Your home is your sanctuary. If it doesn't fit, you can't exchange it as easily as a new pair of jeans. Taking time during your apartment search to make a checklist of priorities will pay off with a choice that you're proud of and happy to call home. Narrow your search with these tips that will help to direct your focus.
1. Develop A Workable Budget
Housing is without a doubt the biggest expense in your budget, so you need to have a good handle on what you can and can't afford. The traditional rule of thumb for housing expenses has long been 30 percent of your gross monthly income. You can use that as a starting point and tweak it based on your individual situation.
2. Consider The Balance Between Work And Home
Commuting to and from work is a dreary, but necessary, fact of life for most of us. You may be so dazzled by an apartment in an inconvenient location that you tell yourself you won't mind the long drive, but it may turn out to be easier said than done. Be realistic about the maximum distance you want to live from your workplace. It's also a good idea to check out the availability of public transportation options.
3. Consult a Resource Guide
Take advantage of a resource guide, like the Ultimate Apartment Search Guide, that will provide you with ideas for evaluating apartment locations, ways you can rate and prioritize features and amenities, and potential questions that you should ask apartment management.
4. Know Your Deal Breakers
Are there certain features that are non-negotiable for you? Maybe you need a pet-friendly community or a well-appointed kitchen. Knowing what you must have makes it easier to know what you can live without.
5. Read The Fine Print
Community policies differ from place to place. What are the rules regarding overnight guests? Can rent be paid electronically? Will you be allowed to wall-mount your big-screen TV? Find out the answers before you sign the lease to prevent any disappointments later.
6. Take The Apartment For A "Test Run"
When you tour a potential apartment home, don't be afraid to take an in-depth look. Check out actual closet sizes. Turn on showers and water faucets. Remember, you are the "customer" and it's going to be your hard-earned money paying the rent. You have a right to know what you're getting.
7. Don't Restrict Your Search To One Specific Method
Online sources are fine, but they don't always provide a comprehensive list of options. Sometimes you make the best discoveries by touring your desired city or neighborhood to see what's out there.
When you make your list of preferred features, you'll find them at our Springs Apartments homes. From pet-friendly communities to resort-style pools and fitness centers, we offer the luxury amenities you're looking for. Visit our website to see the list of our communities.