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10 Actionable Apartment Hunting Tips You Can Use

10 Actionable Apartment Hunting Tips You Can Use

An apartment hunt can be a messy deal for there are lots of pitfalls along the way. Brokers who charge hidden fees, agents who are totally unprofessional, and transport companies that damn the schedule and urgency of the situation are just tips of the iceberg.

The whole caboodle is tricky, not to mention quick decision making ability, which become horrifically ineffective on the spot, as you will be repelled by as small a concern like the neighborhood, but swooned by the panorama of the new abode. But with the following approaches, the deal can be done quickly, effectively and economically:

1. Consider the budget issues

Your budget must be proportional to the amenities that you need in the apartment. Nearness to groceries, supermarkets, railway terminals, airports, seaports, workstation, etc. can help in curtailing living expenses.

2. Consider the time factor

Beside budgets, the time factor also has a strong presence in making the decision. Though the rentals are freely available during the summer, the price will be abnormally high as all of us want to move in and out during the scorching season.

Therefore, it may be best to wait for a better time. Renting an apartment during the holidays or at a time closer to the holidays is generally easier. When it’s cold, the mobility is slower.

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3. Technology can be a handy friend

When alone in a new city and you have no friends to help find you a desirable apartment, apartment hunting apps can then be a huge help.

There are a handful of apps which notify you whenever new places are available that matches your specifics like rental price, the neighbourhood, amenities and more. You can apply for the place online.

4. Knowledge is power

Chances are high that you will be victimized by wily agents when you are all set to move to a new locality about which you have no prior knowledge.

Researching the average market rate, checking out websites like Streeteasy.com and conversing with people around will familiarize you with what the acceptable rates are for the kind of apartment you have in mind.

5. Do the basic legwork with heart

Things as petty as checklists and spreadsheets can be instrumental to land the desired apartment quickly as these so called ‘petty things’ can sift the basic priorities from the ostentatious ‘doohickeys’.

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Some owner asks for specific paperwork as a firm handshake in the open house or the blue Ferrari does not impress them.  Therefore, present yourself as strongly as possible with all paperwork in hand.

A well-organized attempt at apartment hunting not only saves the time and money, but also helps you track the progress and control it without letting it affect your daily schedule.

6. The Sleep Test

Not all landlords favor it, but it will be good to convince the landlord to allow you sleep a night in order to ‘experience’ his verdict on the place. In the night, you can test out the shower, peek through the closets, cabinets and cupboards without attracting the owner’s attention. This will satisfy the ‘control freak’ in you.

7. Read the lease paper carefully

Details are important in the lease. All the verbal agreements that you have reached with the new landlord (e.g. Improvements after moving in, rental charges, free movement of your pet cat, Tom) should be in writing.

Conditions and statutory warnings should be read and understood thoroughly.  You don’t want your landlord to evict you sans your own property as he likes and you may not get security deposit back for the mindless reasons he has concocted in the lease agreement.

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Reading the paper thoroughly saves you from getting trapped into something you’ll regret later.

8. Trust in yourself and rope in some trustworthy friends

If your guts sense something fishy at any time, it is better to rethink your decision to move in as fraud and deception are common in real estate these days.

Deceptive brokers can be known right away by from their inconsistent wordings of the property, nervous body language, and talkativeness. It is better to decipher such depraved intentions at earliest.

A trustworthy friend can be a real source of support during the apartment search. Such friends can check your impulsive decisions. Also your ideas of the perfect apartment can reach to prospective landlords through your active social network.

9. Little bit of morbidity is good

As Billy from the When Harry Met Sally suggested, leafing through the obituaries section of newspaper is definite to quicken your apartment search. The old way has never lost the charm.

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10. Negotiate

If you have an excellent track record (in form of solid reputation, high income, satisfied old landlord) and you are in search of a place where your stay is will be protracted, you are in a position to strike a better deal with your new landlord as finding and renting the apartment to excellent, long-term tenant is the hardest accomplishment for any landlord, so you are a good catch.

With such an arrangement, it is unlikely you will get much deduction in the rental fees but you may win some fringe benefits like free roaming access for your pet cat in the landlord’s kitchen garden which will make him happy, I promise.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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