Eventually you’ll have to look for an apartment. When you decide to move out of your parents’ house, unless you are royalty, in which case you’d be looking for a castle instead, you need to find an apartment for the time being until you could save enough to afford your own house. And let me tell you from experience: apartment hunting is not easy. It is definitely not a walk in the park. You’d think it’s easy, but it isn’t. If I were to describe the experience, looking for an apartment involves a lot of trial-and-error, frustration and very time-consuming.
Which is exactly what this article is all about. Here’s a list of things you need to account for when searching for an apartment to rent for the first time:
1. How much can you afford? Figure out your budget, and how much you can afford per month to rent an apartment on your own. Don’t forget to include the price of utilities.
2. Where do you want to live? Think about where you want to live. But also keep in mind you need to consider the travel time to and from work or school, etc. The choice of neighborhood is yours, but make sure getting around is as convenient as before.
3. What do you look for in an apartment? What features are important to you when searching for an apartment? If you own a pet, you might want to look in on the landowner’s pet policies. Is the apartment close to public transportation? How do you find the security in the building/neighborhood? And how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need in your apartment?
4. Have you checked the papers lately? Apartment listings can be found in your local newspaper. But another option is to look it up online. Search for apartment rentals in and around the neighborhood where you want to live.
5. Are you compiling your research? Get a folder and keep all the clipped newspaper ads and printed out sheets of online apartment rentals in there. On your spare time, go through the files and make some calls and schedule an appointment with the landowners. Don’t forget to write down as much information as you could get from the landowner during the call.
6. Have you seen the apartment? Set aside a date to just drive around and inspect the potential apartments in your research folder. Be very thorough on this.
7. Did you like what you saw? If you feel like you’ve found your apartment, fill out an application form and submit it to the landowner along with the check for the amount both of you agreed on.
8. Have you moved in yet? Set down a “moving in” date, and get going. Pay any additional fees to the landowner to reassure him or her that you’re entering into the agreement in good faith.
Congratulations on finding a new apartment!
If you have a basic idea of what to do when searching for an apartment, you eliminate most of the trial-and-error in the process, which is all it takes to transform apartment hunting from a frustrating to a rewarding experience.
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