Finding the Right Atlanta Apartment (Part 1)
Finding the right Atlanta apartment can be an overwhelming process. Atlanta apartment buildings come range from two units to hundreds with as many or few amenities as you wish to have. Additionally, an increasing number of homeowners in Atlanta are deciding to rent out their home in lieu of selling it. This means the Atlanta renter has even more choices for where to sign a lease. There are some important questions you should ask yourself before putting ink to paper and committing yourself to an apartment for a year or more.
First, ask yourself which amenities you will really use on a regular basis. Is it worth it for you to have Lifestyle Fitness equipment in a rooftop gym like at Gables Midtown or do you know you’ll never actually see the gym after your tour? Are you looking to mix with other residents around a “resort-style pool” like the one at AMLI Parkside or are you just going to load up your car with friends on the weekend to “shoot the hooch” anyways? The point is that you should figure out which amenities you will use and find the place that has just what you need without a lot of extras because your monthly rent goes toward everything the complex offers.
A lot of people get caught up in choosing the best value for the average person, rather than finding the best value for their needs. I recommend taking ten minutes to list the things you already do on a daily basis and need to accommodate at your new apartment. If you exercise in a gym everyday, it might be worth it to pick a place with top-notch equipment and plenty of free weights, especially if it allows you to cancel your membership to L.A. Fitness. If you’ve already signed up for a two-year membership, however, you’re throwing money away. If you have a dog, you’ll want a convenient area to take it out. It usually works best to consider your daily life now and try to find the place that fits it best. Most people don’t completely change their lifestyle just because they change apartments, so make sure you’re not creating a new lifestyle to fit the ultra-chic apartment complex that seems amazing yet comes with a higher price tag.
In the next installment of “finding the right Atlanta apartment”, I will discuss the benefits of renting a house versus an apartment building.