Apartment hunting can be stressful and time-consuming, but if you do it right you’ll get a great reward: a place you really want to live that’s in the best location possible for you. Here’s how to go about finding that perfect Chicago apartment.
Assess Your Needs
The first step to getting the perfect place is deciding what the perfect place is. If you’re already in an apartment, it’s likely you’ve got a list of things would love to change—and now you can, by getting a new place. Set limits for price, decide on the goal for the size, and have a list of wants and needs in the neighborhood. Prioritize your list and give everything a range, from “wouldn’t it be nice to have” to “minimum essential.”
Do a Thorough Search
There are many tools available for looking for apartments online. There should be no shortage of apartments available that may fit your criteria.
Visit the Neighborhood First
It’s important to see a neighborhood in person before you decide to schedule a visit. Make sure you visit the actual building and walk around a little bit. Even if you’re pretty familiar with an area, if you don’t take the time to actually see the building you’re considering, you may end up wasting your time viewing an apartment with obvious dealbreakers all around.
Be Prepared for Your Visit
Don’t come unprepared to an apartment visit. Bring a checklist of wants and needs as well as a list of questions about the apartment. Ask about the lease, utilities, wiring, maintenance, and planned repairs. Find out the move in and move out policies and whether there are any extra fees you should be prepared for. Don’t forget to bring a tape measure. Although many places have floor plans online, there are many details you can only really tell by measuring it yourself.
Move in Before You Move in
You don’t want to get to your apartment and find out stuff doesn’t fit where you thought it would. There are many free room planners that you can use to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. Use floor plan information and your own measurements to make sure that you can arrange your space the way you want it.
Read the Lease Carefully
Finally, before you sign the lease, read it over carefully to make sure it reflects your understanding of the terms from your visit. Ask questions about anything you don’t understand, and don’t be afraid to ask for changes. Some things are legally required, but others may be flexible.
If you’re looking for the perfect apartment in Chicago, Planned Property Management has thousands of options for you. Please schedule a visit online or call 773-435-9177 for an appointment.