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Tips On Selecting The Right Apartment For You

Mar 2, 2008
When it comes time to moving to a new apartment finding the right apartment can be a little tough. Now, this does not mean that you can't find an apartment it simply means you can't pick an apartment. Unless you are moving into an apartment for a short term stay you want to make sure that the apartment you are selecting truly is the apartment that you want to stay in. Well, unless you don't mind moving again in six months when you can't take it anymore. So, let's avoid that by examining a few areas of contention regarding how to select the right apartment.

While it is doubtful that the average person has the analytical thought process of a geometric scientist, most people should have an idea of how much space they need and if the space allocated in the apartment is appropriate for your needs. For example, if you have a couch, an aquarium, a massive home entertainment center, etc then a small little studio apartment may not be the right choice. Remember, there is really nothing worse than discovering after you move in that you have selected an apartment that is far too small for your needs. Conversely, do you really need to pay a lot of money per month for an apartment that is too big for your needs? When it comes to selecting the right apartment, the right dimensions are critically important.

Also, you have to remember that an apartment doesn't just house you....it houses your car as well! So, you really need to look at the parking facilities and be sure the space provided is adequate for your needs. Here is a description of an actual apartment complex and its parking situation: it is ILLEGAL to park on the street and there are no side streets nearby. The only place you can park is in the designated parking space provided on the complex grounds. Sound ok? Well, here are two things people don't think about until it is too late: there is no guest parking and if someone else's guest decides to "borrow" your parking space when you return home at 3am...oh well...you are out of luck. Parking facilities are critical. Don't overlook them!

Oh, you don't have a car? Well, do you know how far the nearest bus stop is from the apartment complex? Or, for that matter, how far away are the nearest stores and shops? Do you really want to live in an apartment complex that will leave you mega inconvenienced?

It is also critical to know what is included in the rent. Moving in and finding out you are stuck with cable and utility bills after you assumed they would be included because your previous apartment included them is another hassle you could easily avoid. Also, don't assume that you can do your laundry any time of the day or night or assume that you can have guests in the pool or in the exercise facility. Basically, do not assume ANYTHING and make sure you have absolute certainty on any areas of contention prior to moving in. This will ensure you select the right apartment for you.
About the Author
James Mattox is the founder and CEO of WhatsTheRent.com, a 100% free site to search for roommates, apartments, houses, condos and more. Free and user friendly to either list a property for rent or search for a new place to call home. If it is for rent, you can find it at WhatsTheRent.com
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