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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Buffalo Apartments for Rent | Elmwood Village
These Summer St. apartments are located within walking distance from the vibrant Elmwood Village.
This property has 4 apartments which have updated kitchens and bathrooms along with new windows and recent exterior renovations. The finest in Elmwood Village apartments.
Food / Convenience Stores
Price Rite – Food Store
Nightlife / Entertainment
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
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo