Yes, I lived in a Super 8 Motel for almost 2 weeks. Was it worth it? Yes. Am I ashamed of it? Slightly.
One thing you have to realize before moving somewhere new, is obviously living quarters. Unfortunately, when you don’t know the good and bad neighborhoods, it’s a bit weary signing a 12 month lease before even scouting out the place. What I found most effective was coming out here with areas and spots to look into further. Once I got my job, my boyfriend and I really began the search. Here are some key things to remember in apartment decision making
1. Is this place REALLY in my budget?
Don’t sugarcoat it. If you have a budget for $600 monthly, don’t overshoot with a place $150 out of budget and tell yourself “I’ll make it work.” You’re not doing yourself any favors. Pick modestly. Once you get a few more job promotions, look into a place with more swagger.
This was a tough one, since Kyle and I were working in 2 different cities, so finding a place in the middle was crucial. If you live on the north side of town, don’t move to the southwest side just because their porch “is the best thing ever.”
3. Look for faults
I’m the worst when it comes to apartment searching. I walk in and the place with shiny, pretty light fixtures and a pretty view always gets my vote. Don’t just look for the good stuff, search out the bad stuff- likes cracks in the ceillings, uneven floor tiles. Be Skeptical!
4. Night Owl
Once you’ve narrowed the search, stop back at the potential locations at night! You want to make sure it’s a safe, well lit neighborhood.