Whether you’re moving to a new town or out of your parents’ home, finding the right apartment for your needs is a big step. When my husband and I moved into our first apartment, which we still reside in now, I took every measure I could to make sure we were moving to a good place. I will tell you the best ways to get the most for your money and to make your living arrangements the best they can be.
Go Apartment Hunting
Anytime my husband and I were in the car, we took note of the names of any apartment complexes we passed on the road. In the beginning, we visited a couple of the apartments for general information, but this couldn’t always be done since many apartments have limited office hours. You can even set a time to drive around your area and write down the names of all the apartments that interest you. If the circumstances allow, visit the apartment personally to gather general information about the complex and to get an overall feel. The staff may even allow you to see an apartment so that you can get a good idea of where you could possibly be living. If they have a model apartment set up (most likely being the very office you’re standing in…), don’t go by that alone. Model apartments are often misleading, as they are stocked with the newest features that all the other apartments may not have.
Upon visiting apartments, the staff will, most importantly, inform you of the monthly rent and the price of any other services they may offer. They should also provide you with a brochure that contains blueprints of the rooms, including the square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, washer and dryer hookups, etc.
Do Your Research
This is perhaps the most important part of the story. You need to gather as much information as possible regarding the apartment and its location and only then can you hope to buy it. Without knowing anything and blindly proceeding to buy the apartment would be a foolish choice and none can afford that in the current times as it is not that you are looking out for the Parc Central Residences price that you can hope to buy it in one go so therefore, research is necessary and how you are to do it in a foolproof manner is explained as follows:
This is key to knowing what you’re getting into. Once you have the names of the apartments of interest, do a Google search on them to see what former or current tenants had/have to say about the apartments. Other people’s personal experiences can help you a great deal when decided where you’ll be living. One popular site with many reviews of apartments in every U.S. city is http://www.apartmentratings.com. Here, you will be able to specify your state and city, where you can then see a list of all apartments, with or without reviews. You wouldn’t believe some of the horror stories I have read about apartments that seem to look pleasant from the outside view. As you read reviews, check for issues that matter to you, such as location, noise, parking, amenities, pests, etc. For example, I cannot deal with a roach problem, so if the reviews are rampant with the mentioning of roach issues, that specific apartment will be eliminated. Likewise, if having a gym or an on site laundry facility is important to you, look for that as well, taking note of the performance and maintenance of these facilities.
If you have pets or plan on having them, make sure the apartment accommodates them. Many apartments in my area do not allow pets and the few that do are either out of price range or are very old and located in rough sides of town that we would never even consider living in. And while I am not promoting this, you may be able to get around a “no pets” rule; my apartment does not allow pets but my husband and I do have a guinea pig.
Choosing the right apartment is extremely important. After all, it is where you will be living for possibly many years to come, so you want to be as comfortable as possible. Never allow the staff to push you into signing a contract. If the apartment offers month-to-month leasing or short term leasing (such as 3 months), consider choosing one of those options at first so you can decide if you like the apartment. If it happens that after a month you are not pleased, at least you are not stuck there for another 5 or 11 months.
I hope you find these tips helpful and don’t forget to do your research! Happy apartment hunting!