The idea of finding an apartment can seem harrowing. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, it never really gets easier. You’re still thrown back into open water, trying to find something that suits you and your lifestyle. Knowing where to start is challenging, regardless of your experience in the apartment-hunting world. So we’ll walk you through the first three steps to get your apartment hunt off on the right foot!
Step 1: Determine What You’re Looking For
Now I know what you’re thinking, “I know what I’m looking for—an apartment!” but you need to know more than that. There are a few things you need to consider:
# Location: Where do you want to live?
# Amenities: What do you want to be included?
# Budget: How much do you want to pay?
You can start looking for your dream apartment until you know the answer to these three questions. This will greatly help you narrow the search down a bit and ensure you find an apartment that suits your needs. Once you know, you’ll be ready to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Start Your Search
Now that you know all of the important requirements for your apartment, it’s time to start looking. The easiest way to find an apartment would be to start online. You can look up terms like: “apartments for rent South of Market San Francisco.” This is a wonderful way to view apartments in a specific location. You can quickly see reviews people have given apartment buildings and agencies on Google My Business.
You can also look on popular apartment renting websites like apartments.com. You can even look on social media platforms, as some will have groups for available apartments in a location.
Step 3: Book Tours and Choose the Best Apartment
Now you’re ready to book tours and start viewing apartments. Be sure to look at the apartments thoroughly and make a note of anything that doesn’t seem right. If an apartment agency doesn’t allow tours, you might want to move on. Choosing an apartment without viewing it first can end with you having a lease for an apartment you’re unhappy with.
It’s always best to go on tours of several apartments before making your decision. You don’t want to choose the first one you see; your dream apartment might be right around the corner.