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Apartment Hunting 101: Know the Basics and Find the Perfect Place!

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

handing over the keys to a new apartment

So, the time has arrived. Maybe you got that new job that lets you move onto bigger and better things or maybe you’re moving out on your own for the first time. Either way, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the sea of questions and considerations when looking to rent an apartment.

1.)    Research the Apartment Complex – Are you interested in moving into a community of apartment owners? That’s great! We recommend doing a simple Google, Yahoo, or Bing search for reviews on the apartment complex you Are interested in.

2.)    See What the Commute Is Like – Take a test drive from the apartment you’re considering to your place of work during the time you would normally have to commute. This will give a better gauge on how long you’ll be spending going back and forth from work.

3.)    Find Out Who Your Neighbors Will Be – How well you fit in with the people around you is a big factor in how much you’ll enjoy apartment living. It’s always a personal preference as we all having different living needs, wants, and goals.  

The same is true of roommates. Doing a little research on social media and find out if you have some common points of contact that can help you figure out whether or not you’ll fit in with a potential roommate.

4.)    Learn About What Amenities Are Available – If you move into an apartment community, don’t hesitate to ask about all of the perks of living there. More than a few apartment complexes offer an on-site gym, pool, and internet access, among other things. You might find that amenities will save you money (like gym memberships).

5.)    Ask for An Itinerary of All Fees – This is incredibly important. Make sure that the costs are outlined and that you have a crystal clear idea of what you will be paying for across the course of your contract.

If you’re looking for an apartment, contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour!

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