Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How to Find the Right Apartment – 5 Useful Tips to Remember

In order to find the right apartment, you need to list the features you are looking for, list your constraints, stick to your set criteria, coordinate with your roommate, and take a tour of the place and ask questions.

You might be confronted with limited or overwhelming options, and either way, you could get easily confused if you don’t know what factors to consider in your search. Here are some tips on how you can find the right apartment.

1. List the features you are looking for. There are many apartments equipped with various features that could easily sway you. Before you end up choosing one that is not what you are looking for, list the main features that you want your apartment to have. These could include the overall size of the apartment, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the closet space, what rules the apartment has, facilities like parking space or a fitness center, in-house services like laundry and cleaning, and any other needs that you have in mind. It would also be a good idea to rank these considerations according to importance, so you will know which ones to give the greatest weight in your choice.

2.List your constraints. After you have an idea of what you are looking for in an apartment, it is important to decide on the constraints. These constraints or limitations will help narrow down your options into feasible and realistic ones. Some important factors that should be in your list of constraints include your budget, which is based on your financial capacity, the accessibility and convenience of the apartment address relative to your work place, school or any other location that you regularly visit, and other special considerations that you have in mind.

3.Stick to your set criteria. During your apartment hunt always refer to your considerations. The list of features and constraints could serve as your criteria and help you maintain your focus. Remember that you could be bombarded with an overwhelming number of choices and if you don’t have a firm grasp on what you need and what you don’t need, you could easily get frustrated and confused.

4.Coordinate with your roommate. If you are planning to rent an apartment with a roommate, be sure to coordinate your plans and decisions with him or her. It is best if both of you look for the apartment together, but if it is inconvenient, then be sure to discuss beforehand the common expectations and considerations that you have. Remember that you two will be living and paying for the apartment together, so it is best to make a decision that both of you will be content with.

5.Take a tour of the place and ask questions. Take time to visit the apartment and ask for a tour of the place. Examine the condition of the apartment and its facilities and assess whether it actually lives up to your criteria and the price at which it is offered. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want of the landlord. Take notes, so that you will be able to compare all your choices later on.

Remember that the apartment you choose is an investment so make sure that you will be able to get what you want from it.


  1. Yeap, these are all great tips, I would advice the same

  2. i think i found the perfect apartment. i'm paying $700 a month in a good area, and i live right down the street from where i work. it's close to a massive mall, and food stores. yep, i've got it made here!