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10 Actionable Apartment Hunting Tips You Can Use

10 Actionable Apartment Hunting Tips You Can Use

An apartment hunt can be a messy deal for there are lots of pitfalls along the way. Brokers who charge hidden fees, agents who are totally unprofessional, and transport companies that damn the schedule and urgency of the situation are just tips of the iceberg.

The whole caboodle is tricky, not to mention quick decision making ability, which become horrifically ineffective on the spot, as you will be repelled by as small a concern like the neighborhood, but swooned by the panorama of the new abode. But with the following approaches, the deal can be done quickly, effectively and economically:

1. Consider the budget issues

Your budget must be proportional to the amenities that you need in the apartment. Nearness to groceries, supermarkets, railway terminals, airports, seaports, workstation, etc. can help in curtailing living expenses.

2. Consider the time factor

Beside budgets, the time factor also has a strong presence in making the decision. Though the rentals are freely available during the summer, the price will be abnormally high as all of us want to move in and out during the scorching season.

Therefore, it may be best to wait for a better time. Renting an apartment during the holidays or at a time closer to the holidays is generally easier. When it’s cold, the mobility is slower.

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3. Technology can be a handy friend

When alone in a new city and you have no friends to help find you a desirable apartment, apartment hunting apps can then be a huge help.

There are a handful of apps which notify you whenever new places are available that matches your specifics like rental price, the neighbourhood, amenities and more. You can apply for the place online.

4. Knowledge is power

Chances are high that you will be victimized by wily agents when you are all set to move to a new locality about which you have no prior knowledge.

Researching the average market rate, checking out websites like Streeteasy.com and conversing with people around will familiarize you with what the acceptable rates are for the kind of apartment you have in mind.

5. Do the basic legwork with heart

Things as petty as checklists and spreadsheets can be instrumental to land the desired apartment quickly as these so called ‘petty things’ can sift the basic priorities from the ostentatious ‘doohickeys’.

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Some owner asks for specific paperwork as a firm handshake in the open house or the blue Ferrari does not impress them.  Therefore, present yourself as strongly as possible with all paperwork in hand.

A well-organized attempt at apartment hunting not only saves the time and money, but also helps you track the progress and control it without letting it affect your daily schedule.

6. The Sleep Test

Not all landlords favor it, but it will be good to convince the landlord to allow you sleep a night in order to ‘experience’ his verdict on the place. In the night, you can test out the shower, peek through the closets, cabinets and cupboards without attracting the owner’s attention. This will satisfy the ‘control freak’ in you.

7. Read the lease paper carefully

Details are important in the lease. All the verbal agreements that you have reached with the new landlord (e.g. Improvements after moving in, rental charges, free movement of your pet cat, Tom) should be in writing.

Conditions and statutory warnings should be read and understood thoroughly.  You don’t want your landlord to evict you sans your own property as he likes and you may not get security deposit back for the mindless reasons he has concocted in the lease agreement.

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Reading the paper thoroughly saves you from getting trapped into something you’ll regret later.

8. Trust in yourself and rope in some trustworthy friends

If your guts sense something fishy at any time, it is better to rethink your decision to move in as fraud and deception are common in real estate these days.

Deceptive brokers can be known right away by from their inconsistent wordings of the property, nervous body language, and talkativeness. It is better to decipher such depraved intentions at earliest.

A trustworthy friend can be a real source of support during the apartment search. Such friends can check your impulsive decisions. Also your ideas of the perfect apartment can reach to prospective landlords through your active social network.

9. Little bit of morbidity is good

As Billy from the When Harry Met Sally suggested, leafing through the obituaries section of newspaper is definite to quicken your apartment search. The old way has never lost the charm.

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10. Negotiate

If you have an excellent track record (in form of solid reputation, high income, satisfied old landlord) and you are in search of a place where your stay is will be protracted, you are in a position to strike a better deal with your new landlord as finding and renting the apartment to excellent, long-term tenant is the hardest accomplishment for any landlord, so you are a good catch.

With such an arrangement, it is unlikely you will get much deduction in the rental fees but you may win some fringe benefits like free roaming access for your pet cat in the landlord’s kitchen garden which will make him happy, I promise.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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