When choosing an apartment I looked for huge items such as cost, a safe living environment, accessibility to a metro station, and getting the most bang for my buck. But I also wish I consider some other items that didn’t even cross my mind.
1) Receiving Packages– I do not have a doorman which makes it difficult sometimes to receive packages from services other than the United States Post Office. I never even thought of this to be a problem until I ordered something and paid extra to get it at an earlier date, only to find out I would have to reschedule the delivery time and/or location. I am not complaining about the other mailing services, because I have had great experiences with them. It is just something to think about when looking for an apartment.
2) The Necessities– Of course I knew Washington DC would be expensive, but almost over $100.00 to get my hair washed and trimmed!? That is ridiculous. The small town girl in me was overwhelmed by that price. I do have advice on this situation though, there are plenty of Groupons and other daily deal sites to test out places. But I only trust one person with my hair, my hairdresser back home. There are plenty of great places in DC, but it’s overwhelming for a newcomer because the reviews on Yelp! are hit or miss.
3) Gyms- Gym locations never occurred to me as being a problem. I grew up in a small town and went to school in a small town, so the gym was close to my house. Although I live in DC where there are many gym opportunities, the prices are through the roof. Decently priced places aren’t really close to my house, and after getting out of work at 6pm with the commute and my early bed time, the gym seems almost impossible to get too! Next time I move I will make sure a location close to a gym is in the priority list.
4) Hosting events– I know this seems pretty broad, but after visiting other friends’ apartments I am jealous of their “host-able” space. I am unable to have events like Friendsgiving or little cocktail events at my place due to the size and shape of our living room. I never thought I would be one to want to have events at my apartment, but as I get older going out is not as fun as having a small personal gathering at a friend’s apartment. The next apartment I look for will have to have room for friends to come over and feel comfortable.
I know these might seem like “petty” items for some people but it truly makes a difference when you are in the working world. Especially if you work over 40 hours a week, you wish some things were just a tad bit easier. These are just some items to consider when looking for a place to live when you have an extremely busy lifestyle.