4 mistakes to avoid when looking for an apartment to rent

4. 4 mistakes to avoid when looking for an apartment to rentMost common mistakes people make when looking for an apartment to rent If there’s one thing we all agree on, it’s that moving is stressful. Having said that, there are different approaches to moving. Do you think of moving as a new opportunity to change your life for the better? Is the decision to rent an apartment made due to external reasons like getting a promotion or being accepted to a college/university? Whatever the case is, there are the usual sunken rocks – the mistakes most inexperienced “movers” come upon when looking for an apartment to rent. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when looking for an apartment to rent: Saying “No” to budgeting A lot of people fall in the trap of wrongly estimating their expenses when in search of a new apartment to rent. As annoying budgeting may be, it is a very important aspect of your decision on the right apartment to rent. Have in mind that it is not all about the monthly rent, though. When making your calculations, you should have in mind the additional costs like utilities, cable, phone bills, general area living costs, etc. Saying “Yes” too soon A very common mistake people make is falling in love with a property to rent without checking out the apartment in person. Are you moving to another country? Still, you can shortlist a few properties and plan a short trip to see them all and make an informed decision! Getting the neighborhood out of the equation There’s nothing wrong in preferring one property to another. But, when making a decision which one to rent, you should always consider the neighborhood as well. Here’s some food for thought: Is the property close to your work/school/a convenient Metro station? Is it located in a more “expensive neighborhood”? Is there a grocery store/a dry cleaner’s nearby? Forgetting to read the small print This is a highly neglected part of any contract signing, but it is especially important when it comes to renting a place to live in. The number one rule here is to take your time and not rush into signing before you are absolutely sure this is the place for you. Tenant rights, extra payments about gas, utilities, water, parking, etc. are just a few of the details to ask about before renting a property.