How I Was Able To Find Amazing Luxury Apartments In Richardson TX

I have been looking for high quality luxury apartments in Richardson TX for quite a long time now. I moved to Richardson a few years ago and thanks to a couple of new promotions at my job, I was fortunate enough to be able to upgrade to a luxury apartment. However, I knew that there were lots of apartments in Richardson that were not worth the amount of rent that was being asked. Thankfully, by following a few strategies I was able to find a luxury apartment in the area that was well worth the money.

Whenever I looked at luxury apartments in Richardson TX one of the main things I looked at first was whether the luxury apartment was pet friendly. The way I see it, an apartment canâ??t really consider itself luxurious if it doesnâ??t allow pets. After all, it is a common trait of low quality and cheap apartments that they have pet restrictions as they canâ??t trust their tenants to be responsible with their pets. The exact opposite should be the case with a luxury apartment.
â?¨Luxury apartments must have pet friendly capabilities in my view. I believe that the luxury of being able to own a pet in your great Richardson apartment is something that is integral to a great apartment in the area. Hence, when I was looking through the wide range of new and interesting apartments being developed, I made sure that I only considered the apartments that allowed pets. After all, apart from everything else stated, I have a pet dog and particularly need this feature.

When it comes to value for money, one of the most important tactics I used was I compared how much rent was being asked for each square meter of apartment. Looking at how much is being charged for each square meter is a very practical and easy way to compare how much the apartment owner is looking to really charge you. At the end of the day, youâ??re renting a certain amount of space to use, and because of this, you want to get the most space for the smallest amount of rental money possible.

Of course, looking at amount charged by square foot is not a perfect metric by any means. For example, a certain luxury apartment may be able to get away with charging more per square meter by having great views and being close to central areas. However, looking at how much is being charged is a great way to have a baseline comparison between different luxury apartments in Richardson TX. After you have compared this metric, then you can look at other aspects such as the view and location to see whether the amount being charged is justified.

Thus, after a month or two of searching, I was able to find the perfect luxury apartment for my situation. I was really glad that I used the tactics outlined in this article as by looking at how much was being charged per square meter and whether or not the apartment was pet friendly I could quickly see which apartments were right for me.

Transgender Texas Wrestler Wins Girls’ State High School Title

CYPRESS, Texas — For the second year in a row, a transgender wrestler has won the Texas girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division.

Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — who he beat for the title in 2017– in the final match Saturday.

Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs’ win.

Beggs is in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone. It was his steroid therapy treatments while wrestling girls that stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season.

WATCH: in a dramatic finish, transgender wrestler Mack Beggs rolls out of a possible pinfall to avoid defeat and win state. Met with boos from the crowd. @wfaapic.twitter.com/72xRpzsQGN

— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) February 24, 2018

Beggs had asked to wrestle in the boys’ division, but state law requires athletes to compete in the league that matches the gender on their birth certificate.

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Prolonged investigations of doctors in Texas leave patients in the dark

Patient monitor (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – It took nearly 27 years, but Caitlin Duvall finally had it all figured out. After traveling the world, studying the culinary trade at one of France’s premier schools, Duvall had found her career target: healthcare administration.

Duvall was headed off to Texas State University for her master’s degree. “She was very proud, very excited of her accomplishments, had a big party planned,” Duvall’s mother, Laura Duvall, told KXAN. “The doors were just opening for that kid.”

Duvall’s family had a huge 27th birthday party planned for her, but, first, she had a few finishing touches she wanted to take care of.

Duvall and her mother scoured the internet, looking for the right plastic surgeon to do what Laura Duvall called “minor body sculpting.” The pair settled on Dr. Lawrence Broder, an Austin-area cosmetic surgeon who owns and operates five Beleza Medspa’s across Central Texas.

In July 2017, Duvall went into Broder’s Cedar Park surgery center to have fat removed from her abdomen and then used to reshape one of her breasts. “She’s young, healthy, 26 years old, picture of health. So, why not,” said her mother. “She wants to do it, it’s her money. It was her birthday gift and her graduation gift she said to herself.”

Caitlin Duvall. (Courtesy: Duvall Family)

She was in and out of the surgery room in a few hours. Duvall and her mother were sent home that afternoon with a prescription and instructions from the doctor’s office on how to care for the wounds.

Duvall never made it to her 27th birthday party. She died four days after the surgery, just one week shy of her birthday.

An autopsy report that took four months to complete provided the family some answers as to how she died. The medical examiner wrote in the report that Duvall died “as a result of complications of a cosmetic surgical procedure.” The doctor determined Duvall “developed a toxic shock like-syndrome for which she was hospitalized. Despite aggressive therapy, she died 4 days after the procedure.”

The autopsy report does not indicate how the infection happened or where it could have come from.

“You think, why is she gone? If she is dead, why? And, there’s no good answer,” Laura Duvall said.

At the time of Duvall’s procedure, Broder was under investigation by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) for a separate case from 2016. The Duvalls were not aware of the investigation until KXAN notified them.

The Board’s findings claim Broder committed multiple violations of the Texas Medical Practice Act. The TMB report was published on its website one month after Duvall’s death. It was a case the TMB spent 17 months investigating, but the public had no way to know an investigation was underway.

Liposuction Gone Wrong

Around March of 2016, a doctor who was fired by Broder filed a complaint with the TMB accusing him of violating multiple sections of the state’s Medical Practice Act. The complaint, among other allegations, centered on a liposuction procedure Broder performed in January 2016 on a woman the TMB complaint detailed as “Patient One.” The woman’s identity is protected in the state’s investigation documentation.

“It was not a normal case,” said former Beleza Medspa aesthetician Ryan Harlan, who was helping in the operating room during the liposuction according to the Medical Board’s report. Investigators determined Broder failed to “maintain an adequate medical record,” didn’t “safeguard against potential complications,” and used workers “not qualified” in the operating room.

Harlan said she was one of the employees who did not have the qualifications to assist during the procedure.

KXAN interviewed Dr. Lawrence Broder in 2009 (KXAN File Photo)

The patient told investigators it felt like surgical instruments were “rubbing against her bones” during the procedure.

“She was definitely in pain, in my opinion, was in more pain than any other patient that I’ve seen,” Harlan told KXAN investigator Jody Barr. “She lost consciousness. She turned blue, was unresponsive. The patient is awake during the whole procedure, so nobody should be losing consciousness.”

For the pain, Broder gave the patient multiple Ativan—commonly known as Lorazepam pills—and an “unspecified amount of hydrocodone,” according to the report.

“More medication. That was his response, just give her some more medication,” Harlan recalled.

The investigation shows Broder terminated the procedure and gave the woman more medication “to revive her.”

That patient survived. Harlan said she quit the day after that liposuction.

Along with the January 2016 liposuction allegations, the TMB also accused Broder of intimidating a witness in the investigation, intimidating the doctor who filed the original tip against him, deceptive advertising and failing to properly treat a nurse he accidentally stuck with a used needle during a surgery in May 2015.

KXAN asked Broder for an interview, but he had his attorney decline. Broder also would not answer questions when KXAN’s reporter approached him in person at his office. Broder’s attorney did provide a copy of his answer to the medical board’s complaint.

Broder, through his attorney, denied all allegations against him relating to the complaint, responding, “The Board’s complaint contains numerous misstatements, assuming facts not in evidence, erroneous conclusions, and taking as truth the comments of former employees and business partners of Respondent [Broder] who were terminated and actively involved in civil lawsuits against Respondent [Broder].”

Earlier this month, Broder’s attorney told KXAN his client filed with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) to have two of the allegations in the TMB’s published complaint against him dismissed. In the SOAH motion, Broder’s attorney asserted, “the board lacks evidence to demonstrate a violation of the Medical Practice Act” and asked the judge to dismiss allegations Broder used deceptive advertising and failed to properly treat his nurse following a 2015 needle stick.

KXAN has confirmed through sources the TMB is now investigating a second complaint against Broder. When KXAN asked for a comment regarding the new complaint, Broder’s attorney responded, “Due to patient confidentiality, regulations and laws – doctor Broder is unable to comment at this time.”

Meanwhile, under Texas law, Broder is permitted to continue to practice.

Timeline of TMB Investigations

KXAN analyzed five years of Texas Medical Board complaints and agency budget records to figure out how long other doctor misconduct investigations take to become public. It’s not a quick process.

State law provides protection for doctors when complaints are filed, only publishing a complaint once the TMB investigates and finds a claim of doctor misconduct has merit. This prevents a doctor’s reputation from being tarnished by baseless accusations.

TMB records show that since 2010, the agency has received more than 51,000 complaints against doctors, physician assistants, and acupuncturists. Only a quarter of those turned into a formal investigation. Meanwhile, doctors under a formal investigation can continue treating patients and performing surgeries without monitoring or oversight by the State, and leaving the public in the dark.

TMB records show it takes an average of 296.5 days from the time the agency receives the original complaint to investigate it, negotiate a settlement with the doctor, then close the case.

Average # of Days to Close a Complaint at TMB 2012 325 2013 315 2014 272 2015 248 2016 250 Source: Texas Medical Board

If the TMB is unable to negotiate a settlement with the doctor, the case then goes before the State Office of Administrative Hearings for a review and determination, which can extend the process up to another year.

“If we find that this person cannot keep on practicing—for whatever reason—and we find that as part of our investigation, we’re going to act on it immediately,” TMB President Dr. Sherif Zaafran told KXAN.

“Remember, there’s two things we’re balancing out here: there’s the protection of our public, but also we’ve got to make sure we’re going through due process with our licensees,” Zaafran said.

But, procedural hurdles in gathering evidence and doctor records can drag these investigations out, Zaafran explained. “It’s not a perfect process, but that’s what we’re kind of limited to be able to do.”

Zaafran said the average length of investigation takes his agency between 180 and 195 days. When a doctor disputes the TMB findings the length of time to resolve the case takes significantly longer.

Just last year, Texas lawmakers completed a two-year top-to-bottom review of the Texas Medical Board. The legislature’s Sunset Review Commission was trying to ultimately determine whether the TMB should continue to exist. It’s a process all state agencies go through every decade.

The Commission’s report shows a list of six items listed as “Issues” the Commission was looking to correct within the TMB, none of which appear to have dealt with investigation timelines.

Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, was tasked with authoring and filing the TMB’s Sunset Review legislation by the end of the 2017 legislative session.

Burkett would not agree to an interview with us after multiple attempts, so KXAN questioned Burkett’s Chief of Staff, John McCord, at the Texas State Capitol.

When asked if the lawmaker was aware of the TMB’s investigation timeline, McCord responded, “I think that the state has a great review of state agencies, but like I said, I think someone who is on Sunset is the most appropriate to address those issues.”

KXAN also approached Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Houston, who is a practicing anesthesiologist, and holds a seat on the Public Health Committee with Burkett. When we presented Oliverson the results of our TMB investigation analysis, the doctor was surprised to learn the average time it takes the TMB to close a doctor misconduct case is 296 days.

“If it really, truly is that long, that does seem kind of long to me and that’s something, maybe, we should look into,” said Oliverson.

Oliverson thinks doctors deserve a fair shake during investigations, but said the public needs to be protected, as well. “Maybe it is optimal, I don’t know. But, it’s certainly a question worth asking and it’s worth investigating,” Oliverson said.

Oliverson said he plans to bring the TMB timelines before his committee to find out whether those times can be reduced. As of this report, Oliverson has not detailed a timeline for that to happen.

Caitlin Duvall’s family hopes those efforts get answers for Texans.

“We know that nothing we do here that’s going to bring Caitlin back,” Tim McBride, Duvall’s step-father said. “The only reason we do this is for other people. That’s why we’re talking to you. If it helps somebody else, then it’s been worth it.”

“She was wanting to get into Austin politics, I guess this is her attempt,” Laura Duvall said.

The Texas Medical Board will undergo another review by the legislature in 2019, something that wasn’t supposed to ordinarily happen again until 2029. Legislation authored by Rep. Burkett to continue the agency for the next 10 years did not pass in the 2017 session. In the special session that followed, lawmakers did pass a bill continuing operation of the Medical Board for the next two years.

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Road crew uncovers tunnel near Mexico border in Texas

EL PASO, Texas — The U.S. Border Patrol says a road construction crew has uncovered an abandoned tunnel in Texas, just north of the border with Mexico.

Agent Oscar Cervantes says the tunnel was discovered Thursday near downtown El Paso. It is about 25 yards (23 meters) long. Cervantes said Friday that there’s no indication the tunnel goes into Mexico.

The Border Patrol said in a statement that the Texas Department of Transportation reached out after a cave-in during construction of a road. The mishap led to the discovery of the tunnel that originates north of the international border. Authorities don’t know the purpose of the tunnel.

Border Patrol confined-space resource teams are examining the area to determine the extent of the tunnel, apparently reinforced with wooden beams.

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This Thursday, Jan . 25, 2018, photo, provided by the U.S. Border Patrol shows a makeshift tunnel discovered during construction of a roadway near downtown El Paso, Texas, just north of the border with Mexico. Authorities are working to determine the origin and purpose of the tunnel. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP) (Associated Press)

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Texas woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after raw oysters banquet

A Texas woman died in October from a flesh-eating bacteria after she consumed raw oysters.

Jeanette LeBlanc was crabbing with her friends and family on the Louisiana coast in September when she contracted the infection, KLFY reported.

LeBlanc and her friend Karen Bowers picked up some raw oysters in a Westwego market for a treat. The two women ate about two dozen raw oysters each before LeBlanc became ill, Bowers said.

Bowers said her friend looked like she developed an allergic reaction.

“An allergic reaction of sorts, that’s what I would call it. That’s what we thought,” Bowers told KLFY.

Two days later, LeBlanc’s condition worsened and doctors informed her that she had vibrio.

LeBlanc’s partner, Vicki Bergquist, explained vibrio to KLFY.

“It’s a flesh-eating bacteria. She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria,” Bergquist said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated eating raw oysters “can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis.” The CDC said people can also become infected with the bacteria after going swimming in warm seawater with an open wound.

LeBlanc fought the infection for 21 days but lost the battle on Oct. 15, 2017.

“I can’t even imagine going through that for 21 days. Most people don’t last,” said Bowers said.

“She was bigger than life,” Bergquist said. “She was a great person, laughed a lot, loved her family, loved her dad.”

Bowers and Bergquist told KLFY they were working on raising awareness of vibrio.

“If they really knew what could happen to them and they could literally die within 48, 36 hours of eating raw oysters, is it really worth it?” Bowers said.

“If we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would’ve stopped eating oysters,” Bergquist said.

Most infections happen between May and October and common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fever and chills. More severe infections can lead to death.

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Public memorial for Sherin Mathews to be dedicated Saturday in Dallas

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They only knew her from afar, from the news accounts they saw in the paper and on TV – and with her loss, those who mourn Sherin Mathews needed a place to grieve.

Saturday afternoon, a permanent site in memory of the 3-year-old Richardson girl will be dedicated following an interfaith ceremony at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, WFAA-TV (ABC8) reported.

Community members pushed for the memorial’s creation after the girl’s body was found in a culvert on Oct. 22, more than two weeks after her family reported her missing.

“She’s still in everybody’s hearts,” Richardson resident Shari Block told the station. “To have a place for the community just means so much.”

A donated granite bench engraved with Sherin’s name and an epitaph adorns the landscaped site, in a portion of the cemetery dedicated to young children. The epitaph reads: “A life that touches others goes on forever.”

“We really tried to find something that fit this situation,” said Restland family service specialist David Turnblad. “It just seemed right.”

The bench was donated by Richardson resident Gene Champagne, who’d won it in a raffle in Colleyville and almost immediately knew what he would do. “I won that for a reason,” he said.

Sherin’s story drew global attention, with thousands posting speculative theories about her death on Facebook and referring to her as “Princess Sherin” and “daughter of the world.” A makeshift memorial of balloons and stuffed animals grew at the site where her body was found.

One group even unsuccessfully petitioned authorities to release the girl’s body to the community for an interfaith burial.

Wesley Mathews, Sherin’s father, has been charged with injury to a child after telling police he “physically assisted” Sherin with drinking her milk before she choked and died. His wife, Sini, was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

The Dallas County medical examiner has not released Sherin’s cause of death. She was buried in a private ceremony at an undisclosed location.

The couple adopted the girl from India. A second daughter, who is also 3, is living with relatives after initially being placed in foster care.

Saturday’s ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at Restland Memorial Chapel, 13005 Greenville Ave., with the site dedication and dove release to follow at 4 p.m.

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CPS Not Required To Reunite Mathews Family With Daughter

DALLAS, TX — A judge Tuesday ruled Child Protective Services won’t be required to help reunite Sini and Wesley Mathews with the couple’s 4-year-old biological daughter.

Sini and Wesley have not had their parental rights revoked, but Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon ruled they must not have contact with their daughter, according to the Dallas Morning News. Both parents face criminal charges related to their adopted 3-year-old daughter, Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in a culvert in Richardson in October.

The ruling came at the end of a two-day hearing that heard the testimony of both parents, a doctor, a CPS caseworker and a Richardson detective. The doctor, Suzanne Dakil, testified last week that she contacted Child Protective Services after seeing X-rays that suggested Sherin has been injured on more than one occasion.

CPS officials usually try to reunite children in foster care with their parents, but Shannon’s ruling means they don’t have to do so in this case. The Mathews’ biological daughter has lived with relatives in Houston since Nov. 20, where she will stay for the foreseeable future.

Both parents are being held in Dallas County Jail. Wesley is held on charges of Injury to a Child and a $1 million bail after he told police he removed her deceased body from the home after she choked on milk.

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Sini is held on a charge of Abandoning or Endangering a Child. A probable cause affidavit detailing events leading up to Sini’s arrest states that by leaving Sherin alone at the home on the night before she went missing, Sini and Wesley placed their adopted daughter “in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.” Sini’s bail was reduced to $100,000, and she could be released from jail if she posts bond.

A medical examiner has not yet details about Sherin’s cause of death.

Images via Richardson Police Department

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Body of small child found during search for missing 3-year-old

RICHARDSON, Texas — Authorities on Sunday discovered the body of a small child while searching for a 3-year-old girl who has been missing for more than two weeks.

After she refused to drink her milk, the toddler’s father told her to stand by a tree approximately 100 feet away from the home, across an alleyway at 3 a.m. He later told police he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he told her to stay, the affidavit said.

Sherin Mathews of Richardson, Texas, was reported missing on Oct. 7, according to the Richardson Police Department.

She was last seen in the backyard of her family’s home early that morning by her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews.

The body was found around 11 a.m. Sunday in a culvert beneath a road, said Sgt. Kevin Perlich, spokesman for the police department.

An arrest has not been made in connection with the discovery of the body.

While a medical examiner has yet to see the child’s body and make a positive identification, Perlich said, “It is most likely” Sherin Mathews, and her parents have been notified of the discovery.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Police were waiting for an FBI evidence recovery team to process the scene on Sunday afternoon, Perlich said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have participated in the ongoing search, including the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to police.

Investigators combed Sherin’s neighborhood and surrounding area with K-9 teams and helicopters, and executed a search warrant at Mathews’ home on Oct. 10, police said.

Sherin’s father told police he left his daughter outside around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7, as punishment “because she wouldn’t drink her milk,” according to a probable cause document.

Leaving a child in imminent danger could mean up to 20 years for the toddler’s father, Wesley Mathews.

He told her to stand by a tree approximately 100 feet away from the home, across an alleyway.

He later told police he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he told her to stay, the affidavit said.

Around 3:15 a.m., when he went to retrieve the child, she was gone, the document says.

Police say Mathews didn’t contact police for five hours after he realized the child was missing.

Later that evening, Mathews was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child, “as a result of his decision to place her outside a place of safety,” police said.

He is out on bond, according to police.

Police said on Oct. 12 that one of the Mathews’ vehicles had left the residence the morning Sherin went missing, between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., between the time Mathews said Sherin disappeared and the time he called police.

An attorney for Sherin’s mother did not respond to requests for comment. It could not be determined whether Wesley Mathews was represented by an attorney.

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One year later, concealed carry has little impact on Texas university campus

Concealed carry now legal at public universities in Texas

One year since campus carry was adopted at public universities in Texas, authorities in the state claim the law has not impacted campuses in any significant way.

"We have had no incidents since the law passed or since the law went into effect of criminal acts by license-to-carry holders," Ed Reynolds, Chief of the University of North Texas Police Department, told the Denton Record-Chronicle.

"We have had cases that involved weapons on campus, but the individuals that were carrying were not license-to-carry holders," Reynolds told the paper.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law — which allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms — in 2015. But the law, which took effect in August 2016, allows each public university to create its own implementation process and policy.

At UNT, one of Texas’s largest universities, individuals are prohibited from carrying concealed handguns within several areas on campus, like places of religious worship or locations that hold events with at least 200 people, according to the newspaper. They are also banned from medical facilities and sporting events. The university requires that carriers have their license present at all times.

Reynolds told the paper he has heard "very little concerns or complaints" since the law took effect, and Texas Woman’s University Police Chief Samuel Garrison also said there has been no significant change on that campus.

But many people remain staunchly opposed to concealed carry on the university’s campus.

"I don’t think having guns creates a culture on campus that’s safe for everyone," Jennifer Kelley, a student at UNT, told the paper. "I don’t think weapons have a place on campus. It’s not the sort of culture we want to promote."

The law has sparked widespread controversy in Texas and other states, where efforts are being made to pass similar legislation.

In July 2016, three professors at the University of Texas sued to overturn the law, claiming it is unconstitutional and is forcing colleges to impose "dangerously-experimental gun policies." The 50,000-student Austin campus has been a flashpoint of opposition to the law among faculty and students.

Texas has allowed licensed concealed handguns in public since 1995 but had previously made college buildings off limits.

In 2000, no states allowed guns on college campuses. Today, 10 states — inlcuding Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin — have laws permitting them on campus. In 2017, bills seeking to expand campus carry laws were introduced in 16 states.

Six professors at University of Georgia colleges sued the state earlier this month, claiming "the presence of guns in classrooms and laboratories will create an increased risk of physical harm" to the university community.

At Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, meanwhile, a group of students are pushing for the school to allow students to carry guns on campus. University officials, however, said the school is a weapons-free institution and intends to stay that way.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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What Are the Factors You Need to Emphasize When Renting an Apartment?

Are you looking for a new apartment or new to renting an apartment? Either way, you need to be extra careful when renting an apartment and not to get trapped with bad landlords or a terrible situation. Are you looking for an apartment next to your workplace or near the kids’ school? Or are you looking for a good place commensurate to your budget? More varieties of better options are available if you try to seek help from online apartment finder or ask a friend who is knowledgeable of the process.

A number of factors are generally important to ensure satisfaction from your option. The size is one of the necessary factors to focus with.  Evaluate carefully if you are in need of a bigger or smaller sized apartment, a townhouse, duplex or a skyscraper. Consider the size of bedrooms as well taking into account the total size of the property. Another great way to come up with the good option is knowing that the price guarantees the option that you need. After deciding about the size of an apartment, consider if your budget can go with size option.

One important factor that should be included in your list of apartments richardson tx is the location of the property. If kids are attending school and your workplace is in the urban area, consider taking locations nearby. Consider an easy access to transportation to provide you and your family with convenience in reaching the desired destinations easily. Try to examine the safety features of the locality. This will offer you peace of mind especially when no one is left to watch over your property. Noisy neighborhood is amongst hated by most homeowners. Evaluate if your location has neighboring bars that operates until late night or neighbors who love to hold frequent party events at night.

All facilities, utilities and appliances as well as furnishings inside the property should also be included in your listing. Check if the apartment has insulator or air condition unit if these are necessary to you. Check for electricity and water system. You must ensure that these are functional to avoid accidents such as fire in case of lapses in the electrical wirings. You also have to examine the furnishings and try to check it needs repainting or repair.

If you are smoking, consider a property which has a smoking zone. Likewise, know whether or not the landlord allows pets. Check for safety features of the apartment such as fire extinguishers, smoke or fire detectors as well as checking cabinets and closets for pests. The landlord and the lease agreement are also important factors to consider. Know your landlord very carefully through having short conversations with your neighbors regarding his policies and how he deals with tenants. Before signing any agreement, it is necessary to carefully read every page.