For many people, house hunting is fun and exciting, but for most, the task can be daunting and tiring. Finding the perfect place to live is possible, but takes a lot of time and effort. There are many things to consider and decisions to make that can often be stressful. However, we have put together a few important and very helpful tips to help you with your apartment search.
Set your budget
Before you start looking at anything, this is the first and probably one of the most important things you need to do – set a budget. Determining your budget accurately will definitely help you in the long run. This includes not only the rent, but also all ancillary costs, moving costs, deposit and other ancillary costs associated with living in an apartment. Once all of these questions are answered, you’ll have a realistic sense of how much you can afford to rent each month. The last thing you want is to get into debt because you didn’t calculate your expenses correctly.
Consider the time of year
This next tip may not occur to many people, but the truth is, this is a real thing. Many people prefer to move apartments or houses in summer because the weather is more favorable. More places are available during these months, but the demand for apartments increases the price. So why not think about moving in winter when rental prices are lower and if you’re lucky you might even snag a good bargain. It is said that the busiest months of the year for house hunting are between May and September. So keep that in mind and plan around it if possible.
Location is key
There’s a famous phrase in real estate: “location, location, location”. And yes, location is really important, but there’s no point in renting if it’s a 2-hour commute to work. When compiling your list of non-negotiables, consider making the neighborhood one of them. Also, when looking for your new home, make sure there are grocery stores, restaurants, public transportation, and parking (if necessary) in the area. The location of the apartment should really suit your lifestyle, so do your research!
Create a table
The search for a house and apartment can be overwhelming. To help you, the best you can do is create a simple spreadsheet. Take it from the pros, not only will this make your life easier, it will make your quest a little more effortless. Track all potential apartments by adding columns such as price, location, amenities, nearby shops, distance to public transport and additional notes. Be sure to include as many details as possible about each apartment. This is really an organized, hassle-free way that will save you a lot of time.