When you get a great apartment, things seem a lot better. Not only do you have a nice place to stay, but the pressure of needing to be somewhere completely evaporates. Of course, not everyone can plunk down a small fortune on a place they don’t stay at very often. You’re on a budget and you need to stick to it. The following are some good ideas for finding a great apartment in the heartland without breaking the bank.
Check out online ads
A lot of the best South Bend apartments are listed online. Don’t be afraid to check out all kinds of different sites while you scope out the best deals. While you could simply pick a few good neighborhoods and drive around watching for signs, this is a long and arduous process that may or may not yield you anything affordable. You need to be careful to guard not just your money but also your time.
Stick to Your Guns — and Your Budget
No one else can tell you what the word “affordable” means to you. When all is said and done, you are the only person who can decide how much money you are willing to spend and what you want to get out of the deal. If you find a place that’s really great but the landlord won’t budge on the price, you have to be prepared to walk away. While it might be tempting to stretch just a little bit further, it’s too easy to overextend yourself when you get too liberal with your budget.
Know What You Want
A lot of people say that the more you know about what you want, the more likely you are to actually get it. This is one of the truest thoughts around, and you will find that knowing what you want will save you a lot of time and money. Often the negotiating process between two people continues with both sides making concessions and getting as much of what they actually want as possible. In this case, you have to negotiate with yourself, and decide what you really want in your apartment.
Pound the Pavement
Now that you’ve decided what you want, what your price range is and have a short list you’ve collected from the Net, it’s time to check them out. Never rent a place without checking it out first, no matter how great the pics looked or how low the listed price is.
South Bend is a fairly inexpensive place to live, but you should always be on the lookout for a great deal. The best searches start online and narrow down to a short list you can visit in-person. The best way to do this is to keep your eyes open, have a good mental picture of what you want and keep your budget firmly in mind, and you’ll probably do very well.