This May marks our second year living in our current apartment. It’s crazy how fast time flies by, but it also got me thinking about how difficult it was to find a place that really feels like home. That’s why I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I learned.
Let me just start by saying I am not a Realtor and these tips are from my own personal experience. But, I do feel like I have some experience with finding a pretty awesome apartment as I’ve lived in apartments as a renter for quite some time and everyone is jealous of my home. I say that modestly, of course …
All jokes aside, my apartment is pretty decent: it’s cheap, it’s all inclusive, has lots of parking, close to everything and it’s unique. But most important, it suits us.
Finding a home that suits your needs and wants isn’t easy though. I’ve looked at some pretty terrible apartments in my search for this little gem and so I’ve decided to share some of the lessons I’ve learned on the way.
I believe that when you’re searching for your new home, it’s important to know exactly what it is you want and right it down. Here are some things to consider on your next apartment hunt:
1. Pointing out the obvious here – you need to decide where you want to live.
Do some research on the city and then the neighbourhood. This is especially important if you have children, because us parents know that the school district is the all mighty decision maker when it comes to finding a place to live. But you also have to consider what kind of amenities you want nearby and what your future neighbours will be like. If you’re young, living near a college may not bother you, but if you’re raising a family or enjoy the quiet it would.
Write a list of all of the things that are important to you when it comes down to the city/neighborhood you want to live in.
Some things to consider when it comes to the neighbourhood:
- Downtown or suburbs?
- Nearby playground or dog parks?
- Transit – bus stops, bike lanes or walking trails. What is your main mode of transportation?
- Shopping centres or nearby stores?
2. Now consider the type of building you want to live in and what kind of features are important to you.
I personally lived in a typical apartment building and hated it. Now I live in a duplex and love it. It all depends on what kind of building you prefer and what’s included. And one more thing that people tend to look over, the landlord. Is this someone you feel is a fair, honest person who will fix things when needed and be understanding?
Write a list of what kind of building you would be okay living in, and what features you want/need.
Some things to consider when it comes to the actual building:
- Number of bedrooms?
- Parking spots?
- Laundry facility?
- Balcony or outdoor space?
- Are pets allowed?
- Smoke free or not?
- Does it have a pool or gym?
- And of course, the landlord.
3. The most important thing to consider: how much does it cost and what can you afford?
They say to keep your rent plus utilities no higher than 30 to 40 per cent of your monthly income. That means if you make $3000 monthly you should look for an apartment that’s about $1000 a month for rent. Of course, the cheaper the better, right?
Write down your monthly income and divide it by 30 per cent to find out what you can afford.
Once an apartment meets all of your criteria you really just have to go with your instincts. If you walk into a place and it has you feeling nauseous, that’s an obvious sign to get the hell out of there. But if you’re left feeling giddy and excited after viewing a place make sure to get that application in ASAP.
What were some of the things you considered when looking for a new place to live? What advice would you give to someone looking for a new apartment?
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