Whether you are single, or you have a family along with you, it is a tough choice to rent the first apartment. The market has become more challenging than past. You have to see each and every aspect of the particular apartment that you are going to hire. However, following is must have knowledge before renting the first apartment if you are living in Virginia:
Setting a realistic budget
It is said that you should spend less than 30 percent of your annual income on housing. Nowadays, it is very hard to get an apartment in a budget; therefore you have to spend more than your budget for an apartment. The budget for an apartment depends on the area where you want to have it. However, you can choose an area that is inexpensive as compared to some other areas so you can afford it easily.
If you have roommates with you, then they can help you in cutting down the expense. You can share your apartment with them and in return you can have some dollars. But make sure that you are also going to divide the basic chores of your apartments with your roommates.
Also ask an owner of the apartment that when he is going to increase rent for your apartment, so you could increase your budget till that time.
Budget for Extras (Groceries, Bills, etc.)
When you hire an apartment, only rent is not the expense. There are a lot more expenses than particular rent. You have to deal with bills of cable, heat, and electricity. Other than bills, you have to buy grocery, food, water and other small things. For all these things, you should make a budget before shifting to the apartment.
If your roommates are with you, discuss with them what their necessities are and what they like to eat. After discussion make a list of all things and then make a budget for all things. Make sure you equally divide the budget among yourself and your roommates.
If your budget is low, try to have an apartment near the markets or your job places so you can save the traveling cost every month that you can spend on other things.
Stick to an Apartment
When you hire an apartment, you should stick to it for a long period. When you rent the apartment, you have to pay a security deposit, some advance rent, and some application fees and overall it is three or four times more than the normal rent. So, if you will change your apartment after few months, it will be a great loss for you. If your owner is increasing your rent, or you are having disputes with your neighbors, try to adjust with them and not to left the apartment.
However, nobody knows what the future is. For a backup, you should keep some apartments in your mind that are readily available for rent. So, in any case, if you have to leave your apartment, you can shift to the new one without spending one night in an expensive hotel.