It’s finally time: You’re shedding the skin of childhood and hunting for your first apartment. It’s an exciting time, but it can also seem a little daunting. To help you sail smoothly through the process, we’ve gathered some apartment hunting tips as well as a final first apartment checklist. Use these ideas to keep you on target as your hunt begins.
Tip #1: Don’t be too quick to fall in love.
Look at five apartments at least before committing to one. It’s easy to think you’ve found “perfection” when you have nothing to compare it to!
Tip #2: Listen to your gut instincts.
Feel like the neighborhood is shady? Worried about that smell in the apartment? Your gut can and should guide you — at least for the most part.
Tip #3: Consider renting from a property management company.
A property management company is accustomed to working with tenants and will usually offer faster assistance if you need help at two in the morning than a landlord would. Plus, property management companies can be more easily vetted.
Tip #4: Don’t go above 30-35 percent of your salary.
Your rent should equal no more than 35 percent of your salary. Be strict about this. It’s tempting to choose a pricier apartment, but it won’t benefit you when you run out of cash before the end of the month.
Tip #5: Ask about special discounts.
Some property management companies and landlords offer special discounts if you agree to lease for a specific amount of time. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
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Ready to get started? Let Triple Crown know what you’re looking for and we’ll use our considerable local resources to help you find just what you’re looking for.