Choose your dream apartment in 7 steps

Author: Ines Marinho

Living by yourself it is a step that sooner or later will happen in your life, whether you want it or not. Usually, most of the human beings want to have a sense of ‘freedom’ and leave their parents’ house so they can start a new life away from the nest. Choosing a house and thinking about all the procedures is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

You want to take advantage of most of the things and leave the negative aspects away. Renting an apartment is commonly the first step to people who are trying to reach independence. The commitment of buying a house just seems too much for a start or they even prefer to buy a simple flat instead of a house. Fair enough.

However, wither you are buying a house or renting an apartment, there are a few recommendable steps you should take in consideration. It might be easy to lose track of so many details, so here is a guide to finding an ideal apartment for you.

  1. Focusing on the location

Location is possibly the most important aspect to consider when committing to a property. You are probably looking to be near your job, schools, supermarkets, and family. Make sure that the place you are staying in the future also has some good public transportation and it is easy to walk to places.

All of this if you want to be in the area of public services, if the goal is being alone, in peace and far from the civilization, then choose according to that. Take into account traffic areas and rush hours. A place only fifteen minutes away from your working place might take double in the mornings and evenings.

2. Finding the desired layout

It is crucial to determine whether a layout will work or not with your lifestyle. In the same complex, spaces have a handful of varied styles all with the same square footage. Choose the one that fits your needs. If you work from home, make sure you have an office or if you like to receive friends at home, keep an eye for big entertainment areas.

3. Making an evaluation of the space

During the apartment visit notice if the place needs to be painted, if the stove is old, if there are visible damages, how many plugs are available, if there are electricity cables without safety isolation. These are a few examples of things that might concern you. In case of something damaged, ask for the landlord to note it as well.

4. Considering the amenities

What are the most important things for you: parking space, a garage, a shared gym or garden? Make sure to get this information before you decide to move in. Inform also yourself about pets, building costs, utilities, and cable services.

These are all important tidbits to take into account when you consider the number you are spending each month.

5. Can you really afford it?

This is a big issue, everyone. You should think reasonable about your choice according to your possibilities. There is no sense in living above your limits and struggle each month to reach the next salary. Before you sign a lease, compare neighboring properties. Is the price similar to other rentals in the area? If it is slightly more expensive, does it include amenities that make it worth it to go above a cheaper price? Think about all the possibilities to have a backup in case something happens with your job and if you have savings or enough guarantees that make you able to afford the apartment and all it requires. Never test the limits, play humble and according to your reality.

6. Moving quickly

Properties come and go quickly. When you start your rental search, be ready to move fast. When you find the spot that speaks to your heart, it might be safer to move as fast as possible before someone else takes it. Have some moving plans made before you begin searching for an apartment.

7. Reading carefully the contract

Any football player signing for a new team needs to sign a contract and it means a lot for the athlete. When you get a new apartment you will also sign a contract and, even if you are not aspiring to be the NFL MVP of 2019, you still need to make sure you read all the lines, so you agree with everything.

Once you found the right place that suits you the most, make sure to read the fine print on the lease. These include amenities, additional fees, and previous damages. The lease term and the monthly payments should be clearly stated.

Before you sign, be certain all is clear for you. After this, hold the pen firmly and sign for a new step in your life.

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