Here at Stone Creek Apartments in Fort Collins, we have tenants from every walk of life. That said, as we are some of the nicer apartments near CSU, we do have a lot of college students living at our complex. Many of our tenants are fresh out of the dorms and renting their very first apartment with us. We know this can be daunting and there are a lot of questions you might have. In today’s blog, we’re going to take some time to offer a little bit of advice on living in your very first apartment.
Of course, if you have any questions about life at Stone Creek, our front office staff is always happy to help. Give us a call or stop by during operating hours and let us know how we can help!
1. Create A Homey Space
You’ll hear us say this time and again: we want you to love living at Stone Creek Apartments in Fort Collins. One of the best ways to do that is by making your apartment feel like home. You can do this be putting up furniture you love, displaying trinkets and books on shelves, putting up posters and pictures with paint-friendly tape, and adding colorful carpets, just to name a few.
2. Respect Your Neighbors
In college dorms, many people have the same schedule that involves staying up late and getting up early for class. At our apartments near CSU, we have a lot of college students, but we also have families with kids, people who work at night and sleep during the day, elderly couples who go to bed early, and many more. Your downstairs neighbors might be trying to put a baby to bed when you’re getting home from a late-night adventure. Be respectful of your neighbor’s by keeping your noise level down and not stomping or jumping around if you have someone below you.
3. Use Your Amenities
How many times in your life are you going to live in a place with a well-maintained, heated salt-water pool in your backyard? When else will you have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center that you don’t have to pay for? We want you to love living at Stone Creek, and that means taking full advantage of our amazing amenities. Trust us, you’ll regret it if you don’t!
4. Add Some Greenery
Plants are a wonderful way to make your apartment feel like a home and studies show that plants or fresh flowers can actually make you happy. Find some good indoor plants that will do well in an apartment or buy yourself some flowers to place on your breakfast bar!
5. Clean Regularly
While our apartments near CSU are spacious, they are still a relatively small living space compared to a house. That means all of the dirt and dust you bring in from outside only has a few places to settle which can make the space feel dirty. The best way to combat this is to clean regularly.
You might also find yourself keeping a kitchen clean for the first time in your life. Trust us when we say it’s easier to clean as you go rather than to realize you haven’t cleaned your microwave since you signed your lease 12 months ago. Not only will keeping your apartment clean make it a more enjoyable place to live, but it will also prevent you from staying up all night cleaning when your parents are coming into town or when the maintenance attendant needs to do work.
6. Take Care Of The Space As If You Own It
Sure, you’re just renting this place and you might not care what the carpet or walls will look like a year from now, but we do. When renting, it’s a good idea to treat the space as if you own it. Take care of it, don’t punch holes in the walls or dump a can of paint on the carpet or anything crazy like that. Avoiding damage beyond normal wear and tear will increase the likelihood that you’ll receive all or most of your damage deposit back.
7. Know When To Call Maintenance
One of the best parts about renting an apartment is having an on-call maintenance team. Take advantage of that! This isn’t just to make your life easier, but it is also to make our lives easier and safer.
Using the wrong bulbs in your light sockets or using Drano to clear a slow drain can cause problems down the line, including making the jobs of our maintenance team unsafe. Save yourself the hassle of buying your own light bulbs, trying to unclog your own drain, or attempting to fix your own appliances by putting in a maintenance request for our team. That’s what we’re there for!
8. Know The Rules
We don’t want to be the bad guy, but all apartment complexes have certain rules that help keep everyone safe and happy. This usually includes the obvious such prohibiting renters from making permanent changes to the apartment unit like painting the walls. However, this can also include things like reserved parking, no guest parking, quiet hours, no barbecue grills on the deck or patio, pet restrictions, and closing hours for amenities such as the pool, gym, and laundry facility.
These rules vary from place to place and some apartment complexes might be stricter or more relaxed than others. If you have any concerns about rules you might be held to, make sure to bring it up with the leasing office before signing your lease.
Love Your First Home With Our Apartments Near CSU
We want to be the first to welcome you to your very first apartment! Renting an apartment for the first time can be daunting, so be sure to ask us any questions you might have. We want you to feel comfortable and confident about signing a lease with us, so let us know how we can help with that!