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The Rental Application Process 2

After hours of looking at apartments online and in person, you've finally found the one. It's exactly what you're looking for in terms of price, size, amenities and location, and you want to fill out the application so you can…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least for the Apartment Guide team. Renters are making tough decisions about whether to stay put in their current apartment, or move on to a bigger and better abode.

It’s natural to assume that after a few years of renting, you’re automatically ready to take on the title of homeowner. But you might need to slow your roll before you’re in too deep. Are you really ready to own a home? Like, really? Below, we outline a few reasons why you might need to renew that apartment lease.

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[caption id="attachment_63888" align="aligncenter" width="607"]A furnished apartment will come with assorted furniture and kitchen equipment. Image: Summit Crossing, Cumming, GA A furnished apartment will come with assorted furniture and kitchen equipment. Image: Summit Crossing, Cumming, GA[/caption] Whether you’re renting your first apartment or just moving on up, you might ask yourself a question that many renters face: Furnished or unfurnished? Furnished apartments are far less common, but it might be the right choice for you if you’re a student, a traveling professional, or you just don’t want the hassle of buying and moving furniture. Furnished apartments usually come equipped with furniture, basic kitchen appliances and tableware, bathroom necessities such as a shower curtain, a washer/dryer set, and possibly a few other amenities. The exact items will vary depending on the landlord and what kind of place you’re renting. Here are a few pros and cons to consider before you decide if furnished or unfurnished is right for you.

In some cities, you've got to treat an apartment visit like a job interview! Check out our tips.

[caption id="attachment_60455" align="alignleft" width="360"]In some cities, you've got to treat an apartment visit like a job interview! Check out our tips. In some cities, you've got to bring your best to nab your favorite apartment in a competitive market.[/caption] In some rental markets, apartment hunting can be as competitive as a job search. In fact, modern, savvy apartment seekers often visit apartments as prepared as if they’re on a job interview. If your apartment search lies in a highly-competitive rental market, like New York City, you may want to employ a few clever approaches to help secure your tenancy. Here are some tactics to help you nab your first-choice apartment and seal the deal on the spot!

Have you considered these five details on your apartment search?

[caption id="attachment_37093" align="alignleft" width="360"]Have you considered these five details on your apartment search? Have you considered these five details on your apartment search?[/caption] It’s easy for an apartment search to become overwhelming, even when you follow a careful search plan. Don’t bog down your brain with zillions of requirements. Focus on a few things you feel are important to your perfect apartment space. Here are five essentials that might be easy to overlook, but are extremely important to consider when choosing your new apartment home.

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Sometimes it seems there are so many details to consider when choosing an apartment that it's hard to hone in on a final decision. There are many angles that might make one new apartment seem more appealing to you than another. [caption id="attachment_61896" align="aligncenter" width="880"]How to Choose an Apartment CanalSide Lofts in Columbia, SC[/caption] Read on for our some guidelines on how to channel your second-guessing toward choosing a great apartment.

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Wondering how to find the best apartment for you? While the idea of the “best” apartment certainly varies from person to person, these tips should help you find the apartment that suits you to a “T.” Know thyself Before you can figure…

What to Ask Before You Rent

Choosing a new apartment can be an exhausting process with many variables to consider. It can be hard to know whether you will be truly happy living in a particular location. Besides, if you’ve been apartment hunting for more than a day or two, every place may start to look alike to you.

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When you’re committing to living somewhere for a year or more, a little information goes a long way. Take a few minutes to make a list of the things that really matter to you. What makes you really feel at home in a living space? Here are some questions to ask before you sign a lease.

Tips to Narrow Your Apartment Search

When you first start an apartment search, the number of options can seem overwhelming. There are some key elements you can look at to help you narrow the field down to the few best candidates, however.

Tips To Narrow Your Apartment Search

Here are some factors to consider when narrowing down an apartment search and comparing the candidates at the top of your list.

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