How To Find an Apartment
Finding the right apartment, one within your budget, one with the right set of amenities, one in the right area of the city – should not be hard just as long as you are diligent and organized in managing the process. Here are some tips to help you as you are apartment hunting so you can make sure you find the perfect home for you and your family.
Apartment Hunting Tips
The first step in finding an apartment is knowing what your budget is and what your price range is. Include utilities when calculating how much you can afford.
Next, consider which town or neighborhood you would like to live in. Think about your work or school location and what the commute time is. Take note of the features you need –parking, security, pet policies, laundry facilities, number of rooms, etc.
Once you have a good idea of what you are looking for, there are many tools that can be used in finding your actual apartment. The traditional way to find an apartment is to browse through the classified ads in the newspaper or an apartment listing booklet. A downside of using this classic method, however, is the lack of visuals such as colored photographs.
To solve this problem, you can use the internet. There are hundreds of available online listings that include pictures of the apartment with additional information that you cannot find in newspaper ads. Some websites will even compare prices for you, helping you find an apartment much quicker. You may also sign-up with an apartment-finder service within your area.
Perhaps the best way to find an apartment is to combine both methods. Reading through newspapers and searching the web will help you cover more ground so you won’t miss out on the best deals, but some landlords of smaller apartments can only afford to advertise in the local paper. Whatever you decide to do, keep a folder for newspaper clips, printouts, and brochures for any apartments you find- online or in newspaper ads- that look promising.
You might also want to take time out to call property management companies just to find out what they currently have available.
Once you have a list of options, be diligent and take the time to personally visit the apartment you are interested in renting. Have a walk-through in the apartment and speak with the property manager. Do not hesitate to ask any questions. The property manager should be willing to address your queries and provide you with the information you need. It is better to be informed sooner rather than later. Also take note of any pre-existing damage you see in the apartment.
It takes a lot of time and effort to find the right apartment, so just go out and hit the streets. Ask your friends and family for referrals. Keep in mind that some of the greatest apartments may not even be advertised at all as some properties rely on just word of mouth to advertise their apartments. Rest assured, though, that the right apartment is out there and that you will find it.