Apartment Guide

While your local classified ads and real estate trade journals are good sources of apartment listings, for a more effective search it’s best to use an apartment guide. Apartment guides give you a narrowed-down version of apartments that suit your budget and preferences. You can also find many apartment guides on the Internet so you should look primarily at local apartment guides so you won’t waste time on a lot of websites during the search.

Apartment guides are also cost-effective as they’re mostly free unlike the local newspaper and real estate magazines. And you won’t have to browse through homes for sale because these websites or magazines only focus on apartments.

The first thing to look for when researching apartments is the right price that suits your budget. For example, if you’re interested in a $800 a month rent in a condo but you earn less than $35,000 a year, you should consider cheaper apartments that you see on the online apartment guide. Sometimes you may have to live in a less well-known area of the city or a new city in order to get the most affordable apartment.

The apartment guide should have adequate listings of apartments that make it easier for you to commute to and from work or school. Read what the apartment guide has to say about the amenities each apartment has such as a laundry room, stove, central heat or air, and enough closets for your belongings.

A good apartment guide should have as many details such as digital pictures, contact information, virtual tours, reviews from former tenants and fun facts about the neighborhoods the apartments are located in.

Beware of some online apartment guides because there are scammers who take apartment listings from legitimate real estate websites, twist the information around and make it look as if they were their own listings.

This is why it’s best to visit legitimate apartment guides that have a strong reputation among viewers and real estate agents. If an online apartment finder doesn’t have a valid e-mail address or phone number, it’s a scam. Visit the Better Business Bureau’s website to find information on a certain apartment guide.

A good apartment guide will have more than just apartment listings and also include short articles on how to find the right apartment and manage the rent and utilities every month. The apartment guide should also include articles on how to get around iin a new city and how they can get along with new neighbors.