Recommendations to Help You in Your Apartment Search and Evaluation

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Looking for a new apartment home is exciting with all the new options you have in terms of where you want to live, the type of apartment home you find, and all the amenities that you can enjoy as a resident there. Here are some recommendations to help you in your evaluation and search for the right apartment to fit your personal requirements and budget.

Check Utilities Included

An apartment rental is going to detail a base rent cost that you are responsible for paying each month to rent the unit. However, in addition to the rent, you can be responsible for additional costs to maintain the unit, property, and control pests in your unit, so make sure you understand each of these costs and plan for paying them in addition to your rent. These should be considered as part of your living expenses and you need to budget for them accordingly so you don't stretch your income too much.

Also, you should find out what utilities are included in your rental agreement, as you may or may not have to sign up for your own utilities with your apartment. Sometimes an apartment will provide the water and sewer fees within your rent and not charge for these additionally. You may need to set up utility accounts for electricity, gas, or any other power utilities that the apartment requires. Some apartments even provide free satellite or cable television services with your rent, or a discount program on internet service to give you WiFi in your new apartment home.

Evaluate Amenities

When you rent an apartment, you are renting the interior space of your unit and all the additional items that come with the unit. This includes any conveniences that may not be standard to an apartment and others that are standard. For example, you will get a kitchen with a stove, oven, fridge, and running water, obviously, but you may also have a disposal in the sink, a dishwasher, and a built-in microwave. Some apartments don't come with all these appliances but many do, so be sure to check the listing's information and evaluate all the options it does have. 

Additionally, the apartment may come with carpet in all or some of the apartment, and tile, vinyl flooring, or hardwood through some areas, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Often, you may find a pet-friendly apartment with solid surface flooring through the main area of the apartment, then carpeting in the bedrooms. If you want an outdoor space that is your own private area, look for an apartment with a patio or balcony, which will allow you to sit outside in the morning or evening or grow an herb garden in planters, as examples.