If you’re at an early stage in your life, you will be faced with two options. Either you can enter the property market, or you can rent a place for a while. A lot of people will argue that you should get on the property market as quickly as you can. But I’m not sure I agree. Don’t get me wrong, I can see the appeal of owning a place that you can craft and style completely to make your own. But at the same time, owning a property is an expensive and time-consuming commitment. You’ll be pouring money into the place for the first few years. Not to mention buying it off the market and mortgage repayments. Rent might be dead money, but at least, you know that you won’t be trapped by heavy bills, and you can still do some decorating. Here are the biggest things to think about when you consider renting an apartment.
Bills, Bills, Bills
As much as I’d like to tell you that the first thing you should look at is the style of the building, it isn’t. You need to check out the apartment energy rating. Usually, you’ll get two scores. One will say what the apartment could be, and the other will be what it is. You need both the be quite high otherwise, you’ll be paying a lot to heat your home. Or, to provide it with electricity. Both are an issue. That said, once you move in you can cut costs by making some changes. For instance, you can switch light bulbs to energy saving LEDs. Awesome right? Now, once you’ve checked out the energy rating, you can start thinking about the style and decor.
A Stunning Haven?
Ideally, your new apartment will be stunning. It should look fantastic and immediately feel like a place that you want to live. There are some great new rental apartments on the market right now, offering luxury living at an affordable price. I’m talking about hardwood floors, designer decor and gorgeous communal areas in the building. It could be the perfect place for you. But don’t forget to think about not just how these features look but how they feel. For instance, hardwood floors will make the place look stunning. But they won’t keep a room as cosy as carpet. As well as this, if the guy upstairs has hardwood floors, as well it might be quite loud.
Secure And Safe
A stunning apartment is a massive plus in my book. But it doesn’t matter how beautiful it looks if it’s not safe and secure. Ideally, you want to know that you can lock the door at night, and you won’t need to worry about break in. That’s thanks to the security cameras that should be on the building. Not to mention the gate that your car is parked behind. You get the idea. There are buildings with these security features, and you should be looking at living in one of them.
I hope you find this advice helpful finding your new place. In no time at all an apartment can feel like home. Even if you don’t own it.