Finding the perfect apartment for rent is already a challenging experience, but when you add choosing a lease type it becomes even more difficult. A lease is a contract you make as a tenant with your landlord that lays out the conditions and costs of the apartment rental, the services they provide, and the length of rental time. There are a few options when it comes to leasing terms, so you want to make sure you find the one right for you. In order to alleviate some of the stress of choosing the right leasing option, here’s a breakdown of the difference between long-term and month-to-month leases. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Finding an Apartment’ Category
Rent is one of the many expenses that can vary quite a bit depending on where you live. And the more expensive it gets, the more important it becomes to find the right place the first time. Here are some helpful tips to help you find an apartment in some of the more expensive cities in the U.S.
Los Angeles, California
- Median studio apartment: $1,405
- Median one-bedroom apartment: $1,740
- Median two-bedroom apartment: $2,406
If you want to get an apartment in LA, the first thing you need to understand is your budget. You shouldn’t be spending more than 1/40th of your annual gross income on an apartment. So if you are making only $40,000/year before taxes, you need an apartment that costs less than $1,000 a month. The choices in this price range will be limited, so you may need creative alternatives such as finding one (or multiple) roommates. Read the rest of this entry »
There are several great reasons to rent a furnished apartment, the most obvious being “furniture you don’t have to pay for!” But there is a lot more to take into account when deciding between a furnished and unfurnished apartment. Here are some important considerations:
Furnished apartments are significantly rarer, which has a lot of effect on your search. Most importantly, it means that the likelihood of finding a furnished apartment in the best possible location is much smaller than finding an unfurnished one. Location is usually the single most important thing about an apartment since it determines the amount of time and gas money you will have to spend to get to the places you need to go, so this is a big deal. That said, if you do find a furnished apartment near where you need to be, it will often save you enough money on purchasing furniture to make up for the extra rent you will pay versus a comparable unfurnished unit. This also depends, however, on how long you plan to stay there. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking for an apartment without a job, then you’re probably running into some trouble. The unfortunate fact about apartment-hunting is that if you don’t have an immediately obvious, reliable source of income, your chance of being approved for an apartment is significantly lower. These rigid rental guidelines can make it difficult to find an apartment if you have an unusual source of income — such as being a freelancer or making your money online — and impossible if you have nothing you can call a ‘job’ at all. Fortunately, landlords are people too, so it is possible to find one who is willing to deal with you; you just have to be ready to make a few gestures to show good faith.
Offer a Deposit
One of the ways you can prove that you’ll get money is by showing that you have money. If you put two months’ rent down — above and beyond your security deposit — you can often convince a landlord to sign you up, knowing that you’ve got, at the minimum, a couple of months to get your income in line. Just be willing to show him where you got the money; some landlords are very leery of too much cash coming from someone with no visible job because it makes them think you might be into some kind of illegal activity. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for an apartment is difficult enough when you live in the area; there are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of options to research. Add in the complexities of living a few hundred (or thousand!) miles away, and trying to find an apartment you can live with seems like a monumental challenge. To find the right apartment in a new city, you need a solid game plan. Here are three steps to follow to get you going in the right direction:
Step 1: List Your Needs
Get a piece of paper, and write down everything you like and dislike about your current living arrangement. Then write down everything you MUST have in a new place, and everything that would be a deal breaker. Just brainstorm for now—you can always cross things off later (and you will). Give the most thought to location. Is the apartment close enough to the places you’ll want to go to the most? It doesn’t matter how amazing your digs are if you are located forty-five minutes from the place(s) you need to be every day; you’ll never get those hour-and-a-half commutes back. Read the rest of this entry »
Next week, the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. Soccer teams from 32 countries and fans from across the world will be calling Brazil home for the next few weeks. This vast array of cultures will not just be confined to the various hotels and soccer stadiums. They will take the opportunity to get acquainted with all that Brazil has to offer.
Similarly, this summer will also see an increase in the number of expatriates visiting the United States for temporary or temporary-to-permanent work assignments. Many, having never been to America before, will be unfamiliar with the things they need to look for when are shopping for their new home. The most popular option is to select an apartment due to the cost savings and flexibility that apartment living offers. This is why it is often apartments that house the international work force of our country.
Here are our top 5 tips to help expats find the right apartment for their U.S. work assignments:
1. Consider Apartment Location
The United States is a big place. Even in smaller less populated cities, some people live in an apartment that is an hour or more away from where they work. These long commutes clog the roadways and sometimes make the journey between work and home a bit stressful. When deciding on which apartments to choose, ask how long the commute is to your office from there. The leasing agents know the traffic patterns around the community and can help you decide if the commute time meets your lifestyle needs.
2. Remember Apartment Price
When choosing an apartment, price is often a big factor in your decision. However, many of the apartments that you will visit change their prices regularly, sometimes even on a daily basis. This is not done to confuse you. The leasing teams operate a computer system that sets the price of the apartment based on a variety of factors. Make sure that, when you speak to the leasing staff at the apartment communities that you are considering, you ask them how long the quoted prices are valid for. Remember, the apartment community you saw today and are considering for tomorrow might have been seen by someone yesterday who could rent it today.
3. Account for Furniture and Appliances
Furnishing your apartment is another factor to prepare for. Fortunately, most apartments come with a stove and refrigerator included. Many will have garbage disposals and dishwashers too. Some even have shared outdoor grilling areas. In some cases, you may be able to find a corporate apartment that has the furniture included as part of the rental. Often, these are a more expensive monthly option.
Another choice is to rent the furniture yourself. CORT Furniture Rental offers a great selection of items at a variety of prices. The final option for furniture is to buy the items you need. Most cities have a variety of furniture stores available. Many also have a CORT Furniture Clearance Center that provides top quality rental returns for sale – items designed specifically for apartment living. This is a great way to save money and still get stylish furniture for your new apartment.
4. Ask About Apartment Lifestyle
Apartments are a great lifestyle choice. They offer you the ability to mingle with neighbors at a variety of activities and provide plenty of amenities to make living there more enjoyable. Many have recreational offerings like a fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, and even a playground for children. This means that you do not have to travel far to do the things you want to do. The apartment community that you consider may even have monthly hosted activities. Make sure to ask the apartment leasing agent about the things that their residents like to do both at the community and in the surrounding neighborhood.
5. Find Your Apartment Efficiently
In many of the areas that you will look for your apartment, there will be a large number of apartment options. You could spend days looking around for the place that is right for you. To simplify your search, use the vast knowledge of a company such as ApartmentSearch.com. They have listings of the apartments in the area that you are searching and can quickly help you narrow your list based on the location, price, and amenity options that you request. Additionally, you can even earn up to $200 in rewards for letting the apartment community know that you found your apartment using ApartmentSearch.com.
There comes a time in every renter’s life when he reaches the end of his proverbial rope. Renting an apartment will always have its ups and downs, but when the downs start to outnumber the ups, it could be time to find an apartment that’s less stress inducing. If one of these four things apply to you (or, worse, if all of them do) think about changing your address posthaste.
It’s time to find a new apartment if…
1. Your maintenance requests go unnoticed.
Has that pipe under your kitchen sink been leaking for two months now? Has your hot water has been out for a week? Has your stove given up? Whatever your apartment maintenance quandary, a good apartment should take care of it promptly. While a 1-hour turnaround time is unrealistic (especially in a larger apartment complex), apartment maintenance should respond to requests for repairs within 24 hours. And if it’s an emergency, like apartment flooding or a broken door lock, an ideal apartment will have an emergency maintenance number you can call right away.
2. The neighbors have formed a heavy metal band.
It’s alright to admit it: not every renter wants to rock and roll all night and party every day. If you’re tired of listening to the non-stop jam session, it’s time to relocate.
3. You’re giving away your life’s savings in rent.
If you weep for the state of your checkbook at the beginning of every month, reconsider your living situation. It may be in your best interest to sacrifice your prime downtown location or that extra square footage for a little peace of mind and a more robust bank balance.
4. Your dog is going crazy.
When Fido was just a puppy, living in a 600-square-foot apartment was probably no big deal. But now that your furry friend is a fully-grown golden retriever, a small apartment is an unhappy home. Larger dog breeds need plenty of exercise and room to romp, and without an open living space, big outdoor area, or decent pet park available, you’ll be dealing at a lot of pent-up energy around your breakables.
Imagine coming home to your apartment to find a piece of paper bearing those three little words every renter fears: “Notice of Eviction.” It can happen for a number of reasons, and while the prospect of eviction is scary, it’s best to know what‘s coming so you can deal with it effectively. Before you start to panic or try to find a new apartment, read up on these apartment eviction basics.
What happens first in the eviction process?
First your landlord must issue a termination notice informing you that you have violated your rental agreement. This might be because you haven’t paid your rent, have violated the terms of your lease by keeping a pet in your apartment, or have damaged the property, to name a few common reasons. If you receive an eviction notice, respond to it right away. The sooner you address the problem, the easier things may be as the process continues.
Will I have to go to court if I am evicted?
You’ll probably have to go to an eviction hearing, where you have the right to make an argument defending yourself in front of a judge.
Can I keep from getting evicted from an apartment?
You may be able to avoid eviction if you reform your behavior right away. For example, paying all your late rent in full plus all late fees can help get your eviction notice rescinded. Talk to your landlord and see if they are willing to work with you (after all, there’s no harm in asking), and consult an attorney if you think you may be able to have your notice rescinded.
Will eviction affect my credit report?
Getting evicted can affect your credit negatively, but your landlord will have to put in some effort to make it happen. Landlords have the right to notify one of the three major credit bureaus if a tenant is evicted, but the process costs time and money, and your landlord might not be willing to go to those lengths. No matter what, you should still keep an eye on your credit throughout the eviction process. Knowing your way around your credit report, especially if you’re renting with bad credit, will make it easier to find an apartment.
Disclaimer: A note to renters: Please keep in mind that this guide is not all-inclusive, and should not be taken as legal advice. Eviction laws are different in every state. If you are facing eviction and want to take legal action, consult a qualified attorney.
Months and years after the journey began; you are finally reaching the end of your college experience. The hours upon hours of studying are finally about to pay off as you walk across the stage and receive your diploma. Congratulations, you’ve done it! You have survived. Now, the next journey begins.
Nobody really wants to move back home. Does the next part of your journey bring you to a new city for work? Are you finding roommates and living in your current town? Maybe you are going to stay the course and continue into grad school. Whatever the next stage is, where you are going to live after student housing is a primary concern.
If you are continuing on in your degree, the time has come for you to move off-campus. Sure, it has been fun living in student housing, but the friendships, the parties, and the excitement don’t have to stop when you move off-campus. There are lots of great apartments within a couple of miles of campus. With all the modern amenities that are offered, your off-campus housing will be the place all your friends wish they lived.
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, your first post-college apartment awaits you. First, you have to ask yourself what is most important to you. Location? Lifestyle? Price? There is an apartment out there to fulfill the desires of any graduate.
Did your internship turn into a job offer across the country? When it comes time to relocate, your company may put you up in a furnished temporary apartment. This allows you the time to find the place that is right for you. Maybe you are staying close to home and moving in with a friend. Splitting the costs of rent, utilities, and furniture can be a great way to combine resources and save a few extra dollars. This is the flexibility that the apartment lifestyle provides.
Whatever your apartment need is after graduation, ApartmentSearch.com has the resources to help. We offer online apartment locating as well as assistance in finding furniture to rent or buy. As an added bonus, when you tell your new apartment community that ApartmentSearch.com sent you, you can qualify for $200 in rewards to help you get started.
Welcome to life after college. Wherever you are going, we can help you find the place that is right for you.
Spring Break is just a few days away. After a bitterly cold winter and an epic start to the school year, college students from around the U.S. are making plans and deciding where they want to visit. Finally, you get a chance to relax and unwind. Where will you go as you join the estimated 1.5 Million spring breakers, traveling to places like Panama City, Cancun, the Jersey Shore, and New Orleans?
As you sit on the beach or stroll the streets of your lovely destination, a quiet concern may be starting to grow in the back of your head. Sure, now is not the time you are focused on it – but it should be! And when the time comes, if you are not prepared, you could be stuck in a situation worse than the hardest exam you had this term. We are talking about the major challenge of where you are going to live this summer.
Whether you are a Summer Job Sophomore or an Entering the Workforce Senior, summer will be here before you know it and now is the time to decide where you are going to live. Do you really want to have to go back and live at home? While at college, you have had freedom and the opportunity to develop your own lifestyle. Parents can sure be a dampener on your lifestyle.
The challenge is even greater for graduating Seniors. The need to find a job, find your first apartment, and start your post-grad life can sometimes be overwhelming. “How much rent can I afford? How close can I live to work and the things I love to do? Do I still need a roommate?” All of these questions can leave you yearning for the simpler days of college life.
By starting the search now, you can find an apartment and even save a load of cash by reserving it in advance. If you are going to live locally, you probably have a few ideas of apartment communities where you would like to live. But if you don’t know a great place locally, or if you are going to move elsewhere, ApartmentSearch can take the challenges out of your apartment finding. Not only can you find your apartment for free using our extensive online database, we will even give you $200 in rewards just for mentioning to your leasing staff that we helped you out. In addition, we have links to a variety of other services such as furniture rental, to help your move go easier and help you enjoy the apartment lifestyle.
So, take some time on Spring Break to find where you are going to live this summer. Not only will it make the start of your summer better, it could earn you a little extra cash when you use ApartmentSearch.com.