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Saving Time and Money Looking for an Apartment

Having to look for an apartment can be time consuming and stressful.  Between searching out new neighborhoods, researching amenity information, and then going to look at the apartments, apartment hunting is not enjoyable. There are some ways that you can save time and energy looking for a new place to live.  Consider these tips when looking for your next apartment, and see if they save your sanity too!

Professional apartment hunters are paid by apartment communities to show their apartments.  This works in your favor because there is no money out of your pocket.  They will help you find apartments that may not be published in a newspaper/online classifieds, etc… Apartment hunters will also save you time, similar to a Realtor they can weed out your list of ‘wants’ and provide you with listings in your price range, and neighborhood that you are interested in. They also have information for move-in specials and deals that you may not find looking for an apartment on your own.

ust like searching for a house, searching for an apartment requires you to make some decisions before you get started.  Figure out which area of town you want to live.  Even if you don’t know the neighborhood, do your own research on how far you want to be from work, amenities, and resources.

Determine how much your budget is for monthly payments.  In some apartments utilities are covered, and in others they are not. Set your budget based on you having to pay for utilities separately from your rent. Determine what amenities you need and which are wants.  Often times you will pass over great online apartments because they lack a few amenities. You may be able to save money by having fewer amenities, but being closer to resources that are just as important. Searching online with these factors chosen will help you narrow down the competition.

If you are going to live with a roommate(s), bring them along when looking at apartments.  Landlords don’t like showing units to the same tenants over and over, especially if you don’t seem interested in renting it.  You and your roommates will save time by looking at the apartment together, and then you can discuss the pros and cons of the apartment once you leave.  This also helps recall specifics about the apartment without having to return for multiple visits.

If you can’t visit apartments with your roommates(s), the next best thing is to take pictures.  Taking pictures will also help you choose which apartment you liked, and which you didn’t.  After looking through many apartments, they may start to look the same!  Remember, online apartment websites usually have pictures as well, although they most likely won’t represent the unit you would be living in.

Most apartment buildings will have additional fees. Make sure and get all the information when you view the apartment. Here’s a list of fees to inquire about:

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