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Apartment Search Tips

Finding an Apartment

Finding the right apartment can be a difficult task. Many renters don’t even know where to begin. They look in the local paper, check a few national or local web sites and often get disappointed with what apartments are available. Part of the reason is that a lot of apartments are not advertised well. Many renters like to see photos of an apartment or learn many of the details before making an effort to visit.

Here are some search tips for finding quality apartments near you:
  • Search early. Start looking for an apartment before you actual need it. Searching for an apartment can take a lot of time.
  • Evaluate your top priorities in finding the right apartment and write them down. Keep the list short.
  • Compare apartments – use a checklist to compare apartments. After you have looked at several apartments you will begin to lose track of what you saw.
  • Research the cost of living in the area. Check average rent prices for apartments in the area. Also, make sure you prepare a list of other possible expenses such as utilities, water, transportation or parking and food.
  • Know the area – When moving to a new area, get someone who knows there way around or do some research before you sign a lease for a new apartment.
  • Have your deposit ready – if someone else gets their deposit in first, you could lose out on a great apartment.
  • Don’t hesitate – if you find an apartment you like, get it.

The bottom line when searching for an apartment is to be prepared. You will likely live in the apartment for a year or more so taking the time to find the right place will save you much more time later if you decide to move.