Why Choose Rent Jungle?

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The apartment search is a difficult process no matter if itís your first time or your fifteenth time searching. It can be hard to find the perfect place. Rent Jungle understands the struggle and wants to help make the process as simple and pain-free as we can. Hereís what Rent Jungle uses to help you weed through the apartment jungle.

Rent Comparison
Moving into a new city is rough but itís especially rough when youíre also looking for a new place. When youíre not sure how much the average rent is in a city, you could end up paying too much in rent. With Rent Jungleís Rent Comparison tool, you can easily discover if what a landlord is asking for is too much. Donít get fooled just because youíre new in town. Try out our Rent Comparison tool now to see how your current apartment stacks up in your area.

City Descriptions
Itís important to do a little research before you move to a whole new city but that can be time-consuming. Instead, head to Rent Jungle, choose your city†and scroll to the bottom. Under the apartment listings, youíll find a synopsis of the city of your choice. Read up on the local sports teams, the climate, the crime rate, and even the top neighborhoods in the city. After learning a little more about the city, youíll be able to get a more accurate idea of whether you want to live there or not.

Refine Your Search
Youíve got the perfect apartment in your mind. Visualize it. Now what is it like? 2 bedrooms, pet-friendly, carpeted, backyard? Whatever your preferences, just select them using Rent Jungleís Advanced Search features. Rent Jungle makes it easy to find exactly the kind of apartment youíre looking for. Your dream apartment is at your fingertips with Rent Jungle.

Itís a jungle out there. Let Rent Jungle help you explore it. With our advanced search tools, your perfect apartment is closer than you think. Check out our up-to-date listings now.

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Spring Clean Your Apartment in 5 Easy Steps

building-1149413_960_720Itís that time of year once again...time for spring cleaning. Everyone is starting to feel obligated to finally sort through their junk drawers, organize their closets, and start checking things off their to do lists. With so much to do and so little time to complete it all, we thought we should share some tips on where to get started.

1.) Put together your spring cleaning kit

No spring cleaning is successful without being fully equipped with all of the tools you need for every dirty job. Make sure you grab a cleaning caddy and fill it to the brim with garbage bags, rags, sponges, gloves, dusters, and window cleaners. Not only that, but make sure to have your favorite vacuum ready for the job.

2.) Plan it day-by-day or room by room

You can organize the whole house and then clean it. Or you can do the process room by room. It doesnít matter which way you divide the work as long as you have a method to your madness. Without a plan the task can seem too much to handle and it is easier for you to quit part of the way through.

3.) Head straight for the closet

Most rooms in our apartments have a closet and they all seem to hold the random items we donít want laying around. It is easy to just let things build up behind closed doors but when it comes to finding what you need in a closet, it can be frustrating. With that in mind, come up with a method to see what items are being used in each closet. One of our favorites is the one-in-one-out method. It is a simple and effective way to make sure you arenít creating a build up of items you donít need. Every time you bring in a new item, you take an old item out. The items you find you arenít using on a regular basis need to be thrown out or donated.

4.) Donít get rid of your junk drawer, just give it more purpose

Similar to our closets, everyone has that one drawer that turns into a catch all. No matter how organized we get, we are always going to have this drawer. This spring, letís just create more of a purpose for it. Dividing the drawer up into sections for things such as batteries, business cards, and chargers is a good place to start. For smaller things such as bobby pins and paper clips, a cheap ice tray is a great organizer to use.

5.) These big items are vital yet often overlooked during spring cleaning

It is so easy to get caught up in organizing and forget to actually clean some big items in your house. Itís important to clean out air filters, your washing machine, refrigerator coils, and large appliances. Since these items require less frequent maintenance, this time of year is perfect to check them off your list.

Keep these items in mind while tackling your spring cleaning this year for a quick and thorough project. Good luck and happy cleaning!

Are You Prepared For Your Winter Move?

Highways Agencys Images are protected by copyright. This Image cannot be used without a license agreement. You must comply with the license applicable to the reproduction of this Image. Terms and Conditions at www.photos.highways.gov.ukItís a fact that moving in the winter when the demand is lower gives you the upper hand when it comes to scoring a hot deal on your dream apartment. It may be a bitter, cold time to search for a pad, but the savings are well worth the dropping temps.

So if youíre one of the smart ones who jumped on landing an apartment during the colder months, here are a few tips to reduce the stress and mess of a winter move:

1. Keep checking the weather

We all know that winter weather can be unpredictable, so make sure to keep a watchful eye on the weather reports. Check it every week leading up to the move and every day the week of the move. Itís also important to check the traffic reports and plan a couple routes to your new apartment. Are you using a moving company? If you are concerned about the weather hindering your movers, donít hesitate to give them a call and express your concerns. Delaying the move might be the best course of action. Remember, safety is the best policy here.

2. Get your vehicle ready

Whether you a trekking across multiple states or moving 30 minutes from home, make sure your car is in good condition for winter weather. Make sure your vehicle has been serviced at least a month before the big moving day to minimize any possibility of breakdowns or accidents during the relocation journey. Before you hit the road, make sure youíve loaded the necessary winter accessories in your car such as winter-ready wipers, a snow shovel, ice scrapers, salt, warm blankets, jumper cables, and a fully charged cell phone!

3. Cover your floors

Make sure your new apartment stays clean and your carpet and hardwood floors are protected while people are moving boxes in and out. The last thing you want is excess water that clings to the boxes and your shoes on the floors. Itís also a good idea to lay floor mats down at every outside door. Not only will covering your floors keep your new apartment clean and tidy, it will prevent injury from slippery surfaces.

4. Double pack fragile items

If you havenít heard of imove, itís about time you did. They have built partnerships with professional moving companies to help you find the best quote and most reliable mover in your area. They recently had this to say about moving fragile items during the winter season:

ďMany things that are delicate or extra fragile become more brittle in cold weather. Help your movers out by double packing your fragile items so theyíre less likely to break while moving. Also remember: any items that can be damaged by cold should not be packed in the truck. The truck may sit out overnight, which could cause more damage than you hoped for.Ē

5. Dress smartly

Dressing in layers is the best way to prep for a day of unloading and lifting heavy boxes. If you start to overheat from the constant lugging and stair climbing, you can always shed clothing to keep cool. Extra pairs of gloves and waterproof boots are also two very important things to have on moving day for you or any helpers who may need a spare.

Moving in the winter can sound like a daunting task, but with some planning and consideration, you can make it an ideal move despite the weather!

(Photo credit: Highways England, Flickr)

Bring Fall into Your Apartment

Fall_Apartment_DecorFall is here! Along with cozy sweaters and chilly evenings, the new season is bringing with it a brand new color pallet. Luckily, this doesnít have to mean exerting a ton of energy, time or money to update your apartmentís look for the season. Check out these tips to give your apartment the perfect Fall feel before the leaves start falling.

Use homemade decorations. Donít waste money buying overpriced Fall decorations when you can make them yourself! Youíd be surprised how easy it can be to spruce up your apartment with do-it-yourself decorations. Even if you donít consider yourself to be crafty, there are plenty of simple crafts that look great. You can print autumn text art and put it in a nice frame. Another idea is to make your own fall wreath to hang on your door. Add fallen leaves and twigs from outside to your wreath for a bit of an earthy feel. Or, better yet, use your collected items to make a whole new decoration.

Throw in some color. Color is key when decorating your apartment for Fall. Incorporating rich colors into the mix doesnít have to be extreme. Simply add a couple deep red throw pillows to your couch, change your lampshades to golden yellow, or lay down a nice brown textured rug. Finding ways to add color is a simple and cost effective update that will allow you the versatility to further update your decor in the coming winter months.

Get in the kitchen. The smells of Fall are just as important to incorporate into your apartment as the visual decor. However, donít do what everyone else does by spending tons of money on expensive candles and calling it a day. Spending a little time in the kitchen will yield the authentic Fall scents that youíve been looking for! When the weather starts getting colder, people crave savory meals and warm drinks. Brew some pumpkin spice coffee in the morning, cook a pot roast for dinner or bake an apple pie. After all that time youíve spent in the kitchen, youíll have a great tasting treat and the great smell of Fall cooking!

Donít over-exhaust your efforts to create the best Fall atmosphere in your apartment. Follow these tips and youíll keep things cool and colorful, just like the season!

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Back To School: Are You Apartment Ready?

Though the weather may be perfect for lazy days in the sun, college courses will soon be back in session, and it is well past time to begin prepping your college apartment for move-in day.

Moving into your first place on your own can be an exciting time, it also comes with a few drawbacks. Now you need to learn to do all the things that mom and dad used to help you out with - the essentials like: cooking, laundry and paying bills. Tackling these items can seem daunting at first, so letís start with something simple. Set yourself up for academic, (and adulthood) success by ensuring your first place is stocked with these often overlooked essentials:

New Sheets- We know you think those old superman sheets that you brought from home have a sort of rustic charm, but itís time to say goodbye to old Kal-El and invest in some more adult bed dressings.

Laundry Hamper- Your guests donít want to see piles of your dirty laundry on the floor? Corral last weeks soiled clothes in a hamper and keep them out of sight!

Shoe Organizer- Though you may pride yourself on an impressive shoe collection, they can become quite the tripping hazard if not stored correctly. Keep your shoes out of the way with a door hanger if you donít have enough closet space.

Storage Container(s)- We all have those little trinkets we just couldnít bear to part with, but that doesnít mean they should be littering your first place! Keep a storage container, or two, to house all the odds and ends you want to keep, but arenít necessarily going to use every day.

Alarm Clock- Though cell phones are great for knowing what time it is on the go, you need a back up in the event that your mobile device gets misplaced.

Shower Caddy- Between your bottle of bodywash, your roommateís shampoo (and conditioner), bars of soap and face wash your shower is going to get a little crowded very quickly. Organize the mess of bottles with a shower caddy.

Toilet Brush- Mom wonít be there to do the dirty work for you, so that means cleaning the toilet is up to you! Better get the right tools to get the job done.

Coffee maker / mugs- After all those late nights...studying, youíre going to need a little pick me up. Avoid the $5 cups of coffee at Starbucks and invest in a coffee maker and an expressive set of mugs for your place. Your wallet will thank you in the long run!

Can Opener- We get it, a busy student like yourself doesnít always have the time to cook up a five-course meal, and that means that some (or most) of your food will be coming out of a can. Be sure you can open them with as little effort as possible.

How did you do? Did you remember all the essentials on this list?

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