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Durham North Carolina Apartments Offer a Great Alternative to Home Ownership

Aug 17, 2007
Whether you are starting a new job, going to a new college, or just want a change of scenery, nice Durham, North Carolina apartments won't be hard to find. Renting an apartment is a quick and easy process - you could be dropped in a completely distant town in the morning, and have a place to stay by nightfall - or to be completely honest - very shortly.

Durham, NC apartments are plentiful and available in all price ranges in a town with a thriving economy where new apartment buildings are going up rapidly. So you shouldn't encounter any shortage of apartments, but if you have never rented an apartment before, here are a few helpful guidelines.

If you are a young person, moving out on your own for the first time, then you are no doubt eager to find an apartment. But you may be inexperienced and even a little clueless about the process, so it's best to have a full plan formulated before you walk out the door to get started.

The first step in finding a nice apartment is to determine your price range. Figure out what amount is "do-able" for rent, after considering the rest of your bills and financial obligations. When your monthly rental payment amount is alloted, you can start to look at the local options within that price range.

The biggest sources for Durham apartments are the local newspapers and yellow pages and online rental apartment listings. When you start looking around, you will begin to determine what amenities are available at the current price you can afford.

You may discover after seeing what is available that you might be willing to somehow increase your rent budget by cutting back in other areas. Either way, sticking with your original budget or doing a little "fudging", you should by now have a small list of possible places to call or apartment complexes to visit. This brings us to the next step.

After you have a list of prospects, you will go and meet with the apartment manager or landlord. He or she will show you through the Durham, NC apartment which could be yours, and you will decide whether or not you are interested. If you are, you will then fill out a rental application form. This form will ask simple questions, and isn't quite as stressful as a job interview.

This allows the landlord to determine if you're trustworthy, able to make the monthly payments on time (and likely to), how many roommates you will have, pets, etc. Do you have a job? How will you pay for the apartment? It may take a couple of days or a week or two to hear back from the landlord or rental agent. During that time credit checks will be run, employment confirmed and other background checks will be made. If you pass with flying colors, you will be approved for the apartment.

Once you are approved, the fun doesn't end there. You will start to sign the legal contracts that decide the length of your lease, the amount of your monthly payment, and what will happen if you aren't able to make the payment. This is a very important document, and you should keep a copy in a safe place for as long as you stay in your Durham, NC apartment.

Apartment leases are generally for a year, but if you discuss it with the landlord you may be able to negotiate a longer or shorter period of time. You will be informed of all the rules of the apartment building, such as their policies on pets or utilities. You will also be asked to pay a deposit, which is usually equal to 1-3 months worth of rent. Overall, the process of renting a Durham, North Carolina apartment is fairly easy. It just takes some time and effort.
About the Author
For the complete Durham NC Area Guide with information on the city of Durham NC, Hotels, Durham Restaurants, Durham NC Real Estate, and Durham Yellow Pages please visit http://durhamnc.areaguides.net/. Please direct any comments on this article to lmieditorial@searchinfluence.com.
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