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If you are in the market for a new apartment, you may be tempted to grab the first one you find within your price range. However, this is simply not the smartest way to go about the apartment searching process. In order to find the best and most affordable apartment for your budget and your personal needs and desires, you have to take the time to look around and do a little research. If you’re moving from another apartment or house, give yourself at least an extra month to find your new home. While you won’t get moved into your new place and settled as quickly, you’ll be glad in the long run. Taking your time with the search will keep you from being disappointed with your new home.
The first thing you will want to do is to decide whether your want to rent from an individual or from a large apartment complex or company. If you have bad credit or a poor rental history, you may have to rent from an individual and steer clear of the big corporations. Those with better records will usually have no problem getting an apartment with a larger company. Renting from such companies does have its advantages. First of all, commercially rented apartments are usually located in large complexes with lots of amenities, such as swimming pools, clubhouses, and on site gyms. Secondly, pets and children are usually allowed on these properties, providing the renter pays some kind of deposit or a special monthly fee. Some people, though, prefer to look for a cheaper, less fancy place, and using individual landlords or apartment owners is a great way to accomplish this.
Once you’ve decided who you want to rent from, it’s time to begin your search. Those who are going for the company owned apartments will have no problem finding all the options. Looking online and just driving around an area you are interested in moving to will turn up hundreds of different apartment complexes. You can apply at any of them that catch your eye and have vacancies, but be aware that it is not unusual for large complexes to charge anywhere from 25 to 100 dollars for an application fee. Renters looking for individually owned apartments can look on Craigslist and in the newspaper for rental options. While most individual renters won’t charge an official “application fee,” some will have the renter either provide his or her own background and credit check or to pay to have one conducted.
Before you start applying to apartments everywhere, however, make sure that you’ve done your research on pricing and that the rent is fair and comparable to other similar apartments in the area. Also, check out ApartmentRatings.com, which offers reviews of many of the world’s apartment complexes. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential landlord or leasing manager about any concerns these reviews may bring up. Finally, only go with the apartment that can meet all of your most important needs such as location, affordable rent, pet allowance (if applicable), and anything else that is important for you to have in a home.