We pulled together average apartment rent prices across Chicago. From studio apartments all the way up to 3 bedroom apartments. Here’s what we found:
1 Bedroom= $1,619
2 Bedroom= $2,092
3 Bedroom= $3,042
If you find an apartment below those averages you are definitely getting a deal!
this modern loft in Barcelona uses brick walls and bare piping to create an industrial feel
ig design source: @ patricia_urquiola via @ 2lgstudio
this geometric design style combines texture, colour and patterns to create the modern minimalist’s heaven. the contrast between the subdued, block colours and the vibrancy of the curtains is amazing!
love this use of tiling to create a eclectic, rustic look
ig source: @ hygge_for_home
tumblr source : @joelieske
loved this submission from Joe in Chicago, the use of plants compliment the industrial, brick wall aesthetic perfectly
let your plants run wild to integrate nature into your home
embrace winter- bring the forest into your own home! This festive decoration is beautiful and is perfect for some seasonal sprucing
decorate your home for the festive party season! statement pieces like these stars are versatile as you can leave them all your round to add interest to your space
placing mirrors in the corners between rooms will make your space look so much bigger, lighter and even ensure that there is unity throughout your home
having an atrium style space, with two levels under one ceiling, breaks conventions of a normal home adding interest and personality
ig source: @ nakdfashion
often walls need no decoration, especially with intricate designs like these- try not to over complicate your interiors.
the stairs are an easy place to decorate and play with levels… follow the steps with pots, plants, photos and art to add dimension into a room
all white interiors are so much fun to play with, introduce new feature colours as the seasons go by
layer day bed mattresses to create the perfect reading nook/ cosy spot anywhere- no matter how small your space is.
@ vivedecoramix new and old with a combination of industrial, minimalist and vintage items to achieve harmony in your space
using a patterned floor and bare walls will give you the perfect balance in any room. combining rustic walls with the geometric floor adds interest and excitement for minimal effort.
Don’t shy away from deep colours- using a dark colour throughout a room can help unite your furniture and will look beautiful all year round
ig source: @ skrasyuk
too much inspiration? when you can’t make up your mind about which direction you want to go with your space- satisfy them all with an eclectic taste
floor to ceiling windows will not only take in light and be a natural alarm clock, but will also make your space feel so much larger!
ig source : apartments.goals
using dark wooden furniture to
contrast light walls will give a scandinavian aesthetic. plants and mirrors will accompany this minimalist look perfectly
| maharani collection |
| John Lewis |
internal windows unite rooms, share natural light and help create the perfect flow within your house!
ig source : @ comparethetradie
That down payment on your new place put a dent in your finances. So there's nothing sweeter than getting the full deposit back from your old place. Here are some tips on how to get your deposit back:
- Clean the carpet, tile, and hardwood floors. Some leases require you to get the carpets and floors professionally cleaned before moving out.
- Patch & Paint. Any holes in the wall from pictures or decorations will need to be to be patched. Also you might need to apply touch up paint to parts of the wall that have been damaged.
- The bathroom... EW. It's finally that time - the shower and toilet need scrubbed. Maybe you put off doing it for months or even years. But this is one time to roll up your sleeves and do a deep clean. A little bit of bleach and elbow grease goes a long way.
- Don't leave furniture behind. That couch you decided to leave behind isn't going to move itself. Someone will move it and I bet your landlord will charge for the moving fee.
- The stove... Yummy. Been frying bacon for 2 years? Yup that is caked on the stove top. What about the oven? Set aside an extra hour for cleaning the stove and oven.
Apartment searching doesn't have to be miserable. It's possible to find the perfect place that fits your needs and also shows off your individuality. We've got some tips on how to make your apartment search a walk in the park.
Do your homework: what area are you considering living in? How much can you afford? What amenities are must-haves for you? These are all things to know before going into a showing. The professional apartment pictures and smooth talking tour guides make can make the place seem perfect. Just keep in mind what your deal breakers are.
Show and tell: you've scheduled a showing... so now what? Ask lots of questions, this is one time where there truly aren't dumb questions. You might live there right? Then don't be shy, speak up and sniff out any issues. What is the neighborhood like? How much are utilities? When was the last time the place was inspected?
Finding the one: ok you've checked out 5 places now and weighing the pros and cons has gotten you nowhere. After about 8-10 apartment showings it's going to be tough to tell a difference. You did your homework, you asked the right questions. If it's not fitting your needs then keep searching but at some point you have to trust your gut and make a decision. Does the place capture who you are? Then go with it.
Signing the lease: this is one day to be on your game. Leases can be filled legal language that makes zero sense. Suddenly you sign the lease and have to do your own maintenance and notice hidden fees popping up 2 months into living there. Don't fall into the trap. Take your time reviewing all the documents before signing.
The big move: The earlier you start packing and planning the better. What things do you want to take to the new place? Who is going to help move the couch? Do you need professional movers? It might be a long day but it can be easier with the right planning.