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How to Find a Great Apartment

Apartment hunting has gone far beyond the simple search in the classified section of the newspaper. There are numerous tips you can follow to locate the great apartment you dream of moving into.

Make a list of the features you must have. This list should include everything from the number of bedrooms you need to whether the apartment fits your lifestyle needs such as being pet friendly or being in the location you require. Available parking or access to transportation are also factors to consider when listing required features.

Next, decide on the amount of money you can comfortably spend for monthly rent. Refine your search to apartments that are within you budget so you don’t end up over-taxing your budget.

It's fine to check local newspaper listings, but there's a lot of other ways to find an apartment. Visit online sites that specialize in apartment rentals. Utilize the knowledge and expertise of a real estate agent who handles rentals in the neighbourhood you are interested in. Ask friends and family who might be familiar with the area for recommendations.

Nothing beats a first-hand search for the ideal apartment. This is a good time to let your detective skills have free reign as you explore apartment options. Walk through the neighborhood in the daytime, at night, during the week, and on a weekend. Check out the parking situation, the activity and noise level. Look around at the general condition of the apartment complex. If possible, talk with some of the people living in the area to get an idea of how satisfied they are with the neighborhood. Ask questions concerning the average age of the residents, too, to see if it’s a good fit for you.

Always read a lease agreement thoroughly before signing it. Make sure you understand all of the rules, regulations, and all applicable fees. Discuss any cosmetic issues or repairs you are concerned about before signing a lease. A landlord may be willing to let you do some cosmetic updates yourself in order to make the apartment fit your decorating taste.

Know what you want, but be willing to make some reasonable compromises. Keeping these pieces of advice in mind, you are sure to find the right place for creating a home sweet home.