The apartment rental business has been quite busy the past few years. Occupancy rates are very high with demand as well. . If you are in search for an apartment, it is important to have a game plan in mind for your search. There are many crucial factors that have to be determined before you can then start your apartment hunt. Start searching for your new apartment 30-60 days before you need to move in. If you are now renting and need to be out of your apartment, then you will really need to stick to the 60 day timeline to give you time to see many options for your new home. Also keep in mind the following questions as you start your apartment hunt:
- Will you have a roommate?
- How much space do you need in an apartment?
- Are you looking for special amenities such as a washer/dryer, dish washer, close to transportation?
- How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need?
- Does the apartment accept pets and is there an additional cost for that?
- What is your budget for the apartment including utilities?
Once you have answered these questions, then you can officially start your search. Once you have set your budget and decided what you really need or want in an apartment, then you can start your search. In most cases, you should be able to do the search on your own. You can also look at many online sites that will help you fine apartment listings in your city such as craigslist or consult a realtor. Narrow your search to your favorite neighborhoods or areas. If you are new to the city, then walk around the neighborhood that you want to live in before you start your search. You might actually come across more rentals walking around the area instead of online. When you are look at the neighborhood, check to see if the apartment is near schools, shopping or public transportation. Make checklists of the various places that you have seen so you can compare them to narrow down your search.
As you look at different apartments, be prepared to ask the landlord or leasing agent’s questions about the rental agreement, additional costs and get your answers in writing. It is okay to look in closets, drawers and in cabinets to check for possible future issues. At this point, rely on your senses by noticing any odors or looking for flaws such as cracks in the walls, windows and floors. Also, mentally take note of the size of the rooms to make sure that your furniture can fit through the doors of your new home. If you really like a place, ask to apply for it right away. Be prepared to fill out applications, have references (if needed) and make a deposit for the apartment.
The Savannah area’s real estate and apartment market is easy to negotiate and most apartments can be rented without a realtor. With college students starting back to school next month, empty apartments will be filling up fast. There are many reliable online lists for apartment hunting in Savannah such as http://www.huntersbluffapartments.com www.apartmentsavannah.com, or www.apartmentlist.com/ga/savannah.
If you are downgrading from a house to an apartment, then you will be in need of a place to put your additional items. Self storage would be a great solution to store larger home items that will not fit in a smaller apartment. Stop N Stor has 5 locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville to help with all of your storage needs. Students and faculty of area colleges can receive a 10% discount at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations with your school ID. Good Luck with your apartment hunt!