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Tips: Apartment Hunting

  • Aug 06 / 2013
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Apartment Hunting







My lease for my apartments is ending soon and I plan on moving. I’ve been living in my current apartments for about 4 years now and between my wife and I, we have accumulated a ton of stuff and could use a little more space. Searching for an apartment or a new place to live is never a fun or easy process. It usually involves extensive searching, paperwork, appointments, and reassigning any utilities such as cable, internet, and electric (none of which I am looking forward to). With a little research and preparation this dreadful process can go smoothly and a lot of time and money can be saved in the long run.

Firstly, location is the most important factor in deciding where to live. It’s a great idea to stay centrally located (5-10 mile radius) to any main locations you plan on visiting on a weekly basis such as grocery stores, shops or malls, and of course work or school. My wife and I both have jobs in two different areas of the metroplex and are looking for apartments in between where we work to ease the daily commute for us both. The first thing I want to do after a long day of work is go home and by doing this, I spend less time in traffic and save more at the pump.

Another thing to take into account is cost. While the price of the unit is very important, other factors include utilities, appliances, and pet deposits if animals are involved. A lot of apartments often offer ways around these various fees if you know where to look. For example, I came across some apartments that offer to waive the pet deposit fee if you provide copies of adoption papers; which is great because pet deposits can range from $200-$300 depending on the pet. It’s also a great idea to see if the apartments offer things like dishwashers and washers and dryers in unit to avoid spending thousands of dollars on appliances. A washer and dryer can be handy to bring with you if there are connections available and some complexes offer on site laundry facilities; which are great, but I’ve been through the process of taking loads of clothes up and down 2 or 3 flights of stairs and would rather avoid it at any means possible. Things like utilities need to be taken care of well in advance to avoid bad situations such as moving into a new place and not having electricity. Some things can even be set up previous to moving in such as a home alarm system to avoid instillations while you’re trying to unpack and organize your belongings. This brings me to my next point of security. There’s nothing more important than being safe in a new enviornment and it’s a good idea to check out the location for things like gated communities and nearby police and fire stations. Based on my research and findings, I have been considering Richardson for my upcoming move because of the location and my wife’s interest in the police academy there.

With all of these things in mind, moving should be pretty easy. I’ve got a location in mind, an idea of what I will need to do to prepare, and a timeline together to keep me on track. Now, if I could only find someone to pack all of my stuff for me….

About The Author: Stephen Hamilton is a writer for Smith Monitoring. He is an avid gamer, movie buff, musician, and comic collector


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