If you want to find a good place to live, you have to be patient and persistent. Finding the best apartment is often an extensive, slow, and frustrating process. A typical search in metropolitan areas can last 4-5 weeks. Consider the following before renting:
Walk. It’s a good idea to see the city in which you live. First thing you have to do is know the neighborhoods. Buy a map and begin to familiarize with the city. Explore different areas, talk to people, and spend some time browsing. This will help you decide where you want to rent. Always visit several places and know the market. If you want to live close to work, start looking around the area and then reflect on the choices you have made. And never waste time analyzing lists of places to rent that you cannot afford.
Most of the good places are hard to find. Talk to friends, relatives, or colleagues. The more people you informed of your house hunting needs, the greater the chance for you to find what you are looking for.
When you think you have found the perfect apartment, check the reputation of the place—neighbors can be annoying, conflicting, or not comply with the rules. If the apartment is overpriced, but you really think you can afford it, check that the building is in good condition; check if the appliances are new, not outdated; found out if the apartment has adequate soundproofing—thin walls in apartments are very common nowadays.
Location. A point to consider is the apartment orientation; e.g., if the apartment is oriented east, you could spend a fortune on electricity bills to keep the apartment fresh. Southern locations provide very good light. This orientation is good for bedrooms that will receive the morning sun and will stay fresh in the evening.
The advantages of renting an apartment building is to enjoy the amenities like a swimming pool, gym, or a multipurpose room; however, the apartment shouldn’t be within walking distance of the swimming pool if you are planning to create a relaxing balcony; a crowded swimming pool would prevent you from relaxing after a long day.