Finding the perfect apartment starts with developing a checklist of things you want to make sure to have in your rental property. This list will be a little different for everyone, but it is a good way to be sure you are remembering to check for things that are important to you when the apartment hunt begins. A little notebook is all you need to have the information handy.
Some items to consider adding to the checklist include: location, safety, laundry facilities, proximity to stores and schools, parking and transportation, storage, cleanliness and the pet policy. Bring the checklist with you when looking at properties and take notes so you can compare them later to help narrow down the choices.
Decide ahead of time which things you may be willing to compromise on and those that you simply can’t do without. Remember that signing a lease usually involves a time commitment, so you’ll want to be sure the place is a good fit before making any final decisions. Take your time, and don’t allow anyone to pressure you into a particular direction — this isn’t the time for spur-of-the-moment decisions. Compare the properties using the checklist and see which one best suits your needs and lifestyle.