- Renting a House vs. Renting an Apartment
- The Search
Things to Consider When Searching for a House or Apartment
Consider what size apartment you need. Are you going to be living by yourself? Do you have friends that want to live with you? (Having roommates can save you a lot of money by sharing the rent and the cost of utilities.)
Location, Location, Location
Rent can fluxuate depending on what part of town you live in. However, you don’t want to sacrifice safety or health for cheap rent either. Do a little research and ask around. If you’re new to the area, you can find a lot of information about different neighborhoods on the local Police website. Also consider your lifestyle. If you’re more of a homebody, living in a lively city won’t be as important to you. If you are more social, you might want to consider a more densly populated area. If you’re moving to be closer to a new job, ask your employer for recommendations.
If you don’t have a car, you’ll want to look into public transportation. How close is the apartment to the bus stop or light rail station? How far is it from school or work? How far is it from the nearest grocery store? Does the place have adequate parking space? Is it on-street parking or off-street or garage parking?