When it comes to apartment hunting, finding ‘the one’ is sometimes easier said than done. With so many design choices and boxes to check, your search can become overwhelming and distract you from what’s most important. Fortunately, there are a few reassuring signs that can help! Let these tips guide you in finding the perfect apartment home, and you’ll know exactly when to take action.
Know Your Numbers
When considering finances for a new apartment, you definitely need to know your numbers. Take a thorough, critical look at your budget before you start looking and be modest in matching that amount. A good rule of thumb is to ensure the total cost of your rent is 30% or less than your gross annual income. This can help you maintain room in your budget for necessities plus savings, allowing for a better way of life in the long run. It’s truly disappointing to have a spare bedroom but not the ability to furnish it. Be sure to double-check your finances before you sign, and respect your limits once you’ve made the move. When you live within your means, it’s so much easier to budget for your best life!
Look for Room To Grow
More space is one of the most common reasons why people search for a new home, but more efficient space is the real key. So, try to think ahead. Consider different living scenarios and how this space will allow growth or accommodate you during life changes. When in doubt, we reference the rule of ‘number of tenants + one’. By designating extra space for your family, you have room to live comfortably with visitors or additions to your family, even if they are unexpected. Look for features that are easily adaptable, like an oversized pantry that can house storage overflow or a spare bedroom that could convert to a home office.
Note All The Feelings
Home is not a thing, it’s a feeling, right? If you get good feelings at first sight, that’s a good cue to reach for the keys. However, don’t let the ‘feels’ blind you. No matter how strong your admiration for the apartment, be sure to consider how the full expenses of rent and utilities blend into your budget before you follow through. Also consider the lifestyle this new home may afford you, with amenities or location benefits. At Portofino, a resort-style pool, fitness center, and dog park are sure to bring you priceless conveniences and joys in life. Ultimately, your long-term happiness rests in how well you can live in this new space, so make sure you’re feeling it!
If You’re Looking for a Sign, Here It Is… Portofino is NOW LEASING one and two bedroom floor plans! Friendly neighbors and staff, functional floor plans, inviting interiors and entertaining community amenities make this place feel like home from your very first visit. Portofino is more than an apartment complex, it’s a cozy neighborhood in Lubbock, Texas with all the comforts of home and more. Browse the website for more info or schedule a tour today!
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