Pool Etiquette 101 for Our Hickory Apartments

The weather is heating up and that means many of our residents will soon be hanging out poolside at one of the two resort-style, salt water swimming pools here at our Hickory apartments. While there is nothing more refreshing than a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day, it is important to keep basic pool etiquette in mind to ensure that you, your friends, and other guests have the best time possible. Today, the staff here at The Legends Luxury Apartments would like to take a few minutes to review some tips that will help you get the most out of your splash sessions this summer. Check them out below!

6 Pool Etiquette Tips

Keep It Clean

Let’s face it — no one wants to hop into a pool that is dirty. While our team certainly does everything in our power to keep the pool area clean, we often rely on our residents to help us keep it that way. There are a few simple things that you can do to help keep the pools in tip-top shape:

  • Keep your area clean. Be sure to pick up after yourself and throw away your trash promptly. Move chairs back to where you found them when you leave.
  • Rinse off before you jump in. This will help eliminate contaminants from hair products, lotions, and body oils from coming off in the pool water.
  • Use appropriate language. Our pools are a kid-friendly place. As such, we ask all residents to refrain from using inappropriate language while they are enjoying the pool.

Watch Your Children

There are many families who are proud to call their Legends apartment home and we love providing our residents with amenities that the whole family can enjoy. That being said, please be sure to keep an eye on your children when you bring them to the pool. This is important not only for their safety but also for the enjoyment of other guests. The last thing anyone wants is for a fun day at the pool to come to a premature end because someone gets hurt.

Monitor Noise Levels

Between all the splashing and the shouting, pools are noisy places by nature. However, remember that you may not be the only one who is enjoying the pool on a given afternoon and take care to monitor the noise you are making to keep it at a reasonable level. What is considered reasonable? Generally speaking, noise levels should not be loud enough that they both someone on the other side of the pool or residents who live close to the pool.

Remember to Share

While we have two pools in our award-winning community, there may be times when space, chairs, and shade are at a premium. This is especially common on weekends during the summer. Remember that our pools are for the enjoyment of our entire community, which means that you may have to share space from time to time. Try to remember that it is not courteous to reserve chairs or large poolside spots during peak times at our community pools.

Leave Glass Bottles at Home

It can certainly be convenient to plan on bringing a few snacks or beverages to the pool, especially when you are planning on being there all day. However, if you do so, be sure to bring these items in plastic bags or containers. Broken glass presents a serious safety issue on the sundeck. Additionally, if any broken glass gets in the pool, the entire pool must be drained to ensure all of the glass is removed.

Be Cognizant of Splashing

Splashing is unavoidable when you are in the pool, especially if you are in the midst of a heated volleyball match. However, try to remember that not everyone in the pool enjoys a lot of splashing. Some individuals may not appreciate the splash and the wake that accompanies belly flops and cannonballs, as we ask all residents to remember this as they are using the pools here at our Hickory apartments.

Ready to Enjoy the Pool at Our Hickory Apartments?

Are you ready to dip your toes in the cool, refreshing waters of one of the two pools at our Hickory apartments? Maybe you just want to lounge on the sundeck to catch some rays? In either case, the entire team here at The Legends is here to make sure that you have a safe, fun, and enjoyable time not only at the pool but also while taking advantage of any of our other world-class amenities. From gas grills to tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, our mission is to make sure we offer all of the amenities you could ever need to have the most fun in the sun.

Questions about our pool? Feel free to swing by the front office on your way to the pool!

A Spring Cleaning Guide for Your Hickory Apartment

Spring is finally upon us here in Hickory and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to think about cleaning your apartment for the change of season. Spring cleaning is one of the best ways to prep your place for fresh spring decor and finally bid winter goodbye. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we pride ourselves in offering Hickory apartments that are clean, modern, and spacious. We love offering our residents tips on how to get the most out of their living spaces and today, we’ll review seven essential spring cleaning tasks. Let’s get started!

7 Spring Cleaning Tasks

Declutter First

The first step to completing a proper spring cleaning is to declutter your space. Not only does this make it easier to clean your apartment, but will also clear out space for new belongings that you’ll purchase over the summer. First, start with your linen closets to determine if there are any towels, sheets, or other items that can be donated. Do the same with your medicine cabinet and the closet in your bedroom to see what you can purge. Below is a list of items that most of us hold onto when we don’t need to:

  • Outdated clothing
  • Expired medications
  • College textbooks
  • Old cell phones
  • Old computers
  • Old DVDs
  • Excess art and craft supplies
  • Unused exercise equipment

Thorough Dusting

Once you have decluttered your apartment, you’ll have a clean slate to start your spring cleaning. Dusting is usually one of the easiest (although most dreaded) parts of cleaning, and now is the best time to do a very detailed dusting. We recommend starting on one side of your apartment and moving to the other — this will allow you to keep track of where you have dusted. Be sure to dust shelving, vents, moldings, and light fixtures that normally get skipped in your regular cleaning routine and don’t forget to dust your blinds and ceiling fans.

Deep Clean Bathrooms and Kitchen

You probably clean your bathroom and kitchen on a regular basis to keep your apartment looking its best for visitors. However, when was the last time you gave these areas a good, deep cleaning? If it has been a while, then spring is the perfect time to tackle the tasks that you have been putting off. In the bathroom, that means cleaning the tiles and grout in the shower and in the kitchen, that means cleaning the oven, the drip pans under the burners, and cleaning out the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry.

Clean Off Patio Furniture

Whether you packed away your table and chairs for the winter or you left them out on the deck over the winter, one thing is certain: they will need a good, thorough cleaning before you can use them in the coming months. Wondering how you can do this without a hose? It’s easy! While most commercial cleaners are too abrasive for patio furniture, vinegar- and bleach-based solutions are often enough to do the trick. Pro tip: WD-40 works incredibly well for bringing back color and shine to faded patio furniture. Simply spray it on and wipe it with a clean dry cloth!

Organize Your Paperwork

If you’re like most people, you have some sort of filing system in place so that you can keep your important papers and documents organized and easy to access. If you haven’t sorted through all those documents within the last year or so, you might be surprised at how many of them can be shredded and recycled. For example, you don’t need to keep an auto insurance declarations page from two years ago. As you clean the rest of your apartment, don’t forget to look through your filing cabinet to get rid of what you don’t need.

Swap Out Bedding

Many people use heavier bedding during the winter time to help stay cozy and warm while saving money on your heating bill. Chances are you won’t need heavy bedding during the spring and summer months that are coming up, so now is a great time to swap out your bedding for some that is more seasonally appropriate. Once you take off your winter bedding, be sure to wash it so it is ready to be used again when you need it. Now is also a great time to swap out and wash window curtains and shower curtains for ones that make your place feel more bright and airy.

Consider Hiring a Professional

If all of this talk about spring cleaning has you breaking a sweat before you even pick up a rag, why not consider hiring a professional apartment cleaner to help you out? There are many reputable cleaning companies here in town and many of them have years of experience cleaning Hickory apartments. Hiring a professional cleaner can save you the time and hassle of cleaning on your own, allowing you to enjoy a spotless apartment without having to lift a finger. Need some referrals? Contact our front office!

Clean, Modern Hickory Apartments

When it comes to providing local residents with the cleanest and most modern Hickory apartments, no other community can come close to competing with The Legends. Giving your apartment a thorough cleaning a couple of times of year is always a great idea not only for appearances, but also for your comfort. If you have questions about how to best clean any of the surfaces in your apartment, or if you are interested in having the carpets cleaned, swing by the front office to talk with a friendly member of our staff. We’d love to help you enjoy your Hickory apartment as much as possible. Talk to you soon!

5 Reasons You’ll Love Our Hickory Apartments for Rent

Looking for a new place to call home can feel overwhelming, especially if you have never rented an apartment before. How do you know which community will best suit your needs? Who has the best amenities in town? It can be tough to answer these questions without taking tours of nearby apartments. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we pride ourselves on offering the best Hickory apartments for rent and in today’s post, we’ll review a few reasons why you’re sure to love our award-winning community. Check them out below!

Why Choose Our Luxury Apartments in Hickory?

On-Site and Virtual Tours

Touring Hickory apartments for rent is the best part about finding a new place to live. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we understand the importance of seeing everything an apartment community has to offer and we also understand that no two individual’s schedules are the same. This is why we gladly offer both on-site and virtual tours of our apartments and community.

Quick and Easy Online Application and Payments

Once you have seen an apartment that you love, you want to do everything you can to reserve it as quickly as possible. After all, the last thing you want is to miss out on an amazing apartment because you couldn’t get your application in quickly enough. Our online application process makes it easier than ever to apply for the apartment of your dreams and you don’t have to waste time filling out a paper application. We are even happy to accept your rent payment online — it doesn’t get any easier than that!

Incredible Amenities

The best Hickory apartments for rent have amazing amenities for their renters. We might be a bit biased, but we truly believe we have the best amenities in town and we’re confident you’ll agree once you see them. Our community boasts two resort-style swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and other athletic amenities. We also have a full business center with Wi-Fi, storage spaces, garages, and a long laundry list of other incredible amenities that you’re sure to love.

Spacious Floor Plans

What makes a luxury apartment luxurious? Aside from modern finishes like 9-foot vaulted ceilings and crown molding, spacious floor plans are a must and our Hickory apartments don’t disappoint. We offer a wide variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that have open-concept living areas to make luxurious living and entertaining effortless. Check out our various floor plans online today!

Pets Are Welcome

Last but not least, here at The Legends, we understand that your four-legged friend is a part of your family. Pets bring joy and unconditional love to our lives and we would never want a potential renter to feel like they have to part ways with their furry friend because they want to rent a luxury apartment. Finding a Hickory apartment for rent that accepts pets is important to you, so it is important to us. That is why pets are welcome here at The Legends, and we would love to meet yours! Swing by the front office today with your pet to say hi to our staff.

Tour Our Hickory Apartments for Rent

Are you searching for Hickory apartments for rent that check all the right boxes? Look no further than The Legends Luxury Apartments. We make it easier than ever for you to discover what makes our community stand out from the competition and we are confident you’ll love everything we have to offer. From friendly, helpful office staff to beautiful, luxurious living spaces and amenities, The Legends has it all. Schedule your tour today or fill out a rental application online now. Welcome to The Legends Lifestyle!

Which Of Our Spacious Floor Plans Will You Choose?

Whether you are a first-time renter who is looking for an apartment or you are an experienced renter who is researching places for rent in Hickory, knowing the types of spaces each community has to offer can simplify your search. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we have a number of spacious floor plans with modern finishings that are sure to provide plenty of space for your belongings without breaking the bank. Today, we’ll provide an overview of our floor plans to help you get to know our award-winning community a little better. Let’s get started!

Luxury Apartment Floor Plans

One-Bedroom Floor Plans

  • Eastwood (730 square feet)
  • Monroe (807 square feet)
  • Dean (816 square feet)

Our single-bedroom floor plans are incredibly popular among students, retirees, and single individuals as they check all the right boxes in terms of space and must-have amenities. Each apartment features a large bedroom with an adjoining closet and bath, as well as an open living room and dining room for an open-concept feel. In-unit washer and dryer hookups make laundry a breeze, and the Dean floorplan even features a fireplace for those chilly fall and winter nights in Hickory. Access to your own outdoor deck is the cherry on top of these sweet places for rent, making them a must-see in your apartment hunting ventures.

Two-Bedroom Floor Plans

  • Davis (975 square feet)
  • Hayworth (1,029 square feet)
  • Hepburn (1,124 square feet)
  • Bogart (1,128 square feet)

If there is one thing we are certain of, it is that we offer the most diverse range of two-bedroom apartments for rent in Hickory. There is roughly a 150-square-foot variance between our smallest and largest two-bedroom unit, which allows renters several options when it comes to choosing a place that strikes the right balance between space and affordability. The Hayworth floor plan is a popular choice thanks to its fireplace and spacious kitchen. The Hepburn floor plan is also very popular as it has all of the features of the Hayworth with the added bonus of having two spacious bedrooms on opposite sides of the unit. This provides family members and roommates the benefit of privacy and a clear division of space.

Three-Bedroom Floor Plans

  • Bogart (1,128 square feet)
  • Duke (1,371 square feet)

Last, but certainly not least, are our amazing three-bedroom floor plans. The Pressley and the Duke both offer everything you would expect from a three-bedroom luxury apartment, including spacious floor plans. In fact, one of the things our renters love about our three-bedroom apartments is that they offer more than 1,300 square feet, making them comparable to some of the condos in the Hickory-area without the worry of HOA fees and condo association dues. Our three-bedroom apartments are great for small families and friends who want to strengthen their bond by sharing a place to live, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor space for everyone.

Researching Places for Rent in Hickory?

Are you looking for your next place to call home? Are you excited to be on the hunt for your very first apartment? The Legends is proud to offer the most luxurious places for rent in Hickory, and we would love to give you a tour of our community. From our spacious floor plans and incredible amenities to our convenient location just minutes away from 1-40 and downtown Hickory, there is plenty to love about our luxury apartments. Give us a call or reach out to us online today to schedule a tour. Short on time? No problem! Check out photos of our community or take a virtual tour online now — welcome to the Legends lifestyle!

A Closer Look at Our 2-Bedroom Apartments for Rent

Searching for an apartment that suits your budget and your lifestyle can seem overwhelming at times, especially if you will be living with a roommate or other family members. Determining how many bedrooms you need before you start taking tours can be helpful; not only does it concentrate your search efforts, but it also saves you the time of touring apartments that won’t work for your particular needs. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments in Hickory, we are here to help you find the apartment you’ve been dreaming about, and our 2-bedroom apartments for rent are sure to check all the right boxes. Let’s take a closer look at the three spacious 2-bedroom floor plans we offer in our community and what makes each of them so special.

Our 2-Bedroom Apartment Floor Plans

The Davis Floor Plan

Square Footage: 975

Notable Features

  • In-unit laundry
  • 4 closets (including coat and linen closet)
  • Spacious outdoor deck

Details

The Davis floor plan might be our smallest 2-bedroom apartment for rent, but you’re sure to find that good things often come in small packages. This floor plan is spacious and thoughtfully laid out from the time you enter the foyer until you venture back into the walk-in closet of the 2nd bedroom. An open-concept living room and dining room allows for easy conversation between you and your guests and the in-unit laundry is a convenience that you’ll love on those lazy Sundays. The spacious walk-out deck is great for spending time outdoors enjoying the great weather we have here in Hickory, whether you are sharing a meal with friends or reading a book.

This floor plan is ideal for the single individual who wants the benefit of having an extra bedroom for hobbies and out-of-town guests. It is also a popular choice among college students who want to share a place with a roommate but don’t want to live in the dorms.

The Hayworth Floor Plan

Square Footage: 1,029

Notable Features

  • In-unit laundry
  • 3 closets (including linen closet)
  • Extra-large deck
  • Spacious bathroom and kitchen

Details

The Hayworth is our middle-of-the-road 2-bedroom floor plan that strikes the right balance between affordability and luxury living. Here, we have expanded the open-concept living room and dining room to provide you with ample entertaining space and many of our Hayworth floor plans include a fireplace in the living room. This makes this floor plan incredibly desirable! The deck has also been made larger in the Hayworth so as to enhance the time you spend outdoors. The bathroom is also larger in this floor plan, ensuring that you (and your roommate or family members, if you share a unit) have plenty of room for all of your toiletries and bathroom essentials.

This floor plan is ideal for the single individual who wants to live in spacious luxury, and for those who enjoy their outdoor time. Retired couples and small families also love this floor plan because the larger living spaces and bathroom make it feel more homey.

The Hepburn Floor Plan

Square Footage: 1,124

Notable Features

  • In-unit laundry
  • 4 closets (including coat and linen closet)
  • Pantry in kitchen
  • Bedrooms on opposite sides of the unit with separate bathrooms
  • Spacious deck

Details

If you are searching for the most affordable and spacious 2-bedroom apartments for rent in the Hickory area, The Legends has you covered with our Hepburn floor plan. Boasting almost 150 more square feet than the already-impressive Davis floor plan, there is plenty to love about this layout. To start, the kitchen in this unit is extra large and it features a dedicated pantry for food storage. The in-unit laundry space is larger as well, but the perks don’t stop there. By far the most noteworthy feature of the Hepburn floor plan is that the two bedrooms are on opposite sides of the unit and they each have their own bathroom to ensure maximum privacy.

Thanks to its extra square footage, this floor plan is ideal for small families. It is also the perfect floor plan for college students and working professionals who enjoy the financial perks of having a roommate, but also appreciate a clear division of space.

The Bogart Floor Plan

Square Footage: 1,128

Notable Features

  • In-unit laundry
  • 4 closets (including coat and linen closet)
  • Bedrooms with a clear separation of space
  • Two full bathrooms
  • Large deck

Details

Another one of our incredible 2-bedroom apartments for rent, the Bogart includes many of the same features as the Hepburn floor plan, but with a slightly different layout. Renters tell us all the time how much they love having space between the two bedrooms in this unit, and they enjoy having a modern, open-concept living room and dining room that allows them to entertain friends and family. There is plenty of closet space with this floor plan for clothes, coats, linens, and more, and the spacious kitchen makes whipping up your favorite treats a breeze. Similar to the Hepburn floor plan, the Bogart also comes with a large deck so that you can make the most of your outdoor living space.

This floor plan is great for small families, and it also makes a great unit for couples who are getting their first place together. Working professionals with roommates also enjoy this floor plan as it strikes the right balance between affordability and privacy thanks to the space between the bedrooms.

Searching for 2-Bedroom Apartments for Rent in Hickory?

Finding the right apartment is easier than you think when you begin your search at The Legends Luxury Apartments in Hickory. Our 2-bedroom apartments for rent are ideal for everyone from the single college student to the small family, and the numerous amenities that we offer are the icing on the cake. Our award-winning community has a little something for everyone and we would love to show you around. Contact our team today to schedule your tour — we look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t have time for an on-site tour? No problem! View photos and take a virtual tour anytime, anywhere!

Ready to rent one of our 2-bedroom apartments? Apply online now!

Luxurious Amenities To Look For In Virtual Apartment Tours

Looking for a new apartment can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming. Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to physically tour apartment after apartment to find the one that suits your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. To help make your hunt for the perfect luxury apartment in Hickory as convenient as possible, The Legends offers virtual apartment tours that can be taken anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. Do you know what to be on the lookout for when you a luxury apartment virtual tour?

In today’s post, we’ll review seven must-have amenities that will make you feel like a star from the time you pull into our community until you step foot into your own apartment. Check them out below, then take your own online tour of our luxury apartments today!

Five-Star Luxury Apartment Amenities

9-Foot Vaulted Ceilings

At first glance, the height of the ceiling in your apartment might not seem like that big of a deal. However, studies have shown that higher ceilings can make interior spaces look bigger than they are. While many apartments with outdated construction have flat, 8-foot ceilings, we are happy to say that our units have vaulted, 9-foot ceilings here at The Legends. Beyond making your apartment feel more spacious, you will actually have extra room overhead to accommodate tall furniture like four-poster beds, bookcases, and entertainment centers.

Oversized Closets

An inherent lack of closet space is one of the biggest concerns for many apartment dwellers. This is not a surprise given that some apartments might only have a single closet that seems no bigger than a matchbox for the entire unit. As you are taking your luxury apartment virtual tour, pay close attention to how much closet space each unit offers. The luxury apartments at The Legends boast some of the most spacious closets in town. That means you’ll never have to try to figure out how to integrate your storage items into your apartment’s decor because your closets are too small.

Fireplaces

If you have lived in Hickory for long enough to experience a winter season here, then you know that average low temperatures can dip down into the 30s and sometimes even into the 20s. A fireplace might not be on your list of must-have amenities, but you’ll be glad you have one when the cold weather settles in for the season. As you take our virtual apartment tours, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a fireplace. Several of the units at The Legends include a fireplace, and if this is an amenity you’d like to have, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help make it happen when possible.

Large Patios and Balconies

Just as the weather can be chilling during the winter in Hickory, it can also be unbelievably gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall. There is no better way to enjoy the mild temperatures and abundant sunshine during these times of year than by hanging out with your friends on your patio or balcony. However, if your new apartment has a patio or balcony that is too small, you might find your outdoor entertainment options limited. As you take your luxury apartment virtual tour of The Legends, you’ll be pleased to see that each of our apartments comes with either a large patio or a large balcony to help you make the most of your time outdoors.

Incredible Fitness Center

This is one amenity that is on nearly everyone’s checklist, and for good reason. Having a conveniently located fitness center makes it easier than ever to keep up with your health and fitness goals, which is something virtually everyone could use some help with every now and then. In addition to looking for a state-of-the-art fitness center during your virtual apartment tours, keep an eye out for other fitness amenities also. As you tour The Legends, you’ll note that we have two resort-style swimming pools, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and a volleyball court in addition to our incredible fitness center.

Covered Parking

Residents love the mild climate that we experience most of the year here in Hickory. However, there are times we experience severe thunderstorms and other types of inclement weather that could damage your vehicle if it is parked out in the open. It is times like these when apartment renters appreciate having covered parking, and many individuals place having a garage high on their list of priorities as they are looking for a new apartment. We are happy to offer garages here at The Legends. Not only will a garage help protect your car from weather damage, but it will also ensure it is safe and secure when you aren’t driving it.

Entertainment Space

Last but not least, you want to be sure that the apartment community you are thinking about moving into has some kind of entertainment space for you to enjoy with any guests that come to visit you. Whether it is a clubhouse that you can rent out for gatherings or some other type of communal space, this is a desirable benefit that luxury apartment communities in Hickory should offer. As you tour The Legends, you’re likely to notice our state-of-the-art theater room that is available for residents to use. Complete with an extra wide screen, surround sound, and other essential features, our theater room is the perfect spot to have a night in with a few of your closest friends or family members.

Luxury Apartments in Hickory With Amenities

The Legends luxury apartments in Hickory takes great pride in being the most prestigious apartment community in the area. From our spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans to our incredible amenities, we would love to show you all of the ways in which our community is the right choice for your next Hickory apartment. If you’d like more information about how to apply for an apartment, or if you would like to take an on-site tour of our community, contact our team today. Welcome to the Legends lifestyle!

Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill Hickory Apartments

Apartments in Hickory: Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill

Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill Hickory Apartments

While we don’t experience winters that are as harsh as they are in other parts of the country, we still see our fair share of chilly weather during the winter months. Many people, including those who rent apartments in Hickory, anticipate slightly higher energy bills during this time of year. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to make your apartment as energy-efficient as possible. If you are one of the many individuals who are living in a luxury apartment on a budget, then today’s post is for you. Check out six energy-saving tips from The Legends Luxury Apartments below!

6 Tips for Energy-Efficient Living in Your Hickory Apartment

Adjust Your Thermostat

One of the easiest ways to control energy expenses for your apartment is to adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it at that setting. This is because the biggest part of your energy bill is based oh how warm you keep it in your apartment — the higher the temperature on your thermostat, the harder the furnace has to work. Lowering the thermostat a few degrees and keeping a few extra throw blankets around can make a big difference, as can having set temperatures for daytime and nighttime hours. This can easily be configured if your unit has a programmable thermostat.

Change Your Light Bulbs

It might seem silly that something as small as a light bulb can have any type of influence on your energy costs, but they really can. If your light fixtures and lamps have standard incandescent bulbs, try switching them out for more energy-efficient bulbs like LED and CFL bulbs. Using CFL bulbs in the lights that you use most frequently can be highly beneficial because they use less electricity to produce comparable amounts of light and they last longer than traditional light bulbs. For example, a 13-watt CFL light bulb generates the same amount of illumination as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, allowing you to save money and enjoy a well-lit apartment at the same time.

Use Your Ceiling Fan Wisely

Ceiling fans are one of the most desired features in homes and luxury apartments alike. This is because they do a great job of circulating air to keep your indoor temperatures comfortable all year round. For example, during the summer months, you can use your ceiling fan to create a wind chill effect by having the fan run in a counterclockwise rotation to push air straight down. In the winter, switch the rotation setting so that the blades turn clockwise. This gently pulls the room air upward, forcing warm air down from the ceiling. When used in conjunction with adjusting your thermostat, this is one of the easiest ways to lower the energy costs for your apartment during the winter.

Be Smart in the Kitchen

The kitchen is the one room in your apartment that is likely to use the most energy. Because there are several large appliances that run on electricity and tend to make your place warmer when they are in use, being smart in the kitchen can help you curb energy expenses as much as possible. For example, you can use the microwave instead of the stove to boil water. Not only is it faster, but it uses less electricity. Using your oven after the sun has gone down in the summer can help you keep your apartment cooler, reducing the load on your air conditioner. You can also turn off the heated drying setting on your dishwasher and allow your dishes to air dry for even less energy consumption.

Only Do Full Loads of Laundry

It might seem counter-intuitive to only do full loads of laundry in order to save on your utility bill, however this can be an effective strategy to lowering your energy costs. The key here is to ensure that your loads of laundry are neither too small or too big. If they are too small, then you are wasting more water than you need to during the washing process. If they are too large, then you are using more energy than necessary to dry them. However, a full load of laundry reduces water waste and dries efficiently. Additionally, gone are the days when you have to use warm or hot water to wash your clothes — today’s detergents are designed to dissolve just as well in cold water as they do in warm water, and washing on the cold setting can increase your energy savings even more.

Turn Off the Lights

Finally, this one might seem like a no-brainer, but it can be one of the hardest things for some of us to do. No, we aren’t saying that you have to live in darkness in your luxury apartment in Hickory. However, when you are preparing to leave for the day, take a quick trip around your place to make sure that you have turned off all of the lights. If you have been using your ceiling fan, then you want to make sure that has been turned off also. To take this tip one step further, some residents turn off appliances that use standby power to enhance their energy savings even more. Things like your computer, television, and other electronics don’t need to be kept on when they aren’t being used, and turning them off can make a big impact on your energy bill.

Luxury Apartments in Hickory

Are you living in a luxury apartment on a budget? If so, then you want to do everything you can to make your money go as far as possible. By putting today’s tips into practice, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised when you get your next energy bill in the mail. As always, the team here at The Legends will do everything we can to make sure your experience with us is the best, which is why we perform simple tasks like changing out air filters and monitoring hot water heater settings to ensure your apartment is as energy-efficient as possible. If you’d like to learn more about ways you can lower your energy bill in your Hickory apartment, swing by the front office or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tips for Renting Your First Hickory Apartment

Once you have officially decided to move out on your own, there is nothing more exciting than looking for your very first apartment. There’s newfound freedom that comes with having your own space, being able to decorate it as you see fit, and have friends over any time you want. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we love helping individuals find the Hickory apartment of their dreams, and our amazing amenities only make the deal that much sweeter. Check out a few helpful tips for first-time apartment renters below, then contact us to learn more about our award-winning apartment community!

Apartment Renting Tips

Consider Your Budget

Budgeting for your new Hickory apartment is probably the most important part of apartment hunting. After all, you don’t want to have the apartment you’ve been dreaming about and no money to furnish it or go out with your friends. Many financial experts recommend keeping your rent payment within 25 to 30 percent of your take-home pay. This total should include utilities, fees, and other recurring expenses. Our front office is happy to provide you with a complete list of what expenses are covered by your rent to help you plan for your new luxury rental.

Determine Your Needs

Taking tours of apartments can be very exciting, especially when you are looking for your first rental ever. However, be careful not to get too carried away with what you want versus what you need. For example, if you don’t have a vehicle, you want to look for a Hickory apartment that is close to public transportation. If you plan on bringing a pet with you, be sure to look for rentals that are pet-friendly. Thankfully, The Legends is both pet-friendly and just a short walk away from the GreenWay bus route!

View Photos and Take a Virtual Tour

Touring apartment communities can be fun and exciting, but it can also be time-consuming if you have more than a few communities you want to check out. Viewing photos of apartments online can help you determine which communities are worthwhile to check out and which ones you can skip. Thanks to technology, many apartment communities (including ours!) offer virtual tours online. These tours can give you a good idea of what types of finishings and amenities a community has to offer before you schedule an on-site tour.

Read the Lease!

Once you find the perfect Hickory apartment, the big day will come when it is time to sign the lease. This is a big step, especially for your very first apartment. However exciting it may be, be sure to take the time to read and understand the terms and conditions in your lease. If there is any part of the lease you don’t understand, ask the community manager to talk it through with you to make sure you are on the same page. Additionally, you want to make sure the rent, deposit, and pet fees are clearly spelled out and the same that you were quoted during your tour.

Don’t Forget Renter’s Insurance

Finally, don’t forget to contact your local insurance agent to get a quote on renter’s insurance. No one likes to think about things like fires, theft, and water damage, but these things happen, even in the most secure communities. Renter’s coverage is designed to replace or reimburse you for personal property in your apartment that is damaged in the event of a covered loss, and rates are often between $10 and $30 each month. This is a small price to pay, and a requirement for some apartment communities, to ensure your property is protected against loss.

Find Your First Hickory Apartment at The Legends!

Are you ready to find an affordable Hickory apartment that has all of the amenities you want your first place to have? If so, then look no further than the Legends. Our luxury rentals are just a few minutes away from I-40 and from downtown, and you’re sure to love the 9-foot vaulted ceilings, granite counters, and over-sized patios and balconies. Check out our floor plans, photos, and take a virtual tour to see our incredible community for yourself, then fill out a fast and easy apartment application online today. We look forward to meeting you!

What Do You Need to Apply for Apartments in Hickory?

As you search for apartments in Hickory, you are likely to see a wide variety of floor plans and dozens of amenities. Some may be a little ho-hum, and some may completely knock your socks off, and you won’t know which apartment is right for you until you tour several. However, one thing is certain: when you find that dream apartment, you want to have everything in order to complete an application and secure a lease.

At The Legends Luxury Apartments in Hickory, we are here to make renting an apartment as easy as possible, and we are happy to answer any questions you have about our application process. Just give us a call at 828-304-0081 or contact us online! In the meantime, let’s review a few items that are good to have on hand when applying for an apartment.

6 Items Needed For an Apartment Application

Personal Identification

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is worth reviewing. Be sure to have your personal identification documentation ready when you apply for your apartment. The apartment managers need to know your name, current address, phone number, and social security number to confirm you are a legal citizen. These items also facilitate credit checks and background checks to confirm you are an eligible applicant.

Pay Stubs and Bank Statements

 

Apartments in Hickory are in high demand, and landlords want to be sure that the applicants they are considering make enough money to pay rent on time. You may be asked to provide two or more of your most recent pay stubs to document that you have a steady stream of income. If you are unable to furnish pay stubs for some reason, you may be asked to provide bank statements to show that you have the money necessary to afford monthly rent.

Employment History

Aside from providing pay stubs and bank statements to show that you can afford the rent for your new apartment, your prospective landlord may also want to review your job history. This is another way of vetting applicants to help weed out unreliable renters. Generally speaking, the more stable your job history is, the more financially stable you are likely to be, and landlords prefer financially stable tenants.

Car Registration and Proof of Insurance

You might be wondering what vehicle registration and car insurance have to do with renting an apartment. Landlords often ask for this information to keep tabs on how many cars they can expect in the complex parking lot at any given time. This can help reduce the number of unapproved cars in the parking lot, and it also makes it easier for the landlord to contact you with any concerns related to your vehicle.

Rental History and References

Just as prospective employers want to see your employment history, prospective landlords want to see your rental history. This information should include details such as the rental address, your former landlord’s name and phone number, how long you lived there, and why you moved out. In addition to this documentation, landlords often request references that can be contacted to confirm that you will be a reliable tenant.

Money For a Deposit

Once you find your dream apartment in Hickory, you want to make sure that it is reserved only for you. That means you will need some way of putting down a deposit on it when you are filling out the apartment application. A deposit secures your interest in the apartment, taking it off the market until you sign the lease to ensure no one else gets the apartment while you are waiting on your application to be approved.

Apply Online For Luxury Apartments in Hickory

Are you searching for affordable apartments in Hickory that don’t compromise on square footage and amenities? If so, then look no further than The Legends Luxury Apartments. We are proud to offer the most prestigious apartment community in the area and we are happy to provide you with a tour of our complex. Short on time or live out of state? Not a problem! We also offer virtual tours for your convenience. Check out our spacious floor plans, incredible amenities, and photos, then fill out your application online. Welcome to the Legends Lifestyle!

Apartments In Hickory — Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

The spooky nights of October are behind us, and that can only mean one thing: the holiday season is upon us! Here at the Legends Apartments in Hickory, we want to do everything we can to make sure your 2018 ends on a good note so you can welcome the upcoming new year in high spirits. Whether you are planning on sticking around Hickory in November and December, or you are planning on taking an extended vacation to visit family and friends, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to make the most of the holidays and ensure your apartment is in great condition upon your return.

Preparations If You Are Staying

Make It Festive With Decor

It simply doesn’t feel like the holiday season until you have put up some holiday decorations in your apartment. Fresh squash and pumpkins make for beautiful table decor during the fall, and you can get them just about anywhere. They last for a long time, and you can eat them when you are ready to swap out your fall decorations for winter decorations. Setting out cinnamon-scented candles or potpourri will make your place smell like the holidays, and incorporating string lights and ornaments into your decor will bring an unmistakable element of festivity to your space.

Determine What You Need for Hosting

If you are having family or friends over for holiday meals, it is important to plan ahead so that you have all that you need to ensure everything goes according to plan. Do you have enough chairs and is your table large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably? If you have an overnight guest, will they have a place to sleep? Does your floor plan have enough square footage for everyone? While you might not be able to upgrade your floor plan, thinking about these details well in advance can help reduce your stress and help you avoid embarrassing moments as a host.

Remember On-Site Legends Amenities

If you are planning on having visitors over, but you aren’t planning on making a big meal for everyone to share, remember that our apartments in Hickory have plenty of on-site amenities to keep everyone busy. Our spacious, high-tech theater room features comfortable chairs and surround sound, making it the perfect spot to hang out and watch a movie with friends and family. Feel like breaking a sweat? Our state-of-the-art fitness center features treadmills, ellipticals, and weight machines to ensure that all those holiday parties and meals don’t get the best of you.

Preparations If You Are Leaving Town

Unplug Appliances

Whether you are headed out of town for a few days or a couple of months, unplugging your appliances is a good idea while you are out of town. This is because appliances use electricity if they are plugged in, even if they are turned off. This can present a fire hazard if items are plugged in during a long absence, but it can also increase your electric bill unnecessarily. Of course, we aren’t advising you to unplug your refrigerator, but you might consider unplugging small appliances like the microwave, toaster, video game consoles, and televisions.

Adjust the Thermostat

You might like your apartment to be warm and toasty while you are in town, but when you are away, the heat doesn’t need to constantly run. Lowering your thermostat can be beneficial for a couple reasons. First, it helps conserve energy, and that can result in a lower heat bill. Second, it prevents unnecessary wear and tear on the furnace that heats your unit. Lower your thermostat to around 60 degrees before you leave for your trip. This will ensure there is plenty of warmth for plumbing while reducing energy waste.

Take Out the Trash

This is something that many people don’t think about before they leave town. However, it is certainly something you will wish you would have done if you come home to a stinky apartment. Before you take out the trash, it is also a good idea to get rid of any produce on your counters and any leftovers in the refrigerator. Doing so will prevent your apartment from taking on some unpleasant odors in your absence, and removing any sources of food goes a long way in preventing pests.

The Most Prestigious Apartments in Hickory

There is nothing better than staying home for the holidays, other than coming home after a long trip visiting friends and family. The Legends Luxury Apartments in Hickory is one of the best places to come home to, and once you rent one of our prestigious apartments, we are confident that you will feel the same. The only thing you’ll love more than the amenities and stylish, modern living at The Legends is our prices.

Ready to learn more? Call us at 828-304-0081 today, or view photos, take a virtual tour, and fill out your application online now!