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Guide to Finding Your First Apartment

Guide to Renting Your Your 1st Apt the smart way Finally ready to bust out of the dorm (or your parents' basement)? Awesome! Before you rush into the first place you see, follow these basic guidelines to help you find an apartment you will love. to Record your findings using an organizational tool, like Google Spreadsheets. Or take it to pen and Budget out your monthly spending. To help better understand your consideration: expenses, get the cost breakdown for your current room and board (including for university), average grocery bill, and extracurricular fees. Research once you have a budget. Take these into >Commute to/from work or school >Number of roommates and rooms needed >Renters insurance paper. >Apartment complexes that require a co-signer 4 out of 5 adults under the age of 25 rent rather than buy Research Tools: >Craigslist >Padmapper >Roomster (to find roommates) Tour Narrow your final choices. Compare them by price, location, amenities, and so forth. down your choices by making a list of what you can and can't live without. Note which apartments were affordable and met your requirements. Top three reasons people rent: >50% rent because of budget >50% vote renting is less stressful >40% believe it's more flexible in terms of making future decisions Start packing. You got the place. Now you have to pack for that space. If you have roommates, make a list of what each person is bringing. You can divvy up kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, and furniture (if it's not furnished). Apply When you apply for an apartment, have your identification with you. The landlord may require a background and credit check. College students sometimes need a co-signer who can prove their income. Visit our college life blog at for more great tips, tricks, and laughs! Identity Seattle Student Living Coming in Fall 2015. ID Source: Fannie Mae National Source: JCHS tabulations of the Housing Survey, Q3 2012 Data Summary.* 2001–11 Panel Study of Income Dynamics. EST. 2014

Guide to Finding Your First Apartment

shared by ToriLyn on Feb 05
Easy-to-read guidelines for first-time renters. Follow the basic steps to finding the perfect space.




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