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8 Things You May Not Consider When Apartment Hunting

Moving isn’t typically at the top of your list of fun things to do. However, it’s something that must be done from time to time. You might have nabbed a job in a different city or simply want to move closer to family. Whatever the case may be, you’re apartment hunting. Here is the ultimate list of things to consider when looking for your new humble abode. 

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Less Obvious Apartment Considerations 

There are obvious considerations to be made when looking for a new apartment to rent. These include anything from price point to locale. However, intermixed in this are some caveats you may not have thought of previously. If you have a lot of newly-acquired furniture, for instance, you would benefit highly from an apartment moving service. What about the new building security? asks Forbes. Have you thought to check the window sills for drafts in previous apartments?

Little things you might miss could cost you in the long run, including:

  1. Your current lease
  2. Moving logistics
  3. Utilities and insulation
  4. Pet-friendliness
  5. New lease conditions
  6. Security
  7. Noisy neighbors
  8. Nearby traffic

The last one is big, especially if you have a commute to work. You may also want to consider proximity to shops, family, or friends. If pizza is part of your weekly routine, make sure a good pizzeria delivers to your potential new address. If you have children or pets, you may not want an apartment complex that is near a busy street. It’s really the little things, sometimes, that make an apartment feel welcoming. Another good tip is to visit the apartment place at different hours of the day. If you are given a showing during peak work hours, the music-blasting neighbors might not be out to play. 

Remember To Go with Your Gut

If something feels off about an apartment, it likely is. If the price is too low for the modern look, make sure to do some digging. Is it in a safe area? What is the crime rate? Check to see when the apartments were updated. Did it recently switch management? Reviews can also tell a lot about the integrity of an apartment, but take them with a grain of salt. Disgruntled renters are more likely to review than happy ones.

Remember that signing a lease isn’t a death sentence, but it can be a money trap. Read the fine print, and trust any funny feelings you have about an apartment complex. Once you’ve worked out the moving logistics and exhausted the numerous possibilities for issues, just go with your gut. Nothing is perfect, but your new apartment should tick as many boxes as possible to have you feeling comfortable in your new space offers Bloomberg.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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