Posted Mar 19, 2012
Don’t Fret: How to Deal with Stress While Apartment Hunting
We’ve heard apartment-hunting compared to a lot of things: dating, prison, torture. So what to do when you’ve gone to one too many open houses and you just can’t stand the thought of more small talk over over-priced apartments? Well don’t give up, and don’t put the search too far out of your mind: just do these few simple things to become all sorts of Zen about your apartment search.
- Set boundaries. Searching for an apartment can be a full-time job if you let it. And trust me, I’ve spent plenty of company time scouring the listings and hitting the refresh button when it seemed like my perfect apartment might be getting posted at any minute. This will only make you nuts. Set aside time in the morning and in the afternoon to check in on new postings and schedule time with potential landlords. Hold yourself to only checking during these times,and see your stress drop. Also, set email alerts so relevant listings are sent to your inbox.
- Do one thing to get yourself ready. Moving can be very stressful, but there’s lot you can do before you’ve even found your new place. If you’re anxious about finding the right rental, stop obsessing and put that energy to good use in something that will help you once you have found the right place: preparing to move. My favorite way to prepare is cleaning out the closet, taking things to charity or selling them at consignment or on eBay. You’ll have less things to move and you’ll be moving in the right direction even if your search is at a standstill.
- Keep it in perspective. Hunting for an apartment is a lot like hunting for a mate or hunting for a job: At the end of the day, you don’t need all of them to work out, you just need one to be the right fit. You don’t need to blanket the city with rental applications, just apply for the rentals you think you would actually want to move into. Remember, you can’t live in two houses in the same city anymore than you can have two spouses at the same time (unless you’re, you know, into Big Love). Say it with me ten times: You only need one.
What do you do to keep yourself sane during an apartment search? Let us know how you keep from going nuts in a tight rental market.