4 Things to Know Before Getting Your First Apartment

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As you know, me and Sabine moved to New York and I can finally say that we officially have an apartment! It feels so surreal and I can't wait to move in and get settled. Throughout the process of looking for the perfect place to call home, we learned a lot about ourselves and the process itself, and I thought I'd share it with you guys. Here's everything you need to know before getting your first apartment.  

1. Beware of Scams

Not all listings are legitimate. I heard some horror stories about people getting ripped off, but I was definitely caught off guard by the amount of times I came across sketchy posts on trusted websites. A huge sign to look for is if an apartment seems too good to be true, especially when it comes to New York. If you happen to come across a dreamy and ridiculously huge place that's $800 a month, it's probably a scam. Be mindful and trust your gut instinct. If something doesn't feel right, it's probably for a good reason.

2. Save $$$$ 

Getting a new apartment comes with a lot of initial fees before you even move in. First month's rent, a security deposit, which is the same amount as the rent, are usually asked for, but sometimes a one-time maintenance fee can be applied as well. And if you use a broker, there may be a broker's fee. With this in mind, setting your budget is the first thing you should do. Be firm in what that number may be then figure out if there's some wiggle room around that.  

3. Be Patient 

While all apartment searches are not the same- some may be shorter than others- it's important to be patient if it your search is longer than expected. If you need to take a break and recharge, do that. Sabine and I actually did this to regroup. It's easy to get frustrated, but hang in there. 

4. Do Your Research

What do you absolutely need in an apartment? What can you do without? Knowing this will make your search a lot easier. One of the things we would not budge on was having a laundry room in the building. We know what we can handle and walking to a laundromat in the dead of winter is not one of those things! Make a list of the things you can not live without then search for apartments that fit those needs, as well as your budget. 

 What are other tips do you have about getting you first apartment? Let me know!

-Carine