This is an exciting moment for you. But today, this is also one of the most harrowing of times. There is a sense of freedom and empowerment in knowing that soon you will have your own place.
You are moving into the big, wide city for the first time, but can you afford it? Not only do you have to figure out if your paycheck is going to be more than enough to lay down your first month’s rent, never mind the deposit fee and all the other extras that the building landlord requires as ‘security’ for your tenancy, you have to determine whether you can afford all the amenities of the city in close proximity to your apartment.
But cheer up folks, you can make it to your first time apartment. All that is left for you to do now is knuckle down to some intense research work and simply follow all the good tips on how to source your first apartment with as less encumbrances as possible.
One proviso has already been given. Make sure you can afford to stay in this new area. List all those amenities that you know you’re going to need in your life. Visit different boroughs first before settling on one neighborhood.
Because it’s a big city, there’s probably going to be several. But as a beginner seeking out affordable rentals and ideal amenities, you’ll need to start narrowing down your choices. Landlords and estate agents aren’t always helpful to the beginner, so, don’t be afraid to ask friends, family and colleagues for advice.
You may want to be independent and stand on your own two feet, but remember folks, this is big. Rather settle smoothly into big city life without the hassles than having to be broke every single month for the duration of your lease. Rather be safe than sorry. And that’s another thing, you’re going to want to check that this new and affordable neighborhood you’ve just found is safe as houses, particularly at night.
And not just safe from knife-wielding muggers, but ask the right questions. Is the building safe to live in? Has it complied with all the city’s safety regulations, that sort of thing. And long before you start looking at any apartments, please just make sure you’ve done your budget homework first.
In fact, as far as amenities go, make sure there’s a few of those under your roof. Like a decent laundry. And internet server access, that sort of thing, the things you know you’re going to need to help you keep up your modern lifestyle.
Don’t be too focused on luxuries right now. These you may well not be able to afford. Oh, and that’s another very important thing. Just how close are you going to be to work? And are the transport networks fully functional and on time? Retail as in your regular grocery stores and takeout stores are important too.
After all, you do have to eat, don’t you?