September 17, 2021
Factors to Consider When Looking for an ApartmentApartments come in all shapes, sizes, and setups. Finding an apartment that fits both your lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Whether you plan to downsize or you’ve outgrown your current space, there are several factors to consider before signing a lease. Here are our 7 suggestions for what to look for while apartment hunting.
- How convenient is the location?
- What amenities are offered?
- How much space do you need?
- Does the apartment allow pets?
- Is the apartment new-construction or has it been renovated?
- What is the neighborhood like?
- What do the reviews say?
You’re going to be living in this apartment for a while, so consider the location and convenient access to the local area. Is it easy to get in and out? Is it close to school, work, the grocery store, etc.? Choose an apartment that doesn’t add an extra 30 minutes to your daily commute. Go on a dry run to your most frequented spots during the day, evening, and on the weekend to get a feel for the local traffic and roads.
Amenities are designed to make your lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Although they aren’t required, they are a nice bonus to the rest of an apartment’s features. Amenities often include fitness centers, coffee bars, coworking spaces, outdoor dining areas, and more. So before finalizing your next home, assess the amenities that best suit your lifestyle. Consider what extra perks you need and want before committing to an apartment complex.
Will you be living alone or with others? Do you have a furry friend? Are you a homebody or do you rarely find yourself at home? Are you a collector of things or do you live the minimalist lifestyle? These are all important questions to ask yourself before committing to a new space. Consider whether the space you’re currently living in fits your needs before deciding to size up or down.
If you have a pet or plan on getting a pet, ensure that your apartment community has a pet-friendly policy. Some management companies don’t allow pets, while others have pet amenities that will make your four-legged friend feel right at home. Read through the pet policy very carefully before renting, and confirm that you’re not putting yourself at risk of losing your security deposit — or your place to live.
Apartment renovations are becoming more common. Renovated apartments come with higher quality kitchen appliances, updated fixtures and finishes, and occasionally modern furniture (if the apartment is pre-furnished). Keep in mind, however, that a renovated apartment is not brand new. Only a new construction rental community can offer you the peace of mind that you will be the first renter in the space.
Not only should your apartment fit your specific needs, but the neighborhood should as well. Spend a Saturday at the local shops, restaurants, parks, etc. to gain a better sense of the community. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask current residents how they enjoy living in the neighborhood!
Lastly, see what the reviews say. Online apartment reviews can be helpful when choosing an apartment, but only if you know which ones to trust. Check multiple sites, such as Google Reviews and Yelp, and see how the reviews have changed over time. You can find both positive and negative comments from residents and the company’s response to criticism. Take into account what the overall opinion of the place seems to be.
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If you’re looking for a new place to call home, The James in Park Ridge offers luxury studio, one & two-bedroom residences. Our spacious layouts, stunning interiors, and an unprecedented lineup of hand-selected amenities are hard to beat. Contact us to speak with a member of our leasing team or schedule a tour today!