October 31, 2016
Finding the Perfect Apartment
What to Look For in Your Next Apartment
Maybe you’re moving to Pasadena for the very first time, or maybe you just outgrew your previous apartment. Either way, apartment hunting can be an exciting time. But the last thing you want is to get locked into a lease agreement for a place you absolutely hate. It’s important to find an apartment that’s the best fit for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. Finding the right balance of affordability, good location, and the right amenities can be challenging, and sometimes there isn’t anything available that’s totally flawless and perfect for you.
But there are a few things you should look for when you’re looking around for a new apartment. From financial details like rent, deposits, and utilities, to things like location and on-site amenities, here are some of the criteria you should use to find an apartment that’s a good fit for your needs.
Location & Commute
Location is important, beyond just making sure you’re in a safe neighborhood. If you commute to work by car, how far will you need to drive? What’s traffic like at rush hour? If you’ll need to drive through congested areas, it can add a considerable amount of time to your daily commutes to and from work. If you use public transportation, you’ll want to make sure it’s easily accessible from your new apartment complex.
Proximity to things you’ll need is also a factor. Is there a grocery store nearby? What about other things like public parks, restaurants, and nightlife? Different things can matter more for different people. If you have children, being in a good school district can be a deciding factor in where you choose to live, as can having a park nearby where you can take them to play outside. If you like to jog outside, a high-traffic area with no sidewalks and few crosswalks could be a dealbreaker.
When you’re touring apartments, try to pay close attention to how much ambient noise you an hear from inside. This is something people often overlook in the stress and excitement of apartment hunting, but it’s worth paying attention to. Do you hear screaming children, dogs barking, heavy traffic, or loud music from the neighbors? Different people have different sensitivities to noise levels, but you’ll want to make sure your new complex is at a level you’re comfortable with.
Be sure to check out the closets! If there isn’t enough space, you’ll need to take this into account. Other options like clothes racks, shelving, and armoires can be added after you move in, but a lack of storage space can be a major inconvenience. This can be especially problematic if you’re downsizing to a smaller place.
If you have a cat or dog, don’t even bother with apartment complexes that won’t allow your furry friend. You’ll almost always need to pay a pet deposit, but this is to be expected.
Finding the Perfect Apartment
These are just a few of the factors you’ll want to take into account while you’re apartment hunting. Something like a no pet policy or a lack of laundry facilities could be a dealbreaker, and you don’t want to move in only to find yourself shocked at the high ambient noise levels or ridiculous traffic congestion. It’s a good idea to check out a place at multiple times, including both the weekend and weekdays during peak traffic hours, to get a better idea of the neighborhood and the general area. The right fit is out there, but if you’re like most people, you’ll look at several apartments before you find something you love.Back to the Blog <