Step #1: Determine Your Budget

Unless you have just recently won the lottery, the most important step in any apartment search is to establish your budget. This will help to guide you during your search and ensure that you don’t sign a contract for something you can’t afford. Be prepared — you might find an apartment that you absolutely love, only to find that it seems a bit pricey. By taking some time to carefully assess your budget ahead of time, it will be easier to make a smart decision when you find a place that is out of your price range.