Apartment Hunting on a Budget

Choosing an apartment that suits your budget is usually the number 1 priority when deciding what apartment you are going to rent, but focusing on cost only can get you into trouble. There are many other important factors to consider when choosing the right apartment including rent, location, and associated costs.

Can you afford the rent?

Housing is usually the most costly chunk of monthly bills. When choosing an apartment, you should go about it the same way you would if you were trying to budget for a mortgage payment on a house. Not being able to pay your apartment rent can hold the same costly ramifications as being late on a house payment. Making sure you can budget your apartment rent is the first step in finding the right place to live.

How much space do you need?

Square footage of an apartment is a huge (sometimes overlooked) factor is your eventual rent price. Do you need extra room for kids/pets? For some people, having more space is extremely important, but bigger isn’t always better. A larger apartment means more keep up and higher a/c and utility bills. If you know how much space you need, you can focus on the apartments that offer the living space and price that you are looking for.

What amenities are important to you?

Are you looking for an apartment that offers Wi-Fi included with the rent? How about utilities and cable? Be sure you know what amenities are/are not included with your monthly rent check so you won’t have any surprises down the road.

What are the additional fees beyond rent?

Many apartments expect a security deposit or a month’s rent when the lease is signed. Be sure you read your lease and all additional information before you make a commitment. Sometimes these extra costs can add up, making an apartment that seemed like a great deal not so great anymore.

Does the apartment have any specials or incentives?

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Many apartments offer deals and discounts to help you in making your decision on where to live. These incentives can range from flat screen TV’s to rent reductions, so be sure to ask the apartment staff if they have any specials.

There are a ton of Tallahassee apartments available to fit any budget. Use Tallahassee apartment locator to compare apartments based on the things that are important to you!

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