanies and ankle warmers as possible. Now, if you wore those, you would start to sweat instantly. Why not pack up all your winter clothes and put them in a tote or XL ziploc bag to put away until next winter? Once they’re all put together, you can either store them in your closet, a garage or a storage unit if you and your roommates are renting one.

Once that clears some space up in your closets and dressers, you can break out the spring and summer clothing, especially those workout clothes that you’ve been neglecting for the winter hibernation months!

Clean out your fridge and other appliances

Another task that nobody enjoys doing but needs to be done periodically is to clean out your fridge, microwave and oven. In your fridge, probably shoved way to the back, are expired condiments, tupperware containers of leftovers and who knows what else. Plug your nose and dump those out. After you do, you’ll have a cleared out fridge and be much happier with yourself. Another tip is to get a baking powder air freshener both for your fridge and your freezer.

Be sure to clean out your microwave and oven too, since food tends to splatter in those from time to time.

Dust your blinds … and the rest of your apartment

With the windows shut all winter, dust tends to build up all over the place—your coffee table, tv stand, night stand and on your blinds too. Take some time to go through every room and remove the dust, which can actually be a health hazard.

There are even some great tools to help you pick up dust, including microfiber cloths and hand-held dusters.

Sweep, mop and Vacuum

We’re working our way from top to bottom, and the next step is to clean your floors (you would want to vacuum and then have dust fall on the floor). In the kitchen and bathroom, or anywhere that you have tile or hardwood floors, sweep the entire area first. Then, use a mop or swiffer to really get the area clean. For any carpeted area, invest in a vacuum. While it may be one of your first adult purchases, it’s definitely worth it!

Have your renewed your lease?

Although we sent out our renewal notices several weeks ago, we love it when our tenants renew their leases with us. If you have any questions or concerns about your lease, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll talk about your apartment in Ames with you.

7 Best Practices for Moving in the Winter Months

Moving in the winter is not always ideal and can make transporting your life and belongings from one place to another an even harder and more tedious process than usual. However, with these tips and best practices for baring with the ice, snow and dreary weather, Hunziker Properties hopes to point you in the right direction and set you up for success.

Turn up the Heat

The staff and property managers at Hunziker Properties guarantee well-maintained properties upon moving in, but unfortunately that is not always the case with every landlord. Before you move in, confirm with your landlord that the heat has been running throughout the vacancy of the property. This will ensure that you don’t run into any frozen or bursting pipe problems during the first week of your tenancy.

If it happens that the landlord or the previous tenants turned the heat off, request that the heat be turned on as soon as possible. If needed, request for a maintenance technician to come and inspect the heating system and the pipes.

Ask About Winter Pests

You’ve been proactive about signing the new lease before anyone else could, so the last thing you need is to find that little winter pests have moved in before you. Pests ranging from mice, to voles, to ladybugs are potential creatures that you could find “hibernating”’ in your new home. Although Hunziker stays on top of the business of keeping these pests out, it’s a good idea to ask your new/future landlord to do a pest check. If you are moving into an older house or apartment (especially on a ground floor), it may even be a good idea to request that a pest control service does a once-over.

Gather a Team

Apart from the pesky tasks and details of doing a little pre-move-in maintenance, you will of course want to be prepared for move-in day! While there’s no guarantee that your moving day will be free of bitter winds, blowing snow, or bone-chilling temperatures, you can make sure you only have to brave the elements for the least possible amount of time. This is what friends are for!

With the help of your knitting club, large family, small group, or social posse, you can maximize your move-in day. The old saying, “Teamwork makes the Dream (house) Work” goes a long way. Promise your friends pizza in exchange for their labor, and celebrate your first night in your new home sitting on the unfurnished floor with the people who went out of their way to lend a hand. Using friends’ vehicles to create a moving caravan also helps to save money on the opportunity cost of renting a truck!

Be Prepared, Bundle Up

Once you’ve gathered your moving crew, be sure that you and the rest of the team is properly dressed for moving in. Things like gloves and sturdy boots are always an essential for lifting heavy loads, but in the Winter months you will also want to make sure your crew is outfitted in coats, hats, and maybe even some ice shoe cleats to prevent potentially dangerous falls.

Don’t Smooth Things Over

While you want your moving day to go smoothly, things like slick ice and snow on your path you will want to break up. If your landlord is unable to get ice or snow removed prior to your move-in day, be sure to keep a couple of shovels handy to clear a path for safe shuffling of your possessions.

Packing Your Possessions

In a summer move it is convenient to toss miscellaneous or hard-to-package items in the backseat of your car or truck, and to carry them into your new place the same way they left your old place. All is well if you drop a pillow in the grass during the dry summer months, but pillows will be lost and permanently damaged if dropped into a pile of winter slush. A good alternative to leaving out those awkwardly-shaped items is to place them in a big trash bag. Don’t increase the cost of moving by creating possible needs to replace your possessions.

Move Now, Clean Later

Although it may be tempting to want to clean your new floors before moving in, resist the urge to do so during a winter move. Slushy and muddy puddles of melted winter elements are sure to create dirty footprints as you move things in. Let your moving crew do the tracking in that is necessary and resolve to cleaning once all is finished. Alternatively, put some towels or cardboard down in the entrance area to soak up the majority of the dirt and water from the get-go.

Find Your New Apartment in Ames Today

While it may not be ideal to pack up and move in the middle of winter, Hunziker Property Management has the right units for you. We typically have several units ready to move into immediately, and other units that can be subleased. Browse our properties pages today to find the right fit for you.


What to do Before Leaving Your Apartment For Vacation

Getting ready to go on a vacation is an extremely exciting time! However, it’s easy to get lost in that excitement and forget about some important things you should take care of before you leave. Here are some tips for things you can do to your apartment to ensure you have a relaxing, stress-free excursion.

Clean Up Your Place

No one wants to come back from a trip to a messy home! Eat or toss out any food that will go bad while you’re away, run your garbage disposal, take out the trash and do your laundry. This will help to make sure you don’t have a smelly apartment or piles clothes upon your return. Future you will be thankful!

Check On Your Car

If you’re not taking your car with you and plan on leaving it at your apartment, go through a checklist to take care of it before you leave. Remove all the valuables from your car, check that all of your windows are shut, and lock your doors. Move it to an area of the lot that is somewhat out of the way to avoid it interfering with other people and cars.

Prepay Your Bills and Hold Your Mail

Make sure any bills that could be due while you’re gone are paid ahead of time so that it can be  one less thing you have to worry about while you’re away. Also, contact your local post office and ask them to hold your mail for you for free. Once you come back from your trip, you can pick up your mail from the post office without having to deal with an extremely stuffed mailbox.

Save Energy

There are different ways you can go about saving some money and energy in your apartment while on vacation. The first is by unplugging electronics while not in use. Even if they are turned off, things like your television, computer, or alarm clock can use up energy while plugged in. Next, adjust your thermostat slightly up or down depending on the season to reduce costs. In the winter, feel free to turn down your thermostat a few degrees while your apartment is vacant, but make sure to keep it on so the pipes don’t freeze!

Arrange For Pet Care

Are you planning on leaving your furry friend at home while you’re on vacation? Drop your pet off at a friend or family’s place, or take it to a pet boarding facility. Make sure you write out instructions for whoever is caring for the animal with information such as how to feed them, any medications they’re on, and other advice to help the caretaker ensure they are doing everything they can to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Have Someone You Trust Check Up on Your Place

Instead of worrying whether or not you turned things off and locked your place before you left, have a trusted neighbor, friend or family member check in on your apartment. A dark empty place is very enticing to burglars, so by having someone in there for a little bit each day, you can help deter the possibility of a robbery. Not to mention, they can water your plants for you!

Do One Last Look Through

Right before you head out on your trip, examine your place one last time to make sure it’s all ready for you to leave. Shut the blinds on your window so people can’t see in, make sure things are unplugged, everything is clean, and lastly, lock your door. Taking these extra minutes to do this will save you hours of worry later on while you’re supposed to be having fun.

Now that you’ve done all the work for preparing your place while you’re gone, enjoy your travels! Do you have any other things you make sure to do before leaving your apartment for awhile? Let us know on Facebook!


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.


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.


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.


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.