10 Ways to Save Money on Rent in 2024

Looking to trim down those rental expenses in Ottawa? Finding ways to save money on rent without sacrificing quality can be a game-changer for your budget. In a city where affordability matters, discovering ingenious ways to optimize your spending while securing a quality living space is crucial.

In this blog, the team at Ottawa Apartment will explore some expert tips that unveil the secrets to saving money on rent in Ottawa, allowing you to make the most of your budget while finding the perfect place to call home.

 

1. Get Savvy with Roommates

Teaming up with roommates is a game-changer for your budget. Beyond just splitting rent, dividing household bills and groceries can significantly lower individual expenses. It's like a built-in support system, making the place feel cozier and more economically viable. Plus, there's always someone around to share laughs and chores with.

 

a group off roomates teaming up to save on rent.

2. Affordable Location

Exploring different neighbourhoods can reveal hidden gems that are budget-friendly without compromising convenience. Keep your eyes peeled for areas that might be on the rise but still offer reasonable rent. Sometimes, a slightly different location can lead to substantial savings without sacrificing proximity to amenities or work.

3. Negotiate Like a Pro

Negotiation skills can be your secret weapon! If you've been a reliable tenant, don't hesitate to politely discuss rent adjustments or freezes with your landlord. Being a good communicator and demonstrating your responsible tenancy can sometimes lead to a mutually beneficial agreement.

4. Embrace Off-Peak Times

Timing is everything! Off-peak rental seasons often see reduced demand, which means landlords might be more open to negotiation or offering incentives to fill vacancies. Planning your move during these times can translate into significant savings on your rent.

5. Flexibility is Key

While long-term leases offer stability, shorter-term leases or month-to-month arrangements can sometimes yield better deals. Landlords might be more open to negotiation when faced with shorter lease periods, allowing you to capitalize on potential savings. This flexibility not only offers financial advantages but also grants you the freedom to explore other cost-effective opportunities.

6. DIY Décor and Repairs

Personalizing your space without denting your budget is totally doable through DIY projects. YouTube and online tutorials are goldmines for learning how to spruce up your living quarters or handle minor repairs. Embrace your inner handyman or artist and transform your space at a fraction of the cost of hiring professionals. It's a budget-friendly way to make your rental feel like home sweet home.

7. Utilities Included

Finding a rental where utilities are bundled into the rent can be a financial lifesaver. Not worrying about varying utility bills makes budgeting simpler and more predictable. It’s a win-win situation for your wallet and peace of mind. 

8. Buddy Up for Bulk Buying

Pooling resources with neighbours for bulk purchases can significantly cut costs. Whether it's cleaning supplies, groceries, or household essentials, buying in larger quantities often means substantial savings per item. Forming a purchasing alliance with nearby tenants not only saves money but also fosters a sense of community and cooperation.

9. Consider Co-Living Spaces

Co-living spaces are gaining traction for their cost-effectiveness. These shared accommodations typically come furnished and include amenities, making them budget-friendly options. Sharing common spaces and facilities with like-minded individuals lowers individual rental costs and provides a ready-made social network.

10. Stay Informed and Shop Around

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to navigating the rental market. Stay updated on rental trends, monitor listings, and compare prices diligently. Being well-informed gives you an edge in spotting the best deals and identifying opportunities that align with your budget goals.

Ottawa Apartments - Your Guide to Apartment Renting in Ottawa

Ready to unlock savings on your next rental? Please contact us at Ottawa Apartment, where we're committed to making your rental experience affordable and fulfilling. Discover a range of budget-friendly options and expert tips to save on rent without compromising quality. Explore our listings for diverse, cost-effective apartments in Ottawa. From flexible leases to savvy tips on cutting expenses, we've got you covered. Your ideal rental is just a click away!

 


Ottawa’s Best Neighbourhood for Students & Young Professionals

As a student or young professional, convenience is everything!

Ottawa may not be the biggest city, but when you’re moving out on your own for the first time...it feels like it is! There are a ton of neighbourhoods to choose from and it can become overwhelming to choose which area is right for you.

For students and young professionals, Centretown is one of the best neighbourhoods to move to. From shopping and restaurants to some of Ottawa’s best features like the Rideau Canal and the Byward Market being right around the corner.

Here’s our guide to living in Ottawa’s Centretown.

Everything You Need to Know About Ottawa’s Centretown

Centretown is the most residential neighbourhood that is closest to the downtown core. It’s bordered by the Rideau Canal on the east side. You’ll be living right in the heart of a mixture of beautiful Victorian homes and new high-rise and low rise condos.

This neighbourhood offers its residents the perfect mix of work-life balance. It’s well-connected to transit, so it’s easy to get around and you have full access to major bus routes and the LRT.

Enjoy the Unmatched Convenience of Living at 400 Slater Street

400 Slater Street, also known as Centretown Place, is an apartment complex that is perfect for young professionals and students in Ottawa. Located on Slater Street, it offers residents affordable, spacious and convenient living that is unmatched in the area.

Centretown Place has a Walk Score of 90, meaning most daily errands do not require a car.

Some of the Best Restaurants in Centretown Include:

Some of the Top Employers in the area include:

  • Adobe
  • Shopify Inc.
  • Government (Statistics Canada, Shared Services Canada & More)
  • CBC/Radio-Canada

If you’re interested in moving to Centretown, get in touch with Ottawa Apartments to learn more about our available apartments.


A Fall Weekend Round Up In Ottawa!

All weekend

’Tis the season of holiday fairs! Here are a few that are happening this weekend.

  • Pride, Not Prejudice is a virtual craft and community fair for social justice warriors taking place November 5-8th. The event will feature 35+ local and progressive vendors, community groups and workshops. RSVP on the Facebook event for the latest details, including info about freebies!
  • The Orleans United Church has moved their annual Christmas Bazaar online, with shopping open from October 26-December 5. Everything sold at the market is locally made by talented and dedicated church volunteers. New products are being added daily so check in often.
  • Oh What Fun” is a happy holiday shopping event hosted by Cheerfully Made Goods + Market. In lieu of their annual market, they’ve been busy behind the scenes pulling together some of the best handmade items. Virtual doors open at 6pm on Thursday November 5. Checkout before the event ends at 4pm on Sunday November 8.
  • Home for the Holidays online shopping event is stocked with handmade goods from makers and artisans located within a 100km radius of Ottawa.
  • Not technically a holiday fair, but the final Vintage Pop-up 613 parking lot pop-up is taking place this Sunday from 10am-4pm in the Bread By Us parking lot.
  • Head to Carp for the first of their two “Christmas in November” markets. Follow them on Instagram @carpfarmersmarket for the latest list of vendors.

Thursday

A Thursday activity in Ottawa: exploring the city's museums and galleries. You can find many galleries and museums with free admission on Thursdays and get excited about the upcoming weekend.

  • The Ottawa School of Art is hosting a solo exhibition called “The Impasto series” by Edmond Léger in Little Italy, and a mini print exhibition at their ByWard Market location.
  • Untitled I is a free livestream performance from Andrea Peña and Artists, and is part of the National Arts Centre’s #DanceForth livestream project. Most Thursday evenings at 7 PM local time, live performances will be presented by a variety of Canadian dance artists, both from the NAC Fourth Stage and from various centres across the country. Read more about the performance in our interview with Andrea Peña here.
  • VERSeFEST, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, has gone virtual for 2020. The original 2020 event had to be rescheduled from early this year, and they’ve gone above and beyond. The festival starts Thursday November 6 and continues through to Friday November 20. Get all the details in our interview with Festival Director Monty Reid here.

Friday

  • Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream is holding an end of season sale—buy one pint, get one at half price! What a sweet deal! Place your orders online for pickup this Friday from 12-4pm. Warm mini doughnuts will also be for sale, in case you needed any extra motivation to go.
  • Marvest music festival moved online this year, with shows being posted every Wednesday and Friday. This week, performances are by Jonathan Pearce of Winchester Warm on Wednesday and Jeff & the Falcons on Friday. You can find the full calendar on the Marvest website.

Saturday

  • Enjoy a drive-in movie Saturday night at the Greely Legion. Saturday night’s show is Honey I Shrunk the Kids, with ET playing on Sunday. Tickets are available online.
  • Wellington West is hosting a game of #WelliWINGO, aka the most delicious game of Bingo you’ll ever play. Place an order from a Wellington West restaurant, snap a photo of your meal, and cross it off you bingo sheet. Entries can be submitted online to their Facebook page. Get the full run down of rules here, including info on how to enter the bonus draw!

Sunday

  • Brew Donkey Tours is celebrating their 7 year anniversary by  hosting a series of virtual beer halls. This Sunday, “travel” via the internet to Stray Dog Brewing. Enjoy the benefits of a tour from the comfort of home. You can purchase a beer hall pack ranging from a pint pack to a barrel pack. Check out their upcoming tours online, including stops at Whiprsnapr on November 15, Broadhead on November 22,  Tooth and Nail on November 29, Dominion City on December 6, and Small Barrel Pony Works on December 13.
  • Round out your weekend by participating in the final moments of the CKCU funding drive. Maybe you’ll help push them over their goal of $150,000? Funds raised support their programs and broadcasters, and tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more.
  • Sunday’s forecast looks to be the best of the weekend, so why not head for a walk downtown and take in the Royal Canadian Legion‘s virtual poppy drop? Until Remembrance Day, the Ottawa sign will be lit up in red in support of the poppy campaign. Pause and reflect as 117,000 virtual poppies, representing each of Canada’s fallen since the beginning of the First World War, slowly fall down the Peace Tower and the Senate building. The display runs from October 30-November 11, from 6:30-9:30 pm, including until midnight on the 11th. Virtual poppies will also cascade down the National Art Centre’s “Kipnes Lantern” on November 11 from 7am to midnight.

10 Home Improvements To Make Your Apartment Cozier This Fall

A lot has been written about creating a home that inspires a sense of sanctuary, but these days, the idea has never felt more relevant.

As the Autumn season starts cooling down Ottawa, its a great opportunity to make small adjustments as we enter yet another cold season as we"shelter-in-place."

Introducing "Hygge" (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah); a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. It literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. We've compiled 10 home improvements that will make your apartment cozier for the fall season.

 

  1. Signature Candle

Hygge is about being mindful of small moments and really appreciating them. The Danish have candles lit even during the day. It’s about doing small things to make a very mundane experience feel slightly more meaningful and special.

 

2. Wireless Speakers

Setting the mood and creating a sense of contentment can also be done by curating music and sound. New to working at home? Consider selecting a playlist to work by, then moving to a different playlist when work is done to establish boundaries and define blocks of time.

 

3. Adopt A Plant

Now is definitely the time to nurture a house plant! You can find interesting, beautiful plants and support local shops in Ottawa at the same time. A few local shops to consider are Plant & Curio is located at 173 Preston, Scrim's Florist at 262 Elgin & Les Serres Robert Plante Greenhouses for all your succulent dreams come true!

 

4. Upgrade Your Linens

Even though you’re not having guests over, and no one knows you may be living a certain way, it’s important to keep things clean and tidy for yourself. Treat your house with respect by keeping things clean and organized — because you’re going to be there all day! Little luxuries like fresh sheets, a well-made bed, a clean tub for soaking and a kitchen with wiped-down surfaces create bright spots of calm and control.

 

5. Keep Surfaces Clear

Dining tables and side tables can become a vessel for cute accents or pile-ups of letters, keys, and other random grab-and-go items. It is, however, important to rid of any clutter that you do not need as it keeps your mind clutter-free simultaneously. Reducing the visual clutter from everyday surfaces like the coffee table and the dining table can definitely bring a sense of calm.

 

6. Instead, Introduce A Clutter Caddy!

Utility carts are a perfect way to store anything not immediately in use - from art supplies to text books and notepads. This cart is $29.99 at Ikea and aids in keeping your wider-spread clutter surfaces clear like the dining table, for example.

 

7. Elevate Your Dining Experience

 

Indulge in the everyday comforts that you have. If you’re getting UberEats delivery or your favourite local takeout, put it on your nicer plates. Elevate the everyday things that you’re doing. That’s hygge!

 

8. Explore Slow-Cooking Recipes, Cook With A Dutch Oven

When it comes to a cozy kitchen, cook with a Dutch oven. Roast chickens and make broth - the smell of the broth simmering throughout the house all day is the coziest, warmest smell ever and perfect for the fall season. It also saves some money to make your own broth.

 

9. Try Some DIY Home Projects

Not everyone sees the quarantine as an opportunity for home improvement, but avid DIYers may find a silver lining in their sequestration. There’s just so many things that you’re always too busy to do, and now we’ve got a lot of time for projects. It’s nice to take advantage of that and really get stuff banged out.

 

10. Make A Place To Sit In The Sun

In Southern California indoor-outdoor living is a way of life, and whether you have a balcony, a front porch or a big backyard, creating an exterior place to rest and relax is a big part of sanctuary style. Ottawa is gearing up for the Winter months where sunlight times get shorter, but a great way to make sure you catch some rays indoors is creating a space by the window with wicker furniture - to give you those sunny California sunshine vibes in the comfort of your apartment!

 


Things To Do In Ottawa This Fall

The fall season is upon us in Ottawa, and we've compiled an exciting list of virtual events and sight-seeing opportunities that are fun and safe for the whole family! 

 

The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights, takes you on an unforgettable audiovisual journey through Canada's history. The bilingual show highlights the country's important milestones presented in spectacular detail, with stirring narration and an original score, against the backdrop of the Centre Block and Peace Tower. Show start times vary by month due to sunset times. Weather dependent.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights will be hosted virtually.

 

Almonte Fibrefest - Join us online on Fibrefest weekend, September 11th to September 13th to shop, browse, and support your favorite fibre artists all while supporting the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Asinabka Festival -The Asinabka Festival aims to highlight works that examine Indigenous issues and topics; to support media artists and filmmakers; to promote Indigenous cultures and languages; to educate people about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada, and about Indigenous issues internationally; to provide a space where Indigenous peoples can tell their own stories and see their own cultures reflected back at them; to entertain, to be innovative. and to present the best in Indigenous film.

Ottawa Artisans Virtual Craft Market -Ottawa Artisans is hosting a virtual craft market which will feature more than 100 handmade artisans from the region. From soaps, to clothing, to jewellery to kids' items and facemasks, discover what local makers can do! Shop online and receive your entire order for a flat-rate or pick it up for free in town. Support local and discover amazing locally produced goods!

Ottawa International Animation Festival -Note: Due to COVID-19, the Ottawa International Animation Festival will be hosted virtually.

In September, downtown Ottawa will once again be the stage where you can enjoy the world's most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with many of animation's most celebrated stars, studios and characters. The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the leading events of its kind in the world. It's an annual five-day event that has been bringing the animation community together in a vibrant hub since 1976. With a total attendance of 28,000, it attracts artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. Check out the 80+ screenings, talks, and exhibits presented in venues across downtown Ottawa.

 


6 Must-Haves For Your New Apartment

You did it! Finally, after months of searching and planning and filling out acres of paperwork, you finally have your own place. Now comes the fun part – figuring out what you need. Don’t wait until you’re in your apartment to realize you don’t own a spatula (or a frying pan, for that matter).

 

Here are six must-haves for your new place:

 

A bed. If you’ve ever played the Sims or Minecraft, you know step one is setting up your bed. This goes beyond having a mattress, box spring, and frame, though. You’ll need a fitted sheet, a top sheet, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter. You’ll also have to put the bed together, which brings us to item number two.

 

Item number two: A toolkit. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, you’ll need a toolkit with:

 

  • at least two screwdrivers (Phillips and flathead, and a hex key might come in handy as well)
  • a hammer
  • nails
  • wall hooks
  • a tape measure
  • pliers
  • an adjustable wrench
  • a utility knife
  • a level
  • a ruler

 

 

Third Item: Kitchen supplies! You need:

 

  • plates (you can purchase a table setting for four, which usually includes coffee cups and even bowls)
  • Glasses (water glasses, wine glasses, maybe some plastic cups)
  • Silverware
  • a can opener
  • a sauce pan
  • a frying pan
  • knives
  • a cutting board
  • a spatula
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • dish towels
  • toaster
  • a coffee pot (if you drink tea, a kettle)
  • scissors
  • a vegetable peeler
  • if you cook a lot, thermometers (meat, candy)
  • garbage bags
  • paper towels
  • dish soap (and dishwasher soap if your rental has a dishwasher)
  • spices (at the minimum, salt and pepper)
  • pantry basics (bread, milk, sugar, eggs)

 

Number four: Bathroom supplies: soap, toilet paper, towels, a shower curtain, bath mats or rugs, a toilet brush and cleaner, and a toilet plunger (don’t wait until you need one to get one)

Five: A sofa and chairs for the living room

And finally, number six: A television (unless you are fine watching everything on your phone or iPad)


7 Important Home Office Organization Tips

 


How to Plant Succulents in Your Apartment

If you’ve been thinking of using plants for decoration in your apartment, may we suggest succulents? What are succulents, you ask? Only the hottest new trend in the plant world, of course! But if we’re defining the term, succulents are a type of plant (often associated with cacti) that store water in their leaves, so you’ll notice that their leaves are thicker than most plants. They thrive in dry climates and need about six hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day, so they’re perfect apartment plants (if you place them near a bright window).

Succulents are trendy, decorative, and overall a great plant for any household. If you don’t want to go out and buy a pre-potted succulent at your local nursery, then you’re going to need a little bit of DIY magic – don’t worry, we’re here to help! Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll be able to plant your own DIY indoor succulent garden in no time. So, how do you plant succulents in your apartment?

Steps for Planting Succulents.

To make sure you get this right the first time, join us on a step-by-step journey of the planting process, from what to buy to how to care for the plants! And since you’re planting succulents, why not turn it into a succulent fairy garden while you’re at it? Let’s begin!

    1. Make a list of the necessary supplies.

      Making a list is always one of the first steps when it comes to DIY projects for your apartment, so this should be easy! As a matter of fact, let’s do the hard work for you, including your list of supplies and the approximate cost for each item:

        • Cactus potting soil (Approx. $5)
        • A pair of potting gloves (Approx. $5-$15)
        • A variety of succulents (Approx. $4-$12 per succulent – depending on type and size)
        • Terrarium for the succulents (Approx. $5-$10)
        • Decorative rocks (Approx. $3-$6 per container)
        • Fairy garden miniatures and décor (Approx. $2-$10 per item – depending on size and quality)
    2. Set up your planting station.

      We highly suggest that you either plant your succulents on your patio/balcony, or lay out newspaper or some sort of plastic cover in your apartment where you want to pot your new plant décor. This will keep soil and other potential messes off of your clean floors!

      • Time Required: Approx. 5 minutes

    1. Place your rocks and soil into your terrarium.

      What’s the purpose of the rocks? The rocks (the size of a pebble up to the size of a quarter – depending on your preference) help with drainage in your new planter (and they look cute). After you’ve placed a few handfuls of rocks into your container, it’s time for the cactus soil! You want enough soil to where your succulents will have their entire root base covered, but not so much that the soil overtakes your container.

      • Time Required: Approx. 5-10 minutes
    2. Make wells in the soil, and prepare the succulents.

      When you make wells in the soil, you’re digging out the new homes for your succulents – you want to give each succulent and its root base its own space in the soil. Just make sure not to plant them directly on the rocks. Speaking of roots, you’re going to want to open the root base of your succulents after you remove them from their plastic containers. This is often referred to as “teasing the root,” which you can do gently with your hands, combing your fingers through the roots to loosen them so that they will adapt easily to their new home.

      • Time Required: Approx. 5 minutes

    1. Place the succulents in the soil, and properly secure them.

      After you tease the root, place the succulents into their wells in the soil, and make sure the entire root base is covered in cactus soil. Feel free to add a little more soil to your container if necessary.

      • Time Required: Approx. 5 minutes
    2. Lightly water your succulents.

      Succulents only need to be watered every two weeks, so just remember to water them twice a month, and you’ll be good to go. You only need a little bit of water – mainly focus on the succulents and right around the root base.

      • Time Required: Approx. 2-3 minutes
    3. Decorate with any rocks, marbles, moss, and miniatures.

      After your succulents are safe in their soil, this is where the real fun begins! Decorate your new planter with any marbles, leftover rocks from the planting stage, moss, fairy garden miniatures, and anything else you have in mind!

      • Time Required: Approx. 5-10 minutes


DIY Secretary Desk for a Small Space

If your home does not have a dedicated office, you might find your “office” spread throughout your home. Your dining room table is your desk, the nearest bookshelf contains some binders, your kitchen drawer holds office supplies and the hallway houses your file cabinet. Just because you don’t have the one room to bring it all together doesn’t mean you can’t be organized on a smaller level. A secretary desk is the perfect solution for bringing all these items into one space.

A typical secretary desk has a fold-down desk with plenty of storage above and below in the form of cabinets or open shelves. You can easily find your own secretary desk and make it fit in with your style through some simple alterations. This Hemnes secretary desk was purchased from IKEA. Labeled storage boxes fill the shelves, leaving plenty of room for a fabric-covered cork board. The cabinet below the desk houses the home printer, more office supplies and a file folder box. An entire home office consolidated into one small space!

Since this secretary desk was going to be placed in the living room, it needed to be dressed up a bit to match the existing décor. The center portion of each top door was cut out with a jigsaw. A sheet of mirrored acrylic was then cut to size and mounted to the back of each door. Fretwork from O’verlays in the Khloe pattern was then glued onto the front of the “mirror” using Liquid Nails. Paintable caulk was added to fill in any gaps and then touched up with white paint.

Once the doors were completed and dried, they were reattached to the desk. The mirrored acrylic was so lightweight that there was no issue with reattachment, unlike heavy glass mirrors! The existing knobs were replaced with glass knobs to lighten up the whole look. The glass knobs blended right in and did not distract from the mirrored fretwork.

Secretary desks are easy to find at flea markets, yard sales and estate sales. A coat of paint and some new hardware can often make an older piece feel brand new. If you do not have a room to dedicate to a home office, you can create the perfect space anywhere by combining rooms in your home.

Maybe you would like to have a guest room but you don’t always have guests. That room can do double duty as an office with a secretary desk off to one side. Or your office might have recently become a nursery. Work can still get done when it needs to by leaving a secretary desk in that space as well. Keep some children’s books or family heirlooms on display to help it blend in. Once the desk doors are closed, it can look like any other storage pieces. Secretary desks are versatile enough that they can blend into any room. They can work hard all day, but when your work is done, you can simply pack up your “office” by closing the doors!


Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

iving in a rental comes with its own set of challenges.  And one of the most common complaints that renters have is lack of storage space.  But with a little creative thinking, storage issues can be solved in unexpected and stylish ways.   I pride myself on the fact that I can create storage out of just about anything.  Today I’m going to share a few easy ideas with you.

 

Go vertical.  Using wall space for storage is a great way to combat a lack of square footage.   Compact bookshelves can help create storage while offering visual appeal.  Try using more than one bookshelf to create a wall unit that has the look of built-in furniture.

Hide storage inside design elements.  The “x” detail on this daybed hides deep storage drawers that can hold everything from blankets and beddings to board games.  You can create a similar storage idea by adding deep baskets under benches or tables.

Use unexpected items for creative storage.  Antlers are a popular design element right now and here’s a unique way to use them.  Try hanging necklaces from the antlers for jewelry storage that is both interesting and practical.

Furniture or décor that does double duty is a perfect way to create storage in spaces that are small or simply lacking in storage options.  By using everyday objects in unexpected ways, you can make your space functional and fun at the same time.  Try thinking outside the box and you’re sure to come up with dozens of ideas that will fit the bill perfectly and that can move with  you from one space to the next!