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Finding The Perfect First Apartment

Author: Velma Lamoureux

Finding the perfect first apartment

As the school year comes to an end, millions of Americans will be planning to rent their first apartment. With rental prices at all-time highs and the standard anxieties about entering into a new stage in life, this can be a stressful process. However, with a few tips and guidelines, finding that perfect first apartment can be a breeze.

Set a budget
Get to know the area you'll be renting in and then set a realistic budget. Will you have roommates? Do you need parking? Understanding the rental landscape and your own needs will help you set a budget and make a plan toward getting an affordable apartment that suits your needs.

Cast a wide net
When you first start your search, see as many places as you can - and as many different varieties of places as you can. You may go in thinking you know exactly what you're looking for, but until you see an array of places you can't be sure. Then methodically winnow down your preferences. By starting from the ground up, you can help make sure you are looking in the right places.

Present yourself well
When you meet potential landlords, make sure to put your most adult foot forward. Demonstrate that you've done your research and ask insightful questions. Not only will this help ensure that you don't get bilked, but it will also make you seem like an appealing candidate - which could come in handy in the currently competitive rental market.

Explore the neighborhood
Once you think you've found a suitable place, spend as much time as possible in the neighborhood. What's between the walls of an apartment is undeniably important, but what's outside them can be just as crucial. 

In Brief

  • With rental prices at all-time highs and the standard anxieties about entering into a new stage in life, this can be a stressful process.
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