Apartment hunting should be a long process, because there’s a lot to consider. After all, once you make a decision and sign a long-term lease, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time at your new apartment and the surrounding area. Many prospective renters make rash decisions without thinking things through and end up with regret. If you’re moving to unfamiliar territory, it’s necessary to become knowledgeable about the neighborhood in which the prospective apartment is located. Take a look at these tips on how to find a new neighborhood when apartment hunting.
Don't Ignore the Red Flags
Apartment hunting can be exhausting, and you might have the urge to ignore obvious indicators the neighborhood is sketchy or unsafe. Keep your eyes peeled for red flags, because you might regret it down the road if you don't. If surrounding apartment complexes are poorly maintained, the streets are cluttered with litter, or if there are shady characters loitering about, trust your gut and walk away. There are plenty of visual clues that can tell you whether a neighborhood is dangerous.
Think About the Future
Scour newspaper clippings, ask people familiar with the area, and check with your leasing agent for upcoming projects in your prospective neighborhood. New businesses, restaurants, venues and entertainment establishments will bring construction to a neighborhood, during which it may become very loud. It might be nice once all is said and done, but you'll have to live with detours, noise and other inconveniences in the mean time.
Consider Your Kids
As a parent, the quality of your children’s life should be your top priority. Research prospective schools while you’re apartment hunting. You might find the perfect home, but nothing is worth your kids receiving a poor education. Most listings on Apartment Finder now offer school data by GreatSchools, giving renters an overview on student population and academic ranking for local K-12 schools.
If there’s a city park close by, again, don’t ignore red flags, like sketchy characters or poor maintenance. You’ll likely spend many afternoons at the park allowing your kids to burn off energy, and a park can give you great insight to a specific area.
Taking these three tips into consideration will assist you in making a well informed decision while apartment hunting. Always listen to your inner voice, even if a neighborhood passes the above-mentioned tests with flying colors. If you have a bad feeling about an area, there’s probably a reason. Just continue apartment hunting until you find the ideal apartment and neighborhood for you.