An apartment is more than just a place to live. It’s where you come home to after a long day. It’s where you make memories and build relationships that last a lifetime. When you close your eyes, what does your dream apartment look like? These quick questions can help you find the answer.
Short and Sweet Apartment-Hunting Checklist
Will I still love it in 2 years?
This is a question you may be trying to avoid in the back of your mind. It’s easy to pick out the cheapest place on the market and grit your teeth until you get used to it, but sooner or later, you will be scrambling to move out. Think about what you would like to see when you open your eyes two years from now. Will it feel like home?
Will you have space to grow into? Within the next two years, will you want pets or children or more people in your life? Will there be room for them? If you know for a fact that you will be moving within the 2-year mark, will you be happy in this place for as long as you stay?
Does it satisfy my personal wish list?
It sometimes feels impossible to find everything you’re hoping for in an apartment. One way to narrow down your ideal spot is to write a wish list and organize it by priority. For example, one wish list may look like this:
- Dog Park
- Outdoor Community Space
- New Kitchen
- Quartz Countertops
- Hot Tub
- Swimming Pool
- Fire Pit
- USB Outlets
- Exercise Room
- 24/7 Gym in Walking Distance
- Near Bakery
Can I commute easily?
The cost of an apartment is made up of two competing factors: size and location. Outside of city limits, the price of rent drops. In urban centers, apartments shrink to stay affordable. For most, the best spot is right in the middle: within a short drive of the big city but tucked away from the noise.
Can I trust the management to get repairs done?
It is the apartment manager’s responsibility to keep everything in good repair, but some managers are more reliable than others. Often, the best indication of a responsible apartment manager is a well maintained space. The condition of the roof, garden, and public areas paints a clearer picture of the inside. If you get a view of the inside before the previous tenant has moved out, don’t worry too much about stains and scratches. A responsible apartment manager will always fix up the apartment for incoming tenants.
You should never have to ask more than once to have repairs done. Artesia makes it easy with an online Resident Services system. You can request maintenance and make online payments all in one spot. It is our promise that no message goes unanswered.
Ready to start a new chapter in your life? Use these simple questions to find the apartment that feels right.