Apartment Hunting Tips

Find your right apartment in Savannah

The apartment rental business has been quite busy the past few years. Occupancy rates are very high with demand as well. . If you are in search for an apartment, it is important to have a game plan in mind for your search. There are many crucial factors that have to be determined before you can then start your apartment hunt. Start searching for your new apartment 30-60 days before you need to move in. If you are now renting and need to be out of your apartment, then you will really need to stick to the 60 day timeline to give you time to see many options for your new home. Also keep in mind the following questions as you start your apartment hunt:

  1. Will you have a roommate?
  2. How much space do you need in an apartment?
  3. Are you looking for special amenities such as a washer/dryer, dish washer, close to transportation?
  4. How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need?
  5. Does the apartment accept pets and is there an additional cost for that?
  6. What is your budget for the apartment including utilities?

Once you have answered these questions, then you can officially start your search. Once you have set your budget and decided what you really need or want in an apartment, then you can start your search. In most cases, you should be able to do the search on your own. You can also look at many online sites that will help you fine apartment listings in your city such as craigslist or consult a realtor. Narrow your search to your favorite neighborhoods or areas. If you are new to the city, then walk around the neighborhood that you want to live in before you start your search. You might actually come across more rentals walking around the area instead of online. When you are look at the neighborhood, check to see if the apartment is near schools, shopping or public transportation. Make checklists of the various places that you have seen so you can compare them to narrow down your search.

As you look at different apartments, be prepared to ask the landlord or leasing agent’s questions about the rental agreement, additional costs and get your answers in writing. It is okay to look in closets, drawers and in cabinets to check for possible future issues. At this point, rely on your senses by noticing any odors or looking for flaws such as cracks in the walls, windows and floors. Also, mentally take note of the size of the rooms to make sure that your furniture can fit through the doors of your new home. If you really like a place, ask to apply for it right away. Be prepared to fill out applications, have references (if needed) and make a deposit for the apartment.

The Savannah area’s real estate and apartment market is easy to negotiate and most apartments can be rented without a realtor. With college students starting back to school next month, empty apartments will be filling up fast. There are many reliable online lists for apartment hunting in Savannah such as http://www.huntersbluffapartments.com www.apartmentsavannah.com, or www.apartmentlist.com/ga/savannah.

If you are downgrading from a house to an apartment, then you will be in need of a place to put your additional items. Self storage would be a great solution to store larger home items that will not fit in a smaller apartment. Stop N Stor  has 5 locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville to help with all of your storage needs. Students and faculty of area colleges can receive a 10% discount at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations with your school ID. Good Luck with your apartment hunt!

A Visit to Savannah’s Museums

Savannah is a city full of museums

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Savannah is a great city for architecture, food  and art. It is also a very historical city with many museums dedicated to historical homes and the history of the city. There are also more modern art museums, children’s museums and more to be found if you are touring the city. From the founding of Savannah in 1733, to today, there is a rich history of people and stories about life in Savannah. The many area museums share in this history.

The Savannah Visitor Center is a great starting point on your tour of Savannah. The Visitor Center at 301 Martin Luther King Blvd is built in the old passenger terminal of the Central Georgia Railroad Complex. The building, dating back to the 1850’s, is the home to the Savannah Visitor Center, Savannah History Museum , and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The Savannah History Museum has over 10,000 artifacts and displays about Savannah’s rich history. There are also multiple visitor booths throughout Savannah and Tybee Island. These visitor centers are the best place to go if you are interested in walking, driving, or biking tours of the city.

Many of the homes in the squares of Historic Downtown Savannah have been turned into museums. When you stroll around the many squares in the historic district, it is like a walk back in time. Many of the homes were built in the early 1800’s. Some of the houses were once homes to famous Savannah residents such as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, author Flannery O’Connor , and musician, Johnny Mercer . The Davenport House Museum is the best example of federal style architecture and life in 1820’s Savannah. The Green Meldrum House Museum represents the Gothic Revival Style of the 1800’s. As a historical note, the Green Meldrum House was given to General Sherman to use as his headquarters during the Civil War. The Owens Thomas House Museum, built in 1819, occupies a full city block and was dedicated by the owners to be a part of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences where it houses family furniture and other historical items.

There are museums celebrating Savannah’s link to the sea, transportation and military. The Ships of the Sea Museum shows the connection between the city of Savannah and the river and ocean. The Round House Railroad Museum, is located in buildings that are 170 years old with historical displays as well as newer model train exhibits. The Mighty Eighth Museum tells the story of the World War II Air Force unit, the 8th Air Force. Fort Stewart also has a museum on the grounds of the base that is open to visitors.

Savannah isn’t all history, as it celebrates and encourages new artists. The Savannah College of Arts and Design has a modern art museum on their campus which showcases national, regional and student art shows and exhibits. The Telfair Museum, the oldest art museum in the South, is housed in the former home of the Telfair family. The building, constructed in 1819, is currently home to a variety of historical and modern collections of artwork including American and French paintings, German Impressionist paintings, beautifully designed furniture and paintings by Kahlil Gibran. There is also a Children’s Museum  that was recently built for outdoor learning experiences for the children of Savannah.

There are so many things to do and see in Savannah from taking in a baseball game to touring historic homes to relaxing on a beach! Get out there and see all that the city has to offer!