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Overview

If you're looking for a new apartment, you may feel a little intimidated. There are so many apartment listings out there, how do you choose the right one for you? One way to help streamline your search is to generate an apartment ratings system. Ordering your potential apartment choices according to apartment ratings that you have created can help you eliminate possibilities and give you a better idea of which apartments merit a closer look. The question then becomes: How can you generate effective apartment ratings? There are a number of ways to approach this problem. Consider these possibilities to find the apartment ratings system that works for you.

Numerical Apartment Ratings System

The easiest way to generate apartment ratings is probably to assign numbers to each apartment. You may wish to create a scale from 1 to 5 for example, with 1 being the best and 5 being the worst. Before beginning your search, generate different categories based on what is important to you regarding an apartment. Your categories may include price range (the most expensive rents you can afford being a 5 and the most affordable being a 1), space, location, and design. Once you've created your categories and have a firm understanding of what each category means, you can start looking at apartments. For each apartment, assign a rating for each of your categories. You may then average the results to get a final rating, however, for most people, certain features or aspects of an apartment are more important than others. If this is the case for you, consider weighting certain rating categories more than others, so the final rating will be a more accurate reflection of how close the apartment in question is to what you are looking for. Jot down a few notes after you view different apartments and rate them so that you remember why you rated things the way you did.

Grading Apartment Ratings System

You may also decide to give your apartments a letter grade, or a certain number of stars as ratings. For this method, again consider your categories and what is most important to you. You may even wish to create definitions before hand with detailed descriptions of what an "A" or a "B" apartment would be like. For example, an "A" apartment might be: Rent between $450 and $750 a month, two bedrooms, pool and gym in complex, good location. A "B" apartment might be an A apartment with slightly higher rent, a slightly worse location, or without one of the amenities, and so on.

How to Put Your Apartment Ratings System Into Use

Of course, to use an apartment ratings system, you'll need apartments to apply the ratings to. This is where Rent.com comes in. The online apartment finder at Rent.com can provide you with a variety of apartment listings almost instantly, and these listings come with all the details you'll need to set up your ratings. You can start by setting your own parameters to get your first listings, then analyzing those listings according to the rating system that you've created. Once you've got your A, B, and C, or 1st, 2nd, and 3rd apartment choices figured out and organized, you can move forward, visiting your favorites and finding the apartment that you want to move into.

More on Apartment Ratings and Finding Apartments

Finding a new apartment can seem like a chore, but with an apartment ratings system that you create, and with the help of Rent.com, it can actually be kind of fun. Not only that, but with any luck, you'll be able to narrow your search quickly and find the perfect new apartment for you to move into before you know it. Don't put off your apartment search any longer. Create your rating system, view the latest rental listings on to Rent.com, and get started today.

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