So you found your brand new Buffalo apartment, you’re all moved out of your old place. You turned in the keys to the old place and looked at it one last time. You returned the moving truck. It’s official, you’re moved out, and moved in. Now you’re looking around at all your boxes, frivolously placed all around your new apartment, and anxiety sets in. This is my new apartment. Now what? Don’t worry, here are a few tips for setting up your new crib and making it into a home.
There is certainly an emotional adjustment period when you move out of your old loft or apartment, and into a new one. Barring you know the surrounding area, – do your research – the first step in getting cozy and feeling comfortable at home is setting up. Here are a few tips in your journey.
Your stuff is everywhere. Scattered about in a format that might make you feel like you’re in the back of a UPS truck. First things first, inspect the space. Do a little study into what’s clean, and what’s not. Do a little overhaul on things like sweeping, cleaning the bathroom, cabinets, etc. This will allow you to feel better during the unpacking phase.
Start With Your Most Important Room
Rome wasn’t built in a day. While you have the time and energy, decide which room you want to unpack and set up first. This could be your bedroom, your family room, or your kitchen. It all depends on your opinion, it’s your show. Wherever your retreat is, create that space first, so you have somewhere to go to relax for the first few days.
Create Lighting Zones
Despite popular belief, the lighting and light positioning of your Buffalo apartment is one of the most powerful elements of apartment design. See what you have built in, (overhead, switch lights) and then look at what lights you have in your arsenal. The right lighting can really make an apartment feel more homey. Consider at least three different light sources for each room, to create zones, and also think about different light bulb styles
It’s Your Apartment..Do You.
Whether you’re living alone or with a spouse/roommate, this is your new home. No one can tell you what you can or cannot do, in terms of decorating. Express yourself! Use all of the art, knick knacks, and sentimental items that you brought from your old apartment in Buffalo, and consider what you need for the new one. Chances are you’ll need a few new things for the new place, so make a list of needs and wants in terms of decorative expression.
Don’t let the UPS truck that was your mess linger. Don’t procrastinate setting up, or buying that new piece that will really make you happy. Don’t hoard. Throw out or donate anything that you don’t need to eliminate clutter. Make your place really sparkle with finishing touches and organization. Then.. it’s time for the final step.
P A R T, Y? Because You Gotta.
Invite a few friends over to see your new home! Hopefully the fact that everything is spick and span and brand new means your friends won’t make a mess. What a better way to start fresh than having your closest lads and lasses over to your new castle?
Hopefully a few of these things help you when you find your new Buffalo apartment or loft. Remember that this is more than just an apartment for rent now, this is your home! For information on apartments for rent in Buffalo NY and Lofts in Buffalo, please see our properties, or give us a call about availability!
Apartments, Lofts, & Rebirth: Buffalo’s Housing Market is Red Hot
If you were to drive through Buffalo NY 10, 15, 20 years ago, you’d experience a lonely city desperate for a facelift. Old industrial buildings featuring the scars of a booming industrial city of yesteryear. Multi unit houses in need of a facelift and starved for a little TLC. Today the housing market sits as high and competitive as it has been in Buffalo’s rich history. Buffalo is booming, and Kissling sits right at the forefront of the rebirth of our eclectic Rust Belt city.
According to WGRZ, the average home is now selling for $120,000, and the average rent for apartments in Buffalo New York is at $739 a month. Lucrative new companies, a youthful new generation of Buffalonians sticking around after college, and an ever increasing concoction of culture have increased the value of living downtown.
With so much competition for housing, and an upsurge in desire for upscale lofts in Buffalo NY, Kissling has been making moves for new style of life downtown. Representatives of Kissling recently spoke with the Buffalo News about the future of 298 Main, an early 1900s property in the process of becoming some of the finest apartments for rent in Buffalo.
“We are excited not only for the redevelopment of this historic building, but also for the future of Buffalo. This location provides us the opportunity to craft a work/live lofts environment that we believe is key to reversing urban blight and making city living exciting again.”
Kissling bringing a chic, Big Apple feel to downtown Buffalo
WGRZ also had things to say about what else will be featured within the historic building, in addition to the penthouse apartments and high end lofts.
The building will also have valet parking, and someone staffing the concierge desk 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Two of the lofts will be penthouse apartments with spectacular views and private rooftop patios.
For more information on 298 Main or any of our Buffalo apartments of lofts, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Stay tuned for more updates from Kissling Interests, providing Buffalo with apartments and lofts for years to come!
4 Winter Apartment Cleaning Tips You Probably Forget
New Year, New Cleaning Habits
2016 is a fresh start for everyone in Buffalo. Some may change their eating habits, quit smoking, or begin a rigorous exercise regiment, but what about that messy apartment? Whether you live with someone else in Buffalo or alone, your loft or apartment is probably not ship shape. What a better time to to change the way your apartment Buffalo? Here are 5 often forgotten about tips on how to freshen up those Buffalo apartments, and relieve the cabin fever.
The Out of Reach Areas
These are the areas that no one likes to clean. They involve far too much effort and no one ever sees it anyway right? Wrong. The dust and grime buildup in out of reach area hurt the air quality of your Buffalo apartment, especially during the winter, when we are sealed up indoors with all the windows shut. Devote time to the top of your fridge & the back corners of your cabinets. Dust first, then sanitize. Don’t forget about behind the fridge. You might want to invest in some rubber gloves.
Older apartments and lofts around Buffalo can collect dust on and around baseboards. Dust collects far more in the winter, with less air flow. Before you do your standard sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, give the baseboards a once over. Not only will it look better, but it will eliminate dust buildup.
That Old Mattress
Clean & Flip the old trusty mattress. First, wash your sheets that probably need it. Take the vacuum to the mattress and eliminate any crumbs or other remnants of bed food. Anyone stuck inside their apartments in Buffalo NY knows how many meals end up in the comfort of swaddling blankets while binge watching Netflix. Sprinkle a little baking soda on any stains, followed by a little dish soap or peroxide. Once you’re all cleaned up, flip and rotate the mattress 180 degrees to prevent sagging.
Lights & Ceiling Fans
In another effort to improve the air quality of your apartment in Buffalo, don’t forget about the dust up above. Common surfaces like end tables and headboards are seen so often that it becomes necessary to clean to avoid embarrassment, but the ceiling fixtures aren’t so noticeable. Dust the overhead light fixtures, fan blades, and any other lighting. Use a ladder, and try to use a spotter!
So there you have it Buffalo, a few things to remember when you clean up your apartment. Remember, a clean apartment is a happy apartment!
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Creating Your Sanctuary in Your New Buffalo Apartment
It’s not easy finding the perfect apartment, but Kissling provides you with a wide selection of apartments in and around Buffalo, New York. We aim to make your new home feel just as comforting as your old. Add to the comfort of our Buffalo apartments by adding elements and a personal touch to make you fall even more in love with your new home.
Here are a few things to consider when moving into your new place..
The factor that makes the biggest difference in your apartment is your layout of furniture. Where your furniture is placed creates a certain flow of your apartment, one that you and your guests will have to grow accustomed to, so make sure you love it! Make sure to not fill all of your space with furniture; you may feel cramped and uncomfortable. You can also pull a “Goldilocks” and test out a few different setups before committing to one that makes you feel the most comfortable.
Light it Up
Add some light! Whether natural lighting or by using lamps, a touch of light will perk up any apartment. If natural light isn’t really an option, use extra floor lamps or full-spectrum lights that imitate sunlight. Mirrors can also help by reflecting the lights already shining and help increase the brightness of the room. Have options, the more lighting, the more you’ll feel comfortable in your new Buffalo pad.
Splash Some Color
Check with us first, but there is a chance you could possibly paint the walls. Instead of plain white walls, try adding a few dashes and splashes of color onto them. If you’re looking for some joy and energy to bring, try using bright colors like yellow and pink. If you’re looking for some calming colors, blue, green and browns will help with that effect.
Create Your Sanctuary
Make your bedroom sanctuary, no matter whether you have a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom apartment, or loft. The area where your bed is should be the most soothing place in your apartment. By ensuring your bed is perfect for you, you can make you feel better about your whole apartment or loft. You could try plush blankets, certain pillows or sheets to help with the refreshing feel of your bed.
Don’t Be a Slob
Keep yourself organized. Messy homes that are covered with clutter create stress, whereas tidy homes make owners more relaxed. If you are feeling a room is becoming too crowded, try throwing away five to ten items. Pick items you are not so crazy about; you will feel an immense sense of relief.
Decorate Like Crazy
Spend the first couple weeks while you’re still getting adjusted to your new place just making your place aesthetically pleasing. You can add wall hangings, framed pictures or anything else you enjoy! A simple addition could be fresh flowers in a vase for a touch of brightness and beauty. Keep old comforts near your new ones. Whether this means photographs, trophies, or favorite books, these all bring a dash of nostalgia to our personal lives
Find Your Furniture
Even if you already have your furniture, maybe buying a statement piece could bring your home together. If you are willing, buy a piece you extremely love, whether it’s an armoire or a couch. Just be careful to budget this into your spending before buying something you cannot pay for and/or move. Consider the entrances and size of your new Buffalo apartment when choosing new furniture.
Take Your Time.
Adjusting to a new apartment in Buffalo NY will not be simple and quick, so give yourself a break and allow yourself some time to settle in. Make any changes you need to and rearrange anything necessary until you find the best way to use our new space. Do this, and you may find yourself falling in love with your new home.
We here at Kissling Apartments hope you find yourself successful in your search for a perfect Buffalo apartment. If you’re looking to rent in Buffalo, New York be sure to check out some of our amazing places. Who knows? One of them may be your future home!
Buffalo Apartment Hunting Season | 4 Questions to Remember
It’s time to move. You’ve begun hunting for the next best place to live. You don’t want to jump on the first Buffalo apartment you find on craigslist and call it home do you? This is going to be your new crib, so why not make sure that it’s perfect for you? Here are a few important things to ask when you go to look at a new apartment or loft in Buffalo.
Where Do I Park?
Buffalo NY. Home of the most hard working parking attendants in the country. If you’re looking at apartments or lofts in the city of Buffalo, be sure to scope out the parking situation. Do you have off street parking? Examine the signage, and available street spots. Does it seem tricky getting in and out? Think about the plow coming through town if you do have to park on the street. If you aren’t a morning person, you might not want to have to get up at 8am to move your car in the winter.
Will I Be Safe?
We’ve all seen a movie depicting our worst nightmare, a home invasion. Unless your dad is Liam Neison, you’re going to want proper protection. When you go look at your potential new place, check out the loft or apartment’s locking mechanisms and security systems. How about the windows, are they locked and protected properly? Also scope out the surrounding neighborhood, do you feel safe? Could you see yourself walking around this neighborhood?
Can My Cat Chill?
No one likes letting go of a loved one. Especially when they have fur and their really cuddly. If you’re on the prowl for your new perfect place, make sure your pet can come too. First off, ask about the specific apartment or loft about the pet policy. Consider if your pet would be comfortable here. Check how much the deposit is if there is one. Consider the cost of cleaning when you move out. Again, consider the safety of the neighborhood for walking your pooch at night.
Does Everything Work?
It’s easy to get excited on an apartment hunt. Before you sign your lease, take one more look at the functionality of everything. Consider any water systems, ie: shower, faucets, drains, laundry machines, etc. There’s nothing worse than moving into your brand new Buffalo apartment and realizing the toilet doesn’t flush AFTER you christened it for the first time. Also examine the electrical outlets. Do they look new and functional? Is the apartment cable-ready? IF there are appliances give those a good inspection as well.
Hopefully this helps you remember a few extra things when you look at your next Buffalo apartment or loft. These are all things that are easy to overlook outside of the traditional common questions and concerns. For more information on finding a new Buffalo Loft or apartment around WNY, Contact Kissling!
You’ve made the decision that you want to move into a new apartment, but you’re not sure where in Buffalo you really want to live. Finding apartments in Buffalo NY has become somewhat challenging with an influx of culture and population. Here are a few things to remember when you want to find the perfect Buffalo neighborhood to call home.
What Do You Want?
This is essentially the most important step in finding apartments for rent in Buffalo NY. Brainstorm. Assuming there are reasons why your last apartment didn’t suit all of your needs, start there. Write down the reasons why your last location didn’t cut it. Things like poor parking, noisy college kids, etc.
Then, spend some time writing down amenities that you NEED to have around your next Buffalo apartment. Work outside the city? Consider quick access to the thruway or quick transits. Once you write down the things you need, then you can write down the things you WANT. These are the things that will make living in Buffalo more fun, easy, or cool.
What’s Good in the Hood?
Spend some time checking out the attractions and businesses that this neighborhood bolsters. Buffalo can be tricky when it comes to business, as some neighborhoods can bustle a lot, and some little to nothing. When considering where to look for Buffalo apartments for rent, remember that it’s not all about nightlife, as you’re going to need somewhere to go grab toilet paper, or mail the rent check. You can get a good idea of what’s around with simpler tools like google maps, or online sites like TripAdvisor.
What Do the People Have to Say?
Word of mouth can be a catch 22 when talking about Buffalo districts. Odds are you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who has lived in an apartment in the Buffalo area you are thinking about. Some people might think they hated an area in Buffalo, and someone else might have found it to be their favorite apartment they’ve ever had.
Keep your ears open when out and about Buffalo. Find out what their experience was like. Don’t hesitate to ask about safety, commuting, comfort, parking, etc. If you are considering staying in the area for a while, ask them about how the area is growing over time.
Go Forth, and Conquer
Once you’ve done your brainstorming and research, the next step in finding your new Buffalo apartment for rent is to actually go to the neighborhood(s) and see with your own eyes. This is how you’ll really know. Get a grasp on how the area in Buffalo looks and feels. Are the neighbors seemingly friendly? Check out the other properties in the area, both residential and businesses.
What is the feel of the neighborhood in the morning? Mid Day? Nighttime? Would you feel safe coming home from that bar around the corner? Are there a lot of older folks around, children, or college age partiers? Do you see a bright future for this Buffalo area or is it seemingly falling apart? The only way you’ll know if finding an apartment for rent in this area is to spend time in and around it.
Finding Buffalo apartments for rent can have it’s challenges, but finding the perfect apartment is impossible without the perfect neighborhood. Stay tuned to the Kissling blog for more tips on finding the best apartments in Buffalo NY.
Summer is practically an afterthought, leaving Buffalonians forced to prepare for another delightful Buffalo winter. You’ve decided to move into a new apartment, but you failed to get out before the Fall. If you failed to force yourself to get out before the leaves began to change, here are a few reminders about finding a new home in the fall.
First of all, where in Buffalo are you looking to live? You may have a particular area in mind, based on the personality of the neighborhood, or the convenience of the location. Evaluate your commute to your most visited locations, ie: work, friends, bars, the gym. How long will it take for you to get to these locations from your new apartment? Considering you’re moving after summer ends you’ve got to add on about 5-10 minutes in “snowtravel.” How close are your vital stops? Gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, laundry.
Buffalo has a lot of different living situations, and some may be better suited for in-and-out summer living. Forget it. When you look at Buffalo apartments for rent, remember you’re going to need to hunker down. You’re going to need a cozy cabin to survive your Buffalo cabin fever. When checking out new apartments in Buffalo NY, examine the space. Can you see yourself comfortable within the confines of this new abode? Another thing to remember when looking at Buffalo apartments, heat. Is the heating up to date? Is heat adjustable? Included in rent? Is there enough storage? Ask prior resident or property manager about pricing and temperature. Prepare for hibernatable climate conditions.
If you have lived in Buffalo, odds are you’ve gotten a parking ticket. There’s nothing worse than having to get up at the crack of dawn in sub zero temperature to move your car to the other side of the street for fear of paying $30 for being parked 6 feet from legality for 9 minutes. Examine your potential new Buffalo apartment’s parking situation. Off street parking is a get out of jail free card, but if that isn’t an option, examine walking distance/availability of parking. Consider plows. If you have off street parking, you’ll need a shovel, to get you in and out. If you don’t, consider how far you’ll have to move your car before you consider where you’re going to buy a new driver’s side mirror.
As mentioned, Buffalo weather requires hunker down hibernation. Consider your choices carefully. Whether you’re moving in with your soulmate, your best friends, or that person who responded to your craigslist ad, this person-or people-will be key in maintaining stable mental activity. Whether you like it or not, you’ll be trapped inside your apartment with this person. Choose someone who will help rather than hinder your Buffalo winter.
Comfort is key, but is this new crib somewhere you could create a cool cabin? Find a Buffalo apartment that you can see yourself being able to transform into a place you WANT to be trapped in. Take into account the layout, space, and capacity to customize. Can you paint? Can you mount that 42” TV to the wall? If you’re high tech, is there ample electrical outlets? Comfort is nice and necessary, but a cool space in the winter is clutch.
To find your next Buffalo Apartment, Contact Kissling.
Apartment Spotlight- Remington Lofts
Lofts in Buffalo NY
In this installment of our Buffalo Apartment Spotlight blog series, we’re checking out the Remington Lofts, a Kissling Interests property in North Tonawanda, New York. Widely known as one of WNY’s most modern and esteemed loft locations, the Remington Lofts are truly something special for all who live there. Let’s find out what all the hype is about.
The building itself was converted from what used to be the old Remington Rand factory, which made typewriters. Now, the grounds still represent the spirit and grit of the old factory, with exposed brick and sculpture tributes to typewriter arms, but there is a much more modern feel to the space.
The front of the building is lined with garage-style doors that open up the main lobby to the elements on warm summer days, and the rooms themselves boast new appliances and spacious floor plans. There are also options for gated off-street parking and heated garage space, which our tenants much appreciate during Buffalo winters.
The Remington Lofts also provide some of the coolest views and scenery of all our Kissling properties. Seated directly across from the historic Erie Canalway, these apartments offer the beauty and natural feel of the suburbs while still located only a short drive from the city of Buffalo. There is also a rooftop garden for residents to enjoy and get a chance to soak up some sun.
They may not be located in the heart of the city, but there’s still plenty to do living at the Remington Lofts. The living areas themselves are connected directly with The Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange, a great restaurant and bar that encapsulates the aesthetic of the lofts and gives you a great place to eat and relax. The lofts are also only 15 minutes from Buffalo, and 10 minutes from Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.
In the summer, the area is bustling with festivals, boating, and canal activities, and several great restaurants are within walking distance of the apartments.
Find Out More
The Remington is truly one of the most special properties in the Buffalo area, and we are proud to have it here at the Kissling Interests. If you’re interested in the Remington Lofts, check out our rental page or the website we set up for the property. Or just give us a call! We’d love to get you all the information you need to find the bests lofts in Buffalo NY.
Our apartments at 249 North Street are located deep in the heart of the Elmwood district, featuring great proximity to downtown and the exciting possibilities of the Elmwood lifestyle.
The Apartments at 249 North Street
The apartments themselves have unique setups with plenty of open floor room and the possibility of a lofted area that overlooks the main living space. The furnishings and appliances offer modern-style living in a luxurious setting. In-unit laundry and free parking makes this one of our most convenient locations for residents, and the shared porch space and available balcony options give you plenty of room to get outside and breathe.
A Lively Neighborhood
The Elmwood district surrounding these apartments is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in Buffalo. The area attracts both the young and the old, and is sure to inspire the inner artist in you. With plenty of nightlife options so close by, you’ll never have a lack of things to do, and the area is very pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, so you won’t feel the need to drive everywhere you go.
For pricing information and unit availability, check out the rental page for 249 North.