When I first decided to move out, I had no idea what kind of chaos laid ahead. It took me several months to find a place, get settled in, and then immediately regret my decision. I didn’t do my research of what to look for and what to lookout for. I wish I had compiled a list of needs that apartment should have to fit my standard. Long story short, it wasn’t the best of times, but what I learned from it saved me for the years coming up. I don’t want you to commit the same mistakes I made. So I decided to come up with this post, to help you on your apartment hunting. Below are some tips and advice to help you as you try to find that perfect home!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: I can’t stress to you how important this is. A perfect location for your apartment would be close to your job,
Uncover hidden costs: Normally when you finalize your decision on the place you want to live, there are some fee’s that you may have overlooked. Surely a 50 page contract can get boring really quickly, but that document contains more than boring words. It includes fees and expenses you didn’t think you have to pay for. Most of the time it may be a water usage fee, one that’s around 25$ a month or a garbage disposal fee that’s around the same price. Let’s not forget how much it’s going to be for cable or internet. The monthly fee you may be aware of, but there is a deposit or set-up fee normally. If you have a pet, look for a pet deposit fee and a monthly pet fee for the cleaning they do. These fees add up together on top of what you’re already paying. Be sure to read the fine print, and make sure you clarify all your expenses with them.
Making sure everything fits: When people move into a new place, they don’t really think about how they are going to bring in their furniture. For example, the place might look really roomy, but once you bring in the luggage, then you might not have as much room as you thought. A good way to go around this is to take measurements of the place if they don’t have any. See if that big couch will fit through the door or if that old piano can fit just fine without having to sell it. Bring a tape measure or better yet ask for measurements if they have any floor plans.
Finalize and be ready: Once you go through your checklist, find the right location, and make sure all the other necessities are met, then you can sign the dotted line. Have all your documents ready, bring in all the necessary paperwork, and make sure you get everything in writing. Come prepared to fill out the application and background check, make sure you are ready to put down a deposit and signing that lease. When there are changes to be made or things that need to be adjusted before you move in, this is the time to reiterate those conversations and have them down on paper. In addition, if you can get access to your credit report, bring a copy so that it could levitate the waiting time and put you head of the competition.
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