Familiarize yourself with the terms found in apartment ads before you start your search. You will save time and aggravation by knowing which floorplans to focus on because you know what suits your lifestyle and your budget.
These are the categories you will most often see listed in apartment ads:
- Studio: An open, L- or U-shaped space with a full bathroom. You create dining, living and sleeping areas, using curtains to define spaces and room dividers for privacy. Some may have a bedroom or kitchen alcoves.
- Loft: A space with high ceilings and lots of window light that has a small space for an office or bedroom accessible by a ladder. These floorplans may have more than one bedroom — besides the loft area.
- One-Bedroom: A room with a closet and a door, which is separate from other living areas. The same is true for two-bedroom, three-bedroom, etc.
- Duplex/triplex: Free-standing units with two or three separate apartments, one on each floor or a single with two or three floors.
Which Floorplan Is Best?
To choose the number of rooms, consider how you will use the space. Do you:
- Have roommates? Does everyone want a separate bedroom and bath?
- Work from home? Evaluate what you need to set up a home office.
- Have lots of stuff? Factor that in when you look, or you might also want to consider renting a storage unit.
- Have a little or a lot of furniture? How much space do you need? Can you afford to furnish a space?
Urban or Suburban
Apartments cost more to rent in desirable urban areas. Their per-square-foot cost is higher than their suburban counterparts. You may find cheaper rents in urban settings undergoing renewal because revitalization of neighborhoods and businesses is just beginning, and it is slowly attracting attention. If you like urban living, consider that:
- Apartments in high-rise buildings are usually small, but they sometimes have high-end, modern finishes or interesting architectural details
- You will have to allow extra time to use an elevator or take several flights of stairs and walk to and from a parking garage or public transportation stop every time you go out.
- A residential neighborhood will be busy 24/7, whereas an apartment complex in a business district will empty out at the end of the day and be quiet during evenings and weekends.
Your rent budget will stretch further in a suburban setting. Apartments that rent for the same monthly price as an urban apartment will have higher square footage and more rooms. They may be newer, though they may not have the same architectural details as their urban counterparts. A suburban setting is a good choice if:
- You have roommates and need an apartment with a floorplan that gives everyone enough room to live happily together.
- You can save money on rent and have more space, even though you may spend more money on your daily commute.
- You like neighborhoods with a mix of people, including families, singles and seniors.
- You prefer less congestion and want parks and trails for walking and riding your bike. You don’t mind taking your car when you want to go out.
- You can save money on restaurants and diversions, which are often less expensive than in urban areas.
If you find an apartment in the neighborhood you want with a rent that fits your budget but has a floorplan that doesn’t quite match your needs, don’t give up yet! Often, a little creativity can redefine spaces to meet your needs. Or, it might suggest that it’s time to evaluate and maybe thin out clothing and other possessions. Either way, flexibility is the key that opens the door to the right apartment with the best floorplan for you.
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