As a first-time renter, you might have many questions that you do not have the answers to, or perhaps people are giving you differing answers for the same question. This process might come as a bit confusing for you, but don’t worry. In this blog, we will be talking about the various tips and tricks you can use when trying to decide which apartment you should pick out for yourself.
Determine Your Budget
Okay, so this is a big one. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTORS®, we always discuss with our clients what a comfortable budget looks like for them. So we invite you to use a similar tactic in your search.
First, you and whomever you might be living with must settle on a comfortable price range to work within. Once you figure out this part, the rest of the process becomes a lot easier.
Pick Out a Location
Finding the perfect location for you and your roommate(s) is the second most crucial part. For example, you might be moving to a city where one of you has found a job and needs to relocate. On the other hand, you might be looking at a couple of different cities in particular and figuring out which location might be the better option for you. Either way, you must discuss which part of town works best.
Do you want to live in the suburbs or downtown? Do you want to live near where you work? These details might seem a little nitpicky, but you ultimately want to choose an area where you know you will be comfortable.
If you prefer city life, you’ll lean towards an apartment, loft, or house in the metro area. On the other hand, if you lean towards privacy, you want to choose a place in a more rural area.
Keep all of this in mind when you’re trying to pick a place for yourself.
Touring Apartments or Rental Homes
When you tour an apartment or a rental home, you want to get a feel for the place. Remember, there is no pressure for you to fill out an application immediately. Instead, take your time and remember distinguishing your wants from your needs.
Most apartments or houses will not have things you might desire but might have all of the stuff you need. And if one of those houses or apartments fulfills all of your needs, you know it’s the right one for you. So here are some questions and areas of thought to keep in mind.
- The size of the house or apartment
- Can you fit all of your furniture there? Or if you have space, what are some necessary pieces of furniture you need to buy?
- Are you comfortable with the bedroom size and the size of the other rooms?
- Can you work with the layout of the apartment? For example, are all your items going to fit?
- If you’re living with another person, is the apartment big enough for both (or more) of you?
Remember to Communicate
Moving out and relocating can be tricky. But a good thing to remember is to communicate effectively with the person or people who will be rooming with you.
If you’re moving in alone, don’t be afraid to ask questions when you tour a place. Ask a friend or family member to come with you on your tours to get another perspective.
You want to make sure you all are on the same page about what kind of place you’re looking for, what area you are looking to move into, and if the apartments you are looking at are in your budget. Good luck!