5. It may take a while. At the time of writing this post, I have been searching for three weeks. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I originally gave myself one day to find an apartment
4. Be prepared to spend more than you thought you would spend to get what you want. My girl is on the hunt as well and she spent about $650 more per month than she originally envisioned. I had to increase my budget by $500 per month to even see options that remotely resemble what I want.
3. Be decisive. I saw a place that I wanted on a Tuesday night and I was weighing it against a place I hadn't seen. On Wednesday at noon, I said that I wanted it and there were already 2 applications on it. I could care less as I'm sure my application would have won, but the owner wanted to move quickly and the apps s/he already had were good enough, so they wouldn't even take my app. My heart hurts for that home that could have been mine.
2. If you don't feel good about it, don't do it. I could have paid the $125 parking fee and had an apartment I loved, but I didn't feel like getting swindled was an appropriate start to the landlord/tenant relationship, so I moved on. Even through apartment searching, I believe that what God has for me is for me, so that place, just wasn't it.
1. Have fun! This process has been very stressful for me because I just started a new job AND went on vacation and I don't really spend as much time in Chicago on the weekends the way a normal person who's looking for an apartment should. However, when I take a moment to breathe, I have so much fun looking through photos of apartments and considering all of the possibilities of where my new home could be. If it weren't for the possibilities, I would be absolutely miserable with this process. But I've been like washers and dryers and rooftop decks, oh my!!!
So... that was a blogful, huh? Now, what tips do you have for apartment searchers in 2012?