Whether you are a seasoned pro or the new kid on the block, choosing the right apartment in Pittsburgh can be difficult. Often times, you are making a decision quickly to avoid losing your dream apartment. To lighten the stress, you should keep in mind a short list of things you find important to you when looking for your next place.
Laundry on site is a great feature of any apartment. Anyone who has dragged his or her laundry onto the bus, across town, and to the Laundromat will tell you that laundry is not something to look past. New leasers, especially, find themselves thinking it ‘wouldn’t be so bad’, but those who have done this before will prove you wrong quicker than you can say Laundromat. Whether it is a shared on-site laundry room or a hookup within each unit, laundry is a great amenity to put on the short list.
Outdoor space gives tenants a great relaxation spot during the warmer months of the year and additional amenities they would not have inside. We all know Pittsburgh isn’t always the most reliable place for warm summer weather. Regardless, when it is hot, it’s hot, and everyone wants to be outside soaking up the sun. Outdoor space, whether shared or private, gives you the ability to do just that right in your backyard. Plus, who doesn’t love to grill in the summer? Without outdoor space, many apartment tenants lose the ability to grill outside. Whether you are grilling out or laying out, outdoor space gives you additional square footage to enjoy on beautiful Pittsburgh days.
Everybody has a different preference when it comes to the type of building they want to live in. Some prefer a townhouse setup with a separate entrance from other tenants while others prefer a large building with one main entrance. Separate entrances will give you more privacy and make it easier to get to your unit. A shared entrance is better for safety as larger buildings generally have two locked entrances – one on the exterior and one for each individual unit. Whichever setup you prefer, there are plenty of options around the city.
There are over 150 million dogs and cats owned across the United States. When a pet is part of your family, you will not choose an apartment that will not welcome them. Thankfully, more and more tenants are advertising their units as ‘pet friendly’ welcoming dogs, cats, and more. With the increased prevalence of pet-friendly units comes less worry over whether you can afford to keep your furry loved one with you through your move.
Location, location, location – we can’t forget this one. Everyone knows the saying location is key, and it’s true! Almost all tenants will admit that they have made some sacrifices to get the location they wanted. To make sure you want to stay at the apartment you choose, you should place location at the top of your short list. Limit yourself to your desired area, and don’t go to any showings elsewhere as you might fall in love with something that you know will not work in the end. Save time and frustration and remember that location is key.
Lets face it, apartment hunting is frustrating and overwhelming at times. For such a big decision, it is a good idea to decide what is really of importance to you. A list of a few vital features and amenities can make this decision the fun and exciting one that it should be!