It can be hard choosing an apartment when you’re hundreds of miles away from your new destination. With busy work schedules and time restraints, you would love to go out there and check out apartments first hand but you know that’s probably not an option. But in this day and age, there is so much information and plenty of resources online to help you make a comfortable decision when deciding on your new place. Start by checking to see if there is an Alliance community in the destination city since you’ve already experienced the atmosphere and are familiar with this standard of living: www.liveatalliance.com
Location, location, location
Whether you’re looking to be closer to family or you’ve transferred to a new school or office, try to search for apartments in an area that is convenient for you. That might mean being at the center of town or in an area close to public transportation. Get on Google Maps and see if there are nice restaurants, shops, and park easy to walk or drive to. Location is the most important selling point of any apartment complex.
Do your homework
With so many ratings and review websites like Google and Yelp, it’s easy to get the feel of the neighborhood from people that currently or have previously lived at that apartment complex. Use social media to your advantage and see if the building’s management is active within their Facebook or Instagram community. Assess your email and phone communication with management by evaluating how responsive, polite, friendly and forthcoming with information they are. Most apartment buildings offer virtual tours of all their floor plans so that you can make a well informed decision. Doing just a little bit of research in a matter of minutes will help you decide if the place is right for you.
Is the price right?
Be realistic about what you can afford without settling or sacrificing too much of your wants and needs. Create a budget for yourself that includes rent, utilities, and other recurring bills. Do your best to find a place that falls within the price you are comfortable with. Compare the rents of the surrounding apartments that offer similar amenities to make sure you are getting a fair deal.
Does it have everything you want?
During your research, keep an eye on the list of amenities each apartment complex offers. Do you like working out on a daily basis, hitting the pool on the weekend, or hanging out in the community center once in awhile? Well try to find a place that gives you the things that you want without going over budget. This is the place you’re going to spend most of your time, make sure it’s the right fit for you.
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