Out On Your Own: Renting Your First Apartment
BY ANTHONY MASTERTON
Life truly is a series of milestones. From the first day of kindergarten to college graduation, time stops for nothing. Of all the special moments in one’s life, stepping into a new home is unbelievably exciting. The keys to a new apartment are not just for opening the door–they’re a trophy to be proud of. Each room of a new home is a blank canvas. There’s the kitchen where gourmet meals are discovered, the living room where holiday mornings are celebrated, and the bedroom where comfort finds a home. To really make a house a home it’s important to choose a location carefully. Once you’ve decided to put down roots, finding a new home is a breeze.
Taking the steps to live alone can be dramatic or blissful depending on the circumstances. Maybe a career change brings about a location change, maybe true love draws you to another city. Whatever the reason, have a look at what neighborhood suits your interests best. Cities once considered old news have evolved into hip cultural centers!
Before you set out to find a new apartment, make sure everything in your life is in order. It’s vital to have a good chunk of money saved up for moving expenses. Between new furniture, moving trucks, and first bills, a new move can get expensive. The most important factor in finding a great apartment? A great credit score. Credit worthiness is always important, but it’s most important when searching for a home.
An apartment is the best choice for someone just starting out in the journey of adulthood. Have a problem with an appliance or plumbing? Call the landlord and have them take care of it. Trash gets taken care of with your standard rent payment. Apartment complexes are great for making new friends. Any location with a pool is going to be the place to be when the weather heats up!
When searching for an apartment, choose a complex that utilizes an online rental application. Online applications save time and allow an answer to be received before wasting time on a search. If a new job is the reason for a move, time is of the essence. An online app can check credit scores and approve renters quicker than any old paper system ever could. It’s not like it used to be, sitting in an office waiting for a slow response. With basically everything moving to an online platform, rental applications work much better over a computer. Fax machines and printed applications are way out of date.
There’s only one first time move-in. Turning the key of your brand new apartment door should be one of the greatest experiences of youth! Can’t you picture the amazing housewarming party? When it comes time to make the move, choose the best complex possible. Search online, apply online and make the journey to a new home a fun one!
Anthony Masterton is a young entrepreneur trying to break through in the Tech world. When he’s not working on growing his young startup, he writes about everything from tech advancements to his own experiences as a young CEO. A self starter, he likes to help others learn from his own successes and failures, as it’s always easiest to learn from experience.