How Do You Know Which Apartment Is Right For You?
Choosing the right apartment doesn’t have to be stressful.
Choosing an apartment can be a complex and stressful decision. And since you’re going to be signing a lease, spending a chunk of your paycheck on rent, and dealing with moving, you’ll want to ensure you made the right choice. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re confident in your decision:
Before you start touring apartments, you first need to determine your budget and your “musts.” Take a deep dive into your bank account, and determine what your rent budget is. Set yourself an ideal rent and use that number to determine your search.
Choosing A Location:
- Is this location convenient for my commute?
- Is this location convenient for my social life?
- Is this neighborhood one that I see myself living in?
- Is this location convenient for public transportation?
- Do you need a dishwasher?
- Do you need a washer and dryer?
- Do you need central air?
- Do you want to live in a building with a doorman?
- Do you want to live in a building with a gym?
- Do you need parking?
- How long of a lease do you need to sign?
- Is the building pet friendly?
- Is there a guest policy?
- Are there communal spaces?
Next, do some more research. Is the management company reputable? Many buildings have reviews on Facebook and Yelp, where residents can post complaints. These are worth checking out, and double checking when the reviews were posted.
After you’ve done your research, it’s time to set up apartment tours. If you’re going to tour many apartments at once, bring along a notepad or take notes on your phone. Keep track of each apartment’s information, your observations, and if it checks off all of your boxes from above. It’s easy to fall in love with an apartment, and then be dissapointed when it’s over your budget or doesn’t meet your criteria. Make sure you’re assessing these points as you go.
Some important questions to ask while touring units:
- How long has the unit been empty?
- If you’re touring a different unit than what you’d be renting, can you see photos or the actual apartment?
- When was the building constructed? Are there any upcoming construction projects?
- What utilities are included?
- Who will be responsible for repairs or damage?
- Is there staff on call for emergency repairs?
After you’ve toured, it’s time to make a decision. Compile your notes and see which apartment checks off the most “musts.” Compare that unit with the unit that made you most excited to live there, and then weigh the pros and cons.
Before signing anything, be sure to read through the lease. Your lease is a legal contract, and your bound to what it says. If you have questions, ask a friend or family member, or ask the building manager.