Get Educated before You Rent That First Apartment

College was great and dorm life was a party every weekend and lots of milk crate furniture. Now that you've graduated and found your first real job, it's time for a place of your own. It's time to find an apartment. One look at the local classifieds will tell you there are a lot of options out there, so how do you find the right one for you? Here are a few things you should take into consideration before you sign that first lease.

Budget

While you may be making more money than you've ever seen before, you don't want to go overboard thinking you can afford the best place in town. Typically, rent should be no more than 40% of your gross monthly income. There are several rent calculators available online so you can find out a ballpark amount you can afford. Remember, you don't have to spend 40%; this is just a guideline. Knowing your budget and sticking to it will keep you from falling in love with an apartment that's outside your price range. If the number doesn't seem like it will get you the apartment of your dreams, consider getting a roommate and splitting the costs.

Amenities

There's a wide variety of amenities available in apartments these days. Some are important, such as laundry facilities and parking onsite. Others, however, are nice to have like your own washer and dryer or a private garage. Before you go looking, decide which amenities are important to you and which ones you can live without. For example, if you've been living on a futon and those milk crates for four years, you might want to look at a furnished apartment for your first place. This will save you from having to go out and buy furniture right away. If you like to stay fit, a community with a good fitness center can be convenient and save you money on a gym membership. Other features that are great to have range from a dog park for your four-legged roommate to valet trash service that picks up your garbage from your front door every night, to a theater room where you can screen your favorite flicks.

Getting your own place can be very exciting, and you may be tempted to jump at the very first apartment you find. However, if you take your time and view at least three properties before you make your decision, you'll be better educated to make the best choice and get all the features you want without overextending your budget. Browse all the apartments for rent in Halifax that you can to find your best fit.


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