Tips for Apartment Hunting

Written by Posted On Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:42

Whether you are moving to a brand new area or simply looking for a larger space, apartment hunting can be both exciting and stressful. We have put together a few simple tips for you to keep in mind that will hopefully ease the process.

1. Location, Location, Location

Before you can get serious about your apartment hunting, you need to have an idea of where you want to live. Do you want to live somewhere where you can easily walk to shops and restaurants? Would you mind having a longer work commute to get a nicer apartment? Additionally, looking for an apartment can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t narrow your search to a particular area. Decide on the area that you want to call home, and then start looking for available spaces.

2. Establish Your Budget

It's fun to check out all of the fancy buildings that feature the greatest amenities, but it can also be deflating when you realize what you an actually afford with your budget. Make it easy on yourself, and don't even view apartments that are outside of your designated price range. Run the numbers, and figure out what you can realistically afford. Even more, don't get yourself in a position where you are apartment poor. Make sure you still have plenty of money left over to decorate your new space and have fun!

3. Fully Inspect Everything

If you are seriously considering an apartment, you have every right to be nosy. Open all of the cabinets, check out the closets and inspect the bathrooms. You want to make sure that there aren't any signs of critters or mold, and it's always nice to see that the place has been well maintained. You may even want to chat with existing tenants. Find out how the landlord is to deal with and what they have to say about living there. More than likely, they will give you the honest truth, good or bad.

The main thing to keep in mind is how you feel about the apartment. If you feel safe in the neighborhood, the space makes you happy and you feel comfortable with spending the money, then go for it!

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Ashley Mills

This is Ashley a blogger and independent freelance journalist. Working as an independent media consultant since 2006. I've contributed a lot of news articles, ideas, inventions and more on various online weblogs.

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