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Check out these Amenities that Drive Up Rent

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.

2. Elevator

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

 

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Tips for Apartment Living… With a Cat!

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.

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New to Apartment Hunting? Here are the TOP Questions to Ask!

New to apartment hunting? It is understandable to panic when you’re on a tour and feel like you don’t know the proper things to ask or if you have asked enough. What’s even scarier is signing the lease without knowing the ins and outs of your new place. Have no fear, here are the top questions to ask the complex you’re looking at —

What are the lease terms? 1 Year? 6 Months?

Are there income requirements? (Do you need to make 2x the rent? 3x the rent?)

Does the owner allow a cosigner? (In case you don’t meet the income requirements)

Laundry in the unit? In the building?

Have they received a lot of applications?

Who covers utilities?

How much storage space/closets does it have?

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Apartment Hunting on a Budget? Check out these tips!

Having trouble finding an apartment on one income? Check out these tips!

Tip #1: Get roommates.

The best way to be able to afford a place is to get more people in it. You’re much more likely to find an affordable apartment on a larger, combined budget than on a single income.

Tip #2: Find out which moving times are most popular for renters, and avoid them.

Although unit availability goes up during popular move times for renters, the increased demand drives rent prices up substantially too. Take into account where you’re looking to live – are there universities nearby? Does the weather change seasonally, or is it fairly standard all year round?

 

 

Tip #3: When you find a place you like, jump on it!

Most people don’t realize that rent prices can change daily. (Our Customer Service Team has seen rents fluctuate as much as $30 in a single day.) If you find a place you love and the price works for you, it could serve you well to express interest, let the leasing agent know you’re serious, and even fill out your application right on the spot! If you know you’ve found the right fit, don’t fall into the trap of accidentally increasing your overall financial burden just because you decided to think on it for a while. Take the leap!

Tip #4: Negotiate on a fixer-upper.

Consider committing to an apartment that’s under-budget, and make improvements yourself if the landlord won’t cover it. If all the place needs is a fresh coat of paint or a new faucet fixture, these are one-time fixes that will be much cheaper in the long run than renting a more expensive apartment that has all the perks.

Tip #5: Choose your amenities wisely.

In-unit laundry vs. onsite laundry. Renovated unit vs. non-renovated. Most renters prefer having in-unit laundry and living in a nicely upgraded apartment. Those units tend to get snatched up first and have a higher demand, so property owners can afford to raise rents on them. Choosing an apartment that doesn’t have these luxuries might not be as… well… luxurious, but you could get a pretty awesome reduction in your rent cost for minimal inconvenience!

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