Apartment hunting can be exciting, challenging, frustrating and fun all at the same time. Here are five tips to help you find the perfect apartment for you to call home!
Obviously it’s important to stay within your budget for an apartment as you will be responsible for the monthly payments. Be certain to have accounted for any additional costs such as heat and hydro. It’s also important to factor in how much you anticipate on paying for additional, but essential, expenses such as internet, groceries and a cell phone bill. Once you have an idea of what your monthly budget can be, you can start searching for apartments.
Consider what you need to be close to in order to live happily. Do you drive to work and require easy access to the highway? If you bus to work or school, close access to main OC Transpo routes or the Transitway is important. Is the area walkable? Do you prefer a place in the centre of the action, or somewhere quieter with a big backyard? Consider your daily routine and lifestyle when narrowing down the location.
How is the Property Managed?
You could find the perfect apartment that meets all of your needs and still run into problems as a renter. The accessibility of your landlord or the property management team in charge of your unit is crucial to your prolonged happiness in your home. Although disasters may not strike often, all it takes is one bad situation to ruin your living situation. For instance, if the owner of your building lives out of the city and is next to impossible to get a hold of, who are you going to contact when your toilet breaks or when your dishwasher starts backing up onto your kitchen floor? Knowing that you have a reliable source to speak to immediately in the event of an emergency provides you with very important peace of mind.
How far is the closest grocery store, bank, pharmacy, post office, or mall? Are there good restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, pubs, and lounges nearby? Is it easy to get to the nearest gym or sports facility? Are you surrounded by cultural hotspots like museums and theatres? Whether it’s a Friday night outing, Saturday morning errands, or a lazy Sunday, can you find what you need?
Having too much space is a problem that can be worked around, however, having too little space can be problematic. Assess the size of your existing furniture against the space of the rental unit before you decide to move in. Be certain that what you have will fit and that you don’t have to scrap everything you own and buy smaller versions just to be able to close your door!
With TMG Property Management’s wide selection of properties for rent, it’s a sure bet you’ll find the perfect rental.