Hi friends! This post is dedicated to all the recent college grads and people who are looking for their new apartment.
Navigating this can be an exciting and worthwhile time. But it can also pretty intimidating. As a first-timer, there are several mistakes that are made and you need to be smart and make sure that you avoid making these common mistakes.
What are these common mistakes that many people make and how can you be as prepared as possible? Below are a few of them:
There is nothing wrong with looking at online listings to find your perfect apartment.
However before you sign on the dotted line, you really should take a look at what’s available in person. Despite the gorgeous terrace overlooking the city or the 5-star-kitchen, you might not be looking at the BIG picture.
Nothing kills the excitement of finding your dream apartment to realize it isn’t all that you’d hoped it would be.
The poster/ ad/listing for the apartment might have been chosen to omit any of the unit’s issues. The photos may be old and the appliances might be broken. You can’t base everything you know about the place by just staring at photos.
It’s super important to visit the apartment to see what the building or complex amenities are, if there are any intense smells or if the apartment is in a good area—all of these are important things to factor into your potential apartment.
Ideally, it would be wise to check twice, during the day and at night. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
When you arrive, look very thoroughly throughout the entire apartment. Take photos of any damage that you might find even if it might be insignificant.
As a renter, if there is any damage, you don’t want to be the one who is liable for it.
Make sure that you provide those photos prior to moving in. Having photographic evidence could help prove that you did not do the damage, but you might still end up having to be charged with a cleaning or repair bill.
Indoor Air Quality
Another thing to consider is how well the air quality is in your new place.
If you notice that your allergies are flaring up more than usual, it might not just be your allergies but your indoor air quality.
Several factors can affect indoor air quality including biological and chemical sources. This can include tobacco products, certain building and furnish products, heating/cooling systems, and outdoor pollutants. Ventilation is another key factor.
If there is inadequate ventilation, pollutants can build up and cause serious health threats.
They’re professionals at making sure your next place is a livable. They also provide services like:
- moisture management
- ventilation expertise
- and duct cleaning
All of which are key to giving you the proper air circulation you need in your new place.
This friendly family run business is there to help answer any questions or concerns you might have going forward as well.
Skimming The Fine Print
When everyone says to ‘read everything’ they truly mean to read every single thing.
While this is a tedious thing to do, you do not want to end up blindsided because of something you skimmed and agreed on without really looking at the fine print.
For example, some apartments allow you to have dogs as an indoor pet but in the fine print, it may state that there is a certain weight or bred restriction that you didn’t notice before.
Some also have guests that can stay longer than a night or two.
Again, each apartment complex and Landlord might be different so really make sure that you read the fine print and that you take the opportunity to ask as many questions as possible before signing anything.
Moving In Without Essentials
As a first-time owner or renter, it’s incredible to think of all the items you’ll need at a basic level to survive.
Purchasing all sorts of new things just to cook a meal in your apartment like cookware, silverware, seasonings, bowls, and more might be overwhelming at first.
Also, factoring in bedding, clothes hangers, storage options, toiletries and more can seem like a lot but they are basic essentials to make your place a home.
Before you commit to a place, be prepared to either gather these essentials all at once or live without them for a bit.
Take a look at what friends are willing to give away or take a look at Facebook Marketplace for what others are selling in your area to get a good deal on a few of these essentials while you are starting out.
Once you become more established you can upgrade and update these down the road.
There might be a few more common mistakes people make when buying or renting their first apartment.
Everyone will make these at some point and so many more people have been in your shoes before you. The best thing you can do is follow the advice above and learn from the mistakes and any of yours that you are bound to make.
Moving is never easy but you owe it to yourself to be as educated as you can when taking such a big step!
I hope tips can help you during these times of transition and growth.
Huge thank you to Nash Everett for sponsoring this post! I never thought I’d be talking about this on the blog, but it just shows how important it is–especially for recent grads who are currently looking and saving up for a place to live!
Sending a ton of love and light your way,