Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.

 

  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!

 

 

Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Meet Your Neighbors: Host A Picnic Potluck

Spring is a wonderful time of year to meet your neighbors. Whether you just moved in or are interested in getting to know them better, the warm weather encourages everyone to get out and about! Another thing that always brings people together is food – so why not arrange a neighbor picnic potluck?

The White Oak Communities in Silver Spring, Maryland have wonderful kitchens for preparing large meals. Select apartments within Vista at White Oak and Montgomery Paint Branch have gourmet kitchens, perfect for meal prepping. The Yorkshire Apartment Homes feature eat-in kitchens bathed in natural lighting. No matter which apartment community you call home now is the time to take advantage of the spring weather and your kitchen to cook up food for a friendly picnic potluck.

Here are some recipes to consider suggesting when you send out the invite:

Potato Salad with a Healthy Twist

Shopping List: small red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, grape tomatoes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Macaroni

Shopping List: elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, pepper, green onions, Roma tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, bacon

Corn and Chicken Hash-brown Bowl

Shopping List: Frozen shredded hash-browns, Colby Jack cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, a can of cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, corn flakes, butter

Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Shopping List: red kidney beans, chickpeas, red onion, celery, cucumber, parsley, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Shopping List: vegetable oil, yellow onion, bell peppers, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, salsa verde, sour cream, chicken

And don’t forget dessert!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Shopping List: brownie mix, eggs, butter, dark chocolate chips, Oreos, potato chips, mini pretzel twists, and peanut butter cups

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Shopping List: white sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, fresh blueberries, cornstarch

Honey Fruit Salad

Shopping List: blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, honey, lime, orange, pistachios

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Apartment Living with a Pet

Furry friends are a joy to come home to after a long day. It’s no wonder that nearly 70% of people in the United States are pet owners¹. When it comes to moving with a pet, the first thing you need to check is if your desired apartment community is pet-friendly like Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, and Vista at White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring. MD. Pet-friendly is a term used to describe apartment communities that allow cats and/or dogs within certain breed and weight guidelines. Talking to a leasing consultant is the best way to determine if your fur-baby is allowed.

Once you have the green light for your pet to join you in your new apartment, the fun begins! Apartment living with a pet comes with numerous perks. If you’re a dog owner, trips to local dog parks are a great way to socialize your pup and for you to meet new people. There are several notable dog parks near the White Oak Communities including Ellsworth Urban Dog Park, Takoma Park Dog Park, and Wheaton Dog Park. Another benefit of living with a pet is relaxation. Studies show that having a pet can help reduce stress. What sounds better than laying on the couch petting your furry friend when you’re upset? Pets can also help keep you on a schedule. They tend to want to be walked, cared for, and fed around the same time each day. Having a live-in alarm clock can help get you out the door on time.

There are so many fun pet products on the market that can help your furry friend feel at home in the new apartment, from cat climbing towers to cozy dog beds. Having a go-to napping spot or toy can help your pet cope with any separation anxiety they may have when you leave the apartment. You can shop for all your pet necessities and accessories at nearby pet stores like Unleashed by Petco, Bark!, and The Big Bad Woof.

It is important to note that even though you are living in a pet-friendly apartment community, not all your neighbors may be fond of animals. Remember to always respect your neighbors’ space when taking pets in and out of the building.

To learn more about the White Oak Communities and the different pet policies of each apartment community, please contact a leasing consultant today!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

7 Tips For Making Moving Apartments Easy

Moving into a new apartment is a thrilling experience. You have a blank canvas to make your own, new neighbors to meet, and a local community to explore! However, the actual tasks of packing, moving, and unpacking can be daunting. If you’re able to move yourself into your new apartment, here are some tips to make the process a little easier:

1. Declutter First

Why pack and move what you don’t really need? Moving is the perfect time to part ways with clutter such as old clothes, mismatched dishware, or furniture that has seen better days. Go through your current belongings to determine what you’ll be keeping, donating, and trashing. It’ll make organizing your new apartment a breeze.

2. Plan The Process

Winging it isn’t for everyone. It certainly shouldn’t be the mindset used when moving. Be sure to let the community know your date and schedule the elevator, if applicable. Plan out a loose schedule for how you want moving day to go. Whether you’re moving during the week or on the weekend, take into consideration holidays, traffic, the parking situation at your new place, and weather. Having a clear idea of when and how you’ll be getting from point A to B will relieve some stress.

3. Small Boxes Are Better Than Bigger

One might think the bigger the box, the better. That’s not the case. No one wants to spend time meticulously packing a giant box just to realize it’s too heavy to lift. The smaller the box, the lighter it will be, and the less strain you’ll place on yourself when moving.

4. Create A Labeling System

Help future you by clearly labeling which room each box is intended to be placed in within your new apartment. By labeling all four sides of the box, you’ll be sure to know which one each is regardless of how it’s placed in your car or rental vehicle.  

5. Use What You Have Instead of Bubble Wrap

If you can’t squeeze in a trip to the store to purchase bubble wrap to protect your fragile belongings, try using things you already have. Using plush items such as towels and sweatshirts to wrap up mugs, plates, and more, gets the job done. The towels and clothes are coming with you anyway, might as well put them to good use!

6. Think Ahead, Pack A Bag

There is nothing more frustrating than not having things you need quickly at hand the first night in your new place. After a long day of moving, you likely won’t have unpacked much yet. Not to mention you’ll be tired! Packing an overnight bag with some clothes, toiletries, and paper plates/utensils will help make the first night go smoothly so you aren’t searching through boxes.

7. Unpack With Purpose

Once you have time to unpack, do it strategically. Start with boxes that contain belongings kept in high-use areas such as the kitchen. Unpacking can be the most stressful part of a move, but if you power through each room, one at a time, you’ll be done in no time. Don’t forget to recycle your boxes and get rid of anything that may have escaped your eye during the declutter phase.

Bonus Tip

Moving with furniture adds a whole new level of complication that many people are uninterested in dealing with. If your current apartment is furnished with pieces that are in good shape consider selling or donating. Ikea recently announced they will be piloting a furniture rental program, so very soon you may be able to rent a couch!

Looking to make a move to the Silver Spring, MD area? Consider the Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes for your next home. There are tons of things to do and reasons to live in Silver Spring.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.