How do you know what apartment is perfect for you? Choosing the right apartment means something different for each and every renter. While it might be a little easier than choosing a house to buy, location, amenities, availability, and cost all come into consideration when choosing your next apartment to rent.
“Location, location, location.” But what location is best depends from person to person. Is it close to your job? If you are a parent, is the community in the right school district? Downtown apartments offer convenient access to restaurants and stores, but will come with a higher price tag; while an apartment community outside of town might be quieter and offer more affordability. If you rely on public transportation, you’ll want to make sure the apartment has access to this. If you have a car, you’d probably prefer a community with reliable parking.
When searching for 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!
Apartment communities typically offer a variety of floorplans, but not all of them will be available to choose from. Depending on when you need to move, you might be able to wait for the perfect apartment to become available, or, you might have 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, families, or those with pets who need the extra room. While singles 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 Northridge Apartments in Culpeper, 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!