Starting your search for the perfect home to rent should begin with a very frank internal conversation. First ask yourself what you want and then assess what you can afford. Only about 30 percent of what you make each month should go toward rent, which may mean prioritizing amenities and compromising where necessary. Once you have a rough idea of where you want to live, what type of home you’re looking for and what you can spend, let the search begin.
The best place to start looking is online, where you’re able to filter results based on the parameters you’ve just created for yourself. Cast a wide net over the general area you want to live in at first, then narrow down your search using your requirements. It may surprise you how many available units are out there, but don’t let the results overwhelm you.
It’s best to take it slower when visiting apartments so you’ll remember what you see. Any more than four per day is probably information overload. Take notes as you tour locations to keep track of pros and cons for each apartment, noting things beyond what’s new and shiny like the number of outlets in each room, how bright the apartment is and whether you get a cell phone signal inside. Also make sure to take lots of pictures and videos so you’re sure to remember each property accurately.