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Virginia Ranks High in List of "Best States"

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017

Foxridge Apartment Homes, Blacksburg, VASome states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.

More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration.

#11 Virginia


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Tips for Renting with Roommates in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 10, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAMany residents are looking for roommates to being next semester. Here are some tips when considering renting an apartment with friends or for when you are renting with a roommate you are just meeting.

1. A pre-lease group meeting.

Get together for the sole purpose of sorting out each of your expectations. Do not sugarcoat your feelings. We often think “we are all good friends and we have gotten along well for years. We are all very compatible.” Yes, but you have not lived together. One neat freak and two slobs is a dangerous combination.

2. Agree on house rules before going ahead.

Here are some sample questions to get started. Who does the dishes? How late can friends stay in the evening? How are food costs shared? Will food be stored daily so as not to attract critters? There are plenty of other questions to come up with together. An agreement between all roommates with some written rules will help in the future.

3. Are you moving? Finding the right place.

Maybe you are moving out of another apartment community and moving into a new apartment. Look around if you are moving. Is the apartment sparkling clean and ready to move-in? This is a good sign about the landlord or manager. If it is clean at the start, you will be expected to leave it in the same condition.

Look carefully at what is going on outside the apartment. Try to get a glimpse of other tenants or neighbors. Are the hallways well lite and clean? Is the building itself in good condition? If dirt, spider webs, dirty light fixtures with burnt out bulbs, broken windows, loose banisters, sticky doors and more, all represent a red flag. What is the condition of cars in the parking lot? Is the parking lot well-lit?

Schedule the appointment in the early evening, when people are returning from work. This can provide a good sense of place. Ask people, "I am thinking of renting here, what can you tell me about living here?" and listen closely to what they say.

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Questions to Ask a Landlord Before Renting an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAIf you’re looking for an apartment, there are certain questions to ask a landlord before renting the place. After all, this is where you’ll be living—you’ll want to be crystal clear on the rules, right? So before you impulsively sign that lease, make sure to stop, take a breath, and make a few simple inquiries to make sure this rental is right for you.

1. What is included in the rent, and what fees will I have to pay?

Rent is just part of your living for the month—the biggest part—so you need to be sure you can comfortably cover all other costs of living in that space. Most apartments will include water and sewage as part of the rent, but heat, water, gas, electricity, trash, internet, and even pest control can be separate costs.

You should also ask which of those services you will need to set up yourself. If the gas or electricity is in your name, you’ll need to have money available for the deposit most utility companies require.

2. How many people can live here, and what is your visitor policy?

If you’re planning to live with roommates, make sure you comply with the occupancy standards of the apartment.

Most buildings don’t allow more than two people per bedroom, including children. Also, if you plan to have frequent or long-term guests, find out what the landlord’s policies on that are.

Most landlords will want to know if you have a guest staying more than a certain number of days.

3. Is my deposit refundable?

Make sure you have clarity about what part of the money you give your landlord upfront is an administration fee, and what is a deposit. Some deposits are fully refundable if the apartment is returned in good condition, and some are not. If the deposit is significant, spell out in the lease what the conditions of its return are.

4. Do you accept pets, and if so, are there restricted pets?

If you have animals in your life, your search might be a little more difficult, especially if your companions are exotic.

Many landlords and management companies charge a pet deposit, a nonrefundable pet fee, or even a monthly pet rent. Find out in advance what your furry pals are going to cost you.

5. What’s the parking situation?

Depending on your location, parking could be no big deal or an extra fee of hundreds of dollars a month. If you have a car—or two or three—find out where you can park it, whether you get a dedicated spot, and how much that spot is going to cost per month. Find out what street parking is like. In some neighborhoods, it might not be possible, or you could spend the night before street cleaning circling the block for an hour.

6. What happens if I need to break the lease?

A lot can happen in a year: a surprise new job, a sick parent, an injury, a cross-country love connection. If for some reason you absolutely have to move mid-lease, what will your options be? Some landlords will require you to buy your way out, while others will just want you to find a qualified tenant to take over your lease. Policies and laws vary widely, so make sure you know before you commit.

7. What can I change, and what do I have to change back?

Even though you’re renting, you’ll want to make the space your own. But before you start pinning accent wall colors, make sure your landlord is OK with your making changes.

Most places will let you do anything as long as you return it to the original condition. Otherwise the cost of fixing nail holes, repainting walls, and replacing light fixtures will probably come out of your deposit.

If you’re a DIY expert, though, talk through any ideas with your landlord once you’ve moved in. He or she might be interested in keeping some upgrades, or even help pay for the cost of materials or give you a break on rent for your labor. Just ask first.

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What to Look for When Renting an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 26, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAIf you are apartment hunting in Blacksburg, VA, here are some things to look for.

Window treatments?

It’s a good idea to check out your windows when you’re touring a place. Blinds and curtains can be difficult to measure, buy and install. Check out the quality of the window area, too. Is it drafty? Are there water stains? Is any glass broken or are any screens ripped?

Is a garage extra?

Garages are often available at apartment complexes for an extra fee, and a covered, open-air garage is cheaper than an enclosed one. This is a good thing to look into if you need extra storage or ... if you want to park your car inside.

Information on parking

Some apartment complexes have a restriction on the number of parking slots you can use, often limiting tenants to one or two. This can be a problem if there are more people than that occupying the apartment or if you want to have guests over. Apartment parking spots can sometimes be slender. Make sure your vehicle can rest comfortably between the lines. Also, off-street parking is sometimes necessary.


In-unit/washers and driers are often a “make or break” aspect for renters. No one wants to spend their time and money doing laundry at a laundromat or in an on-site laundry area. Beware the extra coin you’re going to have to spend.

Cable hookups

This is something that’s very easily overlooked. Think about how you want to set up your place and think about the measurements of your furniture. It would be crappy to have to run a bunch of cable extensions to get to your television.

Keep outlets in mind

Outlet placing directly affects where you can place all your stuff in your bedroom, kitchen and living room. Ensure you have plenty of outlets in the location(s) you want them. Make sure both outlets and hanging fixtures like ceiling fans and lighting, are safe. Loose outlets and wobbly fans are a hazard.

Not necessary, but nice to have

Check the place you’re touring for other things that are nice to have, including a dishwasher, ice maker, garbage disposal, ceiling fans, central air, etc. Also, does your place have a bar where you can place some stools or do you have to go buy a table?

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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Blacksburg, VA Part II

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 19, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAAre you apartment hunting in Blacksburg, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider.

11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually, such as a shower rod, router, nightstand, etc.

12. Buy a mattress pad.

13. Utilize your kitchen.

14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.

15. Decorate!

16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely.

17. Always make sure you have food at your place.

18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment.

19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.

20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine.

21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new residency.

22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds.

23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.

24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.

25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.

Neither dorm living nor apartment living has to be something viewed negatively. Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence.

That being said, do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling.

Don’t forget, last week we gave you the first 10 things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.


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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 12, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAAre you apartment hunting in Blacksburg, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider.

  1. Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
  2. Make sure you know at least one of your roommates.
  3. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
  4. Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
  5. Get to know your neighbors.
  6. Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
  7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
  8. Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
  9. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect.
  10. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.

Don’t forget, next week we’ll give you a few more things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.


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Mistakes College Grads Make When Finding Their First Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 05, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAFinding your first apartment after college is a big undertaking — it can be hard to know where to start when you’re staring at a stack of listings and the money from your new job is burning a hole in your pocket. And you’re new to all this, so you’re bound to make some mistakes along the way.

Take a look at some of these common slip-ups so you can do your best to avoid them as you search for a new place to live.

1. Starting Your Search Too Early

Generally, the best time to start looking for an apartment is no more than three weeks before your move-in date. But once it’s time to start your search, you want to make you aren’t …

2. … Underestimating How Much Everything Costs

Getting your first apartment can be a big financial adjustment.

You can use the time before graduation to research how much apartments are in the areas you’re considering and what costs you might pay for additional amenities.

3. Not Planning for Expenses Beyond Rent

Most people think about the monthly rent check (or charge, if your landlord lets you pay rent by credit card), but that’s not the only expense you’ll face living on your own. Think about other necessities like laundry detergent, toilet paper and groceries. And remember, there are ways to save on your daily expenses — like making this delicious 16-cent breakfast.

4. Leaving Student Loan Payments Out of Your Budget

Monthly payments for student loans are often overlooked … because student loans come with a six-month grace period before you have to start making payments.

5. Forgetting About Credit

Most landlords look at a version of your credit report as part of the application process. Things like credit cards or loans are impacting your credit.

Depending on how far into the world of credit you’ve ventured, your credit file may be pretty thin. Not sure?

6. Not Gathering What You’ll Need

Graduates usually rush to find an apartment without contemplating on the requirements for renting an apartment. They don’t have any offer letters ready, pay stubs or bank statements.

7. Not Talking With Your Guarantors About Their Essential Paperwork

Once you’ve gathered all your paperwork, it’s important to also remind any guarantors of what they’ll need, as springing it all on them at the last minute is guaranteed to cause delays and frustrations.

8. Not Brushing Up on Terminology

Recent graduates don’t typically know the difference in rental versus condo versus co-op building. They tend to just shop for what looks awesome and do not take into consideration the process involved with putting together a board package and the cost.

9. Choosing the Wrong Roommates

Compare schedules and lifestyles to see if living with a particular person is really a good idea.

You should already be thinking about things like each person’s tolerance for mess and budget, but now that you have your first full-time jobs, you’ll have to make sure the lifestyles can coexist peacefully.

10. Not Getting Roommate Agreements in Writing

Even if you’re living with your best friend, it’s important to write out responsibilities and agreements you’ve made about the living situation. You’ll also want to outline how bills will be paid and who is responsible for what. Hopefully you’ll never need to reference this for any reason, but you’ll be glad to have it all in writing if things go bad.

11. Not Considering Apartments With Fees

We know, all those fees are the worst. But some of these upfront costs, while painful at the time you see the money coming out of your account, may mean paying less over time.

Many of the no-fee apartments just add fees to your monthly rent. And, if that’s the case, although you will pay less upfront, over time it will even out, as you will be paying more per month.

12. Forgetting to Meet Potential Neighbors

In college, your neighbors were probably other college students, but that probably won’t be the case now. Don’t let that stop you from getting to know your neighbors and finding ones you can trust.

13. Not Factoring in the Landlord

It’s sometimes better to pay a premium to be with a better landlord than to pay less and be with a bad landlord that doesn’t fix anything and is hard to reach.

14. Skimming Over the Lease

In a time when we all just click “next” anytime we install an update on one of our devices, it’s easy to flip to the end of the agreement and sign on the dotted line. But it’s essential you know what you’re agreeing to and negotiate things that you’re not quite on board with.

15. Not Knowing Your Tenant Rights

Tenants (and even applicants) have federal laws protecting them. And, in many cases, there are state laws that help protect you too, so you’ll want to do your research and find out what legal rights you have ahead of time.

16. Passing on Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may seem like one more expense, but just like car insurance, having it may ultimately save you money in the event of a problem. You can read about the little-known ways renters insurance could save you money here.

17. Only Looking at the Bottom Line

Graduates are very price-sensitive, so they will usually go with the cheaper apartment as their rule of thumb. However … they don’t realize that sometimes a cheap deal is not the best deal for them.

18. Holding Out for Perfection

Apartment hunting can be a lot like a relationship — you start out with a list of ideal qualities, but the odds of finding someone (or some place) that meets all these may not be realistic.

Regardless of your budget, there is no perfect apartment. Renting is all about tradeoffs.

19. Forgetting About What Comes Next

When looking for an apartment, people have a tendency to not think about a rental as more than a one-year commitment. But, unless you have reason to move, you probably won’t want to go through the hassle. So, that’s why it’s a good idea to think about how that unit will fit your life in the next few years.

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Blacksburg, VA is One of the Best College Town To Live In After Graduation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAThe college lifestyle of meeting new friends and trying different things might be the best part of the college experience for some. But you know what’s even better? Graduating college and getting your life started right out of the gate, which isn’t as simple as it seems. The hassles of college are certainly challenging, but they pale in comparison to the hassles of adult life. Getting a job? Finding insurance? Scheduling regular appointments at the doctor or dentist or wherever else appointments are required? That stuff is brutal and its always going to be brutal.

But we did find a few towns where maybe the tribulations of adulthood can be offset by some good things, like like-minded folks and a good paying job. We analyzed some data and found the twenty best college towns for grads to settle down in once they’re done getting degrees.

In order to determine the best towns, we decided to look at a few different categories:

1. The unemployment rate for those between 25-29

You’re going to need a job after college. We know, we know, it sounds horrible, but it’s a lot better than the opposite. Being stuck out of work sounds like a dream, but it’s a nightmare when the rent check is due every month. We measured how likely new college grads were to get a job by looking at unemployment rates among the newest set of college grads.

2. The benefit of having a bachelor’s degree compared to those without in the town

We looked at median income for those with a bachelor’s degree and subtracted the median income of those without to figure how valuable a bachelor’s degree is in each town.

3. Percentage of 25-34-year-olds also with a bachelor degree

It’s good to be around people like you. Diversity is good too, but towns that are full of young, recent college grads are pretty great towns for college grads to be in.

Also of note, the definition of a college town we’ve used is the town’s population must be less than 5x the enrollment of the given colleges.

4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)

Unemployment Rate for 25-29: 4.40%
Median Salary With A Bachelor’s Degree: $31,432
% of 25-34 With A Bachelor’s: 10.12%
Popularly referred to as Virginia Tech and home to the Hokies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University calls Blacksburg, VA home.

The city has a population of 42,620 which is dominated by the student population. It’s been hailed as one of the best places in the U.S. to raise kids and one of the best college towns in the south. Dog lovers enjoy the dog parade during Summer Solstice Fest as the end of summer winds down and people come from around the state to enjoy Steppin’ Out, the annual street fest. Some of the top employers in the city include Moog, Wolverine Advance Materials, United Pet Group and Luna Innovations.

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Apartment Hunting in Blacksburg, VA: When College Students Should Start

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 22, 2017

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAWhether it’s your first year in college and you’re already thinking about off-campus housing, or you didn’t have luck getting the apartment you wanted last year, it helps to know when you should start looking for one to make sure you get your dream apartment in college.

First off, get to know your campus and the surrounding city in order to get an idea of when leasing season begins. For some cities, it’s the same as non-school apartments; meaning, leasing seasons are May/June and August/September, as well as December. For other cities, it’s a much lengthier process. In some university towns, if you want an apartment in August, then you need to apply for it in September of the previous year. It can take up to a year to “wait in line” for an apartment. So, if you’re a freshman in college, you should prepare to plan for an apartment hunt in September to be ready for your sophomore year. Once you know when leasing season is, start looking for apartments a month or two in advance to get an idea of where you want to live. Make a “top three” list of apartments. Contact those apartments and ask when they start leasing; is it a year in advance or is it move-in ready? If it’s move-in ready, then you can wait until the following year.

*TIP: For move-in ready leases, start your search process in May/June versus August. You want to make sure you get an apartment and have move-in time before school starts back up.

If you get an apartment in June, you’ll have a year long lease and can choose to stay in the same apartment or move in June. It gives you plenty of time to move out once summer break starts. If you plan to change apartments, then make sure to start looking for your next one in advance depending on whether or not it’s a year-in-advance lease or move-in ready.

The apartment hunting process can take time, so it’s always good to start ahead of time and stay on top of apartment availabilities. With so many students on the same time schedule as you, you’ll be competing with others for the same college apartments. Consider making a renter’s resume to help you stand out from the rest!

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Making Living Off-Campus Less Expensive – Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Foxridge Apartments, Blacksburg, VAWhen we move into off-campus housing, we expect a lot of changes to take place. We are officially done with dorm life, can rely on roommates for the good and for the bad, and have the luxury of decorating our very own house/apartment.

Living off campus can get to be expensive if you are careless, so you should make it cheaper by sticking to certain rules. This way, you can enjoy all of the benefits while also saving money. It is basically a win-win.

1. Rent furniture.

When you move off-campus, that means that you at one point lived in a dorm. So you were used to its small living quarters, little to no furniture provided given the lack of space, and a forced roommate. Oh the joys and fond memories that exist.

In your own apartment you can save money on furniture by thrifting, splitting it, or renting it. Thrifting is great because you are purchasing mainly used, usually decent looking pieces. You can then split it up financially between all of your roommates. If you call the coffee table, then they get the love seat. It is only fair. It also is not a huge loss on your part if you decide you do not want certain items when you end up moving out.

However, when you rent furniture, you can simply pay a monthly fee, or purchase a package for the amount of time that you will need it. Just make sure that you try not to destroy or stain the items because that charge is not a good time. Most packages come with the necessities, like the bedroom space, living room and dining room. Plus, with renting you do not have to worry about moving it out at the end of your lease and finding a means to transport it to your new house.

2. Find roommates.

Living with roommates is not always perfect, as we all know, but it can definitely be helpful. Especially when it comes to saving money, which is always our motive. Living alone in a studio is pretty expensive, so throw in that it is in a college town and you are practically asking for high prices.

By having roommates, you can split a lot of the living costs. Obviously this entails rent and electric, but also groceries, furniture, and the miscellaneous items. Another pro is that if a few of you have cars, then you can share rides to campus, the grocery store, or anywhere really. It saves you both gas money and mileage on your car.

When living with roomies, it can be less expensive than living on-campus because you are also not paying for the benefits of your university’s amenities. This means the gym, food services, and obviously the dorm. Good news is that your tuition is still somewhat going toward these things so you can still use them without paying for all of it. In other words, you are saving money by not living on the school’s premises and using their address.

3. Cook at home.

Living on-campus usually translates into not having a kitchen of your own. You most likely had a floor kitchen if one at all, and then used the campus dining halls as your main source for food. When you leave your parents’ cooking, you tend to rely on someone else to feed you. We have all been there, guys.

However, now that you have your own kitchen, you can literally cook every meal at home. Okay, maybe not every single meal, but definitely more of them. Plus, it is nice to actually be able to cook again and not have to eat pizza every single day because that is all cafeterias know how to make. Sorry college food courts everywhere.

This saves everyone money because you can split your food with the roommates, plan and prep ahead of time (in theory of course), and not only eat out 24/7. You can also store your leftovers somewhere when you do happen to go out to eat, which is completely necessary. And cooking at home can create roomie bonding experiences, as well as helping you actually know how to survive on your own cooking. It can also cause a pretty big mess so make certain that you clean up after yourself. No one likes a dirty kitchen.

Moving off-campus is exciting for various reasons, but an imperative factor is because of the money that you individually save. You should rent your furniture, have roomies for cheaper rent (and all around bills), and — because you can and should — cook at home.

The goal is to save money and to better your finances, so with these hints, you should be well on your way to a large savings account.

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