Apartment Shopping

Apartment buying can be an exciting process, but also a bit of a daunting one if you are not quite sure how it is done or if you are doing it for the first time. Here we will walk you through the process of how to find your first apartment and things to consider before signing that lease.

First of all, you need to find that dream apartment. Keep in mind though, that you may need to make some compromises. Make a list of “must haves.” These are things that you require your apartment to have and that you are not willing to compromise on. This list should only be a couple items long and could include something such as an amenity, like a swimming pool, or it could be more practical, such as being near to a bus stop. It might also include looking at a specific complex like Portland apartments for rent.  Once you have your “must haves” list, you also need to set a price range. This needs to be carefully researched for what is reasonable for your “must haves” list and the area that you are looking in. Most importantly, this price range needs to actually be within your monthly budget, so take your time in figuring this one out.

Once you have your “must haves” list and your price range, it is time to hit the web. Do a search on a map application such as Google Maps or MapQuest for “apartments.” While there are several ways to search the web for apartments, this is one of the most inclusive and easiest ways to search by location. Once you find a couple apartments complexes that are in desirable locations, check out their websites to see what type of amenities they have. The monthly rent may or may not be included on the web page, but leads into the next step: setting up a visit.

Once you find a list of apartments that fit your “must haves” list and is within your price range in the location you want (or complex such as Portland apartments for rent), you will need to schedule an appointment to visit. This gives you a chance to not only see the apartment complex, but also check out the amenities first hand. This is a great way to not only get a feel for the apartment, but also for the people who live there, your new potential neighbors, as well as the surrounding area. Most people will consider a certain neighborhood that they want to live in, but it is also important to notice what type of properties are nearby. For example, being downwind from farmland might not be in the online description, but you’ll be able to tell when you go to visit.

So you need to make your list, set your price range, do your research and go and visit. You will be moving into your new apartment sooner than you thought possible. So go out there and get searching. You got this.