How to find the rental apartment that is right for you
Many people's apartment search takes longer than needed due to poor planning. You can save yourself a significant amount of time (and therefore money) by taking a structured approach to finding a new apartment.
Location, Location, Location
A common mistake among renters is they make their apartment decision on price alone, failing to account for the level of happiness their new apartment location will bring them. For example, if you move an extra half hour away from your office, that means you will commute an extra 5 hours per week, or 20 hours per month. Are you willing to trade 20 hours of free time for an extra 100 square feet?
As previously mentioned, don't choose your apartment on price alone! The listed price on an apartment can differ significantly from the actual cost of living of there. Make sure to think about utilities (are they included?), distance to public transportation / parking, as well as building condition. Although you may pay a lower rent in older buildings, you may have to pay higher utilities due to poor insulation. Similarly, moving to a brand new building may result you having to pay for services you would normally expected to be included, such as parking for your own car.
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