Advantages of Apartment Living

Advantages to Apartment Living

Choosing where to live is a big decision. Whether you are a new college graduate, recently relocated to a new city or are just ready for a change, the decision of where to live is one that should not be taken lightly. The big question is … do you want to live in a house or an apartment?

Home ownership has its advantages, such as tax deductions and complete decorating autonomy, having a yard and privacy. On the other hand, somebody (you) has to take care of that yard and shovel the driveway, as well as pay for home repairs – both major and minor.  If you have the skills, then a fixer-upper with plenty of DIY projects awaiting, might work. If you don’t have a green thumb and can barely screw in a lightbulb, an apartment would be a better fit.

While it is assumed that apartments attract a younger crowd, many older people gravitate to the size and low (no) maintenance apartment living offers, especially if they are empty nesters who are ready to downsize. It is not uncommon to find a mix of residents of all ages and ethnicities in today’s apartment complexes.

If you are still on the fence, here are some advantages to apartment living:

  1. Cost of Living. In most cases, monthly rent for an apartment is less than your typical mortgage. Utilities are also much less as they are consumed in a smaller space. In an apartment, the resident is usually responsible for electricity, gas and internet/cable service, while the complex pays for water and trash removal, but this will vary by property management company. Another benefit is that some apartments have month-to-month of short-term leases, so you are not stuck in a long-term commitment.

  2. Maintenance. This is a huge advantage when it comes to apartment living. If the toilet backs up or the A/C goes out, it is not your responsibility to have it fixed. It is the property manager’s responsibility, as well as a condition of your lease, to make any necessary repairs to your unit. Most apartment communities have a dedicated maintenance staff which make scheduled repairs that can be performed in a timely manner. Of course, you can attempt some minor repairs on your own, such as using a plunger on a stubborn sink, but if you choose not to, then just pick up the phone or submit a maintenance request online. Bonus: No lawn mowing or snow shoveling.

  3. Security. Most apartment complexes have some type of security system in place. Some are gated communities that require a passcode and some larger properties even have full-time security guards. Other means of security include locked security doors and cameras. Having neighbors in your building can add an extra layer of protection as you can look out for each other. Depending on your lease, you may be able to add your own personal security system, such as a doorbell/camera.

  4. Amenities. Today’s apartment complexes offer a variety of amenities to attract residents. The most common include swimming pools, community rooms and fitness centers. You can also find coffee bars, dog parks, valet trash service and housekeeping services. This allows you to save money on a separate gym or pool membership by taking advantage of the facilities offered at your apartment complex.

  5. Social. Even the most introverted person in the world craves company now and then! Living in apartment comes with built-in neighbors and like everything else, some will suit you while you may prefer to not interact with others. Living in close proximity means that residents look out for each other. Additionally, swimming pools, coffee bars and clubhouses draw people together and more and more apartment communities have planned social events like happy hour or volunteer days. (During safer times, of course.)

As you see, there are many benefits to apartment living versus home ownership. It really boils down to your personal preferences and what you can afford. Apartment living is great if you are just starting out living on your own and want to save money for a down payment on a house. It also is beneficial if you have a job where you travel a lot and don’t want to have to worry about an unattended house. Retirees can enjoy their golden years free from the responsibilities of home ownership.  

Live Your Best Life in a Vision Community

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and downtown Columbus. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Juniper is a 1 Bedroom Apartment in Westerville

Floorplan Friday: The Juniper

A contemporary 1 Bedroom Apartment

If you are a first-time renter or just need a new place in the new year, look no further than the Juniper.  The Juniper is a 664-square-foot one-bedroom apartment that is part of the Timbers community in Westerville. This apartment offers everything you’d want in a living space without any hassles; we take care of the maintenance and grounds work while you claim some R&R and just chill.

The Juniper has a contemporary open plan floorplan where the living and dining area and kitchen are seamlessly combined into one central area, which creates the illusion of having more space and makes it ideal for future entertaining.

The kitchen has granite countertops and reclaimed wood cabinets. All stainless-steel appliances are Energy Star rated, which reflect Vision Community’s commitment to green living. The focal point of the kitchen is a work island with a double sink and extra seating, ideal for a breakfast nook or coffee bar.

Moving on to the bedroom, you will find plenty of space for the bed of your choosing and a huge walk-in closet. Oversized windows let in natural light to create a light airy ambience. The bathroom includes a full-sized tub and shower and all water features throughout the apartment are low consumption to conserve resources.

The Juniper includes either a full-sized balcony or patio, so you can enjoy some outdoors time and take in the beautiful natural surroundings of the nearby woodland. Picture your space filled with potted plants during the warmer months to create your own oasis. The Timbers property is pet-friendly, so your four-legged friends are more than welcome.

We would love to have you make your home in the Juniper and join the Timbers community. The property is adjacent to Alum Creek with easy to access to walking, hiking and kayaking. The Juniper floorplan offers the best of suburban living in a rustic setting. 

Timbers’ amenities are first-class:

  • Swimming pool
  • Garage
  • Business center
  • Hardwood floors
  • Energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances
  • Dog stations
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Electronic rent payments and maintenance requests
  • Package acceptance
  • Clubhouse
  • Starbucks coffee bar
  • Fitness center

Our leasing office is now open for appointments and tours, and we are following CDC recommended social distancing and masking requirements. We ask the same of any guests. If you would like to call The Juniper your new home, give our office a call, or  stop by. We also have virtual tours, and you can submit your leasing application online for your convenience.

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and downtown Columbus. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Packing up your apartment

Tips for Moving Out of Your Apartment

The beauty of living in an apartment is that it is temporary. You can really move more easily than if you home a home, which comes with a mortgage and requires the sale of your house.  When it is time to move on, whether to your first house or upgrading to a new apartment community, there are some things you need to consider. While most renters’ primary concern is getting their security deposit back, they overlook small, but crucial details in the process.

Here are some tips to ensure that your relocation is as smooth as possible.

  1. Give notice. This is the most important step. Review your lease to see how much notice you need to give your apartment manager. The rule of thumb is that residents usually have to give 30 days’ notice, however, this can vary, depending on the terms of your lease. Failure to give adequate notice could result in financial penalties, such as owing the next month’s rent after you move out.

  2. Transfer your utilities. Make sure you close out your account at your apartment and transfer all utilities to your future address. Usually, this is as simple as placing a few phone calls or making the switch online. If you live in an all utilities paid complex, it might be a little more complicated as you may have to open all new accounts in your name at your new residence.

  3. Clean up the place. While it is tempting to just pack up and go, you need to leave your apartment in as close to move-in condition as possible. Even though you know that the unit will be rehabbed before new residents move in, leaving the place a mess can cost you. You might have penalties deducted from your security deposit. Additionally, this can earn you a negative reference from your landlord in the event you need to rent a new place in the future. Splurge on a professional cleaning service if you don’t have time or want to do it yourself.

  4. Change your address. You can do this online at the USPS website and provide updated address information where you mail will be forwarded and where you will receive your new mail. A lot of times, this step gets overlooked and it can be problematic in the long term as the Post Office only forwards mail for 12 months and periodicals for 60 days. If you still receive bills by mail, they could show up late or not at all, which brings on a host of new problems.

  5. Get your security deposit back. This is the time to review your lease one more time to make sure you fulfilled all the conditions to receive all or a portion of your security deposit back. What usually happens is that once your have vacated your apartment, the apartment manager will conduct an inspection of the unit. They should compare it to the punch list from when you moved in, to make sure there is no new damage. Your deposit will be mailed back to you once the inspection has been completed and you will also receive a letter noting any deductions for damages. So, don’t forget to leave your forwarding address with your (former) apartment manager.

Moving also is a great opportunity to donate. As you are packing, separate clothes, shoes, outerwear and any household items you are no longer using and donate them to a local charity. Many places will even come and pick your stuff up. Likewise, when you are packing up the kitchen, any unused canned goods can go to a food bank; many grocery stores have drop-off barrels for non-perishable goods.

While moving can be a hassle, once the process is over, you can settle to your new apartment and turn it into your home. If you are thinking about changing apartments, we would invite you to check out Vision Communities. We have apartment communities through out the Greater Columbus, Ohio, area with floorplans for studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Our communities offer first-class amenities and are conveniently located for an easy commute for work or play. Contact our office to schedule a tour and to inquire about floorplan availability.

The Barker is a two bedroom apartment

Floorplan Friday: The Barker

A Spacious Two Bedroom Home

The Barker is a spacious two-bedroom apartment that encompasses 1,202 square feet. If you crave privacy, you will have plenty of it in the Barker. The two bedrooms are at opposite ends of the unit and are separated by the main living area. Each bedroom has a huge walk-in closet with plenty of room for clothes and storage and an en suite with full tub and shower. All water features throughout the apartment are low-consumption to conserve resources.

The main living area of the unit was designed with a contemporary open-concept floor plan. The living room, dining area and kitchen share one space which makes it great for entertaining. In the kitchen area is a work island with seating for three and a double sink; ideal for a breakfast bar or coffee nook. All kitchen appliances are stainless steel and Energy Star rated. Cabinetry is crafted from reclaimed wood products.

The Barker comes with a full balcony so you can enjoy the outdoors and create your own urban oasis with furnishings and plants. Turn it into your morning or late-afternoon guilty pleasure for enjoying a cup of coffee or relaxing drink. Your four-legged roommates are also welcome at The District.

The Barker is part of the apartment community at The District at Linworth, which is conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Columbus. It’s an easy commute to work or play. The amenities at The District are second to none and include:

  • Heated pool with sun deck
  • Fenced-in dog park
  • Energy-efficient appliances and HVAC
  • Online rent payment
  • 24/7 emergency maintenance
  • Package acceptance
  • Full-size washers and dryers in units
  • Outdoor recreation areas
  • Smoke free
  • On-site management

Our leasing office is now open for appointments and tours, and we are following CDC recommended social distancing and masking requirements. We ask the same of any guests. If you would like to call The Barker your new home, give our office a call, or  stop by. We also have virtual tours, and you can submit your leasing application online for your convenience.

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and downtown Columbus. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Apartment living with cats

The Best Cats for Apartment Living

Bringing Your Feline Friends to Your Apartment

There has been a surge of pet adoptions since the pandemic hit last year. People who were stuck at home decided that a new fur baby would be the perfect companion to shelter in place and ride out the pandemic. Cats are great pets, and most cats are ideally suited for apartment living. They can adapt to the smaller environment of an apartment and most breeds are perfectly content to live indoors all the time.

Some traits to look for when choosing a cat include:

  • Content to be left along for long periods of time
  • Easy-going
  • Not overly territorial
  • Quiet
  • Sociable
  • Can entertain itself

If you are adopting a cat, there might not be a great selection of purebreds. It is more important to look for personality traits and you should spend some time with the cats you are interested in. Most animal shelters have socialization areas where cats and prospective owners can meet and check each other out.

Domestic shorthair. This is the most common breed of cat and they are solid color, striped (tabby) or have a mottled coat (tortie). Some of these cats also have medium or long hair. They have a friendly disposition and many like to cuddle.

Maine coon. These are large cats (up to 20 lbs.) that have long, thick, extravagant coats. They are known for their gentle and docile behavior. The only downside is to expect to spend a lot of time vacuuming cat hair off the floors and furniture when these cats shed.

Persian. Like Maine coons, Persians have long luxurious hair, and a characteristic “smushed up” face. Persians are very laid back, calm and low energy, but you have to be dedicated to frequent grooming and cleaning up cat hair.

Siamese. Siamese cats are known for their piercing blue eyes. They have a short-haired coat and distinctive markings on their ears, tails and paws. Siamese cats tend to be very loyal to one special family member. The only drawback is that these cats are very vocal and their meows are loud.

Apartment living with a cat

There are pros and cons to having a cat. For example, dogs need to be walked several times a day. You don’t have to walk your cat, although some cats like to wear a leash and harness and go for walks outside. On the downside, with a cat comes a litterbox. Fortunately, the quality of cat litter keeps improving, so you can choose a brand that doesn’t stir up a lot of dust and has enhanced odor absorbing additives. You can also buy covered litterboxes or self-cleaning models.  Remember to keep your cat’s litterbox in a quiet private place where they can do their business undisturbed.

Cats also like to claw on the furniture, carpet and any other surface they can use to sharpen their claws. There are several ways to curtail that behavior and one is to buy your cat a scratching pad that they can claw away at. You can also use special double-sided sticky tape to put on your furniture to discourage clawing. The tape is transparent so it isn’t too visible. You should also get in the habit of trimming your cat’s claws at least once a month. Get them used to it gradually.  Ask your vet tech to show you how to do it safely at home with special trimmers specially designed for cats. If your cat won’t go for that, you can always take them to a groomer for a claw trim, which is inexpensive.

Also provide your cat with some toys so you can interact with them or they can entertain themselves during the day. Cats also love windows, so if you apartment has wide windowsills, your cat will happily spend their time sunning and watching birds, squirrels and other wildlife.  

Lastly, consider the age of the cat. Kittens are adorable, but very energetic and destructive. They require a lot of time and attention. You might consider an older cat that is more sedate and better behaved.

No matter what type of cat you adopt, you will find the purr-fect companion to keep you company and show you unconditional love. Many shelters have adoption specials during the holidays, so it would be a great time to look for your new best friend.

Vision Communities is Pet Friendly

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you, your family and your pets. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and downtown Columbus. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Bad Credit and Renting an Apartment

Renting an Apartment With Bad Credit

Renting an Apartment if You Have Bad Credit

Columbus is a fast growing real estate rental market, which means finding an apartment can be challenging and a bad credit score can only complicate the search. Landlords are looking for long-term tenants who will pay their bills and fill their vacancies, so a tenant with a bad credit score may be a red flag for a landlord that pulls a credit report. There are many reasons why your credit score is low, like high credit card debt, falling behind on medical bills, not paying bills on time, etc, and unfortunately, when a prospective landlord pulls your credit, they tend to focus on the score rather than the details. 

If you have a bad credit score, it won’t automatically disqualify you from renting, but it can certainly may make it more difficult. The three major credit services — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — consider “bad” credit as falling below about 620, although that can vary. The first step to repairing your credit is knowing your score and making a habit of paying your bills on time, including your rent payment.

Here are some tips to help sway the odds in your favor:

  1. Offer to pay more upfront. Most apartment rentals require a deposit of some sort (i.e. the first or first and last months’ rent) in advance. If your case, offer to pay more, such as 2-3 months’ rent in advance, to demonstrate to the landlord that you are serious and can be trusted as a potential tenant.
  2. Get a co-signer. This can be a risky venture. A relationship with a co-signer, whether it is a family member or friend, has to be built on trust. Your co-signer will be responsible for paying the full amount of your rent if you are unable to or if you break your lease. Needless to say, if this arrangement goes south, it can seriously jeopardize your relationship as your default could adversely affect your cosigner’s credit rating.
  3. Get a roommate. If you can find a roommate with good credit, you might be able to pull this off. Have your roommate apply for the lease and let the management company run their credit report. Then, when the rent comes due, the roommate pays in full and you reimburse them for your share. 
  4. Plead your situation. You can try to explain your poor credit to the landlord. Oftentimes, they will overlook bad credit that is due to a true hardship, such as a medical emergency, as opposed to somebody who is carrying large credit card balances. 
  5. Find an apartment that doesn’t require a credit check. This one might be pretty difficult as most leasing companies automatically run a credit check on all potential renters. You might have better luck if you rent from an individual owner instead of a corporation.
  6. Show good-faith effort. You can present your potential landlord with pay stubs and a letter from your employer that confirms that you have a steady job and can make the rent. Also, if you have been a successful renter at other properties, get letters of reference from your former landlords. You can also submit any documentation you may have that shows that you are working on repairing your credit (e.g., working with a consumer credit counseling association).

The bottom line is that your potential landlord isn’t approving or rejecting lease applications solely on credit scores.  They want some type of reassurance that you are a good long-term tenant risk, you can and will pay your rent on time, and have a history of fiscal responsibility. Hopefully, these tips will help you secure a new apartment and you will be on your way to increasing your credit score.

Living with a COVID positive roommate

Tips for Dealing with a COVID Positive Roommate

What to Do if a Roommate Tests Positive for COVID-19

Despite everybody’s best efforts, it happened. One of your roommates has tested positive for COVID-19. The first thing to do is not panic. By employing safety measures and following the rules for your city, state or county can help you and the rest of your household stay safe.  First of all, there are two terms related to COVID-19 exposure that frequently get confused because there is some overlap. Isolation is when a person has been infected and is sick and must stay away from others in the residence.  Quarantine is for anybody who believes they have been exposed or have been in contact with someone who may be infected or have been exposed.  So, if one of your roommates has COVID, then you need to quarantine, while they need to isolate.

CDC guidelines recommend that quarantine periods last for at least 14 days after you believe you have been exposed, and the caveat is that if no symptoms appear. If you start showing symptoms, then go get tested. If you test positive and become ill, you should remain in isolation for at least 10 days after the symptoms first appeared and 24 hours after there is no incidence of fever — without taking OTC medication.

The person who has tested positive should stay isolated from their other roommates as much as possible, which usually means that they need to stay in their bedroom. It doesn’t matter if they feel just fine; they are still highly contagious. If you must have contact with your sick roommate, both of you must wear masks. Limit interaction and maintain a distance of at least six feet, if at all possible.

While this may be difficult in an apartment, reserve one bathroom solely for the sick person to use. If your apartment only has one bathroom, then it needs to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after the person with COVID uses it. Do not share towels, drinking cups, eating utensils or dishware. Take food and snacks to your ailing roommate on a tray and leave it outside their bedroom door. Clean, clean and clean all common surfaces in the apartment to prevent spread of the virus.

Keep track of your sick roommate’s symptoms and watch for them in household members who have been exposed and haven’t gotten sick (yet). The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, dry cough, extreme fatigue and loss of taste and smell. More severe symptoms include shortness of breath, confusion and bluish tint to the face and lips, in which case, you should call 911.  There are many symptom checkers online that will assess symptoms and recommend whether you need testing or to contact your doctor. Many doctors are now offering telehealth visits so you can avoid going to the doctor’s office and increasing risk for yourself and others.

In the meantime, while everybody in your apartment is in some stage of COVID, do the best that you can. Reach out for support online. You can connect with family and friends or community sites where you can share your feelings and get advice. Take advantage of food delivery by restaurants and grocery stores. 

Remember, you can’t help others if you aren’t feeling well yourself. Wear a mask, social distance and take good care of yourself — mentally and physically. 

During this season of COVID-19, the property management teams at Vision Communities are committed to keeping our residence healthy and safe. We have instituted social distancing and masks guidelines throughout the Vision communities, and we are looking forward to launching a full calendar of events for our residents when things return to normal.

If you are looking for an apartment in the Columbus area or in Akron/Canton, contact our team for availability.

The Abbot is a One Bedroom Floorplan

Floorplan Friday: The Abbot

A One Bedroom Oasis

The Abbot is a 717 sq. ft. one-bedroom apartment that feels much, much larger.  This unit offers the ultimate in privacy as it is located at the end of the building and only shares one common wall with other residents. The living room/dining room/kitchen area is contemporary open plan, which creates a roomy, breezy feel.  The kitchen includes all stainless-steel Energy Star-rated appliances: refrigerator, range, and dishwasher. And don’t worry, there’s also a microwave! The focal point of this area is the large work island with a double sink and extra seating. This is great for entertaining or to use as a breakfast bar.

The spacious bedroom has an oversized window to let in plenty of extra light. It also has a huge walk-in closet. If that isn’t big enough, there’s another closet in the living area for additional storage. The en suite has a full-sized bathtub and shower and all water fixtures throughout the apartment are low-consumption to conserve energy. Depending on which floor you choose, you will have either a patio or balcony, so you can enjoy being outdoors without leaving your apartment.

This apartment is part of the District at Linworth community.  We’re located just minutes from Downtown Columbus, so work and play are just a short commute. We also have plenty of recreation and social opportunities on the property — with safety first in mind. One of those features is a fenced-in dog park. Your pets are welcome to live and play at the District!

If you are interested in leasing the Abbot, hop online and take a virtual tour. You can also submit your rental application online or shoot us any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Amenities available at our Worthington Apartment Community:

  • Heated pool with sun deck
  • Fenced-in dog park
  • Bike repair station
  • Energy-efficient appliances and HVAC
  • Social events
  • Online rent payment
  • 24/7 emergency maintenance
  • Package acceptance
  • Full-size washers and dryers in units
  • Outdoor recreation areas
  • Smoke free
  • On-site management
The Buckeye is a 2BR apartment

Floorplan Friday: The Buckeye

A 2BR layout with lots of space

If you are looking for a 2BR, 2BA apartment with plenty of privacy, look no further than The Buckeye. This spacious 1,081-sq. ft. apartment is part of the Timbers community in Westerville. The two bedrooms are separated by the main living space, so everybody has their own personal retreat.  Each bathroom has an en suite with a full shower and bath and all water fixtures through the apartment are low-consumption.  Two huge walk-in closets have plenty of room for clothes and storage items. The main living space as a contemporary open floor plan that flows into the kitchen area and the kitchen has reclaimed wood cabinets, granite countertops and Energy Star-rated stainless steel appliances. The crown jewel of the kitchen is huge work island with a sink and seating for three — ideal for a breakfast bar or for entertaining.  The last touch of energy conservation is the oversized windows that let plenty of natural light flood in.

The Timbers is one of the few apartment communities where residents get to enjoy the great outdoors. Located near Alum Creek, there are plenty of trails for walking, biking and hiking. Bring your dog along as Timbers is a pet-friendly community.  Pet are welcome here and dog stations are located throughout the property.

We are now open for in-person tours of the Buckeye and other apartments, but request that masks are worn while on the property. You can set up an appointment and even submit your initial application online. We look forward to serving you and hope that you will make the Timbers your new home!

Amenities Include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Garage
  • Business center
  • Hardwood floors
  • Energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances
  • Dog stations
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Electronic rent payments and maintenance requests
  • Package acceptance
  • Clubhouse
  • Starbucks coffee bar
  • Fitness center
Soundproof Decorating Tips

Decorating That Doubles as Soundproofing

One of the few drawbacks about apartment living is that it can be noisy, whether it’s from a crying baby, barking dog or neighbors who are playing their music too loud. On the flip side, despite your best efforts to keep noise levels down, other residents can also hear you.  So without alienating your neighbors, there are some easy decorating tips you can try that will spruce up your living area and double as soundproofing. As a plus, many of these ideas will also help you keep your apartment warm during the rapidly approaching winter months.

Window Treatments

Heavy lined drapes will provide a wall of protection against outdoor sounds as well as provide a layer of insulation. You will need to choose a heavy fabric like velvet or a thick polyester blend; lightweight cotton or linen just won’t work. If you won’t want to spring for brand new drapes, you can trim and hang a shower curtain behind your drapes. The plastic or vinyl will provide some noise reduction. Another idea is to choose pleated drapes as the folds will offer some depth and dimension to block sound. Many of the Vision Communities 1BR, 2BR and 3BR apartment layouts feature lots of natural light, so be sure to plan out your window treatments for the floorplan you choose.

Area Rugs

Your apartment is probably already carpeted, but adding area rugs will help block noise, especially if you live above another apartment. Get creative and choose rugs that reflect your personality — patterned, solid, Oriental, or a blast from the past with shag! Having a cozy rug underfoot will be enjoyed during the winter when you need to ward off the chill. You can add throw rugs to every room of your apartment to add a touch of color and minimize sound.

Wall Hangings

Hanging canvas prints or interesting textiles on your walls will add a decorate touch and provide a barrier to sound. Beautiful tribal patterns or geometric prints bring drama to the room and can serve as a focal point. Nostalgic folk art and quilts are popular right now; the layers of the quilt will insulate against sound. If you don’t have any heirloom quilts, you can seek them out at state/county fairs or online. While you’re at it, buy extras to cuddle in during the colder months. Some creative people hang moving blankets over their windows or on the walls to block sound. If your decorate leans towards the eclectic side, this might be a good solution.

Weatherstripping and Door Stoppers

Gaps between the window and frame can leak sound as well as let in cold air. This is an issue that your apartment should address, if not, it is an easy DIY project. You can find weatherstripping at the hardware store; simply cut it and press it into place. You can also apply weatherstripping to the bottom of your front door and to balcony or patio doors. This will keep the noise in and cold air out. You can also opt for a soft door blocker. You’ve seen these. They are made of fabric and you push them up against the bottom of your door. They come in all prints and patterns; some are whimsical in the shape of animals or insects and some have clever sayings on them. Have fun with your sound proofing!

Creating a Place to Come Home to

At Vision Community, we want you to live your best life and enjoy your experience in our apartment communities. With all of the noise of life, we want you to feel comfortable in your Vision Communities home. These tips are just a few ways to make your space your own and create a quiet place that you can retreat to each evening.  If you are in the process of hunting for an apartment, consider the Vision Community floor plans and communities located in Central Ohio.