When it comes to looking for a new apartment, it can be very fun, and sometimes the excitement of the whole process can make it easy for you to get caught up and overlook the important things. This is why sometimes you need to put your imaginary inspector’s hat on and get digging for the information you need.
Here’s what you need to do.
Find an apartment worth visiting.
This means getting online and looking at hundreds of adverts to find what you want through sites like stlcitywide.com. Remember that there is no rush to this stage, so don’t feel under pressure to find ‘the one’ right away.
It helps to make a list of all the things you need your apartment to have, and then all the things that you would want. Then arrange a date to visit all the places that meet your criteria, and if they have your wants as well as your needs, consider that a bonus.
Visit the neighborhood before the apartment.
This is always wise to do before seeing the apartment, as the neighborhood is just as important. If it’s not too far away to get to, have a drive down and check the area out. You may get there and absolutely hate the vibe, it may look dirty or cheap, or the people may not be very pleasant, and in that case, you won’t want to live in an area like that, even if the apartment was nice to look at. Or, you may love it, and will be even more keen to see the interior.
Have a viewing.
If there’s an apartment that you really like the look of and want to see more, call up the landlord or owner of the property and ask when they can meet you. Bear in mind that if the apartment is an affordable price, in a lovely area – it won’t be available for long. So although you should never feel pressured into making a decision, it’s important to know that good places will go quick, so you should know your priorities in advance so you make the right decision. Sending an email or a text is very easy to ignore, so make sure you call them if you’re really that interested.
Arrive with all your questions ready at hand.
Not only will this save a lot of time, but it will show that you are serious about the property. You should never be made to feel like you can’t ask what you want. – This apartment could essentially be yours soon, so you have the right to ask whatever questions you like in order to make a decision on if this is the right place for you. Look on www.huffingtonpost.com for what questions you should ask.
Speak to the locals.
Don’t forget about the locals. If you bump into some people on your way out of the apartment, ask them what they think about living around here and why. This is likely to be one of the most honest answers you will get because it’s coming from someone that’s unbiased, and speaking from personal experience.