July 21, 2017
Franklin Pointe is a professional community located on E Call Street that offers studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartment floor plans. It offers short-term leases and is located less than 3 miles from Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Here are a few things that we love about Franklin Pointe!
Franklin Pointe is a pet friendly complex with no breed restrictions up to eighty pounds. Their one-time pet fee ranges from $250- $350, depending on the age and weight of your pet. Monthly rent also varies by weight and age from $25- $45. For more information on their pet policy, you can visit their leasing office, or call 850-222-2864.
When it comes to Florida, bugs are a part of life. Franklin Pointe offers weekly pest control for their residents at no extra charge for basic services. They will also be glad to put you on an extra rotation if your home needs extra protection from the Florida bugs. All you have to do to register for this service is call their leasing office!
3-Two 24-Hour Laundry Centers
In large apartment communities, it can be a pain when you have to wait for a machine when you need to wash your clothes. At Franklin Pointe, that is not a problem with their two laundry centers. You can also wash your clothes any time you want since both locations are open 24-hours! One of the machines down? Just call their on-site maintenance team who will address the problem as soon as possible.
Florida is notorious of its hot summers and mild winters. No need to head to the beach with Franklin Pointe’s large pool! Relax by the pool on the sundeck, or splash around in the water. Beat the heat and still be able to walk home!
While Franklin Pointe is located near Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College, it is not a predominant student community. Franklin Pointe is a quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors and a large, secluded park setting. It is also located close to both Myers Park and Cascade Park. A perfect place for you and your loved ones!
For more information about Franklin Pointe, and to speak to a leasing specialist about floor plan availability, please call 850-222-2864, or visit their feature page on our website! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter! Get connected and check out their current specials! Search smarter and live better with Apartments in Tallahassee.
June 8, 2017
The Preserve is a townhome community located on San Luis Road that offers 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom floor-plans. It offers roommate matching and is located within 5 miles from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. Here are a few things that we love about The Preserve!
5. Pet Park
Many apartment communities are pet-friendly, but The Preserve goes a step farther and offers a pet park to residents! You pup can have plenty of room to run, jump, and play to their heart’s content. You can check out their pet policy at https://thepreserveapt.com/faq/.
4. Pest Control
Living in Florida, bugs are part of life. The Preserve offers pest control every month for no extra charge! See a bug, call their office and report it. They will schedule the Pest Control company to pay special attention to your apartment and trouble areas. Did we mention it was free for you to use?
3. Guest Bathroom
The Preserve is unique in that each bedroom gets a private bathroom and there is an extra half bath located downstairs for guests! No one has to walk through your bedroom to use the bathroom.
2. Individual bedroom deadbolts
For extra security and peace of mind, The Preserve has deadbolt locks on each individual bedroom door. You can feel safe and confident knowing your stuff is locked away behind a separate deadbolt.
1. Individual leasing
Each of the three bedrooms in The Preserve are leased individually. This means that each roommate is only responsible for their portion of the rent and utilities. This leasing option is the most financially secure. If a resident in the apartment pays their rent late or becomes delinquent, it does not affect the other roommates.
To learn more about The Preserve, you can visit their profile on our website, or visit their individual website at thepreserveapt.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Get connected and check out their current specials! Search smarter and live better with Apartments in Tallahassee.
April 25, 2017
Finding an apartment in Tallahassee can sometimes be difficult. With the wide variety of apartments, it can be almost impossible to choose. That is why we wanted to share our favorite Tallahassee Apartments with you.
Polo Club Apartments is an apartment community on High Road in Tallahassee. The community offers great amenities, including a pool and pest control. Here are our top five reasons why we love Polo Club Apartments in Tallahassee.
5. Free Food Wednesday
Every Wednesday, the staff at Polo Club provide free food from various Tallahassee restaurants for their residents to enjoy. From pizza to chicken, you will not go hungry here.
4. Floor plan Variety
Polo Club offers three and four bedroom apartments in both flat and townhome layout. It is important to ask a leasing specialist on site which floorplan may work best for you based on what you want in your home. You can tour their three bedroom townhome at poloclubtallahassee.com.
3. All Inclusive
What does this mean? Each lease agreement includes the rental of a bedroom in each apartment. Each bedroom can be fully furnished with a full-size bed, desk, chair, dresser and nightstand. The living/common area shared by other bedrooms in the apartment includes a sofa, coffee table, end table, 32” TV, and dining room furniture. All appliances are provided as well, including full-size washer and dryer. Cable and wireless internet is included. The utilities in the apartment are processed by direct bill. Each roommate is responsible for only their portion of rent and utility overages. For more details, please call the leasing office at 850-580-8078.
2. Private Bathrooms
To provide you with the best living environment Polo Club includes a private bathroom in each bedroom. No more sharing with your roommate or with the entire floor.
1. Proximity to FSU, FAMU, and TCC
Polo Club Apartments is located less than a mile from Florida State University, four miles from Florida A&M University, and about three miles from Tallahassee Community College.
For more information about Polo Club Apartments, you can visit their profile on our website at aptsintally.com or you can check out their website.
March 8, 2017
Are you considering a new coat of paint on your apartment walls in Tallahassee? Completing a painting project is not only satisfying – it can be a lot of fun, too. If you’re new to the painting process, this guide is for you. We’ve outlined all the best tips you’ll need to have a fun time with great end-results for your apartment painting.
Places to Buy
There are all sorts of great paint store options for apartments in Tallahassee. Here are the top picks throughout the region:
Best Colors for Your Apartment
Finding the best colors for your own apartment decorating is based on a few important considerations. Use this quick how-to breakdown to get a plan laid out for your own project:
Color Matching 101
Most people use a color wheel to help them match up colors that look and feel good together. The basics follow the warmth and coolness spectrum. You have warmer colors like red and orange on one side with their complements like blue and green on the other side. In the middle are neutral tones like black and white which can be used to lighten or darken your matching colors.
Match the Carpet/Floors
You can change the walls by choosing a different paint color to warm up or cool down a room. But there are some aspects you may not be able to change in your apartment. Depending on your floors or carpet, you’ll want to keep your paint colors matched up with a consistent style.
Match Your Furniture & Decor
Getting a new coat of paint should also reflect your apartment’s furnishings. You’ll want to pick a color scheme that also looks good with all your furniture. Use the color matching guide above to help coordinate color choices with both your furniture and your walls.
Match Your Tastes
Finally, you need to choose a color scheme that you’re happy to see every day. Ultimately the colors you pick should match your taste – and you should be happy with it!
Costs can vary due to all sorts of factors: the size of your apartment, the quality of the paint you choose, the number of rooms you’re painting, etc. You’ll want to choose a high quality interior paint. It’s a good idea to research different paint brands beforehand. This guide from Consumer Reports is a great place to start and offers cost estimates. If necessary, you can stagger the painting project room-by-room to keep costs spread out over the course of a few weeks.
Much like the costs, the time-frame can vary based on the size and scope of your painting. The true time-eating factor relates to getting your apartment ready for painting – clearing out furniture, putting painting tape on the wall seams, and other factors. You should expect to spend about a day or so of work per major room in your apartment.
Navigating Landlord Issues
Finally – and perhaps most importantly – you need to clear any big renovation project with your landlord first. Remember that even though you live there, your Tallahassee apartment technically belongs to your landlord. Most landlords will be happy that you want to make their property look better. But always remember to get the go-ahead first before you start.
Good luck and have a great painting project!
December 21, 2016
We all love our pets, but traveling with them can be difficult if you’re not prepared. Here are our top tips on traveling with your healthy furry friend.
Before you leave on your vacation, there are a few things you’ll need to get in order to provide a great vacation experience for you and your pet.
Pet Friendly Establishments
The last thing you want is to book a trip and find out where you’re going is not pet-friendly. Save some time and hassle by checking out Go Pet Friendly. There, you can search for pet friendly places by city, state, category, and establishment name. Find a pet friendly place along the way? Share it with them!
Visit Your Vet
Not sure if your pet is up to traveling? Your vet will be able to answer all your questions about your pet’s health. Make sure you have current copies of your pet’s vaccination and medical records. Traveling Internationally? Your pet will need a passport. Pet passports differ with each country, so check out the list of requirements for your travels here. Your vet can also help provide you with the necessary documents to create a pet passport.
Before you travel, make sure your pet’s collar fits well and has your information displayed clearly on it. The American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends having a travel I.D. on your pet’s collar that has your information and your accommodation’s contact information. This way, if your pet is lost, they have a better chance of being returned to you. Micro-chipping your pet might also be beneficial and should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Carriers and Crates
Visit your local pet store and find a crate or carrier appropriate for you animal. Your crate or carrier should be large enough for your pat to sit, stand, lie down, and turn around. Check airline restrictions to make sure your pet’s carrier meets all requirements. Look for the Guaranteed On-Board seal on your pet’s carrier like this one, for a smooth travel experience. To learn more about the Guaranteed On-Board program, please visit their website. After you buy the carrier, allow your pet to get used to it before traveling long distances. Put a familiar toy in the carrier, or spray it with catnip to entice your pet to explore and become comfortable with their new carrier.
Always schedule rest stops for your dog on long trips. Not only will this prevent possible accidents, but it will also give your dog or cat a chance to stretch his or her legs and get fresh air. Make sure you have a good quality leash to prevent your pet from running away from you. On an airplane, look into TSA Fast Pass leash and harnesses to help make your security screenings and walks easier. Make sure to pack familiar toys and their bed to comfort your pet in a new environment. Having familiar things around may decrease anxiety in your pet.
Sometimes when you’re moving, having someone else move your pet is a better option, especially overseas. Get a free quote from Pet Travel Transport, and rest assured your pet is safe with them. Moving to Tallahassee? Check out this Pet Guide to Tallahassee to find everything you’ll need, including pet-friendly apartments!
December 7, 2016
It’s that time of year again where all our money is spent sending holiday cheer to the ones we love. We wanted to help you save money this holiday season by showing you some of our favorite money saving apps for travel, shopping, and everything in between.
When you’re traveling a long distance, you want to make sure you’re getting the best gas price available. GasBuddy helps you do just that. This free app shows you the average price in town, and then gives you directions to the station with the cheapest gas. You can also earn achievements and enter to win $100 in gas every day. Who wouldn’t want to save money on gas?
Planning a last minute trip with friends for the holidays? This free app will help you find great hotel rooms at a discounted rate. When hotels have unsold rooms, HotelTonight offers them to you, so you’re getting the best rate. They also screen their hotels and only show one’s you’ll love. Download it today and have fun traveling!
Stop clipping coupons to your favorite department stores and download this app! RetailMeNot takes all those coupons you’re most likely to leave at home, and provides them on your phone for you! Save your favorite stores, and those deals will pop up first. It will also find deals by location! RetailMeNot also has a deals app for electronics, travel, and more called Deals2Buy. It’s worth checking out for all those tech gifts.
Like RetailMeNot, Groupon is a free app that provides coupons on your phone. Groupon, however, has deals for products, travel, and more. From Macy’s to helicopter rides, Groupon has the discounts for you. Plus, you can share your deals with family and friends on social media! So put down your coupon book and the scissors, grab your phone, and start saving!
You know the familiar feeling of, “I’m going to be broke this Christmas?” You don’t have to feel that anymore because of YNAB! You put in your bank information and away you go. You can set aside money for bills, dining out, shopping trips, and even set a goal for how much money you want to set aside for Christmas gifts at the end of the year. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save just by setting aside a few dollars a month. This app is our personal favorite and we think you’ll like it too! The app is free, but the software is $5 after a 34 day trial. It is also free to students for a year after the trial! Learn more about their student discount here.
Now that you have your Christmas Budget, this app will help keep you organized with your gift shopping. Santa’s Bag allows you to list exactly what you bought for each person, how much you spent, and where that present is hidden. No more wondering if you already bought your best friend a gift or forgetting to get your dad a gift. Santa’s bag has you covered!
The holiday season is full of stress. This holiday, don’t stress, download these great apps to save you money! Then you can take your savings and upgrade your apartment! Check out our website for details about great apartments in Tallahassee!
November 11, 2016
Tallahassee is a beautiful city full of history and life. It most famously holds The Florida Capitol, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. It is a city bursting with things to do. Here are our top 10 favorite things to do on a weekend in Tallahassee.
Start your weekend off right and exercise. It might not be your favorite thing, but it’s good for you. Whether it’s swimming in the community pool, or lifting weights at your local gym, exercising is beneficial in keeping you happy and healthy. The best part? When you don’t have to pay for a gym membership! Check out the communities listed on our page for great fitness centers.
2- Go Skating
You can go alone, or call your friends and head down to the local skate center. It’s a great activity for people of all levels! Some skate centers even have theme nights! So go out and enjoy! Our favorite places to skate in Tallahassee are Skate World and Skate Inn.
3- Watch a Movie
“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”
Whether it’s watching the latest Marvel or Disney movie in theaters, or curling up on the couch to watch a classic, movies almost seem to be a huge part of who we are as Americans. So what are you waiting for? Head to your local movie theater or check to see if your community has a movie theater like Villa Del Lago.
4- Make a Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza?! Waiting for it however, can be a pain. So why not make it yourself? Many supermarkets sell their own pizza dough. If they don’t, you can grab some in the aisle. Once you have your dough and everything else you want on it, just follow the directions and you’ll be on your way to fresh pizza in no time. Want to try a great recipe? Check out this one from Publix!
5- Hang out with Friends
You don’t have to spend the weekend alone. Invite some friends over and have a party! Plan a fun-filled weekend filled with things you like to do together. Need ideas? Check out this list of creative things that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Want to go out and have fun? We do recommend Disney World or Universal Orlando.
6- Experience Local History
To know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you’ve been. Tallahassee is a wonderfully historic town and has been the home of The Florida Capitol since 1824. You can visit old plantations and learn about early Florida life at the local museums. Our favorites are The Museum of Florida History and The Tallahassee Museum. We also highly recommend the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. This museum offers a free look into the local government history in Tallahassee.
7- Eat Local
Why settle for normal food when you can experience great food from local dives? We recommend Momo’s and Well’s Brothers. These places will make all your food dreams come true with pizza slices as big as your face and the famous Gator-Hater burger. What better way to spend a weekend than eating amazing food?
8- Build a Blanket Fort
After all that amazing food, you’ll probably want to binge on Netflix. What better place to do that than your own blanket fort? Building a fort is a great way to hide from all responsibilities. So, go grab a few blankets and pillows, and follow this great building guide! Bonus points if you take a coloring book with you.
9- Read a Book
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
Experience the magic this weekend and read a great book. Whether it’s a classic that takes you to 18th Century England, or to the Magical school of Hogwarts, reading will take you to amazing places. Don’t know where to begin? Check out this list of great books and then head to your local library or bookstore.
10- Find an Apartment
It’s never too soon to begin researching and looking for your next apartment. Don’t know where to begin? We can help! Tell us what you want and we’ll show you apartments that fit your needs. Need one that’s pet-friendly? Check out this guide to help you find a great pet-friendly apartment! Sign today before your apartment is gone!
November 3, 2016
Only the best for our Tallahassee Pets
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”
A pet is often considered a member of the family. We love them and they love us back, unless you have a cat. When you have a pet, you put a lot of effort into finding an apartment, a vet and people to help you take care of them. As pet owners ourselves, we want to help you in your search. So, we want to share our favorite groomers, vets, boarders, and places to live in Tallahassee.
Dog and Cat Groomers
When it comes to grooming, you don’t just want your pet clean and cut, you want them feeling confident and happy. Here are three of our favorite Tallahassee groomers.
3491 Thomasville Rd #21, Tallahassee, FL 32309
Not only does Paws have everything you need for your pet, Tracy and her experienced team offer full service grooming! If you prefer to wash your dog yourself, they also offer a self-service wash where they provide the shampoo, towels, and blow dryer. Learn more about Paws’ Grooming service by calling them at 850-509-5031, or visiting their website http://www.paws.ws/.
3048 W Tharpe St Unit 7, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Whether you have a dog or a cat, The Pink Poodle is the place to take them. Their friendly staff will handle your pet with the utmost care and compassion. To learn more about their staff and services, call them at 850-692-3979 or visit their website http://thepinkpoodletallahassee.com/.
3716 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee FL, 32311
These local groomers offer full service with every groom. Does your dog just need a bath? They can handle that with included ear cleaning and toe nail clipping. Their prices vary by breed, so call 850-906-000, or visit their website, http://www.tallahasseepetgroomingandboarding.com/, for more pricing information.
Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals
Let’s be honest. Our pets are important to us and we don’t like it when they are sick. Finding a good vet can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. We suggest these three great Tallahassee animal hospitals. Whether it’s an emergency or just a wellness visit, they’ve got you covered.
1157 East Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32308
The Novey Animal Hospital staff is fully trained to take care of all of your pet’s needs. They offer Annual Wellness Examinations and small animal medical surgical services for dogs, cats, pocket pets, iguanas, and other pets. Call them at 850-878-8800 for more information and to set up an appointment.
2701 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL. 32303
Since its opening in 1951, North Florida Animal Hospital has focused on taking care of pets and their owners. They not only offer wellness care, but their services also include dental care, nutritional counseling, exotic pet care, hydrotherapy, and several orthopedic and neurological surgeries. For a full list of their services, and to set up an appointment, please call 850-385-5141 or visit them online at http://nflah.com/.
1881 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Northwood Animal Hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association, so you know your pet will be safe in their care. Not only do they offer medical care and attention to traditional pets, they treat a variety of exotic pets as well. From cats to fish, they treat them all — Of course, not all in the same cage. After hours, they turn into an emergency pet hospital, so they are always there when you need them. To schedule an appointment, please call 850-385-8181, or visit http://northwoodanimalhospital.com/pet-hospital/.
Best Pet Boarders in Tallahassee
Sadly, we can’t be with our pets all the time. Sometimes travel and work cause us to leave our pets in other people’s hands. Vets are great places to start, but when you’re going on vacation, why not send your pet on vacation, too?
2900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32303
With Pet Paradise, the name says it all. You can board your dog or cat in spacious, indoor, climate-controlled suites and condos. Included in their board is four hours of playtime with compatible guests. They have an on-site groomer and offer day camp where your pet can play with other compatible pets. Call them at 850-574-3647 to learn more about their pricing and extras! You can also learn more about their staff at https://www.petparadiseresort.com/location/tallahassee.
2528 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL 32311
While you are away, your pet will be well taken care of. Each Dog suite has great amenities including, sound resistant walls, windows, a television, and daily brushing. Your feline friends can also stay comfortably in a dog-free condo where they have 24-hour access to outside viewing. To learn more about their Pet Resort or Daycare, call 850-224-7387, or visit their website at http://southwoodanimalhospital.com/tallahassee/.
2595 Centerville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308
Mojo’s opened in 2004 and since then, they have been loving Tallahassee’s dogs. Staffed with dog lovers, your pet is in great hands. When you have to board your pet, they will feed and play with them all day and tuck them in at night. Take a tour this Saturday, or call them at 850-422-3063 to see if Mojo’s is right for your pet.
Pet-Friendly Tallahassee Apartments
We all know how frustrating it can be to find that perfect apartment and then find out they do not accept pets. We’re here to help. For pet-friendly apartments with low pet fees and pet rent, we recommend these places.
810 Wadsworth St, Tallahassee, FL, 32304
This student community offers one and three bedroom apartments that are not only pet friendly, but are also close to FSU, TCC, and FAMU. They require a small pet deposit and low monthly rent per pet. Campus Walk also has no breed or size restrictions! To ask questions or check their availability please call 850-681-3809 or visit their website https://campuswalk.com/.
1560 San Luis Road, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Escape the ordinary at The Preserve. Their 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom townhomes are based in a forest setting with great amenities. There is a 24-hour fitness center for you, and a pet park for your dog! They have no breed or size restrictions and ask for a one-time pet deposit and small monthly rent. Call 850-513-1300 to set up a time to tour.
631 E Call St 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301
Looking for a quieter pet-friendly apartment? Franklin Pointe is your place. This apartment community is a short distance from FSU, FAMU, and TCC, and offers studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments. They require a pet deposit and monthly pet rent. For more information about these fees, or to ask questions about the community, please call their office at 850-222-2864.
1505 W. Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL, 32303
Live the grand life with your pet at Seminole Grand. Here, you and your friends can enjoy life with your pet. They offer two, three, and four bedroom floorplans, and a penthouse option. To view these floorplans and find out more information about their pet policy, please visit their website, https://seminolegrand.com/. You can also call them at 850-383-7300.
2614 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL, 32304
Live unique at West 10. They currently offer one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments. This community is close to campus and accepts non-aggressive breeds. Please call the West 10 office at 850-574-5900 to check their availability and find out more about their pet policy.
We love our pets, and we love them best when they are happy and healthy. We hope these places will be helpful in your search. Have you been to any of these places? Where are your favorite pet places around town? Let us know!
April 13, 2015
Are you getting a little stir crazy at home? Fortunately, the greater Tallahassee area is rich with fun, exciting and relaxing things for you and your family to enjoy. It’s a great time of year for us all to take a day or two, leave our homes and apartments in Tallahassee and enjoy something new and fun.
Below, check out 5 great examples of activities right around your corner in Tallahassee.
1. Shell Point Beach
Shell Point is a modest 40 minute drive from Tallahassee. But once you’re here you’ll feel like you’ve teleported to a prime time vacation spot.
Shell Point offers great swimming and related activities perfect for sunbathing, recreation or relaxation. You can also enjoy other local amenities like dining, hiking and shopping.
2. Dakotah Winery & Vineyard
Why not take a day off, zip out from your apartment in Tallahassee and try some local wine? Dakotah Winery is a quick drive away offering visitors sights of their beautiful 12 acre farm with over 6000 in-use grape vines.
Dakotah offers visitors a large selection of naturally made wines you can try in their quaint tasting room. Even better, the entire operation is fully sustainable so you can see what that looks like in action.
3. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
From hiking for wildlife and bird watching to hunting and fishing, this refuge has something for everybody. A truly scenic sight to behold, St. Marks is a beautiful and enjoyable spot even if you’re not big into the outdoors. And it’s only about 30 miles south of Tallahassee.
4. Bristol Florida
Are you trying to get away to someplace that runs a little slower paced? If so, Bristol, Florida might be right up your alley. The town is about 50 miles west of most apartments in Tallahassee, but you’ll feel like you’re in a different world.
One of the town’s biggest claims to fame is that it’s the so-called Garden of Eden. One resident named Evly Calloway generated some buzz for the town with that heady claim. Here’s his proof:
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee River system has four heads in the area. Four heads was a specific mention within the Biblical description of the Garden.
The region is full of gopher wood which Noah used to build the ark.
If you’re looking for a slower pace and a little bit of Bible Belt fun, this is the place for you.
5. Apalachicola National Forest
This is for the real outdoor enthusiasts. Apalachicola is directly south from most apartments in Tallahassee. There are plenty of trail heads and amenities – both full-featured and primitive – for you to enjoy. When you really want to see what Florida nature is all about, this wonderful resource is practically right at your doorstep.
Tons of Fun Right Outside Your Doorstep
No matter what you enjoy, you’ll find that all sorts of great activities are just a day trip away from almost all apartments in Tallahassee. Why not take yourself out of the loop – only for a day – and go on a little adventure?
March 30, 2015
Looking for apartments in Tallahassee and know you will be in need of a roommate? The key to avoiding conflicts with roommates is to find a good roommate in the first place. Instead of taking any old Joe up on a roommate offer, no matter how friendly they seem, you need to ensure you’re compatible to live with each other.
Do Your Homework
Determine how many people are allowed to co-habitate in your apartment. Some leases have provisions for roommates, such as both needing to undergo a separate background and credit check. If you’re a student, there are student housing options available that are suited to off-campus living. Lease terms may be more flexible than staying at a regular apartment complex. They may also offer roommate matching services that can help you in your search for a good roommate. Easy Roommate is another source for looking for a roommate, in addition to your local paper and Craigslist.
Meet at a Public Location
Don’t just do your research on the phone or over text. Meet face-to-face to see if you are compatible. Try a busy, public place such as Starbucks on Tennessee St, Tallahassee or Redeye Coffee on Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee. This gives you a comfortable meeting space to get to know each other and go over any questions or concerns you may have as a potential roommate. Here are a few topics to cover:
- How are you splitting the rent?
- Do they have the means of meeting the rent each month? (A job, support from Mom and Dad, student loans, etc.)
- How will the household chores be divided?
- Do they have pets?
- Are they a morning person or night owl?
- Do they have references?
- Do they have allergies or health conditions you should be aware of?
- Do they smoke or drink?
- Will they be having frequent visitors?
Put It In Writing
Whatever terms you agree upon should be put into a rental agreement, so you have something to fall back on should any conflicts arise. Include the amounts for rent, guest agreements, pet agreements, and what rooms are being used or shared by each party. You could even consider splitting a security deposit should one of you not be able to make the bills or an unforeseen financial issue pops up.
Finding the perfect roommate is possible, as long as you put a little time and effort into asking the right questions, and perform the right research.