It’s no secret that moving can be stressful. No matter if
this is your first apartment or you move around every few months to a year,
there are certain aspects of moving that are simply not fun. At The Residences
at New Longview, we do our best to answer all questions up front, even before a
potential resident needs to ask, to make the apartment hunt process as easy as
possible. Over the years we’ve found there are some questions that can help
narrow down the search. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have
your own tips and tricks let us know!
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What do I need and what can I afford?
The first step in the apartment
hunt is determining your wants, needs, and budget. If you don’t already have a budget
figured out, now is the perfect time! Take a look at your past few months’ worth
of credit card and bank statements to see recurring costs and estimates for
other costs like groceries and eating out. Keep in mind that most apartments
require your income be three times the monthly rent, so for example if the
apartment is $1,000/month you’d need to be making at least $3,000/month before
taxes. Regardless of the income requirement, think about how much of your monthly
income you want to be spending on rent versus other expenses, and how much you’d
like to put into savings. That will give you a price range as you’re looking
Another important piece of the
apartment hunt is your lists of needs and wants. How many bedrooms and bathrooms
do you need? Is in-unit laundry a need or a want? While hardwood flooring would
be nice, ask yourself if it’s a deal-breaker. Think about community amenities
as well, like a pool or fitness center, and if you’re planning on having a
roommate or moving with a partner you’ll need to discuss each of your lists.
Something that’s on your “want” list may be a “need” to someone else. This list
doesn’t have to be cut and dry, by any means, but if you have a few main boxes
to check that can help narrow down your search online and cut down your
potentials to see in person.
What kind of neighborhood do I want?
If you’re moving from out of
town you may not be familiar with the area you’re looking to move to. First, determine if you want somewhere more laid back and suburban or somewhere more
urban with a busier feel. Regardless of urban or suburban, also think about
nearby businesses and access you’ll want. Think about locations like grocery
stores, shopping malls, nightlife, and libraries. If you’re an outdoors person
or like to stay active also consider hiking and biking trails, or off-leash dog
parks if you have a pup. You can look over these types of questions before you
even go to the property by putting the address into Google Maps and zooming in
to see local businesses.
As you’re starting to tour
apartment communities give yourself some extra time before or after your tour
to drive around the neighborhood and see things for yourself. You can even pull
up Google Maps while you’re there to see what local places are advertising near
you, and don’t forget to ask the leasing team! They work and most likely live
nearby, so they can be a great resource for places and activities nearby.
How will I get to work?
As you’re researching potential
apartments you’re probably already thinking about your commute. How much time
are you willing to spend traveling to and from work each day? We Midwesterners tend
to prefer driving, but if public transportation is an option would you rather
take a bus or train? Google Maps has an option to put in the departure and arrival
address and will give you suggested routes as well as average travel times for various
times of the day, or if you’re already in the area you could even drive it
yourself to get a better feel.
As working from home is getting
more popular you may have a different set of needs. Commute times to and from a
physical location may not concern you, but other items like internet speed
will. Working remotely can be a great way to increase your work/life balance, but
chances are good you won’t want to actually work from your home day in and day out,
so you’ll also want to research nearby coffee shops, libraries, and other
businesses with free WiFi. Some apartment communities are also offering
business centers and coworking spaces so you don’t have to budget quite as much
on artisanal coffee to get out of your living room.
What rules may apply to me?
No matter what apartment
community you choose, and regardless of what community amenities are available
or if management is on-site, there will be rules that may or may not apply to
you. You’ll want to make sure to ask about and know these rules before you sign
the lease to avoid any confusion or issues down the line. For example, if you
have any pets or are thinking about getting a dog or cat in the future you’ll
need to know about any pet fees, deposits, or other costs. Some communities
have a number limit for pets, or breed or weight restrictions.
Some other important policies to
know about are:
Indoor and outdoor (patio/balcony) decoration
rules like painting walls or hanging pictures or lights
Visitor policies and guest parking
Quiet hours and common area rules
Resident parking options and upgrades
Pool, fitness center, and other public area
rules and hours
How and when to pay the rent
Renter’s insurance and other items to set up
When and how am I moving?
If you’re touring potential
apartments you should already have an idea of a move-in date, but if not you’ll
need to figure that out sooner rather than later. You may even be able to save
some money by changing your move-in date if your current situation is a bit
flexible! Regardless of how much time you have to move, it’s a good idea to
write down a calendar so you can keep on track during the entire process. Think
about your current workload and other duties, and make a packing schedule
accordingly, starting with items you won’t need between now and then like off-season
clothes and extra bedding. Pack in reverse order and label everything clearly
so you won’t have to go box hunting for items you’ll need right away.
You’ll also need to determine how
you’re getting your possessions from point A to point B. It’s tempting to
simply hire a professional moving service to do everything, but if you’re
traveling far that could get costly quickly. If you’re only moving across town
or have several heavy items it may be worth it to hire professionals for a few
hours, but if you’re moving across the state or only have smaller items you may
want to save some money, cash in a few IOUs or bribe friends with dinner, and
rent a moving van for the day.
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