What to Look For When Renting an Apartment
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The search for a new apartment can be very exciting, but that does not mean you should not approach the process with care. Knowing what to look for when renting an apartment is essential to your satisfaction with the apartment you acquire. There is nothing worse than choosing a place only to find out you could have gotten a better deal somewhere else if only you had been wiser in your search.
In this article, Step 1 covers determining your budget, Step 2 looks into the number of beds and baths, Step 3 considers your pets, Step 4 outlines the search for interior designs, and Step 5 focuses on amenities.
Part 1 of 1: Searching for an apartment
Step 1: Determine your budget. You should begin by considering how much you can afford to spend each month on rent.
Remember, that you will probably end up paying more for the apartment in total than the monthly price tag. You’ll have to pay a number of fees when you first are getting the apartment set up. These can range in total, so be aware going in. You may also need to put down a security deposit.
Finally, you should think about extra utilities not included in your rent. These utilities could add up. Remember that both rent and utilities can be significantly different depending on location, so your money will extend farther depending on where you are living.
Sometimes, you can get a nicer place for the same rent simply by moving outside the city limits, for example. Consider what is the best value for your money and make a decision accordingly.
Step 2: How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? The biggest question for you to answer in terms of space and size concerns the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Think first of how many people will be living there and how many bedrooms you’ll need to accommodate residents. If you are a married couple with two kids, for example, you’ll probably want at least a two bedroom but possibly even a three bedroom place. Having one bathroom for every bedroom is also a good idea.
An added consideration is extra space for guests. If you are the sort of person who frequently has overnight guests, make sure you plan for that when choosing a floor plan. Even if you do not have guests often now, maybe family will be more likely to visit in the new place, for whatever reason. Make sure you have all your bases covered.
Step 3: Consider your pets. If you have pets, then it is important to find a place that is pet-friendly.
Some places do not allow pets, while others require extra money in the form of a pet deposit, monthly pet rent, or both. Make sure that you build this into your budget each month.
Also, some apartments enforce breed restrictions on certain types of pets. Look into these guidelines for any particular place so you can be sure you know what to expect.
Step 4: Look at interior designs. Some apartments are much newer and more updated than others, which means that you should look at photos of the unit you are scoping out.
Not all two bedroom apartments are the same, in other words, and if there is a major price difference between two similarly located apartments, you can bet that the price difference is at least in part a function of how updated the interior is.
If marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring are high on your list, then you are going to pay more per square foot than another place without these things. So decide on what you want and where you could be willing to compromise if needed.
Step 5: Check out amenities. One of the great parts of renting an apartment is that, generally, you have access to amenities, such as pools, fitness rooms, and business centers.
Compare what’s available at different apartment complexes and see which suits you best.
Looking for an apartment to rent can be a fun process. At the same time, you have to make sure you are looking to meet all your needs. With the above steps in mind, you can be sure to have your bases covered at a place that really fits you and your lifestyle.