(Closed) Apartment Hunting Tips?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I know a bit about apartment hunting in a city with sky-high prices.. Been renting in Boston for the last five years. My biggest tip is to find an agent that you trust. Ask friends in the area who have good references and look online. When looking at the overall value of each apartment, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Sometimes utilities are included. Is laundry in the unit? Some landlords will pay part of or all of the agent’s fee (usually one month’s rent). Is it rent-controlled? One apartment I lived in increased the rent over $300/month after we (one roommate and I) had lived there for 16 months. Otherwise, take a lot of pictures at each place you view, I often found it hard to remember which apartment had the huge closet in the hallway or the new fridge, etc.

Anyway, good luck! And try to have fun.. moving is fun!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Do any of your friends live in apartments you like? I know a lot of people who have found their current places by getting an “in” with a good landlord through their friends.

Also, I feel your apartment-hunting-in-Chicago pain. Our current apartment is really nice but in a boring area. It’s great having a ton of space, but it’s a pain that getting anywhere fun takes 45 by CTA. And stay away from MTD Property Management. They are terrible.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always look online and make up a spreadsheet with everything we need/want and the bonuses offered.  Sometimes the ‘bonuses’ allow you to get a place higher in your budget range.  For example, my friends moved into a place that was more expensive than what they wanted to pay, but parking was included and it also had a gym, so they put their gym membership and parking budget into their rent budget.  Plus, laundry was included ensuite so they didn’t have to worry about paying extra money for laundry.

I’d definitely agree that online is a good place, but also check out buildings where your friends live.  They can give you all the info about the bad stuff you normally aren’t told, and also the good stuff they like.

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