It can be exciting and exhausting at the same time to move to a new address. Certainly, you’ll want this decision to be one of the best you’ve ever made. But as you might imagine, there are a few crucial issues to be considered as you go looking for your dream apartment.
Location is probably the most important consideration when choosing an apartment. For practicality, the place should be within a reasonable distance from your workplace or your kids’ school, or at least, you shouldn’t have a problem taking public transportation. Take note, however, that apartment listings can be exaggerated when they talk about proximity to important spots, like hospitals, shopping areas, etc. To be safe, track the distance yourself on your GPS.
Apartments can have various layouts, even if they were all in the same complex or have exactly the same size. If you work from home, make sure there’s an area you can designate as your office. If you like hosting parties, pick an apartment with a spacious entertainment area.
When you come to check out a certain property, don’t forget to take note of the details. Is it screaming for fresh paint? How about the faucets in the kitchen and the bathrooms? You may want to take pictures as well. And about the damages, make sure the landlord knows about them too.
For obvious reasons, you’ll want an apartment that has all the amenities you need , like additional parking areas, gym, massage services, and so on. Don’t forget to inquire about pet fees, building costs, maintenance, cable services and Internet. While these may sound like such tiny details, you have to consider them as you crunch the numbers.
Your Financial Ability
Before finally choosing an apartment, make sure you have compared it with neighboring properties, especially the pricing. If it’s more expensive than most others, does it offer amenities that the others don’t? Ask yourself if you can afford the apartment and be as truthful as possible with your answer. When studying the cost, make sure you factor in your other monthly expenses. If you’re short, adding a roommate could help.
Once you’ve found a property you like, read the whole lease contract, especially the fine print, and make sure all the essentials are covered: amenities, lease term and monthly payments, added fees, etc. How much do you pay if you decide not to continue halfway through the lease? Can you sublet when you’re away? You have to find the answers to such questions before signing the dotted line.