– Hey so it's been requestedof me to make a video on how to find your first apartment.
Well well well well, I am veryqualified to talk about this because I'm a rebel without a cause and a curious George so I'vemade quite the decisions in my living spaces over the years, and I've mad a lot of mistakesas people can call them, but I don't call them mistakes because they built character, and I am gonna share them with you.
So maybe finding an apartment can be a smoother experience for you.
Top ways to actually look for an apartment is you can do word of mouth.
That's number one.
So if you know someone who lives in an apartment already ask them.
They're going to be yourmost knowledgeable source and they're gonna be superduper honest with you.
So ask them who their building manager is or who their landlord is.
If they like them, ifthere's other units available in their building.
Ask away because they'regonna be super helpful.
Your number one resource.
An apartment hunter willhave a database of apartments that are available.
So they're gonna ask you questions or have you fill out a questionnaire telling them what neighborhoodyou're looking in, how much rent you're looking to pay, if you have a cat, a dog,you need a washer and dryer.
All that good stuff and they'll plug that into their database and they'lllet you know what pops up.
Now apartment hunterscharge a fee normally.
So find out what their fee is.
It could be 10% of years worth of rent.
It could be 10% of a months worth of rent, or they could charge you nothing, and actually charge thelandlord or management company for finding you for them.
Craigslist is a great resource.
I would look for the apartmentsthat have photos at least, and not just a description.
Or at least a website thatyou can go to and check out some of the units.
I don't think I everhad any luck with those ones that don't have photosbecause there's usually a reason they don't have a photo posted.
Look for property management companies.
So you can Google propertymanagement companies in your city and see what pops up.
A property management company is great because they'll have differentproperties all over the city.
They may have propertiesof different price ranges.
They might have a buildingthat's all studios.
Ones that are one, two bedroom.
So they'll have a lot of options for you.
If you have a neighborhood you like and you're just strollingaround the neighborhood and see a building that looks really cool.
Look on the side of the building.
There's usually a phone number listed and the name of theproperty management company or landlord and the building may even have a management office on site and you could stop inthe management office and see what they have to offer.
Besides how you actually goabout finding an apartment.
Here's some things youneed to know about moving.
You want to make sure your money, your finances are in place.
You also want to evaluate your lifestyle and safety to me is prettydarn important as well.
Let me discuss.
Ideally you want to have agood chunk of change saved because you never knowwhen there's an emergency that's gonna happen, or not to be a negative Nancy, but you could lose your job, and if you lose you job,you still want to have enough money where you'llhave a roof over your head.
Now I'm saying this isthe ideal situation, because I did not have an ideal situation and yeah I still don't so.
Having money saved in case of an emergency is just going to makeyour life so much easier.
It is very stressful living month to month waiting for checks.
So if you have to do it you have to do it but let me tell you it sucks balls.
What kind of lifestyle do you have? What kind of lifestyle do you want? Are you fun, do you wanna livein a really busy neighborhood that's got great nightlife,and bars, and clubs, and social hours, or areyou complete opposite? Do you not wanna be nearany type of fun and bars and you wanna life a library or on a farm? So evaluate your lifestyle and see what will work for you.
Decide what your deal breakers are.
What are your needs and wants? If you have a dog or a cat.
It's probably gonna be a deal breaker if you can't have a dogor cat in your building.
So you need to find a buildingthat's gonna allow you to have an animal and do note that you will pay a securitydeposit for your animal.
Just so you know.
If there's no laundry in the building.
If there's no laundry in the unit.
Are you okay with going amile away to a laundromat to wash your clothes? If you get a package, is theresomeone to get it for you? They're gonna leave it on the doorstep? Someone gonna steal it? Make a list of whatyour needs and wants are and then write a list of what your absolute deal breakers are.
So that's going to helpyou narrow down the process of what you're looking for.
So there are websites that will tell you the crime rate in the neighborhood and how walk able and stuff it is.
I'm gonna leave those downbelow in the comment section because I want this processto be easy for you guys.
Moving is stressful enough.
So if I can make this process a little bit more streamline for you thenthat'll make me feel okay.
Lifestyle, needs, wants,deal breakers, and safety.
Once you reach out to one ofthose resources I've given you.
To actually view an apartmenthere are some things you want to look for whenyou go and venture out.
You wanna go during a time of day where it is on and poppin'.
If you go at 10 AM, theneighborhood's probably going to be peaceful and everythingis gonna look fine and dandy.
You wanna go in the middle of the day closer to the evening whenpeople are coming home from work.
They're off work.
You can see how loud the neighbors are.
You can see how crazy the neighbors look.
You could see what theparking situation is like when everyone's home.
You can see a lot if yougo at the right time of day to look for an apartment.
If you see other peoplethat live in the building.
Do go up and ask.
Do you like living in this building? And a lot of times theywill tell you the truth.
They will tell you becauseif they don't like living in the building they're gonna tell you.
They are not gonna haveany qualms about being like it is loud, you know watch out for him, up the street this.
And again if they like it they'regonna rave about it to you so don't be afraid to goup to someone and ask them what they think.
Some things that you should look out for when you actually go view the apartment.
So you're either going tobe viewing an apartment that someone is still living in, but they're moving out soon and they're showing their apartment.
Or you're going to endup seeing an apartment that's already vacant.
You might even see anapartment that they use as their show apartment.
So no one lives in it, it's just for show.
So keep in mind with the show apartments that your actual apartmentunit may not look like that.
So you need to find outwhat your actual unit would look like andpreferably you wanna see it.
Now, wanna make sure yourcellphone works inside of the apartment.
So do make a phone call andsee if you have good reception.
Do flip on the water.
Like if you have sucky water pressure.
It's gonna suck bad foryou to take a shower.
Sucky water pressure is a no no.
Open the windows.
Windows can look beautifuland you open them up and there are bars on them.
There's practical things that you can do just to give you some ideasof things I've learned.
Is there a sprinkler system? Also pay attention to the lease.
You know if you're lookingfor short term lease or a long term lease.
Leases are usually a one year at a time.
Rent usually rises ever year so be prepared for a smallincrease in rent every year.
I hope this video wassuper helpful for you and happy apartment hunting.
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