Saving Money on an ApartmentWith all the problems with getting a mortgage these days, we are looking for tips and advice for saving money when renting an apartment. Do you have any tips to share?
Considerations When Apartment HuntingDon't forget to keep in mind one very important thing. How far will I have to carry my groceries and everything else before getting to my apartment?
Guidelines for First Time RentersYour first place is like establishing credit. Start out right and it's smooth sailing. Make bad choices and it will follow you. Some pointers from my years of managing property are here, so I hope they help.
Renting an ApartmentHow much can you afford to pay for an apartment each month? Understand that most apartment complexes want a first and last month's rent or first month's rent and a security deposit.
Apartment Hunting TipsWhen I search for a new apartment I keep the following things I want in mind: Opt for no corner units as you are heating and cooling 2 walls instead of one and there is no wind-break on corner units. Try choosing a unit in the middle of the building.
Get a Reduction in Rent By Being a HandymanTo get a good deal on an apartment. Offer to do either simple handyman's work or some janitorial work in the evenings or weekends for a reduction in the rent and possibly free rent.
Sometimes It Pays To Stay In One PlaceIt pays to keep aware of local happenings. I have somehow stayed at my apartment all these years as the neighborhood got better, always planning to move but didn't.
Apartment LivingIf you are able to choose, (and physically able) get an apartment higher than the main floor. This works well for me for two reasons. 1) I have barely had to turn up my heat this winter, my thermostat is set at 50 and my home is usually over 70...