When you find yourself researching online for a new apartment, what sort of qualities do you look for? I have to ask myself what I’m hoping for from the apartment and what reasons I have for needing one right then. Am I looking for a place to stay only for a brief period of time? Am I going to be moving out of the state soon? Am I renting it to be closer to work, school or family? The reason I rented from the Oaks of Vernon Hills was simply because I needed to be much closer to work for a period of time while we overhauled our data centers.
It’s frustrating when you find yourself strictly limited to your apartment choices thanks to a shortage of income. I was there right out of college and found that I was only able to afford one of the most grim places in a rather terrible neighborhood. It was an experience that I’ll not shake any time soon and has been the inspiration for my thoroughness when looking for a new place. I refuse to make that mistake again and will do anything I can to ensure that I am in a safe place.
Other qualities that I look for when apartment shopping are whether or not there is any history of properties being snatched up by real estate businesses. I’ve felt that those who have hundreds of different often care little about their tenants and will allow their apartments to exude a sense of sameness that can make for a fairly miserable living experience. I need a place that is going to at least feel like a home rather than a hamster cage. I want a place that I can feel comfortable with thanks to the presence of my neighbors and importantly, I want neighbors who are going to be able to stay longer than a year (if I want a place for longer than that).