Liliana Buckner. Apartment. September 04th , 2018.
recent trend is emerging in which old buildings such as ancient colleges and schoolhouses are being converted into apartments. While looking dingy and old on the outside, many of these units are state of the are luxurious living after their conversions to apartments are complete. Luxury apartments in 200 year old buildings are very hip, especially closer to the big cities where style counts for something. Often times in large cities, apartment renting is the only way to find shelter since the price for real estate is so incredibly sky high that it is nearly impossible for the average Joe to afford to buy a condo or single family residence.
The independence of renting your first apartment is exciting, but don't allow your excitement to overshadow reason. Being a first-time renter is challenging and requires responsibility. Before you start viewing apartments, take some time to define your needs and calculate a budget. Add up all of your monthly income, including financial aid, and multiply this number by 0.3. The resulting value is 30% of your monthly income and roughly the amount you can comfortably spend on rent. Only consider apartments for rent with a cost close to this number. Now, do you have pets? Are you open to a roommate? What amenities do you prefer? Do you have transportation, or will you need to walk to class? Ask yourself questions like these, and stay within your budget to narrow your options.
Once you've selected an apartment to apply for, it's time to start the paperwork. As a first-time renter, you'll probably need a co-signer to provide credit information. Be prepared to make a down payment equal to two months rents plus other expenses. Most apartment complexes demand a fee just for submitting an application, whether you're approved or not. Other additional fees include safety deposits and pet fees. The two most important things to remember when searching through apartments for rent are first to take your time!. The last thing you want is to rush into a lease and be stuck with an apartment that isn't right for you. The second is to stay comfortably within your budget! Keep your rent and expenses as low as possible. Don't try to lease an apartment that you will have to pour all of your income into. You'll need money for transportation, food, and going out, too.
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