The Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Next Apartment

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Searching for apartments for rent in Brooklyn, Queens or on Long Island is sometimes overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Heatherwood believes asking yourself a few simple questions while you search can definitely help you narrow down your choices and help you find a place you’ll call home for years to come.

Where Do You Work?

Remember, the place you work will ultimately help pay for the apartment of your dreams. So don’t make the mistake of positioning yourself so far from your place of business that you are unable to enjoy the fruits of your labor. So when apartment hunting ask yourself these questions: “Do I need train or bus service?” “Will I be commuting by car?” “Is it a comfortable distance where I can walk to work?” All of these questions should come to mind when choosing your next apartment. Also, do some homework; google-map the best ways to get to work and make sure the apartment building (or community) has ample parking on-site or is located next to, or near, mass transit or a municipal parking garage.

What Are Your Hobbies?Kickin back in a hammok

Do you live an active lifestyle? Or is a quiet walk in the park more your thing? When it comes to choosing the apartment and the neighborhood in which you will live do your research and make sure you find the place that best suits your needs and lifestyle. For example; do you like night-life and clubbing, or are you more of a corner-bistro type? Do you like bowling alleys and bike trails? Do your best to locate an apartment where the things you desire are within close proximity. Choosing the “right place to live” is just as important as the amount of rent you’ll pay, the size of the bedrooms or number of bathrooms inside.

Do You Love Pets?

This doesn’t mean you have to have a pet of your own, but what it does mean is if you can’t be around pets (due to allergic conditions or otherwise) then choose your next apartment complex wisely. Most apartment communities these days welcome pet-loving tenants. But if our furry-little-friends just aren’t your cup-of-tea, then be sure to choose an apartment complex or building that is pet-free. Conversely, if you’ve got a dog or cat you just can’t live without, the good news is many apartment communities’ offer pet-centered amenities including: pet parks, washrooms, dog walkers, pet-sitting services, even lifestyle events geared directly around your lovable canine companions! Bonus Tip: Be aware that most apartments for rent in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island typically have pet fees (i.e., monthly rent per pet, cleaning fees and so on) so be sure you are aware of these costs up front.

Sleeping with covers over headHow Do You Sleep?

Do you like a sound-nights-sleep with nothing but silence to lull you off to dreamland? Or do you prefer a location where there is “some” noise (i.e., crickets chirping or passing traffic) to help place you into a deep sleep? Can you handle living on the bottom floor where tenants will be walking above you? Or would a top floor apartment work better for you? There really is no wrong choice, just make sure the spot you select meets your needs and lifestyle. Nothing is worse than a bad nights sleep.

Are You a People Person? Or do you prefer to be Alone?Heatherwood's Crystal Pond Luxury Apartments

Are you a “newbie” to a town or city and want to meet new people? Then you should definitely consider living in a luxury apartment complex. Amenity packages in mid and high rise apartment buildings usually include monthly resident events and gatherings. Most amenity directors know how to create and foster a “community vibe” by putting together programs that meet the needs of the residents. Some amenity packages even include: yoga classes, mommy and me events, wine tastings, comedy nights and a lot more! If you’re the exact opposite (meaning you like your privacy and a non-structured lifestyle) a luxury apartment community on Long Island might be more your style. Many suburban/garden style apartment complexes offer quiet, tree-lined settings, along with ponds and sitting areas that are perfect for relaxing, reading a book, or even fishing.

Yes, it is true choosing the right apartment for you and your family goes well beyond the type of paint on the walls, the size of the kitchen or the cost of rent you’ll pay. Ask yourself these questions, as well as others on your list, while you’re searching for your next apartment, you’ll be glad you did.

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