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Tips to Help You Stay Cool This Summer in Your Apartment Rental

Summer is right around the corner, and for most of us this is a welcome event after a particularly long winter.  Summer does, however, have its own set of pitfalls.  Between the rising temperatures and the excess moisture in the air causing humidity, keeping your apartment rental cool on a budget can feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to.  We’ve compiled a list of easy tips to follow that will help you keep your home comfortable all summer long without breaking the bank!

Regulate Electricity

An easy way to drive up the temperature in your apartment rental is to have a whole bunch of electronics running at the same time!  Remember to turn off lights when you are away from home or not in the room.  Powering down computers and other devices when they are not in use will help as well.  If you use appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, run them at night when your home is already cooler.

Windows

Close your curtains to stay cool in your apartment rentalThe windows in your apartment rental will greatly affect how much hot air gets in to your space.  Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day when you are at work to prevent sunlight from pouring in and heating up your rooms.  If you are home during the day, take advantage of cool winds by opening all the doors and windows to create a cross-breeze that will naturally refresh your home.

Take Care of Your Body

Believe it or not, your body chemistry could be contributing to how hot your apartment rental feels to you.  Keep yourself well-hydrated throughout the day to stabilize your own body temperature.  Eating light and healthy is another easy way to maintain your internal thermostat.  If you enjoy spicy foods, summer is a great time to partake.  Spicy foods cause your body to naturally perspire, which also helps to keep you cool.

Additionally, consider trading in your hot morning shower and cup of coffee for a cool substitute.  Shower in lukewarm or room temperature water and switch your steaming cup of Joe for an iced alternative to start your day off feeling awake and refreshed.

Maintain Your HVAC Unit

Just because you are in an apartment rental doesn’t mean that you aren’t in charge of some basic maintenance.  A dirty AC filter can make a world of difference in the efficiency of your unit.  Replacing your filter regularly is imperative to keeping your home cool, as well as keeping your air clean and breathable.  Also, make it a part of your regular cleaning routine to vacuum the air vents in every room.  As they collect dust over time, air flow is prevented.

Consider Mother Nature

Did you know that certain plants have been proven to keep the air around them cool through a process called transpiration?  Pretty neat, huh?  Essentially, this is when the plant releases evaporated water through its leaves in response to rising air temperatures in order to cool itself and its environment down…kind of like sweating for humans!  You can utilize this amazing feat of Mother Nature to help naturally chill your apartment rental by inviting some greenery into your space!  Some great plant choices to help you achieve this cooling effect are aloe vera plants, areca palms, ferns, snake plants, and golden pothos.

Eat Out

Cooking in a small space, such as an apartment rental, is a surefire way to raise the temperature.  Rather than insisting on a home-cooked meal this summer, maybe it’s time to get out more!  If eating out’s not your thing, consider lighter items such as salads and sandwiches that don’t require the use of your oven.

Get Creative

If you’re still feeling like your apartment rental has become an oversized sauna, don’t fret…we still have a few zanier tricks up our sleeves.  One involves a basic oscillating fan and a big bowl of ice!  Intrigued?  Read on.  To make this contraption work to your benefit, simply place the bowl of ice in front of the fan on a sturdy table or chair where they won’t get knocked over.  Power the fan on high and voila, you have an extra booster for your AC unit, blasting cool air throughout your space.

If you’re having trouble sleeping through the heat, we have a solution for that as well.  Take your pillow and let it get nice and cool in your freezer for about 20 or 30 minutes prior to going to bed.  Put on a pillow slip and place it under the covers to keep you resting comfortably!

Looking for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg?

You’re fully prepared to beat the heat, so now all you have to do is find the perfect place to implement your new skill set!  At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are excited to show you properties from 17 of the top-rated neighborhoods in Hattiesburg. Take a look through our database of available properties today and contact us to begin hunting!

Decorating Your Rental Apartment on a Budget

Moving into your own rental apartment is an exciting milestone on the road to adulthood.  Decorating your own rental apartment, however, may not evoke the same enthusiastic feelings, particularly as you transition into the reality of having to pay your own way!  It is likely that the vast majority of the money you have saved up for your own place will go towards your first and last month’s rents, and your security deposit, but this doesn’t mean that you are destined to spend your first year with bare walls and no furniture.  Take it from those who have been there before you…a little creativity will go a long way and before you know it, you will be glancing around at your fully furnished and decorated new home.

Thrift Stores

Decorations for a retail apartmentWhen it comes to your new rental apartment, the thrift store is your new best friend.  Not only can you equip your entire kitchen with a full arsenal of pots, pans, dishware, and cutlery for a fraction of what these items would cost you in a department store, but you can also find all of the small appliances that will make your new place feel like home without breaking the bank.  Coffee pots, toaster ovens, and even microwaves can be found in great condition at a quality thrift store.  Additionally, look here for some of your larger furniture pieces.  Thrift stores are a great place to find sofas, loveseats, bed frames, dining room tables, and any number of other furniture items at a super reasonable price.

Dollar Stores

Your next best friend will be the dollar store.  Equipping your rental apartment is fun and easy when you know you can do it inexpensively!  These are great shops to find organizational bins, kitchen items, shower curtains, and many of your basic toiletry needs.  If there are certain things you aren’t willing to purchase used, head to your local dollar store first before giving in to higher-priced retailers.

Beg & Borrow

Many first-time renters save all sorts of money tapping into their most basic resources…their parents, family, and friends.  Consider asking for any donations that they might be able to make towards your goal of having a fully furnished rental apartment.  A couch from your uncle, a table from mom and dad, and a television from your best friend…before you know it you will be good to go.

Get Creative

If the thought of having a rental apartment full of a collection of mismatched furniture sounds anything but ideal, don’t stress!  There are so many simple ways that you can work to tie it all together.  Couch covers can be found in various patterns, sizes, and materials to make an incompatible living room feel like it was meant to be paired!  Tables can be sanded down and re-stained and sealed for next to nothing.  Tapestries can be used to cover tables, benches, or recliners, or they can be repurposed as comforters.  Can’t find a set of chairs?  Make your home unique and artistic by making this a part of your theme.  Find a whole bunch of interesting and different chairs so that no two are alike in the space.  With a bit of thinking outside of the box, there’s no limit to what you can come up with.

DIY Projects

Moving into your first rental apartment is the time to really hone in on your inner Martha Stewart.  Decorations and artwork can be expensive, but creating projects that enhance the beauty and livability of your space can be a whole lot of fun on top of not emptying your wallet.  Go onto sites like Pinterest to find interesting and cheap ways to spruce up your space!

Know Where Not to Compromise

It’s only fair to mention that there will be a few things that you will most likely want to spend the extra dough on for your rental apartment.  Don’t compromise quality over cost when it comes to your bed, for example.  Not only is a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed imperative to your health and well-being, but sleeping in somebody else’s used bed just sounds rather off-putting, right?  You will also likely want to purchase your towels and rugs new.  You don’t want to drag in dirt from other people’s homes and, well…washcloths.  Need we say more?

Looking for a Rental Apartment in Hattiesburg?

Now that you know how to decorate your apartment on a budget, the only thing left to do is sign a lease on your perfect property!  At Hattiesburg Apartments, our team can’t wait to get you into your first place!  With 17 quality neighborhoods to tour, we know that we can help you find the apartment that’s just waiting for your personal touch. Take a look through our database of available properties today and contact us to begin hunting!

10 Ways to Spruce up Your Apartment Rental for the Holidays

It’s crazy to think that the holiday season is already upon us, yet here we are, greeted with festive lights, holiday parties, and the familiar sounds of Christmas carols at every turn.  Getting into the holiday spirit creates a positive shift all around us, but if you are living in an apartment rental, you may find that you are coming up against some challenges in regards to how to draw this spirit into your own space.  Fear not, renter…we have scoured the internet for you and come up with a list of the top ten creative ways that you can invite the holiday spirit into your home this season!

1. Decorate Your Front Door

With space often limited in an apartment rental, it’s important to make the most of each and every square inch.  Why not start from the outside?  Hanging a wreath, decorations, or even wrapping your front door in holiday paper is a great way to show your holiday spirit to your guests and passerby.  You may even inspire your neighbors to do the same!

2. Recycle Your Holiday Cards

If you don’t have lots of decorations to sprinkle about your apartment rental, don’t worry.  Surely your mailbox will be inundated with cards from friends and family and these can be used in so many ways.  Plaster the back of a door with them, hang them from the ceiling on fishing line, or make a border with them on your bathroom mirror.

3. Get Creative with Your Ornaments

If you have had a tree in the past, chances are you have lots of Christmas ornaments just waiting to be used in new and creative ways.  Add some festivity to your apartment rental by hanging ornaments in doorways or windows.

creativity for your apartment rental4. Get Creative with Your Tree

If you are celebrating Christmas, chances are the holidays won’t feel the same without a tree.  If you’re coming up against limited space in your apartment rental, consider getting creative.  Draw or paint a picture of a Christmas tree and hang it on bare wall space, or find a scaled-down version in a pot that you can place on a tabletop or in a corner.

5. Add Some Greenery

Thoughts of the holidays often conjure up images of stark, white snow against freshly cut trees.  Bring the outside into your apartment rental by hanging garland over cabinetry or existing furniture or hanging mistletoe in doorways.  Add a little extra touch by affixing colored ribbons of red, blue, silver, or gold.

6. Create a Makeshift Fireplace

If your apartment rental doesn’t come equipped with a hearth to hang your stockings, consider creating your own.  Use your artistic skills (or those of a child, family member, or friend) and make a fireplace replica that takes up a small portion of your space or can hang on the wall.

7. Re-Purpose Your Existing Belongings

A super simple way to shift the environment of your apartment rental into the holiday spirit is to use what you already have.  Rather than going out and buying a whole bunch of decorations, wrap your existing wall hangings in holiday paper and bows.  Find pillows covers that will fit over your existing throw pillows, and consider hanging your most festive, fuzzy socks rather than investing in real stockings.  These small changes add a personal, holiday touch with little to no cost to you.

8. Utilize Your Table Space

Another totally easy way to transform your apartment rental for the holidays is to get out your holiday dishes, and leave them out.  Set your dining room table up like at any moment the turkey and fixings are going to appear and the holiday guests will be arriving.  Although you may have to swap these things out at your regular meal times, you are sure to feel the festive spirit every time you see your dining area.

9. Use Scented Candles

Don’t limit yourself to the concept of visualization.  Appeal to another sense by scattering scented candles throughout your apartment rental.  Choose scents that evoke your own personal memories of the holiday, like Evergreen, Peppermint, or Balsam.

10. Get Creative with Holiday Lights

Just because you don’t necessarily have an exterior to decorate in your apartment rental, does not mean that you cannot make the best of holiday lights.  Think about framing your windows with strings of white or colored lights.  Not only does it offer a cozy ambience to the interior of the apartment, but it also sends the glow of your holiday spirit to the outside as well.

Searching for an Apartment Rental in the Hattiesburg Area?

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of the perfect apartment rental?  At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are fully committed to helping you find the apartment rental that suits all of your needs.   With over 35 years of experience in property management, we deliver an unparalleled level of quality when it comes to the apartment living experience.  Take a look at our huge database of available properties and start your search today!

How to Make Your Apartment Rental Look and Feel Bigger

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment rental, you have surely struggled with the issue of space, or should we say lack thereof.  From tiny kitchens to cramped bedrooms to multipurpose areas, finding the right way to decorate, arrange, and accent can be a tricky procedure.  Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your smaller apartment spaces so that you can enjoy the look and feel of a more spacious place to call your home.

Declutter Like it is Your Religion

remove clutter from apartment rentalIf there’s one thing that makes an apartment rental appear cramped, small, and unwelcoming, it’s a whole bunch of clutter.  Whether it be shelving littered with tiny trinkets, a kitchen counter strewn with barely-used appliances (yes, we’re referring to the bread maker you received as a housewarming gift), or an unsightly stack of old magazines, an overabundance of any type of item are sure to make a space feel enclosed.  Make it a routine practice to go through your things and discard anything that you haven’t used in the past six months.  Clear countertops to leave only the everyday items you use.  When it comes to decorating, consider storing the baubles and replacing them with larger accent items that will compliment the space without causing a lot of visual chaos.  The simple act of keeping your space organized and tidy will do wonders for improving the feel of spaciousness.

Play with Your Palette

A lot can be said for the use of color in a small apartment rental.  Stick with light or neutral color schemes on walls, as well as light or neutral furniture and accent pieces.  If you’re eager for a pop of color, paint the ceiling a bright, inviting tone (with your landlords approval, of course) to encourage the eye to move upwards, creating the illusion of a taller space.  Using different shades of the same color in a room can also add to the appearance of space.

Embrace Natural Light

Nothing will make an apartment rental appear bigger than the use of natural light.  Make the most out of windows by leaving them bare rather than installing drapes.  If you are really compelled to put up drapes, consider a sheer option that will still allow the natural light to pour through.  Don’t neglect your windows either.  Keep the glass clean by making it a part of your weekly cleaning schedule.

Furniture is Key

apartment rental furniture

It is a common misconception that having large furniture in an apartment rental is a surefire way to make the space appear smaller, but that is not always the case.  Oftentimes having one prominent larger piece in a room and other smaller pieces will make a space appear larger.  You can compound on this by creating custom shelving that you can build around this larger piece.

Make sure that couches and chairs are raised up on legs rather than resting directly on the floor, and choose tables with glass tops.  Being able to see through or beneath them creates a light, airy, and open feel.  Purchase multi-functional furniture such as pull-out couches or daybeds.  Also consider dining tables that have removable leaves so that you can adjust when you have extra company.  Find coffee tables and desks with hidden storage.  Also consider finding a floor to ceiling bookcase.  The height of the piece will again, draw the eye upwards, creating the illusion of taller ceilings.

Another key component with your furniture is not getting stuck in the trap of pushing everything up against the wall.  It can often be counterproductive to your intention.  Play with pulling your furniture a few inches away from walls or using it to create multiple spaces within one room.

Use Functional Accessories

Create visual space in your apartment rental by putting down rugs that are striped to give the impression of a floor that goes on and on.  Use decorative mirrors strategically on the walls, particularly across from windows, to reflect the light and make your space appear larger.  Find sheer shower curtains for tiny bathrooms.  Just these simple things can drastically add to the feeling of space within a small apartment.

Looking for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg?

Now that you know how to make the best use of the space within your apartment rental, it’s time to find the right place to put your new skills to the test.  At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are dedicated to making your next apartment rental feel like the home you deserve.  With our huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs.  Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.

How to Deal with Roommates in Apartment Living

If you are finding yourself in search of apartments for rent, there is a good chance that you might also be looking for a quality roommate to share space and expenses with.  Roommates can be an amazing way to cut costs and responsibilities, but can also lead to big problems if you aren’t prepared to deal with each other in an appropriate manner.  It may sound like an exciting prospect to shack up with your best friend, but living with another person is sure to expose all of the flaws and differences you both have.  Here is a guide to making living in an apartment with a roommate a bearable and (dare we say) enjoyable experience.

Communication is Key

Starting the roommate relationship out correctly is imperative, so let it begin right out of the gate when the search for apartments for rent begins.  Be upfront about your pet peeves and what you expect from one another.  Agree to keep the lines of communication open throughout your roomie relationship and to acknowledge issues as they come up in a mature and friendly manner.   That being said don’t be the guy who constantly has an issue either.

Roommates in Hattiesburg Apartment LivingKnow Who is Responsible for What

When you are looking for apartments for rent, there are sure to be associated costs with the property.  Before you move in, go over these costs with your roommate to make sure that you know who is responsible for what expense.  If you are splitting certain bills, consider writing up a contract that details what day payment is expected and who will be making the actual payment.  Consider apps like Venmo or PayPal to make sharing expenses easier.

Have Your Own Life

Just because you are roommates does not mean that you have to spend every waking second together.  There is such a thing as overkill, and being constantly on top of one another is sure to lead to eventual problems.  Maintain your relationships with other friends and also, pencil in alone time.  Get clear on one another’s schedule so that you can make sure to have your apartment to yourself once in a while to unwind, destress and have a little space.

Be Willing to Compromise

Sharing apartments for rent is all about compromise.  Separate the big things from the little things and remember to leave a little wiggle room.  For example, is it really that big of a deal if your roommate puts the toilet paper roll on backward?  Think before reacting and remember that a peaceful roommate relationship is the key to happy apartment living.  There will, however, be other, larger things that are non-negotiable.

Discuss the What-if’s and the Non-Negotiables

Have this tough conversation at the beginning of your roommate relationship to avoid potentially awkward situations down the road.  If your roommate has a pet, for example, who is finding your living room rug equally as satisfying as a restroom as outside, you are likely going to have a big problem down the line.  If you are constantly following him/her around turning off lights, eventually this could also lead to an argument.  What if your roommate can’t come up with their end of the rent on time one month?  Get a game plan in effect from day one to handle any issues you fear may come up.

Share Chores

Living in apartments for rent comes with its fair share of housework.  If one of you ends up doing all of it, you are sure to create some resentment between you.  Discuss chores ahead of time and decide who will do what and how often it is expected to be done.

Be Courteous

When you decide on a roommate to share your apartment rental with, it is imperative that you be respectful to one another.  If you plan on having friends, family or a significant other over, let your roommate know ahead of time.  Don’t blast your music when they are sleeping or on an important phone call.  Clean up after yourself.  Remember that this is not solely your space and they have a right to be happy and comfortable here too.

Don’t Use What is Not Yours

We’ve now come to the cardinal rule of living in apartments for rent.  If it’s not yours, put it back!  Remember that your roommate is working just as hard as you to earn money.  Stock up your own food, toiletries, and cleaning products, or decide together what is shared property between you.

Looking for Apartments for Rent in Hattiesburg?

If you are starting your search for apartments for rent in or around the Hattiesburg area, let Hattiesburg Apartments work with you.  With our team of dedicated advisors and a huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs.  Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.

8 Things Your Landlord Doesn’t Want You to Know

If this is your first search for an apartment for rent, you may not know the ins and outs of how the landlord/tenant relationship works.  It might seem as easy as finding your apartment, signing a lease, and paying your monthly rent, but what you don’t know could hurt you in the long run.  Check out this list of 8 things that you probably don’t know about renting…and that your landlord is perfectly fine keeping you in the dark about.

1. How Private is Private?

When searching for the perfect apartment for rent, privacy is something that you should probably consider.  It might seem as if your space will remain undisturbed by others throughout the term of your lease but your landlord has rights you might not be aware of.  Your landlord has an obligation to make sure that your apartment is safe, clean, and in a state of repair.  This may mean, at times, hiring outside contractors for routine maintenance or repairs, or entering into your apartment themselves. Some may give between 24 and 48 hours notice before entering the rental apartment.

2. You Could Be Paying Too Much

After finding the right apartment for rent, you might be tempted to sign on the dotted line without much thought. Stop right there!  Your landlord has likely set the price for your unit and they are under no obligation to disclose whether or not that price is fair.  Do your homework by researching comparable properties in the area that have similar amenities and square footage.  If you notice that your landlord is way above comparable rents, it might be time to jump to the next paragraph.

3. Your Lease May Be Negotiable

For many of us, particularly new renters, we see an apartment for rent that we like and we sign the lease, no questions asked.  You are not, however, necessarily obligated to accept the lease terms as they are spelled out in the original contract.  This is particularly true if you are renting from an individual owner rather than a management company.  If there are terms within your lease that are raising questions, sit down and discuss them with your landlord.

4. You Can’t Be Excluded Because of Your Family

Unfortunately in the world of rental apartments, there will always be that landlord who feels that they need to implement a no kid’s policy.  Unknown to many, a landlord does not have the power of making such a decision.  Landlords should not turn down tenants during the rental application process simply because they have children. This is according to the federal Fair Housing Act.

5. You Have the Right to Know Who You’re Renting From

As you move through the process of applying for an apartment for rent, you will probably notice that your landlord is asking you for a LOT of information.  Most landlords ask tenants to submit a credit check and a criminal background check.  It might seem as if like the scales are tipped in the landlords favor, but there are some tools you can implement to learn a bit about them too.  Ask current tenants for feedback, google your landlords name, check online apartment ratings, or search for any notices of default.

6. Not All Space is Rentable

If you’re searching for your next apartment for rent and you are shown a property that feels a little iffy, you may be onto something.  Some “apartments” are actually not legitimate rental properties at all. Landlords advertise them as such to make extra income. Contact your city’s building safety department and pull records on the property to determine how many apartments should be available.  If the complex shows 20 units and you are being shown a number 21, that’s a good indication that you are being misled.

7. You Have a Right to Livable Conditions

Signing a lease on an apartment acknowledging  that you accept it “as-is” does not mean that you are destined to live in squalor.  Of course, the conditions that determine “livable” space cannot be the same for all states, but it definitely pays to know when your apartment is being neglected.

8. There’s Power in Numbers

If you feel that a complaint has gone unresolved, reach out to other renters within your building who might be experiencing the same problem.  There are also several tenant advocacy groups throughout the state who resolve landlord-tenant related issues.  Sometimes just having others to back you up will be enough to get the ball rolling.

 

Looking for an Apartment for Rent in the Hattiesburg Area?

If you’re starting the search for your next apartment rental in the Hattiesburg area, work with the best.   At Hattiesburg Apartments, we offer the largest variety of apartment rentals in the area.  Search through our properties today!

 

 

Apartment List National Rent Report

Rents fluctuate from time to time in every city. Staying up-to-date with  these fluctuations is very critical. When you are moving for instance, you could take advantage of a short-lived decline in the average rent of a given city. Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. Read through the excerpt below and click on the green button to view the rest of the National Rent Report.


Methodology Updates

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate. As part of our efforts towards that goal, we’ve recently made some changes to our methodology. Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew towards luxury apartments, introducing sample bias.  

In order to address these limitations, our estimates now start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau. These then extrapolate forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In calculating that growth rate, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach. This approach only compares those units that are available across both time periods. As a result, it provides an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions. You can read more about our new methodology here.

Welcome to the October 2017 National Apartment List Rent Report! Our national rent index is down 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the first time since January that we’ve seen rents fall.

Read on for an analysis of the trends we’re seeing this month:

National index down 0.1 percent month-over-month

After increasing by 3.1 percent through the first eight months of the year, our national rent index fell by 0.1 percent between August and September. This is the first time that we’ve seen a rent decrease since January. Year-over-year growth is currently falling in between the levels from the two prior years.

Rents began to flatten last month, with our national index posting the smallest monthly gain since January, and now growth has actually turned negative. The fall and winter months are generally the off-season for renting when we tend to see lowered growth, but it’s rare to see rents fall, even by a small amount. Going back to January 2014, this is only the fifth time that our national index has decreased month-over-month, with the other four months of negative rent growth occurring during the slump at the end of last year.

Despite the decrease over the past month, rents are still up 2.8 percent year-over-year at the national level. Year-over-year growth is currently falling directly in the middle of the 2.2 percent rate from this time last year and the 3.4 percent growth rate from October 2015. Year-over-year rent growth continues to pace ahead of the overall rate of inflation, which stands at 1.9 percent as of the latest data release. Rents are also growing slightly faster than average hourly earnings, which have increased by 2.5 percent over the past twelve months.

Rents down month-over-month in 49 of 100 largest cities

The slight drop in rents at the national level is being mirrored in many of the nations biggest markets — the map below…

Renters want that homey feeling, Research suggests

Everyones dream is to rent an apartment that feels like a true home. It’s usually the simple things that makes it feel that way- the smell of fresh air, the sound of a distant river or even the distant sound of playing kids to mention a few. Inasmuch as everyone likes change, we would all prefer the norm when it comes to the surroundings. A homey feeling helps you re-live some of the most treasured childhood memories with your own family. It also helps prevent distress to some extent.  Our friends at Multifamily Executive did a comprehensive post about this. Read through the excerpt below and click on the green button to read the rest of the post.


It’s no surprise that price and location are the two biggest factors for most renters in determining their next place to live. Even so, the first National Renters Index survey by Detroit-based property management company Village Green proved otherwise. Respondents indicated they want to live in a community that feels like a true home.

According to the report, which surveyed 1,000 renters nationwide (not Village Green–specific), the features renters seek most in a community are a “homey” look and feel (62%). To enumerate:

  • That it “fits my lifestyle” (60%)
  • The ability to issue a maintenance request online (52%)
  • High-end property amenities (52%), such as upgraded kitchens and bathrooms and hardwood floors.

ABOUT THE INDEX

The first Village Green National Renters Index was conducted online. 1,000 respondents were surveyed in seven markets across the country (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Philadelphia). The survey was performed using SurveyMonkey and Research Now polls in February and March 2017. All participants had to be active renters in a residential property.

The Pew Research Center identifies the millennial generation as people born between 1981 and 1997. Generation X refers to people born between 1965 and 1980. The baby boomer generation includes people born between 1946 and 1964.

The homey look and feel of the community was the top response for

  • Millennials (62%)
  • Gen Xers (66%)
  • Baby boomers (61%).

“The feedback from this National Renters Index serves as a call to us all that we need to be listening to our current and prospective renters about the amenities and experiences [they’re seeking] from their next rental experience,” said Diane Batayeh, CEO of Village Green, which operates in more than 30 U.S. cities, in a statement. “To maximize resident satisfaction, we need to ensure that renters [believe they’re] getting a special experience and living in an environment filled with sought-after amenities and the feel of home.”

 

The index also asked where renters are looking for referrals and reviews as part of their search for their next home. Notably, 45% of renters said using third-party rental websites was important for their search, while 40% mentioned online review sites as key resources and influencers for their housing hunt. While reflecting on those figures, Village Green pointed to the increasing importance of effective social media strategies, both proactive and reactive.

Nearly 70% of renters research communities online at some point during the search process, according to the index…

 

How to Prepare Your Apartment For Natural Disasters

As Hurricane Harvey continues to drop heavy rainfall and spawn dangerous tornadoes in the Hattiesburg area we thought it perfect timing to share our best information on preparing your apartment for severe weather.

As a renter the best advice you could ever follow in a weather-related emergency situation is to be prepared. Being prepared means two things: planning carefully and knowing what to expect. In those efforts we have outlined below our best emergency preparedness information for anyone who lives in apartments for rent.

For in-depth emergency preparedness information, resources and current weather alerts in the Hattiesburg area, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Protecting Apartments For Rent in Advance of Severe Weather

Hurricanes, tornados and floods bring devastation that is hard for many to imagine. While there is no way to stop these natural disasters from happening, there are a few ways renters can protect their apartments for rent and the belongings contained within them.

Install Window and Entryway Protection

In the event of a hurricane it’s important to install shutters or panels on the windows and doors to your apartment. Some apartment communities or condo associations may supply these to you. It’s important to check with your landlord or property manager to see who provides them (if any), who will put them up (if any) and what restrictions are in place (if any). Give yourself ample time to gather this information so you can ensure installation before a storm hits.

Verify Property Stability

Before a storm even comes close to hitting your apartments for rent, first make sure that you are living in a stable space that can withstand high winds and intense rain. Before you even sign a lease be sure to ask your landlord or property manager when the roof was last inspected, if the windows are impact glass and to verify the structural security of your rental. Trust us, this is information that is a “need to know” before you move-in.

Choose Apartments For Rent on Top Floors

Another “before the storm” tip is to only choose apartments for rent that are located on higher floors. If there is flooding this means that all of your belongings will be spared from damage because you were not located on the ground floor. A general rule is that middle-floor apartments are the safest bet.

Avoid Flood Hazard Areasflood for apartments for rent

When choosing the location of your apartment you should be mindful of the community’s proximity to t flood hazard areas. These are areas that are more prone to rising floodwaters as they sit at lower elevations and/or are near bodies of water like lakes, rivers, oceans and waterways.

The flood hazard in Hattiesburg comes primarily from the Leaf River and its tributary Creeks including: Gordon, Mixon, Burkett and Priest, which are within the Pascagoula River Basin.  For more information and maps on Hattiesburg flooding, visit www.hattiesburgms.com/residents/flood-information/.

Have Renters Insurance

Our biggest tip for being prepared is to have renters insurance! If your rental is damaged due to a natural disaster the apartment community or owner is responsible for repairing the unit…but not replacing your personal belongings. If you live in a flood hazard area you may also want to think about getting flood insurance.  Same goes for renters located in earthquake areas who may need additional coverage. If you are unsure what rental insurance policies or coverage is available in your market, just ask a reputable insurance provider.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family During Natural Disasters

When it comes to emergencies at apartments for rent, here are some precautions that every renter should take.

Follow All Evacuation Orders

If your rental is located in an evacuation zone and you receive an order to leave, then do it! Sometimes renters want to stay in their unit and try to “wait it out”, which can oftentimes lead to serious consequences. It is always best to err on the side of caution and get out to a safe area while there’s still time.

Have an Emergency Escape Route

When you first move to a new apartment it’s important to know the community layout and location of stairwells in the event you need to make an emergency escape. Have a route planned so that if something does happen you are ready and levelheaded with an exit.

Have an Emergency Supply Kit

Natural disasters are most destructive long after the storm has passed. That is because they knock out electricity, water resources and roadways making it difficult to gain access to everyday necessities like water, food and medical care. first aid in apartments for rent

To be prepared it’s important to have an emergency supply kit at your apartment. Basic kits should have the following:

  • Water for at least three days (a gallon per day per person)
  • Non-perishable foods that don’t require heat for cooking
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First aid supplies
  • Medications
  • Important documents (insurance papers, health records)
  • Pet supplies (food, medications)

There are probably other things you would want to include your emergency supply kit. For a full list of items that MEMA suggests including, visit here.

Make Sure Your Cell Phone Can Get Proper Alerts

From flood to tornado warnings, most cell phones are equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). This nationwide text emergency alert system will send out notifications to capable phones when they are in the vicinity of impending bad weather. For more information on WEAs, visit the FEMA website.

5 Ways To Negotiate an Apartment Lease Renewal Like a Pro

Finding apartments for rent is hard enough, but the lease renewal process can oftentimes be just as, if not more, stressful. When a tenant’s lease term is up its time for them to decide, “Should I stay or should I go?” If a tenant has been happy over the past 12-months they will want stay put and save the cost and hassle of finding/moving into a new apartment. While this is an obvious choice, there is sometimes a curve ball waiting around the corner in the name of “increased rent”.

Typically after the initial rental term is over most landlords/property managers will raise the rental rate leaving many tenants scrambling to figure out what to do next. That’s where we come in to help! Instead of thinking that leaving is the only option, think like an apartments for rent professional and put your negotiation hat on.

Below we outline the many ways tenants can negotiate their lease renewal to ensure affordability and another term of rental living bliss.

Apartments For Rent: How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease Renewal

Here’s something to know: tenant turnover (i.e. tenants not renewing their lease) is VERY costly for a landlord. Not only do they need to pay to market the now vacant apartments for rent, they also need to pay to get them ready for new tenants (cleaning and repairs). In addition, unless they right away find another awesome tenant the apartment will sit vacant for who-knows-how-long and the landlord will lose hundreds or thousands each month in lost rent.

We tell you this to help tenants realize that they do indeed have power to negotiate lease renewals. We talk to a lot of tenants who feel the landlord is the only one with the upper hand. While yes, landlords do have the ultimate say over final rental rates and terms, there are certain areas where tenants can score some wiggle room. This could be the rental rate (good for you!), but it also could be money savings realized through other concessions. Read below to gain back the control over your apartments for rent.

Do Your Research and Ask For a Reduction

The best negotiation advice is to always be informed. In order to arm yourself with the ability to negotiate a rent increase it’s important that you know the rental rates for comparable properties across your market. Get online, talk to other renters, property managers and leasing agents, and get a handle on the asking price for other apartments for rent.lease for apartments for rent

When you are ready to approach your landlord to ask for a reduction (i.e. back to your original rental rate) you can present your research findings: 1) the proposed rental increase is too high for the current market and 2) there are many cheaper options out there that could be receiving your rent every month instead of them.

You would be surprised how many times landlords raise rents without having an accurate handle on what the market supports. It sounds simple, but when a landlord is faced with hard cold facts, and the prospect of losing a good tenant, they will more apt to budge on a rate increase.

Offer to Extend the Lease Terms

Okay so maybe you did your research and found that the rent increase is indeed supported in your market. Or, maybe your landlord just flat out refuses to back down on the price. In this case it’s time to make it worth his/her while.

To attempt to gain a lower monthly rental rate tenants can offer to extend the terms of the lease. Instead of signing a typical 12-month lease, they can offer to sign an 18-, 24- or even 36-month lease. There are very real cost savings associated with keeping a tenant in place for a long period, and landlords know this.

Pay Early or Up Front

calendar for apartments for rentIn exchange for a rental rate reduction tenants can offer to pay monthly rent early or upfront. For many landlords having cash on hand immediately instead of spread out over a year is a very enticing offer. Negotiate to pay your first 3 month’s rent upfront, or even change your payment date before the 1st of the month.

Ask For Additional Space

Maybe you hit a wall on the reduced rent and an increase is happening no matter what. In this case it’s important for tenants to seek out other ways to realize monthly cost savings. One of those is asking for additional space.

Most apartments for rent will offer storage units at their property. While these typically are an additional monthly cost, this is something you can absolutely negotiate with your landlord. “If you are not willing to reduce the rental rate increase and want to keep me as a tenant all I ask is for you to provide me with a storage closet.” The cost of giving that to a tenant free over rental loss from a vacancy apartment is a no-brainer for most landlords.

Ask For Parking

Just like storage units we described above, private/reserved/covered parking is often an extra monthly charge at many apartments for rent. If a landlord refuses to reduce the rental increase, ask if they are willing to throw in a parking spot. If this small cost will keep you in your unit, most landlords won’t blink an eye giving it to you.

 

Renters Insurance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Anyone who has ever lived in apartments for rent has a general idea about renters insurance, but it seems there is often conflicting information out there. To help provide a clear and accurate picture we lay out what it is, what it covers, how much it costs and how much you need.

What is renters insurance?

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For individuals living in apartments for rent, renters insurance provides coverage for: (i) loss, damage or theft of your personal possessions, and (ii) any injuries another person may incur (deemed to be your fault) while at your rental residence.

In regards to the injury protection, an example of this would be if someone slipped and fell in your kitchen and broke their arm. Renters insurance would cover the renter in two ways: (i) It would cover any costs associated with the other persons injury, and (ii) would cover any legal fees (to a defined and set limit) if there was a lawsuit filed against you as a result of that injury.

What does it cover?

Renters insurance provides financial reimbursement in the event of loss or damage to a renters possessions due to (i) fire, (ii) theft, (iii) vandalism, (iv) water damage (caused by a leak or faulty equipment in your apartments for rent, not because of a natural disaster) and (v) storm damage. It will also cover the costs of another rental if your unit is deemed uninhabitable due to fire or storm damage.

The amount of financial reimbursement and coverage associated with a visitor being injured while at a renters premises depends completely on the circumstances of the incident and who was deemed at fault.

How much will it cost me?

One of the great things about renters insurance is that it is very affordable. The cost of coverage depends on two main factors: (i) where the renter lives, and (ii) the amount of coverage they want to carry on their policy.

On average a renter can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $250 a year for renters insurance. According to TrustedChioce Independent Insurance Agents, the national average for renters insurance is $15 to $30 per month.

How much coverage should I have?

With any renters insurance policy you will choose dollar amounts for three types of coverage:

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Personal property: This coverage includes all of your personal belongings (minus additional riders addressed below). Most renters insurance providers require a minimum of $2500 in coverage.

Many renters get tripped up with this part of the policy because they can’t put a dollar amount on all of their belongings that have accumulated over years. A great way to get to a ballpark amount of coverage is to make an itemized list of your belongings and their corresponding replacement costs.

It’s also worth noting that the average renter has anywhere between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of personal property.

Liability: This coverage includes the payout for any liability claims as well as any legal defense costs. Renters can choose any amount, but most apartments for rent require a renter to carry a minimum of $100,000 in coverage.

Additional riders: There are some personal items that are not covered under the “personal property” coverage type and must be covered under what are called “additional riders”. These include: jewelry and outdoor recreational vehicles like snowmobiles, wave runner/jet skis or ATVs.

Seeking Apartments For Rent? Better Get that Renters Insurance!

As Mississippi apartment experts we at Hattiesburg Apartments get asked a lot about renters insurance and the first question we usually hear is, “Do I really need it? Doesn’t my landlord have insurance?” While yes, your landlord does have insurance, but it only covers damage to the actual structure of your apartments for rent…not the belongings held within it.

After over 30 years in the Hattiesburg rental market we have seen a lot of disastrous situations and there is nothing worse than a renter who loses everything and has no financial backing (aka renters insurance). If you are still unsure about renters insurance and how that fits with your apartments for rent, give us a call at (601) 264-4626 and we can help point you in the right direction.

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How to Lower AC and Heating Bills

It’s summer time and that means in apartment rentals across the United States utility costs are skyrocketing. The energy used by an HVAC system (air conditioning and heating) can account for as much as half of a renter’s total monthly utility costs. Renters watch those bills increase quickly during the very hot and cold months of the year.

While it’s unavoidable to see a bump in costs during summer and winter, there are ways to avoid your budget getting nailed with super high bills you weren’t expecting. By being proactive and implementing a few small changes a tenant can save money without sacrificing comfort in their apartment rentals.

Below we share 5 easy ways to lower your air conditioning and heating bills that will make your bank account, and you, happy.

5 Ways to Lower an Apartment Rentals Air Conditioning and Heating Bills

Location Matters

Our first tip requires some planning ahead as it should be done during the apartment search process. When it comes to keeping an apartment hot when it’s cold, and cold when it’s hot, a renter should follow these location rules:

  • Seek apartment rentals on middle floors as they use less air conditioning and heat. Heat rises so you’ll benefit from your 1st floor neighbor, and cold air sinks so you’ll benefit from your 3rd floor neighbor.
  • Apartments that face south get hotter and apartments that face north stay colder. If you are moving somewhere that is warm through the year, opt for a unit facing north. Conversely if you live somewhere that is cold most months of the year, rent a unit that faces south to benefit from the natural heat.
  • Seek apartment rentals that have windows opposite each other. During times when the weather outside is nice, a renter can forgo AC by opening both windows and getting a strong cross breeze of fresh air.

Master Your Thermostat

A few degrees colder during the winter or hotter during the summer may not seem like a substantial change…but it can substantially reduce your utility costs. These small changes really add up, saving a renter a ton of money annually.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting a thermostat up (air conditioning) or down (heating) 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time can save a renter anywhere from 5-15% in utility bills each year. Since most renters are out of their apartment rentals during the workday, this is an easy change that most everyone can implement.

Change Your Filter…Regularly

An air conditioning filter has many roles. It removes dirt, allergens and dust from the air in your home, and it helps your HVAC system to run smoothly. An HVAC system that has filtered, uninterrupted airflow will help to reduce overall utility costs.Apartment Rentals Air Conditioning

It’s recommended that the filter in an HVAC system be changed once a month, especially if you are someone who suffers from allergies. It’s great if your apartment community changes the filters for you, but be advised most only do so once every 3 months. Ask your property management office what their specific protocol is and, if necessary, fill in the months that they don’t cover the filter change.

Control Temperatures with Curtains, Blinds and Drapes

It may seem like curtains, blinds and drapes will not have a large affect on your cooling and heating bills, but boy do they. In winter months leaving them open can dramatically heat up your apartment, saving your heater from doing all the work. In summer months, keeping them closed during the day will save your air conditioning from running as often.

Both of these advantages have a profound effect on your monthly utility bills. An additional bonus to installing curtains, blinds or drapes is that, when closed, they provide an extra layer of insulation that locks in desired temperatures.

Use Fans

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Everyone needs a little help now and then, and your air conditioner is no different. By using a ceiling fan to circulate more air a renter can raise their thermostat up 4 degrees without feeling any difference in temperature. This keeps an apartment rental just as cool, while reducing electricity consumption.

Remember to turn off those fans whenever you leave a room! Also, if your unit doesn’t have a ceiling fan go ahead and buy a box or table fan for under $30. You will get that money back over the course of the year.

Bills Too High and Seeking New Apartment Rentals?

Sometimes even all the tips in the world can’t save you from an old or bad HVAC system. If your air conditioning and heating bills are just too high, no matter what you do, it sounds like it’s time to find a new apartment rental. If you live in or around the Hattiesburg, MS area and are seeking apartment rentals then let us help! With over 35 years experience in the Mississippi apartment market, our team has helped thousands of tenants find the space that is perfect for their needs. Start by searching online or give us a call at (601) 264-4626 today!

The Apartment Application Process: Everything Everyone Should Know

Apartment Application - Tenancy AgreementGetting to the point where you are filling out an apartment application is pretty exciting. After all, that means that all your hard work has paid off. You’ve searched high and low, defined your needs and wants, weighed your options and found the exact apartment you want to rent.

Once you’ve picked your apartment, it’s time for the apartment community to pick you. In order to protect not only your interests, but those of the community and its current residents, landlords requires every potential renter to fill out a detailed application.

For first-time renters, the apartment application process can seem daunting with all of the information they require. While there are several steps to the process, we break it down to better prepare renters. Below you will find the “need-to-know” apartment application information. This post will help renters both streamline the process and see nothing but approvals.

Apartment Application Required Documents

Like any other application that has a monthly payment component (credit card, car loan, employment), an apartment application requires certain documentation. This documentation proves that a potential renter is in good financial standing. It should be noted that each renter in an apartment would be required to fill out his or her own, separate application.

While each apartment community may vary on what they require for their application, below is what a renter will typically need.

  • Photo Identification: A valid, current Drivers License or Passport.
  • Paystubs | Bank Statements | W2: The number one thing apartment communities want to ensure is that a tenant can pay rent. That is why they require potential renters to provide proof of income. This can be documented in three ways: paystubs, bank statements or the most recent W2 tax form. It should be noted that landlords typically require a potential tenant to earn a monthly income that is at least 3 times that of the apartment monthly rent.
  • Vehicle Information: If you will be parking a vehicle at an apartment community, they will require current registration and insurance information. While the rental application may not get denied if you don’t have adequate documentation, you may not be allowed to house your vehicle on premises.
  • Employment History: Like rental history (see below under Screenings), apartment communities want to know a renters employment history. This information will prove their stability and ability to provide steady income. Think about it; if a renter gets a new job every 3 months they aren’t as appealing as a renter who has held the same job for 5 to 10 years.

Apartment Application Fee

Be advised that every apartment application comes with a required fee. Some of those fees are non-refundable (whether a renter is approved or not). At most a potential renter could be required to pay an application fee (non-refundable), a processing fee (non-refundable) and sometimes a security deposit (typically refundable).

Apartment Application Screenings

Background screenings are an important step for the safety of both an apartment community and its residents. For tenants, it ensures a safe and reliable community. For landlords, it ensures enhanced curb appeal and decreased turnover.

Below find information on the different types of background screenings included in an apartment application. Most communities will include at least two or all of these checks.

Criminal Background Check

Apartment Application - LeasePotential renters should expect to be screened for criminal history. While not every crime in a potential tenant’s background will result in application denial, there are certain criminal convictions that will cause automatic rejection. These include being listed in the national sex offender registry, violent crimes, sexual crimes and drug distribution.

Rental History and References

In order to prove what kind of renter you are, apartment communities will do an extensive check into past rental history. This includes information on where you lived, when you lived there and who your landlord/management company was. As part of this screening process, an apartment community will directly speak to past landlords. They do this to determine if a renter was in good standing.

First-time renters who do not have rental history will be required to provide up to three personal and professional references.

Credit Check

As mentioned before, the most important information that a landlord can collect is whether or not a potential tenant can, and will, pay their rent. That is why every apartment application includes a credit check. This provides insight into a renters past and present financial responsibility.

There are many circumstances that lead to a tenant having no or poor credit. Having poor credit doesn’t always mean automatic rejection. In these situations a landlord will either require a renter to provide a co-signor. On the other hand, they will rely solely on the roommate(s)’ credit history/score.

Co-Signer Application

In the event of poor financial standing or lack of credit history, an apartment community will require a co-signer. A co-signer is also referred to as guarantor, for the lease. A co-signor basically tells a landlord that they will take legal and financial responsibility for a potential renter.

Many first-time renters use co-signers since they don’t have any rental history. Since they don’t have rental history, they have no way to prove dependability or good standing.

You’ve Been Approved. Now What?

Apartment Application - ApprovalThe hard part is over, you’ve found and been approved for the apartment community you want and are now ready to sign the lease! A renter is now one step closer to moving in and settling into apartment life.

No matter where you are at in the rental process, it always helps to have some assistance along the way. The expert team at Hattiesburg Apartments has extensive experience helping renters find and secure their perfect apartment in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. Whether you need help finding, applying for, or leasing an apartment contact them today.

You’ll love our Pet-Friendly Apartments in Hattiesburg, MS

Man playing with bulldogAs avid animal lovers, we know what it takes to get the stamp of “Approval” from and for your furry children.  SVN | Southgate Realty currently manages seven pet-friendly apartment communities in Hattiesburg, MS. We handpicked these seven communities to make sure that our furry residents are given the best quality in apartment home pet living.

Our seven pet-friendly apartment communities in Hattiesburg, MS and Purvis, MS offer ample, often large grassy areas to enjoy. The safety of your pet is important to SVN | Southgate Realty which is why each of the communities are set off of the main road and not in heavy-traffic areas. Learn more about each of our pet-friendly apartment communities below!

Policies and Requirements for Pet-Friendly Apartments

We do have some stipulations in place to make sure that all of our residents, including those who don’t have pets, are able to maintain the quiet and enjoyment of their apartment home. Some of our restrictions include breed, size, and personality.  Our on-site managers will meet with your pet(s) prior to approval to ensure they’re a good fit for our community.  We also require up-to-date vaccination records and emergency contacts.

There are also a few financial requirements in order to have your pet move in, such as a pet fee and a pet deposit, in addition to monthly pet rent.

If you are looking for a pet-friendly apartment in Hattiesburg, MS, we would love the opportunity to help you find the best place for you and your pet.  After all, it’s their home too.

Renting Your First Hattiesburg Apartment

Renting Hattiesburg Apartment

Moving into a new apartment usually means a long to-do list. The list can get even longer if your new apartment is your first time renting. Every apartment community is different. Some offer the convenience of all-utilities-paid, while others give residents the freedom to customize their utility usage and packages based on their needs.  There are four main categories of services to setup for new residents moving to Southgate Realty, LLC communities.

  • Cable/Phone/Internet: AT&T and Comcast are the two main providers throughout the area, and you can hook up service to either provider at any Southgate property.
  • Electricity: Depending on where you live, you will either have Mississippi Power or Pearl River Electric Power Association.
  • Pest Control: This is a service you don’t even have to worry about. It’s included at all Southgate locations!
  • Water/Trash/Sewer: Depending on your location, these services are either included in your monthly rent or available through the City of Hattiesburg.

Here is a simple guide to setting up your basic utilities when renting your first apartment in Hattiesburg, MS.

Cable/Phone/Internet

AT&T and Comcast, are the two main cable, phone, and internet service providers in Hattiesburg, and are available at every community.

AT&T

Deposit: Varies depending on your credit score.

Contact: AT&T, (800) 288-2020

Where to go: 6109 U S Highway 98 in Hattiesburg

What you need: A copy of your lease agreement and a photo ID.

Comcast

Deposit: Up to $100, depending on your credit score.

Contact: (800) 934-6489

Where to go: 2100 Lincoln Road in Hattiesburg

What you need: A copy of your lease agreement and a photo ID.

Also: You can connect by phone, online, or in person.

Free Wi-Fi in Hattiesburg

If you don’t want Internet at home, the City of Hattiesburg offers several free wireless hotspots:

–       African American Museum, 305 East 6th Street.

–       Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport, 29 Academy Drive.

–       C.E. Roy Community Center, 300 East 5th Street.

–       Cultural Center, 722 North Main Street.

–       Historical Hattiesburg Train Depot, 308 Newman Street.

–       Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, 220 West Front Street.

–       Kamper Park Pavilion, 107 South 17th Avenue.

–       Town Square Park, the corner of Buschman Street and South Main Street.


Electricity

Hattiesburg has two electricity providers, Mississippi Power and Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

Mississippi Power

Deposit: $250, depending on your credit score, plus a $35 non-refundable connection fee.

Contact: (800) 532-1836

Where to go: 420 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg

What you need: A copy of your lease agreement and a photo ID.

Also: You can connect by phone, online or in person.

Southgate locations with Mississippi Power: 1 Square Apartment Homes, 2 Square Apartment Homes, Claridge House Apartment Homes, Concord Townhomes, Edgewood Townhomes, Hardy Manor Apartment Homes, Heathwood Apartment Homes, Holiday Apartment Homes, La Maison Apartment Homes, Magnolia Townhomes, Peppertree Apartment HomesPine Creek Townhomes, Robynwood Apartment Homes, and Woodshire Duplexes and Townhomes.

Pearl River Electric Power Association

Where to go: 6803 U.S. Highway 98 in Hattiesburg

What you need: A copy of your lease agreement and a photo ID.

Deposit: Up to $300, depending on your credit score plus a $5 membership fee and $45 non-refundable connection fee.

Contact: (601) 264-2458

Southgate locations with Pearl River Valley Electric: The Lake at Turtle Creek and Villa des Chene Duplexes.


Pest Control

We provide monthly pest control services to all our properties to ensure service is performed thoroughly and safely. We have the health and well-being of our residents in mind. We use reputable companies that are licensed, insured and bonded, and we make sure they use the methods that are safe for our residents and for our environment.


Water/Sewer/Trash

Water, sewer, and trash service is included in many of our communities, but a few require independent service.

City of Hattiesburg

Where to go: The City of Hattiesburg Billing Office, 105 South Park Avenue.

What you need: A photo ID and your social security card.

Deposit: $75

Contact: (601) 545-4634

Also: You can sign up for recycling pickup for an extra fee of $3 a month.

Southgate locations where residents connect water, sewer and trash service:  Pine Creek Townhomes and Woodshire Duplexes and Townhomes.

Southgate locations with water, sewer and trash service included: 2 Square Apartment Homes, Claridge House Apartment Homes, Concord Townhomes, Edgewood Townhomes, Hardy Manor Apartment Homes, Heathwood Apartment Homes, Holiday Apartment Homes, La Maison Apartment Homes, Magnolia Townhomes, Peppertree Apartment Homes, Robynwood Apartment Homes, and Villa des Chene Duplexes.

Argen Utility Billing & Water Conservation

For two properties, 1 Square Apartment Homes and The Lake at Turtle Creek, Argen Utility Billing & Water Conservation will provide water and sewer utility services. Southgate Realty facilitates account setups on behalf of residents. In addition, trash service is included at both communities.


There’s a lot to keep track of when you move into your first apartment, but the Southgate Realty staff are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible. Let us know if you have any questions or need help figuring out which property is right for you. We are here to help!

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