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!
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..
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!)
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.”
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!
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!
North Buffalo Apartments | Townhomes At Delsan Court
These two-story Buffalo townhomes for rent are conveniently located in North Buffalo just minutes away from Tops, Target, Applebees, and other restaurants and stores. Delsan Court is comprised of one, two, and three bedroom two story town homes. Each residence has its own private front and rear entrance. Each residence consists of a kitchen and living room/dining room combination on the first floor, and an second floor where the bedrooms and bathroom are located. Each kitchen and bathroom is updated to include modern amenities, and onsite laundry facilities are available for residents.
*Renovated units include stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
This building features beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Buffalo apartments located within walking distance from the vibrant Elmwood Village.
These unique loft-style apartments in Buffalo feature functioning fireplaces and bedrooms that are on the second floor with the living space on the ground floor. This property also offers two bedroom apartments. The Elmwood Village is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Buffalo NY. There is always something to do, someone to meet, or something new to do. For a great new home, check out these Buffalo Loft apartments!
Food / Convenience Stores
Price Rite – Food Store
Nightlife / Entertainment
Elmwood Village & Elmwood Avenue strip of bars and restaurants.
Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
Kleinhans Music Hall
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Other Places of Interest
Elmwood Auto Care
The UPS Store
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo