How to Find the Best Apartment for You

looking for aptApartment hunting is fun and exciting, especially if you are searching for your first apartment. The hunt, however, can also be stressful if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Before you start your search, try to figure out what features are most important to you. Maybe good parking is a must, but you don’t need gym access because you already have a gym membership. Maybe you want hardwood floors, but you would be willing to give them up if you find an apartment close to work or school. Figuring out how your needs and wants rank in order of importance will help you pinpoint your search and find the best apartment for you.

A smart way to organize and find out what features you actually need is to rate the importance of potential features. Start by imagining everything you would want in your dream apartment. Then, make a list of everything you can think of from location to flooring and price to gym access. Once you have this list, rate each item on a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being the least important and 10 being the most important. After you rate each item, you will see which features are most important to you and which features can be optional or can be left out completely.

Below is a list of 25 potential features to get you started. Think of what other special features you may want, and add them to this list to help you find your perfect apartment.

  1. Price
  2. Location/neighborhood
  3. Parking
  4. Gated community
  5. Gym access
  6. Pet friendly
  7. Availability of public transportation
  8. Easy commute
  9. Close to work/school
  10. Close to town
  11. Close to favorite hangouts
  12. Washer and dryer in the apartment
  13. Laundry room in building
  14. Hardwood floors
  15. Updated kitchen/new appliances
  16. Updated bathrooms
  17. Pool access
  18. Access to common areas/game room/outdoor grill
  19. On-site management
  20. On-site super
  21. On-site security
  22. Doorman
  23. Apartment layout
  24. Design features/character of apartment
  25. Residents close to your age


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Kalee Cowan is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Rural Studies: Writing and Communication. She is a writer, a baker, and a customer service representative for an insurance agency in her South Georgia hometown. When she is not working, she is attending concerts, reading an always growing list of books, and spending time with her family. You can find her on Instagram and Pinterest.

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