(Closed) Nesting: Looking for an apartment

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@WilfredAllen:  I found apartment hunting to be super stressful.  Here are a couple of tips:

–check out this website; I found it helpful:  https://www.padmapper.com/

–when you view an apartment, check the area right around the apartment to make sure you are not next to anything undesirable (for example, a store with huge dumpsters that get emptied every morning at 5 AM by noisy trucks, a restaurant with a food smell you can’t stand, or a noisy bus stop)

–the housing market is not doing great, I hear, so it is a buyer’s market.  This is not true of apartments.  It seems that EVERYONE wants an apartment, so the agents, who don’t often make the big bucks by leasing apartments, aren’t going to respond to you quickly all the time.  If you find a place you think looks great but the rental agent is being slow to get back to you, be persistent.  Also, it seemed like agents were better with email than with phone, but that may just have been my luck.

–if you are doing your own move, consider how many stairs you will have to climb a) when you move into the apartment and b) when you have to lug groceries and other things up to your apartment.

–if you find a place that seems perfect and you want to jump on it but you feel like you should look around more, just be careful; the nice places seem to go pretty fast.

Good luck apartment hunting!  I hope you find a place you love. 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Great tips from @crescentloon23!

Let’s see if I have anything I can add…

– Drive/walk around the neighborhood at various times of the day/night and on both weekdays and weekends, if you aren’t familiar with it. Something that looks really nice during the day when kids are at school can become a zoo if they’re left unsupervised in the afternoons and run the streets. Or you may go in the evening and find out that half the streetlights are out, that’s a bad sign. Try and do this before you go look at the place so that if you like it, you can jump on it (as the other poster said, many rental markets are tight right now and you may need to move quickly).

– Be realistic about your non-negotiables. If you have a dishwasher right now and really hate washing dishes, you won’t be happy in a place without one. Don’t bother with those. Have a handful of non-negotiables and then a longer list of “would be nice.”

– Consider what floor you are on for both safety and noise. As a single woman, I didn’t like living on a first floor. I like leaving my windows open at night and wouldn’t feel comfortable with that at night, even in a good neighborhood. If you will have neighbors above you, find out what kind of floor covering they have – hardwood, carpet, etc? Hardwood – beautiful, but you’ll hear their every move. If they have a rolling chair it will sound like thunder. Carpet helps deaden noise.

– Ask what average utility bills are, and even better, if you can see a copy of the most recent bills (they usually show a graph of the bills for the last few months/season in my area).

– Check out the parking situation closely if you have a car or are having friends come over that have cars. If it is permit parking, it can make it easier for you to find a spot but be a hassle for friends. This is another reason checking it out a few different times of the day/week is a big help.

– Test out the showers and make sure they have decent water pressure. Sounds dumb but is something that is super hard to fix and annoying on a daily basis if it is low pressure.

– Find out the laundry room situation – do you have your own washer dryer? If not, where are laundry facilities? How much does it cost? How many washer/dryers do they have vs. how many residents?

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