Before You Start Your Apartment Search Original Article Published at: www.rentping.com/articles/before-you-start-your-apartment-search/
As you start your apartment search, you should take a few steps to make sure that you will find an apartment that is right for you. Below are some helpful questions to ask yourself.
What is your Budget? Your housing is a significant monthly expense. Knowing your overall budget will help you pick the right apartment for your income and will help keep your apartment search as efficient as possible. We recommend you make a budget so you know what you can afford. One common rule of thumb is to spend no more than 1/3 (33%) of your net income on rent. Net income is the amount of money you make after taxes.
What are your Needs? What part of town do you want to live in? Do you need to be close to work or school? Are you longing for a cozy fireplace? How about an on-site pool and fitness center? How much parking space do you need? Or a garage? Do you need a place that will let you keep Fido? You need to make a list of all your needs and prioritize them by importance. This will help you to objectively find places that meet more of your needs.
Finding the Right Fit Once you have your budget and your priorities, you are ready to start your search. RentPing provides convenient ways to find just the right fit: Search our online rental listings. Once you've found the right apartment, be sure to read what to expect from the application process.
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Published on Feb 16, 2010
As you start to look for an apartment to rent, be sure to know the basics of calculating your apartment budget, your living needs, and how t...