3 Tips for Fall Apartment Hunting

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3 Tips for Fall Apartment Hunting

Megan Foukes · Oct 13, 2022
Young couple enjoys some warm drinks in their cozy new fall apartment.

Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year. School is back in session, the leaves are changing colors, and the weather has finally cooled down from the brutal summer heat. But did you know that fall is also one of the best times to score a new apartment? October specifically includes more flat rates on apartment rent than any other month.

Ready to get to apartment hunting but don’t know where to start on your search? Follow these 3 tips to get the best apartment for you:

Prepare a Budget

No matter if this is your first apartment or your tenth, it’s always important to run some numbers before you start searching. If you’re currently renting an apartment, think about how much you already spend. Are you comfortable with that number? Did you have some tight months financially? If you’ve received a raise at work, make sure your adjusted salary is capable of handling a higher rent price. It can be exciting to make more money, but don’t throw it away on rent if you can’t truly afford it.

Apartment complexes offer different things. Are you looking for an apartment that comes with certain utilities included? Or are you willing to pay for all utilities in addition to rent? How about extras? Are you looking for an apartment that includes access to a pool or gym? Keep in mind that this will most likely increase the rent price. These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preparing a budget for an apartment.

Consider Location

A pair of friends explores a new part of town during fall.

Once you have your budget set, it’s important to consider the location of your next apartment. This is important whether you’re moving down the street or across the country. Where you end up deciding to rent not only affects the price, but also your health and safety. This is because cheaper apartments unfortunately tend to come with hidden issues. Read reviews of every apartment building online, and check out the crime rates in different areas. If you know people who have lived nearby, ask them their opinions on the neighborhood.

Another hidden issue may be the presence of mold or bug infestations. Again, make sure you thoroughly read the apartment reviews. People who are dissatisfied are more likely to leave negative reviews and show proof of the issues they’ve experienced while living there.

If you’re moving to a brand new city or state, do a little extra research on the surrounding culture. Make sure you’re ready for and comfortable with any big changes that may arise. It isn’t always easy to get acclimated, but getting the lay of the land ahead of moving can make the transition a lot easier on yourself.

Ask Questions on Tours

When you do get around to narrowing down apartments, go on tours and ask questions. Don’t just blindly walk around and listen to the property manager talk about the good things. Be assertive and ask specific questions as soon as you think of them — holding back will only hurt you later on. Plus, asking questions shows you’re serious about apartment hunting, and that you’re not willing to settle.

Some questions you may want to ask include:

Do you allow pets? If so, how much is pet rent, and what are the pet limitations?

What utilities are included, if any?

What are the available lease options?

Will the apartment be cleaned and updated as needed prior to move in?

What is the parking situation for the complex (if not obvious)?

What internet provider(s) service the building? (this question is especially important if you plan on working from home in the new apartment).

Fall in Love with Your Next Apartment

Woman in. yellow sweater looks to the sky with joy as the colorful autumn leaves encircle her.

Although fall is one of the busiest times of the year, it can also be one of the best times to rent an apartment. Moving in during fall gives you great weather to enjoy before winter sets in. You also avoid dealing with heavy snow when you’re moving all of your stuff in.

The three tips above are just a basis for your next apartment hunt. If you’ve never rented before, you may need to do some extra work ahead of time to make sure you qualify for rent. Landlords run credit checks whenever you submit a lease application, and it’s not uncommon to get denied based off of low or no credit. Consider taking some time to build up your credit score before moving, if you need to. If you’re just not quite there financially but determined to move into your own place, consider your line of work and brainstorm some ways to increase your pay.

Don’t be spooked out over finding an apartment. Just follow our tips, and you’ll be ready in no time!

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