Apartment living is interesting. Many young adults kick off their newborn independence by signing an apartment lease and haphazardly packing a friend’s pick up truck with hand-me-down furniture and boxes of the few other belongings they have. Moving to your first place can be a thrilling venture, but can be overwhelming as you learn the most about solo-living in your first place, often the hard way too!
As an adolescent, I was a social butterfly, and found out by happenstance how beneficial it is to get to know your apartment’s leasing office staff. People often play favorites, so it can benefit you greatly to become good friends with the decision-makers of your complex for a multitude of reasons. You may find yourself in need of a visit from your apartments’ maintenance team, and your maintenance team may be needed by several tenants at once including you; if your air conditioning breaks down, or your plumbing pipes burst, if you need immediate assistance from your apartment complex staff for any reason, it pays to be more than just a number in queue. Not every young adult is an expert with money yet either, and your apartment complex is liable to take harsh remedial action on any late-on-rent tenants who they don’t know and love; you never know when good rapport with your leasing staff is going to come in handy!
If you make it a habit to socialize and develop camaraderie with your leasing staff, you will always be in good hands as long as you are living there. On top of any special treatment you receive while in the good graces of your complex, you may even receive useful advice on apartment living; which electric company to choose, which cable/internet/phone plans are the best deals, which renter’s insurance policy is most ideal for you, they may even provide advice on the most reputable Little Rock mover to hire when the time comes to move again. Who knows? Bottom line: it doesn’t hurt to get on your leasing staff’s good side, you never know when you’re going to need that VIP treatment!