Before you find your true love, as they say, you have to kiss a few frogs first. And that goes for apartments, too. If you’ve ever lived in place that had a roof leak, noisy neighbors or a weird smell, you definitely feel like you’ve had your fair share of warts.
But as you move on up to bigger and better apartments, someday you’ll find it: Your true love, the one for you, the Prince Charming (or Princess Charming) of living spaces. But how do you know if this is the apartment you want to keep? To that, we say follow your heart – and our advice.
1. It’s close to your heart, and everything you need.
Location, location, location. The perfect apartment doesn’t feel like a ball and chain – it’s close to your work and/or school, your friends, your family, your gym and anywhere else you love to go. No matter how great an apartment may seem at first, the bloom will fall off the rose if you have a painfully long commute every day, or if no one comes to visit you because you live too far away.
2. It’s low-maintenance.
Nobody likes a drama queen. Just like a clingy significant other, your apartment can start to feel like more work than it’s worth if you’re constantly having to make home improvements yourself or call the maintenance crew out all the time. You want an apartment that’s cozy, comfortable and welcoming when you get home every night, not one that’s a constant source of stress.
Be honest: Your ideal apartment is a total dreamboat. Those hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a fireplace, and that view – they all make for some nice eye candy. But remember: The perfect partnership is 50/50. If you do your part to keep the place looking spiffy by keeping it clean and nicely decorated, your home will be a place you’ll be proud to show off.
4. Your friends love it.
Is your apartment the go-to gathering place for game night, dinner parties or family functions? If so, you’ve got a keeper! If you’ve got a place where everyone enjoys hanging out, that means it hasn’t just wormed its way into your heart – your apartment has a special place in your loved ones’ hearts, too.
5. It’s got nice friends.
By which we mean: Your neighbors are friendly, helpful and courteous. Of course, they may not be your neighbors forever, but if you live in one of those enviable neighborhoods where everyone looks out for each other, that’s worth sticking around for.
6. It doesn’t break your heart to pay your rent.
You know it’s true love when your apartment doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, even though it might be worth it. Your home is a keeper when you’d be willing to pay more than you do now, just to continue living there. (Not that you’d want to, but we all make sacrifices for love. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your landlord.)
Is your apartment “the one?” How did you know it was true love?
Photo credits: Optima Sonoran Village, Scottsdale, AZ; Shutterstock / July Store