Things to Consider When Searching for an Apartment
Apartment hunting can be a headache. After all, there is a lot to consider. When searching for your new apartment home in Seattle’s University District, there are some basics to consider. Whether it is your first apartment or your tenth, it is always important to consider the essentials…then the perks.
First and Foremost – Only Look at Apartments Within Your Budget
Looking beyond what you can afford will make you yearn for something you cannot afford or cause you to be living beyond your means. While crown molding and all hardwood floors look great to you, freshly painted walls and newer carpet may be what appeals to your bank account.
Location, Location, Location
When determining the best location for your new Seattle apartment, ask yourself the following questions:
- How far are you willing to travel to work or school?
- What is the local traffic like during your travel times?
- Is there public transportation nearby?
- Does the neighborhood have what you want? Is the neighborhood safe?
- If you have children, have you considered the school district?
Sometimes it is cheaper a bit further from the city, but the commute will cost you time and money.
Do You Need a Downtown Seattle Apartment with Parking?
If you own a car, the parking would be important to you. Find out if there is covered parking, assigned parking spaces, or nearby paid garage parking available. If you don’t own a vehicle, be sure to check on the nearest public transportation, available bike storage and walking distance to your favorite neighborhood places.
Consider What is Included In Your Rent Payment
Check to see if your utilities are covered. Water, gas, Wi-Fi and trash can possibly be covered, but you need to know because your budget will have to be adjusted accordingly.
It is a good idea to inquire about the apartment security.
This should be a priority for any property manager. Are there cameras in the public areas? Is the parking lot secured?
The general atmosphere of the community is important.
If luxury urban living is what want, be sure to be thorough in your online searches. You will want to live in a University District of Seattle apartment community that you feel content in. It might be beneficial to visit the complex on an informal basis and talk to some of the residents to get some unbiased information about the neighborhood and how they like living there. It also might be a good idea to ask a few questions about management when speaking with residents, as that will set the vibe for a community as well.
Finally, DO NOT Pay for Anything Until You Actually See the Apartment
If someone wants to charge you just to see the property, that is a big red flag! Do not offer any money until you are absolutely sure this is a legitimate and legal transaction.
Where you decide to live in the University District is important to your well-being. When it comes to apartment living, it is nice to be able to move after a year if it doesn’t work out, but most people don’t want to move a lot. So, if you want to find the perfect luxury apartment community for you, do your homework. Make lists of what you must have then what you would like to have. Research the property management company, look for online reviews and, if possible, get recommendations from friends. You want a relaxed place to come home to. A comfortable place to live is your haven from the busy world around you.