A New Apartment for the New Year: 5 Winter Apartment Hunting Tips

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apartment hunting

Is finding an apartment one of your New Year’s resolutions? June, July, and August are the busiest moving months which means there are more options at that time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great place in the middle of Winter. You just have to be a little bit savvier when it comes to apartment hunting. 

To help you learn how to rent an apartment in Winter, keep reading. We’re sharing with you five winter apartment hunting tips. 

1. List Your Top Three Priorities

Since inventory tends to be lower, you may not find an apartment that has everything on your wish list. An easier way to find a new apartment is to list your top three priorities. 

Maybe you want an apartment close to public transportation or comes with its own washer and dryer in the unit. Perhaps you can’t live without having a balcony. Listing your top three options can help you narrow your search. 

Also, knowing when to start looking for apartments is a good idea. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to find exactly what you want.  

2. See if You Can Take Over a Lease

It’s not uncommon for people to need to break their lease. They may have taken a new job, bought a new home, or their family size is increasing. Whatever the reason, breaking a lease happens and it isn’t cheap. Taking over a lease means that you get an apartment and the current tenants get out of their lease without having to pay a hefty fine.

3. Set a Budget, Then Look at Neighborhoods

Before starting your apartment search, the first step should be to create a budget. Then based on that information, you can determine which apartment communities to look at and which ones are above your budget range. Visit apartment websites to view floor plans and prices to see which communities you can afford.

4. Be Flexible

You may get lucky and find a great deal in the apartment of your dreams. But you should also prepare to be a little flexible. The options aren’t as varied as during the Summer months. If you don’t find the exact apartment you’re looking for now, you may be able to move into another apartment in the same community when one becomes available. 

5. Come Prepared

Since there are fewer apartments available in the Winter, there may be greater demand. Coming prepared with all your documents ensures that you end up with the apartment you like the most. Have a list of your past and present landlords, financial information, and your checkbook ready. You can also apply online in many places to be ahead of the game. 

Check Online Testimonials 

If you’re apartment hunting in a new area, you may not have anyone to recommend good apartment buildings to live in. But online reviews are now becoming just as trusted as a referral source as personal referrals are. 

We’re proud of the testimonials we’ve received from our tenants. To view them and see for yourself, click here

Ready to look at apartments in Fort Wayne at Willow Creek Crossing? Contact us today to schedule a personal tour.

 

Renting An Apartment: What You Need To Know

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Whether you’re looking to live on your own for the first time or just want a more cost-effective lifestyle, renting an apartment can be a fun and budget-friendly way to live. But if you’ve never rented an apartment before, you may find the process quite confusing. Not to worry, we’re here to walk you through it. Here’s a rundown of everything you should know about renting an apartment.

Look Online

It’s easier than ever to shop for an apartment thanks to the web. By beginning your apartment search online, you can narrow down your list of potential new apartments within an afternoon. Most apartment websites give you all the information you need. You can even tour apartments online, find out what’s nearby, and fill out a rental application — all without leaving your home.

It is worth noting, however, that online prices aren’t always accurate. To get a more realistic price range, you should contact an apartment community directly — which can easily be done online as well!

Location Matters

As the saying goes, location is everything. Look for an apartment close to where you live, work, shop, and play. Living near where you visit most means a shorter commute and more time to enjoy the things you love to do.

Tour Before You Sign

You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it out for a test drive, so why would getting an apartment be any different? After all, an apartment community is so much more than a series of buildings: It’s your new home.

Schedule a tour so you can get a better sense of the community. Pay attention to security, the surrounding neighborhood, distance to the nearest grocery stores and gas stations, and of course, amenities offered.

What You’ll Need When Renting an Apartment

With basic considerations out of the way, let’s take a minute to address what you’ll actually need to apply for your new apartment.

Understandably, you’ll need to fill out and deliver an application to the leasing office. In addition to your application, you’ll need to bring in a few extras such as:

  • An application fee
  • Proof of residency
  • Legal ID
  • Proof of income
  • Rental history

Before bringing in your application, call ahead and make sure you have everything you need.

Should your application be approved, you’ll likely have to pay a safety deposit as well as the first month of rent.

Looking For a New Apartment? Let Us Help

Renting an apartment doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. But, expect to dedicate at least a couple weeks to your search.

If you’re looking for a new apartment, we’d love to show you why Willow Creek Crossing will be a fantastic fit. Schedule your tour today and see everything we have to offer firsthand.

The 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Apartment Hunting

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apartment hunting

Apartment hunting is fun when you’re dreaming about the perfect living space, but it’s a lot less romantic when you’re in the throws of it. In fact, it can be a downright stressful experience made worse when you make rookie mistakes.

Take the stress out of it with these five mistakes to avoid to make apartment hunting easier:

1. Not Having Your Paperwork Ready When Apartment Hunting

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when actively hunting is failing to have your life, – er, paperwork together. Get your paystubs, bank statements, references, co-signers forms, pet resumes, and anything else a landlord might want together in one place before you start.

2. Not Checking Your Reception

Can you hear me now? There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect place, moving in, and realizing you need to hit the deli three blocks away to get 4G. Keep an eye on your bars as you move through the showing to make sure you don’t become a real life Verizon commercial.

3. Not Making Sure Your Stuff Fits

Grab measurements of the main rooms and compared them with your current place and the furniture in it. There’s nothing like moving house to save money on rent to find out you need to buy a new sofa or wardrobe because you can’t fit it into the room. The same rings true for personal possessions. Look for ample storage space when you view the property.

4. Not Taking Pictures

You’re in charge of maintaining the rental to an acceptable standard. In most cases, you’ll also be liable for damages when you move out. Unleash your inner photography student and take pictures of every inch of the rental on the day you move in. Then, send them to the leasing agent. Taking pictures of the condition of the apartment documents the state in which you received it. If there’s a stain on the wall, the pictures illustrate that it was already there. Those pictures are your proof in the event the landlord tries to charge you for damage that wasn’t your fault.

5. Not Reading the Lease

Most leasing agents use a cut-and-paste lease standard to the renting and real estate industry. As far as the text goes, they’re not about to become the next Hollywood blockbuster. They’re more like a straight-to-DVD kind of deal. But you need to read it anyway.

The lease will include several pages of details, but those details are full of important information. It tells you things like:

  • who is responsible for what payments
  • late fees and interest on rent
  • the length of the lease (and terms)
  • rules for amenities
  • and any rules for renting their house

Reading the lease is the difference between knowing the landlord doesn’t want you to put nails in the wall and being hit with a $1,500 bill when you move out for hanging up your Bowie records collection. Remember, don’t just read the lease – ask questions.

Apartment hunting is an inevitably stressful process for most of us, but it doesn’t need to be like the hunger games. Want to skip the stress entirely? Come visit Willow Creek Crossing Apartments to see how you can live the good life.