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5 Tips for a Solid Roomie Relationship

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5 Tips for a Solid Roomie Relationship

5 Tips for a Solid Roomie Relationship

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.

Be Honest.

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!

 

Preparing Your Apartment for the Cold Dark Winter in Buffalo

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!

Big Trouble in a Little Apartment? Making the Most of a Small Space

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.

Shelf Life

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.

Functional Furnishings

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!

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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda… Apartment Hunting Reminders for Buffalonians

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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!

Solo Life or Roommate Life | How to Decide

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:

Lower Rent 

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.

A Friend

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..

Convenience  

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:

Less Conflict

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.

Privacy

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. 

Space

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!

4 Things to Think About | Finding Your New Neighborhood

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.

 

Fallout From Moving In The Fall | Finding Buffalo Apartments

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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.

1. Location.

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.

2. Comfort.

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.

3. Parking.

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.

4. Roommate(s).

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.

5. Style.

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.

Buffalo Apartment Necessities: Storage

Even in some of our most luxuriously spacious Buffalo apartments, finding the right storage to keep all your things in neat order is an important task. You might have a lot of free space around your place now, but unless you find a good way to organize the little things, your space can get cluttered and out of control fast. So, to give you some inspiration to get creative with your storage, we’ve put together some cool ideas that will help you save space and also keep your apartment looking great.

Under the Bed

No, we’re not talking about just shoving all the clutter on the floor of your room right under your bed. We’re talking about real, under-the-bed storage space. Getting a bed that comes with drawer storage underneath is a great way to maximize space in your room. These beds can be expensive, but if you can’t afford it, don’t let that hold you back. It can be easy and fun to take on a new DIY project, and building a platform for your bed that includes lots of space for storage will pay for itself when you aren’t tripping over things on your floor. If you need some guidance, the internet is an endless expanse of helpful tips, so get out there and explore.

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Bike Storage

There’s nothing worse than having to store your bike right in the middle of your living room or bedroom and having to step around it as you walk through your apartment. Since a lot of our apartments for rent are nestled deep in Buffalo biking territory, plenty of our tenants are probably faced with this problem. The answer might be simpler than you think. Go to your local hardware store and check out the shelving and hooks they have available. Building a wall-mount for your bike is probably easier than you think, and you’ll love the extra space you’ll have after you get your bike off the floor. Your solution doesn’t have to be destructive to the wall either. Try getting some Command strips and hanging your hooks with a solution that won’t leave damage to the wall when you’re done.

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Shelving and Boxes

Storage shelves and dressers don’t have to be big and expensive to get the job done. There are plenty of cool ways to arrange pre-built or custom-made shelving around your place to maximize space and give you plenty of room to store things. Check out this great asymmetrical shelving unit that was built using wooden boxes and a ratchet strap – all easily attainable items.

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So if you’re struggling to find enough storage for everything in your apartment, give these ideas a try and get creative. And if you really can’t fit all your stuff into your living space, maybe it’s time for an upgrade! Check out our apartments for rent in Buffalo and find the perfect floor plan for you.

Elmwood Village Apartments | Ashland Ave

Elmwood Village Buffalo Apartments

712 & 718 Ashland Avenue | Apartments In Buffalo

Adjacently located, 712 & 718 Ashland Avenue feature 12 two bedroom apartments for rent in Buffalo NY, conveniently located in the heart of the Elmwood Village and within walking distance to Buffalo State College. If you’re looking for apartments in Buffalo, check out Ashland Ave. The building was completely renovated in 2004 exposing its original charm with refinished hardwood floors throughout, ceramic tiled bathrooms, and central air. Ashland Avenue is a wonderful place to find apartments in Buffalo NY.

  • $25 storage
  • No utilities included

Nightlife / Entertainment

  • Elmwood Village & Elmwood Avenue bars and restaurants
  • The Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center

Other Places of Interest

  • HSBC Bank
  • Lincoln Parkway
  • Bidwell Parkway
  • Historic Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Buffalo State College

Elmwood Village Apartments | 211 Summer St

Elmwood Village Apartments | 211 Summer St

This building is located within walking distance from the vibrant Elmwood Village. If you want an apartments in Buffalo NY that will put you in the crux of culture, you’ll love living around Elmwood. The center of activity offers you quick access to almost anything going on in Buffalo.

These Elmwood Village apartments are located in a property that was formerly a mansion that was converted into 7 apartments which feature mahogany woodwork and high ceilings. Gas included.

Food / Convenience Stores

Elmwood Market
Price Rite – Food Store
Wilson Farms
Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Nightlife / Entertainment

Elmwood Village & Elmwood Avenue strip of bars and restaurants. Including; Cozumel Grill.
Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
Kleinhans Music Hall
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Other Places of Interest

Elmwood Auto Care
The UPS Store
Key Bank
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo