Let the Apartment Hunting Begin

by Maggie StandingJanuary 30, 2013

Searching for your next place to live can seem like a daunting task; for those searching for a new apartment, the vast amount of decisions to make can seem overwhelming. Luckily, our friends at ForRent.com have provided some advice to get you in your next apartment.

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Step One: Know the Finances

Living in an apartment can present many costs you may be unfamiliar with. You should look at your budget to see what you can and cannot afford. Remember, rent should only be 20-30% of your monthly income to allow for other expenses. If the finances seem too tight, consider getting a roommate to alleviate the burden.

Step Two: Location

Picking an area where you want to live is a big decision. Every location has its pros and cons; so make a list and weigh the benefits for each spot. Keep in mind commuting costs to and from school, work or daycare. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, be sure to visit the city to get a better understanding of the areas attractions, parks, etc.

Step Three: Ask the Right Questions

After you’ve narrowed down a few apartment communities to rent; you’ll need to visit the locations for a tour. When you speak to the leasing staff, it’s important to be prepared with a list of questions. ForRent.com has a detailed list on their blog; perfect to print out and bring with you when you go on your visits.

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