Tips to help you find YOUR ideal apartment: A 2 ½ or a 5 ½? Ground floor or fourth floor? A retro vibe or an up-to-date decor? Choosing an apartment is like going on a blind date : you don’t always know what to expect, but you are secretly hoping for love at first sight! Then, it’s an important decision that must match your lifestyle.
If you yourself are in the process of finding a new home – or your first little nest – here are 5 tips to help you make an informed choice and make sure you feel good at home according to Shvas Design Studio
Finding the rare pearl at the best value for money, yes it is possible! You just have to keep in mind a few small important points, throughout your steps … You can cross off your list certain steps to be done before going “on the ground” and starting to snoop here and there in of the apartments. Psitt : try to have an overview of your current and future needs before packing your boxes, because your cat is saying that he does not want to be lugged from apartment to apartment, year later year!
Tips to help you find YOUR ideal apartment!
Respect your wallet
Thinking of the apartment of your dreams, is the image of a beautiful modern loft in the heart of the city center, with a terrace and a breathtaking view, popping up in your head? While you are dreaming about this, your wallet may be bordering on a heart attack!
First and foremost, it is important to establish your monthly budget, including the price of rent and essential services such as electricity and Internet access, but also the possibility of having to buy new furniture or appliances. Does living in a shared apartment make you notice? With roommates, you can divide the costs of your future apartment and there will always be action at home!
After these thoughts, you will be better able to see what type of accommodation is right for you and it will help you ask the right questions (what is included in the rental price, what does the wireless network, what are the amenities of the building, etc.), during your visits.
Find a neighborhood that reflects your interests and values
Are you more of the sporty type or do you thrive at parties with friends? In the first case, you might like to live near a bike path or a park where you can go jogging. In the second case, you will certainly want to have cool restaurants and bars within walking distance. Then, when we talk about a neighborhood that reflects your values, it is also, for example, a place near your family or friends, or an area with a few green spaces, lots of trees and plants. Or, why not, a community urban garden to satisfy the green side in you!
Aim for a practical location
However, even if the neighborhood where you want to settle reflects your values, it must also be adapted to your daily routine. If you use public transport, make sure it doesn’t take you a thousand years to get to work or your next class!
If you have a car, will you be entitled to a parking space (by the way, some owners, like LOGISCO , offer parking included with the rental of an apartment)? Otherwise, what does the “parking situation” look like on the surrounding streets? Is there a grocery store, pharmacy or convenience store nearby? These three places can be real saviors at any time of the day.
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Listen to your body
Does the lack of light tend to depress you? Are you out of breath after climbing three steps with your grocery bags? Do you work at night? These are all crucial things to take into consideration to find an apartment that “fits” with your lifestyle. If you need to live in a quiet, but bright place, listen to yourself and don’t stray too far from these priorities to ensure a good quality of life.
Choose your owner, don’t necessarily let them choose you
Do you think your owner is cool because he looks like your age and you talked about yesterday’s hockey game for 15 minutes? So much the better if he’s nice, but that’s not what determines whether a landlord is competent or not. He must also be familiar with his building, the regulations, your rights as a tenant and offer you good service in case of unforeseen circumstances.
You should now be all set to declare the official apartment hunting season open!