First Apartment Guide

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If you’re just starting out into the real world, renting an apartment is by far one of the most important milestones toward adulthood. Whether you’ve just graduated from college or you’ve finally landed your dream career, getting your first apartment is an exciting time. But what about factors like location, roommates, and rent? Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect new apartment.

Consider Location

If you have your heart set on that loft in the city but your job is on the outskirts of the suburbs, you’ll want to seriously consider the location of your new digs. Factor in things like traffic and stress, the cost of gas, and wear and tear on your car before you choose a place that might be a bit too far from work. You should also think about things like street noise and light pollution. If you’re someone who loves the hustle and bustle of city life, then choosing a spot downtown makes sense. However, if quiet is more your thing, you may want to consider renting your new apartment further away from the city center.

Size Matters

The size of your new apartment will largely depend on two main factors: how much stuff you have, and how much rent you can afford. One of those factors can be eliminated with the use of a quality storage solution. If you’re just starting out, studio apartments can offer you affordable living even if they are a bit short on space. If you have a higher budget but still can’t pay full rent, consider getting a roommate to help you split the costs. People with busy careers and social lives often trade in living space for a smaller apartment at a lower price since they’re rarely home. On the other hand, if you’re a homebody, you may want something a bit larger, albeit likely more expensive.

Read Your Lease Thoroughly

Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to go over the terms of your lease with a fine-toothed comb. Different landlords have different rules, and you could be caught by surprise once you find out you can’t have guests after certain hours, or you’ll lose your entire deposit if even the smallest item is out of place when you move out. Make sure you take your time and read every rule and detail to ensure that the terms of your lease are something you can live with.

Making Your Move

Once you’ve finally signed a lease and are ready for moving day, enlist some moving help from friends and family whenever possible. The cost to hire movers can be pricey, and it’s much cheaper to pay your “movers” in beer and pizza. Make sure the building you’re moving into has ample access to move in large furniture like your sectional sofa and king-size bed. High rise apartments often have elevator access to help people move heavier items to higher floors. Plan everything out, then pack it all up and get ready for your new adventure.

Whichever place you choose, a new apartment is always exciting. As long as you do your homework on the right location and size for your needs and the right price, you’ll be well on your way to happy apartment living.

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