Living in an apartment is fast becoming the new standard in modern living. Since the recession a few years ago, house prices has soared sky high, and fewer and fewer people can afford a tract of land, let alone a house and lot.
If you want a house and lot these days, go join The Price is Right or something. If you want to be realistic, apartment living is the answer.
Apartments are much cheaper and space-efficient. And it’s much easier to move apartments than it is to move houses, if it can’t be helped. In other words, living in an apartment might just be the perfect option for you.
Now here are some tips on how to find the perfect apartment for your needs:
First and foremost, don’t start with what apartment you want to rent, but rather where is the apartment you want to rent. Location is very important, sometimes even more important, for some people, than the apartment itself.
Is it close to school/the university? Is it accessible to and from work? How is the public transportation system in the area? Do you consider it a safe neighborhood? Or is it two beer bottles away from trouble?
After you’ve settled on the neighborhood, now is the time to think about the kind of apartment you want. How many bedrooms do you need? Are you looking for a fully-furnished apartment? Last but not the least, what’s your budget range? Can you afford the apartment that’s caught your eye?
Once you got these down, it’s time to go apartment hunting. Go on the internet and check out popular apartment rental sights and start your search based on those criteria. You can even customize these websites to send you daily emails of apartments that fit your preferences.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of choices, it’s time to do an apartment inspection. This is the most important part of searching for an apartment. You should know by now things aren’t what they seem in pictures. The purpose of the inspection is to make sure the apartment looks as good in actual as it is on paper.
Some things to watch out for during inspection:
Safety first. The apartment should have sufficient locks and an accessible fire exit that leads outside.
Faucets. Check them for leaks and that they are working. Look for water marks as these are signs of decay and deterioration.
Water heater. Check them and make sure the parts aren’t rusty. Look for chipping on the side of the furnace or heater as these are signs of leakage. Have them fixed by the apartment owner before you move in.
Ceiling. Look up the walls and at the ceiling for signs of peeling wallpaper, paint or water marks. If there’s discoloration, you can bet there’s mold.
Searching for the perfect apartment isn’t always such a gamble if you know what you’re looking for in an apartment. The thing is to plan in advance. If you can do that, then you need not worry at all. You’ll find the apartment for you.
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