How to Find the Right Apartment

How to Find the Right Apartment

  • Determine your rental budget (include utilities such as heat, water, sewage and trash removal)
  • Determine what towns or neighborhoods you would like to live in and that are close to where you work, where your family and friends live, where you want to attend for worship and recreational activities
  • Determine what features may be important to you, including:
    • parking
    • wall-to-wall carpeting
    • pet policies
    • walking distance to shopping and dinning
    • laundry facilities and the cost (on each floor, in each building or none at all)
    • number of bedrooms and bathrooms
    • individually controlled heat and air conditioning or window units
    • secure access, keyless entry or intercom entrance
    • elevators
    • additional storage area
    • fitness room, indoor or outdoor pool
    • 24-hour emergency maintenance
    • fully equipped kitchen with range, refrigerator, dishwasher and disposal
    • building internet, phone and cable ready
    • balcony
  • Review the apartment listings in local newspapers, check online and look for rental signs in your targeted neighborhoods 
  • Review the Apartment Rental Guides in your local grocery store
  • Keep a file of clipped newspaper ads, computer printouts and Apartment Rental Guides
  • Choose a few apartments and call for an appointment to view each apartment
  • While visiting each apartment, ask questions about the monthly cost and availability of the apartment
  • Make notes of information you receive and inspect the apartment carefully
  • Fill out an application for the apartment. Submit the application with a check in the amount of the rental.
  • A credit check may be required for a fee.
  • Last step is to establish a move-in date, sign a lease and arrange to pay any security deposit

Please click here for the Ultimate Checklist of items needed for your first apartment or house.