If you're moving, looking for a new apartment home for your family may seem like a daunting task at first. With so many rentals on the market, it may be hard to narrow down the right fit. Making a list of "must-haves" is the best way to start the apartment-hunting process.
After you've made a list of your desired price range, amenities, and location, you may have to be willing to be flexible in one or more areas. Although it's possible to find everything on your list, having some flexibility will make the search go more smoothly.
Here are some tips for finding the right apartment for your family.
1. Consider Location
One of the first things to decide on when searching for a new home is the location. This factor is especially important if you have kids and want to be able to keep them in the same school district, or if you're moving to a new city and have your heart set on a particular school.
Another thing to consider is the distance to your job. The perfect apartment may not matter if you have to sit in traffic two hours a day, so try to find something as close to your workplace as possible.
If you work from home or homeschool your children, location may not play as key a role in your apartment search. Renting a home outside of the urban core of your city may save you money as well.
2. Think About Bedrooms
After you've picked the perfect location, think about how many bedrooms you require to comfortably fit your family. If you have friends or family who visit often, you may also need a spare room as well. An extra bedroom could also serve as your home office when you don't have guests.
If you have young children that are very active, you might want to rent a first-floor apartment rather than a higher-level unit to reduce the sounds overhead.
3. Do a Walk-Through
After finding an apartment home that checks all or most of the things off of your list, do a walk-through of the home and the complex grounds if possible. If the exact apartment isn't available yet, ask to walk through a similar one to get a feel for the place.
Also, take a walk around the grounds to check out any outdoor amenities, such as a pool, hot tub, or garden. Take this time to talk to current tenants as well, to ask about their experiences with living in the complex and area.Share
22 August 2019
Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.