How to Decorate Your Apartment Balcony (Plus, Some Design Inspiration to Get You Started)

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Designing an apartment balcony doesn’t have to be synonymous with simply putting out a table and a few chairs. With a little planning and forethought, this space can become your new favorite place to spend time. Read on to learn how to design an apartment balcony like a pro — and for some design inspiration to get you started on your own space. With a little creativity, you can create an outdoor oasis that feels equally functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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Designing an apartment balcony is about so much more than chairs. Image: Michael Muraz Photography

How to design your apartment balcony

Though designing an apartment balcony is largely a matter of catering to your own personal tastes, there are a few things you
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4 Landlord-Friendly Ways to Improve Your Apartment

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You can improve your apartment without breaking the bank or your lease. Image: Greenworks Construction

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  You’ve moved into a rental. You want to make the space your own, but you don’t want to invest in a bunch of permanent fixtures – or break your lease. What’s a renter to do? Fortunately, you actually have quite a few options. You can spring for nicer upgrades that you can pack up with you when you move out, or you can choose some more affordable, non-permanent ways to improve your apartment. Sure, there are probably some things about your rental that you want to change but can’t. (We’re looking at you, drab carpet and weirdly colored walls.) Even so, adding your own personal touches can
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4 Apartment Hunting Red Flags That Should Have You Running the Other Way

Apartment hunting, especially online, is easy – maybe a little bit too easy. While the internet and print ads can be great sources for connecting people with housing that fits their needs, they can also be a breeding ground for scammers who are looking to take your hard-earned money. Read on to learn about some of the biggest apartment hunting red flags and how to keep yourself safe.
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Make sure you can get in touch with the property manager. Image: Tatiana Nicol

The property manager is nowhere to be found

One of the biggest apartment hunting red flags is an uncommunicative landlord. Let’s say, for instance, you’ve finally found a property you like. You’ve been calling and calling to try and set up a viewing, but you’ve only been getting the property manager’s voicemail. Worse yet, no call back and it’s been days. Unfortunately, if this scenario sounds all
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The First-Time Renter’s Guide to Apartment Living

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The first-time renter can use this guide for ideal apartment living. Image: Leivars

Congratulations! Moving into your first apartment is a major life step. As a new renter, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement, mixed with the awareness that life is changing in a big way. If you’re feeling a little daunted, don’t worry: We gathered up four of the most important tips for first-time renters. Follow these and you’ll be loving life in your new space in no time!
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Carve out time to sit down and work on your budget. Image: Ebright Design

First-time renter tip #1: Stay on budget

Getting your own place is a major financial step. It can make you feel either liberated or overwhelmed. The difference between the two is keeping a handle on your spending. To start, don’t sign the lease on a place that costs more than 30% of your take-home pay.
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