Are you renter for the first time and looking for Apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa? Here are some helpful tips for first time virgin renters who are spreading their independence wings with a new apartment of their own.
One of the first things to remember is to never go over your budget with apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa. Sit down and assess all expenses that you presently have, and all expenses that you will have when you rent your apartment. Most investment professionals recommend that you spend no more than 1/4 of your monthly income on your rent, though I’ve come across recommendations of 1/3. Be sure to include utilities like electricity, cable, internet, and parking fees as well as any other expenses not included in your rent. By staying within budget of your apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa, you will avoid pain and disappointment of having to give up your space, and the dreaded move back home to your old room that your parents were attempting to make into a workout space. (You may have to live with a treadmill for a while.)
Another thing to consider financially is to save up money for your rental application fees, security deposit (which is usually required) and move-in expenses. Some landlords of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa require the first and last months rent paid at the leases signing, which can add up to quite a large check that you’ll have to write out, all before you can even set one chair in the living room.
Is the cost of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa a bit too high, but you’ve found one that you simply love with two bedrooms and the huge living room, with hardwood floors and an island kitchen? You may want to consider finding a roommate to help share the expenses. But be sure to follow the advise in the Sharing Your Place category on the front page of this blog. It covers why have a roommate, roommate questionnaires and agreements, as well as an article on why not to have a roommate and many other things you may not have considered.
Make sure that you thoroughly read the lease for apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa. Then read it again. Be sure that you understand all you obligations completely, and all the rules before signing. Once you signature is there, you are held bound to the contract legally. Have a knowledgeable person help you understand things in the lease that you deem questionable. Sometimes the legal words and writing can be confusing. Ask for help. There’s nothing worse for a renter than being dissatisfied with something and finding out that it was or wasn’t included in the lease you signed.
Be sure to search for new apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa online. Check out ApartmentsToLike.com for listings of available apartments or homes in Wilkes Barre and the surrounding area. Looking for an efficiency? One bedroom? A large or small studio? A certain location? Near college or work? Or a more spacious home for rent? You will find the latest listings and contact information here.
Or, if you are in the market for apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa, stop in and visit The Apartment Finders Shop located in the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes Barre. Fill out a wish list and we’ll help you find a place with potential. The shop is open Thursday through Sunday.
Finally, always think ahead about references. Have written references ready from friends of family and employees. Landlords and property owners of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa will often request these character references to be sure that you are a responsible person and will take care of the apartment leased to you. It is also important, if you are under a certain age, to have a co-signer available for your lease. A parent, family member or other friend or relative can do this, which guarantees the landlord that your rent will be covered should you fail for some reason to pay on time.
All in all, the virgin renter need not fear this huge step in life, but look at it with joy and anticipation. It can be quite an exhilarating learning experience, and with the right thought and preparation, a successful one.