5 easy steps to get in an apartment

5 Easy Steps To Get Into The Apartment That’s Right For You!

Written by Betsy Merino

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Determine your rental budget

When searching for an apartment, be realistic in a budget you can afford monthly. Most landlords want you to make at least three times your monthly budget.

Look at your budget and don’t forget to add insurance and possibly utilities. Even if there is a move-in special, don’t feel you have to sign on to an apartment that will cost you more in the long run. It’ll lead to a situation where you’re overextending yourself, and you’ll find yourself in a financial mess.


Narrow your location

Start by deciding on which area in a city you wish to call home. Do you need a place close to work or close to your kids’ school? Allow yourself to consider the activity level of the neighborhood in terms of how busy or not busy it might be and what type of activities it represents. Determine which factors will greatly influence your enjoyment of living in a neighborhood. Talk to me about your habits and needs and I can assist you pinpoint a location that’s right for you.


Start your search early

A usual search to find your apartment should start 60 days before you move to find the most accurate availability, deals, and neighborhoods. If you look too early, the pricing won’t be accurate and the unit you were once interested in won’t be available. I can help you keep on track and notify you of apartments that fit your criteria.


Tour apartments

It’s important to get an in-person look at a unit you may want to call home one day. Walk into the unit making sure everything is represented as seen on the rental listing. You should be mindful of existing damage if any and the level of activity throughout the place. I can help you ask the right questions so nothing is left to chance. I understand this is an important decision that could be your future home.


Application materials

We’ve found your dream apartment. Come prepared with a government-issued ID, landlord reference, proof of income, and bank statements. Assemble those documents required by the apartment management and we will move quickly when we find an apartment you love. If you don’t come prepared, the apartment may possibly move-on to another tenant instead. I can help you through every part of this decision to your new home!



Betsy possesses the much sought-after skills of organization, promptness and persistence. She enjoys meeting people and her extensive work in customer service helps identify her clients’ needs through careful listening to achieve desired outcomes. She especially enjoys working with millennial buyers and families with children. Apartment locating and leasing is among the services she offers.


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