Apartment Search Tips
Moving can be a very stressful time. In fact, it’s listed as one of the top seven stressors in a lifetime. Our goal is to minimize that stress as much as possible. One key is to get organized — figure out what you need, when you need it, and how to get it — as quickly and conveniently as possible.
We have given you options on what services you might need, and how you might get them, under the topics listed below. The list is far from complete, but it should be enough to get you headed in the right direction.
Most apartments are basically alike — a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom. The differences may not be obvious, so look for them. Following is a list of suggestions on what to look for in your next apartment. They may mean the difference between an okay apartment, and a great apartment.
If you are working within a budget, pay close attention to the mechanical systems. Their age and where they are located can dramatically affect your utility costs. A furnace in an interior closet is much more efficient than a furnace off the patio.
VALUE TIP: Jot down a potential apartment’s address. Then call the gas and electric companies and ask for the high and low bills for that address during the past 12 months. This information can help you greatly when trying to predict and control your monthly utility costs.
Take a moment to look at the overall storage space — is it ample for your needs? The presence of a linen closet is usually a good indication of ample storage. Is there additional storage off the patio, in the basement?
Is the electric box made up of circuit breakers or fuses? If fuses, who is responsible for changing them? How many amps does it carry? 60 amps is low; 200 amps is more than enough for the average household.
Apartment Search has been helping people move in St. Louis since 1986. It’s not easy, but with the right tools, you can make it as quick and painless as possible. In fact, it can be downright fun! So get moving, and start having some fun.
The above information is merely advice, based on our over 25 years of experience in the St. Louis apartment industry. As our property information sheets say, the information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. We hope you find it useful.