Once you have officially decided to move out on your own, there is nothing more exciting than looking for your very first apartment. There’s newfound freedom that comes with having your own space, being able to decorate it as you see fit, and have friends over any time you want. Here at The Legends Luxury Apartments, we love helping individuals find the Hickory apartment of their dreams, and our amazing amenities only make the deal that much sweeter. Check out a few helpful tips for first-time apartment renters below, then contact us to learn more about our award-winning apartment community!
Apartment Renting Tips
Consider Your Budget
Budgeting for your new Hickory apartment is probably the most important part of apartment hunting. After all, you don’t want to have the apartment you’ve been dreaming about and no money to furnish it or go out with your friends. Many financial experts recommend keeping your rent payment within 25 to 30 percent of your take-home pay. This total should include utilities, fees, and other recurring expenses. Our front office is happy to provide you with a complete list of what expenses are covered by your rent to help you plan for your new luxury rental.
Determine Your Needs
Taking tours of apartments can be very exciting, especially when you are looking for your first rental ever. However, be careful not to get too carried away with what you want versus what you need. For example, if you don’t have a vehicle, you want to look for a Hickory apartment that is close to public transportation. If you plan on bringing a pet with you, be sure to look for rentals that are pet-friendly. Thankfully, The Legends is both pet-friendly and just a short walk away from the GreenWay bus route!
View Photos and Take a Virtual Tour
Touring apartment communities can be fun and exciting, but it can also be time-consuming if you have more than a few communities you want to check out. Viewing photos of apartments online can help you determine which communities are worthwhile to check out and which ones you can skip. Thanks to technology, many apartment communities (including ours!) offer virtual tours online. These tours can give you a good idea of what types of finishings and amenities a community has to offer before you schedule an on-site tour.
Read the Lease!
Once you find the perfect Hickory apartment, the big day will come when it is time to sign the lease. This is a big step, especially for your very first apartment. However exciting it may be, be sure to take the time to read and understand the terms and conditions in your lease. If there is any part of the lease you don’t understand, ask the community manager to talk it through with you to make sure you are on the same page. Additionally, you want to make sure the rent, deposit, and pet fees are clearly spelled out and the same that you were quoted during your tour.
Don’t Forget Renter’s Insurance
Finally, don’t forget to contact your local insurance agent to get a quote on renter’s insurance. No one likes to think about things like fires, theft, and water damage, but these things happen, even in the most secure communities. Renter’s coverage is designed to replace or reimburse you for personal property in your apartment that is damaged in the event of a covered loss, and rates are often between $10 and $30 each month. This is a small price to pay, and a requirement for some apartment communities, to ensure your property is protected against loss.
Find Your First Hickory Apartment at The Legends!
Are you ready to find an affordable Hickory apartment that has all of the amenities you want your first place to have? If so, then look no further than the Legends. Our luxury rentals are just a few minutes away from I-40 and from downtown, and you’re sure to love the 9-foot vaulted ceilings, granite counters, and over-sized patios and balconies. Check out our floor plans, photos, and take a virtual tour to see our incredible community for yourself, then fill out a fast and easy apartment application online today. We look forward to meeting you!