Apartment Hunting Tips
Roof over my head
This is a guide for you to read before you get a roof over your
pleased if this advices can help you.
Apartment hunting can be very daunting for some potential renters(You).
Sometime it is not easy to get a roof over my (your) head. Often the variety of options available to
these renters is a source of overwhelming frustration for the renters. With so many appealing options it can be
difficult to choose just one. However, there are some tips which can help to ease the process of apartment hunting.
The process of finding the perfect apartment can be broken down into three simple steps. The first step is to set a
budget. Next the renter should research their available options and then comparison shop to determine which option
is the best.
Set a Budget First :
To get a roof over your head, for many renters the most important consideration is how much they
are willing to spend on an apartment per month. For this reason it should come as no surprise that the first
step in the apartment hunting process should include establishing a budget. Renters should consider their
monthly income and subtract out all of their monthly expenses from this amount. Monthly expenses should include
all bills which are paid regularly as well as money spent on food, entertainment and miscellaneous items each
month. The renter may also wish to subtract out an additional amount to allow for some savings each month as
well as emergencies. The total left after these subtractions is the amount the renter is able to spend on an
apartment per month. Once this amount is established the renter will have a better understanding of the type of
apartment they are able to afford.
Research Available Properties :
Once a budget has been established, the renter should begin researching the properties which
fall within his budget range. It is likely to consider properties which are slightly above the range as well as
properties which are slightly below the range. Doing this will allow the renter to see if there is an
opportunity to either make improvements on the amount of monthly spending to allow for the renting of a more
expensive property. The renter can also determine whether or not they feel there is the opportunity to negotiate
a lower rental rate on a particular property.
When initially researching properties, the renter does not necessarily have to visit each
property. Most of the pricing information can be obtained from resources such as Internet websites, newspapers
and rental magazines. Since pricing is the primary concern at this point, the initial research will enable the
renter to eliminate properties which are too far out of their price range.
Comparison Shop :
Once the renter (you) has narrowed down his list of possible apartment complexes to a more
manageable number it is time to start visiting these properties. It is during this step that the renter will
really get a feel for the quality of the apartment as well as the amount and quality of amenities offered by the
complex. This is very important because this information can be used to decide between properties which are
otherwise very similar.
The comparison shopping process is also worthwhile because it gives the renter some bargaining
power in negotiating more favorable rent rates. Renters who have visited a number of apartments likely have a
good idea of the going rate in a particular area for a particular size apartment. These renters can use this
information to potentially convince some leasing agents to lower their prices at least a little bit. There will
not likely be huge drops in price from these negotiations but it will likely be enough to be considered
Keep hunting, and you will get a roof over your head.