Moving to an unfamiliar city is certainly a bold move, since you’re faced with far more challenges than if you were moving down the street. The most distinct challenge is finding a new place to live. You probably don’t know how to find the perfect apartment in a new city if this is your first time moving long distance. Apartment Finder has put together some basic, yet essential tips to assist before you begin your apartment search from a different city.
The cost of living obviously varies between cities, so be realistic with your expectations and know what you can afford. You might be paying $1,200 per month for a luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in Texas, but if you're packing up and moving to The Big Apple, you'll be lucky to find a studio for that price. In fact, you may want to consider a roommate because of the steep rent prices.
Don't search too early
It's normal to feel eager and anxious when apartment hunting, but starting your search too far in advance before your scheduled move will drive you nuts. You don't want to fall in love with an apartment, then find out before your move that it has already been rented out. Your best bet is to start your search about 4-6 weeks before your actual move-in date.
Research every resource available
Since you don’t know your way around your new city, you have to research it first. Read local blogs, newspapers and community forums to see what areas are safe, within your budget and close to your job, school or venues related to your interests. Use your network of future co-workers, friends and family for recommendations or advice on how to find the perfect apartment in your prospective city. Narrow it down to no more than three or four zip codes, and check out reviews and experiences in apartment communities in that neighborhood.
Enlist the help of a professional
Contact a real estate agent or apartment locator who specializes in relocation. They know how to find an apartment in their area that suits your needs, and they understand the services you require from a different city. They can tell you from the jump if the areas you desire are dangerous, outside your budget and any other unknowns that concern you. Landlords and apartment management companies typically contract the professionals, so their services won’t cost you a thing.
Of course, if you're a do-it-yourselfer and you'd like to take a crack at finding a new apartment home in a brand new city, then Apartment Finder has the tools to help you along the way.