Wharton Rentals https://whartonrentals.com Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Tips for College Freshmen Living on Their Own https://whartonrentals.com/2020/08/28/5-tips-for-college-freshmen-living-on-their-own/ Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:55:46 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2136 Starting college can be stressful, exciting, and often overwhelming—especially for those new college freshmen that will be living on their own for the first time. For those who fit this description, the start of the school year is a time of transition. To help keep you on top of things while trying to adjust to […]

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Starting college can be stressful, exciting, and often overwhelming—especially for those new college freshmen that will be living on their own for the first time. For those who fit this description, the start of the school year is a time of transition. To help keep you on top of things while trying to adjust to a new phase of life, here are some helpful tips:

1. Choose the Right Apartment

Your freshman apartment will affect your first year in a big way. Picking the right dorm determines how comfortable you will be at home because it also determines who your roommates are and consequently the standard of cleanliness you’ll have. 

When choosing where you’ll live, you should also consider how close to campus you want to be, what kind of social life outside of school you’re looking for, and what your budget is. There are many options to choose from which offer their own variety of experiences; an apartment gives a social feel with neighbors so close by, and houses offer a touch of home with a little more space between you and your neighbors.

A lot of your stuff may not fit, and you often need less than you think. If you’re close with your future roommates or at least have their contact information, connect with them on or before move-in day to discuss what each of you should bring so that you can unpack a few household appliances and put the rest in storage.

2. Get Oriented

Moving to a new town always requires adjustment and it’s no different when you’re a college freshman. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the amenities near your apartment, campus, and city in general. Find important places like grocery stores, bus stops, and gas stations. 

Try visiting the campus before classes are in session so that you can find your classes and other important resources before you schedule starts. Once school is in session and activities are starting up around campus, find things to participate in and get to know people from all different areas of your school.

Getting oriented academically is just as important as getting oriented physically. As you start to make career decisions, do some research instead of settling on a major right away. You might feel an intense pressure to find out what you want to study before you start college. If you’re one of those people that has it all figured out, there’s nothing wrong with that. 

But it’s also fine to have no idea what to do; a lot of college freshmen are in the same boat. Do your research, and make it a point to go to your classes and get to know your professors. All of those things will help you to get a better idea of what you’d like to do as a career.

3. Work on Campus

A lot of college freshmen work to help support themselves or to give them some extra spending money. Getting a job will also give you the added benefit of gaining work experience for your resume, which can set you apart from other college graduates. 

Though it’s possible to find outside employment, most college campuses have plenty of low-intensity job opportunities that will actually work around your school schedule, allowing you to fit in homework and a social life on the side. 

Sometimes, working on campus can also connect you with other people that are students at your school or even help you become more involved in campus life. Living near campus also facilitates working on campus much easier than having to commute to an off-campus job.

4. Develop Time Management and Study Skills

It’s important to develop time management skills so that you can stay on top of everything. Plan out your week so you can allocate the right time to your individual priorities and avoid turning work in late. How you manage your time will set you up for either a weak or a strong foundation.

Hand in hand with good time management is good study skills. If you become more organized, your study time will be more productive. You’ll be able to stay on top of your deadlines and exam dates and keep your GPA up. 

It’s best to develop impeccable study skills when just starting out because bad habits are hard to break once they’ve been formed. Some find it easier to study at home, so you might look into creating a study space in your apartment.

5. Stay Healthy

Without good health, it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of your work. You should incorporate fresh food into your diet, drink lots of water, exercise, and balance your social life and schoolwork with needed sleep. Take advantage of campus resources for physical and mental health. 

Many colleges have fitness centers, counseling centers, and other offices where you can learn more about staying healthy. Realize that your health should come before anything else. If you are not healthy you will not perform at your fullest potential. Be the roommate that uses the fridge more than the cupboard, and your roommates will appreciate having more cupboard space!

Conclusion

Following these five steps will help you adjust to college freshman life and set you up for success down the road. 

If you’re a new freshman moving away from home to live on your own, take that first step and contact Wharton Rentals who offers some of the best Ohio University housing rentals. Check out our website or give us a call, and we’ll help you find housing that’s perfect for you.

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Signs It’s Time to Move Off-Campus https://whartonrentals.com/2020/08/14/signs-its-time-to-move-off-campus/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 02:16:23 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2132 We all know that living on campus has its perks. It’s convenient, affordable, and it helps new students become more familiar with the campus community. However, after a semester or two, some students feel limited by on-campus living and hope to spread their wings and explore other housing options. After all, there are plenty of […]

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We all know that living on campus has its perks. It’s convenient, affordable, and it helps new students become more familiar with the campus community. However, after a semester or two, some students feel limited by on-campus living and hope to spread their wings and explore other housing options. After all, there are plenty of Athens, Ohio, student rentals that are close enough to the university to give students more independence without being too far from their on-campus life. Are you thinking about moving off-campus? Here are a few major signs that you’re ready for a change!

You Want More Space

College student in apartmentWhile dorm life can be convenient, it can also make you feel confined. There’s only so much you can keep in a small dorm room, and you’re probably sick of sleeping in a bunk bed. Many students arrive at their college dorm with limited items, but after a year, you start to collect more things. Suddenly, sharing a small room doesn’t seem as cozy as it used to, and you can’t fit another thing in your closet. Wanting to have more space is a major sign that students are ready to move on.

You’re Ready to Live With Friends

After a year of college life, most students start to form cliques and circles of friends. You’ve had a chance to get to know people, and you have a few friends that you can depend on and trust. Now, you’d much rather live with your friends than the random person the university assigned as your roommate. Having a few friends that would make great roommates is another reason that it might be time for your first rental.

You Want Privacy

Let’s face it; the words privacy and dorm life don’t necessarily go together. Dorms are notorious for lacking private space. As students settle into their academics and dive into their majors, it can be difficult to study for exams or write essays without an ounce of privacy. Having your own room and your own bathroom are huge upgrades in the life of a young adult in college.

You Want a Pet

Do you find yourself gushing over dogs at the dog park? Yearning for a cuddle with a cat? You may be one of the many students who’d prefer to have pets throughout their college experience. Your roommate doesn’t get nearly as excited to see you as your dog did back at home. That’s a major sign that you’re ready for your own rental. Of course, not every rental will allow pets, but many of them do. If you’re constantly dreaming of a game of fetch in the backyard with a furry friend, it’s probably time to find yourself a nice rental with a backyard!

You Want a Nicer Space

We all have different expectations when it comes to our housing, but chances are, the dorms aren’t really living up to your standards, and that’s OK! A lot of students aren’t really excited by old carpets and beige walls. It’s perfectly fine to want to be somewhere a little nicer. If you’re ready to move on from on-campus living, you’ve come to the right place! Wharton Rentals is one of the best Ohio University rental companies, and we have agents ready to give you all the information you need to find the perfect place for you. Give us a call today to learn more!

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Creative Ideas to Make Your Rental’s Yard Fun https://whartonrentals.com/2020/08/07/creative-ideas-to-make-your-rentals-yard-fun/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:08:05 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2129 If you’re one of the lucky students out there who was able to score a university rental property with a backyard, congratulations! Backyards are a highly desirable feature when it comes to Ohio University housing in Athens, OH. Most students would prefer to have a place to relax and unwind after class, and a backyard […]

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If you’re one of the lucky students out there who was able to score a university rental property with a backyard, congratulations! Backyards are a highly desirable feature when it comes to Ohio University housing in Athens, OH. Most students would prefer to have a place to relax and unwind after class, and a backyard is a perfect place to do that. In fact, there’s a lot you can do with a backyard! When the sun is out, and the weather is amazing, there are endless possibilities with a big green yard. Here are a few creative ideas to make your rental property’s yard more fun this semester!

Outdoor Grill with Patio Dining Set

Burgers and hot dogs, anyone? Believe us, when football season rolls around, students with big backyards suddenly become the most popular people on campus. That’s because grilling outside is always a great match for the fall! The best part is that a small charcoal grill and a picnic table are both easy to find and affordable. With these two items, you’re instantly capable of hosting some of the best barbecues all year. Don’t forget that grilling is also a healthy way to prepare meals, so you don’t need a party or football to enjoy a lovely dinner outdoors.

Zen Lounge Garden

If you’re the type of student who needs a little more balance in your life, a comfortable lounging area for reading, studying, or relaxing could be the perfect creation for your yard or outdoor space. You can find cheap lounge chairs or outdoor beanbag chairs at many local shops. Add a few plants and flowers and hang up your favorite tapestries around the area, and poof, you have an instant zen lounge garden!

Outdoor Games and Activities

Playing cornholeA big backyard is also great for games and other activities. An Ohio University favorite is cornhole! You can purchase cornhole boards and bags, or if you’re really creative and skilled, you can actually make a cornhole game yourself with some extra supplies from the local hardware store. In addition to cornhole, you can also play bocce ball, frisbee, or a classic game of catch if your yard is big enough. If you’re into outdoor games, you want to be able to keep all of your equipment neatly tucked away outside, so an outdoor storage bin is a smart addition to purchase for your rental.

Herb and Flower Garden

Have you been known to have a green thumb? Well, plant something that looks great and smells amazing! Many students are wary about planting things in a rental, but there are temporary box gardens available that you can place on a yard, patio, deck, or even a balcony and take with you when it’s time to move. These elevated bed box planters are super cheap and easy to put together. You can grow your own mint, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and much more!

Don’t have a backyard yet? Hoping to get one? Check out the available properties with Wharton Rentals! We can help you find the perfect home or Court Street apartments in Athens, OH. Give us a call today to learn more about how to find the perfect rental property for you!

 

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Should You Choose a Rental Home with Hardwood or Carpet? https://whartonrentals.com/2020/08/03/should-you-choose-a-rental-home-with-hardwood-or-carpet/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 01:52:28 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2125 With thousands of students, the demand for housing at Ohio University is high. Students have the option to live on campus or off-campus, and whatever they choose, it makes sense that they want to be as content and comfortable as possible. As with any form of housing, there are a lot of different flooring options, […]

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With thousands of students, the demand for housing at Ohio University is high. Students have the option to live on campus or off-campus, and whatever they choose, it makes sense that they want to be as content and comfortable as possible. As with any form of housing, there are a lot of different flooring options, and if you’re in the market for rentals soon, then it’s a good idea to think about your flooring preference. Here are a few of the key things you should know about hardwood floors and carpet.

Clean Routines

Many Ohio University rentals offer the choice of modern hardwood floors or premium plush carpets. For students who want a low-maintenance lifestyle with minimal cleaning, wood floors are a wonderful choice. Carpets need to be cleaned ideally at least once a week, and while the same can be said for wood floors, they don’t soak in stains and collect dust the way carpet does. For those who don’t mind cleaning, carpet is a popular choice, especially if they like the way the soft material feels on their feet. Some students opt for apartments that have a mix of both flooring options, so they get to experience different styles.

Allergy-Friendly

Living room carpetOhio University rentals with hardwood floors may be better for allergies. Pollen can easily get trapped in carpet fibers along with dust and other pollutants, which, of course, can trigger allergies. Regular vacuuming and steam cleaning of carpets make a difference, but wood floors eliminate that problem. You still want to mop wood floors often, but there will be fewer allergens to worry about. Plus, if there’s a minor spill, it’s easier to clean up the mess on hardwood floors. Carpets capture food, dirt, and germs, which can become hidden, while it’s hard to miss any spills on sleek and stylish hardwood floors. It’s just about personal preference and how much you care about the flooring. If you’re pretty laid-back and easy to please, then you may find you can work with either flooring option in your next student apartment. In addition to the flooring, make sure you think about how much bedroom and bathroom space you need as well as the sense of privacy and the little features that go a long way in making an apartment somewhere you want to live.

Comfortable Living

Something else to remember when looking at flooring options is what makes you feel more comfortable. Some people say they like the look and feel of hardwood flooring, while others like the cozy comfort of carpet. Signing up to live somewhere for the school year is a big deal, and you should appreciate the amenities in your new space. If you imagine yourself lounging in the living room as you study or catch up with friends, then the relaxing softness of carpet may be a priority. If you hardly spend any time at home or prefer the solid feel of hardwood floors, then this should go on your list when looking for rentals. Carpet floors are quieter than hardwood floors, so if you have roommates, you can avoid hearing the tip-tapping of their shoes with carpet floors. In terms of interior design, you can really make either work for your student apartment, although hardwood floors are especially durable.

If you’re ready to find the perfect off-campus housing with your preferred flooring and layout, contact Wharton Rentals today to view Ohio University apartments in Athens, OH.

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A Guide to Exercising in Your Apartment https://whartonrentals.com/2020/07/29/a-guide-to-exercising-in-your-apartment/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:54:42 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2106 The idea of staying at home for work, school, and exercise has become more and more prevalent nowadays. While gyms and fitness studios are ideal for staying in shape, many students in Ohio University off-campus housing may not have the ability to rush off to a gym for a number of different reasons. But skipping […]

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The idea of staying at home for work, school, and exercise has become more and more prevalent nowadays. While gyms and fitness studios are ideal for staying in shape, many students in Ohio University off-campus housing may not have the ability to rush off to a gym for a number of different reasons. But skipping exercise routines isn’t the best idea, especially for a college student. Exercise does a lot more than help you stay fit. It can help boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick. Regular exercise can help you stay focused and energized. In fact, exercise can also help fight off stress and balance your mood. Needless to say, you can’t give up on your workout regimen! That’s why it’s important to have a few different exercises you can do while you’re in your apartment.

Planks

The plank is a strength-building position that works your entire body and doesn’t demand that much skill or practice to perfect it. To get into the traditional high plank position, begin by getting down on your knees into a tabletop pose with your arms positioned directly under your shoulders. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed over your knees and hands. Then, tuck your toes and raise your hips to put your body into a push-up prep position. Instead of doing a push-up, you simply hold this position for a count of ten breaths. Be sure to bring awareness to your core, hips, and legs to make sure they’re not sinking towards the floor. Keep your body as straight as possible. Repeat three to four times. You can also try different variations of planks such as side planks when you turn your body to one side and lift one arm while balancing on the other.

Squat Exercise Squats

Squats are a classic move that can help you lose weight and build muscle in your legs and glutes. First, stand with your legs hip-width apart and focus on straightening your spine by picturing one vertebra on top of the other. Then, with a straight spine and your hands on your hips, begin to squat down as if you’re about to sit on an invisible chair. When your thighs are parallel to the ground, lift your weight back up to a standing position. For beginners, repeat this move 10 times for about 3 rounds. As you develop more strength, you can increase to 15-20 squats per round.

Burpees

The burpee is a fitness guru favorite that works your entire body and really gets the heart pumping. If you’ve mastered the plank and the squat, you can definitely do a burpee because this exercise is basically a combination of the other two moves. Begin standing with your legs hip-width apart. Start to move into a squat position, but instead of pushing your body back up into a standing position, place your hands on the ground under your shoulders. Then, move your legs out into a plank position. Do one push-up, then bring your feet back to your hands, move into a standing position, and jump. Repeat 5-10 times for beginners.

Your home can easily be turned into a workout space! If you’re looking for an Ohio University apartment in Athens, with more room to work out, contact the pros at Wharton Rentals.

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Things to Know about Parking at Rental Properties https://whartonrentals.com/2020/07/17/things-to-know-about-parking-at-rental-properties/ Fri, 17 Jul 2020 01:43:55 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2121 Parking disputes are surprisingly common at apartment complexes and other multiunit rental properties. All it takes is for one person to park where they shouldn’t, and you can have a cascading parking problem that impacts several rental units. While it’s the landlord’s (or property management company’s) responsibility to provide safe, designated parking spots for tenants, […]

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Parking disputes are surprisingly common at apartment complexes and other multiunit rental properties. All it takes is for one person to park where they shouldn’t, and you can have a cascading parking problem that impacts several rental units. While it’s the landlord’s (or property management company’s) responsibility to provide safe, designated parking spots for tenants, it’s the tenants’ responsibility to ensure that that parking is used correctly. Here’s what you need to know to avoid parking disputes at Ohio University rental properties.

Park in Your Spot

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: You should always park in the parking spaces assigned to your unit. These should be clearly denoted with your unit number, so there should be no question about which spot is yours. If you have a complaint about your parking space, please bring the issue to your property management company or landlord, rather than just parking in someone else’s space. As mentioned above, this can cause a domino effect of incorrect parking that impacts many people in your complex and leads to a lot of frustration.

If Someone’s in Your Spot

Numbered parking spots in garageBut what if someone else is in your parking spot when you get home? This is a common complaint among apartment tenants, and it’s most often caused by a guest visiting another apartment. Again, please don’t let this cause cascading parking problems by simply parking in another unit’s spot. Instead, you can contact your landlord, property manager, or the towing company responsible for monitoring your complex’s parking lot. Most apartment parking lots have signs clearly stating that the parking is for tenants only and will have contact information that you can use to have the car towed from your spot.

If you want to take a more nonconfrontational approach, simply find unassigned parking that you can use until the person moves their vehicle. This could be excess parking in your complex’s parking lot, or simply parking on the street. If you think you know who the vehicle belongs to, you can, of course, just ask them to move their car to a guest spot.

If You Have Issues with Your Spot

As already mentioned, if you have a complaint regarding your parking space, you should submit it to your property manager or landlord. Generally speaking, simply wanting a closer space won’t warrant any changes to your parking assignment; obviously, everyone would like these premium parking spots, and not everyone’s desires can be accommodated in this regard. However, if you have a more serious issue with your parking assignment (e.g., you have mobility issues, and your spot is far away or difficult to access), you may be able to get some reasonable accommodations.

In some apartment complexes, tenants are able to trade parking spots if both parties are amenable. For example, let’s say your apartment complex has both underground and aboveground parking. You would like an underground parking spot, but these have all been assigned. Another tenant may be willing to trade their spot with you (or “sell” it to you, if they paid a fee for the upgraded parking). Just be sure to go over your contract to ensure this is permissible or speak to your property manager about it.

The bottom line when it comes to avoiding parking disputes is to never be a part of the problem; don’t park in another unit’s assigned space, even if someone has taken yours. If you’re looking for Ohio University houses in Athens, contact Wharton Rentals today.

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Daily Cleaning Tips to Follow during Quarantine https://whartonrentals.com/2020/07/12/daily-cleaning-tips-to-follow-during-quarantine/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 07:20:48 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2102 New trends are emerging in 2020 due to the exceptional circumstances of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has kept a lot of people at home, and quarantine has become part of normal life. In case of another outbreak, everybody needs to be prepared to hunker down and settle in at home, and this includes students […]

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New trends are emerging in 2020 due to the exceptional circumstances of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has kept a lot of people at home, and quarantine has become part of normal life. In case of another outbreak, everybody needs to be prepared to hunker down and settle in at home, and this includes students living in housing at Ohio University. Maintaining a well-kept living space is a great plan for students, and here are a few of the best daily cleaning tips to manage cleaning during quarantine and beyond.

Make the Bed

First things first, it’s important to try and stick to a routine as much as possible, and that can start with making the bed. It’s a chore, but it’s a quick and easy way to keep bedrooms clean and presentable. During quarantine, it can be easy to slip into messy habits, but tidying up sheets and pillows will prevent that feeling of laziness. Plus, it’s always a nice feeling to get into a freshly made bed at night after a long, rewarding day.

Tackle Laundry

In addition to making the bed, students at Ohio University housing should think about their laundry routines too. Picking clothes up off the floor and putting them into the laundry basket won’t take long, and neither will putting a load of laundry in the washing machine. This simple task will ensure there’s always clean clothes to wear and that there’s less mess lying around. Laundry pileups are never fun, and this can be easily avoided with a smart laundry schedule.

Clean the Kitchen

Clean kitchen counterAnother way to maintain clean Ohio University houses during quarantine is to tidy up the kitchen whenever possible. When dishes are dirty, wash them. When there’s a spill or stain on the counters, clean it up. It’s amazing how just a few little things like this can create a spic-and-span house even during the trying times of quarantine. Antibacterial cleaning products are a must-have for cleaning surfaces safely and efficiently. Students with roommates can split up these chores and get the work done faster. It won’t be long before the kitchen is squeaky clean.

Check on the Toilets

Toilets should be cleaned regularly, along with sinks, showers, and any other surfaces in the bathroom. These spaces are notorious for germs, and in a time where personal hygiene and cleanliness are paramount, it pays to keep a clean and safe bathroom. Everyone can appreciate a clean bathroom, free of dirt and hair that can make unkept toilets and showers seem so dirty and gross. This is particularly true during quarantine when students are studying and working at home most of the time.

Vacuum and Mop

Quarantine cleaning regimes should extend to commonly used surfaces throughout the house. Weekly or even semiweekly vacuuming and mopping can make a big difference. Committing to a quick cleaning regime like this can ensure germs are kept under control, and the house itself stays warm and welcoming at a time when being at home is essential. It’s all about creating a clean and positive environment for pursuing goals and relaxing, and a regular cleaning schedule will make it happen.

If you’re looking for somewhere safe and clean to live, Court Street Apartments in Athens, Ohio, or other Ohio University off-campus housing are great choices. Contact Wharton Rentals to get started on securing your affordable student accommodation.

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Choosing Off-Campus Housing with a Reputable Rental Company https://whartonrentals.com/2020/07/08/choosing-off-campus-housing-with-a-reputable-rental-company/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 01:27:50 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2117 When you’re on the hunt for housing near Ohio University, you probably have a list of things that you’re looking for in an apartment. Your list might include items such as on-site laundry, a certain number of bedrooms, utilities included in the rent, and other apartment features. But if you’re going to be renting an […]

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When you’re on the hunt for housing near Ohio University, you probably have a list of things that you’re looking for in an apartment. Your list might include items such as on-site laundry, a certain number of bedrooms, utilities included in the rent, and other apartment features. But if you’re going to be renting an apartment, it’s vital that you remember to look at the company managing the rental as much as you look at the apartment itself. Here’s what you should be looking for in a reputable rental company.

Well-Maintained Properties

The first thing that will give you a hint about the quality of the rental company is how well-maintained their properties are. You should be permitted to walk through any property you’re considering renting, or at least a comparable listing so that you can see how well-maintained it is.

If you want to ensure that the company can be relied on to maintain your apartment while you’re in it, ask if you can view some of their other listed properties. If all of them are quality properties that appear to be well cared for, then you shouldn’t have to worry about maintenance issues being ignored. However, to be safe, look for the next item on this list as well.

Happy Renters

Apartment complexRenters are usually more than willing to dish on a low-quality rental management company or bad landlord. So, if you’re walking through a property with current tenants present, don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Ask them how long they usually have to wait to have maintenance issues fixed or any other complaints they might have against how their apartment was managed.

If you can’t talk to any tenants, at least look up online reviews. While people are probably more likely to go out of their way to leave negative reviews for property managers, what you should be looking for is a common trend of complaints. Did they frequently fail to deal with repairs in a timely manner? Did they refuse to refund deposits even when the requirements were met? Did they breach contracts with multiple renters in some way? If you see a common thread between all the negative reviews, odds are there’s some truth to it.

Availability and Transparency

Finally, pay attention to how hard it is to get ahold of the property management company, and how readily they answer your questions. If you’re constantly leaving messages and never getting called back when you’re trying to view their properties or expressing interest in renting one, odds are it’s going to be even harder to get a call back once you’re under contract.

Similarly, if they’re vague about answering your questions or beating about the bush, this should raise some red flags. Of course, keep in mind that they do need to protect the privacy of the property owner and the current renters, so they may not be able to answer questions in those regards. But if they’re unwilling to explain terms of the contract to you, you should look for a property managed by a different company.

If you’re looking for Athens, Ohio, rentals managed by a reputable rental company, look no further than Wharton Rentals. Check out our listings of available properties here.

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Smart Ways to Rock Any Student Apartment https://whartonrentals.com/2020/07/06/smart-ways-to-rock-any-student-apartment/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 01:12:15 +0000 https://whartonrentals.com/?p=2114 Starting a new semester at Ohio University in Athens is always exciting. If you’re a freshman, you’re in a whole new chapter in your life. If you’re a returning student, the fall means starting new classes and catching up with some old friends. Before any of that can start, however, you’ll need to find an […]

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Starting a new semester at Ohio University in Athens is always exciting. If you’re a freshman, you’re in a whole new chapter in your life. If you’re a returning student, the fall means starting new classes and catching up with some old friends. Before any of that can start, however, you’ll need to find an apartment, and you’ll need to get it all set up so that it’s a perfect environment for both work and play. Here are a few things to think about when researching Athens, Ohio, student rentals.

Pick an Apartment ASAP

This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d surprised how many students wait until the last minute before finding the right apartment to rent. You’ll want to find a place that’s big enough for you (and your roommates, if you have any), and is still close enough to all your classes. After searching through a list of Ohio University off-campus housing options and finding the perfect rental, take its size into consideration. You only need enough furniture to fill it, so keeping the square footage of your apartment in mind while you’re shopping will keep you from going overboard and buying stuff you don’t need.

Think about Storage

Odds are pretty good that your apartment isn’t going to be huge. If you’re rooming with people, then storage space will likely be at a premium. Look around and see where bookcases can go, and how many you might need. There are other ways to maximize space as well. For instance, there are beds with room underneath for additional storage as well as coffee tables that incorporate trunks.

Consider a Fun Theme

Most student apartments are decorated in a strictly utilitarian fashion. This is a shame because your apartment isn’t just a place to eat, sleep, and study—it should be a retreat as well. You’ll need to relax sometimes and have fun, so think about using a theme to decorate your student rental.  Create a space that reflects your interest in movies, sports, or a part of the world, such as Italy or Hawaii. Not only will this result in a more attractive apartment, but it will help lighten the mood when you have to pull an all-nighter.

Garage Sales Work

Shop at garage saleMost people see yard or garage sales and keep on walking. Here’s a helpful tip to save money, however: Carry cash and peruse every yard sale you can find. By keeping an eye out for these kinds of sales (as well as swap meets), you can get most of the furnishings you need to fill out your apartment at a fraction of the cost. It’s not unlikely that you’ll find something really fun as well.

Keep It Comfy

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your apartment, so you’ll want to make sure it’s extremely comfortable. You want couches and soft love seats. Your work area needs to be assembled with your health and safety in mind, so if you like a particular desk or chair, but are worried it might not be as comfortable as you’d like, then don’t buy it. Your back and neck will thank you.

When you’re ready to conduct a search of Ohio University rentals in Athens, OH, start with Wharton Rentals. Browse our available properties or give us a call today at (740) 592-1399.

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Out of all the Ohio University houses in Athens, you’ve found the perfect one for you. After a long search, it’s finally time to move into your very own student rental. Now for the fun part—you get to fill it with all the things you need! But, when it’s your first time living in a rental, where do you even begin? Thankfully, Wharton Rentals has narrowed down the top five essential items to have in every student rental.

Hot coffee1. Coffee Maker with Automatic Timer

Whether you’re waking up for your 9 a.m. class or you’re working up the energy to pull an all-nighter, a coffee maker is absolutely necessary. To really make it a luxury, make sure you find a coffee maker that has an automatic timer built in. You can just set it and forget it! Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee by setting the machine before you go to bed. Don’t worry; you can thank us later for this golden nugget when you’re fully caffeinated.

2. Trash Can for Every Room

Yep, that’s right—one can for every room! Well, at the very least, you’ll need one for the kitchen, your room, and the bathroom. For the kitchen, be sure to spring for a large trash can that has a self-closing lid. You never know what kind of smells can emerge from a kitchen trash can, especially after you decide to clean out the fridge. Smaller plastic bins are perfectly fine for bedrooms and bathrooms.

3. Iron with Steamer Function

While 90% of your fellow students will leave the house with wrinkled clothes, it doesn’t mean you have to! Even if you’re just hopping on a Zoom call to meet your new professor, you can stand out from the crowd with a freshly ironed shirt. Whether you decide to iron the pants or not is your call. Either way, it’s important to have the ability to steam your clothes quickly, so be sure to purchase an iron with a steamer function.

4. Noise-Canceling Headphones

A solid pair of headphones are a must-have for student housing. Sooner or later, you’re going to find yourself attempting to work while your roommate plays video games at the highest possible volume. You’ll need something to help you stay in the zone. Try to find an inexpensive pair of noise-canceling headphones to create a little privacy and stay focused while studying at home.

5. Laundry Hamper

A laundry hamper is one of those miracle baskets that can make your room look a lot cleaner! Instead of keeping a pile of dirty pajama pants on the floor, use a hamper. There’s a ton of different styles of laundry hampers out there that can fit your needs. There are some that hang on the walls, some with different bins for darks and whites, and some that even have rollers! Choose wisely.

Want more hot tips for filling your student rental? Contact the pros at Wharton Rentals! We’re one of the best Ohio University rental companies out there. We can help you with all of your student housing needs. Give us a call today!

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