Renting an apartment after college

Renting an apartment after college

College is over.  You have a diploma and an awesome new job, and now you need to find somewhere to live.  Moving and finding your first apartment can be overwhelming; however, there are a few tips that can help to make finding and landing a new home a stress-free experience for young renters.

The first thing you need to do is to work out what you can actually afford.  In the eyes of potential landlords, your income level is the single most important qualification for anyone wanting to move into their rental property.  Given that you have just graduated, you are unlikely to be breaking the bank with your paycheck; therefore, you need to work out whether you qualify financially.

It can be tough for young college graduates to financially qualify when they are on their own, making living with a minimum of one roommate is a good idea to put you in a better position.  Living with a roommate also comes with other perks; for example, in a number of cities in the United States you will be able to save up to 40% on the cost of your monthly rent.

Another decision you need to make is exactly where you want to move to.  If you are moving to a new city, it is a good idea to investigate different neighborhoods before you actually relocate there.  Take a trip to your new city several weeks prior to the move and use the Internet to read up on the area.