While you’re apartment hunting it is important to know that there are key factors that may raise the price of your monthly rent. Here the scoop—
1. Living near an interstate
If living near the interstate or a highway is important to you, then the added cost of having an apartment a mile or so away from one may drive the cost of your rent up.
The convenience of having an elevator in your building can still be pretty costly. On average, Priceonomics estimates that an elevator will add $120 to your monthly rent.
3. Fitness center
Priceonomics’ study shows that people pay an average of $90 a month for a fitness center, so if working out in your own building isn’t all that important to you, consider spending your money elsewhere.
4. Laundry in building
Taking a trip? Want to move but don’t want to break your lease? We have compiled some tips to help guide you while subletting your apartment —
Get your landlord’s permission
You don’t want to get caught subletting without permission. That could end in a lawsuit or you getting evicted. Make sure to tell your landlord and sign the appropriate paperwork to avoid any mishaps.
Find a trust-worthy leaser
Nothing is worse than getting someone to rent your place and not being able to rely on a payment or they completely destroy your place. Make sure you either know the person or they put down a deposit to keep you from losing yours when your lease is up.
Questions to ask a potential subletter:
- Where are you employed and what is your monthly after-tax income?
- Why are you seeking short-term housing?
- How many people will be living the apartment? Any children? Any pets?
- Do you plan on having any social events or guests staying at the apartment?
Living off-campus can be a less expensive way to live while you’re in school. Below are some tips and NECESSITIES for a college student looking to live off-campus —
Safety of the Location –
Find out the crime statistics in the area by contacting the local police department. They’ll be able to give you information on the area and recommend whether or not they feel it’s safe for students.
What’s the proximity to the nearest grocery store? What about the nearest coffee shop? Consider what you’d like to be nearby and then map out if the places are located within the area. It may help you decide if the location is right for you.
Can you get to classes, the library and other campus locations quickly and easily when you need to?
Reasonable Rent Rates in the Area Research what typical rent rates within the area are. You can research this by asking around locally, researching online at either apartment websites or rent comparison websites or by calling your local police station.
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Cats Can be Good Roommates
Having a cat living inside the home is known to produce a number of positive health benefits for people. Cats are among the best-suited of all companion animals to living their lives entirely inside of an apartment or other small dwelling.
Health Benefits of Living Indoors
Most cats are extremely well-suited to living indoors for their entire lives. In fact, many veterinarians and breeders recommend that cats be kept inside at all times, for their own health and welfare. Unless they escape, cats that live exclusively indoors don’t get run over by cars, bitten by dogs or other cats or infested with nasty parasites.
Consider Getting Two Cats
Despite their seeming aloofness at times, most cats are extremely social and do well living together, as long as they are properly introduced to their housemates. It is especially nice to have at least two cats in an apartment or other household where the owner is gone many hours at a stretch, such as working a 9-to-5 job. This will give both animals companionship, social interaction and a playmate, even though they probably will sleep most of the time.
Keeping Your Cat Safe
One of the biggest dangers for cats living in high-rise homes is that they can fall from a balcony or open window. Owners living in high places must be sure that they have some sort of netting, fencing or other barrier around balconies and windows that open, even if they don’t normally permit their cat to have access to those areas.