If you’ve been looking for the ‘perfect’ apartment, chances are you haven’t found it yet! When you’re shopping around for a new place to call home, you should make a list of amenities that are ‘must haves’ for you. Often, you’ll find a really nice apartment that seems like a perfect fit – until you find out there is only a single bathroom for your family of four! Uh oh. At this point, you can do a few things: walk away, negotiate prices and fees with the leasing office, or make the decision to forego the extra bathroom in order to have an apartment that fulfills your other high priority amenities. Having a list of priorities or ‘must haves’ can assist you in the decision-making process. Here are a few things to think about as you’re searching for your ‘dream’ apartment:
Necessity vs. Desire
Is it critical to have more than one bathroom, or would you feel comfortable passing that up if you could find a great apartment that fits all of your other needs?
Prioritize Your Needs
Do you REALLY need that dishwasher? Sure, it’s a luxury and a time-saver…but would you walk away from a 1000 square foot apartment with no dishwasher for a 600 square foot apartment that does have a dishwasher?
Is central air conditioning a deciding factor? Would you consider another property with great amenities despite the fact it may only have window A/C units?
Know Your Style
Are you looking for an older, charming bungalow or a modern, sleek high-rise apartment to call home?
Do you plan to adopt a pet? If so, make sure to add ‘pet-friendly’ to your list of desired amenities!
Are you hoping for a first-floor abode or a fifth-floor walkup? Those stairs may be a challenge when you’re carrying groceries in, but they’re also a great form of exercise!
It’s so important to follow your intuition when searching for the perfect apartment – and remember, never settle until you’re satisfied! With a bit of patience and a great checklist, you’ll discover an apartment that suits your needs and fits your lifestyle. Happy apartment searching!