Posted Jan 27, 2016
How to Handle the 5 Most Frustrating Things About Apartment Hunting
Apartment hunting can be a stressful event. You need to find a place to live that’s affordable yet still meets all of your needs. If you’re getting ready to tackle an apartment move, here are five frustrating things you’ll encounter and how to handle them:
1. Making a Budget
This is one of the more important tasks you need to do when you’re getting ready to look for an apartment. Creating an effective budget will help you narrow your options and stay within your price range.
Making a budget is always frustrating because it can seem like you don’t have a lot to spend on an apartment. A physical list of your expenses brings all of your bills and debt to light. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed by this first apartment hunting task.
Try to approach the task calmly, and instead of laying out a hard number, give yourself an apartment cost range. You’ll feel like you have a little bit more flexibility when you’re looking around.
2. Replacing Expectations With Reality
When you first create your budget, you might realize you have $1,000 to spend on your apartment. You may start fantasizing about a gorgeous one-bedroom place with a quaint kitchen and spacious living room. However, depending on the city, you might only be able to afford a small studio (if that).
Realizing that your dream apartment is well out of reach can be discouraging, so do your best to keep your expectations low from the start. If you don’t have a grand image built up in your mind, reality won’t be able to ruin it, and you’ll be more open to the places you’re viewing.
3. Getting Your Partner Involved
While you’re apartment hunting, you may start to feel like your partner or roommate isn’t contributing to the task. This is how a lot of arguments get started.
Instead of letting yourself become frustrated, find ways to get your significant other or friend involved. For example, schedule viewings when you’re both available, or ask him or her to look for prospective places online with you. This way, you’ll both be involved in the search.
4. Debating Necessities
It’s difficult to determine what you absolutely need in an apartment, and often this list of necessities becomes even harder to make when you’re living with another person.
For example, you might be willing to live with off-sight laundry but your partner or roommate isn’t. In this sort of situation, make a list of your ideal amenities, and see where you can both make compromises.
5. Scheduling Viewings
Attempting to arrange various viewings when apartment hunting is super frustrating. You need to find times that work for you, your partner or roommate, and your potential landlord, which isn’t always convenient or easy.
To make this event run a little more smoothly, try doing a few things. First, schedule several viewings on one day and, if possible, take the day off. This way, you’ll be able to go from one location to the next without feeling rushed.
You should also make sure you have a reliable means of transportation during the viewings. Attempting to visit several places in one day is tricky enough without trying to figure out how you’ll make it to all of your appointments on time or at all.