Let’s begin with a short story – The first shot of independence is when one starts looking for a rented apartment. However, this first shot can happen at any point in life – the most probable one being college. If you are like how I had been during my college days, and living off-campus is your choice, then believe me you should tie your laces for the hunt. However, if you’re not one of those college-type people and are still looking for a rented apartment, trust me you’re in the same shoes as them.
But, you mustn’t be worrying – because the beginning looks a little tough but the end will certainly be beautiful. Here’s the guide you need to refer if you’re searching for a low-cost apartment.
Fix the Budget – Do not ever begin your search without fixing your budget – it is the most dangerous thing you can do. Understand how far you can increase the budget and what all do you expect to get in a rented apartment for the chosen amount. Only when you’re convinced about the budget should you move ahead with the search.
Choose the Locality, Wisely – Locality does matter! And, if anyone says it doesn’t, they’re lying about it. For new renters it is important to investigate about the locality and then choose the apartment. Never should you choose your apartment only based upon the interior; it is recommended to know what the locality has in store for you. From the banks, to hospitals to schools, make sure you know about everything. If is a dumb idea to move into an apartment without having enough information about the area.
Calculate the Utility Costs and Moving Costs – The biggest expense would be the rent when moving into a rented apartment, but that’s not all. You will have to pay other utility bills as well as the transportation cost whatsoever. It is recommended that you calculate your bills and other expenses at least twice before you actually move in. It’s usually better to opt for a place with a slightly higher rent but with most utilities included.
Never Forget the Documentation Process – The task of documentation might be time consuming, but it is very important. Believe me, you cannot do without documentation. The complete process may include paying stubs from the job in order to ensure that you’re employed and can afford the apartment, as well as references from previous landlords or professional colleagues. In the case of young people moving into an apartment, the rentee might require someone to co-sign the document for you.
Renting an apartment is never easy, especially if you have to manage the things on your own. Though initially it might seem easy, it is a hectic routine requiring a lot of time and energy. To make sure that you aren’t missing any important details create a checklist for yourself. If you don’t wish to make your own, there are pre-created checklists available online. It is a smart move to never lease an apartment before checking it for basic safety standards and making sure everything works appropriately. Check for fire alarms, hot water heaters, air conditioning units, fireplaces, showers, and faucets. Ensure all the appliances work and check the floors and walls for scuffs or tears. If there are no serious issues and you decide to move in, make a note of any flaws you uncovered and report them to the property manager immediately. Doing so will leave you in a safe corner and if at all anything goes wrong you will not be blamed for it.
Yes there are a lot of things that you need to consider before moving into a new apartment, but with this handy renter’s guide you will feel more relaxed.
Happy Moving Day!