Apartment hunting can be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. Whether you’re moving out for the first time on your own, or it’s your tenth move, looking for a new apartment and setting up your home in a new location is always exciting. However, apartments can be expensive, and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to find the best deals. Here are three quick tips to help you save money when looking for and renting an apartment.
Three Quick Ways to Find a Deal on an Apartment
Balance and Range
Finding a balance and setting a range are technically two ways to save on apartments, but they go hand in hand. Balance means that when you set up your budget, as far as what you can spend, in total, per month, you need to find a happy medium between your utilities and monthly expenses and your rent. If you want a higher priced apartment, cut back on some monthly expenses. This will help you save money. Also, instead of picking a particular price you want to pay per month for rent, set a range. This will help you find an apartment more quickly, and will also help you stick to a budget so you know how far above your ideal rent you are willing to go.
Just about every apartment complex or property management company has some sort of deal that it offers to new residents. By searching for the apartment complexes that offer these kinds of deals, you can save a lot of money. Most of the time, these deals will be printed on the apartment listing, but sometimes they are not. One of the main questions you should ask when calling around is whether or not the complex offers move-in discounts or other special deals. If they don’t, you might be able to save money by looking elsewhere.
Believe Your Eyes Only
It is amazing what photographs can do to make apartments look beautiful when, in fact, they might not be so wonderful. Oftentimes, it is tempting to look at the apartment website or listing, look through the photos, and think you’ve found a great place and, in an effort to save money driving all over the city, sign on the dotted line before you ever see the place. Do not do this. You can save yourself a lot of money by not signing anything until you actually see the apartment complex and unit in person. Many an apartment dweller has taken the “sight unseen” offer only to find out the site was unseemly, costing the tenant a lot of money in repairs, cleaning, and so on.
By following these three tips, you can save yourself quite a bit of money, and find some great deals, on an apartment. Be selective in what you need from your residence, but be flexible, as well. Always ask if deals are available and never sign anything before seeing the property itself.