Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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covid-19-update

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Governor of Indiana issued a directive for Hoosiers to stay at home effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020 and will remain in effect during that time period unless otherwise rescinded, modified, or extended. Only travel or work that is considered “Essential” is permitted. You will still be allowed to leave your home for groceries, prescriptions, obtain health care, take care of others or go to an essential job; for a full listing, visit www.in.gov.

At this time Willow Creek Crossing will only be entering apartments if there is a maintenance emergency. We will continue to keep office and maintenance staff on the property from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the shelter in place order and will continue to have after-hour emergency maintenance.

Maintenance emergencies are considered as follows:

  • A major appliance not working such as a stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer
  • No power to all or part of an apartment, or other electrical issue
  • A plumbing leak such as a sink, toilet, or tub; a slow or non-draining tub/sink or a drain that has water backing up into it
  • No hot water
  • No heat
  • Locked out of your apartment
  • Fire (first call 911 and make sure everyone is out of the apartment)

While maintenance is in your apartment for emergency maintenance, they will be wearing a respirator and gloves. We ask that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines and stay at least 6 feet away or that you are in another room while maintenance makes any repairs.

The leasing office will be open by appointment only. You can contact us by phone or e-mail and we will respond as quickly as possible but ask your patience as we will have limited staff in the office. Our phone number is (260) 747-7000 and our e-mail is apartments@willowcreekcrossing.net. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.

We will continue to update you as policies continue to change.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

covid-19 update

covid-19 update

Amid the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak we are doing our best to create new policies in order to keep both our residents and staff safe as we navigate this unfortunate circumstance. We are doing our best to stay as up to date as possible as new information about the virus becomes available. We are watching both local and national government updates and mandates and, as our policies change, we will do our best to keep you up to date. For your safety, and ours, we will be implementing the following guidelines and procedures during this time:

* We ask that you do not come into the leasing office, maintenance shop, or clubhouse, whether you are sick or not. If you have a question or concern you can call the office at
(260) 747-7000 during regular business hours or leave a message and we will return your phone call as soon as possible. You can also e-mail us at apartments@willowcreekcrossing.net.

* If you are sick and you have a maintenance request, we will not be entering your apartment, unless it is an emergency. Examples of an emergency are as follows: A water leak; no heat; a major appliance (stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer) not working; toilet not flushing or overflowing; no power to all or part of the apartment or other electrical issue; or a slow drain.

* We will still be performing regular work orders; however, we will be calling you before coming to your apartment to make sure that you are not experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, have been exposed to anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or have recently traveled. Maintenance will be washing their hands in between every apartment and spraying their clothing with 91% alcohol to prevent carrying germs from one apartment to another. Semi-annual apartment inspections will be postponed until further notice.

*All Willow Creek Crossing employees have been instructed to stay home if they are exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms. They are not to return to work until they are symptom free or have been cleared by a doctor to return to work.

* The fitness center will be closed until further notice.

* If you live in an apartment style with a shared laundry, we ask that you take preventative measures and wipe the machines down with disinfectant cleaner before and after using them. We will keep up with our regular cleaning of the hallways but ask for your assistance as we cannot clean after each use. If you need to fill your laundry card, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer located to the left of the office door prior to using the machine or use the CSCPay Mobile app on your phone. If you are sick, we ask that you do not come to the office to use the machine but use the app instead.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we want to minimize your exposure, and ours, to the potential spread of germs. We will continue to monitor the current situation with the help of our local and national governing authorities. You can monitor online as well at www.in.gov and www.cdc.gov. And, please, do not forget to wash your hands!

Selfies with Santa Holiday Party

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selfies with santa 2019

Willow Creek Crossing Apartments residents, you’re invited to our Selfies with Santa party in our clubhouse.

Thursday, December 19
4:00 to 6:00pm

Food

Stop by the Clubhouse and grab some dinner. We’ll have pizza and soft drinks for our guests!

Prizes

Everyone who attends will receive a ticket to enter to win an electric train set. You can also bring a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank and be entered into a drawing for an exclusive prize!

Comcast Xfinity will also be raffling off a 32” Roku TV to those who sign up for new service or download the Xfinity My Account app.

Fun

Santa will be in attendance. Bring a camera to get a selfie with Santa while spreading some holiday cheer with your neighbors and our staff.

Baby It’s Cold Outside: How to Keep Warm in Your Apartment This Winter

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Are you moving into a new apartment this winter and want to make it warm and cozy? Or maybe you’re happy where you are, but as the temperatures drop outside, it’s starting to feel freezing cold inside.

Read on to discover how to keep warm in the winter without breaking the bank on heating bills.

Stock Up on Warm Blankets

You can never have enough warm blankets around the house in the winter. Have throw blankets on or near sofas to and throw an extra blanket or two on your bed.

Another option is an electric heated blanket that you can turn on and off as needed. They’re a great option if you have pets, so you and your furry friend can snuggle under the blanket to stay warm.

Warm Up Your Bedroom

We mentioned adding extra blankets to your bed. Another option is getting fleece bed sheets. They’re thick enough to keep you warm, yet soft enough to keep you comfortable. And, they don’t have the cold feeling of cotton when you’re crawling into bed.

Before you go to bed at night, close the bedroom door. Sleeping with the door closed helps keep heat in the bedroom.

Drink Warm Tea or Hot Cocoa

If a warm blanket doesn’t help, make a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Warm drinks will heat your body from the inside, raising your body temperature slightly. Adding some spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and cumin can increase your blood circulation.

The best teas to keep you warm are green or white tea, oolong, ginger, and chamomile. A cup of hot cocoa or warm milk with honey can also keep you warm on cold winter nights.

Find and Seal Air Leaks

If you keep trying to heat your home, yet the warm air keeps escaping, there may be an air leak somewhere. Before you ramp up the thermostat, feel around the apartment’s windows and doors to find where cold air may be coming in.

Cover windows in plastic and use door socks to stop drafts and keep the warm air in the room. This will help reduce your heating bills and you won’t need heavy blankets to stay warm.

Now You Know How to Keep Warm This Winter!

The cold weather is here and it’s only going to get colder! it’s time to start preparing your home for the freezing temperatures. Use these tips to keep warm this winter.

Looking for a new apartment? Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect home for you.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Getting Your Apartment Holiday Ready

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apartment decorating

The holidays are fast approaching, but is your apartment holiday-ready? Decorating for the holidays is fun, but if you live in an apartment, there are some things you should remember. You have a few safety codes to work around and your space is limited. This doesn’t mean you can’t decorate! You’ll just have to get creative.

Here are some apartment decorating ideas for your Fort Wayne apartment.

Find an Artificial Tree

If you’re planning on decorating a Christmas tree, remember that due to the fire code, live trees are not allowed inside apartments. But artificial Christmas trees can look just as real and you won’t have to constantly worry about sweeping up or stepping on pine needles!

If you only have a small space available for your tree, don’t worry! Artificial Christmas trees come in all sizes, widths, and colors, so you’re bound to find one perfect for your Fort Wayne apartment.

Hang Your Stockings with Care

Your apartment doesn’t have a fireplace, so you’re going to have to find somewhere else to hang your stockings. You can find a space on your wall in the living room and use command strip hooks, or find a nice windowsill ledge that needs some decoration. Bookshelves are also a great place to hang a stocking.

If you have children, consider hanging your stockings on bedroom doors or doorknobs. Stockings are a great way to make bedroom doors look more festive!

Decorate with LED Lights

Thinking about decorating your tree, window, or bookshelf with a string of lights? Go for it, but ditch the bulb string lights and opt for LED!

LED lights present no fire hazard even when left unsupervised and will always be cool to the touch. Additionally, they’re brighter, last longer, and use less electricity which will save you money! Because who couldn’t use more money, especially around the holidays!

Give Your Front Door Some Attention

If you’re planning on having guests over for the holidays, there’s nothing more welcoming than a festive front door! Hang a wreath, holiday sign, or some bundled up evergreens to welcome your visitors. You could also wrap your door in wrapping paper to look like a giant gift!

Let It Snow

If you need a holiday decorating idea that’s really cheap and safe for your apartment, get out the scissors, paper, or coffee filters, and string! Cut some shapes in the paper to make snowflakes and string them up throughout your apartment. There’s no better way to turn your Fort Wayne apartment into a winter wonderland.

This is also a fun activity that can keep your children occupied for an afternoon!

Display Your Holiday Cards

The festive pictures on the front of holiday cards are a great (and cheap!) way to liven up any bookshelf or windowsill. You can even string them up along a wall and they won’t take up any space.

Apartment Decorating for the Holidays

With these apartment decorating ideas, your rooms will look festive for the holidays while keeping your apartment up to code!

If you’re in the Fort Wayne area and looking to rent an apartment, contact us!

Size Does Matter: 4 Reasons Why You Should Downsize Your Home to an Apartment

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reasons to downsize your home

Over 40 million families opt to rent instead of buy. And apartments aren’t just for young adults anymore. In fact, adults aged 40 or older account for 51% of America’s rental market!

But what’s the appeal of renting anyway? Isn’t home ownership the goal, after all?

Well, not quite! There are many reasons to downsize your home and go back to apartment life.

Do you want to know what they are? Keep reading to discover 4 amazing reasons you should consider apartment living.

1. Less Maintenance

Apartments are far smaller than traditional homes. While this means you may have to declutter a bit, it also means that you’ll have far less cleaning to do. Instead of spending all day getting your house spick and span, you’ll suddenly notice that it only takes a couple of hours to get your apartment to sparkle.

You also don’t have to worry about any exterior maintenance, like mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, raking leaves, or shoveling snow, when you choose to rent an apartment.

Perhaps the best part is that you don’t have to take care of anything that breaks. Simply call the apartment community’s maintenance team and have them come out and fix it for you.

2. Lower Cost

While homes can offer a great return on investment in the long run, monthly rent is often cheaper than a home mortgage, meaning you can save a bit every month.

Since the space is smaller, you’re electric and utility bills will drop too, saving you even more. And because the apartment takes care of things like broken appliances and pest control, you don’t have to worry about draining your savings every time something goes wrong.

3. Awesome Amenities

Have you always dreamed of having a swimming pool in your backyard but couldn’t afford or justify the high cost of installing one?

The good news is that many apartment communities come with free amenities, like pools, playgrounds, and fitness centers. Not only are these amenities convenient because they’re so close, but you can also save even more by canceling your memberships at the gym and community pool.

4. Increased Safety

A home break-in is one of the scariest scenarios you can imagine. While many homeowners opt to install security systems, living in an apartment is inherently safer.

Some communities invest in security guards and are well lit. Plus, the sheer number of people in such close proximity is usually enough to deter any potential criminals as it’s likely someone would hear or see them.

The Top Reasons to Downsize Your Home

Apartments are great ways to save time, save money, and even feel safer.

Are you ready to embrace apartment living? Check out our apartments for rent in beautiful Fort Wayne, Indiana!

First Apartment Checklist: All You Need to Thrive in Your First Place

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first apartment checklist

Are you about to move into your first apartment? Moving into your first apartment can be exciting. There’s a lot to do before you move in, but once you do, you’ll be able to experience a new level of freedom and adulthood.

To make sure things go smoothly when moving into your apartment, you want to make sure you have it stocked with all the essentials.

Check out this first apartment checklist guide to learn everything you need in your first apartment.

1. Bedding

Moving is exhausting, which is why you want to make sure you have a comfortable place to sleep after a long day of unpacking boxes.

The first items that you should cross off your list should be a mattress, bedding, and pillows.

2. Toolkit, Wall Hooks, and Nails

Whether it’s to put together a shelf or hang up some new art, you’re going to want to have a toolkit handy.

There’s nothing more frustrating to be in a decorating and unpacking groove, only to find out that you have to stop what you’re doing and buy these items.

3. Bathroom Essentials

It won’t be long before you’ll need to use the bathroom and take a shower, which is why it’s important to have some bathroom essentials ready to go.

The top bathroom essentials you need include:

  • Toilet paper
  • A shower curtain
  • First aid kit (accidents happen all the time when moving, so this one is super important)
  • Bath towels
  • Bath mat

Eventually, you’re going to want to add storage racks and other decor items, but these essentials will do for the time being.

4. Cleaning Supplies

As you move into your new apartment, you’re likely going to find spots that previous tenants missed.

Therefore, you’re going to want to have the right cleaning supplies handy to clean up any messes that you encounter. Cleaning items you should buy right away include:

  • Paper towels or rags and a multi-surface cleaning spray
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet bowl scrubber and cleaning solution
  • Dish soap and dishwasher detergent
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and vacuum
  • Air freshener/disinfecting spray

5. Kitchen Essentials

So you don’t wind up having to waste money on paper plates and expensive takeout, we suggest moving into your apartment with some kitchen supplies already in hand.

The top kitchen essentials you need include:

  • Plates and bowls
  • Forks, spoons, and knives
  • Large pot, cookie sheet, frying pan
  • Oil or cooking spray
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Spatula and mixing spoon
  • Food storage containers

6. Living Space

When moving into your first apartment, you want to start putting the living room together as soon as possible so you have a space to hang out and relax.

Here are the living room essentials that you need:

  • Comfy couch
  • Rug
  • Coffee table
  • Floor lamp
  • Television
  • Extra seating

First Apartment Checklist: Are You Ready for Your New Space?

By following this first apartment checklist, you’ll be more than ready for your new space.

If you have any questions about moving into your first apartment, comment below. And, if you’re still searching for an apartment, be sure to check out our listings.

The Newlywed Game: 5 Tips for Couples Moving in Together for the First Time

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tips for couples moving in together

If you’re recently married and moving in together for the first time, there’s likely going to be plenty of ups and downs along the way.

While moving in together can be an exciting experience, there are a few crucial things that every couple should keep in mind for a happy life.

Read on for a list of five tips for couples moving in together that will make the transition smooth and seamless.

1. Hash Out Your Finances

Before you move in together, you should sit down together as a couple and go over your financial budget. Doing this before you move in will make the process much easier along the way.

Come up with a list of your incomes and all of your expenses to find out where you might be able to save. When you do this in advance, financial troubles are less likely to come back and haunt you later.

2. Agree On An Emergency Fund

One of the most important tips for couples moving in together is to come up with an amount to put into an emergency fund. This fund should only be used in serious emergencies, and it will give you both peace of mind.

You can each contribute an equal amount to the fund or agree to add to it as you go. When you have this type of money already in place, it takes the pressure off if you ever need it later to make rent or house payments and other expenses.

3. Get Ready to Downsize

If you both had your own place before, you probably have double the stuff. Be prepared to downsize some of your belongings and sell or donate them before moving day.

Talk about the big items you both have and agree on who will keep what and who will get rid of what. Furniture like the bed, sofa, and other big items should be decided on before you move in so you can downsize your stuff in advance.

4. Make a List of What You Need

Whether it’s cleaning supplies or pantry staples, every couple will have a list of must-have items they need before they move in. Put your heads together and decide which items you’ll need to buy for your new home.

Things like towels and sheets should be something you already have, while curtains and rugs might be something you need to buy. You might be surprised at what your other half has, so write it all down beforehand so you don’t end up buying things you don’t need.

5. Compromise is Key

Even if you’re newly married, you’re not going to agree on everything. Remember to compromise on certain things and pick your battles wisely.

As long as you both agree on the apartment and the payment, the rest should be fairly easy. All good relationships require compromise in order for them to work.

Make the Most of These Tips for Couples Moving in Together

Use these helpful tips for couples moving in together so you’ll have all of your finances and belongings straight before moving day. When you learn to work as a team, cohabitating will be a much more pleasant experience.

If you’re looking for apartments in the Fort Wayne area, visit our website and apply online today!

Modern Style: How to Design and Furnish a Modern Apartment

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modern apartmentDo you love the look of a modern apartment but are clueless on how to design and furnish your space? Continue reading for tips on how to create a sleek, clean, and modern apartment design.

Aspects to Cover in Designing Your Modern Apartment

Whether it’s a one-bedroom apartment or an apartment townhouse you are moving into, you still need to deal with its design and furnishings. Here are some of the most important aspects you need to cover:

Take Out the Clutter

First, you need to ensure that your apartment is free of clutter. Keep in mind that modern apartments only offer limited space. So you only have room for items that you really need.

Start by going through your things and take note of what you want to keep. Discard those you no longer need. Recycle the items that you can. You can also consider donating them to the Goodwill or other secondhand store. Your goal is to make as much space as you can by keeping only the essentials. Keep it minimal for a modern design.

Texture Matters

Modern apartments usually have a soft, sleek texture. Consider adding a variety including glass and some finished wood to pull off the trick.

You can also throw in some pillow, rugs, and window treatments.

Mind Your Color Schemes

When it comes to colors, you want to come up with distinct schemes. Add some personality in an all-white room with a shade of blue. It will also work if you combine it with some brown accents.

If you want a more minimalistic take, stick to gray. If you want something cozy, use warm brown or golden yellow.

Clean Lines for Furniture

Shopping for furniture? Go for those that come with clean lines. Simple lines and angles will help you maximize your spaces.

These kinds of furniture will also create a sense of flow. Consider going for clear furniture like glass tabletops. This will work well in your dining room or as your coffee table.

Bookshelves

Lastly, consider adding a bookshelf to create additional storage and help you reduce clutter.

Apart from storage for your books, you can also use them to place your collections. You can display your toys, pictures, and other memorabilia on those shelves.

Find the Right Apartment, Today!

A modern apartment is like a canvass where you can showcase your creativity. You can put design elements and leave your imprint when it comes to style.

But if you’re still hunting for an apartment, we can help find the right one for you. Contact us today and let us know what you are looking for. We offer apartments in different floorplans for Fort Wayne apartment hunters.

How to Make the Most of the Benefits of Apartment Life

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apartment lifeWhen you put a house and an apartment side by side, which one will you pick?

A house may be ideal, as having your own home would be the goal to strive for. But it comes with its own hurdles like mortgage payments, maintenance, and utilities. Home prices as of this year come at an average of $377,200.

Meanwhile, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment, depending on size and location sits at $656. Two-bedroom apartments average $824.

An apartment can provide an easier solution for a living space. Aside from lower costs, you also have better amenities and benefits.

Curious about what apartment life has to offer? Uncertain how to make the most out of it? Take a gander and find out how you can maximize these benefits.

1. Get the Most Out of the Location

One of the selling points in going for apartment life happens to be convenience. A prime location in an apartment would have you in a secure place in an urban environment. The good thing about this is that you have a lot of areas you can reach and access.

For instance, you might be close to stores and other sources of entertainment. You might also have your workplace nearby, possibly a walk or a short drive away.

2. Apartment Size

While you may have to contend with a smaller space, smaller spaces have their benefits too.

Convenience comes up on top. You have lesser chores to work with, like reduced coverage when it comes to house cleaning. You also have less space to furnish or heat and cool which means big savings on furniture and your utility bill!

Another thing of note comes in the absence of yard management and gardening, which gives you more free time to enjoy the things you love.

Check for the size and floor plan of the apartment you plan to rent to optimize every inch of it.

3. Community

When you have a community of wonderful people around you, having an apartment becomes a blessing. Apartment communities are just that … a community and can be quite fun when you get along with those around you.

Communication will be key here. Learn how to deal with noisy neighbors and people with pets. The general rule of thumb is to be a good neighbor and yours will hopefully follow suit.

4. Regular Maintenance

Another thing to look at is in the availability of regular maintenance. This particular responsibility falls upon the owner. If the dishwasher leaks or furnace breaks, you don’t have to worry about a hefty cost for repair. All you have to do is call the leasing office and they’ll take care of the rest.

5. Amenities

Living in an apartment also comes with amenities you normally don’t get by default with a house. It varies from one apartment community to another but many communities have swimming pools or a fitness center … or both!

Remember to take a tour around to see the community to know what they have in store for you.

6. Fewer Commitments

You have fewer things to worry about when you rent an apartment. Aside from having lower utility costs, the place can work for your situation. You might be looking for a temporary haven or you prefer not entering into long-term financial obligations.

Renting an apartment would fit your current setup. You can negotiate this with the management on the arrangements.

Are You Ready for the Apartment Life?

Apartment life has a lot of benefits you can reap. Not only do you save money, but you also have an easier life with the accessibility and sense of community that it offers.

Are you ready for apartment life? Contact us today and let us help you find your new apartment.