One of the first questions you should ask yourself when beginning the search for an apartment is the following: What are my needs? Having the answer to this question before you start your search can easily help you narrow down your vast number of options, and make the overall process less stressful for you. When apartment hunting, we first break down the search by deciding the type of apartment we are looking for:
The Studio vs. The One-Bedroom
Do you need separation of space or do you prefer to live in one big open room? If you are moving into an apartment alone, this is a crucial question. Studios are typically one large room with a kitchen and full bathroom. On occasion, there is a dividing wall, but no doors except on closets and the bathroom. One bedroom apartments are usually larger than a typical studio with a bedroom, kitchen, and living room that are separated by both walls and doors. The one bedroom offers more privacy while the studio allows for an open concept space.
The High-Rise vs. The Mid-Rise
This is especially important if you live in a city location. If you love being away from the noise and hustle and bustle, then a high-rise may be the perfect fit and the type of apartment you need to focus your search around. Many high-rises offer great views of the city and have high security standards. Looking for something not as high up? A mid-rise may be the right choice for you. Due to mid-rises being less in the city and more in suburban settings, it could be the perfect fit for a family, with options like parks and play areas nearby.
Live and Play vs. The Duplex
Are you interested in having other amenities and commercial business nearby? “Live and Play” apartments feature great additional properties that can enhance your living situation by offering restaurants and shops, however these apartments also mean increased foot traffic in the area. If you don’t want as many people in or around your space, duplexes are another living option. They can have 2-3 separate units or a single apartment with multiple floors. A duplex will have stairs connecting the different floors and will still offer the privacy that you desire.
Although it may not seem like a big deal, figuring out which type of apartment suits your needs is crucial in the apartment hunting process and can save you time and effort in the long run. What type of apartment do you live in? Has it met all of your needs? Share your story below!
Credit: Apartment Guide