You're at a point where you're starting to look for your first apartment. After all those years of living in a dorm room and sleeping in a twin-size bed, you're more than ready to move out. You've been dreaming about decorating, or being right near fun things to do at all times. There are some things to consider when you're looking for your first apartment. This is where the #adulting comes in.
Wouldn't it be cool if apartment hunting was like an episode of House Hunters? A realtor would bring you to three cute and trendy places around town, and you'd have to tell her your likes and dislikes.
In reality, it's not always like what you see on television. You'll likely tour a lot of apartments and lofts before you sign any contract and call that place home. Throughout the process, you'll discover what you need out of your living situation, and figure out your priorities. Taking these things into consideration will be key, when you're looking for an apartment the first time around.
Location is the primary thing you need to consider, when you're looking for your first apartment. First thing's first: Where do you want to live?
Once you figure that part out, then you can start looking at the some other details: the neighborhood, the nearest grocery store, and recreational things you can do in the area. It may seem tedious, but location is key to making sure you're comfortable in your new home.
The layout of your apartment is actually more important than you may believe. You want to make sure your space makes sense, and will fit all of your belongings, too. Some complexes have a communal space for laundry, but others will have room for a washer and dryer right in your unit. Maybe your place will be two floors, with a fun spiral staircase, or have a pretty open floor plan. You need to know (and see) these things for yourself!
Before you commit to anything, be sure to take a tour. Check out the closets and room for storage, and the counter space in the kitchen. When in doubt, go with your gut and know where you're willing to compromise.
3. Cost of Rent
Rent is just part of the real world, and you have to consider your bank account before dropping any deposits. You'll want to find some easy ways to save money where you can, and don't forget the water bill.
Paying rent and having your own apartment sometimes requires some roommates. You may find a studio and decide to live alone, or have the funds for your own place. Whatever your situation may be, it's important to take other people into consideration. Sometimes just having this company makes a place feel more like home.
Unfortunately, not every apartment allows pets. So, take that into consideration when you're apartment hunting, especially if you may want to recruit some furry roommates.
Talk to the landlord about your options. Sometimes you can have small animals. Maybe you have a furry friend who's going to make the move with you. In that case, you really need to find a place that will be comfortable for two. You may need an apartment that is dog-friendly, or spacious enough for your cat to roam freely during the day.
You'll be spending most of your time away. But, after a particularly busy day, it would be nice to have an easy commute to your couch. When you're looking for your first apartment, you'll want to take transportation into consideration, and look into parking rates for your car. Is there public tansportation nearby? Could you walk or bike on a sunny Monday morning?
Before snagging your first apartment, make sure that you meet your future landlord or managment team. You'll work with them when your kitchen sink has a leak, or when the air conditioning quits. Like any relationship or friendship, getting along and being able to solve problems is essential.
You want to make sure that this person has your best interests in mind, and cares about your space, too. Ask them questions about their experience, and maybe talk to other tenants who have been in the building for a bit.
8. Other Amenities
Having your own apartment is a dream come true. But, be sure to consider the amenities that come with it before signing any contract. Sometimes, you can find an apartment that's has everything you're looking for, and a pool.
At the end of the day, these sort of things make your living situation even better and could save you some money. After all, if you're using the gym in your building, you don't need a membership at that place downtown.