When you are apartment searching, it can be tough to know what to prioritize. On one hand, a living space without updated amenities may be a dealbreaker for you. On the other hand, finding an apartment with a parking garage may be non-negotiable.
With that in mind, here are four things to consider about the location as you hunt for your new home.
As you determine your finances, consider your options: would you rather live in a neighborhood that’s your third or fourth pick but spend less on housing? Or, would you prefer a smaller, more expensive apartment in an area of town you love?
As you shop around, calculate how far away each prospective apartment is from your work. Consider factors like rush-hour traffic or city congestion, and set a limit on how far you’re willing to commute for work.
If you don’t have a car or work in the heart of a city, see if there’s public transportation close by.
If you’re moving to a new area of town, evaluate the culture of the community. Is it family-friendly and more quiet, or more lively and full of a younger demographic?
When identifying safe locations, analyze the number of property crimes in the area. See how often burglars break into cars or burglaries occur. Also, consider the number of vacancies in the area. If an area’s vacancy rate is high, it could suggest a high crime rate.
If you live alone, consider how safe you’ll feel walking alone to your car at night or taking your dog outside.
Don’t Stop There!
Once you’ve found an apartment you like, consider the location of the unit itself within the complex. Is it located in the basement? Is it ground-level? If you’re moving with an infant or dog, how thick are the walls?
Ultimately, the only person who can answer these questions is you! There’s no right or wrong answer, so choose an apartment based on what matters to you most. Happy hunting!