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You’re in the market for a new apartment; what do you need to look for, what should you avoid?
- Start with a budget. What can you afford monthly as a payment? Find out how much the utility costs will be each month and add the total to your rent. Even if you have to estimate, knowing the facts up front will allow you to stay within an apartment price you can afford.
- If the apartment complex has multiple floors and you have a pet, consider renting on the bottom floor. There is nothing worse than taking a pet out to go to the bathroom when you are renting the top floor.
- Make sure that the space in the apartment will satisfy your needs. A two bedroom may work for you if you have two children that can share a room but because there’s no standard “playroom” in apartments, you may want to consider a three bedroom unit.
- How close are you to your job? What area of town will you choose to live in? An easy freeway access is helpful to get you to your job quickly and easily, and the city you choose to live in could mean the difference between safety and crime. Make sure the city where you choose to live is safe, especially if you have children.
When you choose an apartment you need to consider your personal needs as well as the needs of your family. Having an outdoor swimming pool might be a “need” for you, but a children’s playground may be at the top of your daughter’s list. Get your family involved in choosing an apartment.