When it comes to choosing and applying for an apartment, there are many different ways to prepare for the process. While most people mainly focus on evaluating the apartment community and its amenities, many forget to take a closer look at their own background and current situation. At Lincoln, we strive to provide you with a home of comfort and convenience. If you are in the market for a new apartment community to call home, here are 3 things to consider before filling out your next rental application.
Know Your Budget: Before you start the application process for an apartment, be sure you know your monthly budget and determine what you can spend on rent and utilities (if applicable) to live comfortably. Most experts recommend that your rent should be less than or equal to 30% of your monthly income. Take some time to determine if you can afford to live alone or will need a roommate or two, as renting above your means may hurt you in the long run.
Know What To Look For: Are you looking for a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Or maybe you want to be stationed right in the middle of the action? Either way, be sure you are choosing a location that is convenient for your lifestyle. Research the neighborhood online, drive by during different times of the day, and make a list of your wants and needs regarding amenities.
Know What’s Included: Some apartment communities include utility costs in the rental price. If utilities are not included, ask the rental office for a general estimate or call utility companies to inquire about past usage to get an idea of those important costs. Also, be sure to get a clear explanation regarding various policies regarding pets, visitors, and maintenance to avoid any sticky situations in the future.
Applying for a new apartment can be an exciting time, but also can require a lot of preparation on your side. Contact us today to learn more about preparing for the application process!