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What to Know Before Moving into Your Auburn Apartment

Liverpool1It's difficult to explain just how exciting moving into your first apartment can be without experiencing it yourself. This is your first real taste of freedom, where you can live whatever way you wish. But we do understand that taking ownership of your living space can be a daunting experience, and not something you're quite prepared for. Most students won't be moving into their Auburn apartments until August, so we wanted to help you prepare for when that day comes. Planning is key.

Remember Apartment Deposits:

You'll need to have the money to pay for your deposit, which is typically your first and last month's rent. Having the exact amount you need for your deposit is fine, but we always recommend allowing an extra 10% in your budget for any unforeseen emergencies or contractual changes. The last thing you want is to be temporarily homeless because you're short $100.

Don’t Forget Your Lease Terms:

The lease for your apartment might seem like something you can scan, sign and then forget about. The issue is that a lease is a legally binding document, and not something you should sign without reading it thoroughly, and seeking professional advice on any parts of it that you're unsure of. Key things to check are the duration of your lease, when your rent is expected, and how it should be paid. You should also check what rights your landlord has under your lease agreement, and your own rights as a tenant. Do also check what notice period you have to give in case things don't work out for you.

Go For A Property Inspection:

You should take a closer look at your apartment before signing the lease, and any reluctance on your future landlord's part to allow an inspection should set off alarm bells. Check that the light, heat and plumbing all work properly. This includes the shower, toilet, sinks, bulbs, electrical outlets, and the HVAC system, too. Look for any existing damage to paintwork, furniture, windows, woodwork, or anything else, and note them.

Also, check that any existing electrical appliances work properly, such as the washing machine and tumble dryer. Also make a note of every piece of furniture present in the apartment during your inspection.

The Shopping List:

In an ideal world everything you need would already be in your apartment, but we don't live in that world. That means doing some shopping for your apartment before it's ready for you to move in. The first item on your shopping list is bedding, which should include a duvet, pillows, and fitted sheets, and some new towels.

You'll also need to stock up on cleaning products to keep your apartment neat and tidy. It's also a good idea to stock up on some "emergency" foods like Ramen noodles, Mac'n'Cheese, bottled water, granola bars, ketchup, mustard, crackers, cheese and bread. Always bring a few personal items from home, these help to make an apartment feel more like home and less like a hotel room. They're also a great way to curb any feelings of homesickness.

Yes or No to Pets:

Most students don't have any pets, even though they're a great way of relieving stress, and will also make your apartment feel like your home. So, check your lease to see if pets of any kind are permitted. You'll be surprised to see just how many landlords will stop tenants from keeping any pets at all, even fish.

Unpacking At a Steady Pace:

The overpowering urge will be to unpack everything you own, all at once. But what you'll wind up with is a muddled mess of clothing, and other personal items, that will take you weeks to sort through. Unpack one room at a time, focusing on the rooms you'll most need during your first night or two i.e. your bedroom and the bathroom.

Once you have somewhere to sleep, and somewhere to wash then focus on getting your kitchen ready for use. Yes, we know you'd like to set up your Xbox/PC first, but unless you can sleep on or in them we'd recommend taking care of your sleeping arrangements before doing anything else.

Don't Rush:

Moving into an apartment isn't a race. Take your time, organize, unpack in a sensible way, and do your best to take the time to enjoy the fact that you now have someplace you can call your own.

How To Select the Right Retail Space for Your Business

Auburn rentalsLocation, location, location. You're probably tired of hearing inexperienced realtors repeating this every single time you ask them about which retail business lots they have available.

The truth is that choosing the right retail space for your business is far more complex than simply choosing what seems like the best fit for your budget.

Here are some of the key considerations you need to take into account before signing a lease:

Pricing of Retail Space:

We've seen it countless times—most new business owners base their choice of location on the costs. In the real world, excessively low pricing for a retail space can be a major warning sign that all is not right - there's a reason why the rent is so low.

Conversely, there’s a very good reason why more expensive space you've been avoiding might be the best choice for you. Perhaps, that spot is a prime business location for you. Don’t choose your new place because it’s cheaper than everywhere else. You’ll regret that decision in a few months.

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Historic Auburn Oak Trees Are Now Being Planted Around Samford Park

Auburn rentalsIf you’ve taken a walk through Samford Park over the last few weeks, then you may have noticed some changes: earlier this month, landscapers and Auburn University students teamed up to plant 10 historically important trees in one of Auburn’s most popular parks.

The change started on Thursday, March 10, when workers with hard hats and earth movers began moving huge piles of dirt to make room for ten transplanted trees.

The trees in question are historically important:

“Today, we’re planting 10 trees that are descendants from the original Auburn Oaks,” Ben Burmester, a campus planner in Facilities Management, explained in a statement to “We’re planting them along the new walkway that was finished this summer.”

The trees were grown from acorns that fell off the original Toomer’s Oaks. Those oaks were infamously poisoned in 2010 and removed from their popular street corner, Toomer’s Corner, in spring 2013.

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Renewing Your Lease: Should You Change Apartments in Auburn?

Auburn rentalsWhen it comes time to renew your lease in Auburn, you have an important decision to make. Should you renew your lease? Or take the chances and try to find a better place to rent?

There are plenty of things you need to consider when renewing your lease in Auburn – including the availability of other apartments and the annoyance of moving to a new property.

But you also have a lot to gain by changing apartments. Today, we’re going to help you weigh the pros and cons of renewing your lease in Auburn.

How Much Do You Dislike Your Place?

The first and most important thing to consider when renewing your lease in Auburn is how much you like – or dislike – your place.

Many people in Auburn have signed up for a one year lease, only to move in and find the place isn’t quite as nice as advertised. Others like their place at first – only to find out about a deal their friends got on a much nicer place across town.

Ultimately, there are thousands of places to rent in Auburn, and it’s tough to find the perfect place for you at the perfect price.

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Number Two in Auburn: Another Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens

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Auburn residents were abuzz in January as another Walmart Neighborhood Market opened up in town just two weeks after the first one reached the city.

A grand opening ceremony took place on Wednesday, January 27 at the new store’s Shug Jordan Parkway location. Members of the Auburn High School JROTC and choir took part of the grand opening.

The new location is about two miles down the road from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on East University Drive that opened on January 13, 2016.

Neighborhood Markets Are Different from Larger Walmarts

Just like the East University Drive Walmart Neighborhood Market, this new Walmart features a drive-thru pharmacy and specialty departments like a full-service deli, in-store bakery, and gas station.

The neighborhood markets have been appearing in communities across the United States for the past several years. They are larger than Walmart’s smallest stores (Wal-Mart Express) but smaller than the larger Walmart Supercenters.

The goal is to deliver the same Supercenter experience in a smaller format, with a similar pricing model using Walmart’s scale.

Walmart announced in January 2016 that it was ending its Walmart Express pilot project. Analysts expected that Walmart would focus instead on Neighborhood Markets, which have shown greater profitability and success than the smaller Express stores.

The neighborhood markets have generated positive comps for 19 consecutive quarters.

Walmart is also expected to focus more on e-commerce and now allows users to order groceries online before picking up those groceries in-store.

Open 24 Hours

The Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2047E University Dr. in Auburn, AL, is open 24 hours. However, the new store is expected to offer hours closer to Walmart’s standard opening times: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Should This Affect your Apartment Search? Yes!

Any time a new grocery store opens in Auburn, Alabama, it changes the dynamics of the apartment rental industry.

Now, those who lived in a previously under-served part of town can enjoy easy, nearby access to groceries. If you live near the University Drive location, then you can visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – which is a great benefit for night owls who like to stay up all night studying.

Looking for the perfect apartments in Auburn AL? Liberty Properties can help! Contact us today and book a no obligations rental of various units today. Liberty owns all of the properties that are rented out, which means Liberty goes the extra mile to ensure its properties are well-looked after.

Picking the Right Location for Your Auburn Apartment

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Whether you’re a student or not, picking an apartment in Auburn, Alabama can feel like a tricky process.

How far is too far from school or work? What are the most and least desirable neighborhoods? Which street has the best nightlife? Is there a grocery store nearby?

Today, we’re going to help you out with our ultimate insider’s guide to living in Auburn, Alabama.

How Close Should You Be to the University Campus?

Your proximity to the campus will depend on your role with the university. Are you a student? How closely involved do you wish to be in student life?

Full-time students who wish to be closely involved with student life are often willing to pay more to be closer to the university.

On the other hand, some people may wish to distance themselves from the university and get some space – like part-time students, professors, or anyone who wants to save some money.

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5 Things to Consider Before Renting an Apartment in Auburn

Auburn apartment to considerRenting an apartment in Auburn, Alabama? Today, we’re going to give you all the tips and tricks you need to make your Auburn rental process go as smoothly as possible.

Proximity to Auburn University

Obviously, AU is the center of Auburn. If you’re like 75% of the town, then you are involved with AU in some way or another.

With that in mind, it’s important to consider your proximity to Auburn University when renting an apartment.

The university is located in the southwest corner of the city. Many apartment complexes have been specifically built to be close to the campus.

In a smaller town like Auburn, it’s difficult to be too far away from the University. Nevertheless, those who are living towards Opelika or the northeast parts of town may find that their commutes to AU are a little longer than they would like.

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We Have Terrific Commercial Rental Properties in Auburn for Small Businesses

It's a great feeling when your small business is ready for a bigger space! Maybe you started your business in the garage and it is now too big to stay in your home. Or may your current space is just too cramped for the growth you are seeing in your small business. Whatever your reasons, it is a mark of success when your small business isn't quite so small anymore. If you are looking for a new home for your business, check out our commercial rental properties in Auburn.

We have several commercial spaces available, and one of them may be the perfect home for your business. One of the great rental properties we have available in Auburn is in University Village. This is a two story commercial development that gives your business great exposure on South College Street. The second floor has elevator access, making it easy for your customers to get to your space, and they'll be able to easily locate you with the great signage options. There are spaces available from 1,416 square feet to 3,640 square feet.

Interested in seeing the available spaces at University Village? Give Liberty Properties a call! We'll set up a time for you to come see our commercial rental property, and our team will let you know if we have any other available spaces that might suit your needs, too. You'll love working with Liberty Properties because we focus on finding spaces that are perfect for our tenants, commercial or residential. So give us a call today and let's find the new space your business can call home!


We Have Townhome Rentals in the 36830 Area That You'll Love

Living in the dorms is fun...for a while. Eventually, dorm life gets old and you are ready to live off-campus with a select group of friends. It's important to find a great place that's close to campus, but offers you plenty of fun amenities. Have you been searching for townhome rentals in the 36830 area, but can't find one that has all the amenities that you want? Then you haven't seen our Northpointe townhomes yet!

These townhomes are located close to the Auburn campus, making them perfect for the college student who is tired of dorm life. We have townhomes with 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms so you can bring all of your friends, too! The units are pet friendly, and packed with amenities that will have you feeling at home in no time. Check out everything that comes with these terrific units:

  • All units have all appliances including a full size dishwasher
  • Ceramic tile flooring makes cleaning easy
  • Units have decks, private courtyards, or sunrooms, and some even have private hot tubs
  • A community swimming pool is perfect for hot summer days
  • Some units have vaulted ceilings for a nice, open feeling

Our rental rates are very reasonable, so give us a call and take a tour of our Northpointe townhomes. If these aren't quite what you had in mind for your home off-campus, we have plenty of other options! We have rentals all across Auburn, and we'll help you find one that is perfect for you and your roommates. Give us a call today and let's find your new home!

How Are You Searching for Rental Properties in Auburn?

Finding great rental properties in Auburn can be difficult, especially if you are relying on old-fashioned methods to find them. Thanks to a tight rental market in the area, you have to be smart about how you are finding potential places to call home. Let’s look at some of the methods you might be relying on for your rental search:

  • The newspaper. Most of us are not receiving a newspaper anymore, but you might think it is a great place to find a place to rent. The world is just moving too fast for a newspaper to be a reliable information source when it comes to rental properties in Auburn. By the time the ad runs, the place is likely rented.
  • Word of mouth. This could be a great way to find a hidden gem, but it is also the most risky. If none of your friends or family know of someone who has a great property that is coming up for rent, you might find yourself crashing on some couches until you find something.
  • Online classifieds. You’ll find a lot of listings here, but unfortunately, you’ll find a lot of scams, too. Online classified website are overrun with people placing false ads in the hopes of parting you from your money. Be extremely cautious when using these sites!

So what’s the best way to find great rental properties in Auburn? Work with a property management company like Liberty Properties. We’ll always know where the best properties are and when they will be available, and we can help match you to the right rental property. Give us a call today and we’ll find your new home in no time!