5 Apartment Must-Haves to Look Into

By Allie Mitchell on December 31, 2016
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Your apartment is a place for you to call home. You want to make it a place where you feel comfortable and where your friends will feel comfortable when they come over and visit. You want to settle down in a place that you know you gave the full run-through and that you made sure was the exact place you had envisioned.

Although, getting an apartment means that you had to have decided what that vision is exactly. The apartment you see in your mind might not be exactly what you end up with, seeing as you have to take a lot of factors into account when making your decisions. So, you as an adult have to decide your must-haves when it comes to picking out your new future place of living.

Some must-haves aren’t technically an issue for other people, whereas some people have to be very skeptical and critical about how they go about their choices. Not everyone is looking for the same thing and not everything will suit every individual. There are a few major factors that everyone should look into before you make a solid choice.

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Apartments are a big step in a student’s life whether they are doing it at the start of college, during, or right after college is over, making that huge step into your own place a milestone. You want to make sure you are stepping in the right direction with the right way of thinking, along with all the information you need.

You want to know all the details going in so you will be able to make a sound decision when it’s all said and done. Decide what your needs are and what kinds of details will make you happy, not what will satisfy others and make them happy:

Rent: It is that ugly thing that looms over us every time we go to check the mail at a certain point in time. You know that when you get an apartment, rent is something you are going to have to pay and that you are going to have to pay it on time. You need to consider how much you make and how much you are willing to spend on where you live. Just because you really adore that apartment that is way out of your price range doesn’t mean it is meant for you.

You can always move apartments later in life, but you have to consider what works best for you at the moment. The price of your apartment should be one of the very first things you consider when you start your hunt.

Location: You want to live somewhere nice, right? Maybe not upscale nice, but nice enough to where you feel safe walking outside to get your mail or something. The location of your apartment may affect your rent, but that’s only sometimes. You may want someplace that is close enough to your job or a place that is close enough to your school. A lot of different factors play into the location of your apartment, so if you have someplace you need to be close to, use that as one of your decision factors.

Amenities: The amenities section of the apartment page is something that everyone rushes to because they need to decide if this place is really what they want. You need to decide what is most important. If you have a washer and dryer than you don’t need someplace that has them already in the unit or only has them on site. If you don’t need outside storage then don’t get the apartment that does. The amenities can look nice, but they aren’t always necessary to your specific needs.

Pets: Your four-legged best friend has to stay by your side you say. Well, that will cost you in most places and not all places allow them. Make sure to look into that as well, if it’s what you require. You want to make sure your friend is well taken care of and that you didn’t get the apartment for no reason and they can’t even live there. Usually, most apartment complexes state fairly quickly if they are pet-friendly or not, so it is really hard to miss.

Rules: Not all apartments have them, but some communities have quiet hours and other little things that most people don’t ask about. If this is something you need then don’t hesitate to ask about their apartment rules. They are there to make sure all your questions are answered, right? Side note: don’t be afraid to ask about maintenance, as maintenance is more or less intrusive depending on the location.

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Never be afraid to look at reviews online, and check how old the reviews are. Sometimes people have petty reasons for leaving but sometimes you can learn a lot from someone’s complaints.

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By Allie Mitchell

Uloop Writer
23 | Georgia State Alumna || Biology Major| Seeking MPH after graduating| Aspiring writer| Lover of interesting conversations and funny people| Active reader of fiction"| Girlfriend to a wonderful marine

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