Finding the Right Apartment

Finding an Apartment

 

Apartment hunting can be an exhausting experience, here are some tips to make it easier.

Do your homework.

Before you venture out there to look at apartments, take the time to decide on what you want in an apartment and what is most important.

Ask yourself questions such as:

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do I need?
  • How much closet space do I need?
  • How important is size?
  • How important is location?
  • Are any features -- such as a good view, crown molding, an updated kitchen, or built-in shelves -- important?  Will I need a carport or a garage? How much storage space will I need?
  • What amenities are important to me? Do I need access to a business center, laundry room, or a fitness center?
  • Do I need a building that allows pets?
  • Do I need to be within walking distance to work or school?

Remember that the more upgrades or amenities an apartment has, the more likely the cost to rent that apartment will increase.

Be prepared for your search.

Once you start to see more than a few apartments, it's easy to get them confused. Stay organized by taking good notes about your apartment hunting efforts. For example, make a chart (by hand or on your computer) that lists the following:

  • an apartment's address
  • the property manager or owners contact information
  • the number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • the pros and cons
  • the monthly rent amount
  • the deposit amount required

Use an accordion file to hold any applications, brochures, advertisements, floorplans, listings, photos, or other printed material you have.

Ask questions.

Choosing a place to live is a serious matter, so don't be afraid to ask questions.

Questions you may want to ask are:

  • How much are the utility bills and other expenses each month?
  • Is noise from neighboring apartments a problem?
  • Has there been any theft at the property?
  • If there is a fitness center, what are the hours of operation?

Following these basic tips and being prepared should help simplify your apartment hunting experience. 

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