How to Make Apartment Hunting Suck Less

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Searching for the perfect apartment can feel like a daunting task.  Nailing down your ideal neighborhood, price range, square footage, layout, utilities and amenities might sound straightforward on paper, but hitting the streets can prove to be a different experience entirely.  Fear not, friends; we’re here to help simplify the process and get you back to enjoying this exciting time in your life.  We’re going to show you how to make apartment hunting suck less.  Start your search with this guide in mind and you’ll be well on your way to a happy home.

how to make apartment hunting suck less

how to make apartment hunting suck less

Step One: Set a budget.

When it comes to your home budget, there are two major expenses to take into consideration: rent and utilities. To determine what you can realistically afford, begin by calculating your net income or take-home pay.  As a general rule, you will aim to spend no more than one third of your net income on rent.  Depending on where you plan to live, this can range from being a requirement of the landlord to feeling like a near impossible feat, but is a good place to start.  Use your current utility costs to factor in an estimate for these expenses, then consider additional monthly costs such as cable and internet.  Now is also a good time to consider the impact of varying locations, such as the cost of your commute and the expenses associated with living in different communities.

Step Two: Consider Convenience.

Determine the maximum distance you are willing to travel for work, groceries, the gym, socializing, etc.  Next, decide which items take priority in the event that you have to compromise for your dream apartment or neighborhood.  If you travel by car, consider which neighborhoods have abundant parking- your dream apartment may not have this amenity.  If you use public transportation, explore the neighborhoods that are convenient to bus, train, or bike share options.

Step Three: Get online.

In the digital age, it is no surprise that the majority of apartment searches today begin online.  Take the time to research different neighborhoods, then perhaps peruse some listings.  Websites like WC Smith’s offer neighborhood guides to help orient renters, and even show you properties within each neighborhood.  This will help you set realistic expectations about what you will be getting for your money in different markets, and may even help you add some must-haves and must-nots to your list.  Once you’ve built out your criteria, submit your request with Apartminty to begin your search.

Step Four: Follow Up.

Once you’ve submitted your request with Apartminty, you can expect to start hearing from landlords and property managers. Be prepared with a list of any unanswered questions and begin gathering any items that you anticipate may be required of you, such as references and pay stubs. Be sure to respond promptly to any calls or emails you receive from landlords; a sluggish response not only sets a bad tone but also increases your changes of missing out on prime real estate.

Step Five: Hit the pavement.

Carve out some time in your upcoming schedule to begin touring properties.  When the calls begin coming in, you’ll want to jump on the opportunity as soon as possible, so don’t over-commit yourself during your hunt.  Each property you visit has been chosen based on your specific criteria, so take the time to weigh your options and try to see multiple apartments before making your decision.

Step Six: Move In.

Settle in to your happy home and enjoy this exciting, new chapter in your life!

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How to Find the Perfect Roommate

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A good roommate: sure we all want one, but how do we find them? No matter who you are, searching to find the perfect roommate can be tricky, but well worth the effort. Finding the perfect roommate is not a task to take lightly. Our roommates shape our happiness at home, and can truly alter the way we live, for better or for worse. Living with a roommate is very similar to being in a relationship and finding someone you are compatible with is key to a successful union.

A great way to begin your search is by deciding what you want out of your roommate. Are you looking for someone to spend your time with, or do you simply want to share the costs of living with someone? Do you want a roommate who shares your exact interests, or do you want to broaden your horizons a bit? Some individuals are great at living with a person that they consider a close friend, while others find that to be too risky. Likewise, some individuals grow in different and new situations while others can react negatively to them.  Decide what works best for you and then take advantage of the various resources available to help you find your (fingers crossed!) perfect match.

If you are not under any sort of time constraints, we highly recommend consulting with your close friends and family. Use their insights about mutual friends and acquaintances that may be looking for a roommate as well. Rather than doing some major social media stalking to dig up information about a potential roommate, you’ll get an insiders opinion from someone who knows you both.

If time is an issue and there are no mutual friends in sight, your next step is to begin digging into various online roommate listings. There are plenty to choose from – Craigslist and EasyRoommate, just to name a few. These resources help connect you with other individuals looking for a roommate and make decisions based on information they provide about themselves. Some even offer to match you with people you seem compatible with. While this is a great place to start, we still recommend doing a little digging for additional information. Check out potential matches on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. for a more complete image of what they are like, what they are interested in, and whether or not you’ll make a good match.

Whether your potential roommate is a stranger or you share a mutual friend, meeting face to face is an absolute must. Take the time to get to know each other and really understand each other’s needs and desires.  Don’t be afraid to really dig in here; you’ll be sharing a lot of time, space and resources with this person.  Inquire about their interests, career, pets, significant others, sleep patterns, and general lifestyle.

Once you find a compatible roommate, discuss items such as neighborhood preferences, furnishings they’ll be bringing, and division of utilities and household responsibilities.  If you seem to be on the same page, then let the apartment hunting begin!  The process of touring apartments should flesh out any additional questions or concerns you may have about one another.

With a little luck and some guidance, you’ll soon be moving into your new place!  Before you sign the lease, consider drawing up a roommate contract.  This can be as formal or casual as you’d like, covering items such as splitting utilities, sharing groceries, respecting each others furniture, quiet hours and cleaning schedules.  Remember that creating mutual respect and enjoyment is crucial, so be sure to uphold your end of the deal.  Although we cannot guarantee roommate bliss, making the extra effort upfront to get to know someone and clearly outline expectations will lead to fewer surprises down the line.

At the end of the day, most roommates only stay together for a year or two.  When the time comes to part ways, you’ll want to have a plan in place for that as well.  Whether the split is amicable or not, decide upfront who will stay and who will go and what the process will look like.  Until then, cheers to you and your happy home!

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