How to Choose an Apartment
Sometimes there are too many details to consider when choosing an apartment, making it hard to make a final decision. There are many angles that might make one new apartment seem more appealing to you than another.[find-an-apartment]
Read on for our some guidelines on how to channel your second-guessing toward choosing a great apartment.
The first step in choosing the right apartment is to search in the right way. Record the details of the apartments you visit, including the property’s stats, your notes, photos, and whatever questions you asked the landlord.
Know your priorities — and stick to them!
The most important aspect of making a choice is knowing what's really important to you. By putting your apartment priorities down in order, you’ll know what to keep in mind during your search. Considerations may include location, how much rent you can afford and the type of apartment you’d prefer. When you’re ready to choose, consult your priority list and note how the apartments match. This should narrow down your choices very quickly.
Get a second opinion
If you're looking for a new apartment with a roommate, your task may be easier as you’ll have someone to evaluate your choices with. If you're conducting the search solo, you may need to call in some reinforcements. Bringing a friend or family member along is always a good idea, or you can tag a trusted person to go over the notes and photos from your hunt to help you decide.
Choosing the right apartment feels like such a weighty decision: what if you choose the wrong one and feel stuck in an unhappy situation? You can’t control every variable, but you can be careful in your selection. Use your instincts to guide your direction, but remain clear-headed about what you want and need and you’ll likely determine the best apartment choice for you.