Finding an apartment and making the decision to move takes time and patience. Start with setting a budget (one you can afford) and then choose your favorite community location. This will help narrow down your search.
Start your search online to get a sense of what is available out there. Find a place that fits your style in a building you can see yourself living in for a while. Check out nearby amenities – they matter a lot.
A good time to begin the search is 45 to 60 days before moving. This gives plenty of time for inventory to be available on the market. And, once you find a building or an apartment style you like, stay on top of the listing. What might not be available today can come up at any time. Be sure to make an appointment to view the apartment in person to get a feel for space. And, don’t forget to bring a list of questions you want to ask the leasing agent.
At 30 to 45 days, you should have short-listed your favorites and completed a rental application form for each. It can take 24 hours or more for your rental application to be reviewed and approved before you receive a call that you got the place or not.
During your last 10-15 days, get yourself prepared for the move. Pick up any moving supplies you might need and start packing things that you don’t need to use in the meantime.
Before signing the rental or lease agreement, there are a few things you’ll want to check:
Choose the Right Style
Many of the newer modern apartment buildings offer many different floor plan styles to choose from. Choose the floor plan that suits your lifestyle. You don’t want to regret your choice later.
Look for the Perks that Suit Your Needs
Watch for in-suite washer and dryer, air conditioning, and a roomy closet. You’ll be glad you did once you are settled in.
Check Out The Views
The higher up you go, the better the views can get. If your looking for a view of the mountains or city consider high-rise living. Don’t forget to check out the views during the day and at night. They can be dramatically different.
The number of windows can help draw in more natural daylight. If you prefer having a bright home, or take joy in nurturing houseplants, consider a south facing apartment. Units with south exposure enjoy the morning sunrise, gets more peak hours of sun, and may even catch the sunset descent through the sky. How important is natural light to you?
One of the most important things to remember is to not rush. Whether it is viewing the apartment or the lease agreement. Take the time to check out each of the rooms, the closets, and walk around. Visualize yourself living there and consider where you would place your furniture. Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts.
We hope you have the ARCH apartment building on your home-hunting list. We’re sure you’ll find the right apartment to fit your life and reflect your style here.