Tips for Finding the Perfect Apartment
So you’re ready to move out but you aren’t quite sure where to go. There are several things you need to consider. Perhaps you’re on a budget and need to cut back on expenses, or maybe you want a place that allows you to get to work on time. Whatever the circumstance, consider these tips when hunting for your new apartment.
Stay on top of things
Make sure you’re the first person on those listing websites or the first person scrolling through the classifieds. Apartments and houses go fast! You want to make sure that you’re the first person to call your potential landlord. It’s first come first serve!
Make an inquiry about other costs
Some places don’t just charge rent. There are other costs to consider, such as utilities and amenities, as they are not always included in the rent. Ask the relevant questions because you really don’t want any surprises when you’re ready to move in.
Know your landlord
As we said earlier, your landlord will want to know who they’re dealing with, however, you also need to know who you’re dealing with as well. This is a person you’re doing business with. Take notes on the person’s demeanor and conditions. Some landlords are unreasonable and incapable of compromise should any situations arise. You don’t want any trouble.
Have all of the documents prepared and ready to present
A landlord’s concern isn’t just about the deposit. Think of this as going for an interview, there are documents in which the employer (or in this case, the landlord) may want to see. For example, they might want a copy of your credit report or proof of income. After all, you’ll be living in their space and they’ll need to know who they’re dealing with.
Keep your eyes peeled
There may be a few details that the person renting the apartment “forgot” to mention so keep your eyes peeled when you go to view the space. You may notice a few things that bug you, like that draft in the living room or bad cellphone reception in the bedrooms. Remember, you don’t want any surprises when you move in.
Consider your insurance
Sometimes your insurance goes up, depending on the area you live. Check this out before making any hasty decisions. Especially for your car insurance. Contact your insurance agent or broker to make sure your insurance is taken care of.
Make sure your furniture fits
Let’s just say, you’ve found a great place to live, but you just realized that your favorite chest of drawers or bed frame won’t be able to fit into your room. When you view the apartment, see if you can scope the place out in terms of the dimensions. You want to be comfortable, so make any adjustments necessary to have a comfortable space.