Moving Tips & Advice

How to Find the Perfect Neighborhood

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

The first step in finding your new home or apartment is selecting the neighborhood that best fits your needs and lifestyle.  Doing your homework when finding a new area to live is one of the most important steps you can take in your home search. 

Amenities & Attractions

Check out what the area has to offer in terms of shopping, healthcare, entertainment, parks, and more?  Visit the area grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping centers to see how the stores fit into your lifestyle.  If you’re a fitness buff, see if the community and surrounding area offer gyms, parks, and other services you like.  Outdoorsy folks can look into are recreation, lakes, rivers, hiking trails, and more.  Be sure to check out dining, nightlife, and other social activities in the area, too. 

A few great local & national resources for scoping out your new neighborhood are:

·     Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

·       Visit Harford

·       Trip Advisor

·       Visit Baltimore

·       Visit Maryland

·      National Geographic City Guides (Baltimore)

·       Travel Channel Attractions (Baltimore) 

·         Yelp.com

 

Check Your Commute

Especially if you’re moving for a new job, be sure to drive the route to and from your desired community to work during your commute times before making a final decision on your home.   See how traffic influences your commute during various times of the day. 

If you’re researching from afar, a website or app like Waze or Google Maps, can give a pretty good estimate of drive times in and out of traffic.

If you walk or bike to work, check to see if your route has safe sidewalks, paths, or bike lanes.

 

Crime Rates & Safety

Crime statistics & reports are available online using services like Neighborhood Scout or on local government and police department websites.  It’s wise to research area crime statistics before moving into a neighborhood.  Keep in mind, crime has no address, and some crime happens in all communities.  Some resources for determining crime rates are:

·     Baltimore, MD Crime Map

·     Baltimore Police Crime Map

·     Baltimore and Maryland Crime Coverage

·     Baltimore County Crime Trends and Statistics

·     Harford County Sherriff’s Office

 

Talk to the Residents

When scouting out your new neighborhood, chat with area residents to see how they like living in the community.  Most will be happy to offer an honest opinion and provide advice on living in the area.  If researching from afar, search for local Facebook groups in that neighborhood or city so you can find honest answers about life in your desired neighborhood.

 

Check into Schools

Whether you have children who will be attending school, you’re taking some classes, or you’re interested in some career-advancing skills, checking into area schools is always a good idea.  Your realtor or property manager will be able to provide the community’s assigned public schools and you can find out more about them at greatschools.org.  You may be interested in visiting area private schools, colleges, or vocational schools as well.

 

Take it to the Streets

The best way to really find out what a neighborhood is like to spend some time walking around, shopping, and visiting it in person.  Spend a half day or a day in your desired areas to make sure they truly have what you need. 

 

 

Do you have other tips you'd like to share?  Join the conversation with us here in the comments or on our social pages!

Top 5 Tips for Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental Home

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So, you’re in the market for a new home for you and your four-legged friend.  How can you distinguish communities where pets are allowed from those which are truly pet-friendly?   According to rent.com, 83% of apartment residents have difficulty finding housing to accommodate their pets.  A few simple tips can help you find the perfect new place for you and your furry companion.

1.       Check pet-friendly rental listings.  Websites and directories such as the Maryland Pet Gazette showcase apartment communities which are pet-friendly.  Major rental listing sites such as ApartmentGuide.com or Apartments.com have filters available so that you can find pet-friendly apartments, and even apply specific filters to properties that allow cats, dogs, or both.

2.       Look at the amenities in the community.  Properties that are truly pet-friendly offer services or amenities for pets such as fenced dog parks, pet cleanup stations, or dog wash areas. 

3.       Visit the property.  When touring, keep an eye out for other pets around the community.  Feel free to ask other pet owners about the community, what it offers for pets, and how they like living there.

4.       Prepare your pet’s records.  Most landlords require immunization records, license information, and photos of your pet when applying for an apartment.  Having everything prepared ahead of time will make your move-in process less stressful.

5.       Research additional policies, rent, and deposits.  Almost all communities require a pet fee, pet deposit, and/or pet rent.  Ask for this information up front so that you can prepare and budget accordingly.  Request a copy of the community’s pet addendum and other forms so you’re aware of everything expected of you as a pet owner. 

6.       Check for any restrictions.  Many buildings have breed restrictions and may not allow exotic pets.  It’s important to check for any weight, breed, species, number of pets, and other restrictions that may apply. 

With ample planning and a little research, you can find the perfect home for you and your pets. 

For more information or to schedule a tour of one of our pet-friendly communities in the Greater Baltimore Area, visit www.peakmgt.net or contact us at (410) 248-5100. 

How to Apply for a Peak Management Apartment or Townhome

You've found your new home at one of our Peak Management communities and now it's time to apply.  Here's the lowdown on what you'll need to have ready in order to make the application process as smooth as possible.

Contact our Leasing Professionals

Although it's not necessary, we recommend you contact the community's leasing office to schedule an appointment to submit your application.  This can help you avoid "rush hours" when the office may be busy and allow us to have someone available to give you undivided attention.

Items to Bring

Each applicant 18 years or older must bring the following items when completing an application:

  • A completed application (if you took one home)
  • $35 money order for your application fee
  • Valid driver's license or state-issued photo identification
  • Social security card
  • Two consecutive pay stubs, W2 form, or equivalent proof of income

Security Deposit

Once your application is approved, you'll need to bring your security deposit to the leasing office within 7 days to secure your new home.  The security deposit will range from $300 to one-month's rent (unless a special promotion is in effect for a reduced security deposit).  One of our leasing professionals will contact you upon approval to discuss the terms of your security deposit.

Pet Policy

If you choose one of our pet-friendly communities, be sure to discuss the additional pet fees and rent when applying.

 

If at any time during the application process you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the leasing office.  We are happy to assist!

 

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How to Search for an Apartment

How to Search for an Apartment

We'll guide you through the apartment search process here on the blog.  Learn how to filter through the apartment communities in your area to find your new home.