Moving to a new city is exciting. Before your adventure begins, however, you need to find a comfortable place to call home. This isn’t always an easy task in an unfamiliar city—especially when moving across the country—but it isn’t impossible. These long distance apartment hunting tips take the stress out of moving.
Narrow down the neighborhood.
It’s a good idea to limit your apartment search to specific neighborhoods. Crowdsourcing is a great way to do this. Tap your social media connections for recommendations. Chances are that one of your friends has lived or visited others in the city that you are moving to and can tell you which neighborhoods are bustling and which are busts.
Make a list of wants and needs.
Is an on-site gym a must-have? Or are you willing to sacrifice this amenity to shorten your commute. Decide which things are most important to you and eliminate any apartment communities that don’t meet your criteria.
Don’t rely on virtual tours.
Technology is a wonderful thing. It enables us to view 360 virtual tours of properties without ever stepping though the door. Still, everything isn’t always as it seems online. Celebrity photos are Photoshopped all the time to enhance their appearance. So are virtual tours of properties. Not only that, but it’s impossible to tell if there are noisy neighbors above the apartment or how bad traffic is in the area from a photo.
If you are moving for work, your employer may offer a relocation package to help cover your expenses. Use some of this money to take a quick weekend trip to the city and view some of your prospective abodes in person. Don’t just rush from one apartment viewing to the next. Take the time to walk around the neighborhood, sit in a coffee shop and get a feel for the overall vibe of the community. If you aren’t able to visit the city personally, try to find a friend or family member who will view the property for you.
Finally, be sure to take accurate measurements of the space that you choose. There is no sense in moving your king sized bed across the country if it won’t fit in the master suite. If you know ahead of time, you can save your money on transportation costs and spend it on stylish new furniture instead.
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