What to Prioritize When Finding an Apartment

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When searching for an apartment, there are always multiple factors to consider. It’s a big decision, after all. It’s your residence. Your resting place. Your solace after a long day. Not just any old place will do.

But, as that awful lesson we all learned early on told us, nothing in life is perfect. And that includes apartments. So it’s all about figuring out what’s most important to you.

First, and probably the most important: look around you. See how many children there are. Decipher which of them are yours. That’s who you have to take into account when finding an apartment.

Then do the same thing with animals.

What I’m saying is…if you have a family or pets, there will be additional factors to consider. I would suggest prioritizing those factors first. But that’s just a suggestion.

finding an apartmentThen once you’ve figured that out, there are other, more arguably superficial, things to consider. Such as amenities. You know, washing machine, dryer, air conditioning, dishwasher, walk-in closets, a live-in maid. All those things we’ve come to expect of a residence. Then there are outer amenities to think about. How important is that outdoor pool? Is a parking lot a must? Are you actually going to utilize that gym downstairs?

And then, of course, there’s location, location…you know. Location is said to be the most important factor when moving. Do you prefer the peace and quiet of the ‘burbs? Do you like the convenience of the city? Are school systems a consideration?

But anywhere you look has its ups and downs (like that life lesson we just talked about). In a suburban setting, you may have to sacrifice the conveniences that city residents enjoy. But city residents may have to be more open-minded as apartments with all the bells and whistles can be harder to come by. You may need to sacrifice things like central air conditioning, a dishwasher, or your dog.

No, just kidding about the dog. Lots of people in the city have a dog. It’s less convenient, but don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. Unless of course, that person is your landlord.

In any case, you likely won’t find your perfect apartment (if you do, though, tell me where). But when you figure out what’s most important, you can come pretty close.