Apartments and lofts are popping up all around Buffalo. It seems like just about every building that looked dead and gone as soon as last year are being bought, transformed, and beautified by that good ole’ Buffalo Billion. If you’re new to the area, moving off campus from one of the great WNY colleges, or just moving out of Mom & Dads, your first time renting an apartment can be downright daunting. In addition to providing lofts and apartments all over the city, we like to help renters out by providing little tips and reminders here on our blog. Here are 5 mistakes that many first time renters make, and what to do to avoid them!
So many first time renters fail to recognize exactly how much rent and other expenses add up to. Perhaps you could afford the rent on the loft downtown, but don’t forget about utilities. Odds are, depending on what apartment building in Buffalo you live, you will have to pay for things like water, electric, Netflix, Gym membership, cable, internet, etc. Maybe this is your first time renting, but if you don’t add up everything the right way, it might be your last.
Signing Too Fast.
Take your time! This is a big move for you! Yes, you may be super excited to get everything moved in and start your new life. This should be exciting! But don’t rush into a place, take your time and find the perfect apartment for you. There certainly isn’t a shortage of lofts and apartments around Buffalo, so look around. Ask questions. Visit different areas. Spend some time cruising around the neighborhood. If you put down a deposit, and something falls through, be it a roommate or your timeline doesn’t line up, you’re going to be SOL. Just be patient and ensure everything’s properly prepared for.
Don’t always judge an apartment based on pictures. Yes, online features can help you better understand the general environment of the place. However, if you sign a lease without physically checking the place out, you’re playing with fire. Again, this is obviously an exciting time to be alive, we get it. You have to check the place out. You might end up realizing the place was tiny. Maybe it stinks. Maybe there’s a creepy old guy who sits on the porch with no shirt on everyday at 5pm when you get home from work. Check. It. out.
Not Reading ALL the Rules.
This is one of the biggest mistakes a first time renter can make. Read ALL of the rules before signing any apartment lease. The apartment building has rules, which your property tour guide will probably hint at, but it’s not their responsibility for you to read the rules on the lease. You don’t want to get all moved in and find out you can’t use your brand new grill. Do you have a pooch? That might be an issue. Smoker? Not up in here! Take your time and read all of the apartment building’s rules.
Do you have a big sectional? Better make sure it’ll fit up that staircase. Some of the older buildings might not have room for your king size mattress to take the turn. A chronic apartment-shifter might know from experience moving, but first time renters can get so lost in the anxiety and excitement that they can miss crucial details. While your looking at the loft/apartment, try to imagine where you would put all your furniture
You’re not the only one who wants to move to downtown Buffalo. Sure, Western New Yorkers are aware of the uptick in culture, economy, and creativity in The Queen City, but did you know that we were just ranked at the top of the list of “Cities That Are About To Be Famous… Again” ?
Over the last few years, it has become more and more difficult to find an apartment in Buffalo. People are moving in from other areas for college, and staying. Children of suburban sprawl from the 70s and 80s are moving down to Elmwood, Allentown, North Buffalo/Hertel, and other “poppin” areas. Local breweries are attracting National attention for establishing a booming craft beer market. Now Buffalo NY, and it’s sexy industrial lofts and vast apartment scope are making National news.
“The city has shed its ugly duckling image to emerge a vibrant urban hub busily reinventing itself.”
Not since Buffalo was one of the richest cities in America has the demand for an apartment or loft been so high. The food and entertainment industry is booming. People from all over the country are swooning. Everyone wants a piece of Buffalo. Luckily for you, Kissling offers lofts and apartments all over Buffalo, and we continue to acknowledge the demand for affordable, dependable living.
If you are thinking about moving into Buffalo, have a place and just need to move, or you just want to learn more about what Buffalo apartment life is all about, check out our properties page to see what we offer. If you fancy something you could see yourself residing in, near your favorite watering hole or district, give us a call or fill out our contact form to get more deets!
Think new boutique hotels like soon-to-open Curtiss and Hotel Henry, both housed in beautifully renovated historic buildings; a revitalized Canalside area, where an old railway bridge hosts a cafe come summer; and a thriving craft beer industry.
Well, it’s almost the best time of the year to live in Buffalo. Winter is coming to a close. The soiled streets become cleaner and the grass gets greener. As the Buffalo NY landscape beautifies and moves into Spring, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up that pad. Once it gets nice out, you, like most Western New Yorkers, will probably start spending the majority of your free time outside of your apartment, so let’s get this moving!
Clean Out the Fridge
Throw out anything you aren’t, won’t, or can’t eat. Get rid of it. Take it out of your apartment. Get it gone. Next, get everything settled and clean that fridge. A great idea is using a combination of salt & soda water. The soda water bubbles, and the salt adds great texture for cleaning off stains.
Make that Faucet Sparkle
Having trouble getting lime and grime off that faucet? Try laying paper towels over it, soaking it with vinegar, and letting it set for about an hour. Once this sets in, it will be much easier for you to remove.
Change Out Bedding
Think about how often hotel’s change out their bedding. Not that your apartment needs to be changed out daily, but chances are, it’s been a while. If your comforter doesn’t need to be washed, it’s a good idea to air it out, after a long closed-up winter. Hang it out on a clothesline for a day to freshen it up a little.
Dusty Drapes & Curtains
If they are looking a little musky, remove any hooks and throw them in the dryer on air-fluff with a damp towel. This will draw off any lint and dust and make them look cleaner. As soon as they’re done, put them back up on the hooks to avoid any wrinkling.
Don’t wait til summer’s almost gone to get your apartment clean. Living in a loft or apartment in Buffalo can give you some serious cabin fever throughout the winter. This can lead you to let things start to collect dust around your apartment. Be sure that you have the best possible summer you can, with a clean and fresh apartment! Plus, it’s always healthy to get the place cleaned up! Kissling offers some of the best apartments and lofts around Buffalo NY, for more information on finding a new pad, just give us a call or fill out our contact form on our contact us page!
Maybe you’re embarking into a new roomie relationship. Maybe you’ve been living with someone for a few months. Maybe you are considering finding a roommate, and looking for an apartment in Buffalo. Whatever the case, you’ve probably heard horror stories of roommates that didn’t get along. It’s funny, you rarely hear about wonderful “roommate” stories, because once you become close enough with a “roommate,” they are considered your friend. Sometimes, if you choose to life with a friend however, a friend can turn into a “roommate” real quick. Here are 5 tips toward ensuring a healthy relationship with your housemate.
From the very get go, it’s important to be completely upfront and honest with each other. Lay down your rules, allow them to lay down theirs. Talk about how you will share expenses, rent, bills, etc. Talk about which chores you don’t like, and which one’s you do. Cleanliness can be one of the most important factors in roomie compatability.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Your Mind.
They will get on your nerves. You will get on theirs. It might be once in awhile, it might be once a day. The bottom line is, keep the volume down, and give them a chance to explain themselves. This goes both ways. If your roommate has a problem, give them the respect of addressing it and don’t make an excuse. Allow them to feel comfortable talking to you, because if one is unhappy, the apartment is unhappy.
Address the Issue & Move On.
One of the worst things you can do when sharing an apartment is hold a grudge. Held grudges will only continue to get worse over time, and there is no escaping it once it gets bad enough. Keeping an open dialogue along with being honest and keeping healthy communication can make your time together in the Buffalo apartment much smoother.
If You Sense a Problem, Ask.
Use your intuition. Whether you’ve known this person for 10 years or 10 minutes, if you think something might be wrong, just ask them. This comes back to the honesty and respect. You can sense when someone isn’t feeling good about something. If that something might be you, don’t ignore it, address it and move on. Find a peaceful way to communicate, and your time together will blossom. Speak with toxic tone, and you are doomed.
Do. The. Dishes.
One of the most common reasons for roommate failures is very simple. The dishes. Don’t leave a nasty note. Don’t fight over the dishes. Don’t only do your own and leave the rest. Just both get in the habit of doing the dishes! It’s really not that bad. Dishes only get bad when fingers are pointed, or when they start to accumulate growth from lack of doing. This is when alien-like plasma matter starts to collect and stink up the apartment, and your friendship!
So there you have it. 5 Tips for making your life with a roommate easier. This person doesn’t have to be your best friend. They don’t have to be perfect. You just have to work together to be able to live in harmony. You won’t be happy if they aren’t. They won’t be happy if you aren’t. Its just the reality. You have, or you will commit to living with this person for a time period. Why not make it the best time & experience possible? For information on finding an apartment in Buffalo, remember Kissling has some of the best properties in the city!
Summer is but a memory now, as the final remains of autumnal hues start to slip into the shadows of 5pm sunsets. It is upon us, Buffalo. Winter is right around the corner, so it’s time to start getting your apartment ready. Don’t let yourself get caught off-guard with high bills or unnecessary risks. Here are 5 things to remember to get yourself, and your place prepped for winter.
Clean Up the Apartment To Stay Immune
Using sanitary cleaning products, make your apartment sparkle. You’re going to need to sanitize everything to avoid viruses from spreading in your apartment. Here are a few tips for cleaning your apartment. Cover your coughs, eat well, and keep up on getting good sleep. A clean apartment is a happy apartment!
Conserve Energy To Save Money
Keep in mind the temperature you have your thermostat kept at. Try to leave it at a modest temperature to avoid trying to heat up a frozen apartment. If you live in a larger apartment in Buffalo, and you spend most of your time in one particular room, consider leaving the thermostat lower and getting yourself an energy efficient space heater.
Get Yourself a Few Candles
Long nights and short days means you won’t catch much daylight. And when you do, it’s bound to be cold out. While you’re getting through the few months of darkness, add a little candlelight to the atmosphere. The light and aroma will help relieve the anxiety and stress from work or school.
Switch Up Your Decor
Add a little winter flavor to your apartment! Give the place a nice woodsy, seasonal feel. Think about changing your window treatments to something more inviting and lighter. Being trapped inside can be fun, consider how many crafts you can create and decorate with your creations! This type of homemade decoration makes for a great conversation piece when you’re having guests over.
Find A Plant or Two
Considering everything outdoors will be dried out and dead throughout winter, think about getting a few indoor plants to freshen up your apartment. Not only to they offer an aesthetic appeal, but they actually help filter the air in your apartment!
There’s no need to worry about the impending Buffalo winter. We have all done this every year, even though every year it seems it gets harder to let go of the summer sun. If you or someone you know is looking for an apartment in Buffalo, remember the name Kissling. We have apartments and lofts all over the city, and we continue to grow. Whether you want a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, or a luxury loft, we have something right for you!
Who says you can’t live large in a small apartment? Maybe you just transitioned from living with a few friends into solo apartment life. Maybe you and your ex decided to call it quits. Maybe you just had to downsize for cost. Regardless, here you are in your new apartment, and it’s small. Before you have a panic attack and start watching the walls close in on you, take a quick look at these pointers on how to make the most out of a studio or one bedroom apartment.
Check Your Curtains
Elevate your curtains a few inches. This will give the feeling of high ceilings. If you extend your curtain rod a few inches outward on each side of the windows, you can let in a little more light. Not only will it make your apartment feel larger, but the brightness will help with the mood.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
A large mounted mirror can do wonders for a small space. It can make the room extend through the frame and give the illusion of more space. Also, it helps bring more light into the equation, helping the mood. Try a floor length mood to make the room feel taller, or turn a vertical mood sideways to make the wall look longer.
Lighten the Mood
When you’re trapped inside in a dark gloomy space, your apartment can start to feel like more of a psyche ward cell. We live in Buffalo, we are going to be stuck inside this winter. Try to use a crisp, light color scheme. You can maximize this by coordinating your sofa, throw rugs, and curtains with bright colors. This will help make your sweet little pad more inviting and pleasant.
You don’t have room for clutter. Get some of your clutter and knick knacks up on a shelf. For a modern look, look around for some floating shelves. You can find some neat ideas at local thrift stores to give a cool vintage look. If you really want to get creative, look into gluing a few old books together. Attach L shaped mounting hooks to the bottom so you can have a one of a kind shelf.
You downsized your square footage, so you’re going to have to downsize your furniture. Be smart about where you position your furniture. You might not be able to use everything you had at your last place, but you can maximize your space. If you have a smaller one-bedroom, or a studio apartment, think about a sofa bed for more space, and ability to host and entertain guests.
Hopefully this helps you with making your small apartment in Buffalo feel more spacious, inviting, and comfortable. Looking to move into a new apartment? Call Kissling apartments to see what we have available! Or, just visit our properties page to take a quick look at some of our spaces. Live Large Buffalo!
Feeling like your apartment is too small? Well.. check out this guy’s apartment..
Kissling apartments & lofts aim to provide the most optimum living conditions for all of our tenants. We will do our best to work with you to help you find the community, apartment style, and price range that fits you best. You will have your own needs and desires, so as you begin looking for an apartment in Buffalo, take a few of these tips into account. There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse, especially when you’ve signed a lease on a brand new home..
Make Sure Your Furniture Will Fit
When you are out hunting for apartments in Buffalo, look over all doorways, stairwells, and other entryways to ensure you can get your big couch or king size box spring IN the apartment. You don’t want to be sitting on the floor crying over the fact that you have to sell your leather couch on craigslist.
Test Out the Shower
Water pressure is key. Make sure the shower and/or bathtub is adequate for all your bathing needs.
Ask About the Smoking Policy
For non-smokers, you don’t want to live above someone smoking a pack a day. For those of you who smoke, you want to know where the designated areas are, and that you don’t have to worry about that pesky neighbor above you yelling at you from their window about smoking.
Check Out the Area at Night
Buffalo has come a long way in the last decade, but that doesn’t mean safety at night is guaranteed. So much of the city is off street parking, so odds are you’re going to be walking at night. Do a little lap around the neighborhood by to see if you feel comfortable. If you feel like you have to lock your doors, maybe this isn’t the right neighborhood for you.
Use Your Friends
Sure, this might not be the biggest change in your friends’ lives, but it certainly will be momentous for you! This is not only your new home, but their place to visit you. When you start looking at lofts or apartment complexes around Buffalo, enlist the help of a friend for a second opinion. Let all your constituency know you’re looking too, they might end up finding your next apartment for you. Afterall, once you do find a new apartment, you’re going to have to ask them to help you move, so you might as well make them a part of the process now..
These are just a few reminders for your apartment hunting, but feel free to give Kissling Apartments & Lofts a call for help in finding a new place in Buffalo. We have apartments all over the city, in various neighborhoods. Anything from a small studio to a sleek, city loft, we have something for everyone. Take a look at our properties page if you are thinking about finding a new apartment for rent in Buffalo NY!
When it comes to searching for the perfect apartment in Buffalo NY, one of the first questions you must ask yourself is “Should I Get a Roommate?” The answer to this question drastically changes your entire world. When it comes time to decide whether you should have a roommate or not, consider these crucial factors for each side. Every situation is different, and you can always make a change!
Pros Of Having a Roommate:
Finances are the number one reason why most people get a roommate. Sharing an apartment means splitting the cost for multiple things: utility, rent, groceries, etc. Having a roommate will definitely help your wallet. However, money isn’t everything; make sure that you are comfortable with your roommate.
Whether you like it or not, you will spend a ton of time together. If you need someone to talk to, you can count on someone being around. It always helps to know there is someone there. Beware however, many friendships have suffered from moving in together, so make sure to keep a healthy relationship. Don’t let the dishes ruin a longtime connection..
It’s definitely nice to have someone that can help you do certain things around the house from time to time. Along with sharing chores, your roommate can help you take care of some of your things when you’re out of town. If you have a pet to feed or some plants to water, your roommate would be able to help you.
Pro’s of Living Alone:
No matter how close you are with your roommate, conflicts will arise between you two. The issue could be about finances (one roommate can’t pay their rent), lifestyle (one roommate is messy while the other one is clean), leaving the light on, or something as simple as what to watch on Netflix. Not having a roommate will keep any of these problems from happening. It’s your place.
Living alone will give you more privacy compared to living with a roommate. You have more freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want. You’ll also be able to leave early or come back late to the crib, without worrying about bothering anyone.
Some people value space more than anything. Having a roommate would mean that you would be sharing a large percentage of your apartment, which can make a person feel claustrophobic. Make sure that you are comfortable with sharing space before even considering a roommate. You have complete control over how you manage your space.
Either way, remember that your happiness is most important. This is a big decision. Choose what will make your life the best it can be. Kissling has apartments for rent all over Buffalo NY, in all different styles. All of our apartments for rent are safe and secure, and Kissling is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to check out what’s available, or give us a call to help you find your perfect new home!
Chances are if you’ve lived downtown, you’ve seen your fair share of bike riders. Buffalo’s urban patterns and beautiful architecture make any ride interesting. Buffalonians with apartments and lofts downtown have started seeing why biking has it’s benefits. Having a solid 2 wheeler can be a great addition for scooting around Buffalo in the summertime, especially when the Elmwood Village is at an automotive standstill.
You can ride all the way down to Canalside for that show you wanted to catch, and not have to pay parking. If you have a bike, you might already know about these rides, but if you’re new to the area, or milling over buying yourself a new bike, these options might just motivate you to get moving.
The glow around Buffalo has brought out a new biking community, that is moving away from the motor.
Located on Colvin Ave. over in North Buffalo, the non profit is housed in a brick and mortar building that offers new and experienced bikers ride-routes and workshops. They also have special events throughout the summer. Join a group of other riders for a guided tour, highlighting landmarks and landscapes, or stop in the community workshop to learn how to repair and maintain your bike. Need a bike? they have refurbished bikes for sale!
98 Colvin Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
Join a community of thousands of bicyclists around Buffalo who ride every Monday from 5:30pm-8pm, around the most classic neighborhoods. If your a rookie rider.. don’t worry, they ride at a nice slow pace. (Hence the name) The Slow Roll movement began in Detroit, and has since expanded all over the world into a network of community rides. Slow Roll is always free, just register online or onsite before the ride.
Buffalo Bicycling Club
If your passion for biking goes beyond commuting from your apartment to work, or admiring Buffalo, and you’re more into active racing and fitness, check out Buffalo Bicycling Club. The BBC is dedicated to the development of bicycle racing in WNY. Throughout the season, there are road courses, time trials, criteriums, and challenging training rides. Membership is required, and you’ll need a bike rack on your car to get out to some of the more rural areas in WNY to ride.
Buffalo has become quite the bike able city for those living in apartments and lofts downtown. Many of the streets in and around Buffalo NY have had bike lanes painted on them over the last few years, which make it much safer and easier to scoot about town. Riding a bike alone, or with a friend is a great way to see our city, get good exercise, and save gas. (and parking ticket funds!)
Here are a few tips for transitioning your Buffalo Apartment from Winter to Summer Life
With Buffalo’s weather finally getting warmer, it’s time to transition your Buffalo apartment or Buffalo loft from cozy winter to warm summer. Here’s how to make your apartment feel brighter and match the summertime weather.
Add some plants as some decor
More life and color in your apartment will make it look more welcoming and bright. Whether you only want to grow flowers or herbs that can be used for cooking, it’s all up to you. Some of the best indoor flowers to put in your home are violets, hydrangeas, hibiscuses, and peace lilies. Not only will it bring life into your apartment, but it will also help with the heat. Since the plants’ roots absorb sunlight, it will make your apartment cooler than it will be if you didn’t have plants in it. Houseplants also act as air filters, which help to clean the air in your place.
Add Screens to Your Windows
Most apartments in Buffalo don’t have screens in their windows, which keeps Buffalonians from opening their window most of the time because they don’t want insects to fly into their home. Adding a temporary screen onto your window will keep those pesky insects out while still letting fresh air and warm sunlight in. Get some fresh air in there!
Lighten the Atmosphere
Choose a bright, light color scheme for your home decor things such as your throw pillows, your bed sheets, your bed pillows, and your window curtains. People tend to decorate their apartment in Buffalo with a dark color scheme, which will absorb light, small, and uninviting. A warm, light color scheme will instantly brighten your whole apartment up and will keep it from absorbing unnecessary warmth. Bright colors will not only brighten your apartment, but will also make it look and feel more spacious.
Add Colorful Art Pieces on Your Wall
In your Buffalo loft or apartment has dark walls and you can’t paint over it, add some bright piece of artwork onto the wall. Affordable pieces can be found at garage sales or the flea market. There are a few flea markets around Buffalo where they are beautiful pieces for crazy low prices. If you can’t find a piece that matches your Buffalo apartment’s color scheme, you can print out an artwork that you like and frame it yourself.
Brighten Your Meals
Replace your dark dishes for bright, patterned plates for your everyday eating. Summertime colors will make your meals look more summer themed and will bring bright colors into your everyday life. Consider getting cheap grill and get some nice bright veggies on there!
Hopefully a few of these tips help you to ship your Buffalo apartment into shape for the summer! There really is no better place to live than Buffalo New York in the summertime!