So you finally found the absolutely perfect apartment for rent? Before you pop that bottle of champagne and kick back to celebrate, take pause; there may be a few considerations your new property manager or owner didn’t mention. Here are the key questions to ask before you take the renting plunge.
What amenities are included?
What is the parking situation like? Where do residents wash their laundry? What appliances come standard? When moving into a new complex, it’s easy to forget that not all apartments are created equal. Some complexes may require assigned, paid parking spots or don’t have a laundry facility on-site. Asking about the amenities can help narrow down your choices. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to the New Year. As we bid farewell to 2014 and say hello to the new journeys of 2015, people begin to take stock of the world around them. Many will make resolutions to lose weight, stop a bad habit, or spend more time doing the things that they love. Unfortunately, many of these quests for self-improvement will fail. But not to worry! There is a task you can undertake in 2015 that could have profound impact on your life. And this amazing journey to create a new you is actually one of the easiest things you could ever strive for. It is time that you create a new lifestyle for yourself by finding a better apartment for your life.
Psychologists have done countless studies on the effect that your surroundings have on you personally. If you have negative thoughts attached to the place you live, it becomes very difficult to escape those feelings. Many of these could be a result of life circumstances that happened to you throughout 2014. Or, maybe you are the victim of a negative environment, such as having neighbors who perpetually argue or living in a more distressed part of your area. Whatever the case, if your current home is causing you undo distress, the best thing you can do to improve your life is to find a new place to live. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving to the Big Apple can seem like a daunting task. Between the extensive transportation system, the 8-million+ population, and figuring out New York City apartments, New York looks pretty intimidating for sure. However, moving to New York City doesn’t have to be so stressful. Whether you’re moving to NYC for a new job, the culture and food, or just a change of scenery, we’ve got a few tips on how to make the transition a little easier. Consider these questions before choosing an apartment and you’ll be well on your way to living in NYC.
It’s common knowledge that living in New York comes with a hefty price tag and small space. Assess how much living space you want and how much you’ll actually need. Depending on your budget, you might have to sacrifice the queen sized bed and walk-in closet for an affordable place to live. Walls aren’t just for hanging pictures; so remember to get creative with vertical space as well.
What boroughs and neighborhoods make sense for you?
If you’re working in the Bronx, you probably don’t want to live in Brooklyn. Take your work/home commute into consideration when finding the right neighborhood. Spending 2 hours a day en route to and from work isn’t appealing to most people, so investigate what options you have near your office. If you plan to work from home, what type of nearby amenities do you want? Like any city, some neighborhoods are nicer than others, so visit the area and make sure you feel comfortable and safe there. These considerations help you narrow down from 5 boroughs to 1.
What renting option is best for you?
Depending on your anticipated length of stay, you should decide on the type of lease agreement you need before searching for apartments. If you know you’re going to be in NYC for a while, a long-term rental agreement is most likely cheaper. But if you aren’t sure, try out a short-term or month-to-month lease. If possible, meet your landlord before signing a lease. Becoming acquainted can help you foresee any potential problems.
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Many renters know of ApartmentSearch.com because of how easy it makes finding the perfect apartment, but did you know that finding your next home through the site can also help a good cause? Now you can opt to make a $100 donation to Volunteers of America (VOA), a nonprofit devoted to supporting and empowering America’s most vulnerable people, in lieu of a $100 Visa gift card just by finding your new home! Read the rest of this entry »
There are many myths surrounding the renting vs. buying situation. If you’re considering moving into an apartment for rent or purchasing a house, you’ll find lots of conflicting arguments about which one is better. Either way, deciding between renting or buying takes a lot of time and resources. But don’t worry! We’re going to debunk a few of these myths to make your decision process a little easier.
Myth: Buying is always better renting.
Truth: Definitely not true! There are a lot of factors that will help determine whether you should buy or rent. What is your budget? How long will you live there? How much room do you need? What’s the current state of the housing market in your area? What does your credit score look like? Once you can answer these questions, you will be able to make the decision right for you. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »