With all the changes that’s happening out there, if you’re out in the market looking for a great new apartment to move into, you’ve come to the right place. Below are a couple of checklists that may help you stay focused on what’s important to you on your hunt for your next oasis.
Bonus Tip #
Most common advice out there is to spend no more than 30% of your pre-tax income on housing costs. Take the total cost you determine from these checklist and divide by your total monthly income to see if this remains within your price range.
- Street address & unit # = unique identifier
- City so you have another way to sort data if needed. I’ve kept it as a tag so it’s easily filterable and because there isn’t a likely possibility for there to be a wide variety of city names here.
- Contact info column to record # and name of contact on site.
- Appointment date column to record viewing date. You can set a reminder for yourself as well.
- Rent amount
- Travel time from work
- left it as text so you can place the range of time it may take
- alternatively, you can change to number format and pick either the min, median, or max time
- Which utilities are ***not*** included in the rent price
- Inquire what the estimated monthly cost may be for that particular unit.
- Onsite, in suite or not available?
- Most apartment buildings offer onsite coin laundries. Inquire how much it might cost to wash & dry one load at the average settings. Then calculate & enter the monthly amount you may require. All amounts below are monthly amounts.
- Now I always look for underground parking, that’s a non-negotiable for me, so if it doesn’t offer underground parking, I don’t add to this list. But if you’re flexible on that, you can always add another column to show parking type available.
- Some units come with additional storage at no added cost and some complexes charge an extra fee.
- This something for you to consider before you head in, this may not be location specific so once you’ve browsed services offered, you can use the same # for all properties. This will just be used to calculate the total housing cost in the last column.
- Total Costs
- This is your total estimated monthly housing cost should you decide on that particular unit.
What are some non-negotiables for you when you’re looking at a new place to move into? What is the biggest deciding factor when it comes to choosing your next apartment?