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What. Have. You. DONE? 5 Mistakes First Time Renters Make

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What. Have. You. DONE? 5 Mistakes First Time Renters Make

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!

No Budget.

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.

Signing Blind.

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.

Poor Planning.

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

Time to Clean | 4 Tips For Cleaning for Spring in Buffalo

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!

 

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!

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!

How to Transition Your Apartment from Winter to Summer

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!

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.

Apartment Spotlight- Remington Lofts

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.

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The Lofts

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Lifestyle

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.

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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.

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