No matter where you are in the apartment hunting process, it’s never too late to learn something new. There is a right and wrong way to do this, believe it or not. We want you to apartment hunt the smart way, feeling comfortable in the end knowing you have made the best choice possible. Do this the not-so-smart way, and you could become stuck in a lease with the wrong apartment.
If you follow our advice, you will find the right apartment. So, let’s get down to it and explain how to apartment hunt the smart way!
#1: Set a Budget
First—and we cannot stress this enough—you need to set a budget. Without an idea of what you can spend, you will waste too much of your precious time in the apartment hunting process. There is no point in looking at apartments you will not be able to afford!
So, look at your income and monthly expenses first to understand how much you can realistically spend every month on an apartment. This budget will help you hone in on the options in your price range once you start researching luxury apartments near you.
#2: Do Some Research
In today’s world, there are plenty of great apps, social media platforms, and search engines you can use to hunt for apartments. Whether you ask Alexa where to find the best apartment near you or filter through Apartments.com looking for apartments with a great pool, you can’t go wrong. Use one tool, or a combination of many, just to make sure you do thorough research.
As you investigate each apartment option, verify that the prices you see match your budget and the amenities available fit what you’re looking for in an apartment community. This will help you make a short list of your favorite options based on the right criteria.
#3: Make an Appointment
Now that you have your short list of options, the smart thing to do is to visit each apartment community in person. Photos and virtual tours can only show you so much! You need to walk through an apartment to know if it’s the right fit for you.
Contact the leasing office at each community you would like to visit and make an appointment for a tour. A tour usually takes about an hour, which leaves you plenty of time to ask questions.
#4: Ask Your Questions
Before you visit each apartment community for a tour, prepare a list of questions you can ask a leasing consultant. Based on your budget, research, and needs, you should arrive looking for answers that can help you make an informed decision.
Here are some of the most common apartment questions people ask:
- What are your application fees?
- How long does the application process take?
- Are you running any discounts or specials?
- What is your pet policy?
- What is living in this neighborhood like?
- Which utilities are included in the apartment, and which ones do I pay separately?
- What are my parking options?
Once you see each community and get your questions answered, it’s time to make your decision. Hop online, lease an apartment, and get ready to move! Nothing is going to beat that first night in your new home knowing you made the smartest choice you could make.
If you have any questions along the way about living at Bowman Pointe, please contact our staff by calling 501-725-9055. We would love to be considered as your future home.
Happy apartment hunting!