When you’re looking for a new apartment, it can be very overwhelming because there are so many choices. Consider these factors during your search:
Consider what you’re willing and able to spend on your rent. On most online marketplace or apartment listing sites, you can choose your price range and only see listings that fit in the range.
Don’t narrow down your search too much though! If an apartment includes utilities, is larger, offers additional amenities, or was recently renovated, the rent price may be higher but offer more value. Consider if there will be any savings by renting the higher-priced apartment; for example, if it offers a gym or is closer to work, you may save money on a gym membership or gas.
Whether you are trying to reduce your commute time, be closer to services, or live in a particular school district, consider what matters most to you in terms of location. Depending on your lifestyle, you may want to look for easy bus routes to work or school, nearby grocery stores and restaurants, or a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by parks. Plot your routes on Google Maps to see the walking, transit, and driving distance from your major landmarks.
Amenities & Services
Once you’ve narrowed down your price and location expectations, start looking at the amenities and services offered by the building. Within the apartment, you may be interested in individual temperature control, a private balcony, stainless steel appliances, or a dishwasher. Within the building, see if they offer a community room, laundry facilities, or an elevator.
Only pay for amenities you’ll use. An on-site gym is great, but if you don’t plan to use it you shouldn’t pay more than you would for an apartment without one.
Safety & Security
The security in your apartment building is an important factor. This is going to be your new home, and you need to feel safe and comfortable. Ask about the building’s security systems, such as video surveillance and controlled entry. Some buildings even offer on-site management and 24hr emergency service to provide even more safety and security.