Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

covid-19-update

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on March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020 and will remain in effect during that time period unless otherwise rescinded, modified, or extended.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!

The Complete (and Only) Apartment Rental Checklist You’ll Ever Need

rental checklist

rental checklist

Applying for an apartment can feel like applying for a job. Rental agents want to make sure they’re leaving their valuable property in the hands of someone responsible.

Before you show up to apply for a new apartment, make sure you hit every item on the standard rental checklist. Appearing organized and prepared will put you ahead of anyone else looking at the property.

To find out what you need to rent your next apartment, check out the essential rental checklist items below.

What Is a Rental Checklist?

A rental checklist is a physical list of all the documents you may need to sign a lease. It may seem excessive, but apartment communities need to make sure their tenants are respectful and responsible. Here are some of the items that are commonly required.

Financial Statements

Of course, some of the most important documents to bring are financial statements. They prove to the leasing agents that you are a fiscally responsible tenant and they don’t have to worry about your ability to pay the rent on time.

A rental agent needs to see pay stubs to determine if you can afford the apartment. There are both formal and informal rules about the acceptable ratio between salary and rent, usually no more than 30% of the monthly income. They will often ask for more than one pay stub to make sure your income is stable.

Identification

There are several forms of identification you need to sign a lease agreement. Make sure to have a few forms of identification, including your social security number. A passport or driver’s license is also necessary. Some stricter communities will ask for proof of residency.

However, make sure to take precautions to avoid rental scams. Never wire or transfer your identification or money unless you know it’s a reputable community.

Resume

Although not usually requested, a resume can help provide more evidence of your economic stability. Asking your boss for a letter of employment can also help, and you can copy it and keep it for other needs. As you compile a job history, make sure to compile a rental history as well.

Your rental history should include the length of the lease, how long you stayed, the monthly rent amount, and contact information for the lessors.

Recommendations

Your rental agent may ask for additional recommendations on your behalf. Have these on hand in case they are needed.

When looking for a new apartment, you can also ask for their recommendations or reviews. This interviewing process can go both ways—no one wants to live in a place others don’t.

More Renting Tips and Tricks

Write up your own rental checklist to make sure all your documents are in order as you visit potential apartment communities. This way, you’ll be ready to present all your documentation and sign the lease as soon as possible. The professional demeanor will impress rental agents and give you a leg up over competing potential tenants.

If you’re looking for an apartment to rent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, make sure to give us a call!

From Bachelor Drab to Bachelor Pad: 5 Renter-Friendly Ways to Update Your Apartment

renter friendly upgrades for your apartment

renter friendly upgrades for your apartment

According to CityLab, over 100 million Americans rent their homes, so finding a rental with all the right accommodations is a cause for celebration.

Whether you’re living with your family, or you’re a young bachelor, choosing renter-friendly upgrades for your apartment might be necessary, at some point.

Are you ready to upgrade your apartment? Check out these tips to take your apartment from so-so to whoa.

Renter-Friendly Upgrades for Your Apartment

Apartment living is great and has many benefits. Make your apartment your own with a few apartment upgrades.

Before changing the appearance of your apartment, please speak with the landlord or property manager. Altering the look of your unit without permission might cost you the security deposit. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

1. Spruce Up the Bathroom

When decorating an apartment, many people don’t think about decorating the bathroom, but this room needs a little love too. Modern bathrooms exude the look and feel of a spa. When you walk in there, the sense of relaxation should overflow.

To achieve a new look in your apartment, buy a new shower curtain, hang up wall art, or use different color towels. It’s interesting how changing small details can make a significant impact.

2. Decorate the Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of a home. Update the kitchen with removable backsplash tiles to revive the sink area.

Place decorative storage containers in your cabinets or on the counters and hang decorative kitchen towels. Set a bowl of your favorite snack as the centerpiece of your table.

Colorful appliances such as coffee makers and toasters also help dress up a kitchen.

3. Organize The Closets

Organizing your closets is perfect for getting the most usage out of a room. Choosing the right storage bins, hooks, or hangers is exciting and gratifying.

Setting your clothing, accessories, and shoes into a designated area helps maintain order and quick retrieval of an item. To whip your closet into shape try bins and baskets for hats, pajamas, scarves, gloves, handbags, or belts.

Use hangers for professional and easily wrinkle tops, pants, and skirts. Consider hanging shoes by hooks on the inside of the closet door to free up floor space.

A well-organized closet shows maturity and dedication.

4. Revamp Your Floors

For many apartments, carpet is the standard as it absorbs sound. If your carpet is looking a little drab, give it a deep cleaning to keep it looking fresh.

Afterward, try adding some spice with area rugs. Mix and match the textures of the area rugs with your decorative pillows for a more pleasing look.

5. Awaken The Countertops

Countertops do more than provide space for chopping vegetables and preparing meals. They pull together the look of your cabinets, backsplash, and flooring.

Let your kitchen counter reflect your personality with a colorful cutting board, cookie jar, a glass canister, or crock-pot.

Personalized items are popular too. Get your name or initials on a knife block and cutlery set.

Whatever you choose to display, make sure it captures your style.

Sign A Lease

As you can see, renter-friendly upgrades for an apartment don’t have to break your bank. All the options discussed are affordable and won’t take long to do.

If you’re ready for a new apartment, search our website for more information and contact us to schedule a tour.

5 New Years Resolution Ideas for Healthier Apartment Living

new years resolution ideas

new years resolution ideas

While many people yearn for a home to own, 34% of US households are made in rented spaces such as apartments. This has been more and more the case in recent years- Americans are shifting more toward wanting to save money and pay off debt instead of purchasing real estate.

At New Year’s, making resolutions is a great idea. If you’re one of the many people who live in an apartment, there are a few resolutions you can make to ensure that your life at home is even better than it was last year.

Read on for some New Years resolution ideas that will get you feeling more relaxed and at home in your apartment.

1. Doing Weekly Cleaning

Cleaning’s boring at best and disgusting at worst, so it’s really no wonder that most households don’t sweep the floors or bleach the bathtub nearly as often as they should. If you do these chores regularly, though, your house will look much cleaner. This will make you feel more relaxed when in your apartment and ultimately make you a happier person.

2. Completing Small Chores Immediately

While a lot of tasks can be done on a weekly basis, there are some chores that you might as well do immediately. Cleaning your dishes right after eating will stop funky smells from materializing. Making your bed each morning will make your room look cleaner and more relaxed. Chores like these only take a couple of minutes and make all the difference!

3. Get That Renovation Done

Everyone has that vision for their home that they’ve thought about implement but just haven’t gotten around to. It’s the new year and the perfect time to try new things, so why not install that awesome couch? Fix the hole in the wall? You’ll feel great having accomplished something you’ve been wanting to for a while!

4. Being Kind to Roommates

Your roommates may be annoying, but they’re yours. You probably bother them sometimes, too. Make it a resolution in the new decade to do one small kind thing for them each day. It doesn’t need to be anything big- just putting their cup in the appropriate cupboard will do.

5. Taking Some Time for You

In order to fully enjoy your apartment, it’s essential that you take some time to be kind to yourself. This year, resolve to carve out specific time frames to do something relaxing. For example, hop into a hot bath with a calming bath bomb and a novel. You’ll live life to the fullest when you choose to do things like this!

More New Years Resolution Ideas

While everyone makes vows to change their behavior in the new year, only a few actually follow through. If you’re one of these people, though, you can change your life for the better by committing to doing so!

Now that you know some New Years resolution ideas to get you started in the new decade, it’s time to look more into ways you can make your apartment a happier and more comfortable place in 2020. Check out the apartment living tab on our homepage for more articles on making your house a home.

Happy 2020!

Selfies with Santa Holiday Party

selfies with santa 2019

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

apartment decorating

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

reasons to downsize your home

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

first apartment checklist

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.