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A New Pet in Your Apartment in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If you are thinking about bringing a pet into your apartment in West Columbia, SC there may be a little more involved than you think. Pets make great roommates, but you need some supplies and you need to take some precautions to keep them safe, and to keep your apartment safe as well.

Here is a list of what you will need to buy, get rid of, or move:

Pet supplies: Before bringing your new pet home, you need to have food (and a bowl to put it in), somewhere for him to sleep, a collar and leash if it’s a dog, and maybe some treats and toys to help ease his transition into his new space. If you got a puppy that will need to be housebroken, a crate is a good idea to help prevent accidents in every corner of your apartment. Other necessities may include medicine, poop bags, a hair brush, shampoo and toothbrush.

Cleaning supplies: As cute as they are, pets can also be messy, especially a dog who needs to be walked in all types of weather. Buy some carpet and floor cleaner. Also consider investing in a heavy-duty pet vacuum if your new companion is a big shedder, and stock up on lint rollers for your clothes and furniture.

Pet proofing: Consider what hazards your new pet could get into. Anything close to the floor – like trash cans, power cords, shoes – could look like enticing chew toys to your dog or cat. Get as much off the floor as you can, especially potentially hazardous items like pills, cleaning supplies and electric cords. When you’re not home, be sure to close off any rooms you don’t want him in unsupervised. And if he learns how to open cupboards and trash cans, it’s time to get some locks.

Training: Just as important as making your apartment suitable for your pet is making sure your pet respects your apartment. Sign up for obedience classes right away if you get a dog, and set limits for what is acceptable at home. It may be cute the first time your dog grabs a sock out of the laundry basket, but you won’t be happy if it is a half-eaten shirt. Make your house rules and stick to them to maintain a happy household.

For more information on pet-friendly apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


One of America's Top-Rated Cities – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Columbia, SC has a lot to offer. If you are considering relocating for work, school, retirement, or just for a new start, consider renting an apartment in West Columbia, SC and see for yourself why this has become one of Americas Top-Rated cities.

Columbia was ranked 60 out of 354 metro areas in Places Rated Almanac. Criteria: cost of living, climate, crime, transportation, job outlook, education, the arts, health care and recreation. - Places Rated Almanac, Millennium Edition

Columbia was selected as one of America's best places to retire. Criteria: Safety, climate, housing, culture and recreation, social compatibility, affordability, medical care, transportation and jobs and/or volunteer opportunities. Where to Retire: America's Best and Most Affordable Places

The Columbia metro area appeared on Forbes/Milken Institute's list of "Best Places for Business and Careers." Ranked 96 out of 200 metro areas. Criteria: salary growth, job growth, number of technology clusters, overall concentration of technology activity relative to national average, and technology output growth. Forbes/Milken Institute Best Places

Columbia was named as #8 on Entrepreneur.com's list of Hot Mid-Size Cities for Entrepreneurs.

Ladies Home Journal ranked America's 200 largest cities based on the qualities women surveyed care about most. Columbia ranked 41 out of 200. Criteria: crime, lifestyle, education, jobs, health, child care, politics, and the economy.

The Columbia Metro area was selected as one of America's "Best Places to Live and Work" by Expansion Management and rated as a "Five-Star Community." The annual "Quality of Life Quotient" measures nearly 50 indicators and compares them among the 329 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States. Expansion Management

Columbia recently scored a victory over its Southeastern rivals by being named the best mid-sized college town in the country. New Jersey-based ePodunk.com's College Town Index, a community information site, evaluated about 160 college towns based on 14 sets of criteria.

The non-profit group selected Columbia as one of "America's 30 Most Livable Communities", Partners for Livable Communities. Criteria: environmental quality; parkland; ability to train new workers; job market; education; and use of the arts for economic development. Partners for Livable Communities.

The Columbia Metro area was selected as one of "America's 50 Hottest Cities" for business relocations and expansions. The area ranked #21. Criteria 80 of the industry's prominent site selection consultants were asked which cities their clients found the most attractive when it came to selecting an expansion or relocation site in 2004. Expansion Management

The Sporting News ranked over 300 U.S. and Canadian metro areas in terms of their sports climate. Columbia ranked 63 out of 322. Criteria included: Stadium quality, accessibility and ambiance, ticker availability, and marquee appeal of athletes.

239 cities were rated in terms of children's health, safety, and economic well-being. Columbia was ranked 93 out of 140 independent cities. - Zero Population Growth

For more information on apartments in Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village Apartment Homes.


When Retiring Should You Rent? West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 13, 2015

Planning for retirement may also involve looking at your housing situation to determine if it the best choice for your current and future needs. The decision whether to own a home or rent an apartments in West Columbia, SC during retirement has both financial and emotional aspects that should be considered. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you explore your options:

Assessing Your Retirement Housing Needs

The first step for retirees is assessing their current and future housing needs. If you have raised a family in a four bedroom residence, you are likely to find that you no longer need that much space, and the high cost of maintaining such a large home no longer makes financial sense. Take a look at how you use your living space currently and what you will need during retirement. You may require a guest room for family members that live some distance away.  Each individual has different needs for retirement housing. These needs should be carefully evaluated when considering a change of housing.

Financial Considerations

At the heart of the decision are finances. If you have a significant amount of equity in your home and find you need additional income for your retirement, it makes no sense to leave that equity lying dormant. The money could be put to valuable use in a secure investment, providing regular income that would allow you to travel, enjoy hobbies or indulge in other retirement activities. On the other hand, if you have sufficient income for retirement and hope to leave the proceeds from a home to your children, downsizing to a smaller property may be the best option.

The Security of Home Ownership

Many people who have owned a home for much of their adult lives cannot imagine becoming a renter.  However, owning property also means that you are responsible for the continued maintenance on the property, which often means significant expenditures on roofing or other home systems. Retirees should balance these costs when considering the decision to own or rent.

The Freedom of Renting

Renting offers a number of advantages that new retirees should consider carefully. Renting allows you to avoid the large maintenance costs that can occur when you own your own home. Renters also do not have to concern themselves with property taxes. Maintenance is minimal. If the possibility of moving to a different area is in your future, renting makes it easier to pull up roots and leave, without worrying about waiting for a good time to sell the home.

Comparing Costs

The best way to begin to determine whether you should own or rent in retirement is to calculate what your income will be from government programs, company pensions and other sources. Review your savings, investments and other income sources that will be available during retirement. Next, you will have to estimate what your expenses will be during retirement. You will probably spend less on clothing, transportation and other costs associated with working. However, you may need more money for travel, hobbies, entertainments and other activities you hope to enjoy during retirement. Calculate the cost of owning a home, including taxes, insurance and maintenance expense.  Renting a home will not require these additional costs, and you will have cash from selling your current home that you can invest for more income.  These calculations will allow you to clearly see the financial impact of both options.

The Downsizing Option

Retirees should also consider the many advantages of downsizing after their working years. An apartment generally means lower expenses for housekeeping and energy, which can save money over the long term.

For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.



Searching for Off-Campus Housing - Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 06, 2015

Students can lower their costs by saving money on groceries, transportation and utilities as well.

In a busy college town like Columbia, finding student apartments can be a struggle for students competing for housing contracts and leases after freshman year. There are a number of steps students should take when first looking for off-campus housing, especially if they’re new to the area.

Do your Research

When finding the best apartment in Columbia, SC, it’s crucial to check the Internet for all the possible information from reviews to apartment floor plans. However, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call. So many of the larger luxury complexes will not post key information such as rent, so a phone call is most effective.

Also take the time to schedule a tour to actually see the physical space they will be living in.

Students could also speak with upperclassmen that have off-campus apartments.

Finding a budget

Before touring each location, make a budget that includes rent, groceries, utilities and other costs associated with living off-campus.

Figure out a typical student-housing budget per month, however, there are many ways students can lower their off-campus living expenses.

Students should to track their spending to see where they could reduce costs. More often than not, utilities, transportation, groceries and eating out are areas most people find that they are over spending.

Although utilities might be included with rent, students can make sure they’re making the most of their money by checking previous utility usage data on the property. This will allow students to have an idea of how much past tenants had paid for utilities at the property so they know what to expect.

Food is another expense students should consider. Using coupons when shopping for groceries can be beneficial to cutting costs. Many of the coupons for local grocery stores can be found online.

Location and transportation

Although many of the housing options are cheaper the farther they are from campus, students may want to consider whether they will have a car and how they plan on paying for parking.

Driving and the cost of gas are factors that can influence a decision to look for housing closer to campus next year.

For more information, contact Abberly Village.


Pet Friendly Apartments Help College Students – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Going to college can cause a lot of anxiety for some students. But a some students are discovering that living with a pet in their apartments in West Columbia, SC  can relieve stress or depression.

“Even if I do have to leave or I have a long day of work or exams or labs.  Just coming back into the room and having someone so excited to see you, she just goes berserk when I come home," said Becks, a student.

Becks is a junior.  She says she suffered from anxiety in high school and knows how it can consume her life.

“During finals week you just need something to help you calm down and get away from everything.  So when I found out about the assistance animal policy, I looked into bringing my dog down here and it just worked out that I could have her down here with me," Becks said.

Belle, a chocolate lab is not the only pet Lauren Becks keeps.  She also cares for a fish, turtle and salamander. Though Belle gets to go to classes.

“She’s just by my side the entire time.  If I’m in class, I’m having a rough day, I think that she can feel it. She’s just beneath my feet.  She sleeps below the desk.  She’ll come over and give me kisses," said Becks.

“Without him it would be a lot harder for me to go to school. Last year I really struggled with getting out of bed especially during the colder months and going to class.  It’s really hard for me to do things without having a reason to get out of bed in the morning," said Tegge.

While more students are living with pets in college, it’s still only a small percentage.

“We have more students with mental health issues coming to college.  We have less stigma.  I won’t say we have no stigma, but we have less stigma.  So those requests are more likely for those reasons," said a faculty member at Ohio State.

For more information on pet friendly apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Finding the Best Off-Campus Student Apartments – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 26, 2015

Throughout college, housing is a topic that will never go away. Each year you may face a move from one place to another, one lease to the next.

There are lots of options for apartments in West Columbia, SC; though it may not seem this way when spring rolls around and every open house you attend is crowded with masses of other students who have their deposits and paperwork ready.

Even after the first year off-campus, housing is always subject to change. Situations evolve, leases expire, roommates leave.

Finding housing can be stressful. After all, this is finding a place to live. Here are some pieces of advice find and select the best place to live off-campus next year or next semester.

Timeline Of The Search

First of all, get started early.

And while this is great advice, it is also helpful to keep in mind that more and more housing options will become available and advertised as time goes on. Think of housing like buying jeans. You could go to the store now and find certain styles available, and you could also go to the store two months from now and find an entirely new selection.

The places that appear in February are not by any means the best, the cheapest, or the only options you will have for off-campus housing. By April an entirely new array of living spaces may be available.

What kind of space would you like to live in?

In order to have the highest chance of finding your ideal place to live, you should start going to open houses early, ready to make a decision on a place if you fall in love with it, but also knowing that plenty more options will open up throughout the spring and sometimes even summer.

Gathering Roommates

Other than where you want to live, the most important part of housing is deciding who you want to live with (or deciding you want to live with no one at all and enjoy a home all to yourself). Once you have chosen your roommates, make sure whatever group you have decided on is stable.

Who do you want to live with?

In order to decide on a place to live, you need to know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you are looking for, the price range your group can manage, and who will be signing the lease. So it’s pretty imperative that you know how many people and who you plan to live with. If you know there are four people in your group, you can right away cross off all the studios and one-bedroom apartments off your search list.

Next, you will all have to decide what type of living situation you are looking for and how you will make compromises to accommodate everyone’s wishes. Think about how far you want to live from campus, if you are looking to share bedrooms, and how much everyone is willing to pay.

Finding out these details at the beginning of your search will make this a much less stressful process.

Give It Everything You’ve Got

When embarking on your housing search, go forth at full force. If you see an apartment and take too much time thinking about whether or not you want it, someone else will snatch it out from under you. This is a time to be fierce, competitive, and fully prepared.

When you see a housing listing online or in an advertisement, check out its information (number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location, price, etc) before you go to see it. If necessary, you can call the property manager to ask further questions beyond the information provided.

Knowing as much as possible before you see a place will give you an idea of how much you want it.

If you know the place you are going to see is something you are interested in, have your paperwork ready. Property managers often ask for applications and application fees at open houses, and while they will accept these at later dates, it is usually first come first serve. Those who turn in their applications at the open house will have a better opportunity of getting an offer for housing there.

For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.



Reasons to Keep Renting an Apartment in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 16, 2015

While there are pros and cons to renting and buying , the decision is ultimately personal. Here are some signs you should keep renting your apartment in West Columbia, SC.

1. Not Much Savings

Sometimes it’s tempting when you hear of low down payment options for buying a home. But if you don’t have an emergency fund yet, or if purchasing a home would drain all of your savings, you probably aren’t ready. Homeownership comes with expenses so you want to make sure you have money set aside for home repairs on top of the usual living expenses.

2. Uncertain Job Situation

Signing a mortgage means you are agreeing to pay money every month to own that home. If you have a stable job that you love, this can be great. But if you are unsure whether you will have your job for the next few years, you may want to wait. Even if you’ve just gotten a new job and you are very excited, it may be wise to get a feel for the company before you jump into homeownership. You’ll want to know whether the company is hiring or laying people off and what its financial outlook is to determine your own job security.

If you aren’t certain where you will be in a few years, or perhaps even months, you might want to keep renting for now.

3. No Time for Research

Buying a home is a big decision. You’ll want to learn what you can about the local housing market, including the pricing trends, the school district and the property taxes. Another thing to consider is how well you know the home itself. Sure, that roof looks good, but an expert may tell you it needs to be replaced soon. That’s not the kind of surprise you want after you’ve spent a lot on a down payment. Don’t rush into homeownership without doing your research.

4. Fear

If the thought of buying a home makes you so nervous that you are making yourself sick or having trouble sleeping, you need to explore the reasons before you move forward. Perhaps you aren’t sure this is the right time or the right house. Maybe you don’t want to take on a long-term loan like a mortgage or you worry about being tied to one location. Before you take on a mortgage, it might be best to determine what is truly bothering you.

For more information on renting a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


SC is the 2nd Most Popular Moving Destination - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 09, 2015

There is a wave of newcomers to South Carolina, the second-most-popular destination for movers in the United States.

Only Oregon saw more inbound moves and North Carolina came in third.

The United Van Lines study showed that 61% of nearly 4,100 moves in South Carolina last year were inbound and that 36% of those were retirees.

The Northeast continued to lose residents as Connecticut, New Jersey and New York all saw more moves outbound than inbound. Maybe they prefer Charleston's small-town vibe.

United Van Lines has been tracking the number of inbound and outbound moves in the U.S. for nearly four decades, and last year surveyed its customers to determine why they were relocating.

"With economic stability growing nationally, the current migration patterns reflect longer-term trends of movement to the Southern and Western states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors," said Michael Stoll, an economist and chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

According to the latest Census Bureau report, from the beginning of July 2013 to July 2014 the Palmetto State's population grew by 60,533 - a larger gain than all but eight other states. South Carolina now ranks as the 24th most populous state in the nation.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village Apartments.

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Renting An Apartment in West Columbia, SC During Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 02, 2015

Many argue it’s best to own a home in retirement instead of renting one. But there are exceptions.  Sometimes, renting makes more sense.

There are situations where signing a lease beats a mortgage — even during retirement.

A recently retired teacher and her husband, sold a house to move into a rental apartment building.

“We don’t need a five-bedroom house anymore, and we weren’t ready to make a commitment for a condo,” she said. And they’re not sure when they will. In the interim, they decided to live in a “fun” place, where they could walk everywhere and have easy access to all the cultural attractions downtown has to offer.

When Flexibility Rules

Renting a 2 bedroom apartment in West Columbia, SC affords flexibility, and you can still have that extra bedroom if you want it. And that flexibility is a big reason retirees turn into renters — at least for a while. Retirees may rent to try out living in a new location. Or they can rent to see if they like being snowbirds, spending the colder months where the weather is warm.

Flexibility is also helpful when financial or health situations change, requiring a move to a less expensive place, to a place closer to family, or to a care facility. Renters don’t have the burden of selling a home should those issues arise.

Plus, apartment living comes without some of the hassles of home ownership.

Many retirees are looking for the same experience as that of their Millennial children or grandchildren — they want to live in an all-inclusive place where they don’t have to worry about maintaining a home. What’s more, renting an apartment might be best for those who want to be within walking distance of cultural activities, stores and restaurants.

For those with insufficient retirement savings, renting could also be a good option. Instead of tying up money in a house, an asset that typically appreciates at a slow pace, some might be better off renting in retirement and considering other alternatives for their money.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village Apartments.


Why Choose Student Apartments in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 24, 2015

If you are in college and considering living in student apartments in West Columbia, SC next semester here are some things to think about. Where you are going to live is one of the most important things you'll have to decide. While staying on campus has certain advantages, getting your own apartment may be the better choice. When you're trying to choose between apartment living and dorm life, weighing the pros and cons can help you make an educated decision.


Privacy can be hard to come by when you live in a dorm, especially when you're sharing a relatively small space with one or more roommates. If you're used to having a room all to yourself, living in the dorm can be a big adjustment. One of the biggest advantages of getting an apartment is that you don't have to worry about sacrificing your privacy. It's also easier to concentrate on your studies when you don't have people constantly going in and out. Even if you decide to have a roommate, you'll be sharing a larger space and you'll each have your own bedroom.

Fewer Restrictions

Living in the dorm means you're subject to the dorm rules. Typically, these include restrictions on things like how late you can have visitors and whether you can have visitors of the opposite sex. You may also be subject to periodic room inspections or be required to attend regular meetings with your Resident Advisor. When you live in an apartment, you have to abide by the lease agreement, but there are generally no restrictions on when you can have visitors. You'll still have to keep the noise down so you don't bother your neighbors, but you won't have to worry about the landlord showing up for a surprise inspection.


Room and board includes all the costs associated with living in the dorms, including your food, utilities, access to laundry services and other amenities. Depending on the school you attend and what the housing market is like in the area, renting an apartment can actually be cheaper than living in the dorms. You'll have to pay for your own groceries and extras such as cable TV or Internet access, but you could end up saving money in the long run. You can save even more when you use money in a 529 savings plan to pay for your off-campus housing costs.


While living in an apartment does have some advantages, there are some potential downsides to consider. If you don't live within walking distance of the campus, you may not save money if you have to pay for transportation costs. Safety may also be an issue; dorms are typically equipped with security systems and require a special ID card to gain access. This may not be the case with an apartment complex. You also need to consider the social aspect. Living in the dorm may offer more opportunities to meet new people and interact with your peers.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


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