Renting an Apartment – Remember the Basics!

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When renting an apartment, remember the basics on your list of must-haves.

It’s all too easy to get swept up in the perks offered by an apartment community.

Whether it’s a gorgeous pool, a deluxe fitness facility or even your own garage; make sure these basics are at the top of your list.

Is it centrally located?  You may have found the best apartment ever, but stop and consider the location. Will you have to travel a longer distance to work?  It may not seem like a big deal initially, but in the dead of winter the added travel time can become burdensome.  Make sure you drive or walk throughout the apartment community and the surrounding area and note the proximity to grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations. The best apartment in the world may not be worth the added travel time to get to the office or your favorite stores.

Walk through the actual apartment you’ll be renting.  Get a feel for the space and note the layout.  Will your couch and bedroom furniture fit?  Does it get enough natural daylight or too much sun?  Can you picture your “stuff” here and does it feel like a place where you can relax?  Close your eyes and take a moment to visualize yourself living here- it should feel like home!

What about laundry facilities?  It may be a great apartment with a fantastic view but will you have to haul your laundry to the opposite end of the complex in the dead of winter?  Is there is hookup right inside your apartment and will you need to provide your own appliances? Does each building have laundry facilities?  Keep in mind how many loads of laundry you do a week- it may be an important consideration.

Pre-plan!  Make a list of the amenities you want in an apartment. Refer to your list often during your search and jot down notes on each apartment you visit. Most importantly, take your time and trust your instincts when making the final decision on the apartment you’ll call home.

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