(From the perspective of a recent graduate in early 20s)
So far my experience of things to watch out for as I relocate in the next few weeks to Kansas City:
- Pay attention to local crime rates and reports of issues in the neighborhoods.
- Tour apartments, and do so for at least 3-4 to get an idea of what to expect. Don't commit to ANYTHING until you have a contract signed in blood with your employer.
- Don't go for the most expensive thing you can find, aim for at max 25-30% of your income on rent.
- Find out about traffic patterns, the last thing you want is to sign a lease in traffic jam prime time.
- READ the reviews on everything
- When at an apartment, pay attention to the average age of cars and appearance of the patrons. If there are a lot of old junkers and run down things it's probably not going to be a good idea.
- READ THE LEASE. Sometimes they tend to sneak in a lot of things, such as one I looked at gave you crappy appliances and it was $50 a month to upgrade them. Know what you're getting into.
- Have an escape plan. If things go bad, have enough cash to back yourself up and haul out if need be. Even if completely unlikely, having the option is far better than having your back to the wall if things go south.
- Make sure to be close to resources like shopping and gas, it saves tons of commuting later on.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it is, always.
Any thoughts? Any horrible misconceptions I have from that so far?
This post has been edited by Lemur: 31 July 2013 - 03:38 PM