Looking for your first apartment? Maybe you’ve lived in a house for some time and you’re downsizing to an apartment to save money, or maybe you’re moving out for the first time. This can be an exciting experience, and it can be very satisfying to find your dream apartment. But the apartment hunt can be a daunting task. Fortunately, if you follow these tips, you’ll run into fewer duds on your way to finding your dream apartment.
There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect apartment and then finding that you can’t afford it. That’s why you need to set a budget first. Keep in mind that most apartments will ask for first and last month’s rent as a deposit, and that there might be application fees and pet fees if you have them. Whatever monthly rent cost you expect to pay, it’s best to double or triple that for your budget. Triple will ensure that you have some money left over for moving costs. Budgeting first will start you out with a realistic idea of what you can afford.
Know Where to Look
There are a number of websites where you can search for apartment listings — including Zillow, Cozy, Apartments.com, and more. You can search “apartments in San Pedro” for instance on Google and be led to the direct websites of the apartment complexes themselves. You can also check websites like Craigslist for listings put up by individual owners.
Reach Out To Friends
Make sure your friends and family know that you’re looking for an apartment. They might know of apartment complexes with great amenities and reasonable rent costs, or they might be able to ask around for you. Are you moving to a new city or a new state? Consider looking for Facebook groups specifically dedicated to housing in that area. It can be a great way to make new friends and find your next apartment — or maybe someone looking for a roommate.
Separate Wants From Needs
That’s not to say your wish list isn’t important. It’s a good idea to write down the list of features you’d like to have when it comes to your new apartment — a gas stove, a good location, central air and heating, etc. But alongside that list, you should also make a second list of things that you absolutely need. This is the list of deal breakers; for instance, if you have pets, you need a pet friendly apartment complex. If you don’t have a car, you may need an apartment near public transportation. Figure out what you absolutely need so that you know where not to bend.
Still looking for your dream apartment in San Pedro, CA? La Corona Del Mar is a pet friendly apartment complex located near the beach and a wide variety of parks. Check out our floor plans for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, or contact us today for more information or to book a tour.