Whether you’re moving to a new apartment in the city you live in now or are moving to a whole new city, finding an apartment takes work. It can be hard to know all the details about a neighborhood and whether it will be a good fit until you’ve really spent some time there. Luckily for you, there’s the Internet and lots of great resources to make finding your perfect apartment as easy as possible!
- Prioritize. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for your new apartment. Proximity to the grocery store? Brand new appliances? An apartment gym? Know what you must have and what you can live with out to help narrow down and focus your search.
- Keep an open mind. Maybe you thought you knew everything about a particular neighborhood but try to look at each new place with an open mind. You might surprise yourself and end up in an awesome place you never would have expected.
- Research. Do your homework on the Internet first – there are so many resources out there so start taking advantage of them. Google is a great place to start to give you a general base of knowledge. Look for user-generated forums, like on Yelp, to determine the personality of an area and see if it will be a match. Check out Craigslist, too, for a real look at the area’s vibe. Tools like WalkScore are also great for figuring out what is close by and whether the area is walkable. Last but not least, try to find some blogs written by community members. This last research might take a little bit more time but ultimately can give you a clear understanding of area’s energy.
- Visit. Now that you know so more information from your Googling, get in the car and scout out your potential new neighborhood! Drive around and check out what you like and what you don’t like. Plan to stop in to area restaurants and businesses and really get the feel the place.
- Shop around. If you are lucky enough to have the luxury of time, you might as well take advantage of it! Check out all of your options beforehand and know that when you do sign the lease, you’ve made a well-informed decision.
Happy apartment hunting! Any apartment search horror stories?