Here’s a motivational note to go through while you’re thinking about a new apartment. Right off the beat, don’t be too focused on the price. Just first check and see what’s really available out there for you.
And then you can start narrowing down the choices. Availability and affordability, however, become partners in crime. It’s easy to move into low rental neighborhoods. But just how safe and comfortable is this going to be for you.
You do not want to be living on a corner where red light girls are plying their trade with their pimps lurking in the shadows, and you do want to be as far away from squalor and crime and grime as possible, don’t you.
Get this right, right from the get go. When looking for and networking for the most suitable apartment, do set your mind to asking the right apartment questions of the stakeholders. These are your building landlords, rental agents and property owners.
And if they squirm or dodge your pertinent questions, then you know it’s time to move on. Don’t waste your time with potentially dodgy landlords. Time is against you. You have no idea how quickly assertive people snap up apartments.
They’re not for sale but they do go like hot cakes. You’re not the only one that needs a roof over his head. Not sure what questions to ask? Go online quickly and there you’ll find independent blogs that are more than happy to give lists of ideas. It’s good to go with an independent online guide to finding the right apartment because the bloggers don’t hide behind the bush. And they don’t beat about the bush either.
Long before Q & A time, make sure you’ve got a list of questions ready. These are the ones that refer to you specifically. Don’t generalize and focus on the things – personal and financial – that are most important to you. Don’t be shy to ask personal questions either, particularly when you knock on the doors of neighbors.
Yes, see if you get this right. You’ll soon find during your apartment hunting expedition that there’s a lot of cagey landlords out there who won’t be too happy if you’re snooping around. It’s your right, your consumer’s right to be asking the neighbors if this block is more than alright to live in. Many of you may be wanting to upscale. But you’re going to need to utilize a housemate to afford this luxury. Even so, you’re still going to have to check with the creditable landlord or property agent if the property owner is happy to allow this arrangement.
Generally speaking, these days, they don’t mind, provided that you and your mate are decent and respectable, professional and will always pay the rent on time. But you never know, so always just check beforehand. Yes, make sure you’ve got your red light list ready to go. Take a red pen and highlight those areas most important to you, and then pursue them.