Apartment Guide Apartment Search Checklist
Use this apartment search checklist to keep you organized and minimize stress during one of life’s most important processes — finding a new place.
- Figure out what you want in a new apartment. List your apartment priorities including apartment size, features and amenities.
- Determine how much you can afford to spend on rent.
- Choose the area of town in which you would like to live.
- Create an apartment search folder where you can keep your budget, list of priorities and details or printouts of apartments you like.
- Search apartments online at Apartment Guide. Check the availability of apartment communities in your budget and search area.
- Talk to property managers about what is available and what their communities have to offer.
- Narrow your field of possible apartment communities to a few contenders and arrange to visit these properties if you can. (For details on conducting long-distance searches, read How to Find an Apartment in Another State.)
- Gather the application materials you will need to apply for an apartment. These may include:
– Your checkbook
– Social Security Number/Card
– Rental history information (list of locations and dates)
– Personal and professional references
– Pay stubs or bank statements to verify income
- Visit apartment communities to get a feel for which one you might want to live in. Items to take with you may include:
– Your list of apartment priorities
– Information on the property you are visiting
– A list of questions to ask the property manager
– Pen and paper to take notes
– A digital camera to take pictures
– A friend for a second opinion
- Compare apartments weighing the pros and cons of each.
- Choose the best apartment and submit an apartment application.
- When your application is accepted, read your lease carefully before signing it, making sure you understand all the regulations, deposits and fees.
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