Searching for a new place to live can be a daunting task. Going from place to place, asking the same questions over and over, it can certainly be draining. We’re hoping that you take a look at a couple of these tips before you start your next search! They might ease the burden of searching for a new apartment.
Identify your top priorities
Figuring out what is most important to you is a crucial step in the apartment hunting process. Unless you have an unlimited amount of disposable income, you will have most likely have to make some sacrifices when it comes to your living situation.
If you like to cook, you might want a big kitchen, but you own a car so you don’t really care if it is near public transit. Or perhaps you don’t need a large bedroom, as long as there is additional storage included with the unit for all your knick-knacks. You might need parking, or want a place with big windows for lots of natural light. There are so many different amenities that may or may not come with a certain property, it is essential that you have determined your needs, your wants, and your not-a-deal-breakers, before embarking on your search for your apartment.
Research the neighbourhood you want to live in
Each city will have a variety of different neighbourhoods, even within the downtown core, and each of these neighbourhoods will have their own specific quirks, both good and bad. You will need to research these areas to see which ones best suit your needs and wants. Some of the questions you may need to ask yourself are:
– Where can I afford to live? Some neighbourhoods will be more expensive than others
– How far away is my work/school/favourite bar? How long of a drive is it? Or is there adequate public transit in the area?
– Is it safe? Safety should be one of your top concern, you shouldn’t live in an area that you feel uneasy in
Check the place out at night
It’s always a good idea to go and check out the place you’re thinking of renting in the evening; preferably more than once. You should do this for a couple of reasons.
The vibe might be completely different during the evening. If you went and saw the place during the day, it might have seemed like a quiet unit, with docile neighbours in a friendly neighbourhood. If you go a bit later during the day, it could be a completely different story. Since most people are not home during the day, you will be able to get a better feel for the building and the other tenants in the evening. You will be able to determine how loud your neighbours actually are, if they have kids or pets, and, important if you own a car, if there is ample parking for tenants.
Actually read the lease
Here we are; you’ve finally found your dream place and you’re all set to move in. The only thing you have to do is sign the lease and it’s all yours! The landlord plunks down a couple pages in front of you. You don’t need to read all that legal jargon. You’re sure everything will be fine. Right?
There are so many important things that you need to know before you take that key, and they are all spelled out in your rental agreement. This could be something as trivial as whether or not you are allowed to paint the walls to who pays for what utilities or how & when you are supposed to transfer the rent money.
Really, any time you are about to sign any type of contract, you should take at least five minutes to go over it, in its entirety, so you know the facts and you’re able to ask questions about things you may not understand before signing your name.
If you’re ready to start your search, come check out our listings today!
FPM offers elegant, refined living spaces in the most convenient locations in the city. Whatever your needs may be, Downtown Ottawa is a great place to start your journey. It’s easy to get around, on foot or by transit, and offers convenient access to the best that Ottawa has to offer.