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How to Hunt For an Apartment

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

When looking for an apartment it's best that you create a game plan so that you are working smarter not harder! These are helpful suggestions to consider from Rent.com.  http://blog.rent.com/rental-checklist-how-to-hunt-that-apartment/

 

1. Don’t book showings at units that don’t meet your needs.

If you are tempted to look at an apartment that is too far away from your job, out of your budget, or in a neighborhood you deem unsafe, don’t do it. Decide upon your non-negotiables, and stick to them. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling in love with a unit that simply won’t make you happy. Some popular non-negotiables to consider for your rental checklist are:

  • Commute time
  • Access to transit or important highways
  • Central air
  • Pet policy
  • Smoking policy
  • Rent price
  • Size of the building
  • Age of the building
  • Parking facilities
  • Square footage

2. If you’re apartment hunting with a roommate, make sure that you are both on the same page.

Hopefully, you’ve already hammered out your individual needs before agreeing to become roommates, but if not, sit down and have a serious talk about how important various amenities are to each of you. Do this before signing a lease. It could be that your roommate prizes location above cost, while you’re a total penny pincher. In this event, one (if not both) of you is bound to be disappointed. This same rule applies to couples.

Even if differences arise, it’s not really that difficult to reach a compromise. For example, if you would rather save some cash and your new roommate would prefer to spend top dollar and live near amenities, it is only fair that your roommate pays a higher portion of the rent, since it was his or her desire that trumped affordability. If your significant other loves modern digs and you prefer a vintage feel, search for a recently renovated unit in an older building, or consider a modern unit in a charming and historic neighborhood.

3. Don’t waver… until you have to.

In the end, it’s inevitable that no apartment is going to be completely perfect. While you might have to waver on a few details, draw the line at apartments that make you uncomfortable, or concerned about your financial or physical security. After those basic needs are taken care of, you’ll soon learn that even if you can’t have that exposed brick or stainless steel refrigerator, you can still find an apartment that you love coming home to every day.

 

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

How to Get to Know a New City

Monday, 06 March 2017

It can be scary to move to a new city! It's important to do your research prior to moving and getting out and exploring once you arrive! Here are some other handy tricks to try out from Rent.com. http://blog.rent.com/getting-to-know-your-new-city/

 

Visit the New City Before You Move

This accomplishes two main things: One, It makes it so much easier to find an apartment, and two, you can get a feel for the different neighborhoods and find the one that’s right for you. You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, would you?

Ask Plenty of Questions

On your initial visit, don’t be afraid to ask your future landlord (and neighbors) tons of questions. After all, who better to tell you about the neighborhood than the people who actually live there? When you grab lunch at a local restaurant, chat up your server and ask what they like to do on the weekends. That way, you can get a feel for your new city before even relocating.

Do Some Serious Online Research

The Internet is your friend when it comes to getting to know a new city. Rent.com’s blog has some great posts about the best neighborhoods to live in, and you can use review sites like Yelp to get the low-down on locals’ favorite places to eat, drink and be merry. Once you’ve relocated and you’re trying to navigate your new hometown, Google Maps will be your best friend.

Hit Up Local Hot Spots

As the saying goes, there’s a Starbucks on every corner, which means that’s not where you should be getting your morning coffee if you want to get to know your new neighborhood. Skip the chains and hit up local hot spots like small businesses and farmers markets to get a feel for your new city’s unique vibe.

Set Aside Time to Explore

Once your relocation is complete, spend the first few weekends in your new city exploring. By wandering around and getting lost in your new surroundings, you may come across hidden gems you never would have discovered otherwise. Step into restaurants, bars and gyms and start discovering.

Try Out Different Types of Transportation

Each mode of transportation allows you to see your new city differently. If you normally drive to work, try using public transit on the weekends. If you’re all too familiar with the bus system already, hop on a bike to meet friends for brunch. This will not only help you get your bearings, but expose you to areas of the city you may never have encountered otherwise.

Become Involved in Your Community

Becoming involved in your community is a great way to meet new people and get to know your city. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, join a neighborhood kickball team or take a class at a nearby art studio. Meetup is a great website that helps you connect with other people in your city who have similar interests. After all, there has to be someone else out there who loves Settlers of Catan as much as you do!

Read Local Media

The Wall Street Journal is not going to tell you what you need to know about your new city. Instead, subscribe to local newspapers (or pick them up on the corner) to find out more about recent news events and what’s going on in this bustling metropolis you now call home. Local bloggers can also be a great resource, and you can trust them to give their honest opinion about that new restaurant around the corner.

Get Your Hair Cut & Get a Drink

This may seem a little strange, but getting your hair cut or having a quick beer can be a great way to get to know a new city after relocating. Hair stylists and bartenders spend their entire day talking to people, and are generally pretty “in the know” when it comes to what’s happening around town. You may learn more in that hour than you would in an entire day of searching the Web. Plus, finding a great hairstylist is one of the first things you should do when you relocate anyway!

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764