Choosing the Perfect Apartment
With a host of options for apartments for rent in Beverly, MA, finding the right one for you can seem like an overwhelming task. But it doesn’t have to be if you take the apartment search one step at a time. Try the tips in today’s blog post from Link 480 for things to keep in mind as you’re looking for the best apartment for you.
Determine the size you need.
Size is a big determining factor in choosing the right home for you. Figure out how much space you need — but first, go through your apartment and discard the things you don’t need, keeping only those you love or are necessary. Then find out the exact square footage of your current space (contact your lessor for the figures), and decide if you want to up your square footage, downsize, or focus more on layout rather than square footage.
While you are dreaming, keep your feet on the ground as you reach for the stars —remember to be realistic and stay within your budget as you determine the number of bedrooms and other extras you would like to have.
Sort out your criteria.
Make a list of must haves, nice but not necessary, and take-it-or-leave-it options. There will always be a few things that are non-negotiable or at least more important than other factors, so place the most value on those items. Doing this will help you save time and energy while you are searching for an apartment. If the apartment doesn’t have your must-haves, it’s easy to discard and move on.
Organize your ‘must have/nice to have’ list according to which qualities mean the most to you. Here is where you should think about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, pet-friendliness, size, whether you want furnished or unfurnished options, whether there will be access to a laundry facility, location, presence of specific community amenities, and more.
Do a walkthrough.
While doing most of your preliminary apartment searching online is a good way to go, when you’ve narrowed down the search, set up a walkthrough before you sign a lease. Come prepared to each tour with the questions you may not be able to get answered online. See how the layout of the home flows for you, how easy the access to the entrances feel, how well you like the layout, what the parking situation or access to public transportation is like, and just in general how you might interact with the apartment in your daily life. Bring someone you trust with you to the tour so you can bounce ideas off each other and ensure all the appropriate questions are being asked.
What apartment search tips have helped you find just the right one for you? Let us know in the comments so we can all benefit. We hope you find Link 480 the perfect fit for you — we’re opening this July! Contact us or stop by to learn more about our community. We look forward to hearing from you!