I knew that I’d be on the apartment hunt again one of these days, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d be doing it so soon — and in another state. Having learned the hard way what I do and do not want in a new place from past experiences, I now create a comprehensive checklist for myself when I view any places that might be my next apartment. After all, I’m going to be living in this place for at least a year, so I need to get it right the first time.
I know the same goes for you and your first apartment hunt. To help you out on your search for place you’ll call home, I’ve created an oh-so-handy checklist below. Use it when you tour, and I can guarantee it’ll help you keep track of all your options and make the crazy apartment hunting process a whole lot easier. Because MFA’s readers live in all types of communities and buildings, the list probably has many items that don’t apply to your specific situation, but I wanted to be as comprehensive as possible. You can download the two-page list as PDF and print it out to jot down your input as your tour each place. Don’t forget to bring a tape measure. And good luck!