Apartment Hunting What’s on YOUR List?
When you first start looking for apartments, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of options available. In order to make your search more manageable, and get you in the apartment of your dreams faster, here is a brief apartment hunting checklist to help you whittle down the search results.
Location, Location, Location. … It’s not just for home buyers. The location of an apartment can have a huge impact on whether it’s right for you. Is it close to work or school? How accessible is public transportation? Bear in mind that proximity to a major thoroughfare like an interstate or crosstown highway could be a plus or a minus — it might be easier to get where you’re going, but the noise might make it hard to relax at home.
Cash on the Barrelhead. Like it or not, money matters. Try not to look at places you just can’t afford, as it can be pretty demoralizing. Also, refrain from looking at places with rents near the absolute maximum of what you can afford. That dream apartment can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re constantly worrying about money. Be sure you always know the day of the month that rent is due, and the penalties for late payment. And ask any potential landlords if they take PayPal payments, for more payment flexibility.
Your Own Tastes. Don’t forget to bring your own wants and needs to the search. What’s most important to you? Do you need green space close by? Would you like to be able to walk to bars or restaurants? Do you need a pool and sauna, or exercise facilities? Do you prefer one bedroom apartments or two bedroom apartments? Writing down your own personal priorities is how to find an apartment that’s more than just where you live — it’s how to find your home.
What’s important on your apartment hunting checklist? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments section below. Visit here for more information.