Finding a new apartment to call your own is an exciting time, but it can also become a little overwhelming once all of the options are laid out in front of you. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to find the perfect apartment for you in Bradenton or Sarasota:
1. Consider a Budget
One of the most important things to consider before starting your search for a new apartment is your budget. Take the time to account for all of your bills beyond rent so that you can establish a feasible amount to work with. Once you have determined a target number for rent, consider reducing it by a hundred dollars or so to ensure that your monthly budget isn’t too tight once you move.
2. Consult a Resource Guide
Take advantage of a resource guide, like theUltimate Apartment Search Guide, that provides ideas for how to evaluate apartment locations, ways you can prioritize features and amenities, and questions that you should ask apartment management.
3. Make a List of Must-Have Features
Decide ahead of time which features are absolute must-haves and which are just nice-to-haves. This will help you narrow down your options and focus on the apartment communities that provide the best match for your needs. You may hit the jackpot and find an apartment with all the amenities you're hoping for, but it's more likely that you may have to compromise one or two items on your list.
4. Look for Photos, 3D Layouts
An effective way to get a good idea of what each potential apartment community on your consideration list has to offer is to review 3D Apartment layouts of each one when possible. Many apartment communities publish information about apartment features and most also supply a vast selection of photos so you can get a sense of the amenities and community atmosphere.
5. Consider the Location
Location is always important when it comes to choosing a home base, so think about how long of a work commute you want to have, and how close you want to be to shopping areas, restaurants, recreation and other activities in Bradenton and Sarasota. You’ll be much happier when you find an apartment that provides a balance between your work demands and personal preferences.
6. Check Community Policies
It’s also important to ask about community policies so you have a clear understanding of what each one expects from you as a resident, and what you can expect from them. You may find that some of the apartments you’re interested in have policies that don’t work for you, while others, like the Springs Pledge demonstrate the apartment community’s commitment to meeting your needs.