With all the apartment choices available in Austin, you need to be prepared when to find the right apartment community to fit your unique lifestyle. Finding the right place is a lot easier if you do a little research. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and increase your chances of finding the ideal spot when evaluating the variety of choices of apartments in Austin. Keep reading to see some of our tips for finding the right home for you, and if you're interested in the South Austin area, give Farmhouse a call today to schedule your tour!
Set Your Budget
Make sure you calculate how much each month you can realistically spend on rent. The U.S. Census Bureau recommends that a monthly lease payment should not exceed 30 percent of your monthly income. You also need to set aside funds for utilities, food and entertainment as well as transportation expenses, such as gas and insurance. Along with student loans, credit cards and other monthly payments, remember to budget for emergencies like car repairs. Figure out your monthly budget, then look for apartments that are within your price range.
Check Your Financial Health
Most property owners and apartment managers will run a credit check on prospective tenants. If you have less than perfect credit, take the appropriate steps to improve your score. You may also need someone to co-sign your lease agreement. This will demonstrate to the site manager that you have the financial ability to fulfill your part of the lease agreement. It can be helpful to know your credit score, and your ideal monthly rent, before looking for apartments. This can avoid wasting time looking at communities that are outside of your price range.
Many Austin apartments feature a wide variety of amenities. Determine which ones are important to you, such as in-unit laundry rooms, a swimming pool or a state-of-the-art fitness center. Make a list of your 3 must-have amenities, and keep these in mind during your apartment search.
Evaluate the Location
When looking for a place to live, you should also evaluate your transportation options. The proximity of your apartment to major commuter routes will affect how long it takes to get to school or work. You may also want to live close to amenities such as parks, restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. Farmhouse Apartments are just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, and we’re also near Onion Creek Park, McKinney Falls State Park, and the shopping, movies, and restaurants of Southpark Meadow. Think about your daily commute and entertainment preferences, and keep these in mind to find the right location for you.
After you have a list of apartments that fit your budget and lifestyle, try to visit each community in person, so that you can get a better feel of the community and ask any questions you may have. Being prepared and doing your research can land you in the perfect Austin apartment. If Farmhouse sounds like the right fit for you, contact us today to scheduled a tour!