Renting an apartment is a big step to adulthood. You probably can’t wait to move out and be on your own. However, you should take your time and think carefully before you sign the lease.
Here are some things to consider before you sign the dotted line.
- How much can you really afford? The monthly rent is not the only cost associated with renting an apartment. You will have to figure out if electric, water, and anything else is included in the rent or if it is extra. If it is extra, the landlord should be able to tell you approximately how much you should expect to pay each month for it.
- How much money is needed the day you move in? Most landlords require a security deposit which may include both first and last month’s rent. You may or may not get this back, depending on how good the apartment looks when you are done.
- Do you want a furnished apartment or would you prefer to bring your own? This is a personal preference. A furnished apartment costs more but it costs money to buy your own furniture. You can buy furniture cheap at yard sales and thrift stores depending on the time of year.
- Do you want to live by yourself or would you prefer to split costs and live with a roommate? This also depends on you. Some people prefer to live by themselves while others prefer to live in a bigger apartment even if means sharing it with someone else. Make sure that you can get along with your roommate.
Being prepared before renting an apartment is the best way to make sure the process goes smoothly. Make sure that you know what all of your expenses are going to be, before you sign a lease. Also, you need to know exactly how much money you need to bring along for a security deposit and application fees. .Hopefully you will take good care of the apartment and you will get all of it back. You also need to consider whether or not you want a furnished apartment or you want to buy your own furniture. You also need to decide if you want to live on your own or with a roommate.
Good luck in your search for the perfect apartment and call Housing Helpers Boulder apartment finders to get help from one of our friendly rental specialists at 303-545-6000.