How do you know what apartment is perfect for you? Choosing an apartment can be almost as difficult as choosing a house. While it might not be as permanent as buying a home, its still important to consider the community’s features, location, cost, and availability while searching for the perfect apartment for you!
Location is one of the first things to consider, but what location is best varies from renter to renter! Downtown apartments offer the convenience of being steps away from shopping and dining; while communities away from the hustle and bustle might be quieter. If you are a student, you’ll want to make sure the community is convenient to your school. If you rely on public transportation, your apartment community should have access to this. If you have a car, you’d probably prefer a community with safe, reliable parking.
When choosing an apartment many times future residents can be roped in by amazing community amenities, but are they really worth the price? Consider how often you will actually use those amenities and which ones are worth paying more money per month. Having a fitness center included with the community could save you money on gym fees and help motivate you to work out more! But if you don’t have any dogs, is a community dog park going to be worthwhile for you? While extra amenities may seem like a great deal, don’t get roped into paying for something you won’t use!
Most apartment renters will be familiar with the dreaded waitlist. You found your perfect apartment community, but the floorplan you want isn’t available! Many apartment communities offer a variety of floorplans to choose from and depending on how quickly you need to move in, you might need to be flexible with the type of layout you choose.
Size and Features
The size of an apartment is one of the most important things to consider when choosing! Not just how big it is, but if its the right size for you. A larger apartment with more bedrooms might be best for couples and families, or those who need the extra room. While singles and students may find a one-bedroom apartment just perfect for their needs and budget. An apartment too large might stretch your budget and force you to downsize. But a small apartment might be too cramped once you move in all of your furniture and belongings.
Balancing size and cost with availability can be difficult, but one helpful tip is to make a list of the features you Need, versus the ones you Want. This way you can make sure you have everything you need, and then see which one apartment checks off more things you want for what you are able to afford!
Finding the perfect apartment is different for everyone, but taking time to consider all the options can help you make the best decision! At Colonnade Apartments in Harrisonburg, we’d love to be your next home! We invite you to come out and take a tour and see if we are the right apartment for you!