You won’t buy a car without a driving test right? What about buying dogs without playing with them first to see if they fit in with your family? If you are not going to make this decision without asking questions, then it makes sense not to enter the apartment without asking a few important questions first.
I tend to be a very indecisive person, so the more I can narrow down what I want and don’t want in a living arrangement, it helps tremendously in the decision. Here are some good questions and thoughts that you need to figure out while looking for a place to live.
The Price Range
Set Your Price Range This can sometimes be painful or annoying to do, but figuring out your budget is essential for finding a place to live. The last thing you want to do is move into a place where you find yourself struggling to pay rent each month. This is not only stressful, but can do some serious damage to your credit rating if you mess up. Try and think of everything you need to pay for in a month, including utilities, groceries, gas, credit card bills, loans, car insurance, phone bill, and a little savings for things that could go wrong.
Location, Location, Location You may have your heart set on that big skyscraper in the middle of town square where all the happenings are, but try to consider both the pros and the cons of living there. Is living where the action is a requirement you cannot waiver on? Do you want to have a nearby park to walk Fido? What is the commute to work, school, or frequently visited places like? Do you like noise and commotion or a more leisurely atmosphere? Think about different …