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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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