How to Set up a Small Space Nursery in Your Apartment

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small space nursery

Whether you’re about to welcome a new baby into your family or you’re becoming a grandparent and your grandchild will be spending a few nights a week with you, we know that you want to figure out how you can create a small space nursery in your apartment that won’t make everyone feel cramped.

We know you also want to be able to design a beautiful nursery that helps you to celebrate and get excited about a new arrival.

The good news? You don’t have to feel like you’re living in a tiny house just because you’re ready to create an apartment nursery.

This post will show you how you can pull off the perfect space.

1. Buy Less

We know that, when there’s a baby on the way, you’re tempted to set up an enormous registry and buy anything and everything possible to give your baby a great life. The truth is, they don’t need all that and if you’re living in an apartment, you may not have space.

Get real with yourself about the essentials you’ll actually need in your small space nursery. Look for all-in-one pieces, like a crib that comes with an attachable changing table. Look for a bassinet or “nest” that you can use to hang the baby above your bed instead of buying another crib for your bedroom.

Invest in a collapsible stroller that you can slide under the crib and that’s public-transit friendly. Finally, tell friends you’re going for a minimalist look so that they’re not tempted to shower you in gifts that you don’t have room for.

2. Wall Space is Storage Space

Next, when creating small space nurseries, remember that wall space is your best friend. Grab as many floor-to-ceiling shelving units that you can handle, and use them to store books, diapers, and even folded baby clothing.

Look for under-the-bed storage containers that you can store out of season or next month’s baby clothing inside. Same goes for towels and baby lotions. Plus, you’ll be able to display tons of stuffed animals and family photos on the shelf space you have left over.

3. Use a Rug to Divide Space

Finally, one of the best baby nursery ideas for small rooms is to use a rug as your space guideline. In short, use a rug as a type of floor plan. When the rug ends, so does the space dedicated as the nursery. This will force you to get creative with how you use your space, but it will also create the illusion of having a “separate” area that’s just for baby.

Plus, we know that toddlers have a tendency to sneak out of their crib at night and they’ll have a soft place to land.

So, a rug in the nursery isn’t just a great design tip. It also helps everyone to stay safe.

Ready to Create Your Own Small-Space Nursery?

We hope that this post has you feeling excited about the process of creating own small space nursery in your apartment.

Looking for additional advice on how to get the most out of every inch in your apartment? We’ve got you covered. Check out our blog to learn more tips on how to live your best life with the square footage that you have and consider renting one of our affordable apartments.

5 Tips for People Renting with Pets

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renting with pets

Our pets are our family, and it’s always tough when you have to move. Pet-friendly apartment complexes are rare to find, and those puppy dog eyes do not so easily persuade some landlords.

Leaving them behind is not an option, and we understand why. That’s why we have 5 tips for those renting with pets and how to make the renting hunt easy and stress-free for you and your four-legged friend.

Keep on reading to learn more!

1. Search for the Right Apartment

Most apartment searches are down online, and we can usually find out a lot about our potential new home from the description, including if it’s pet-friendly or not.

If it doesn’t specify online, ask. Even if you don’t currently have a pet but might want one someday, it’s always good to know the pet policy.

While some larger apartment complexes are animal lovers, not all are as lenient. If you don’t see any apartment communities that are pet-friendly, consider searching for a single home or condo. You have a better chance of persuading the landlord/owner if they don’t have to worry about more than one tenant.

2. Make Sure the Size is Right

So, you think you may have found an apartment that’s both pet-friendly and affordable – great! It’s important to keep in mind how big the living quarters for you and your pet are. If you have a larger dog, they’ll need a larger space to run around and relax in.

If it’s just you and a single cat, smaller apartments will work fine as long as they have a space to call their own.

3. Be Honest

Once you start the application process for your new home, be upfront and honest about your pet. No matter how careful and sneaky you are, they’ll eventually find out. It’s better to open the lines of communication and tell them you have a pet.

This will also show you have respect for their property and could help you in the future for references.

4. Have References

Besides asking for a proof of vaccinations, they may also want references from a past or recent landlord. It’s helpful if the reference states there was no damage done to the property while you lived there and that you were didn’t cause a disturbance/lived quietly. Make sure you have these ahead of time.

With these references, you could also have a letter from your vet stating they are up to date on their vaccinations. Include a certificate of your dog’s training classes if they have one.

5. Know the Lease Agreement

Once you’re approved for your new home and your landlord agrees to allow pets, make sure there’s an agreement or addendum in your lease. Never sign a lease that says “no pets allowed.” Prepare to pay a non-refundable pet fee and expect to pay a little extra each month – this should also be in your lease.

Keep a signed copy of the lease for your records and make sure to follow all the terms in the agreement to avoid violating any property rules. If your pet does cause damage to the property, make sure to pay to fix the damages and make your landlord aware them before you leave.

Tips for Renting with Pets – The Takeaway

Renting with pets doesn’t have to be challenging as long as it sounds if you follow these tips. Depending on the area you are looking to rent, pet-friendly complexes or lenient landlords will work with you as long as you respect their property.

For more tips on renting an apartment or home, check out our website. Have specific questions? Contact us – we’d love to talk!

5 Things to Consider Before Moving Into a New Apartment

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moving into a new apartment

The first 24 hours that you spend in a new apartment, as well as the planning that goes into moving, are crucial to your remaining time there.

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new apartment and to make the move too quickly. However, before moving into your apartment, there are several important steps that you should take.

Tips for Moving into a New Apartment

The process of moving will depend greatly on your location, as well as your life situation. In the event that this is your first apartment, it is important to proceed with caution as you sign the lease and choose the right one for you.

It is generally a good idea to have an experienced friend or family member help you navigate leasing and touring the apartment and the community. If this is not your first apartment, there still may also be things that you miss.

Here are five easy tips for new or experienced renters to consider when moving into a new apartment.

1. Check the Lease

The very first thing you should do once you sign the lease and confirm a move-in date is to read the rules for your new apartment. These will tell you what you are and are not allowed to do to the apartment. For example, some places may not allow you to paint the walls.

Other rules relate to wall mounts, pets, and when you are able to use the community’s amenities.

2. Make a Shopping List

Once you have an idea of what you can determine what you can and can’t do to the apartment, you can begin to make a list of items you need.

Take an inventory of your current items, and try to remain organized as you pack it for your new place. You can also consider the new layout of the apartment when you decide what you need.

3. Coordinate Deliveries and Movers

As the shopping list grows, it is important to coordinate deliveries of new items and furniture as well as the movers. Spacing them out logically is essential, as otherwise, it can feel chaotic.

4. Check the Property

Inspect the apartment carefully as you begin to move in and take pictures of any damages that you see that have not already been recorded. Be sure to give a copy of the photos to the leasing office and schedule a time for repairs.

5. Downsize as Much as Possible

The last essential tip is to use moving into a new apartment as an excuse to downsize. Over the course of years, we tend to collect items that we no longer need or use and moving allows you to donate or dispose of these instead of having them clutter up your new apartment.

Move into Your Dream Apartment

If you are looking for an amazing apartment in the Fort Wayne area, Willow Creek Crossing offers affordable, pet-friendly apartments in Southwest Fort Wayne.

Contact us today to inquire about current availability and begin moving into your new apartment today.

Is Renting Better Than Buying if You’re Newlyweds?

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is renting better than buyingThere are nearly 61 million married couples living in the United States. And, for many of those couples, buying a house is part of the American Dream. But is renting better than buying, especially for newlyweds? The answer may surprise you.

The housing market alone is confusing these days. It’s a good news / bad news story with affordability slipping, inventory declining while interest rates and housing prices rise. Don’t let the stress of trying to navigate the real estate market ruin your first days of marriage. Fear of missing out can rush couples into a bad investment decision.

You’ll never get these newlywed years back. It’s important to enjoy them!

Here are just a few reasons why starting your marriage out in a new apartment is best.

1. Less Stress

If you’re a newlywed or planning a wedding you already know that getting married can be stressful. For many of us, the day of the event is the one moment of calm in a long period of scheduling and planning.

Adding in the stress of mortgage brokers, real estate agents, lawyers, and bidding wars isn’t necessary. Renting is a much less stressful choice. Take a deep breath and enjoy being married before tackling your next project!

2. Financial Stability

Buying versus renting isn’t just a hard choice for newlyweds these days. With interest rates on the rise and an uncertain economy, many aren’t sure what the future holds. Renting is often the less expensive choice. Those first few years of marriage can be tough when it comes to finances.

Renting is far more predictable. You don’t have to worry about repairs or fluctuations to the interest rates.

3. Flexibility

You just made it official. You married the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Are you ready to decide on the house you want to spend the rest of your life in at the same time?

Renting is flexible. As your space needs change you can upgrade.

4. A Place To Love

Money is often tight for newlyweds. This can lead to rushed real estate decisions when it comes to buying. You might buy a house you can’t truly afford. You also might buy a house that doesn’t have everything you want.

But renting alleviates that risk. The right apartment community can feature:

  • swimming pools
  • a fitness center
  • a playground
  • picnic areas
  • a clubhouse with a pool table
  • a sand volleyball court
  • a tennis court
  • and more

Rather than settling for less, or adding financial stress, renting allows more amenities for newlyweds.

Is Renting Better Than Buying? It Is At Willow Creek Crossing!

Fort Wayne residents know how easy renting can be if they’ve been to Willow Creek Crossing. Our tenants love Willow Creek Crossing because of our beautiful apartments and great amenities.

We make it easy for newlyweds and everyone to live in style. You’ll know right away why our tenants say “yes” to “is renting better than buying?”

Located in Southwest Fort Wayne, Willow Creek Crossing Apartments is minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment, and work.

Contact us today and find out more.

5 Ways to Add Personality to an Apartment WITHOUT Painting the Walls

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add personality to an apartmentDid you know that research indicates that your home decor can have a significant impact on your mood? Creating a residential space that is uniquely your own can make you feel comfortable and help you unwind at the end of the day.

Of course, this can be admittedly difficult to do when you live in an apartment. Your landlord may have regulations that prevent you from painting the walls or hanging photos. But these restrictions don’t have to stop you from creating a space you’ll love.

Check out this guide to learn how to add personality to an apartment without breaking your lease agreement.

1. Removable Wallpaper

Think that wallpaper is only for your grandmother’s house? Think again. Modern wallpapers with trendy designs can be a great way to add a personal touch to a room.

Of course, traditional wallpapers are not an option for apartment living, as they can leave residue on the walls. But luckily, removable wallpaper offers a way to decorate your walls without damage. With this product, the wallpaper will easily peel off, leaving no trace.

2. Add Curtains

Generic white blinds can make your apartment look boring. That is why another great way to add color to the walls in your apartments is to hang window treatments.

Curtains are both a functional way to keep light out of the room and an attractive way to make the room look more interesting. Consider choosing curtains in a bright color to add an accent to your walls.

3. Hang Artwork

Just because you can’t put holes in the walls doesn’t mean that you can’t hang artwork. Using command strips or wall putty can make it easy to hang paintings or family photos without damaging the walls.

Hanging pictures with different colors in them can help draw attention to a certain part of the wall. Another creative idea is to choose multiple pictures of different sizes and arrange them in an interesting way.

4. Make Bookshelves a Focal Point

Bookshelves are obviously a good place to store your books. But that does not have to be their only function. You can also place decorative items on top of the bookshelf or arrange knick-knacks, flowers, and photos on the shelves. This can be a good way to display artwork without having to hang it on the walls.

5. Rearrange Your Furniture

Want to make your living space more interesting? Consider arranging the furniture in a different way. For instance, instead of pushing furniture up against the wall, use your couch to divide the room into two separate spaces.

Add Personality to An Apartment Today

With these tips in hand, you will soon be able to add personality to an apartment and make it your own.

Ready to get into an apartment you will love? Apply online today to take the first step to getting in your new home.

Summer Fun For the Whole Family at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments

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willow creek crossing apartmentsKids that spend more than a couple of hours in front of the TV every day are over twice as likely to be obese than those who have limited screen time. But during the summer, it can be hard to find things for your kids to do. Enter Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. We have so many options for family fun activities that your kids won’t have time for TV!

Keep reading to find out more about what we have to offer.

Go Swimming

We have not one but two swimming pools! Spend some time splashing around our swimming pools on hot Summer days. Swimming is a fun and physical way to beat the heat that your whole family can enjoy.

If you missed our Open House, you can still come by the office any time to pick up a pool pass.

Play Tennis

Kids of any age can enjoy playing a few games of tennis, even if they spend more time chasing the ball than they do hitting it. Bring your tennis racquets to one of our tennis courts for an afternoon of friendly competition with your family. It’s one of the many free family activities in Fort Wayne and it’s just for our residents.

Hit Up the Playground

The ground is lava!

Visiting our playground is a great way to get your kids out of the house and into their imaginations. They can climb, slide, and swing their way into a great day while you sit back and just enjoy the great outdoors… or maybe join in too!

Have a Picnic

We have several grills that our residents can use, so why not make your next meal a BBQ? Don’t forget to bring some ice cold lemonade and you’ll have a delicious and free family outing.

Take a Walk

Our apartments are pet-friendly in more than one way. We provide plenty of room around our facilities to take your dogs for a walk with the whole family. You’d be surprised as to just how much fun you can have while going on a walk with your family. You may even meet some of your neighbors along the way, turning a simple outing into a social event.

Play Frisbee

Something else you can do in our park is play Frisbee. There’s more than enough space to get a game going, and all you need is a Frisbee and a friend or two.

If flying discs aren’t your thing, you can also bring a soccer ball, football, or really any ball and get a game going. Even if you’re just playing a game of catch, the physical activity will be good for you and your kids.

Things to Do Near Willow Creek Crossing Apartments

If you want to go outside of our community to meet new people, then why not head over to Pawster Park or Foster Park. They’re both close to Willow Creek Crossing Apartments so you won’t need to go far to enjoy a day at the park.

There’s so much fun to be had at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments! Happy Summer!

Renting An Apartment: What You Need To Know

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renting an apartment

Whether you’re looking to live on your own for the first time or just want a more cost-effective lifestyle, renting an apartment can be a fun and budget-friendly way to live. But if you’ve never rented an apartment before, you may find the process quite confusing. Not to worry, we’re here to walk you through it. Here’s a rundown of everything you should know about renting an apartment.

Look Online

It’s easier than ever to shop for an apartment thanks to the web. By beginning your apartment search online, you can narrow down your list of potential new apartments within an afternoon. Most apartment websites give you all the information you need. You can even tour apartments online, find out what’s nearby, and fill out a rental application — all without leaving your home.

It is worth noting, however, that online prices aren’t always accurate. To get a more realistic price range, you should contact an apartment community directly — which can easily be done online as well!

Location Matters

As the saying goes, location is everything. Look for an apartment close to where you live, work, shop, and play. Living near where you visit most means a shorter commute and more time to enjoy the things you love to do.

Tour Before You Sign

You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it out for a test drive, so why would getting an apartment be any different? After all, an apartment community is so much more than a series of buildings: It’s your new home.

Schedule a tour so you can get a better sense of the community. Pay attention to security, the surrounding neighborhood, distance to the nearest grocery stores and gas stations, and of course, amenities offered.

What You’ll Need When Renting an Apartment

With basic considerations out of the way, let’s take a minute to address what you’ll actually need to apply for your new apartment.

Understandably, you’ll need to fill out and deliver an application to the leasing office. In addition to your application, you’ll need to bring in a few extras such as:

  • An application fee
  • Proof of residency
  • Legal ID
  • Proof of income
  • Rental history

Before bringing in your application, call ahead and make sure you have everything you need.

Should your application be approved, you’ll likely have to pay a safety deposit as well as the first month of rent.

Looking For a New Apartment? Let Us Help

Renting an apartment doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. But, expect to dedicate at least a couple weeks to your search.

If you’re looking for a new apartment, we’d love to show you why Willow Creek Crossing will be a fantastic fit. Schedule your tour today and see everything we have to offer firsthand.

5 Single Mom Budgeting Ideas To Help You Save More Cash

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single mom budgetingDid you know there are around 80 percent of children in the United States are in single mother households? Are you the head of one of these households and looking for ways to save money every month? Look no further. Here’s a list of the best ways to save with single mom budgeting.

Single Mom Budgeting Using Weekly Ads

You know those annoying junk ads you get in the mail every week that take up space in the mailbox? Those can actually come in quite handy for budgeting. Weekly ads can have savings for anything ranging from food to clothing, and even oil changes! If you keep an eye out for the right deals, you’ll save even more.

Budgeting with Coupons

Along the lines of weekly ads, you can use coupons. Coupons can be collected and used along with store sales and discounts. Check online for deals and online coupons. There are even websites that offer coupons, so check around.

Make a Food Budget

Another way to make it as a single mom is to make a budget for your grocery bill. Experts say the best way to figure out your food budget is to use six percent of your income toward groceries and then you can use five percent of any unused money toward eating out.

Using coupons is also a good way to help stretch those dollars. As is finding recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients. You can really make your groceries go a long way when you plan your menu right.

Save Money on Living Arrangments

By living in an apartment, you can save yourself a lot of money too. Not only do you save on property taxes, but you can also save on repairs and lawn equipment. Of course, if situations get dire, you can always enlist the help of roommates to pick up the slack on the rent. That isn’t the easiest thing to do when the mortgage of a house is placed solely on your shoulders.

Single Parents Advice About Debt

Of course, budgeting is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you and your family can thrive in a single parent home. But it’s easy to get into debt if you’re not careful. So, the surest way to make sure you are keeping yourself afloat is to pay off your bills on time and don’t accumulate too many credit cards.

Apartments to Make Your Family Feel at Home

If you’re looking for a place to call home, Willow Creek Crossing has affordable apartments for you and your family that we’re sure you’ll love. Give us a call today to schedule your tour!

If you liked reading about single mom budgeting try, “Apartment Budgeting Tips for First Time Renters [Budget Worksheet]“.

Summer Season Kick-Off Open House 2018

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Residents, mark your calendars and plan to attend our Summer Season “Kick-off” Open house.

Where: The Leasing Office
When: This Saturday, May 19th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Refreshments will be served and we will have plenty of awesome prizes! (you must enter in person on Saturday to win).

Sign up to suit up…
and get your golf passes and tennis court keys

The Willow Creek Crossing Apartments staff will be available Saturday, May 19th, for you to get your Pool Rules Addendum with the new code to the combination locks on the pool gates. We will also be making FREE identification cards for those residents who don’t have one or have lost one and answering questions you may have about using the swimming pools.
Please note: this will be the only day we will replace lost identification cards at no cost.

Who May Get an ID?

Adult leaseholders and residents on your lease application as dependents who are at least 14 years of age. Adult leaseholders must accompany their dependents to prove their eligibility. Non-resident babysitters may be issued an ID to use the pool; however, they must be accompanied to our office with a resident named on the lease agreement. A $10 background check fee will be charged for non-resident babysitters.

Golf Membership & Amenities

On Saturday, we will also provide you with information regarding our new Brookwood Golf Club membership and all the information you need to take advantage of your Willow Creek Crossing amenities!

*Note that keys and lease addendums will only be issued to leaseholders.

We hope to see you all there.

Moving into an Apartment: A Great Option For Retirees

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moving into an apartment

Are you retired or thinking about doing so in the next few years? You’re not alone. In fact, research shows that up to 10,000 baby boomers retire every single day.

With the kids out of the house and life calming down after all the hustle and bustle of working, moving into an apartment is a great option for newly retired folks.

Ready to learn more about the perks of this living situation? Let’s get into the numerous benefits.

Lower the Cost of Living

Every homeowner knows that the luxury of owning your own property doesn’t come cheaply. From property taxes to homeowners insurance to replacing roofs and mowing lawns, just maintaining your home can seem like a never-ending money pit.

Moving into an apartment will cost you less money in both the short and long run. Not only can you save on rent, but your landlord or apartment company will be responsible for property maintenance and repairs.

Furthermore, you never have to mow a single lawn again.

Increased Flexibility

Unlike owning property, renting an apartment provides an amazing opportunity for flexibility. You can experience a new lifestyle or location without securing a long-term commitment. If you want to see what it’s like, say, living in a new state, an apartment provides that helpful “trial run” to see if it’s a good fit for you.

And, if it’s not? It’s much easier to wait out a lease than to sell a property.

Better Accessibility

When you retire, you naturally have more time to enjoy the hobbies and activities you love the most. With that said, the location of your home is more important than ever before. Typically speaking, most apartment communities are strategically closer to the places you value, such as restaurants, parks, and shopping centers. They also tend to be closer to major highways (as opposed to living in a track neighborhood), so guests can easily visit you.

The Right Amenities

Frequently, when you move into an apartment, you don’t just move into just a new room, you move into a community, one that typically has numerous amenities including swimming pools, fitness centers, playgrounds, and game rooms.

Consider the amenities that are important to you as you set out on your apartment search. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to exercise just steps away from your house? Or, have the grandkids come visit and splash in your pool?

What’s more? You don’t have to deal with any of the hassles that come with maintaining your own pool or finagling your own gym membership. It’s all automatically built into your apartment rental costs.

Final Thoughts on Moving into an Apartment

For retirees looking to reduce stress and improve their quality of life, it makes great sense to downsize and check out the virtues of apartment living.

At Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, we have apartments available for all preferences and styles. Check out our rental options today!