Searching for your first rental can be daunting. Within a short time frame, you need to find a place that matches your budget, your need for space, and above all, your personality.
The Quiet Type
If you’re someone who values quiet, beware renting a place that shares walls, ceilings or floors with adjoining units. Your best bet might be a studio or in-law unit behind a house in a quiet neighborhood.
Gotta Be Gregarious
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a rental that will take advantage of your social skills, look for a big apartment complex with an active community. You should also consider renting in a vibrant part of town that will provide you with plenty of opportunities to interact.
There’s no shame in the lack of a green thumb. If you’re not interested in keeping a yard at a rental home, you’re better off renting in a high-rise building or a complex that takes care of all gardening responsibilities.
Workout aficionados should look for apartment complexes with a gym option. Many complexes offer workout facilities, but you should make sure to scope them out before committing. If an on-site option isn’t available, make sure you find a place that’s close to a great gym. Also, keep an eye out for local trails and walkable neighborhoods around a rental.
You love your pets, but you may have difficulty finding a rental that allow animals. This is a deal-breaker for many renters, so make sure to find out a rental’s pet policy up front. Our realtor.com® rental appprovides an easy way to screen for pet-friendly landlords.
Not Into a Scene
For people actively avoiding the hustle and bustle of an urban environment, the suburbs are a welcome respite. Parking is plentiful and the streets are quiet at night, but some renters may be turned off by the perceived sameness of suburban life. If you have a personality that doesn’t thrive on an urban scene, consider renting a place in the ‘burbs.
Thrilled by Newness
Some renters want to have the latest and greatest when it comes to appliances, fixtures and amenities. If this sounds familiar and you want all the modern conveniences, consider complexes built within the past five to 10 years.
Character is Important
On the other hand, if you’re a person who values charm and quaintness, and you can overlook funky flaws, your best bet is to look for a rental with character. Don’t get character mixed up with dump—if a rental is a dump, there’s no sense in trying to polish it. But if a place has the charm and spark you need, your rental experience will be sweet.
Storing It Up
If you’re one of those folks who end up acquiring stuff as the years fly by, think about where you’re gonna put it all. Whether you have well-curated collections on display or closets overflowing with boxes, if you tend toward the pack-rat personality, keep an eye on the storage options a rental offers. You’ll want to scope out the square footage and figure out how to make it work for you.