So you have started the search for your dream apartment?
Finding the ideal apartment for you and any roommates or family that you may have can be an exhausting endeavor and has more than its fair share of frustrations, however, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can relax and sleep easy, and make the apartment hunt go smoother and easier than you ever thought possible.
Hopefully, you have already taken the advice we gave in our previous articles and have set a strict budget, visited all of the top properties with your roommates or significant other, and ha2. ve eliminated any apartments that are not a “Heck yes!”
Once that is taken care of however, there are still a few steps that you can take to make the hunt go even smoother.
1. Stay Organized
One of the biggest mistakes I see many apartment hunters making is that they do not keep their search organized.
Whenever you are visiting dozens of potential locations and talking to dozens of different landlords, it is easy to forget what exactly each apartment had in terms of amenities, rates, and location.
Make sure that you create an excel sheet to keep you organized as soon as you start your search.
2. Look into Potential Discounts
If you play your cards right, you may be able to get special deals and discounts after talking with the landlord.
For example by signing a longer lease, you may be able to get the first month free, or you may get a small discount each month if you promise not to smoke in the apartment.
Ask around and see what you can arrange.