How do you know what apartment is right for you? Choosing an apartment can be almost as difficult as choosing a house. While it might be a little easier than choosing a house to buy, location, amenities, availability, and cost all come into consideration when choosing your next apartment to rent.
Location is one of the first things to consider, but what location is best varies from renter to renter! Downtown apartments offer the convenience of being steps away from shopping and dining; while communities away from the hustle and bustle offer more privacy and affordability. If you are a student, you might want something close to your school. If you are a parent, is the community in the right school district? Whether the apartment is close to your job, friends, and family are all things to consider.
Apartment amenities give you the chance to have features that many people could never afford in a single-family home, such as a personal gym! But it’s important to consider what you really need and how often you will actually use those amenities. While lots of amenities may seem like a great deal, don’t get roped into paying extra for something you will never use!
Most apartment renters will be familiar with the dreaded waitlist. You found your perfect apartment community, but the floorplan you want isn’t available! Many apartment communities offer a variety of floorplans to choose from and depending on how quickly you need to move in, you might need to be flexible with the type of layout you choose.
Size and Features
The size of an apartment is one of the most important things to consider when choosing! Not just how big it is, but if it’s the right size for you. A larger apartment with more bedrooms might be best for couples, families, or those with pets who need the extra room. An apartment too large might stretch your budget and force you to downsize. But a small apartment might be too cramped once you move all of your furniture and belongings.
Balancing size and cost with availability can be difficult, but one helpful tip is to make a list of the features you Need, versus the ones you Want. This way you can make sure you have everything you need, and then see which one apartment checks off more things you want for what you are able to afford!
Choosing the right apartment is different for everyone, but weighing all the options can help you make the best decision! At Treesdale, we’d love to be your perfect apartment in Charlottesville! We invite you to come out and take a tour and see if we are the right apartment for you!