Apartment hunting can be stressful. We know this (we are in the moving business, after all). That’s why we’ve put together this short but helpful guide with some apartment hunting tips. We’ll tell you our favorite sites for apartment hunting, what you should be looking for when looking for an apartment (it’s not always obvious), and a list of 10 questions to ask when renting an apartment. Let’s dive in.
First things first, you need to know where to look. The web is littered with all kinds of apartment sites, many of which are subpar at best. Considering you are probably going to be living in your new place for at least a year, you need to make sure you are looking at the right sites. Here are all of the best apartment rental sites that we recommend to our friends and customers:
We have shown you WHERE to look by providing you with the best apartment rental sites, but now it’s time to discuss HOW. Below you can read more about how to find an apartment.
Knowing what to look for when renting an apartment really comes down to personal preference. Take a moment and pull out a sheet of paper, write down the ten features you would like to have in your next apartment. For example:
Chances are, you won’t be able to find all ten of your top features in an apartment unless you are willing to pay top dollar. So, with that said, cross three features off your list. You should now be left with seven features.
These top seven features are what you can look for while perusing the best apartment rental sites we listed above. Sometimes, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle when considering apartment options. This will help you better stay on track.
If you have found a few apartments that meet your top features, you are now one step closer to finding your dream apartment… but, you aren’t quite there yet. You still need to figure out if you and the landlord are the right fit for one another. Below you will find 10 questions to ask when renting an apartment:
In order to help you have a smooth transition from your old place to your new one, we’ve put together a handy checklist for moving day. The sooner you start working down this list, the better.
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In our Newlyweds guide, we walk through three components that affect newlyweds during the move-in. You’ll find lots of practical tips on the logistics-side of the move. But we’ve also slipped in some bigger-issue suggestions that will give you a great foundation for the many years to come.