Are you thinking of relocating to a new apartment, or even a new city? Looking though some photos and focusing on the interior? Oftentimes renters get wrapped in the details of the apartment that they forget about the location, especially when it’s a new city. This is one big factor that could really break the rental experience.
Some things to consider about the location:
Check Out the Neighborhood
Weigh out what’s most important to you. Oftentimes in cities, you don’t need a car, so seeing where the closest grocery store would be an important influence. You’ll also want to check out the neighborhood by making sure it’s a relatively safe place for you and your family.
When you’ve looked at several apartments, they can all start to blend together and trying to keep track of all the details (amenities, rental rates, security deposit amounts, contact information) can get stressful. Do yourself a favor and create a quick spreadsheet.
When you need to get in touch with the landlord to as a question about something, you’ll have the information right where you need it, rather than having to waste time to track it down. On the spreadsheet you can also keep tabs on whether you have looked at the apartment, and any side notes that you may want to remember about the property.
Bring your Roommate(s)
If you’re planning to moving in with one, or a few, friends, it’s best to bring them along when you go to check out a place. Looking at a rental together will save you a lot of time in your search. After the showing, you can talk about it together and discuss what you like and don’t like.
The Commute Time
It is very important to measure how long it will take to get to and from work, school, or other activities. Factor in times during rush hour and evaluate whether or not you want to spend that amount of time driving. According to AAA News Room, the average person above 16 years old drives roughly 30 miles a day. As a backup, find a place that’s close to nearby transportation or relocate to a place that may be walkable. You don’t want to spend important parts of your day commuting. Consider proximity to public transport. Saving money on gas, car insurance and maintenance leaves more in your budget to devote to monthly rent and other expenses.
People and Price
The experience can be scary when relocating to a new city; where to live is only half of the battle and meeting new people can be intimidating and daunting. Certain apartment complexes offer gyms, pools and other gathering areas, that may be perfect place to meet someone. When transferring to a different part of the city or town, it would be practical to stay close to friends and/or family, for both support and easier time meeting up when you have the chance. Living in certain areas of a town come with a price.
Be Prepared to Negotiate
After you’ve visited your top three or four apartments, you may want to try negotiating with the landlord of the place you’re most heavily considering. When the landlord knows that you have other options available, they may be more willing to work with you on the monthly rent.
Remember to not get stuck with just the details inside the apartment. Be mindful of the surrounding areas of where you’ll live. Don’t forget the importance of location while hunting for a new apartment. This will make moving as easy, smooth transition.
Source: RealtyTimes.com, Forbes.com, lifeandexperiences.com
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