Finding a great apartment is not easy, and once you do your anxious to move in right away. After finding your perfect place it's natural to want to sign the lease and get into your new rental living quarters as soon as possible. But before signing the lease there are some important things to consider about the agreement. If you sign the lease without reading it well you might find yourself coming face to face with some unpleasant surprises.
Don't put yourself in that situation. Take some time to study the rental documents. Rental living means you are living in a housing unit that someone else owns. You have to play by their rules. A few of the things you need to consider before signing a lease are:
April 24, 2013
When you plan a party, which stage do you enjoy the most? Planning out the details can be stressful and time-consuming. Clean-up is depressing and tiring. Besides actually attending the party, most people would say they enjoy decorating for the party. The last item on your “My First Apartment Checklist” is to have fun decorating. Here are some suggestions for doing just that.
Picture this. The moving truck just left. Boxes are piled in the center of every room. You pick one to sit on, look around smiling, and think: “Finally here I am in my first apartment.” Then your smile slowly fades as you think, “…Now what?” Now that you’re moved in it’s time to start unpacking. As you put things away, make a list of all the things you'll need. We’ll help you by going through the main rooms of your apartment.
Unpack this room first because it’s where the action is. Think about it. You’ll use the kitchen in your first apartment every day because it’s where you’ll make your food. If you like to entertain, then you know that everyone always ends up near the kitchen. Start by putting away the basics like dishes, cookware, utencils, etc. Since this is your first apartment, you might not even have dishes yet or notice that you have knives and forks but no spoons. And don’t forget appliances. Take an inventory of what you need and write those things down. Make a grocery list while you’re at it of at least the staples you like to have, such as milk, bread, cheese, etc. You’ll feel better with a fully-stocked fridge.
Think of searching for your first apartment as a treasure hunt. You have a goal in mind – you want a treasured place to call home, but you don’t quite know how you’re going to get there yet. There are clues you have to pick up on the way. If you’ve been reading this blog series, you now know your budget and you’ve decided if you’re going to have a roommate. Now you’re ready to start your first apartment search. The following tips will help give you clues to the apartment that is just right for you.
Only consider places you can afford
If you allow yourself to look at apartments that are out of your price range, then you’ll be tempted to compromise. Decide on the minimum and maximum you’re willing to pay in rent and only tour the places that fall into that range. You don’t want to get stuck in a lease you can’t afford and with bills you can’t pay.
April 12, 2013
Pros & Cons of Having a Roommate in Your First Apartment
Odds are a roommate will be part of your first apartment experience because it will help you pay for your monthly apartment living expenses. While having a roommate can be an arduous task, it can also be a really fun experience. The key is finding the right roommate.