Hunting for a cheap apartment is stressful work. It doesn’t seem like it, sure, but finding the right apartment that suits your lifestyle and fits your budget is a lot harder than it looks. The economy has been on a downward spiral since a couple years ago. What these means for people looking to live on their own in an apartment is that landlords are getting more desperate for tenants, promising anything and everything just to get someone to sign a lease contract. So… are you ready to go apartment hunting?
Apartment-hunting will stress you out, and it will test your patience unless you know you’re ready for the hard work that’s waiting for you up ahead. Some apartments offer just the right amount of living space, but they’re going to be way out of your budget. Others are priced just right, but the apartment itself leaves much to be desired.
How do you know if you’re ready to go apartment hunting? Ask yourself these critical questions:
1. What kind of apartment do you want? You need to have a clear picture of the kind of apartment you want before you set out to start looking. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Are you going to be living alone, sharing with a boarder, a relative? Do you need a large closet space or it doesn’t really matter? Do you need an apartment with a parking space for your car? How far is it from work or the nearest school?
2. Do you get discouraged easily? You’re going to talk to a lot of landlords and you’ll be inspecting dozens of apartments, and only about half of them are really going to be worth considering. Some apartment hunters look at two or three apartments and then give up. Truth is, you’re never going to find that “dream apartment” if you give up that easily. Don’t be discouraged after just a couple of disappointments. Never lose hope. Your dream apartment might be waiting just around the corner, literally.
3. Are your goals realistic? Do you flip burgers by day and look for penthouse-type of apartments by night? You’ve got to be realistic. Sit down for a couple hours and figure out how much you could afford to shell out in a month for rent, plus utilities.
4. Are you organized? Looking for an apartment isn’t rocket science, but you need to be organized all the same especially with the information you get from talking with landlords. Things like…
* Address of the apartment
* Number of bathrooms and bedrooms
* What you liked and didn’t like during the inspection
* Contact info of the apartment owner
* Promises you were given during the inspection
* Other miscellaneous information
The most important question: are you ready to go apartment hunting? Go through the above four questions and you should be able to answer that last one. Good luck on your little project and here’s hoping you discover that dream apartment of yours soon.
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