The process of searching for an apartment can be overwhelming and stressful. Regardless of whether you are moving into your first apartment or looking for a new home, we want to help make this process easier!
Creating a checklist and maintaining organization will not only save time, but it will also save you money. Here is a guide of what to do in order to make your apartment search efficient and effective:
1. Establish Your Budget
Before you begin touring spaces, we recommend setting a budget. This budget will pilot your search and help you narrow down the options. When determining the amount you can spend each month, remember to keep in mind all the extra expenses like utilities, parking, storage, Internet/cable and pet fees. These extra expenses add up quickly, and they may make a major different in the kind of place you can afford.
2. Learn the Neighborhood
Location is equally as important as the apartment itself. In your search, certify that the neighborhood is a place where you will feel comfortable and safe. There are sources online, such as WalkScore, that provide detailed information about the surrounding community.
When completing this research, we suggest evaluating the distance to the grocery store, restaurants and shops. This factor alone could add or subtract an apartment on your list.
3. Distance to Work?
Be sure to keep in mind your commute to work when searching for an apartment. Consider the benefits of living in an apartment closer to your office and the money you will save on gas!
If you do not have a car, you will want to consider the proximity of public transportation to the apartment complex.Remember, these factors all play a role in your budget.
4. List Amenities
Create a list of the amenities you wish to be included in your new apartment. This process will help in narrowing down which apartment complexes you will visit.
Here are a few amenities to consider:
- Fitness Center
- Pet Friendly
- Swimming Pool
- Local Shops
If you are interested in our list of amenities at The Foundry at Jeffery Park, please see here.
5. Moving in With a Roommate?
If you will be living with a roommate, ensure that both parties are communicating when making decisions. For instance, go over your individual lists of amenities with your potential roommate to ensure that you will make a solid match.
6. Tour Apartments
After you have exhausted your search online, choose around four apartment complexes to visit. On your tours, ask questions and take notes. Every complex is different, and it is crucial to stay organized.
Insider tip: Arrive on time to your apartment viewing. If you are late to your tour, the landlord is bound to believe that your payments could be late as well.
7. Read Through the Fine Print
When you have made a decision, ensure that you are aware of the length of your lease and the consequences if you need to leave early.
Once all of your questions are answered, submit a report with any previous damages in the apartment (include photos as well). Good news! If the apartment complex is new, this process becomes way easier.
Having the most knowledge about how to search for an apartment provides you with the power to make the best decision. We recommend staying highly organized in your search to make the process less overwhelming. Finding a new apartment is an exciting time, and we hope our checklist helps you in your journey!
If you are interested in learning more about The Foundry at Jeffery Park, please feel free to contact us today!