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How Do You Stay Sane While Apartment Hunting?

Just saying the words "apartment hunting" may send shivers down your back. It can be a frustrating roller coaster of emotions, with elation often followed by letdown as you realize Craigslist photos can be misleading, landlords and realtors can be less than truthful, and good places are often snagged fast. And you have to choose your priorities amongst numerous factors including square footage, price, location, and the building's age. Then there's the stress of filling out applications and obtaining credit reports. The entire process can be overwhelming and headache-inducing.

I've found that staying organized and having copies on hand of all my application information, my credit report, etc., helps immensely, but all the preparation in the world can't shield you from unexpected snags in your plans. I want to know, how do you handle the stress of apartment hunting? Any good tips you can share with fellow renters?

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lezlo lezlo 6 years
Finding an apartment can be extremely stressful... finding the right place, the right price, the right situations, the right landlord, etc. 1) I make lists. I start with what I want. I dream big. I write down every single detail I desire. 2) I get real: I make a list of expectations such as my price range, parking, proximity to work or family, wood floors? utilities, and the nitty gritty make it or break it details. 3) I do research and I keep track of the info such as safest areas, best prices, hippest neighborhoods, etc. 4) I make appointments. I see apartments. I take a camera and take as many pictures as possible. I take notes and ask as many questions as possible. 5) I Keep track of pictures and notes on my computer. 6) I send pictures of the best places to friends and family for opinions. 7) I listen to their opinions. 8) I pick a place...I check out the lease and make sure the lease suits me and my needs well and move on from there. If you have a time crunch following this kind of schedule can really help you move through the phases. It can be overwhelming when you see tons of places and none of them were as amazing as you hoped or they weren't in your price range after all. But just think of it as another thing crossed off your list. Or think of it as weeding out. Finding an apartment is fun for some people and a chore for others. Good luck!
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I am actually apartment-hunting soon and I have started getting in touch with realtors and checking out sites online already. I think the advice I can give is to know exactly what you are looking for and where, especially when working with a realtor.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I love appartement hunting! We actually went houseshoping last year and I had a blast. I love getting a peek into other people's life. Especially this one house that we saw had such a cool interior design that I actually stole some ideas!
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
I love apartment hunting! We're not moving again for another year, but I've already started scooping out some apartment complexes I'd like to live at where we move to next. I like having things planned out ahead of time, so that probably helps in apartment hunting. Starting looking in advance, and then you won't have to worry about last minute road bumps.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I guess I'm not an easily stressed person because, while I had some decisions to make about which neighborhood I wanted to live in, etc., I didn't get stressed at all the last time I searched for an apartment. Also, I find it strange that a landlord would ask you for a copy of your credit report. All of the landlords I've ever had have run my credit on their own.
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