Sometimes shopping for an apartment cannot wait, and what do you do when you find yourself in the middle of stay at home orders during a pandemic. You would be surprised how literal the phrase "where there is a will there is a way" truly is.
The real estate industry has had to make significant changes in how it is conducting business. From real estate sales to leasing, the need for social distancing and hyper-disinfecting has led many companies to offer virtual tours of their properties through FaceTime, their websites, and other apps too.
It is not just renters who are changing their methodology to shopping for apartments during COVID-19; property owners and managers are looking for new ways to conduct business while practicing social distancing as well. Most apartments in Lafayette La are willing to offer virtual tours using any number of apps and video conferencing services, and adapting is proving beneficial.
Non-contact lease signing options are available as well. If you are familiar with what a lease looks like, and what you should look for, this digital contract solution is providing a suitable alternative to hard copy leases. If precaution is more your style, most apartments in Lafayette Louisiana can get a copy of their lease agreement to you through email, so you can read it, sign, and scan it to email as a non-editable PDF.
You may be able to view a property in person, call to verify a property's showing procedures during Louisiana's stay-at-home and social distancing orders.
As long as a property is sanitized, it is still acceptable to see it in person – provided, it is legal in your area. In addition to federal and state agency guidelines, local restrictions may apply. Calling the local city hall can help you navigate the ever-fluid local guidelines. If no such restrictions apply, ask the property management agent if they require specific measures while visiting and if extra measures are being taken to ensure the community and apartment are government compliant with disinfecting public spaces during COVID-19.
When shopping for new apartments in Lafayette, Louisiana, you should know your rights as a tenant. Do not allow the agent to apply pressure to sign a lease and be sure to ask as many questions as you can before signing a contract. Between facemasks and gloves, and maintaining a social distance of 6 feet, current shopping conditions are a little overwhelming; your preparation, attitude and calm mental state can make looking for an apartment an exciting adventure.
It will pay to have a game plan.
Consider making a list of all the amenities you would like in a new apartment community in Lafayette Louisiana, then compare apartments online, when you have narrowed it down to two or three, call and find out about the property's availability, showing restrictions and schedule for tours.
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Many of us are spending an abundance of time inside right now, but that time need not go to waste. Who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned home, and what better time to do a little spring cleaning. Once the weather gets more beautiful, we are not going to want to be stuck inside with rubber gloves and a duster. This month is considered a sweet spot when the weather is still up in the air – pardon the pun, when dedicating a day indoors can still be justified.
Below is a list of the best spring-cleaning tips we found. We suggest going room to room, taking your time if you can.
Things you will need to complete an effective spring-cleaning checklist.
Check your local dollar store, it's where many of these items can be found.
Looking for a new home to hang your hat?
If you are searching for apartments in Lafayette Louisiana be sure to stop by Lafayette Gardens Apartments. Located in the heart of Lafayette, it’s only minutes for shopping and dining in the famed River Ranch area. Call to schedule your tour of this community.
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The Minimalist Movement is alive and well. Minimalism is when you pare down, unclutter, and live with a style where less is more. Minimalism in home décor is when you use a few pieces where function is as important as form or maximum use from well-chosen pieces.
Did you pare down to only find things build back up? After your deep Spring Cleaning, where you purge to get rid of clutter and redundant things, how do you plan to keep your Minimalist Movement alive?
Here are some tips to maintain minimal amounts of things that commonly pile up in your home:
Sort your mail by a recycle bin or trash container
Despite the popularity of electronic mail and advertising, print companies still produce mail outs by the millions each month. All those pieces of paper, when thrown down on the entry way table, the dining table, or on your desk turn into clutter quickly. Go through your mail every day and throw away or recycle anything you do not have to keep. Several people recycle used envelopes by keeping them at hand as scrap paper to make quick lists or notes on allowing them to be repurposed quickly.
Wash the dishes immediately
We eat every day and whether it is take-out containers, coffee cups, wine glasses, or the dinner dishes and pots that build up, we all clutter the kitchen quickly. Wash those dishes immediately. Easier said than done? Not necessarily. While preparing a meal or prepping for the week, make sure you have a sink of sudsy, hot water at the ready. Place the dishes used in the sink and then load the dishwasher before you sit down to eat. Or, if you wash dishes by hand, let them soak while you eat and clean up will be a breeze. Dry the dishes and put them away if you wash by hand. The feeling of accomplishment is doubled by you doing something and seeing a clutter-free counter as a reward for your hard work.
Every night put it back to right
Before you go to bed, walk through your apartment or house, and put things up where they belong. Earrings go in the jewelry box, not on the dresser. Towels hang up or go in the hamper, not on the bathroom floor. Books go back on the shelf, not on the arm of the sofa. You get the idea. Put things where they belong every day so things don’t build up and become overwhelming.
Bring something home and give something away
If you value something enough to let it take space in your life, honor it by recycling what it takes the place of or by discarding something that has worn out. In example: You needed a new black t-shirt because your old one was a little too large or had a small spot on it. When the new shirt is placed in your closet, give the old one that you cannot wear to a thrift shop. If you replaced because the other one had a spot on it. Throw the old stained shirt away so you aren’t tempted to wear it when your new one is dirty.
Once a week, deep clean a small space
Spend 30 minutes, one day a week, to clean a small space where clutter can quickly build up. Three suggestions: the junk drawer in the kitchen, the back of the closet, or the plastic storage bin in the garage. You get the idea. Pick one spot, spend a small amount of time on it, and maintain the minimalist look in your living space.
Need more room?
Lafayette Gardens Apartments is located in the heart of Lafayette, La blocks from River Ranch shopping and dinning. Offering 1 Bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments and 3 bedroom apartments, both furnished and unfurnished, with amenities to spare. Call or come by for a tour of one of Acadiana's best apartment communities in Lafayette Louisiana.
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A new year brings new home decorating looks and incorporating them into your apartment for a bright, updated look is not difficult to do. Paint companies, interior designers, and buyers from the United States and Europe are interviewed every year on what their predictions are for hot looks in the new year. Here are seven things that will gain in popularity and ways you can change or add to your present décor in your apartment.
Neutrals - for the last few years one of the most used colors was grey. No more! Lose the grey darker tones. Think warm neutrals like beige and taupe. Whether used for wall colors, on a large piece of furniture, or for necessary items like bedding, towels, or curtains, neutrals bring your décor forward into the new year.
Contrasting Patterns & Colors - when things are paired that contrast you see a striking difference. Black is in contrast to beige and taupe. Pink paired with black and/or blue also is a great high contrast look. When paired together the effect is striking and new looking for home décor in 2019. Contrasting patterns that are always effective are florals and plaids. Rough textures paired with smooth surfaces are another great way to show striking differences that make for a trendy décor look of contrast.
Think Pink - any and all shades of pink are big for home décor in the new year. Hot pink, bubblegum pink, fuchsia, hibiscus, and pale pink are all looking good when it comes to adding pops of color in your home.
Black for the Kitchen - it is always great to have black incorporated in your design schemes to give your eyes a focal point. This upcoming year the room that saw the most use of the color, or the absence of color, black was the kitchen. It can gleam as an appliance, cabinet, or counter color and is beautifully used on bowls, dishes, and canisters in eye-popping designs.
Florals - prints of flowers and greenery are a design tradition in the South. All over the world 2019 home décor is blooming with bold floral prints. Floral patterned wallpaper and stenciling makes a comeback for one wall as well as floral slipcovers for furniture. Big and bold flowers rather than smaller blooms are the way to go.
Tweed - when it comes to fabric, tweed is the 2019 choice. Tweeds rougher texture with little flecks of color is great for sofas, chair cushions, and pillows. Durable and neutral tweed is a look with staying power.
Curves Ahead - roundtables, circular chairs, and curved couches are impactful looks and gaining in popularity. Room flow seems to improve when you add curved furniture and accent pieces. Even round canvases and frames are appearing on walls.
Handcrafted pieces - whether a country craftsman or a city gallery owner/operator hand makes your new piece of art or accent décor, handcrafted is the way to go! Resourced boards are continuing to be used for all sorts of home décor that is handcrafted.
Ready to add some of these great designs to your apartment, go shopping! New drapes, throw pillows, wall decals, and small accent pieces are fast, economical ways to add the latest décor looks to your home. Re-group things you already own and make the most of high contrast looks.
Paul Michael, art galleries, and farmers markets are great places to go in the Lafayette area to add hot items to your décor. Looking for a new place to decorate? While out shopping in Acadiana, stop by Lafayette Garden Apartments for a tour of their 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments in Lafayette, La.
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There is a crispness in the air as Fall finally comes to the South. This is the time of year when people want to gather in their homes. How can you make your apartment inviting to your friends, family, and yourself this time of year? Try a few of these easy Fall decorating ideas.
Glowing Mason Jars: As a centerpiece, window ledge attraction, or even on a small front door table, a Mason Jar (that’s the glass jar with metal lids that pickled vegetables or jelly goes into) with a battery-operated candle makes an attractive decoration. A single jar with one votive candle is perfect for a small space. Have bigger space to fill or a whole counter space to decorate? Try alternating jars with candles or small strands of battery-operated lights with jars that are filled with dry black beans, popcorn, and red beans. The colors are just right for Fall and you can actually cook the beans and popcorn when you are done with the decorations.
Bring Outside Inside: Leaves and twigs look great splayed across the table as a centerpiece for Fall. Take a bundle of twigs, tie with a piece of raffia and add a few cinnamon sticks for a rustic, inviting, great smelling alternative to a wreath for your front door. A basket full of pine cones also adds texture, Fall color, and interest to the door stoop, fireplace hearth, or next to a bedside table. The simple charm of various sized pumpkins and gourds spread around your space is always a well-received decorating idea. The various colors and shapes add visual interest and can be scattered individually or grouped together for greater impact. Rocks found when you go for a hike look great on the bathroom counter or gathered in a clear glass bowl for any room. When you are done, return your items to the great outdoors and be proud that you decorated using “green” methods that don’t harm the environment.
Words of Thanksgiving: Have access to a computer and paper? Print out things that you are thankful for and group these words on the wall or on a surface in inexpensive picture frames. You can even have your children, family, and friends become your artists by having them write down the things they are thankful using markers or crayons. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the message. Reading these daily will help you keep an attitude of gratitude all throughout the Fall season.
Team Spirit: Use the colors of your favorite football team to adorn your door or dinner table. A small piece of green fabric can become your “football field” and you can carry out the theme using your adored team’s mascot standing on the miniature field you created with fabric. Team t-shirts make great chair back covers. Slipping the t-shirt or jersey over the chair is a fast way to add team colors and spirit to your dining space.
Looking for the perfect one bedroom, two bedroom or three bedroom apartment in Lafayette Louisiana to decorate? Tour Lafayette Garden Apartments today and find a 1, 2, or 3-bedroom floor plan with desired amenities that you can call home before Fall days are over.
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Halloween is an exciting time for kids and adults. Celebrating the hallowed eve with costumes and decorations is tons of fun.
Make sure your fun and your little guys and ghouls stay safe with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
When carving your pumpkin:
Making your home safe for trick or treaters:
When trick or treating:
For more information, visit www.aap.org
Here’s one more tip for a happier Halloween:
If you are looking for a new 1, 2, or 3-bedroom apartments for rent in Lafayette, La, don’t get spooked, visit the friendly representatives at Lafayette Garden Apartments and be treated to Fall Move-In Specials!
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It’s summertime and living is easy at Lafayette Garden Apartments. It is also the time of year when seasonal vegetables and fruits are in abundance. Plan a weekend trip soon and add some fresh ingredients to your cookout, picnic, or weekly dining menus.
Each season, and every month of that season, has colors and flavors associated with it and early summer seems to be the season of abundance. Warmer temperatures and longer days add to the fun of trying out new flavors.
Visit any market and you will see so many shades of green your head will spin. Much variety can be found right now for the base of your salad. Can’t pick just one variety of lettuce, try them all for some great variations on a summer staple.
Around every corner there seems to be something new to add to your diet. This is the time to indulge in shrimp, peppers, and tomatoes. Grill the shrimp and toss with the vegetables. Add a light dressing that you can make with fresh herbs, oil, and vinegar and you have an easy, healthy meal in minutes.
Speaking of herbs, look for basil, parsley, thyme, mint, rosemary, chives, and lemon balm right now. Boil some pasta and toss with olive oil and a couple of the herbs you like and let it infuse for an hour or two. Fresh and yummy without spending hours in the kitchen. You can also infuse water with cucumber slices and your favorite herb for a refreshing treat.
Vegetables that are in abundance in early summer are zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and green beans. You will also find potatoes, sweet corn, peppers, asparagus, and cucumbers virtually anywhere you go. Instead of a crawfish boil, think about hosting a vegetable boil and take advantage of delightful flavors that can come about from a pot of boiling water.
For an easy dessert, fill a bowl with all types of seasonal fruit. Easy to find and indulge in this time of year are blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, figs, oranges, peaches, and lemons. Want to get a little decadent and go beyond fresh fruit in a bowl? It’s as easy as adding chopped nuts and a little whipped cream to the top of your mixed fruit offering.
Homemade ice cream is a wonderful treat this time of year. Make with fresh fruit or top good old-fashioned vanilla ice cream with a puree of two or three of the juicy seasonal offerings you’ll find at the market this time of year.
Where to go to find these fresh seasonal treats? Check out one of these Acadiana farmers’ markets:
Lafayette Hub City Farmers Market at 427 Heyman Street, Lafayette
Open year-round on Saturdays from 8-Noon
Lafayette Farmers and Artisan Market at 2913 Johnston, Lafayette
Open year-round on Saturdays from 8-Noon
Le Petit Magasin de Scott at 916 Cayret Street, Scott
March through October on Saturdays
If you prefer a more traditional, indoor market experience, these Lafayette grocers and markets offer plenty of seasonal, fresh produce too: The Fresh Market, Fresh Pickin’s, Whole Foods Market, Rouses Market, and Tammy’s Grocery.
If you are looking for a new apartment with wonderful opportunities for preparing your seasonal finds, head to Lafayette Garden Apartments for a tour. Pools, barbecue areas, parks, and even corporate living spaces with fully equipped kitchens are a few of the special things you’ll find in this gated community.
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Apartment shopping can be a brutal task during the dog days of summer if you don’t know where and what to look for in a pet and people-pleasing community.
The dog days of summer is that time when the temperatures soar. The Romans labeled this hot summer period after Sirius, the Dog Star, that is the brightest of stars in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation. Since Sirius was bright and located near the sun, it was believed to be responsible for causing hot weather.
In the 1800’s, temperatures could be so brutal in the summer that it was considered a time when dogs grew mad, other animals became weak, and humans would suffer from fevers and hysterics. The dog days of summer can still cause hysterics of sorts when looking for a new home for you and your pet.
A few things to consider when looking for a new pet-friendly apartment.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments offers many amenities when it comes to apartment living: a clubhouse, coffee bar, beachfront entry swimming pool, outdoor barbecue and relaxation areas, and a basketball court. If that isn’t enough there are numerous parks including separate parks for children and pets, car care center, a business center, garages, and storage units for your extra belongings or seasonal decor.
The ability to walk your dog in one of the pet parks or around the gated community is a stand out feature of this Lafayette property. A central location near shopping centers, theatres, and veterinarian and groomers office as well as community parks and recreation.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments was designed with your comfort in mind and include spacious floor plans whether you choose a one, two, or three-bedroom unit. Each apartment has walk-in closets, impressive 8” decorative crown molding, and bonus storage space. Equipped with air conditioning, intrusion alarms, ceiling fans, a dishwasher, disposal, microwave, and washer and dryer, these apartments were designed to impress.
The pet policy of Lafayette Gardens Apartments allows a maximum of two pets per apartment. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish are all acceptable pets in the community. Certain breeds of dogs are not allowed unless they are registered service pets or used in police work. Property Management is happy to answer your questions about which breeds are welcome and will even arrange to meet your pet for an interview.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments pet policy requires all feline companions be neutered or spayed. Your veterinary clinic can provide a letter or statement as proof that your feline friend is compliant with this pet policy.
All pets are photographed, and pictures are kept on file for easy identification. This and the other policies are written and administered to ensure the safety and security of your pet and others in our community.
Beat the heat and the dog days of summer by touring our Apartments in Lafayette, La. where you can have it all in the middle of it all.
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If you are looking for apartments in Lafayette, La. and don’t know where to begin read on and discover how making a list will help you find the space of your dreams.
Lists are made for all types of things. There are grocery lists, vacation packing lists, party planning lists, and bucket lists of things that a person wants to do before their life is over. Making a list to help you find the apartment of your dreams may sound unnecessary but it can help you focus on the things that are truly important to you that you may not have realized until you wrote it down.
Start with some basics to write your list. Type it into your phone so it will be with you if someone is helping you in your search include them in the list-making process, gather around a laptop or go old-school with pen and paper. It doesn’t matter how you write it down, just that you do.
Brainstorm everything that you want in an apartment. You may think things like adequate parking for everyone in the complex is a given but when you start looking at spaces you may find that isn’t always the case. Don’t judge the list yet. Just write down everything you can think of that you would like to find in an apartment.
Here are a few things that make most lists: the number of bedrooms needed, the number of bedrooms desired, number of parking spaces needed, whether the unit can be upstairs or downstairs, does the apartment allow pets, how much are deposits, am I okay with neighbors with children, do I want to live in a gated community and is the location suited to the type of commute I am willing to make to work or school?
Some things that also might make your list: is their great food delivery in this area, is cable/internet connection possible or included, what type of lease will I have to sign and am I willing to sign one for the length of time required, and can I walk around this neighborhood safely?
Once you have a list, you will probably have around 25-50 things to consider. Now is the time to re-read your list and make three categories: must-haves, would like to have, not necessary (but would be nice). These columns distributed by the level of need and want will help you quickly narrow down your search.
With your list in hand start looking at spaces where you are considering making your home. Be brutal. If it has 4 of your must-haves but not all 7, keep looking. Does it have all your must-haves, but only a few of your like to haves? Make notes and go on to the next place.
Starting your search online is a great way to eliminate places you won’t need to see in person. So, you’ve narrowed it down to a few places or your list helped you find the one place that has the things you wanted. Sign your lease, pay your deposits, and make a list of things you’ll need to do before you move.
Lafayette Garden Apartments makes the top of the list when it comes to finding a great apartment. Visit them and see how many of their amenities are on your list, like 24-hour fitness centers, patios, and recreation areas including swimming pool.
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On occasion executives must relocate to an area temporarily due to their job responsibilities. Finding appropriate corporate housing can be a difficult task. To find the best executive lease look for the following:
A lease that that is flexible. Apartment communities in tune with their economic environment will often offer both short term and long-term leases to corporations and individuals. It is understood that executives may need to be in an area for an extended stay that ranges from weeks to months. Either way, you should be able to find corporate housing accommodations catering to short and interim work assignments.
Accommodations can be furnished, non-furnished, or a combination of the two. One executive may not want to worry about brining anything when they have to re-locate to any area for a temporary assignment. Others may prefer to bring or purchase furniture and household items that are special to them. Either way, finding an apartment complex that will provide space that is unfurnished, completely furnished, or partially furnished is easier than you think. Inquire about household items as well. Cookware, dishes, linens, cleaning supplies, basic toiletries and pantry items should be available as well, so your employee doesn’t need to spend valuable time locating the necessities to set up a comfortable home away from home when living in corporate housing.
Amenities: both basic and premium. Amenities can make a huge difference in the comfort level of the executive lease habitat. Internet, cable, water, garbage, sewage, and security should all be offered as part of your corporate housing for executives. Making certain that the person living in corporate housing has everything set-up for them upon arrival will provide much by way of good will when it comes to moving into corporate housing. If the internet service is high speed and the cable comes with premium channels or the option to obtain them, the executive is sure to be pleased.
Custom packages if requested. A luxury apartment community with experience in providing corporate housing should be able to accommodate variety when it comes to custom packages. Anything that makes an employee comfortable and would help utilize the time spent at their corporate home should be considered. It may be cost effective to include it in your corporate lease. Talk to a leasing agent about cleaning service, restaurant delivery services, or even suggestion on child care; necessary services can usually find their way into a package created just for your business.
Lafayette Garden Apartments is a luxury complex in Lafayette, Louisiana that caters to executive leases for corporate housing. Offering 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites for short or long-term leases that can be furnished, unfurnished, or partially furnished. The staff works to provide you with custom accommodations and amenities that will suit the most discriminating tastes.
The beautiful complex has two 24-hour fitness centers, parks, a beach-front entry swimming pool, and common areas with fun planned activities. In addition, each unit offers water, garbage, sewage, and a security intrusion alarm system.
The key to corporate housing in the Lafayette area is an executive lease with Lafayette Garden Apartments. Visit their website today.
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