Ready to start looking for your new apartment? Finding your perfect place to live doesn’t have to be an ordeal. By getting yourself organized in advance, starting your apartment search and locating your new home can actually be fairly easy. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our checklist to ensure you’re fully prepared to set out on your apartment hunting journey.

Determine Exactly What You Need

Before you even begin your apartment search, you need to figure out exactly what you’re looking for. Start by asking yourself the following questions to get a better idea of what kind of apartments will fit the bill. If you’re renting with a roommate, partner or spouse, going over these questions can prevent annoying arguments down the line.

  • How much rent can you afford?
  • What are your dates for moving?
  • What area of town do you want to live in?
  • How many bedrooms do you want?
  • How many bathrooms do you want?
  • What kind of features must your apartment have?
  • Do you need an apartment that allows pets?
  • What kind of amenities would you like to have?
    • Dishwasher
    • Disabled access
    • Certain appliances
    • Included utilities
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • Gym
    • Clubhouse
    • Bark park
    • Close to work or nightlife

Know Your Credit Score

Your credit score (and the credit score for anyone applying with you) can be a huge deciding factor when you’re applying for an apartment. Looking into your credit score prior to applying for an apartment can give you the opportunity to rectify any mistakes and repair damage. You’ll want to look at the “Big Three” credit companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You’re entitled to one free credit report a year from each of them, so it’s a good habit to get into.

Create Your Account on Apartment Guide

Visit ApartmentGuide.com and register yourself on the site to start your apartment hunt. Registration is quick, easy, and allows you to also start building your My Places list, which lets you save the apartments you’ve selected to a list for easy reference. You can also compare selected apartments, request more information, check availability and contact the apartment communities through your account on the site. Some apartments may even have coupons and rent specials that you can only get through Apartment Guide.

Do you have more questions on the renting process, finding that perfect apartment or what to do after you’ve signed the lease? Check out Apartment Guide’s Renter’s Toolkit — it’s everything you ever wanted to know about renting all in one place!

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Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.

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