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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Lynchburg, VA Part II

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Lynchburg, VA Part II

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 19, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAAre you apartment hunting in Lynchburg, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider.

11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually, such as a shower rod, router, nightstand, etc.

12. Buy a mattress pad.

13. Utilize your kitchen.

14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.

15. Decorate!

16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely.

17. Always make sure you have food at your place.

18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment.

19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.

20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine.

21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new residency.

22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds.

23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.

24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.

25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.

Neither dorm living nor apartment living has to be something viewed negatively. Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence.

That being said, do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling.

Don’t forget, last week we gave you the first 10 things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.

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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 12, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAAre you apartment hunting in Lynchburg, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider.

  1. Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
  2. Make sure you know at least one of your roommates.
  3. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
  4. Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
  5. Get to know your neighbors.
  6. Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
  7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
  8. Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
  9. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect.
  10. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.

Don’t forget, next week we’ll give you a few more things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.

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Mistake College Grads Should Avoid When Finding Their First Apartment

Mistake College Grads Should Avoid When Finding Their First Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 05, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAFinding your first apartment after college is a big undertaking — it can be hard to know where to start when you’re staring at a stack of listings and the money from your new job is burning a hole in your pocket. And you’re new to all this, so you’re bound to make some mistakes along the way.

Take a look at some of these common slip-ups so you can do your best to avoid them as you search for a new place to live.

1. Starting Your Search Too Early

Generally, the best time to start looking for an apartment is no more than three weeks before your move-in date. But once it’s time to start your search, you want to make you aren’t …

2. … Underestimating How Much Everything Costs

Getting your first apartment can be a big financial adjustment.

You can use the time before graduation to research how much apartments are in the areas you’re considering and what costs you might pay for additional amenities.

3. Not Planning for Expenses Beyond Rent

Most people think about the monthly rent check (or charge, if your landlord lets you pay rent by credit card), but that’s not the only expense you’ll face living on your own. Think about other necessities like laundry detergent, toilet paper and groceries. And remember, there are ways to save on your daily expenses — like making this delicious 16-cent breakfast.

4. Leaving Student Loan Payments Out of Your Budget

Monthly payments for student loans are often overlooked … because student loans come with a six-month grace period before you have to start making payments.

5. Forgetting About Credit

Most landlords look at a version of your credit report as part of the application process. Things like credit cards or loans are impacting your credit.

Depending on how far into the world of credit you’ve ventured, your credit file may be pretty thin. Not sure?

6. Not Gathering What You’ll Need

Graduates usually rush to find an apartment without contemplating on the requirements for renting an apartment. They don’t have any offer letters ready, pay stubs or bank statements.

7. Not Talking With Your Guarantors About Their Essential Paperwork

Once you’ve gathered all your paperwork, it’s important to also remind any guarantors of what they’ll need, as springing it all on them at the last minute is guaranteed to cause delays and frustrations.

8. Not Brushing Up on Terminology

Recent graduates don’t typically know the difference in rental versus condo versus co-op building. They tend to just shop for what looks awesome and do not take into consideration the process involved with putting together a board package and the cost.

9. Choosing the Wrong Roommates

Compare schedules and lifestyles to see if living with a particular person is really a good idea.

You should already be thinking about things like each person’s tolerance for mess and budget, but now that you have your first full-time jobs, you’ll have to make sure the lifestyles can coexist peacefully.

10. Not Getting Roommate Agreements in Writing

Even if you’re living with your best friend, it’s important to write out responsibilities and agreements you’ve made about the living situation. You’ll also want to outline how bills will be paid and who is responsible for what. Hopefully you’ll never need to reference this for any reason, but you’ll be glad to have it all in writing if things go bad.

11. Not Considering Apartments With Fees

We know, all those fees are the worst. But some of these upfront costs, while painful at the time you see the money coming out of your account, may mean paying less over time.

Many of the no-fee apartments just add fees to your monthly rent. And, if that’s the case, although you will pay less upfront, over time it will even out, as you will be paying more per month.

12. Forgetting to Meet Potential Neighbors

In college, your neighbors were probably other college students, but that probably won’t be the case now. Don’t let that stop you from getting to know your neighbors and finding ones you can trust.

13. Not Factoring in the Landlord

It’s sometimes better to pay a premium to be with a better landlord than to pay less and be with a bad landlord that doesn’t fix anything and is hard to reach.

14. Skimming Over the Lease

In a time when we all just click “next” anytime we install an update on one of our devices, it’s easy to flip to the end of the agreement and sign on the dotted line. But it’s essential you know what you’re agreeing to and negotiate things that you’re not quite on board with.

15. Not Knowing Your Tenant Rights

Tenants (and even applicants) have federal laws protecting them. And, in many cases, there are state laws that help protect you too, so you’ll want to do your research and find out what legal rights you have ahead of time.

16. Passing on Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may seem like one more expense, but just like car insurance, having it may ultimately save you money in the event of a problem. You can read about the little-known ways renters insurance could save you money here.

17. Only Looking at the Bottom Line

Graduates are very price-sensitive, so they will usually go with the cheaper apartment as their rule of thumb. However … they don’t realize that sometimes a cheap deal is not the best deal for them.

18. Holding Out for Perfection

Apartment hunting can be a lot like a relationship — you start out with a list of ideal qualities, but the odds of finding someone (or some place) that meets all these may not be realistic.

Regardless of your budget, there is no perfect apartment. Renting is all about tradeoffs.

19. Forgetting About What Comes Next

When looking for an apartment, people have a tendency to not think about a rental as more than a one-year commitment. But, unless you have reason to move, you probably won’t want to go through the hassle. So, that’s why it’s a good idea to think about how that unit will fit your life in the next few years.

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Difference Between Dorm and Apartment Living - Lynchburg, VA

Difference Between Dorm and Apartment Living - Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAYou have decided that you do not want to live in the dorms anymore. You are sick of dealing with RA’s, stale, repetitive dining hall food, and the general inconvenience and hassle of not being able to be truly independent.

Have you thought of the ways life will be different when living in an apartment compared to living in the dorms? Between location, the amenities, rent and deciding who to room with, the differences abound. Here are four big differences in living in a dorm compared to living in an apartment.

1. Location

Here are a couple questions you will want to ask yourself when determining the ideal location for your dream apartment.

Do you want to be around the hustle and bustle of campus town, i.e. bars, restaurants, and shops; or do you prefer the quiet and quaint setting of an apartment a mile or two away from it all? If you want some peace and quiet to yourself during the week and on weekends, the second option would be better.

Would you prefer to be as close as possible to class and minimize travel time, or away from the cluster of people and students resulting in a lengthier travel time to class? This is why it is a major difference. Dorms are usually positioned closer to the heart of campus.

2. Rent

Money, especially for college students, is a resource that needs to be maximized to its fullest extent especially for living expenses.

A $650 a month apartment with all utilities included might not necessarily be the same as a $550 a month apartment with no utilities. In addition, tuition per year needs to be well-defined to see what average living costs would come out to. This is where some reflection and projection is needed in terms of utility usage.

Would you be able to plan out your monthly allotment for non-included utilities to make sure it does not exceed a similar apartment with all utilities included? If you are a cautious person and would rather play it safe and not be on a stringent usage, search for apartments with all or most utilities included to maximize enjoyment of your apartment and to minimize stress.

3. Amenities

This is a factor when apartment hunting compared to living in the dorms that is sometimes overlooked. If you are looking for a more modernized apartment, you might be looking for an attached pool, in-unit washer and dryer, in-complex gym or rec center, modernized appliances, reserved parking, an enclosed outdoor or indoor social area, etc.

4. Roommates

The age-old question of who you want to live with can play a big role in determining whether or not to hunt for an apartment and is a big influence on all of the other factors mentioned previously. Do you enjoy the camaraderie and company of a friend or two to live with to help make a new apartment experience more enjoyable? Do you consider yourself your own best friend and prefer to keep it simple and worry about yourself?

An important note to remember is that if you decide to live in an apartment, you have more freedom in deciding where to live and who to live with. With the dorms, that freedom may not be available.

One major task nearly every college student faces is whether to live in a dorm or apartment. An apartment offers more freedoms in terms of college experience but dorms offer a more reliable, easier route. Whichever the choice, be sure to take the time to research the most well thought out decision.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond Apartments.

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Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA: When College Students Should Start

Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA: When College Students Should Start

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 22, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAWhether it’s your first year in college and you’re already thinking about off-campus housing, or you didn’t have luck getting the apartment you wanted last year, it helps to know when you should start looking for one to make sure you get your dream apartment in college.

First off, get to know your campus and the surrounding city in order to get an idea of when leasing season begins. For some cities, it’s the same as non-school apartments; meaning, leasing seasons are May/June and August/September, as well as December. For other cities, it’s a much lengthier process. In some university towns, if you want an apartment in August, then you need to apply for it in September of the previous year. It can take up to a year to “wait in line” for an apartment. So, if you’re a freshman in college, you should prepare to plan for an apartment hunt in September to be ready for your sophomore year. Once you know when leasing season is, start looking for apartments a month or two in advance to get an idea of where you want to live. Make a “top three” list of apartments. Contact those apartments and ask when they start leasing; is it a year in advance or is it move-in ready? If it’s move-in ready, then you can wait until the following year.

*TIP: For move-in ready leases, start your search process in May/June versus August. You want to make sure you get an apartment and have move-in time before school starts back up.

If you get an apartment in June, you’ll have a year long lease and can choose to stay in the same apartment or move in June. It gives you plenty of time to move out once summer break starts. If you plan to change apartments, then make sure to start looking for your next one in advance depending on whether or not it’s a year-in-advance lease or move-in ready.

The apartment hunting process can take time, so it’s always good to start ahead of time and stay on top of apartment availabilities. With so many students on the same time schedule as you, you’ll be competing with others for the same college apartments. Consider making a renter’s resume to help you stand out from the rest!

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Lynchburg, Va: A Great Small City for Healthy Retiring

Lynchburg, Va: A Great Small City for Healthy Retiring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAFor retirees looking to stay active, Lynchburg, VA has lots of scenic trails ideal for hiking or biking.

Lynchburg's natural beauty makes it easy for retirees to stay active. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooking the James River, the City of Seven Hills has more than 18 miles of urban trails for hiking, running and biking. Blackwater Creek Trail, for instance, hugs a creek and passes a waterfall and a historic train tunnel on its way through the city. Lynchburg was named the outstanding runner-friendly community by the Road Runners Club of America.

Just steps away from the Blackwater trail is Lynchburg's historic downtown, where 120-year-old warehouses are being renovated into everything from artist studios and lofts (two-bedroom units rent for about $1,000 a month) to galleries and restaurants. The Lynchburg Community Market is open five days a week and features a bustling farmers market and live music every Saturday morning. The Lynchburg Is for Locavores program spotlights fresh food from local farms.

Lynchburg is also home to several theater groups, a symphony and an opera company, and it hosts a series of riverfront concerts and arts festivals. The community has raised more than $16.6 million to restore the historic Academy Theatre on Main Street, which will be the marquee building for a busy arts center. With five colleges in town and several more nearby, opportunities for cultural, educational and athletic events abound.

Kids and grandkids can have hours of fun at the Amazement Square children’s museum, a block from the river in a renovated Civil War–era building. And the whole family can enjoy the Lynchburg Hillcats, a minor-league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Smith Mountain Lake, Wintergreen ski resort and the Appalachian Trail are all within an hour's drive, and Amtrak gets you to Washington, D.C., in 3 1/2 hours.

Health care centers around Centra Health, a nationally recognized health care system. Its flagship hospital specializes in cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Virginia doesn't tax Social Security benefits, but it does tax residents on their incomes, including federal and military pensions, at rates up to 5.75%. Residents 65 and older can deduct up to $12,000 per person, depending on their income.

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Virginia is One of the Best States for Retirement - Lynchburg, VA

Virginia is One of the Best States for Retirement - Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 01, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAMany of us long for a retirement that will feel like going on a permanent vacation. But before we buy that beach bungalow, box up our stuff and break out the Costco-sized wine spritzers, a reality check may be in order.

Bankrate’s latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire finds the fun-in-the-sun places often associated with retirement may have drawbacks as we face aging issues and our savings dwindle. Retiree meccas like Florida and Arizona don’t come close to cracking our top 10.

#6. Virginia

Many do want to retire somewhere else - It’s no myth that many people dream of moving in retirement. A new Bankrate survey shows that 47% of Americans would consider relocating when they retire. Higher-earning households and younger people are more likely to say so than everyone else.

According to our poll, Americans’ priorities for a retirement haven suggest they’re giving a lot of thought to practical considerations like cost of living and health care.

How we rate the states

To rank the states according to what people say they want in retirement, we pull together data on these eight criteria:

  • Cost of living
  • Healthcare quality
  • Crime
  • Cultural vitality
  • Weather
  • Taxes
  • Senior citizens’ overall well-being
  • The prevalence of other seniors

Two of our categories are new: cultural vitality (whether residents can find fun stuff to do) and the prevalence of other seniors (whether it would be easy to find other retirees to hang out with).

We weight the factors based on the importance they were given in our survey.

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One of America’s Cheapest States to Live – Lynchburg, VA

One of America’s Cheapest States to Live – Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 24, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VACNBC scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

Cost of living is one of the key categories of competitiveness, worth a possible 75 points toward a state's overall Top States score.

This year some states were tied. But Virginia ranked high on the list .

#13 Virginia

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Is This Apartment in Lynchburg, VA Right for You?

Is This Apartment in Lynchburg, VA Right for You?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAThe adventure of finding an apartment you like is like trying to find a college or trying to find a good group of friends. You have to test things out or look into them before making your decision. You have to narrow down your options to figure out what is best for you and make the best out of what you have chosen.

Whether you are apartment hunting by yourself or with others, trust your gut. Every apartment complex will have its own way of doing things and have its own original environment. Your goal is to find the one that speaks to your personality and the one you will be happy living in. There are no trial periods when it comes to renting an apartment — if you want to leave early then you will have to fork over some major cash to break your lease.

What you want in an apartment is up to you. You could want a renovated apartment or you could want washer and dryer connections, or something even more elaborate. You need to know if where you are living is right for you. It may not be exactly what you want, but how do you determine whether or not the apartment community is something to keep in the running when you are making your final decisions.

You will want what you want, but you also want to be smart about what you want. The idea of picking an apartment just because it is pretty or because they simply have a nice exterior will tell you nothing about what else is surrounding it. Or it won’t tell you what it’s like to live there.

Here are few tips on how to know if an apartment community is right for you.

1. Neighboring surroundings: Take a look around the place first. See what is in the proximity. Say you like to go out to eat a lot, try to pick some place that has a lot of food options. If you have a child and want a good school to send them to, keep that in mind.

Also, while you are doing your hunting, pay attention to the neighbors you see as you are walking through the complex. Sometimes places can unfortunately be defined by the people that live there. And this reigns true about apartment complexes, most of the time.

2. Security: You want to feel safe where you live and without the right kind of security you might not feel that way. Make sure to ask about this when you are being shown around by a leasing agent. Your safety needs do not need to be looked over or disregarded.

If high security is something that will make it feel right to you, then make sure you look for that when you are apartment hunting. Sometimes a neighborhood watch just doesn’t cut it for people.

3. Management/maintenance: You are going to want to make sure the people that will be fixing your needs in the apartment are up to par or at least to your standards. Do they fix things in a timely manner? Are they polite and accommodating? Do they let you know when they are stopping by to look over things? Do they let you know things about the complex ahead of time?

This is when reviews on the internet may come into handy. No leasing agent is going to tell you that they have an issue with maintenance, but reviewers online will tell you straight up.

4. Too many compromises: Sometimes you have to forgo what you want a little to find a space that feels good to you. You may have to give up that breakfast nook for an extra storage space. But sometimes you tend to give up things you don’t have to.

Make sure that what you are picking is at least 80-90 percent what you want in the apartment. You want to feel comfortable and not like you gave up everything you had in mind. With that type of mindset you won’t be happy whatsoever and living like that for six months to a year will be utterly miserable.

Apartments put freedom and stress in the same sentence, but finding the best one for you can take a bit of the stress off your shoulders. Keep what you want in mind, but also remember to keep an open mind, because sometimes you will find something you didn’t even know you wanted.

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Tips for Students Who are Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

Tips for Students Who are Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAApartment Hunting can be a bit stressful unless you already know where you want to live and it’s available, then this most likely won’t apply to you. Right now, many students are doing their fair share of apartment hunting in Lynchburg, VA. Looking for an apartment can be easy when you follow these tips:

1. Set a budget: You should set a budget for how low and how high you’re willing to pay for rent, also factor in bills ( Light, Cable, Wifi etc.)

2. What amenities can you live with and without: do you want your apartment to have a gym, be pet-friendly, in-unit washer and dryer, balcony, fireplace etc. figure out what you can live with and live without too narrow down your choices.

3. Pick an area: Do you want to live Uptown, Downtown, gated community, near your school, near your job, near your favorite shopping center etc. you should feel comfortable in the area you choose to live.

4. Take an in-person tour of the apartment: don’t just trust and go off the floor plan, get a feel for how much space you’ll have to work with. Bonus: visit the apartment during the night as well to get a feel for parking and night activity.

5. Ask about leasing options, security deposit, what they require of you before you sign a lease.

6. Figure out if you want a roommate: if yes make sure the person is trustworthy and that you all mesh well together.

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Walden Pond Apartment Homes

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