If you’re thinking about your approaching lease renewal date and wondering if it’s time to try a new spot, one of the first things to consider is the neighborhood location. It’s possible that the neighborhood has less to do with your judgment than the actual apartment itself, but most likely you’ll want a happy balance between the two. Here are some things to ask yourself or keep in mind during the apartment hunting process:
Proximity to work or school How long of a commute are you willing to make every day? Do you have a car or do you need to walk or bike to your destination?
Crime rate While you may be able to find much lower rent in an area with a higher crime rate, is that something you are willing to compromise on? This affects how much effort you put into securing your living space and your belongings, as well as your peace of mind.
How walkable is the neighborhood? One of the great perks of living in a city apartment is the amount of restaurants and shops nearby. Would you like to be able to walk to the grocery store or coffee shop instead of driving?
Noise level Consider the possibility of ending up in a noisy area. There may be train tracks or a highway nearby. If you are in a college town, you could find yourself in the midst of all-night parties several days a week.
Character How important is aesthetic appeal? You may also finding yourself in search of a neighborhood with some history. Pleasant surroundings can have a surprisingly positive effect on your daily activities!
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