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Guide to College Apartment Search

Posted by in Education: Colleges & Universities  ~  May 10, 2012 09:20:16 PM

As a person who lives in an apartment, I can honestly tell you that it is not easy to find the perfect apartment for you. Often times, you will end up finding out things about your living space that were not evident before you moved in. With that said, if you go into the apartment searching process with the right mindset and the correct information, you can always locate a nice place. In this article, I will discuss how to find the perfect apartment. In particular, college folks need to think specifically about the type of living space they occupy.

The basics of finding a good college apartment include figuring out exactly what you want in that apartment. You must know a little bit more than that, though. You have to figure out exactly where you want to live and what sort of surroundings you are looking for. If you start your apartment search with these things in mind, you should have a much easier time. Search all of the resources that you can think of as there are good ads in both print and electronic media. Many times, internet sites such as craigslist will feature message boards where former residents can leave comments about their experience. This is where you will find out the things that flyers do not tell you. Apartment owners will be quick to let you know about the basics of their experience, but what is it really like? What are the people like? If you like to party, you can find out if there are lots of parties going on at this apartment complex. Likewise, you can find places where the atmosphere is a little bit more laid back.

You must be able to make good observations when you consider your apartment choices. Remember that you are going to be living a hectic college lifestyle. Will this apartment hold up to that lifestyle? Is this where all of the cool folks live? All of these things will be important to you down the road. When you are looking through the prospective apartments, try to consider all of the things about the apartment on the inside and the outside. Since you are going to have to live in this place for an extended period of time, you will need to envision yourself living there for a while. You have to consider how your stuff will fit in the apartment. Will my chairs and tables look good in here? How do I like that window? These are things to consider. Most of the time, you will want to envision yourself in this place. Think about how your things will look in regards to the floor plan. The little things are often the most important when considering an apartment. Be very skeptical when you are going through a search. After all, these folks should be selling their property to you. Let them know what you are looking for in an apartment and give them a chance to explain how they fit those needs.

When you pick out an apartment, you had better know for sure that the place is where you want to live. You will not get a second chance after you sign that lease. You should never be forced or pressured into making a dumb decision. Make sure it is exactly what you want, without any doubts. Take your time and make an informed decision. Do not take an apartment because you feel it is all that is left. Homes are not leftovers; they are where you will be living. In this same light, never feel pressured by a seller to close quickly on an apartment. If they are extremely overzealous in getting you into a property, then there is a good chance that the property will be available later. Sellers like that are often desperate to get folks into their empty apartments. Use your common sense and realize that these apartments may have been empty for good reason.

If you feel inclined, then an apartment broker might be the best thing to look for. They are often times looking to help out college students as this can build customer loyalty on your part. They can, however, be fairly costly at times. If you feel competent, you can find a good apartment on your own. The best thing you can do is figure out the specifics of the apartments in your area and go from there. Gather all of the information and every detail that you possibly can. Do not be afraid to ask questions at every stop. Stay alert and you will end up satisfied with your living space.