For young adults, choosing an apartment to live in can be a stressful decision. A lot of times, you are either moving to a new city, or moving back to a city from college or a job you’d previously moved for. With so many decisions out there for apartments, how can you make sure you are making the best choice for your needs?
The team at Johl & Company in Westwood, NJ offers a few questions you should ask yourself to help in the decision process.
Question 1: What kind of building/community do I want to live in?
This may seem like a question that isn’t important. You just want to find a building that is affordable and that you like. However, you must take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing a building. If you are a light sleeper that sleeps on a normal sleep schedule, having people live above you may become an issue. What if those people are night owls who stay up all hours of the night, making noise? That might be a problem for you. On the contrary, if you are a night owl, you might consider living in a bigger building where you will not disturb people as easily.
Question 2: How do I plan on commuting to work?
Are you planning to drive, take public transportation, bike, or walk to work? No matter what your plan is, choosing an apartment that is conducive to that is important. If you plan on biking or walking to work, you need to choose an apartment in close proximity to your place of employment. Additionally, if you are planning on taking public transportation to work, make sure your apartment is near a public transportation station.
Question 3: What other expenses are there with my apartment?
Rent is an expense that you can expect with your apartment. However, what other expenses will there be? Every apartment building is different in terms of what you have to pay for. For example, is parking included in the cost of rent, or is a parking spot extra? What utilities will you have to pay on top of rent? Utilities can include water, gas, electric, and cable/internet. If you choose an apartment that has these things included in rent, you could save a lot of money! Additionally, where you live will affect your renters insurance policy. If you live in a safer neighborhood, you can expect your renters insurance to be less expensive.
Question 4: What do I enjoy doing in your time off?
Every neighborhood has something to offer! Neighborhoods all have their cultural backgrounds and things that make them unique. Determining what you enjoy doing, and what neighborhood will best fit that, will make your decision much easier.