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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?

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA, contact Foxridge Apartment Homes.


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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.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.


Foxridge Collegiate Apartment Homes

750 Hethwood Blvd. 100G, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Call: (888) 532-1809 (540) 951-9302
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-1P & 2P-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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